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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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Emmett and Anna UTT(b. 1903; 1906)

Residence:Hatter Creek, Princeton, PotlatchOccupation(s): Sawyer in Potlatch mill, farmer; Teacher, farm wife
Family Origin:Parents moved from Kansas (c. 1894); Parents moved from Spangle, Washington (1911)


Interview #1, 5/7/1973

Topics:Retaliations against Potlatch Lumber Company arrogance. Winter logging. Gold Hill gold; father's mining and bad mining stock. A smart coyote. 5-7-73 1.5 hr 39p
Duration:1:20:49Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans businesses childhood children dances families logging mines mining politics poor rivers sawmills timber winter
Locations:Potlatch Gold Hill Elk River

Interview #2, 8/10/1973

Topics:Sympathy for Indians as a boy. Murders of Chinese miners and a tramp. Persecution of an ex-thief. IWW sabotage to pressure company. Gypsies; bootleggers; the Klan. New-fangled machinery. Demise of forest wilderness. 8-10-73 1.6 hr 43p
Duration:1:33:22Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chinese Americans Great Depression IWW Ku Klux Klan Native Americans automobiles bootlegging drinking farming fishing holidays horses immigrants lore mining murders police officers sports thieves wilderness women working conditions
Locations:Elk River Potlatch Palouse

Interview #3 (Anna Utt), 10/19/1973

Topics:Family life. Parents' view of school and dances. Getting settled at Harvard. 10-19-73 1 hr LS
Duration:1:01:19Interviewer:Laura Schrager
Keywords:dances families farming schools women
Locations:Harvard Hatter Creek

Interview #4, 10/19/1973

Topics:A boy's adventures on horse, bicycle, sled and skates. Competition with a friend. Motorcycling. Coming of cars. Working in Potlatch sawmill: sources of conflict in the crew; art of running saws. 10-19-73 1.9 hr 50p
Duration:1:43:16Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:automobilies accidents railroads fights sawmills childhood
Locations:Harvard Princeton Potlatch

Interview #5, 11/14/1975

Topics:Her work as servant girl on Potlatch Nob Hill. Class snobbery and self-made men. Dating and marriage. Depression days. Gas rationing. Relation of country people to Potlatch. 11-14-75 2.3 hr 58p
Duration:2:19:51Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Great Depression automobiles boardinghouses colleges and universities dances dating electricity families farming hunting immigrants mills politics poor presidents schools shivarees teaching weddings winter world wars