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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: January 16, 1974 Interviewer: Rob Moore

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1:00 - Account of the murder of Dr. Watkins by William Steffens

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Segment Synopsis: Account of the murder of Dr. Watkins by William Steffens. Hiding out and pursuing Steffen. Buffalo Coat, a novel, written around this event.

5:00 - Names for towns; Russian farmers responsible for naming Moscow; homesteaders

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Segment Synopsis: Indian, French, and Spanish names for towns. Russian farmers responsible for naming of Moscow? Homestead locators responsible for determining boundary murders. Metric system verses our system.

12:00 - Gypsies used to camp near Moscow

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Segment Synopsis: Gypsies used to camp near Moscow and made baskets and plant stands out of willows and sell them around town. Wild horses could be bought for 500 apiece. Wild Davey.

29:00 - Dernam and Kaulfman store

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Segment Synopsis: Dernam and Kaulfman store. David's carried Groceries until the Farmer's Union came in. David's was a friendly store, farmers would gather around the stoves at lunchtime. Copper vacuum tubes carried cash from the clerks to the accounting office.

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