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American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 ~ The following listed pages, among the 81 Oregon interviews, are those which have to do with Portland or Multnomah County. Because the individual pages cannot be linked to, the above link will take you to a search engine. You can enter either the name of the interviewee or the title of the interview, and it should give you a link to the page.
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Mrs. Hortense Applegate : Pioneer reminiscences - Umpqua Academy - Early school teaching

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Charles Banister : Medical Practices

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Etta Crawford: Girlhood Life in Portland, 1860-76, daughter of Medorum Crawford.

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George Estes : Folkways, and Social Customs in the Willamette Valley, from 1865 to 1990.

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Kitty (Kinsey) Gray : Oregon Mines and Mining Life, born in Iowa in 1857, she was an emigrant of 1862.

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William Huntley Hampton : Mining Life in Oregon, born in Salt Lake in 1866 to Brigham Young & Helen Emily Huntley (Boone) Hampton. He traveled and lived throughout the northwest working working as a mining engineer.

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W. H. Hembree : Pioneer and Gold Mining Lore

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Carl Hentz : Gold Mining Lore, a German immigrant mining and living at Fizzle No. 13, Little Canyon Mountain, Canyon City, Oregon.

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Wm. (Billy) Mayer : Portland in the Gay '90s,  interview about the "sporting" side of Portland.

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Rush Mendenhall : Early-Day Portland, born in Washington County, Oregon in 1861 to Rush & Esther (Worden) Mendenhall. The son of an Indian War Veteran, he's lived in Portland since boyhood.

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Ross M. Plummer: Occupational and Medical Lore  1940 interview with Ross M. Plummer, of 1202 S. W. Third Street., was born in Portland to O. P. S. & Martha (Kelly) Plummer. He was born in San Francisco while his mother was there visiting, in 1879, but lived the rest of his life at Portland.

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Miss Jean C. Slauson : Early Pioneer Life born in Portland in 1884 to Allan B. & Agnes E. (Coburn) Slauson.

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Anne Abernethy Starr: Early Portland Folkwaysborn in Portland, Oregon, 1869, daughter of  Sarah Fidelia Gray (daughter W. H. Gray, pioneer missionaries) and William Abernethy (son George Abernethy, 1st provisional governor Oregon country).

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Mertie Stevens: Early Oregoniana and Local Sayings, granddaughter of Medorum Crawford. She talks of early life in Oregon.

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W. E. "Doc" Van Alstine: Circus Days and Ways, born in Kinderhook, New York in 1842, and resident of Portland since 1917. Prior to that time, he was an itinerant circus worker.

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Hortense Watkins : Early Railroad Travel,  born in Pennsylvania in 1851, she's lived in Oregon since 1883.

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Mrs. Margaret Weightman : Social Life, daughter of Wm. Stock & Katherine Margaret (DeLashmutt) Halliman, born in Oswego in 1884.

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Reminiscences of Mrs. E. W. Wilson, An Oregon school teacher of [1869?]

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Cyrus B. Woodworth: Pioneer Life and Customs, born in Portland 1861, to Cyrus & Sarah (Buckingham) Woodworth.

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Early Songs and Ballads. Mrs. Cora Jamerson, born at Kelso, Washington in 1871 to John Monterey Ann (Havird) Ayers. Her father was a pioneer of 1852.

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Pioneer Reminiscences  1939 interview with Mrs. Laura Minto Irwin, daughter of  John W. & Rebecca (Yocum) Minto. She was born in Salem in 1872, and had lived in Portland since 1891.

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Courting and Dancing. Mrs. John H. James, born in Portland in 1859 to Josiah S. & Martha Ann (King) Dickinson.

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Pioneer Railroad Life. Dan Cummings, born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1872, he'd lived in and around Portland the past 50 years.

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Blacksmith Entries. Mrs. J. I. Kisaberth, who would not give her age, was a daughter of Jos. D. Eliza Alice (Witten) Lee. Her grandfather Witten was a pioneer of 1852.

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Early Social Customs. C. T. Dickinson, born 1864 on the land where he was then living, to Josiah S. & Martha Ann (King) Dickinson.

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Reminiscences of an Old Violin Maker. Robert Robinson, born in Ohio, 1850. He'd lived in Portland since 1897, and assisted in building crematoriums in the city.

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Selling Violins and Organs in the '80s. H. S. Richards, born in Illinois in 1858 to George & Anne M. (Groman) Richards. They came to Oregon in 1874 and he has since resided here.

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Occupational Customs and Early Horse Racing.  J. J. Kadderly, born in Wisconsin in 1854 to Jacob & Barbara (Becker) Kadderly. He came to Oregon in 1876, and has since resided here.

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River Town Life. Joseph Brough, born in Michigan in 1879, and came west in 1889, living various places around the Columbia River region.

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An Avenue of Walnuts and the Earring Twins. Mrs. Clyde B. Huntley. Great-granddaughter of Samuel K. Barlow.

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Dancing in the 1880s. Charles L. DeLashmutt, born in Portland in 1870, to Russell T. & Elizabeth (Love) Delashmutt. He worked as as a Columbia River salmon fisher.

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Pioneer Day Stories. Miss Mary Agnes Kelly, born in Portland in 1877 to Penumbra & Mary E. (Marquam) Kelly. Her grandfather was Clinton Kelly.

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Early Horticultural History and Lore. Mrs. Herman Ledding, of Milwaukie. She was born in Nebraska in 1877, the daughter of Andrew & Sophronia (Vaughn) Olson. Her step-father was Seth Lewelling.

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Early Reminiscences--Chinese. A. L. Veazie, a Portland lawyer, born in Oregon in 1868 to Edmond F. & Harriet (Lyle) Veazie.

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Early Reminiscences. A. J. Howell--11 geese with one shot - One fish-hook and what it caught - Petrified Woman - Haunted Lake

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Irrigation in Oregon. William Mackenzie, Jr. born 1898 in Portland.

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Early Days and Ways. Harvey Gordon Starkweather, born near Milwaukie in 1868 to William Austin & Eliza (Gordon) Starkweather.

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Mr. James E. Twadell. Born in Missouri to John & Adeline (Griswol) Twadell, he came to Oregon in 1865, living in the Grande Ronde Valley, Umatilla County, Linn County, finally settling in Portland, in 1903.

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Charles Imus. Born in Roxbury, Kansas in 1879, he came to Kalama, Washington in 1889, and to Portland in 1900.

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Flora Ellen Jarisch, born in Molalla in 1869, the daughter of William R. & Harriet (McCauley) Bagby, who were immigrants of 1852.

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J. R. Irving, born 1860 in England and came first to Victoria, B. C. and then to Portland in 1875.

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Benjamin B. Beekman, the son of C. C. Beekman, Wells-Fargo agent and banker of early historic days of Jacksonville, Oregon. Left the community when he was seventeen to go to school; studied law at Yale, and returned from thence to Portland. He has lived in the same room in the Portland Hotel, using the same key, for the past forty years.

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Mrs. Annie Cason Lee, daughter of Hilary & Delilah (Enminger) Cason. She was born at Portland, Oregon, December 12, 1870.