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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: October 01, 1976 Interviewer: Sam Schrager

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0:00 - Brief description of his life; worked at the brick plant, now "cuspidorian" at the bank

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Segment Synopsis: A thumbnail sketch of his life. He worked forty years at the brick plant, is now "cuspidorian" at the bank. Father's brother August gave up farming but encouraged him to come; without equipment, that was the hardest work father did. Farm in Sweden; father's first wife's death. Father's discontentment - he returned to Sweden and again to America.

13:00 - Father's purchase of brickyard and bank stock; loaned money privately; Troy bank; gradual improvement of conditions

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Segment Synopsis: Father's purchase of brickyard stock and bank stock. He also loaned money privately. Ole Bohman loaned money to Oscar with his face for security. Troy town fathers. Troy bank may have survived in part because of town industry. Father's concern about dividends. Gradual improvement of conditions. To be foreman meant more responsibility and grief; father's hard work.

25:00 - Firebrick from the plant; cheapness of management

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Segment Synopsis: Firebrick from the plant. Cheapness of management no money for nails. A mining company made an impractical tunnel to get the clay. Beginning of the fire brick company; some of its history.

30:00 - Making bricks

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Segment Synopsis: Making bricks. Long hours; need for work. Cut in wages after war.

33:00 - Early Troy

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Segment Synopsis: Early Troy. Logs under Main Street. Swedish school - after a while young people no longer spoke it

36:00 - Hays shot by Payne Sly, who would always be haunted by the memory

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Segment Synopsis: Hays shot by Payne Sly, who would always be haunted by the memory.

39:00 - Paying doctor for birth of first child in depression; Help in the depression

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Segment Synopsis: Paying doctor for birth of first child in depression. Help in the depression.

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