Topics: With Dorothy Wilkins (wife) Homesteading without cash. Pioneer Avon community;
impact of early county development. Lumbercamp conditions. Mica mining. Bee trees.
to pioneering in depression. 6-23-75 2.5 hr
Segment Synopsis: Sam Samovitch. He kills a man who nearly severs
his arm. Working on Sam's section crew. Playing
a regular jpke on Sam. Hunting bee trees on
the jpb. Sam was a kind man, and easy on
his crew. He pretended his arm wouldn't work,
and his job was insured. Methods of locating
bee trees and getting the honey.
Segment Synopsis: Working in lumber camps, 1918. Early conditions -
bedbugs. Sharing hot lunch with the yellowjackets
A man with lice. Walking home on the weekend
from camp. The IWWs began to improve conditions;
all men had to join the 4-Ls, the company union.
Segment Synopsis: Billie Bowers rides over 125 miles to help his
sick daughter. Canning wild strawberries.
Grandfather didn't know what to do with money
when he earned it. (A joke on Mrs. Wilkins.)
Billie Bowers waited on deertrail till daylight
so he could resume tracking deer. School
arranged around field work. Living on "fried
snowballs and boiled rabbit tracks."
Segment Synopsis: Hauling wood to Troy - two days' work for $1.50.
Everyone wanted to haul hay to Troy for 50$ a
ton. Importance of Troy once railroad came.
Building up farms - cattle and hay main crops,
sold to Potlatch once their railroad came.
Segment Synopsis: Lack of time for teacher to spend with children;
but big girls helped. Scandinavians were
especially hard working. Joke about farming
around stumps. Flailing grain on the barn
floor, to feed to the stock.
Segment Synopsis: Joe Wells said the Swedes were blacks inside
out, and that banker Harsh and he were the only
white men around. Joe and Cougar Jack take
over Troy on a binge; he says Marshall Hays
should know better then try to shoot him in
the dark. Their acceptance. Mary Wells
shows kids her "white" skin. Cougar Jack was
a huge man; how he got his name.
Segment Synopsis: Mining Mica on Mica Mountain. Muscovite was
the only successful mine, employing 25 men.
The first mining was open pit, and yielded the
best mica. Market for isinglass and axle grease.
Segment Synopsis: Get-togethers in the schoolhouse, dances in
the homes. Depression brought back pioneer
time - no money, need to furnish own amusement.
Nowadays you go to town you want to see your
neighbor. Everyone had plenty to eat in the
depression, but prices for produce were
extremely low. Trading beans for pigs. Travelling
in winter; snow lasted bacause the timber meant
no wind. People moved into the country then
because it was cheaper to live.
Segment Synopsis: Coming of Potlatch meant big change in the
country. Need for many men meant jobs for
local people. Taking the train. Potlatch
bought timber almost for nothing, and hired
men to "homestead" for them.Kenneth Wilkins
Segment Synopsis: A fatal accident - a truck overturns in the
Wilkins' pond. Quick action by Ken saves two
of the three men. Near accident the following
day. The accident probably caused by exhaust fumes.