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Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century

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Date: January 21, 1975 Interviewer: Sam Schrager

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1:00 - Preparing sheep wool for use

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Segment Synopsis: Preparing sheep wool for use.

2:00 - Christening Emma Shirrod's brother; trip to Jansville

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Segment Synopsis: Christening of Emma Shirrod's brother near Deary. A trip to Jansville to visit the Halseth family.

8:00 - Cholera at sea; family background in Wisconsin; children dying of smallpox; boat trip to Walla Walla; mother's family; typhoid fever

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Segment Synopsis: Grandfather's brother died of cholera at sea. Family background in Wisconsin. Father came West in 1876; he could have taken land in Spokane. Two Christenson children died of smallpox at Steptoe. Boat trip to Walla Walla; mother's family. Mother and grandfather take homesteads near Genesee. Mother sold her homestead right to get horses to see fiancée, sick with typhoid fever in Walla Walla.

19:00 - Walked over hills to get mail; moving to new Genesee

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Segment Synopsis: Mother said they were too dumb to be afraid during Indian scare (1877-8). Mother walked over hills to get mail. Moving from old to new Genesee.

25:00 - Birth in 1885; doctor from Lewiston; uncle with typhoid

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Segment Synopsis: Her birth in 1885 - the doctor came from Lewiston with a team, and also checked uncle with typhoid. Her experience with severe typhoid fever (1905).

28:00 - Grandfather's fatal heart attack

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Segment Synopsis: Grandfather's fatal heart attack after a day's work.

30:00 - Flour from Colfax or Pomeroy; trip to Lewiston; father's death

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Segment Synopsis: Flour from Colfax or Pomeroy - a year's supply. Trip to Lewiston and back took a day - she wanted to drink from the river. Father's death.

31:00 - Brother's death

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Segment Synopsis: Brother's prolonged sickness and death.

34:00 - Brother's first sight of gang plow

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Segment Synopsis: Brother's first sight of gang plow.

37:00 - Burley stack burned; farming techniques

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Segment Synopsis: Their barley stack burned late in the fall of 1893. Early farming techniques.

39:00 - Childhood memories; grandmother's death; candy; Fourth of July

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Segment Synopsis: Early childhood memories: grandmother's death, candy, Fourth of July races.

42:00 - Doll from Louis Levi; Genesee stores; local wildflowers

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Segment Synopsis: A "Jew doll" from Louis Levi. Genesee stores and goods. Local wildflowers.

49:00 - Kitchen furnishings; helping out when mother was sick

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Segment Synopsis: Kitchen furnishings and utensils. Mother bought one loaf of bread. Helping out; mother was sometimes sick.

57:00 - Run-ins with Native Americans; allotment of reservation

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Segment Synopsis: Seeing Indians with their travois in long processions on the trail" run-ins with Indians. Allotment of reservation by Alice Fletcher.

60:00 - Native American land

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Segment Synopsis: Ownership pattern of Indian land near her home.

62:00 - Ran for county assessor; sentiment for prohibition

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Segment Synopsis: In 1912 she ran for county assessor on the Progressive ticket. Sentiment for prohibition.

68:00 - Meeting her husband; moving to Genesee; working; tuberculosis; courtship; Fourth of July

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Segment Synopsis: The saga of meeting her husband: moving to Genesee and working Tuberculosis of Mr. Shirrod's first wife. Emma Shirrod's sojourns in California. Courtship: going to Chautauqua, Fourth of July and camp meeting with Mr. Shirrod.

81:00 - Car accident

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Segment Synopsis: A car accident after a premonition.

86:00 - Honeymoon on a North Idaho Lake

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Segment Synopsis: Their honeymoon in isolated snow country on a North Idaho lake.

90:00 - Disastrous trip to Spokane; broken wrist; father's death

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Segment Synopsis: A presentiment of a disastrous trip to Spokane. Another presentiment before a broken wrist. Crying spells before father died.

100:00 - House burnt down; buying another place; the Depression

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Segment Synopsis: Fire burnt down their house in 1925. Their purchase of another place. Success through hard work and savings. The Depression didn't affect them much.

111:00 - College in Pullman; spinal trouble; family illnesses

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Segment Synopsis: Taking a business course at the college in Pullman. Her spinal trouble at that time led to a cure in St. Louis. She hurried home when her father became sick. Family illnesses.

116:00 - The Shirrod scholarship

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Segment Synopsis: The Shirrod scholarship fund for college-bound students from Genesee.

120:00 - Allegiance to Nez Perce County

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Segment Synopsis: Her allegiance to Nez Perce County.

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