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Historic Oral History Interviews

City of Lake Oswego Oregon Official Website

 

The following oral history recordings were captured in the mid-1970s by library staff members and volunteers.  They cover events that occurred in Lake Oswego between 1850 and 1960. These recordings were the basis for the book, In Their Own Words.  Here you will find the interviews in the order they appear in the book.

 

 

1850s DONATION LAND CLAIM ERA

From the Beginning: The Durham and Bryant Families (WMA) -- Walter Albert Durham, Jr.

From the Beginning: The Durham and Bryant Families (MP3) -- Walter Albert Durham, Jr.

The Carman, Wilmot, and Meyer Families (WMA) -- Donald Meyer

The Carman, Wilmot, and Meyer Families (MP3) -- Donald Meyer

Early Days of the Methodist Church (WMA) -- Clarice Holmstrom, Loeta Moore Huntting, Vernie Wells Reed, and Opal Thornton

Early Days of the Methodist Church (MP3) -- Clarice Holmstrom, Loeta Moore Huntting, Vernie Wells Reed, and Opal Thornton

The Shipley Family, The Grange, and Other Organizations (WMA) -- Maude Grimm

The Shipley Family, The Grange, and Other Organizations (MP3) -- Maude Grimm

1860s IRON ERA

The Pioneer Davidson Family (WMA) -- Frances Meyer

The Pioneer Davidson Family (MP3) -- Frances Meyer

The Kruse Family of Farmers (WMA) -- Herber Kruse, Harold Kruse, and Pearl Kruse

The Kruse Family of Farmers (MP3) -- Herber Kruse, Harold Kruse, and Pearl Kruse

1870s IRON ERA

Albert Clinefelter, Sarah Worthington and Their Family (WMA) -- Herman Blanken and Arnold Farmer

Albert Clinefelter, Sarah Worthington and Their Family (MP3) -- Herman Blanken and Arnold Farmer

Early Days of the Oswego Grange (WMA) -- Delvia (Iva) Montgomery

Early Days of the Oswego Grange (MP3) -- Delvia (Iva) Montgomery

Grandfather and Grandmother Wagner and Their Farm (WMA) -- Donald Larson, Vera Larson, and Gladys Armstrong

Grandfather and Grandmother Wagner and Their Farm (MP3) -- Donald Larson, Vera Larson, and Gladys Armstrong

1880s IRON ERA

The Farmer and Blanken Families: Working for the Foundry (WMA) -- Herman Blanken and Arnold Farmer

The Farmer and Blanken Families: Working for the Foundry (MP3) -- Herman Blanken and Arnold Farmer

More About the Blankens and the Pipe Foundry (WMA) -- Herman and Minnie Blanken

More About the Blankens and the Pipe Foundry (MP3) -- Herman and Minnie Blanken

Catholic Church -- Our Lady of the Lake (no recorded interview)

Edna Farmer's Bus Tour (WMA) -- Edna Farmer

Edna Farmer's Bus Tour (MP3) -- Edna Farmer

James E. Headrick and Growing Up in the 90's (WMA) -- Dora Brandt

James E. Headrick and Growing Up in the 90's (MP3) -- Dora Brandt

The Nelson Clan: From England to St. Louis to Oswego (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Herbert Nelson

The Nelson Clan: From England to St. Louis to Oswego (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Herbert Nelson

The Nelson Clan and Early Days (WMA) -- Nellie Kyle

The Nelson Clan and Early Days (MP3) -- Nellie Kyle

Odd Fellows began in 1888 (WMA) -- Herman Blanken

Odd Fellows began in 1888 (MP3) -- Herman Blanken

Linus Pauling: A Famous Member of an Early Family (WMA) -- Frances Jenkins and Pauline Ney

Linus Pauling: A Famous Member of an Early Family (MP3) -- Frances Jenkins and Pauline Ney

Abbo and Mary Peters and the Generations Following (WMA) -- Agnes Heyser and Norma Peterson

Abbo and Mary Peters and the Generations Following (MP3) -- Agnes Heyser and Norma Peterson

The Puylaert Family from Belgium; the Pollard Family in Oswego (WMA) -- Lucy Puylaert

The Puylaert Family from Belgium; the Pollard Family in Oswego (MP3) -- Lucy Puylaert

The Worthington Family in Cook's Switch (Lake Grove) (WMA) -- Marian Weidman, Ethel Schaubel, Earl Worthington, and Mary Ann Worthington

The Worthington Family in Cook's Switch (Lake Grove) (MP3) -- Marian Weidman, Ethel Schaubel, Earl Worthington, and Mary Ann Worthington

1890s HARD TIMES

Cornelius DeBauw: An Early Hero (WMA) -- Arsenius DeBauw

Cornelius DeBauw: An Early Hero (MP3) -- Arsenius DeBauw

The Bethke Family and Lucia Bethke Bliss: The Library and the History -- Beth Ryan, Grace Sebastian, and Dorothy Kruger

An Eyewitness Account of the Drowning (WMA) -- Herman Blanken

An Eyewitness Account of the Drowning (MP3) -- Herman Blanken

Charlie Didzun and the First Garage (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Charlie "Peanuts" Didzun

Charlie Didzun and the First Garage (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Charlie "Peanuts" Didzun

The Hall Family and School at St. Mary's Academy (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Lillian Webster

The Hall Family and School at St. Mary's Academy (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Lillian Webster

The Meyers Family and the Foundry -- Robert Meyers

P. F. Morey and His Dream: The Glenmorrie Ranch (WMA) -- Herbert Edward Yates

P. F. Morey and His Dream: The Glenmorrie Ranch (MP3) -- Herbert Edward Yates

Early Histories of Oswego, Especially Mrs. Pettinger's (WMA) -- Elizabeth (Beth) Ryan

Early Histories of Oswego, Especially Mrs. Pettinger's (MP3) -- Elizabeth (Beth) Ryan

Mrs. Howard Pettinger Answers Questions Asked by Mrs. Robert Arneson (WMA) -- Elizabeth Evans Pettinger (The first portion of this interview is read in the previous recording.)

Mrs. Howard Pettinger Answers Questions Asked by Mrs. Robert Arneson (MP3) -- Elizabeth Evans Pettinger

Sallie Shannon Pettinger and More About the Pettinger Family (WMA) -- Sallie Pettinger

Sallie Shannon Pettinger and More About the Pettinger Family (MP3) -- Sallie Pettinger

The Schawper Family: Beginning with the Oregon Trail (WMA) -- Amy Wheeler

The Schawper Family: Beginning with the Oregon Trail (MP3) -- Amy Wheeler

The Kruse and Stone Families (WMA) -- John Stone

The Kruse and Stone Families (MP3) -- John Stone

1900s HARD TIMES

The Baker Family and Early Logging (WMA) -- Lyle Arthur Baker

The Baker Family and Early Logging (MP3) -- Lyle Arthur Baker

Arrival in 1903 and Working in the Foundry (WMA) -- Karl Schurz Faucette

Arrival in 1903 and Working in the Foundry (MP3) -- Karl Schurz Faucette

An Early City Employee (WMA) -- Earl Hughes

An Early City Employee (MP3) -- Earl Hughes

Arthur Jones: Growing Up to Be a Doctor (WMA) -- Dr. Arthur Jones and Dr. Freeda Jones

Arthur Jones: Growing Up to Be a Doctor (MP3) -- Dr. Arthur Jones and Dr. Freeda Jones

The Development of Marylhurst -- Sister Miriam Barbara Rendeau (Interview not published.)

Oswego Women's Club (WMA) -- Angie Trueblood and Elsie Sadilek

Oswego Women's Club (MP3) -- Angie Trueblood and Elsie Sadilek

1910s THE CHANGING LAKE

From the First in Lake Grove -- Herbert Nelson

Billy Banks: An Early Businessman (WMA) -- William and Claire Banks

Billy Banks: An Early Businessman (MP3) -- William and Claire Banks

Logging on the River (WMA) -- Roy and Marjory Headrick

Logging on the River (MP3) -- Roy and Marjory Headrick

George Rogers, Who Wanted a Park (WMA) -- Lottie Ann Smoke Rogers

George Rogers, Who Wanted a Park (MP3) -- Lottie Ann Smoke Rogers

The Twining Family in Glenmorrie (WMA) -- Ed and Clarence Twining

The Twining Family in Glenmorrie (MP3) -- Ed and Clarence Twining

Frances Twining and Her Book (WMA) -- Jane Erickson and Angie Trueblood

Frances Twining and Her Book (MP3) -- Jane Erickson and Angie Trueblood

Ben Vose: About His Family of Teachers (WMA) -- Ben Vose

Ben Vose: About His Family of Teachers (MP3) -- Ben Vose

The Vose Sisters Remember (WMA) -- Hazel DeChaine and Emily Wittauer

The Vose Sisters Remember (MP3) -- Hazel DeChaine and Emily Wittauer

The Weidman Family and the Congregational Church in the 20's (WMA) -- Marian Weidman and Margaret Bruce

The Weidman Family and the Congregational Church in the 20's (MP3) -- Marian Weidman and Margaret Bruce

The Wilson Family (WMA) -- Mary Strachan and Jean Smith

The Wilson Family (MP3) -- Mary Strachan and Jean Smith

The Zimmermans and the Cody Kids (WMA) -- Edith Zimmerman

The Zimmermans and the Cody Kids (MP3) -- Edith Zimmerman

1920s THE GROWING TOWN

The Allens and Their Drug Store (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Kathleen Allen

The Allens and Their Drug Store (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Kathleen Allen

The Beginning of the American Legion -- Herbert Nelson

The Bickner Grocery Store (WMA) -- Cecelia Bickner

The Bickner Grocery Store (MP3) -- Cecelia Bickner

The Gear Place on Springbrook Road (WMA) -- Glee Alford Gear and Helen Smith

The Gear Place on Springbrook Road (MP3) -- Glee Alford Gear and Helen Smith

Dedicated Dr. MacDougall (WMA) -- Fern Forte Doff

Dedicated Dr. MacDougall (MP3) -- Fern Forte Doff

A Famous Author: Anne Shannon Monroe (WMA) -- Helen Erickson and Edna Jackson

A Famous Author: Anne Shannon Monroe (MP3) -- Helen Erickson and Edna Jackson

Thelma Thompson Randall and the First Girl Scout Troop of Oswego: Trillium Troop #15 (WMA) -- Roma Smith, Marjorie Parker, Vera Batchelder, and Margaret Bruce

Thelma Thompson Randall and the First Girl Scout Troop of Oswego: Trillium Troop #15 (MP3) -- Roma Smith, Marjorie Parker, Vera Batchelder, and Margaret Bruce

Charlie Sadilek and the Bank (WMA) -- Olga Burdick

Charlie Sadilek and the Bank (MP3) -- Olga Burdick

The Smiths and Life in the 1920's (WMA) -- Ward Smith and Gretchen Barber

The Smiths and Life in the 1920's (MP3) -- Ward Smith and Gretchen Barber

Theresa Truchot: Reminiscing in Her Turn (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Theresa Truchot

The Water Skiing Champion: Willa Worthington (WMA) -- Darlene Nixon and Pauline Perkins

The Water Skiing Champion: Willa Worthington (MP3) -- Darlene Nixon and Pauline Perkins

The Volunteer Fire Department (WMA)-- William Banks, Roy Headrick, and Neal Cooper

The Volunteer Fire Department (MP3)-- William Banks, Roy Headrick, and Neal Cooper

1930s THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Neal Cooper and Logging Tryon Creek (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Neal Cooper

Neal Cooper and Logging Tryon Creek (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Neal Cooper

Jane Erickson's Plays (WMA) -- Jane Erickson

Jane Erickson's Plays (MP3) -- Jane Erickson

A Geology Study (WMA) -- Jane Erickson

A Geology Study (MP3) -- Jane Erickson

Beginning with the Oregon Trail (WMA) -- Rachel Gifford

Beginning with the Oregon Trail (MP3) -- Rachel Gifford

Lewis and Clark College (WMA) -- Dr. Freeda Jones and Dr. Arthur Jones

Lewis and Clark College (MP3) -- Dr. Freeda Jones and Dr. Arthur Jones

Horty Gore Slocum and Gallantry in World War II (WMA) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Hortense (Horty) Slocum

Horty Gore Slocum and Gallantry in World War II (MP3) (Part 1) (Part 2) -- Hortense (Horty) Slocum

1940s-1960s LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY

Chief Bill Knowles and the Robbers (WMA) -- William (Bill) Knowles

Chief Bill Knowles and the Robbers (MP3) -- William (Bill) Knowles

Genevieve McKenzie and River View Manor (WMA) -- Genevieve McKenzie

Genevieve McKenzie and River View Manor (MP3) -- Genevieve McKenzie

The Junior Historical Society (WMA) -- Gertrude Thacker and Phyllis Miska

The Junior Historical Society (MP3) -- Gertrude Thacker and Phyllis Miska

The Lake Oswego Community Theater (WMA) -- Emma Schiffer, Janice Gibbs, Jane Erickson, and Hap Young

The Lake Oswego Community Theater (MP3) -- Emma Schiffer, Janice Gibbs, Jane Erickson, and Hap Young