Segment Synopsis: Kendrick fire (1904). Tents for meals and materials to
rebuild. The fire destroyed their hack at the blacksmith shop.
Watching the fire from a bluff. It started from sawdust on a
saloon floor. Extent of destruction. Almost all businessmen
Segment Synopsis: Dental training at the University of Oregon Dental College. Two
women dental students. Working his way through at the beanery:
students who worked all passed their exams, while many of the
others failed. He also delivered newspapers, and took care
of the furnace for his room; his wife worked at Meier and
Frank. How they met. A Chinese student whose father was
a rich importer. He drove a milk delivery truck in the summer.
Segment Synopsis: History of his dental office. Except for position of the
patient, dentistry is virtually the same as it was fifty years
ago. A local blacksmith who practiced dentistry. Bovill
dentist's dirty office.
Segment Synopsis: Trade for dental work - a dozen live chickens. Trustworthiness
of people for credit. In a farming community people ate well
in the depression. His wife agreed to live in a small town for
five years only:advantages of a small town.
Segment Synopsis: Decline of food quality. People were healthier; when they got
really sick they died. Decayed teeth were extracted, and there
was little bridge work. People could stand pain and often
didn't want Novocaine. Men used a row boat to get to the local
whorehouse during the flood. Poor diet caused gum disease
and made tooth-pulling easier. Early dentures - they were
called "bundle racks".
Segment Synopsis: Dental work for Nez Perce - he spoke some Nez Perce, and
treated them just as his other patients. His wife doesn't like
his misuse of English. He never saw the Klan, but heard there
were pocket membership cards; Klan developed from Birth
of a Nation.
Segment Synopsis: His veterinarian friend Van, who filed horses' teeth. They
tried to help Van's son, who became a drug addict and finally
committed suicide. Van didn't have a license because he didn't
take a third year of school. He was a heavy drinker. As a child
he got laudanum for stomach aches.
Segment Synopsis: Mother's hard work at home. Chores at home for the children.
Youth's Companion was the only magazine at home; the
twice weekly Spokesman-Review was the only paper. His
parents wanted the children to grow up away from town and its
bad influences. Cutting hay on their hillside. He had to work
after a pitchfork went through his hand. Working in onions
for 35 cents a day.