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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: February 08, 1974 Interviewer: Rob Moore

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1:00 - Born in Vollmer, ID; name change in Troy; disliked for his lending practices

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Segment Synopsis: Born in Vollmer, Idaho. Name change to Troy. Vollmer disliked for his lending practices. "Biggest little town on earth."

5:00 - Father homesteaded in 1884; came to America from Sweden

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Segment Synopsis: Father homesteaded in 1884; came to America at age 19 from Sweden. Talked Swedish in the home.

6:00 - 1893 Depression; Coxey's Army got some boys from Troy to join

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Segment Synopsis: 1893 Depression: hard to get money for postage. Coxey's Army got some Troy boys to join. "The last 250 in the state of Idaho." Hoboes.

11:00 - Early Troy a thriving town; railroad traffic; shooting of Marshall Hayes by Paine sly; prospecting and mining

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Segment Synopsis: Early Troy a thriving little town. Railroad traffic, livery barns. Shooting of Marshall Hayes by Paine Sly, Prospecting and mining. The Copper Chief.

16:00 - Paul Smith in 1894 decides to leave, but convinced to stay by Dernam and Kaufman

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Segment Synopsis: Paul Smith in 1894 decides to leave, but is convinced to stay by Dernam and Kaufman. They talk quite a few people into staying, and help them do it.

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