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This interview begins with Jeff Falen and Elanor O’Brien both briefly discussing their family backgrounds and childhood experiences with farming. O’Brien notes that she grew up in a very urban environment, while Falen states that he was raised in…

In the interview, Crider describes his childhood, including the different places he lived and his early interest in gardening. He notes that his family originally came from the South and had an agricultural background, and that they continued that…

In this interview, Andrew and Dan Gellatly discuss their lives and experiences in the logging industry. Andrew begins by describing his childhood and experiences during the first half of the twentieth century. He discusses the chores he was expected…

In the interview, Jim and Betty Denison discuss their experiences living and working in Oregon in the timber industry during the twentieth century. Jim opens the interview by recounting his childhood in Oregon and recalling the difficulties of…

Michele Wonder is a home brewer and works for Perfect Pour Services in Portland, Oregon. In her interview, Wonder talks about growing up in Long Beach, California, her education and experiences at California State University Long Beach studying…

Steve and Rebecca Pierce are the owners of Alpha Beta Hops, an organic hop farm in Ashland. In this interview, the Pierces talk about setting up the farm, moving to Ashland in the 1990s, and their foray into growing hemp. They also discuss the…

In this interview, Linn and Ruth Moser discuss their respective upbringings, their life together, and their experiences in the logging industry. Linn begins by describing how his family came to live in Oregon. He notes that on his mother’s side,…

In this interview, Don Oakes, a lifelong resident of Benton County, reflects on his family's deep roots in the region dating back to his great grandfather's arrival from Missouri in 1876. He provides a brief background of his family history, offering…

In this interview, Marvin Rowley discusses his childhood in rural Oregon, his experiences during World War II, and his family life. The interview begins with a discussion of Rowley’s early years. He states that he was born in Portland in 1924, and…

In this interview, Paul Mortenson discusses his “idyllic” childhood growing up in Oregon. He describes the love he had for nature when he was a child, and touches on some of the major news events that took place during his youth, including the…