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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 03, 1976 Interviewer: Karen Purtee

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1:00 - Natural childbirth and having babies at home; her household chores; fears that she had

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Segment Synopsis: Midwives; natural childbirth. Births of younger sisters and brothers, hiding in the orchard because mother hollered so badly; having her own children. Hauling water, washing clothes at the creek. Fear of the dark; visiting the outhouse in the dark; fear of the train in Troy.

7:00 - Visiting Troy; Bear Creek/Dry Creek school; visiting Carl Olson's family

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Segment Synopsis: Remembrances of visiting Troy after hiking 9 miles; walking on the top of snow. Bear Creek School (later Dry Creek) and parties; visiting Carl Olson's family; big piles of pancakes for breakfast at home and other foods.

11:00 - Mother's jobs; going to school and learning English; sewing clothes without patterns

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Segment Synopsis: Mother's jobs; going to school, learning English; mother's intelligence shown in her sewing all of the clothes without patterns. Washing clothes by hand. More on having babies at home.

18:00 - Preparing father for burial, the coffin on the front porch, funeral preparations, no flowers

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Segment Synopsis: Preparing father for burial, the coffin on the front porch, funeral preparations, no flowers.

21:00 - Going to Parties and dances in empty houses; getting married; working in Spokane

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Segment Synopsis: Parties and dances in old empty houses; meeting her husband; family pictures; married at 29 - having too much fun to be married earlier; working in Spokane as housekeeper; coming home to help mother for birth of younger brothers and sisters, 13 total including a half-brother and two half-sisters.

28:00 - Walking in Spokane; mother's sewing talents

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Segment Synopsis: Never any fear to walk in Spokane; more on mother's sewing talent; mother a very quiet woman. Big Anderson.

30:00 - Young people need to work; playing and fishing as a child; Big Anderson and Wild Dave; walking to school

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Segment Synopsis: Young people, need to go to work; as child, playing, fishing, picking huckleberries; Big Anderson smelled bad; Wild Dave; walking to school through the scary woods.

34:00 - Homemade medicine; going to town for groceries; neighbors getting sick

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Segment Synopsis: No sickness; homemade medicine; going to town for groceries; more on mother. Different food; sickness and neighbors, measles not considered dangerous; big families.

39:00 - Going to work in Spokane; Going to school and being good at spelling; making $6 a week

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Segment Synopsis: Going to work in Spokane; never worked hard because of being small; doing tub laundry and the soap. School; fun at recess; good at spelling not at map drawing, so copying from neighbor; need to know enough to get out to work. Making $6 a week.

47:00 - More stories about Big Anderson; traveling many miles to visit others

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Segment Synopsis: Big Anderson; Food and eating with friends, families would travel many miles to visit overnight.

55:00 - Canning and picking fruit a family project

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Segment Synopsis: Canning fruit; picking the fruit a family project. Hiking to town.

58:00 - Buildings in Troy that she remembers; father would buy whiskey for medicine

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Segment Synopsis: The buildings she remembers in town of Troy. Dad would buy whiskey for medicine for colds. Roads were very bad.

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