Topics: Family adventures, migration and settling. Viola events. Cattle herding
experiences. Indians. Chinese miners. (Tape recorded by Mrs Hardt for her brother,
Palmer, who was the donor.) no date 2 hr 49p
Segment Synopsis: Watching a fifty wagon procession come to Viola for
Meek's funeral. Meek's sawmill. Listing of early
businesses in Viola. Beasley's girl is killed by the
tumbling rod at the gristmill. Stecker's boy is accused
unjustly of burning down the church and schoolhouse.
Segment Synopsis: Uncle Wes Palmer raised large horse herds for cavalry
remounts. Wes and George Hill race to Colfax and back.
Their hired man borrows her father's team and ruins them
by forgetting to blanket them.
Segment Synopsis: The pasture in Eastern Washington is fenced up and Wes
sells out and moves to Canada. The drive across the
tundra to the Peace River. Wes buys his winter clothes
at David's and wears them all to avoid paying duty. A
blizzard blowing when he arrives in Canada.
Segment Synopsis: Wes Palmer and his father, Asher Palmer, work on the
Mullan Road for the army. Asher Palmer's eye is kicked
by a mule and they return home to Missouri. One night
they camp at Viola and are struck by its beauty and Asher
Palmer plants some apple seeds.
Segment Synopsis: In 1870 the family returns west by wagon train to Oregon
City, over winters at Almota and then homesteads at Viola.
Her father goes from Almota to Colfax one day for the
mail in the snow. They build two cabins, send for the
women from Oregon and Asher Palmer gets a full-fledged
Post Office, Palouse Bridge. Grandma makes an apple
pie upon her arrival.
Segment Synopsis: The Maxwell's, her maternal grandparents', journey west
after the Civil War. Their stop in the mid-west is
ended by grasshoppers and a hard winter. They took an
immigrant train to San Francisco and boat to Oregon
City where they stayed for a few years.
Segment Synopsis: (continued) At Grizzly Camp the Chinese man mistakes
the hanging bear carcass for a human and is scared. He
collects gold dust every month from the Chinese miners.
Bob Nugent's tale of the pot of gold of the Chinese.
Segment Synopsis: Glenn and Claude(two brothers) herd cattle on Hatter
Creek. They pick huckleberries, and skin out a lost lamb
with a pocketknife. She goes out later with her violin
to the cattle camp near Elk River. The car motor blows
so they stay a week during which time Verna goes with
Ranger Stoddard and his daughter to Elk River Falls and
to install a phone line on Elk Mountain. She and Delva
Stoddard get food scraps for stock the last day she's
at Elk River. The Stoddard's well-stocked log cellar.
The section workers listen to the Palmer band playing.