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Portland Neighborhood History Project

  • Mss 2577-SR
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  • 1976-1979

The Portland Neighborhood History Project was one of the first extensive oral history projects in Oregon. In the late 1970s, the Parks Department recruited volunteers to interview elders in their own neighborhoods in order to gather first hand accounts of the history and development of the various neighborhoods in Portland. The interviews were later donated to the Oregon Historical Society.

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack

Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack [Sound recording 01]

Tape 1, Side 1. Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack [Sound recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack [Sound recording 03]

Tape 2, Side 1. Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982

Oral history interview with Emil Feltz, by Jim Poplack [Transcript]

Transcript. Emil Feltz discusses his childhood in the Brooklyn Neighborhood. He was born in 1900 in Portland Heights, where his father worked for the Portland Traction company. In 1909, his family was convinced to move to the Brooklyn area by Father Gregory of the Sacred Heart Church, and Feltz spent most of the rest of his life there. He talks about how his father helped build Oaks Park, how he and his friends would ice skate in Oaks Bottom in the winter, and swim to Ross Island in the summer. He also talks about how the neighborhood has changed during the period of 1909 to 1976, and his thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

Feltz, Emil, 1900-1982