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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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George SCHMALTZ(b. 1893)

Residence:Elk RiverOccupation(s): Millwright, lumberjack
Family Origin:Arrived from Sweden in 1912


Interview #1, 5/17/1976

Topics:Tales of a liar, a single man and moonshine. Impact of mill removal Elk River Japanese. Malker Anderson. Emigration from Sweden. 5-17-76 2 hr 34p
Duration:1:56:47Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans CCC disease fighting fishing food foremen homesteads hunting illness immigrants jails logging camps moonshine sports strikes winter world wars
Locations:Elk River Park

Interview #2, 8/27/1976

Topics:Shacking-up for winter. Hunting in and out of season. Whiskey and sporting girls. Jericho Mine. Trapping mink. Work as CCC camp foreman. More characters. 8-27-76 2.6 hr 43p
Duration:2:43:52Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:CCC Ku Kux Klan alcohol bootlegging brothels brothels camping disease drinking fighting food hunting illness immigrants logging logging camps lumberjacks mines moonshine railroads winter women world wars
Locations:Elk River