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Latah County Oral History Collection

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

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Date: July 23, 1973 Interviewer: Sam Schrager

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0:00 - Pam Malone, Bovill's sheriff

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Segment Synopsis: What Pat Malone was like, as Bovill's sheriff.

4:00 - Medicine; Contests for a popular girl; the Great Kamama's healing linament

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Segment Synopsis: Medicine show tricks: contests for a popular girl; scissors that cut glass; the Great Kamama's healing linament; new gadgets for suckers.

7:00 - Entertainment; literary debater subjects

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Segment Synopsis: Entertainment, such as house sweats. Literary debate subjects.

9:00 - Courtship methods; husband expected to make a living; the woman is to work at home

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Segment Synopsis: Courtship methods. Old forms of entertainment compared with new. A newly married couple sets up house. The husband expected to make a living, the woman to work at home.

15:00 - Farmwork done by exchange; owning a stump ranch

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Segment Synopsis: Farmwork done by exchange. Owning a stump ranch.

20:00 - Bovill compared to other backwoods towns; violence

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Segment Synopsis: Bovill not much compared to other backwoods towns. Little serious violence.

25:00 - High moral standards among loggers

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Segment Synopsis: T. P. Jones insists on high moral standards among the loggers.

27:00 - How a moonshiner could be successful; still camouflages as a cedar tree

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Segment Synopsis: Jacks didn't drink on the job. How a moonshiner could be successful, and not get caught. A still camouflaged as a cedar tree.

30:00 - Gambler pulls a gun; gambling accepted by management

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Segment Synopsis: A gambler pulls a gun. Gambling is accepted by management.

33:00 - Foreigners in logging camps; buying war bonds

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Segment Synopsis: Foreigners in the logging camps. Many speak Slavonian, a "universal" language. They won't buy war bonds, but will gladly give a man money. They disappear after we get into the war. They're friendly, open people.

40:00 - Bad conditions in early bunkhouses; getting rid of "greybacks"

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Segment Synopsis: Bad conditions in early bunkhouses. The stench. A way to get rid of "greybacks" (body lice).

45:00 - IWW role in improving conditions; 4-L delegate; camp goes on strike

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Segment Synopsis: IWW role in improving conditions. They try to persuade Hershiel to join. Their unreasonable talk at Spokane meeting, which Hershiel attends as a 4-L delegate. The 4-L's want to bring both sides together. Hershiel's camp goes on strike. The strikers disappear. Most IWW's are foreigners.

60:00 - Early railroad strike

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Segment Synopsis: An early railroad strike - greenhorns worked.

64:00 - Loggers hired from Spokane

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Segment Synopsis: Loggers hired from Spokane. Hershiel has trouble clerking for 30 new men. One logger lives like a king in Spokane.

69:00 - Salary costs to Potlatch during strike; men deputized to carry guns

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Segment Synopsis: Salary costs to Potlatch during strike. Men deputized to carry guns; why Hershiel stopped carrying his.

71:00 - High regard for managemnet

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Segment Synopsis: Hershiel had high regard for management. T. P. Jones tries to hold Hershiel's job for him.

74:00 - Tricks of scaling; log measuring; cheating on scales; methods of scaling defective logs

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Segment Synopsis: Tricks of scaling. Scalers protected by inspections. Variations in log measuring. Hershiel protects woods scalers. He doesn't offend a friend by telling him his log is a cull. He has a complainer scale for himself. T. P. Jones said, "If there's a doubt, give it to the workingman." Cheating on scales leads to more work for scaler. Methods of scaling defective logs. Separate records for various species and lengths.

86:00 - Al species were logged; costs of relogging an area; clearcutting vs. leave trees

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Segment Synopsis: All species were logged. Limbing was a chore. Prohibitive costs of relogging an area. Clearcutting vs. leave trees.

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