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FRANK ROWAN: If you didn't pay up, why they cut you off the line. So herfather he climbed the pole and cut her off and he was secretary there, the old " lady come out with a butcher knife.
SAM SCHRAGER: This is Mrs. McKeon?
FR: Yea. (chuckles) SheWa© a woman that enjoyed scrapjust like old Gabriel Anderson or mv dad'
LOTTIE JOHNSON ROWAN: Well, she wouldn't pick anything, but she wouldn't taleanything either, now
FR: Well, Anna Marie writes this article about this deal and the darn foolinstead of putting her dad in that did do it, she says it was Mr. Rowan, my dad that done it. He called her on it.
LR: 'Cause they lived right across the road, and he and his dad were batchingright across the road from them at that time.
SAM: Well so what really happened was Gabriel Anderson went
FR: Her father was the man.
SAM: he climbed up the pole to cut it off?
FR: Yea. And she come out with a butcher knife.
SAM: What'd she do? What'd she say?
FR: Oh, she just scared the devil out of but she was harmless got after her
LR: Oh, well. Sara must have or somebody. I don't think we everheard how he got down, but she had him up the telephone Pole.
FR: I suppose ifhe just made him come down without cuttin the wire.
LR: Long enough to tell him all about it.
FR: Well, mam' you know that wasn't a lapse of memory or anything.That was intentionalf he just didn't want her father mixed up in it.
SAM: I think Glen told me that story and said you'd told it to him,Glen Gilder, you know, he told me that, I think the way he told it was that. Gabriel Anderson wanted to come down and she said, "You stay up there for a while."
LR: Yea, yea that would be it, you betcha.
FR: Could be.
LR: You bet she'd keep him up there a while
FR: Well that was a kind of a nasty trick. If she wanted to do that shecould ask us about it first. She just goes and puts it in SO if she's inclined to stretch things, make sure of her story.
LR: I called her up after that, and I said, "Anna Marie, that did you wantaput that in the paper about Frank's dad being held up Mrs. McKeon runinin' him in up the telephone pole, hold' him up there with a butcher knife What did you want to put that in there?" She says, "Well, wfr Lottie? Wasn't that right?" And I said, "Well why didn't you put it that it was your dad instead of Franks dad—that's who it waa" "It was? Well I tought it was Frank's dad.
FR: She didn't think no sucha thing.
SAM: How long ago. (Break)
FR: Went up to the woods, you know, they got paid pretty good money up thereWe stayed eighteen months, and this happened when we was gone.
LR: Yea, we wasn't there, at least I can't remember. No, your dad was stillbatching over there alone at the time. We was in Helmer. And she asked me, well she says, "What shall I do? Do you want me to write in and retract that?" And I said,"Oh no, you better let it go as it is, you've got it out in the paper around now, and if people's goin to believe it, why that's it. It's hard to tell what mess you'd make out of it if you went at it again now.
SAM: Well that's not the way that,I heard it the same way that you're tellingit-that it was Gabriel Anderson.
LR: Yes, it was, uh huh.
FR: Yea, everybody knows it was Gabriel Anderson, even her. But she justdidn't want her father mixed into it.
LR: Well, there was a woman, a neighbor there, and the McKeons wouldn'tpay their telephone dues, you know, and if somebody didn't do something about it fcomin off why then the phone company would cut the whole line out. And in order not to have the line cut off, why there was, probably you know of the people named Bg** down there. He's changed his name now to 'Horton'; Ray Horton,it is now is grandmother, she paid McKeon's phone bill for years in order to keep the phone from being cut off. And then Gabriel, he decided that he was going to do something about it, and he was going to go down there and cut her off.
FR: (chuckles) He wasn't going to attack her. (chuckles)
SAM: Well , now you mean if they'd have cut off the McKeon line, it would havebeen cut off down the road too then?
LR: Yea. They was going to cut the whole line off.
SAM: I see.
FR: whole line. So you kept you own line clean. He didn't havethat trouble. Well now, did your dad work on the lines too? No, we were on another line. Yep, that was, let's see what the two. Well, let's see. oh it was Bought a bunch three or four miles of line that this fella had, and it then was down. We bought it and we strung in another line of our own—the other lines were loaded so we put in a line of our own there in 1919, no noy 1917 we put it in.
SAM: Like it is now, you had to take care of your own line, I suppose.
FR: Yes, oh yea.
SAM: You own the line.
FR: and somebody on the line, the secretary, or whatever his job was, hecut 'em off or else had to collect for everybody or else /the whole line would be cut off. you see, Walt Olson paid Gord's fees on the line there a coupla years, he thought he'd get it, but they were wealthy, you know, and he was hard up, poor devil. He didn't get it either.
There's another deal I thought of telling you about—it's pretty hardfor me to trace it too, but there was a man died here this summer lived over the pink by house. His grandfather was a schoolteacher there and was teaching in there back of Avon someplace. So there was a man and w%aR who had a disagreement among themselves, you know, the woman left home. This old fella, a teacher, thought he'd take her over there and patch things up for them. And by God they got over there and she stood up to get out of the car and the guy just plugged her with a rifle right there. So then he out barricaded the house—he was going to make a stand of it, but they now talked him out of it. Now I don't know his name, but I suppose she'd ouighta know, she was married to this man's grandson for 40 years, they musta talked about it.
SAM: Probably. So he took her over to the house and.
FR: He took her back, was gonna get them rigged up
SAM: Did he kill her?
FR: Oh God, he killed her right there.
LR: It was her husband killed her.
FR: She up in the buggy and he just plugged her.
LR: See when the woman left home, she went over to this neighbor, and so hetook her back over there and he thought he'd talk them into gettin long, why you know. So when they get over there, her husband come to the door, and when she got out he shot her.
SAM: Was there ever any say what the scrap was about? Just a domesticsquabble?
FR: Well,I don't know. All I knew about it was what I read in the paper, yousee. And I wasn't very well acquainted.
LR: It might have been just a husband and wife quarelling, fighting, becausenobody else seemed in it, only this neighbor thought he was going to do something, you know, help them out, and get era back toghether, tak to both of them, you know. So instead of that he, in other words he took her over to her own funeral, (chuckles)
FR: Now this woman might possibly know all about the story or some old timerin the Avon country could tell you.
SAM: Yea, that could be.
FR: I don't know who to see there, now.
SAM: There's a few guys left been there for a long time, guys that I'vebeen meaning to talk to too. Kenneth Wilkins has been there for quite a few years.
FR: Yes. Wilkins has lived there, and before that, well he was born in Troyand grew up in Helmer, and was married and moved down there into that country. He had quite an experrnce there. A few years ago the snowplow was goin down the road, just goin by his pond, why some obstruction in the road caught the blade, away she went up, the truck went in i with two men in it.
SAM: In the pond?
FR: Yea, in the pond. So he yelled up to his wife to bring a rope and he wentout there, and he got one of them outT-one of the men drowned, but he had that icy water and he got on of them out of that darned truck. Now if you see Wilkins, thee's somethin that would be worth.
SAM: I'm going to ask him.
FR: Just a you happened to mention that name.
SAM: Well, would Sam McKeon, he really was one of the only moonshiners thatmade alot and didn't get caught, eh?
FR: Practically the only one that I know of. There was a couple, but theydidn't operate as big as he did. (chuckles)
LR: There was a good one on us, th«gh. There was a coupla guysmoonshinin down to Troy, and we didn't know anything about it. But when they caught them, we was the first ones accused of turnin them in. Now isn't that something.
FR: (chuckles) Well, one thng that.
LR: And we didn't even know it.
FR: No, one thing that egged them on a little was the police. Seethat car drove into our place and went down there and went chargin around?
SAM: Went down thee doin what?
FR: They left their car at our place—this place wasn't on the road, you see.So they left their car sit our place and didn't say a thing about what they was doin or anything, probably figured she knew who they was. Then she seed em pokin around, and she kinda figured that's what was going on. And we didn't know they was bootleggers.
LR: Well, I seen em go in the house and come out, and round the house, out tothe woodshed, and then they'd be in the house again and around so then I figured who they were. But when they come up there and asked me where this guy lived and how to get down to him, well I went out there and showed em how to go down, you know, and how to get into the house. I thought they was mining men down there, khd of any ouf it like that, mining for that, you know. and drilling around.
SAM: Is that why they suspected that you turned em in, because they weregadng through your place to get to their operation?
LR: Well no, I don't think so because I told the woman, I said,after wefound out about it, and we turned them in, well after " go1 down there and I watched what they did, they didnstate their business, but these three or four men who was gdin around this mining business, you know, I'd never seen the men, I didn't know them, but I'd always heard of a man, Big Handy was his name." Handy, wasn't that his name?
SAM: Big Handy. Was one of the guys Big Handy, she's asking
FR: Well, it'd be Charlie SommerCfield and Jordan.
LR: Yea, but of those.
SAM: You're talkin about the bootleggers, right?
LR: Yea, and these men that come up to our house, and I showed em how to getdown there, there was a big guy with them, and of course I didn't know the sheriff or anybody, but there was a real big man in there, and thought well now that's Big Handy, and they'd been kind of mining and testing around, so I thought that's who it was.
SAM: Oh, I see, but it was the cops from here.
LR: Yea, but I didn't know it. And then after I was talkin to the woman aboutit, she was up and we was talkin about it, and she said how they was, they even, they had to get her out of the bed to get into a hole in the ceiling to get up into the attic to look. And they even went up into the attic and looked. And I forget what was said about it, and I said, "Well I sent em down there; I told them how to get in there, but I didn't know who they were. I'd heard of Big Handy all the time with his mining men, and I just that' s who supposed that's who it was. If it hadn't a been, lf I thought it was why I wouldn't t be doing the right thing to tell era I didn't know how to get em in to it, where thev lived or anything be right out tell in em a lie. So afterwards, when they did take em up, then I guess probably that might be why they accused us.
FR: Yea, because they left the car at our place.
SAM: Who were the guys that the guys arrested, do you remember, who those guyswere?
LR: One was John Ciene, wasn't it?
FR: Yea, John The sheriif went up there and this Jordan posed as alumberjack, I suppose, And he went up there and got to talkin to John and got familiar with him and got a drink then bought aug of liquor and he handed to John his star upside down, (chuckles)
LR: There were several guys, but this we knew him well—he wasone of them.
SAM: That sounds like Hap Moody-I've talked to him, you know, about his as a deputysheriff. It sounds to me from what he said like he did that a lot. He'd go out and impersonate a lumberjack or somethin, Moody would.
LR: (chuckles) And there's another case, well it was John Colone, wasn't it?He told the guys how to go back to the house, and he had to go out and get his ax or something so that he could take a short-cut and beat em to the house. They were raoonshining,and they had it bottled and setting in the house, you know, to keep warm so it'd work, and a blanket or somethin thrown over it right there in their home. And they come there and want to see John. So she knew them, I guess, and anyway she knew that's what their business was—well, she had to know them. So she knew that's what they were up to. So she told em where to go out to her husband, out in the woods—he was out making wood or something. And she was washing clothes that day, and they had babies, and she was washing baby clothes. So she told em how to go out there and find him. Soon as they started out she watched them, and boy did she get busy with those bottles there. What did you think she done with era? She put em down in the washer, under the clothes, and there stood her washer with clothes in it. So then when they went out there and talked to John, and they come back to the house, he says, "Well, I tell you, you fellas just go on back to the house, and I got to go out here and get an ax or a saw or something and I'll go through a trail or and meet you at the house'. So he knew a pretty short-cut to the house and of course he made it fort, but when he got to the house his wife had it all taken care of. So when they come to the house and went searching around, they didn't find anything. But she did some quick work there—she figured they wouldn't go into that washer—they'd ne ver think about bottles being in that washer, you know. When he got there he was sure pleased that there was no evidence.
FR: That wasn't as slick a job as that lumberman from ElkRiver told Jim back in Florida, they were for Potlatch Lumber Company, you know. They was talkin about times here, and somethin was said about Troy, Idaho, and Jim, my son-in-law, aafs hiswife comes from there. Another fella that knew this section of the country said, "No, there wasn't any Troy." But this guy was an Italian raised in I think Elk River,he says,"Oh, yev there is, I' know it Then he went to tell an experience they had. They had some moon; someway they got the word at Elk River lookin around, and they that the officialswere out on the road, had a few bottles, , Vthey might have seen em comin, put these few bottles in a chamber pot and set a kid on it. (chuckles) Whether that happened or not, I don't know, but that's what this salesman told about it.
LR: Well, they had to have that kid trained to mind, and if they say, "Nowsit here until I tell you to get up," that they could depend on that kid to do it, but after a while that kid mighta got up and said," Oh, Mom or Dad, see what I did? (chuckles) They're bottles in the chamber."
FR: Well then they could just slip the kid off and the lid on.
SAM: Yea Carl Olson told me one story about a guy who was—I can't rememberwho—but they were comin up, and he just had a bunch of moon sittin on his front porch, and he just had a big crate, a big box, and he just put it right over the top sat on it. They looked all around; he was sittin on it all the time.
LR: Oh for heaven's sake—that was luck.
SAM: Well,how could Sara McKeon run a big operation and not have the policediscover it?
FR: He was just simply too darn smart for the rest of them.
LR: Well he surely couldn't do it alone, but he musta had guys he could dependon, that wouldn't let it out.
FR: Well he played pretty much a lone game.
LR: Well, of course he had boys that would help him.
SAM: Did he hide it pretty far away from his house, or do you know.
FR: He must, he must have made it quite a way. . .
LR: Now I'll tell you the way he like booze, and he says he must of, I don'tknow, he doesn't know where it was or he'd a been there, (chuckles) I went up with Alec Oslund
FR: One time went up there, I had the colt andgot that jug. He lived in that house, that place he had rented. Then another time Charlie Ayers, you know, had a contract on that road wanted to know east from Troy, and I met him one day, and he wondered where he could get a jug, so he jumped in a rig and went up there with Charlie, that's all I know about it. Well, I heard him talkin about it one time and "Rowan, he said, by God (he was an old North Carolina guy, good natured and jolly) I ain't saying that I'm bootleggin and I'm not saying that I'm not, but by God, I'm sayin this much—I'm too old to get caught." (chuckles) And he was.
LR: Oh boy, I don't see how he could take a chance on that and even say itbecause,goodness, you're goin in and out there, you know, you don't know who's back of that tree or that b»sh or anything, and they might get a lead on ya.
SAM: It was really pretty bad as far as them trying to arrest these guys, then?
FR: Oh yea. They were getting so many reports, you know, if it was left tothe officers finding it themselves, they'd never get any. But it was the neighbors reporting in ., that's the way it goes.
SAM: Well, I thought it was stool pigeons. I thought they hired people to.
FR: But then the neighbors is the ones that done it, you know. Stool pigeon?wouldn't get—how would he—how would you go about finding anything about bootleggers here?
SAM: No, pretty much I guess it'd have to be people who lived there, pretty much,
SAM: But were there many people who didn't like it? And was there many neighborswho would do it?
FR: A whole lot of people. He wasn't a popular man in the neighborhood—he wasfriendly and good natured, but if he got a little money ahead of somebody he stayed there, you know. ButTtnere's any amount of people that, I don't care who it is that goes to bootleggin, you know, it'll be alot that thinks it's fun to talk about it and to turn it in.. I know one guy that turned in his two brothea-in-law. Ofy he didn't turn em in, but he made so much noise about it, it was no trouble of them gettin em. No, if a fella goes in that business, he wants to keep if pretty much to himself. But Sam was smooth. He done it. gen wa8 picked up and Rob was picked up. And by the way, Carl Olson was picked up one time. Did he say anything about that? I don't know just how he done it or what it cost him, but they turned him loose.
SAM: Yea, the way he told it was he was just taking a guy home who happenedto be a bootlegger or was bootleggin, and he really was innocent, I mean he was driving the guy home,is what he said, and he got picked up by Moody.
FR: But just between you and I,there was a hell of alot of booze handled inthat garage that Carl had in them days, (chuckles)
SAM: Yea, I've heard that too. I've heard it too.
FR: Another thing between ourselves is this man Bill Dahmen, you know him?
FR: The real estate man.
SAM: Oh yea, right.
FR: He was a trucker in thtie in them days, and he brought some of it in too.Whoesaled it.
SAM: Well, those days are so far gone now, and when they discovered it was abig mistake to have the prohibition, I don't think anybody cares anymore, but it's really interesting—it's funny—it's amusing stuff.
FR: Yea, that was a law that the people didn't care for so you couldn't enforceit.
SAM: What about old Pat Malone's attitude tbout this business?
FR: Well, he was the marshall for, lord I don't know, twenty-six sevenyears in Bovill. But Pat was all right. Some of them would give Pat a bad name because he had to pick em up or somethin, but given half a chance, Pat was all right. And he'd take a drink too. But then he wasn't nosey or mean about it. In , the bunch here—Jordan was the guy that was sneaky about it. More so than Charlie Summerfield was. And of course, they had to earn their money. There was that much about an officer. Yea, Malone wore a star in Duluth before he come here. Pat Malone, he was an old time,
SAM: Did he have a pretty tough reputation from Duluth?
FR: No, I never heard that un, I don't believe he did, as long as we knewhim here he was on the square, so I don't think he was crooked there.
SAM: Well what I mean is, someplace I heard that he had been a pretty, he hadbeen a big and a very strong man in his early days.
FR: Could have been—he was big enough—he could have been, yes. He was prettyold by the time he was out here, I guess.
SAM: He was pretty old by the time he was out here, I guess.
FR: Well, not too old. You understand he had a darn tough town in Bovill asbusy as it was in them: days—it wasn't kike it is now. You take nowadays, they're ' most all married men up there, you see,and there isn't one man workin in Bovill now where there used to bd five before. And there was lots of liquor come in there. You see, oh that town over there, Fernwood, was the last town to go dry in the country. Well, I guess Santa went down and then Fernwood way up in the summer, and they hauled it in by the wagonload— booze from that country there. And the sheriff or the policeman had soothing to do in a town like that. No, I'd never believe anything crooked about old.
SAM: Oh, all I've heard about Pat's been good. Everybody that's ever saidanything about Pat has told me he was the man for that.
FR: It's just like a fella could tell a story and let it go at that, but theyclosed down a madame, Mrs. Mox, I believe was her name, at that square house just as you cross the track on the right. Maybe that burnt down on Lewis a few years ago. But anyway, it was closed down, and bunch of them there in Bovill, you know, got together to have her sue old Pat for $1700 service, you know, Well, they never expected that to go any farther, just give old Pat a black eye.
SAM: 1700 bucks just for what?
FR: Just for body service.
SAM: Oh, I see.
FR: No, they just done that fer a joke on him
SAM: Well now, was it you that was tellin me the story about the madamethat they brought down to the station in Bovill? Did you tell me that?
SAM: Gee, I've heard a story, I think it was that they brought the lady downto Bovill and she was sick—she had somethin wrong with her, and Pat saw her at the station, and she said, "Why Pat, many is the time you and me have been together." And he says, "Poor lady, she must be out of her head."
FR: No, I never heard that un. Course there could be lots,you know, I neverwas around Bovill.
SAM: Oh, I've heard so many stories that sometimes I get em confused. But nowI've heard that with Pat you had to watch your bottle because if he got the bottle, he might finish it from what I've heard.
FR: Let's see, who's marshall there now? Some of the Halls, I suppose, huh?
SAM: I don't know.
FR: No, there used to be some pretty tough guys from Bovill back fifty, sixtyyears ago.
SAM: The other thing about Pat I've heard is that they used to like to makejokes about him—that he was funny.
FR: Yea, just like suing that lawsuit on him. That didn't cost much, you know,three or four men get together, it was practically no cost to it , you know,
LR: They'd t felt funny if he'd a jumped in and cleaned all of them.
FR: Anybody can sue anybody, yiknow the conviction is another thing, but inentering a suit there's nothing to that.
Did you get any ground on that fella that died of gas in the MinneapolisHotel?
SAM: No, I haven't. The only guy I talked to was Elmer Flodin , and I forgotto ask him about that.
FR: I think Carl would know about that.
SAM: What's the story about that now, the way you heard it? This guy was goin. ..
FR: Well, I read it in the local paper. the money was foundhere, oh not too long before we came here to Moscow, maybe the last fifteen years or so ago. This fella went to the old country, and he told somebody here, he said, "Well, when I come back, I won't be broke—I'll have some money, too."And he goes and gets as far as Minneapolis and he stopped there, and instead of turning the gas out, he blew it out, you see, so he woke up dead the next morning. And then in tearing the cabin down there, it was some years back, they found a hundred dollars in gold shoved into the crack, and of course mudded over he had the money all right.
SAM: Well, did you first start to work in the woods there in 1918? Is thatwhen you first went to the woods?
FR: No, thai about the time I quit the woods. I worked there, went up tobecause we bought this place when there were no buildingss on it or anything, and wages was big. We went up there ' twenty-two months. No I worldfrom 1906 and on up to that in the woods.
SAM: And who was it that you worked for? You work for. . .
SAM: Yea, but you were tellin me there was a guy that you were the assistantforeman for. Was that Flasher?
FR: Yea, Henry Flasher was one at Park and then tfkrion Malisonat Bovill before that, at Camp 10.
SAM: What was the first camp that you worked for?
FR: Camp 10.
FR: There was another deal there. Potlatch had run a spur out, Spur 19they called it, and they had different things on it, maybe snowplows in the summertime, you know, and stuff like that, maybe cars with railroad steel loaded on it, shoved off in there on the way. This old man Ross, he thought he was gonna get some money out of Potlatch, he went in there and homesteaded it. And he didn't make any money at it too. Potlatch knew what they was doin when they was doing that, even if it was government land. No, it wasn't Ross, it was that Swede that lived beside Lawrence's store in them days. What was his name?
LR: Compo Poe?
FR: No, that was a Frenchman, that was on the other side. Back—sort of inthe draw.
FR: No, Limer was way out, this was right beside them.
LR: Right beside what now?
SAM: Right beside Lawrence's store.
FR: The woman brought that cheese up there and give em the sample round, andthe more she heard, that homemade cheese she made, the more she chewed the(chuckles) What was their names?
LR: I don't remember.
FR: He come down and worked at Troy a while afterwards.
LR: I can't picture anybody beside Lawrence's store.
SAM: Well, anyway, what did Potlatch do? Did they just go to court?
FR: I don't know how they raade it, but I don't believe he even finished homesteadingit. They let him out up there at a camp, and he come down and worked a while, and then he went back. They let him go ahead and go to work. They didn't pay him and things like that, you know.
SAM: Well, when you first went out there, I mean 1906, now that was aboutthe time that slot xf people were taking out homesteads over towards the Clearwater and Marble Creek and back in there. I was one of them, (chuckles)
Did you? Oh, tell me about that.Well, this, what was Florence Desmore's name? Before she married? Yea.
Oh,McGary or somethin like that.
McGary, yep. This McGary, he bought alot of timber from Potlatch foundthe country before they come in here. And I think as that deal played out that I taink he bought a bunch of land over in the Weippe country for them toe. That dealP aye out, he^went to locating. So my dad and another fella down there, they thought,by God,there was a pretty good thing in there—they'd better go in a take a look at it, take it over. There was $125 location fees. So they went in, and he located em. He showed em some swell timber? but the description he gave them, you know, was aome other stuff. So they went and they filed; they paid him $25 down, each one of them on the land, and then they said for me to hurry up and come out in 1906. Well then he went in with another fella who wanted to homesteads And they got a-ridin along goin inand this McGary says to Bad, "Well, he won't need to go in there, there.
We can go in a pick it out." That made my old man kindasuspicious.He sari,"Oh, hell, he's gotta go in there and see." So then they went out. This other fella didn't file—didn't give em no money, but they got investigating. This one fella, Sam, that went in withfelad in the first placej said he didn't have anything on his 160, buf'Your dad has about forty acres of good timber on it." So they let it go—they relinquished their homesteads, but they found that out before I got out, so I didn't go in there homesteadin. That was kinda southeast from Helmer, there, or in towards Elk River the right of the Elk River road in there. I'm not sure if it's on the McGary Meadows or not, it was adjacent to it.
SAM: So your father, he gave up his homestead.
FR: Oh, yea, he had about 40 acres of timber, this other fella said, and thensaid he oughta go ahead with it, but this country was too big then, you know, too much of it.
SAM: Had he done anything to improve it by then or did he just give it up?
FR: There was no chance, you couldn't have done anything.
SAM: So McGary was just pullin one on him.
FR: Yea. He'd showed ya , you know, a nice piece of timber and give Ja thedescription of something else, yeaJhere was quite alot of that doneJ# xt was new, y' know, a new game.
SAM: One thing I've heard w«sthat alot of women homesteaded out in the countryout there.
FR: Oh, I knew of two in Orofino—I never heard of any others up in there.But Mrs. -Uncle Josh.
FR: Yea, his sister homesteaded at Orofino.
SAM: Mary, wasn't it Mary Jean?
SAM: Mary somethin Lamphear, yea.
LR: Oh, it wasn't Blanche.
FR: She never married—his sister- did she?
FR: Yea, she lived in acabin^ but Christ, you know, it wasjust the same as no place. We went in, Frank Weeks and me went in to look at a place over across the river, and we went into this fellati cabin, well it was a long way off, a coupla miles, there was a fella named Tucker had a cabin. He saved us from starvin death comin in that next night out of the river, but then this old girl, she had her homestead, and there was another woman about a mile from there—that was the only one I ever heard of. And this place where we stopped overnight going in there and comin out too. This woman, I was askin her, "Why, ain fr you afraid to live down there alone?" "What would I be afraid of?" she said. I said,"A man?" "I ain't afraid of no god damn man." (chuckles) The last time I seen her was in Troy off across on the hill there, across the track in Troy. And she was pretty worked up about it, "They ought to be drawn and gibbeted," she says.
SAM: Who? What?
FR: Mrs. Lamphear, here.
SAM: For what?
FR: The Klan had been settin up this cross.
SAM: Oh, she said that.
FR: Yea. Oh she was walkin up and down the street there pretty well worked up.
SAM: Well now, what's this about you almost starvin' to death? You just kiddin'me or were you really low on food or.
FR: Well, we went down on to the river and crossed over, and climbed UP ourand over to that place, and when we got back to his place we were pretty darn hungry. All in a day, of course.
SAM: What were you doin in there?
FR: We was goin in and lookin at a claim—there was a friend of ours in therehetook up the homestead. I didn't know of the story then like I knew it afterwards, but he was a marshall here in Troy, and he took up homesteadin' And they jumped era--alot of people juraped him and took the land away from him Well, hell when I got to hear the story of it, they wanted to in a phone line, they wanted co-operation out of them, and they wanted to work a road in there, and they wanted some co-operatium out of them which they wasr?eentit!fei to expect, but they didn't get it, so naturally the household goods was taken out of his shack and cached behind a log, and bedding and stuff. The shack burned, y' see they just simply wasn't becomina part of the community at all—he wouldn't help em out. That made them sore.
SAM: 'Cause this fella wouldn't go along with puttin in a phone line and thatsort of stuff?
FR: And roads, yea.
SAM: Oh, I see.
FR: Naturally a person would resent that—it was a big job, you know.
SAM: Did these other guys have homesteads around there, these claim jumpers?
FR: Oh yea, they brought in fellas, y'know that jumped the claims. It'sunderstandable x went in there and filed a contest on it. We had it out in the land office in Lewiston, and I learned alot more about it afterwards. Cost me a little money, but I didn't get to form it.
SAM: Nov I'm not sure X got it straight. They jumped the claim because thisguy wasn't helpin build up the country.
FR: That was what, there was an animosity betweeen then, see, and that wasjust about the way you could figure it out.
SAM: Where abouts was this at?
FR: Oh, it was up in the north fork of the Clearwater.
SAM: Well, I've heard there was lots of claim jumpin'.
FR: Oh, yea, it was big business, y'know, claim jumpin, but that'sthe only one that I ever got interested in—that was enough fer me. I think it was like that in Minnesota too.
SAM: Carl Olson told me, he thinks that there's one place out of Clarkiathat, you know, he thinks they killed a claim jumper—buried him right on the trail, the people did that had claims there. He was jumpin' the claims for the logging company, is the way that he's hard it.
FR: Well, some company might do that. You wouldn't a had a job like that forPotlatch.
SAM: But that's another thing that I've heard, that I've never known much about,is that a lot of these claims that people had, the idea was that after they proved up on it, then Potlatch or the other, I mean there's lots of lumber companies, they would buy it and then take the timber. Is that the way you've heard it too?
FR: Well, you take all that big white pine timber back, you know, individualshomesteaded and sold that to the companies, yes, but Lord, they wasn't stingy about it.
LR: What have you got that turned to?
FR: The man that had a drugstore in Troy sold out Johnson. He gotabout 17,000 out of his so they wasn't exactly niggardly abat it. No, I don't think there was anything like that went on.
SAM: Hey, do you remember anything about that big fire they had in 1910,upnorth?
FR: I was in British Columbia at the time, you bet. That was bad.
LR: Where was that?
FR: Oh, all through here, 1910 but£rinciply in the big timber. Well, I goton the train in Cal gary, but from the time we got to Pincher, now Pincher would be in northeast a little ways of Libb y, over the hill, of course, but from there clear in till we got into Mead, you could see forest fires that way all along. The train would stop anywheres and let off a bunch of men or take on a bunch of men. And it went into, tnat was tne Elk River mill was burnt and another fella went into Spokane, and so we thought well,we'll go over to a new mill goin on up there. When we went out of Spokane, you couldn't find hardly an idle man in there, and jobs—you could have anything you wanted to do, you know, the billboards in them days was on Main Avenue, the big blackboards up, you know, jobs and everything, here and there, so much money And we went out to Elk River—we worked a half a day there. It set in rainin—I probably would have stayed longer,but he didn't have any blankets, and I had, and they had spring beds there and no mattresses or anything. And I didn't want to work the next morning; I quit. The rains started then, and by gosh, you know, Spokane, oh Lordthem streets below there, Main and Front, they was just black with men in there all the time. And you couldn't get a job no place. I went on out to Dover, y' see, I scaled there until they shut down that shift. Then I went back into British Columbia. But that was the fire.
SAM: That put the fire out then, that rain did, eh?
FR: Oh yea. That's what crowded the men into the townAnd we got off the trainat Elk River, there, she was a new raw town then y'know, and a guy comes up to us with a star on and he says, "Are you fiB fightes?" And this fella with me says,"lio, by God, were booze fighters." (chuckles)
SAM: What was Elk Riirer then? Was there anything there but tents?
FR: Oh yea. There were rough buildings all over—lots of em, building aroundboarding that mill. The Potlatchdidn't have their own house UP yet. It's funny too because the mill was pretty well up, there was no machinery installed. But we got a ticket on a railroad boarding house or something. You'd check your ticket as you come in the door, they'd check to see if you had a ticket, then as you went out a guy punched your ticket. They got you both ways. So it was George Lowden was bookkeeper there then. He married Deary's son-in-law, I think it was. It was cold and wet, and we had this room, just a log cabin there, a lot of hot water in it and wash basins, y'know, and it had a shower or two in it. He come in there and said, "What's the matter? Aren't ya gonna go to work tomorrow?" I give him some grouchy answer y'know. I says,"You want these tickets?" "No," he says, "what the hell do I want with them?" All right, I gived the tickets to some other guy that hadn't a job yet. It'd be good for a meal, y* know, there was no name or anything on it. So over at the depot, he come over and says, "I'd like to have them tickets." I say, "I ain't got the tickets, why in the hell would I want to be packin em around?" Lowden, he was bookkeeper of the company and in-law I think of Deary's, and postmaster, and he come out short quite a few hundred dollars in his time in there, and they done shipped him out of there. Then he went to Boise, of course.
SAM: He came out short keepin his time, yau mean he lost money?
FR: Yea, well he appropriated money that didn't belong to him.
SAM: This meal ticket stuff didn't last very long, I take it.
FR: Oh, I imagine they must have got a boarding house up pretty soon andhandled their own/ They had put up a, I seen afterwards a great big one there, a two or three story boarding house. But why fan't have it long before that I can't figure out.
SAM: What about old Deary? Did you ever know him?
FR: Never knew him at all, no.
SAM: Did they talk about him in the woods? I mean I've heard stories about hm.
FR: Oh not, you never heard anything that he wasn't all right..
SAM: Well, the big story I've heard about Deary is the story about him discoputtin the mill here in Moscow and deciding to put it in Potlatch. Have you heard that story?
FR: Oh, yes. They had a survey . ran tntou£hTroy in there, in the earlydays there, instead of going the way it went. And old T. P.,Jones, in Troy, he says, "Well, by God if you don't co-operate with us, we'll make the grass grow in your streets." Now there was a fellow, you'll hear quite a lot of talk to discredit him. But now you take an able-bodied man, if T.P. Jones didn't like the way he was doin things, he could sure as thunder bawl you out and give it to you. But let somebody get hurt, and by God, he took care of em.
SAM: What are the run ins, the deals between him and Flasher that you remember?You were tellin me that they.
FR: Well, they were raised together. He was a walker, y' see, what theycall the superintendant ...
SAM: Who? Jones was?
FR: Yea. And Flasher was a push, a camp foreman. And they were raised together in Wisconsin. "Yea, why don't you tell him to go to Hell?" But a man wouldn't make a Goddamn cent tellin him to go to helll" I said, "No, but he'd feel a whole lot better. The old devil—he never ate bread. He'd sit down at the table, he'd take a piece of cake or somethin, but he'd never eat bread.
SAM: Who was this now, Jones?
SAM: Flasher, oh.
FR: Yea, Jones died He was an invalid there at Troy. Some people was taken inWho was it?
LR: Right back of Erickson's store, y'know, right on the corner, no not righton the corner, but you mean the nursing home there?
FR: No, there was somebody in the country that he was staying with,though.
LR: Oh, I don't know about that.
FR: Up in around.
SAM: He had some relation in Troy, is what I've heard.
FR: Well, yea, he's got a brother there. That little. . .
LR: T. P. Jones?
FR: Yea, what's that little devil's name?
FR: He lives right, well you know where Jimmy Arnst is?
FR: And the big house on the corner Mrs.Roush lives in, well that little houseback there, his brother lives there.
LR: Oh, you mean Shepard's father-in-law?
FR: Yea, what's his first name?
LR: He's related to T. P.?
FR: Brother of T. P. Jones.
LR: Oh for gosh sakes.
SAM: Well, what's his name? Wonder what his first name, what's his last name?Jones?
Yea. Let's see. There was Bob Jones and Tom—T. P. and.I don't know what this Jones is.
Well, I believe this is Bob's son.
He was in the hospital up here—same operation as Frank.Yep.
Last June, wasn't it?
This Mr. Jones.
LR: What is his name? I don't know. Guy, Guy Jones.
FR: Yea, that's the guy, a little fella.
SAM: Would he be his brother or his nephew?
FR: Brother, no it'd be a nephew, that's right, Bob's son, yea. It was T. P.and Bob, and it seems to me there was another one of them older fellas. Maybe it was just the two, but this guy is Bob's boy.
SAM: tohat was it about T. P. would get pushes goin? You know,wouldmake em argue with rim? Would he like to tell guys to do things that they didn't seem to want to do. Would that be it?
FR: Oh, well, you're talkin about the. . .
SAM: The time with Flasher, that you told Flasher to. . .
FR: oh, that was over, just because it delayed him on the road. He was impatient, y'know, he had a pretty short fuse on him, and he was impatient about it. He ordered not to blow a God damn thing over thirty, forty feet away from the hole," he said. "This woods is full of these people's horses and cattle and them, and you're liable to do damage right away." Of course, he forgot thatDefore he gd: back to Bovill, y'know. So a Swede said to him after her left, HAnd now »slasher, what about this shtin "The hell with it. now?" "Blow them to hell," he said, B low em to hell." He was mad. he said, (chuckles) yeah, he'd give the Swede kind of a goin over not blamin you, I'm blamin your foreman."
SAM: Now the rule was that you were supposed to have everybody cleared away,out for more than thirty, forty feet?
FR: Yea. But of course, as Jones said, "There could be somebody back a littleways in the timber and that fella could get Then he come in, and I guess he thought things wasn't goin fast enough, he wanted water holes in in his school section—he was makin holes all over in dtferent convenient places to get water for those horses and machines they had in there,so he'd go to work and he was talkin to him about it. And he said, "By God, and I want you to do it right away. Dig down and get four boKes of powder,set em down inside.Cover them up and set em off." Well, it was wastin three boxes of powder at least doin that, y'know. Of course, it was Potlatch money, and they had lots of it. The Flasher told me to take the powder out, and I said, "You know the way to do it, you heard him say it."Hje said, "Yea." I said,"We coild dig down five or six feet and do it with one box more than what we'd get with these four. 'Yea, but God damn it, that's what he wants, and we'll give it to himl" And we did.Well, it went'puff'y'know, blew out and a hell of a lot of mud run back in. It made holes, all right, that caught water. But that wasn't no way to do it. But it suited him all right. It was what he ordered—if you'd do it the way he told you, why it was all right.
SAM: Well, what did the guys have against T. P. Jones? Why is it that a lot ofi guys didn't like him? Was it because he was short fused? Would that be it?.
FR: Well, I don't toto I couldn't.
SAM: Maybe just 'cause he was the boss.
FR: Yea, I think it was more that he was boss than anything, and wantingi've favors that they didn't get, you know. But I seen lots of cripples around there that he'd send em out to camp and put them out there,go to work, sh in camp would get a check em out to another camp. One fella, one time, he met him, he got injured, he met him in Bovill, and he said, "What* the matter? I don't see you down around Camp 8 anymore." ,No," he says, "I don't feel good." "Well, Goddamn it, you're able to pack a dinner bucket, ain't ya? Get your bucket and get out there."
SAM: So he was good to guys that were in bad shape.
FR: n You're dam right he was, yea, he couldn't a been better. So I don'tcondemn the man all around on that. A man that'll do that, know What he does to a well man is one thing, but what you do to an invalid, thats somethin else again. No, he was good. He oould fly off a little easy, but not too bad. We put that high line in at, we got a forest ranger over here, now y' know, that wants things done different—he wants to put in ahigh line. Well» now on the8e little shirttails of timber that we've got here and there that they logged, and you consider the price of them tnev Put that high line in from, oh I wouldn't know where to say it was put in from, up around on that meadow where the clay company's got the lake now, up in there someplace.
FR: They run it back in over the hills and through good timber. I worked onthat and so did T. P-he worked like hell too. You see some places you'd have to dig into a hill over a high spot to let the logs go through and more places they were ninety feet above the ground.Well, now when it was to* expensive a deal for Potlatch in good timber, what's a gyppo goin to do with these little patches of timber, that kind of stuff. It isn't practical, leave it there, burnt it down, you couldn't afford to buy the lumber out of that for what the pricewould bring.
SAM: Were you workin out there when that big fire came off of Beale's Butteand almost burnt down Bovill? Were you around then?
FR: Well, that would be the fire of '10—it muat be.
SAM: No, there was one-it was '14, as I remember it. There was a, Beal'sButte fire, they call it.
FR: Yea, I remember that son-of-a-gun, too, yea. They got scared in that too
SAM: Were you out workin in the woods then?
FR: I was workin then. I don't remember much about it, must not a done muchabout it. It was other men than us fellas at the camp, I was in Joe Pippin camp then. It was a rag camp—it was tents. There was a donkey guy got sore and threw him into a tent there, at the scaler I guess Must have been frig Gil's camp. I wasn't in there too long, but I was in there for that fire, all right. But that was nothing compared to the fire of '16, y'know. Y' see in 1919 they called us all out and took us up to Bovill on a fire there. Hell, they cleaned all the camps around Helmer—three foor big camps there. We got out there and we had to wait to get down to the main line in Bovill a couple hours. And then we got out—we hiked around for about over an hour or so? haden to wait a devil of a while to get on the main line again. And then we got in there and after a while when they got us back home they gave us, I don't know, time or time and a half for all that stuff £ut we didn't do an hour's work. The big job was walkin from the camp our to Helmer. But it was all right in case was needed.
SAM: What do you remember Big Gil being like?
FR: Oh, he was a big, quiet, decent Frenchman. Yea. I was tellin you about howhe was come back the second shave.
SAM: Oh, tell me that one again.
FR: Well, let's see, Verdun was Ms , wasn't it, that had that restaurant andpool hall, some rooms upstairs. Wasn't their names Verduns ? And he had a woman who was pretty handy. She could cook, she could tend the front, she had barber chair in there. So Gil come in there and he got a shave. And in a couple of hours after, he come back in there to get another shave. So she thought maybe his memory was a little short. Of course now, this could be a darn lie on Gil, I don't know, I didn't see it, y know. And She said, "Now Mr. Gil, I shaved you a couple of hours ago." "Yea," he says, "but I like the feel of your little hand on my face." (chuckles) That'd be a big conversation for Gil, y'know.
LR: I bet that was just a story made up on him.as I say and heard it.
FR: It could be, yea. But I wasn't there I knew Gil, i knew her.No, Gil could take a drink of liquor and keep his mouth shut; take another one and keep his mouth shut—he never got noisy or anything. You couldn't hardly tell he had a jag on unless he told you.
LR: Why won't it work that way on you?
SAM: Well, different folks is different.
FR: I'm not a Frenchman, (chuckles)
LR: His is so used to goin that way all the time (Flaps had open and shut)he can't do anything else.
SAM: Well, Idon't know, but I sure Like htm.
SAM: Yea, and I sure like stories too.
LR: You don't know. . .
SAM: Well, sure I don't know him like you.
LR: Well, y'know, he wants to do all the talking. When our kids were justkids at home, y'know,anybody come over, Frank, he was gonna do all the talking. Somebody's gonna say something,when Frank gets started. So the kids and I got it on him, y' see, we have two girls, and the oldest one, I think it was her. Andout on Burnt Ridge there was a guy named ffeer Dragstead, boy he was a talker. And he called up one time, and I don't know whether this was . . . We lived out there where these Blooms live, y know, and so we got Frank in there and Dragstead was an awful big talker and Frank couldnft get a word in. And pretty soon why, Frank said, Well, yea, good bye." And he turned around, why whichever girl it was, I dan't know which it was says, "Daddy, why didn't you do some af the taikin?"(Frank chuckles)
He can't talk without swearin, he says,or "He wouldn't let me." (chuckles)She says, "That's what Mom and I knaw." and he couldn't, We sat back of Frank there, and Frank was tryin to say somethin, and she'd just go that way. (She makes her hands flap open and closed, like mauths talking) And then when Iver got through talkin Frank didn't get to say nearly anything. And he turned around and she said, "Dadjr, why didn't you do some of the talkin?" He said,"Well the damn fool wouldn't let me." (chuckles)
FR: I'll give you a story on Dragstead, though not for publication. Well, I wasroad supervisor down there, no , this was before I was the road supervisor, I was a grader man there. And we had a servijce wagan and Dragstead, he was out with us. He was a raad boss At that time they had nine districts; they consolidated a year or two afterwards into one district and turned it over ta me. So he was pretty much with the grader when it was out on the ridge there. And we went down into this Camp's Canyon, and our rig was parked up on tap there, so we left the thing in the canyan and came out, and got in our rig. So he said he'd get aut down at the corner belaw the cemetery and walk home, well he was way Aller down—let see,who lives there now in that place?
LR: I don't know if there's anybody there.
FR: Anyways, you go straight down Burnt Ridge and you made that turn by thehouse, right at the corner—that's where he lived. So we said we'd take hra heme. "Well," he says, "much obliged, I'm tired all right enough." ewent down there? sMd' "Let's go intoanehavena drink. Now he never but bootlegged himself, you know there had to be customers or the wouldn't have An the barn there doing something, been bootleggers, (chuckles) They were1 He was lookin in a manger there for a jug. and this Paul Carlson, what was his first name—his father-in -law?
FR: He was lookin around.
LR: Joe Carlson?
FR: No,Martin, old Martin Carlson, y'know.
LR: Oh, his father-in-law, yea.
FR: He said, "What are you lookin fer?" "I'm lookin for that goddamn jug, Pa."And he was scratchin around, and he said, "Well, I think I can get one, asd fee went off to another manger. "Never mind the jug, Pa, I got one." That's the way that barn was fixed up. (Laughs) And we had a few snorts there goin home with us; Joe Matson was the brother-in-law of Axel Bowman7 .was driving. He says, "This reminds me of that advertisement: 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel.' his mouth'd go like that y'know, and the
LR: Another thing about Frank doin all the talking handsthere out and arms goin, talking. And some fella come over to our house on the ridge, I don't remember who it was. He was standin out there in front of the little garage talkin and one would talk some and his mouth would like that (Flaps her hands open and shut) and the other was goin like that. So. . .
FR: She was jealous because she wasn't there to do most the.
LR: And this was our youngest daughter now that lives in Spokane, just a girlgoin to grade school. So we'd look out there and watch that ahd their mouths just goin like that, y' know. (Fraps her hands open and shut) And we got so tickled at it for some reason Frank looked toward the aouse, and we was leaning over anyway a little davenport—loveseat, we called it—across the window facing the front of the house, and we was either kneeling on it or leaning over it there* And when Frank looked up at the house we had our hands goin like that, y'know. (Flaps her hands open and shut) And he knew what that meant. And he couldn't hardly talk* for lookin back to the house. And when he'd start to look, we'd get our hands going. So after a while the guy left, and Frank come back in, and we got our hands to goin and he said, "Oh, you goddamn fools"(laughs) He wasn't mad about it—it sure got his goat that we had our hands goin.
SAM: Well, I'll tell ya, as far as I'm concerned, y'know, they're a lot ofguys that don't remember much about the old times, or they don't talk about 'em at all. Well, guys that remember and talk about 'em, to me, you just can't beat 'em. Y'know, really, I think it's wonderful because it means that, well, you've got a terrific memory about the old days, and you know how to tell a story.
LR: He remembers things way back like that, a lot of things that I've forgottenabout and just seems like I never knew about 'em, but.
FR: Right now. . .
LR: Right now I tell home something yesterday or the day before, and he justdeclare that I didn't tell him, he didn't know anything about it.
SAM: Well, it's not so interesting, what's goin on these days—it was betterwhat was goin on back then I think.
Well now, she's gonna tell a joke on me, first. It was at my expense.Look out now, look out now. I'm gonna tell one on her. There's too many on you. I was sittin readin the paper one evening in the living room there. She come in and they^set off a firecracker-So they were gonna scare me with it, y' know ; they jumped instead of me jumpin. So, I said, "You got any more firecrackers?" Yea, yea they had another one. So just to the left of the oor i had a 45 Colt six-shooter hangin up there, of course I never had one around, but never had it empty. I just picked it lit the firecracker, throwed it out and fired the up and carried it behind me, six-shooter
LR: Anything he had an excuse to shoot a gun. He was crazy to shoot thatgun y'know. And he didn't like it when I wouldn't allow it hangin in the front room. I let him hang it up in the, I think I put the up way up myself so that it'd keep warm and dry, y'know and everything in the kitchen. And he didn'ilike it because it didn't hang in the front room. And the oldest daughter is like this—she likes guns out in the front room. She likes a rack of guns out. And I wouldn't allow that—I just would not have a gun out in the front.
Would you tell me the story again about the wild man of Burnt Ridge?(laughs)
Joe Carlson, eh?
That's such a good story.
Well, it actually happened. I was wondering here the other day—I don'tknow how that ever got started. The story was there was a wild man on Burnt Ridge and down in the canyon, y'know, and he was seen all over in there- the wild man on Burnt Ridge. But I didn't take much stock in that or any thing, y'know, and he was over on Burnt Ridge and I was over here, and I wasn't afraid of him or anything—he'd probably stay over there. And I said to Ted Sundell and his wife, they was the ones who was tellin me about it, I said,"Oh, that's just a story." They was then living or had lived on Burnt Ridge awhile, Ted and Emma. And I said, "Oh, that's just somebody's story. These days there couldn't be a wild man livin like that, where would he live? He'd have to come out and have groceries or somebody who'd bring his groceries to him. How does he live?"
Well, they didn'tknow but there sure was a wild man out there, she was so sure And so,well it went on like that. So long after I'd been hearing about the wild man on Burnt Ridge, One day the girl^s was in school and Frank was off to work, and I was in tae kitchen, and everything was quiet, and just me washing dishes or whatever I was doing. And all of a sudden an awful pounding out the front way, the front of the house. Well, I come out of the kitchen, and I couldn't imagine what ra a regular pounding, y'know. It wasn't like anybody knocking, and what in the world that? I was just a little bit afraid to go to the door, y'know, but still I had to go see. So I come out of the kitchen and out through the front room, and I got to the door there, screen door, walked right up to the screen like that one out there—we didn't have any hallway there, and I walked up there. Well, as I come to the door, I didn't see anyone, and I walked right up there and I didn't see anyone—as much as I could see without opting the door, I couldn't see anybody. Sd I thought,fWell my goodness, what made that noise?' So I opened the screen anil was goin to look out and around a little. And when I looked out, there he stood over just about like that tree is out there quite a little trom the house. We had porch built on another door there on that the old the same side. And dickens, he hadn't come up and knocked at door; he walked and he stood up there' and pounded his, it wasn't a Pane, it was a. . . Jacob's stuff.
LR: Big stick he hri for a walking cane, y'know. And well, the wild man onBurnt Ridge, y'know, and he had big heavy eyebrows, and he had a big mustache, and he had.
FR: Eyes stuck out, probably with goiter.
LR: And he had big buggy eyes. And boy, (chuckles) I tell you I was scared whenI seen him! Boy, there's the wild .man Burnt Ridge—What am I going to do? So i spoke to him to see if wild man could talk he asked me if Frank was home ,and I told him where he was, He'd come over to see somethin about road work y'know. And then he told me who he was. He said he lived over on Burnt Ridge, he was Joe Carlson. Boy, I tell you I about fainted then when I found out who it was—he scared me so bad. (laughs)
FR: Let's see, his place would be the Wallner place, down there today.
LR: But now i sn't it funny that he wouldn't have come up to one door—likeup there at the garage would be one door, and here would be the other daor because the house was built in an L-shape and it was long. Well, why din't he come up and knock with his hand or just tap with his cariV but instead of that he come up there at that porch and just really pounded it y'know.
Do you think he knew that you were scared to death?I don't think so. You didn't scream when you saw him. No, I didnt—I didn't want to get that wild man excitedl (laughs) I was just in hopes that he'd say his business and what it was all about and—no, I don't think he knew he scared me.
FR: And I-had another story there—it wouldn't be for publication. They had a$oh I don't know, I guess it was a dance, maybe they didn't, but they used to have quite a time about getting a chance to dance in the Spring Valley it all the time ecnoolnouse. bunch of people there that was Opposed to But anyway, they had a party there, and there were a coupla Olson boys on the ridge there, and they were drunk and there were a coupla other guys with themthe Olsons and Carl Cox, and who else was it? It doesn't make any difference This Mrs. S. she had one of her grandchildren in her arms, carrying it around—the kid was crying, y'know. This Olson walked by, he was pretty drunk, "Shut up you little son-of-a-bitchl" he said. The old lady hauled off and slapped hirrf. (laughs)
LR: You couldn't expect anything else. She was an old woman, and she wasjust, as they say, 'good as gold', and she was religious. She didn't go to church or anything, but she had her own ideas about religion and goodness and everything. You couldn't find a person goin' to church that was any more sincere and good, y'know. And he called that kid that name, and Frank had talked to her about it afterwards, and she just laughed and she said, "Wasn't that awful that I'd do a thing like that?"
FR: Her husband bawled her out for disturbing things at the party.
LR: She put her hand over her mouth and said, "Wasn'tthat awful what I done?" (laughs)"But he just made me so mad," she said,"I just did it before I knew what I was doing." (laughs)
FR: This Mrs. McKeon, she and my dad had a set-to about something. The placewas all one farm at one time y'know afd Bad bought part of it but split off and left a corner about like that, acro*s the road. That's alcng where Gabriel got into trouble, too. Well, I didn't know but they were chewing the rag about it after we got to wanting it. I asked her, I said,"Have you got your deed here, Mrs. McKeon?"She said,"Yes." Isaid, "Let me see it." Well, I read her deed—it called for selling a certain point around and to the count y road. Well, y'see that meant that was her land over there. So the old man, he thought it was his, maybe.
LR: Now the old man—he's ad y' see.
FR: He liked a shootin* match anyhow.
LR: They fought over that little piece there for years. He claimed it and sheclaimed it.
SAM: Well how big was it?
FR: Well it was a matter of probably half, three-quarters of an acre, there.And straight up the hill besides. But I got her deed and seen where it was sold off of it y'know-that showed the amount it was. But I don't know what it was, but she came out there with a shotgun. If Anna Marie had put that in the paper, we wouldn't have given a damn, we wouldn't have said anything. She come out with a shotgun, the old man grabbed the shotgun and he broke it in two, (laughter) and threw it down there. Well that went on fine. We heard about it as soon as we lived in Helmer and we moved down the spring of '19, wasn't it?
LR: Yea, It must have been.
FR: So we ... at the house just above the neighbors, we stopped and put ourhorses in there, well we was goln to town,we stopped in to see her. She got up and was walkin over and I said,"Now, Mrs. McKeon, you and the old man got all the trouble you wanta—I don't want anything to do with it." It kinda got her goat that way. Then she laughed and she said, "Well, when he gets mad he'd a mean lookin old devill"(laughs)
LR: People, to his dad ,said, "Well now you know you damned old foolwhat you done?" You went over there and you took the gun away from her and bent it over your knee, and now you go over there and you can't get away from her. She could shoot around the tree or bush or anything and get ya. (laughter)
SAM: He said that?
LR: No, other people that heard about it, they'd say, "Well, he bent the gunon her and now she could shoot around things and get ya I" Crooked barrel y'see.
Yea, right.Oh my, they had some times. The gun wasn't even loaded.
Our oldest daughter, she wasn't in school then, she was about oh five orsix, I imagine—well she might have been about seven at this time because she didn't gotto school till she was about eight, nd she'd go across the hill from over where we lived on Burnt Ridge. y'know, where Blooms are. And she'd go kitty-cornered across the valley and the hill over to McKeons then place y'know, and right across the road was where his dad lived. So she'd take her dog and go over there—she'd stay overnight with grandpa sometimes. So one night Mr. McKeon was out, well it was just gettin almost dark. And he studied it out—he could see somebody and he didn't know for sure who it was, and he figured out, well now that's Florence and her dog, and she was going home. And he says,"Is that you, Florence?" And she says, "Yes." And he says,"What are you doin out this time of night, out after it's dark. You shouldn't be out like this after it's dark." "Oh, that's all right, I got my dog with mel" And I don't Inow whether it was that trip or not—noi? she stayed over there and the dog was coming home. But she had her dog with her all right. Well, I was wondering if she had the dog with her. well she wasn't afraid anyway, I don't think. always tell that and laugh," he says that's pretty good, she said,'Oh I'm not afraid, I've got my dog with mel" But one night she and the dog went over there, and I guess the dog thought she had gone home—she stayed overnight with grandpa Tfnyway, the dog decided to go home, and on his way over, why Mr. McKeon had put some poison out there someplace along where the dog got it,for coyotes, and the dog got some of it and it got him. So he always felt bad about that. But he'd always laugh to tell that, well as long as she had her dog, nothing could happen to her.
Was that Mrs. Johnson that saved the chickens that had eaten the poison?Yea, Butcher Johnson's, yea. Was that itcher Johnson's wife? Yea. What was the story about that?
LR: Well, I don't remember it myself.
SAM: it was you that told me.
FR: We were batching there, and it was kinda dirty, y'know and mice got inthe cellar. Sd I had some grain treated for squirrels, yknow, and it was in the cellar too, so I just set the bucket down and took the lid off^ it so the mice would get in it. Well of course, she come along then, she was cleaning things up around there y'see, and she left the door open for it to air out and the chickens got in there. Then Mrs Johnson, she come down and walkin in with a chicken or two, wanted to know what happened to her chickens. Sothen she got busy and swtbed 'em out, with grease was it in tneir throats?
LR: I don't know—I don't remember a thing about that.
FR: She saved quite a few of them—she did lose some though.
SAM: She swabbed out their throats?
FR: I think that'd be what she done, taken *em and swabbed 'em.
LR: I don't remember, but she probably had me melt some lard or butter orsomething y'know, then pour it in their mouth and hold it so it run down their throat y'know.
But I don't remember that at all.that was
FR: Yea, the first time she come down to see ya.
SAM: And she's the one that gave you a shivaree too?
LR: Yea, we went up workin on the garden and all of a sudden,pound, pound, bang, bang, and I said to Frank, "What in the world is that? What's she doin?" Well he says, "She's shivareein us." (laughs) Afterwards she asked how we liked the shivaree she give us. And she says, "Well, I didn't get to go to the shivaree with the rest of 'enubut I just thought I'd get one of rayon ya." She had an old boiler, cans and stuff out there, y'know, pound the dickens out of em, she made quite a racket, all right. We was over on the hill and workin' in the garden.
SAM: He figured at the time that she was shivaree in?
Yea. He said, "Oh, that's grandma shivareein us." (laughs) I hadn't seenher yet—this was when we were first married. See we were married the second of April, and then along the last of May or somewhere along there we'd be plantin some of the early garden,y'know. But we had to go up on the hill down in there where McKeon's live and where our house was, why it was too frosty to raise any garden down there. We had to go up on the hill, and that was just a little ways across from where grandma, where the Johnsons lived.
FR: The old man, he was in one of many farmer's unions they organized in Troythey was in the early days, y'know. Finally they broke up, paying out to each man so much, they handed his share. y'know. "Well," he says, "Where is the principal? This here's the interest—where's the principa ?" He says, "That's the whole thing." "Well, evidently there's no principle to the son of a bitch!" (laghs) They fixed that up. this new one that they formed now—Grain Growers, now.
LR: They were a funny couple. He'd go downtown in the car and oh, maybe ahalf hour or an hour or so,voutd see Grandina walk into town. And so after a while, I might see him, I didn't always see them come back. but she'd be with him, but she'd always be in the back seat. I don't know how many times that I'd see him go to town in the car and then I'd see grandma come down, and I'd see her goin around the hillside che road up there. She'd walk to town.
FR: Well, y' see he'd go down early to his store and she'd have chores to do.When she was tell about old ays there, ahesaid, "I cut cutwood and Johnson, he hauled in to Moscow, two dollars a cord." She cut the wood there-that was homesteading y'see. She cut the cordwood at home, and Johnson, he got it to Moscow at two dollars a cord.
SAM: I guess she was expected to do allot of the heavy work?
FR: Oh, and did, yea.
LR: Oh there was women down there in my time'that they made wood for thenext load while their husband took the wood that thefd already made into town.
FR: Mrs. Hickman, up here, and she was a small woman, but as Charlie sad, "Whilewe was out in harvest by Jgod she cut forty cord of wood.
LR: Who was that--a man and a boy or two, they had several kids, would take aload into town and her and some of the other kids^they'd go ahead and makin another load while they were gone. By the time they'd get bacl? luhey'd either have or pretty near have another load ready to go. Who was that? Would that be Sleds, or who was that?
FR: Tom Hendricks, most likely.
LR: No, they lived more down on Randall Flat.
FR: Yea, where those people live?.
LR: I always thought they lived more down on Randall Flat.
FR: Well, Hendricks did too.
LR: Oh Hendricks—up there where Tom died?
FR: No, god no, Tom lived for years ddwn on the flat y'know.
LR: Well, that must be who it was then.
FR: Yea, that's about who it was. Tom lived for years.
LR: (laughs) There's a good story about Mrs. Hendricks, She was a hunter—she'dgo out hunting with her husband and the men. So "Well," he said,"you stay up here in the open and I guess kinda hidout and he'd go down around and flush out the deer up on top. So he did and what was she doing, She deer come up and she didn't get it.
FR: She sat down on a stump and got her cigarettes out, and looked atthe stump, and she was sittin' there, and zip the deer went by her.
LR: The darned old fool, one was sittin there, got her smokeready to smoke. Down there in all that brush they ran the deer out, and the deer got away, (laughs)
FR: He said, "What made me mad, she didn't even have the goddamn gun loaded, (laughs)Yea, she was a woman o never smoked until she got to be forty years of age, and then she wanted her two packs a day. She went after it right.
SAM: Did you ever hear of old man Kioies, his name was, he disappeared?
Well, they found him, though. Yea.He died on the trail goin home. Yes, he's got a son here in town, hasn't he?
LR: Yea, I think it must be his son, Jerry Rimes here in town.
FR: Yea, Jerry Kimes.
LR: It was his father. And his daughter, Glen Piersons, they lived ©tit enthe ridge at the time, and I don't know whether he had been out there to his daughter's or whether he just come into town.
FR: Been to town, had a gallon of coal oil with him.
LR: Come in to town for groceries and something, y'know, and then as he's goinback, why he got tiredrand what did he do? He built a fire, wasn't it?
FR: Yea, he was born tired.
LR: And he sit down to rest awhile and warm up that fire, and it burnt thetree off and it fell over.
FR: I was an old snag, a piece of it.
LR: It fell over on him--it killed him.
SAM: A snag off the tree. Or was it the whole tree?
FR: No, I don't suppose it was, it was off-it.
SAM: Yea, probably a big branch or limb.
LR: I have an idea, what I always thought it was, I believe that they saidso—it was a snag itself, a tree that didn't get very big ana got snaggled off, you know, and it was just
FR: He had this gallon coal oil can along with him and started a fire there,and maybe went to sleep—anyway, he didn't wake 4ip. Yea, he was lost for a helluva while.
FR: They didn't find him for quite awhile.
SAM: Oh really? Did they search for him?
LR: Somebody borrowed our snowshoes to—it was awful deep snow then. Theyfigured he was somewhere on the trail, had got overcome, y'know, had a heart attack or something, and they were out on snowshoes and skiis and everything lookin for him. So I don't know who it was now, somebody got snowshoes from us and was helpin look for him. And they found him all right.
SAM: I had heard that somebody'd had a dream about that time.to point to whereto find him. I don't know if there's any truth to that.
FR: Let's see, the man that found him lives out there out of Troy today.
FR: Haverburg up the Big Meadow is the man who found him. He come and gotour skiis, y'know, and he was doin some more lookin. On skiis, huh?
Yea, you could see Haverburg, it's about three miles out of Troy.He lives out between Troy and Deary? No.
FR: On the back road.
LR: Big Meadow.
SAM: Oh, Big Meadow, oh O.K.
FR: Uh huh.
FR: Tubby Haverburg.
SAM: What's his first name?
LR: You said Tubby. I don't know whether that's, let's see. . .
FR: He's the only Haverburg there, anyhow.
SAM: Was Thorwall his first name? I seem to remember the name Thorvall orThorwall?
LR: Yea, I think that's his name, Thorwald, or something like that.
LR: Tubby would only be a nickname, y'know.
FR: Yea, it's easier to say.
LR: I think that's what it is.
FR: That could be?-Thorwall. There was three of them.
LR: Well, what become of that one that married Susie Shepard?
FR: I guess he's still workin at it.
LR: There in town?
LR: Oh, well there's another Haverburg, but is the Haverburg ...
LR: ... out in the country.
FR: She lived in the second house on the corner straight back of Jimmy Arnott'sthere. And he lives there, but y'know. . .
LR: I don't know what his name is. What is his name?
FR: I can't say what his name is. It might have been him, by god, that foundhim, not the guy on the farm.
SAM: I think I've heard that this Haverbirg guy did find him. That it was him.
FR: Yea, he come up to me and wanted to get our skiis—we had a pair of theseCanadian webs, y'know. And I asked him about it, and he said he wanted to hunt for the old fellow—we let him take it. But I'm not sure which one, whether it was Tubby or Thorvall that done it.
LR: Well, I don't know what their names are, which is which. There was one of themnamed Thor.
LR: He hadn't and I said,"Well, before you laugh too much at somebody elseyou better look at yourself."(laughs)
FR: Well, now you know well it was a dream orme, laughing at you eating,have to pay the grocery bill. There's nothing funny about that, the way you eat.
SAM: You really dreamt that he was lookin at you. . .
FR: She lost her appetitet
LR: I was sittin there at the table eating, and he'd got through eatingand he was standing there, out from the table a little ways, just standin there lookin at me eating, laughin. "Oh," I sad,"What's so funny?" "Oh," he said, "just the way you eat." So he kept laughin, and I said,"Say, did you ever, with all the lookin glasses around here', did you ever look at yourself when you eat? You'd better take a look!" (laughs)
FR: Does Clarence Johnson batch on the farm out there?
SAM: I don't know. Clarence Johnson, y» mean? Oh, he's still there, oh yea.
FR: He's there alone then.
SAM: Yea, he's there alone, but his son, y'know, he's not very far.
FR: Just half a mile away.
SAM: In fact, the other raoftng when we came down the canyon there,the roadwas just full of snow and ice and junk until from Calvin Johnson's place down to Clarence's place.it was nice, level, plowed out. I'm sure he just plowed down and plowed out his father's driveway.
LR: Yea, there's a nice-boy. He's just like his dad—there's not a lazy bonein him, y'know. Just all business and not lazy. That Calvin is an awful nice boy. He's just like his dad.
FR: I went over there one morning"" he was one of the highway commissioners, andI wanted to see him about some business on the road. And I got over there, oh, before five O'clock, I wanted to get over there and they just get home get breakfast, and g«§t out, and I'd get to work at seven. And by god he wasn't up yet out there, and pretty soon his brother drove in, and he said, "I wonder what's goin on with these horses? They ain't fed nor harnessed" (laughs) He'd come in, worked together all the time, y'see.
SAM: This was Clarence?
FR: Yea, Clarence and his brother Elmer.
LR: It was Elmer that come in and wanted to know what was going on.
FR: He wanted to know why the horses wasn't fed yet,five o'clock in the morning—before five.
LR: Clarence's wife ' told me one time, she was tellin me how hekilled a horse—workin the horse in the field, how he killed it . She was just awful disgusted and mad at him for it. She'd been trying to get him to take care of his stock and slow down, and she says," Aw, him and Elmer both, they're just crazy workers. They don't know when enough's enough. Clarence is bad enough, but that Elmer, he is impossible!"
FR: And they're small men too.
LR: Clarence was working over in the field __ like you'd be up there atthe house where we lived, and I'd look out across over down toward the canyon. And oh, it was an awful hot and sultry dayind y'know there's a difference between a day of bein just real hot and a day that's hot and . . .
LR: And you just can't hardly breathe. And he always had a whip- was farmingwith horses at that time. Ihey were still with horses, anyway. And he was goin with the whip, and hollerin at em and whippin em. And so he was goin around the fields like that. I thought,'My goodness, the way you're crowdin those horses, if you don't kill em it's going to be funny, a day like this.' So about a half an hour or so, I looked over there and I seen a big smoke over just out of the plowed field and over in the brush there—a big fire going, smoke coming out of there. And of course I didn't know what was happening, I dfn't see the horse fall or didn't know what it was. Found out afterwards that he just cfewded the horses and this horse just couldn't take it, and he just dropped dead. So I suppose he went to the house then„or majbehis brother just come down for some reason, but they drug that horse over into the brush and burned it. And on, was his wife mad at him. "6h," she says,"I am so mad at Clarence I don't know what I could do to him. That poor horsed He just crowded and crowed him and I just always fought him about the way he treated his animals—cowdin em in the hot weather. This ought to be a lesson to him, but oh, I don't suppose it will be."(laughs) But they didn't farm with horses very long after that, they got a tractor.
FR: Yea, Mrs. Ogden here could probably give you the name of the man and hervictim that was shot at Avon years ago.
FR: That family quarrel.
SAM: Now where does she live?
FR: Right up the street here, about half a block, a pink house. And onthat Loftus Charlie Hickman was married his second wife lives up here on the corner. and to Loftus was married sister.
LR: No, his first wife.
LR: No, Gertie is his second wife isn't she?
FR: Yea. Mrs. Hickman, she lived in that house, lived there forwell, see Loftus owned it.
LR: Now I tell you, I don't think Mrs. Hickman would thank you for that fromwhat I've heard about it. She seems to kind of stay back—she doesn't want to talk.
SAM: Well, I won't speak to her then—I don't have to.
LR: Well, I'll tell you why, what it is. A friend of ours said that one time,well she knows this woman and her mother and everything, and the mailman left at least one letter up at this woman's house—made a mistake and left it there. And she loooked at it and she said, "And I knew ner name was on there,arid there was a letter there from her mother. I knew that she would like to have that letter soon as she could get it, and should have it. So it's just a very short walk down." Why she took the letter down. and she went up to the door and knocked and she said, "Gertie, the mailman left a letter from your mother at my place.so I brought it dawn to you. " She said, "She just reached out and took it and just opened the door a little bit,"and never asked her to come in or I don't know if she even said she thanked her for it, but she said, " She just acted like that she was afraid."
I doubt if she'd know much.
SAM: What I was goin to do was just ask you for that story that you heardabout the Loftus killing. What was it? And that was right by where Glen lives now, right in the old house.
FR: And I think the old house is still there, above it, 'think Glen'sstill got it. And if it is, we could come in the front door like there, tnen a door to another room there "and this room, this door there was the one that was there when the old fellow was shot. And her husband is said, "There a shot that old Bill didn't stop in the door." But they turned it and had this shot portion down.
SAM: Well, how did you hear that it happened?
FR: Well, I get it from her husband—he was there—he was batching at hishouse. And her and old Jimmy, she called him, she had a shack to herself over there—they were separated. And he come home from town, he was drunk and he was at Charlie's, and they come over and they had some argument. She sdd, "I'll get my gun, you son-of-a-bitch, and I'll shoot you!" And she went out and got the godtetmn gun. And she come back and hollered she was comin, ftie took the lightt and walked over to the door and said, "Shoot, you old son-of-a-bitch," and added a few more names to it. " Is this a good enough target for you?" and he held the light for her. And by god she let him have it. So then they brought him in, I think Charlie said they spread him out on a door. And he went to town, had to walk in y'know, to I tell the authorities. And he said, "By god, when we come back she'd cooled down, she'd washed him all up, picked shot out of his face."
LR: Yea, can you imagine that?
FR: Now I know that's goodi because he was right there. And he was aman that would either keep his mouth shut or he wouldn't tell you a lie, he'd keep his mouth shut
SAM: Did this guy drink alot? Did they fight alot? Did they have a historyof fighting?
FR: I don't tnow, I imagine they did, yea.
LR: Yea, it's almost sure that they did, y'know when it turns out like that,it's almost sure that it isn't the first time.
FR: A few years after that I was working up at Kamiah, we was building a millat Carafell, and I had a house rented there. Another man here from Troy, this Peterson. he was raised here at Troy, Peterson, this kid come to townjand he was sort of a minister and an insurance man to boot. So he sent this kid up there and he says, "You look up Frank Rowan and he'll furnish a bed for you." He knew I had bed room up there. The kid come into the store that night,"You wan?" "Yea.' remember Frank Rowan?" "Yea." "You know me?" "No, I dont. know. . ." "Old Bill Loftus or so is my dad, wv ma shot him here year ago." (laughs)
LR: Say, turn that up to seventy and then keep your littlefingers off of it. Thank you, that ougttt to do it. It gets so hot in here, and the n turn it down and it gets cold. It isn't working right I don't think it'd be like that—just haven't called the guy to do something about it.
FR: It cost $550, but boy I'd give a couple hundred more if it was a PriceUce the old one we had. Price, isn't that the name of the old one we had Little?
Yea, J. C. Little, that was a dandy. J.C. Little furnace. . .
The tank sprung a leak in it.
They burned out and nobody ever took up the business again.
There was one more story about Mrs. Johnson that I remembered you tellin,I think it was about Mrs. Johnson—she was the one that you were going to take to the dance that time?
FR: Yea. She was goin home, I was workin on the field the road, shewas goin home and talkin about something, I don't how the mention about the dance come up. "Well," she says, "won't you take me to the dance? Johnson." "Why sure, I'd be glad to take you." "Well, I suppose I should wear a white dress—the only one I got is my nightgown," she says, (laughs)Yea, she was jolly.
LR: She made some kind of a chesse. And right off I said it was horrible.And I guess it wasn't bothered by the taste, the first time I was ever up to her house, why she give me some cheese—she wanted me to taste that cheese. And so she could tell the way that I eat it, she watched me so close. I wished she hadn't of, but oh, I tried to eat it and say nothing about it She began to laugh, she said, "Yea, you don't like it either. Nobody likes that cheese! It's a Scandinavian cheese—I didn't think you'd like it." I imagine it's your wife.
SAM: Could well be my wife. She's probably tellin me, boy we better get homebefore the roads freeze up on us, maybe is what she's sayin.
FR: Well, it isn't so mushy today, is it?
LR: it's for you.
1:00 - Mrs. McKeon threatened Gabriel Anderson with a butcher knife; Anna Marie Oslund wrote in newspaper
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Segment Synopsis: Mrs. McKeon threatened Gabriel Anderson with a butcher knife when he climbed the telephone pole to cut off their line; Anna Marie Oslund wrote in the newspaper that it was Mr. Rowan's father (not her father) who was stuck up the pole. If a party didn't pay his bill on the line and nobody else paid for him, the whole line would be cut off.
6:00 - Avon schoolteacher brought a wife back home after she quarrelled with her husband and was later shot dead by him
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9:00 - The snow plow slipped into the pond at Ken Wilkin's place, and one of the men on it died before he could be saved.
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10:00 - The Rowans were accused of turning in a moonshiner; Mrs. Rowan unknowingly directed the county police to their place
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Segment Synopsis: The Rowans were accused of turning in a moonshiner, because Mrs. Rowan unknowingly directed the county police to their place. Jordan makes an arrest. While the officers went to find John Calene in the woods, his wife hid the moon shine under clothes in their washing machine. Training a boy to sit on a chamberpot with moonshine hidden inside. Sam McKeon tells how he's too old to get caught. Moon shiners were usually turned in by neighbors; a brother-in- law was responsible for one getting arrested because he talked too much. Booze handled in Carl Olson's garage.
24:00 - Pat Malone was good in Bovill's tough town. A lawsuit filed against him by the madame, for a joke.
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30:00 - Man tried to homestead on Potlatch right-of-way; Mary Jane Lamphear homesteaded on her own; hated the Ku Klux Klan
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Segment Synopsis: A man tried to homestead on Potlatch right-of-way. McGary bilked father by locating him on a different home stead than the one he showed him. Mary Jane Lamphear wasn't afraid of men, homesteading on her own; she hated the Klan. A man's claim was jumped because he wouldn't cooperate to build roads and telephone into the country.
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Segment Synopsis: During the 1910 fire work was available everywhere; Frank came down from Canada to Elk River, which was just starting; then it rained and all the men were stuck in Spokane again. His partner resists fire fighting. Meal tickets at Elk River, before the boarding house. Deary's son-in-law took some company money.
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Segment Synopsis: T.P. Jones said of the railroad right-of-way, "If you don't cooperate with us, we'll make the grass grow in your streets." Jones was often hard on able-bodied men, but was very kind to injured or crippled men, giving them work whether they could do much or not. Flasher good naturedly disagrees with Jones' wrong ideas about dynamiting.
56:00 - High lead logging is not practical now; 1919 fire; Big Gil comes back for second shave two hours later
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Segment Synopsis: High lead logging isn't practical now, because it was hard then. In a 1919 fire, his crew didn't do anything, but were ready. Big Gil comes back for a second shave two hours later. He was so quiet that you never knew he had a jag on unless he told you. According to Mrs. Rowan, Frank likes to talk.
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77:00 - Sam McKeon remembered the Rowan's daughter crossing his place, saying she was safe at night because she was with her dog
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Segment Synopsis: Mrs. Johnson (Butcher's wife) saves her poisoned chickens by swabbing their throats out with grease. She gives the Rowans her own shivaree. Butcher Johnson complains when he gets his money back after a farm union breaks up. He drove to town, and she walked in an hour later; on the way back she rode in the back seat. She cut the wood while he took it into town. Women often did this heavy work: while Hickman was working harvest, he said his wife cut forty cords of wood.
86:00 - Mrs. Hendricks was stationed by her husband to shoot a deer if it went by, but she was lighting a cigarette when it did
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87:00 - Searching for old man Kines, killed by a falling snag, in the snow; Haverburg found him, after borrowing the Rowan's skis
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91:00 - Elmer Johnson angered when he finds horses weren't fed and hitched by five in the working; Clarence Johnson works a horse to death
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