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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: June 13, 1974 Interviewer: Laura Schrager

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1:00 - Read written description of early years on Burnt Ridge

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Segment Synopsis: Read written description of early years on Burnt Ridge: early settlers and family history, hard ships, phone line, worship at Cordelia Chapel and Pastor Carlson.

5:00 - Moving into new house; Aunt made a cross for Peter Carlson's funeral; learned Swedish only at home; Luther League in summer

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Segment Synopsis: Moving into the new house. Aunt made a cross for Peter Carlson's funeral. Learned only Swedish at home. Luther League in summer for young people. Played party games—sings one song.

15:00 - One room schoolhouse; help on farm; shopped in Moscow once a year

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Segment Synopsis: One room schoolhouse. Helped on farm and did a lot of bean hoeing and bunching beans. Shopped in Moscow once a year in the fall at the Williamson store and got a free meal.

24:00 - Early Christmas service; lit candles and went to church that morning; early pastors came from Moscow; later pastors came out of schoolhouses

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Segment Synopsis: Early Christmas service at 5:30. Lit candles in the early morning before going to church. Missed the tradition when they changed the time. Early pastors came from Moscow. Later pastors would come out to schoolhouses on Sunday afternoon and preach.

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