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Latah County Oral History Collection

Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century

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Date: July 25, 1973 Interviewer: Sam Schrager

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0:00 - Wood ranching; neighbors; discipline as a boy; school

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Segment Synopsis: Wood ranching on Carmarine Creek; neighbors. Helping cut wood as a boy. School: getting there, discipline, grown-up students.

9:00 - Working in Moscow; dray hauling; harvester plant

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Segment Synopsis: Working in Moscow at various jobs: dray hauling for the bakery and the university; the harvester plant.

15:00 - Work in the woods; swamping; fighting fires; Princeton fire

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Segment Synopsis: Work in the woods starting at age fourteen. Swamping. Fighting the McGary Butte fire; backfiring; he thinks the Potlatch set it to save piling the brush. A Princeton fire.

21:00 - Clarkia was rougher than Bovill; early Deary; building railroads

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Segment Synopsis: Clarkia was a rougher town than Bovill. Early Deary. Building the railroad, foreigners got killed.

23:00 - IWWs blamed for things they didn't do; Potlatch company union

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Segment Synopsis: IWWs blamed for a lot they didn't do; they got better conditions. At first many of them were foreigners. The 4-L was a Potlatch company union, and after the men realized it, they stopped paying dues. The CIO didn't do much when they became the union.

30:00 - Park sleigh haul; working on the sleigh haul

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Segment Synopsis: The Park sleigh haul. Working on the sleigh haul for 72 days steady, putting sand on the road for the sleigh teams. Potlatch used a sleigh haul because they had to get the timber off the school sections or lose it.

35:00 - Snooping out whiskey bottles; Potlatch Joe tells the boss to quit

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Segment Synopsis: A dog trained to snoop out whiskey bottles. Pat Malone follows a man to take a drink; he hardly bothered people. Potlatch Joe tells the boss to quit because there were too many bosses.

40:00 - Killing of Agnes Liner

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Segment Synopsis: Clay got mad when men shirked their work. Killing of Agnes Liner.

46:00 - Accidents with loaders; work of toploading; decking with horses; logging near Clarkia

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Segment Synopsis: Accidents with loaders. Why he left the woods. Work of toploading. Fatal accidents in the woods; accident unloading one of the early trucks. Cats replacing horses tore up the woods, and destroy the land. Decking with horses, hauling out with shays. Camps had lots of men. Incline logging near Clarkia.

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