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Courting and Dancing
Circumstances of Interview
Federal Writers' Project
Works Progress Administration
OREGON FOLKLORE STUDIES
Name of worker : Sara B. Wrenn Date February 6, 1939
Address : 505 Elks Building, Portland, Oregon
Subject: Courting and Dancing.
Name and address of informant: Mrs. John H. James 2105 46 Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
Date and time of interview: February 2, 1939 1:30 to 3:00 p. m.
Place of interview: Above address, home of informant.
Name and address of person, if any, who put you in touch with informant : Mrs. Truchot, Oswego, Oregon
Name and address of person, if any, accompanying you : ----
Description of room, house, surroundings, etc. :
A pleasantly furnished living room,
bright and cheerful, though something
in the manner of the early Nineties. A
two-story house of about eight large
rooms, with high ceilings, and a
verandah running along the front; the
house facing east. The regulation 50 x
100 city lot, upon which the house
rests, has the typical small front
lawn, with shrubbery and flowers at
the sides and back.
Personal History of Informant
Information obtained should supply the following facts:
1. Ancestry : English.
2. Place and date of birth : Portland, Oregon, February 25, 1859.
3. Family : Father, Josiah S. Dickinson; Mother, Martha Ann King. Husband, John H.; Daughters, Mona, Jane and Mrs. Marian Forsythe.
4. Places lived in, with dates : Portland, Oregon, from birth to present date.
5. Education, with dates : Taught at home by father.
6. Occupations and accomplishments with dates : Housewife most of life. Public stenographer and teacher. In 1889, '91, '93 and '95, clerk of State Senate.
7. Special skills and interests : No special skill in anything. Interested in most things.
8. Community and religious activities : Church work. Member of Methodist church since 1876.
9. Description of informant : Handsome, white-haired and jolly. Looks nearer 65 than approaching 80. Well-dressed and well-groomed. A person who looks as if she had enjoyed life, and still does.
10. Other points gained in interview : Keenly interested in this folklore work.
So that scalawag of
a brother of mine has been talking too
much again. No, he didn't send you to
me? It was Mrs. Truchot of Oswego?
Well, he is responsible. He told her
that I might have something to tell,
but I think he told you everything I
know of pioneer days. He's full of
stories and likes to tell them.
Extra Comment :
Mrs. James was
rather disappointing as an informant,
her brother, Mr. Dickinson (see
Dickinson interview), having given
about all the data that was of much
consequence in their history.