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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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Carl OLSON(b. 1895)

Residence:Dry Ridge, TroyOccupation(s): Thresherman, operator of gas station and car dealership, sawmiller, miner; Troy councilman for 24 years
Family Origin:Parents emigrated from Sweden and homesteaded (1889)


Interview #1, 8/6/1973

Topics:Legendary local characters. Why parents left Sweden; Varmlanders ;come to Troy. Getting by on the homestead. Family copper mine and brickmaking. Neighborhood criminals. Decline of opportunity; ruin of country by erosion. 8-6-73 1.5 hr 37p
Duration:1:31:30Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Native Americans accidents death drinking farming food forest fires homesteads hunting immigrants languages livestock lore mining timber winter women
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy Moscow Park

Interview #2, 8/17/1973

Topics:Food and water on family homestead. Clearing land. Road building. Homestead ethics. Town of Nora. Tramps. 8-17-73 1.5 hr 25p
Duration:1:28:39Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:homesteads horses immigrants livestock lore lumber mills murders parties post offices railroads water
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy Clarkia Nora Creek

Interview #3, 11/8/1973

Topics:More local characters. Impact of depression. Blaming smut fires on IWW. How environment shapes people. Unusual personal experiences. Social problems. City council. 11-8-73 2 hr 40p
Duration:1:52:51Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression IWW automobiles families homesteads isolation lore miners politics railroads roads sawmills strikes suicide unions world wars
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy Bear Creek

Interview #4, 2/21/1975

Topics:Threshing on the ridges in the twenties. Difficulties selling cars. Service station during depression. Struggles of homesteaders. Work in small sawmills. 2-21-75 2.5 hr 67p
Duration:2:27:38Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression automobiles banks childhood farmers homesteads livestock logging lore miners moonshine sawmills threshing winter world wars
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy

Interview #5, 6/17/1975

Duration:0:08:29Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:businesses politics sawmills
Locations:Dry Ridge Troy