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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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Floyd & Nola Lawrence(b. 1898)

Residence:Jansville, HelmerOccupation(s):Logger; operator of dance pavilion
Family Origin:Family came from Iowa and homesteaded on McGary Meadow (1893)


Interview #1, 1/21/1976

Topics:Jansville store on the Lawrence homestead. Beginning of Helmer. Operating a popular dancehall. Timber homesteaders. Gyppo logging for Potlatch. Joe and Lou Wells. 1-21-76 2.4 hr
Duration:2:27:49Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African-Americans automobiles businesses dances gyppos holidays homesteads horses livestock logging camps lore murders music music saloons schools teachers women
Locations:Troy Helmer Jansville McGary Butte

Interview #2, 1/27/1976

Topics:With Carl Lancaster (brother-in-law) and Laura May Lancaster (sister-in-law) Neighborliness and poverty of homesteaders. Local inventors. Cattle on open range. Working when young. Malker Anderson. 1-27-76 2.2 hr P
Duration:2:13:53Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:accidents childbirth childhood children chores churches clothing dances drinking farming homesteads illness logging camps lumberjacks sewing suicide timber winter women
Locations:Jansville Helmer McGary Butte Texas Ridge Deary Central Ridge Juliaetta