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Leon Hubbard Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

December 18, 2013


“A Life in Oregon Agriculture”  December 18, 2013  Location: Hubbard residence, Keizer, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Hubbard discusses his parents' backgrounds - including their student days at Oregon Agricultural College - his rural Oregon upbringing and his early engagement with agriculture, including his work with the family's dairy cattle, his involvement with Future Farmers of America and his serving as Master of the Sunnycrest Grange. He also describes his meeting and courtship of Hazel Davidson, his future wife, the circumstances by which he arrived at Oregon State College, his academic life as a Horticulture major and more personal experiences from his college years.

The remainder of the interview is chiefly devoted to Hubbard's long career in agriculture. He notes his tenure as a junior agronomist at the Sherman County Experiment Station in Moro, Oregon, before recounting his move to Birds Eye General Foods and, in particular, the company's support of the U.S. military effort during World War II. Hubbard also shares his recollections of his seven years as an independent farmer, his work for the Gresham Berry Growers Cooperative and the changes that came about as a result of the cooperative being purchased by Stayton Canning Company. The interview concludes with Hubbard's remarks on his love of fuchsias and of the impact that Oregon State University has made on his life.