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Oral history interviews with John P. Cooney, by Clark Hansen

Judge Cooney begins this interview by discussing his family history and his early years in Missouri. He explains the organization of professional baseball in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s and fondly recalls his time with the New York Giants. While he talks about law school and raising a family while achieving a career, the majority of this four-and-a-half hour interview focuses on Judge Cooney’s time with the District Court.

He discusses the unique role of the magistrate judge in Oregon, as well as the distinctions of Southern Oregon. Cooney explains the operation of the federal system, discusses the District Court’s jurisdiction in issues involving federal lands, and clarifies the kinds of cases tried by magistrate judges. He also talks about the roles of his two experienced law clerks, describing their duties and abilities and crediting them with an important place in court operations. In addition, Judge Cooney discusses relations between magistrates and Article III judges, the relationships between various agencies, and being a judge in a small town.

The impact of technological advances in the court’s operation is evident as Judge Cooney describes maintaining judicial collegiality in Southern Oregon through television appearances at the judges’ Monday lunches, teleconferences, and regular phone calls. The focus of the interview is on the types of cases tried, the court’s operations, and Judge Cooney’s experiences within that operation, rather than on specific cases. He describes the remodeling of the courtroom in Medford and the complexity and wonder of computers and monitors that provide new ways to present visual evidence. The interview closes with Judge Cooney’s perspective on family life, his travels with Eleanor-whom he also credits for his success-and his future retirement.

Cooney, John P.

Oral history interview with Howard Morgan, by Clark Hansen

Howard Morgan describes his experiences in government and politics. He discusses working for the Navy during WWII, his service in the Oregon House of Representatives, his efforts to make the Democratic Party competitive in Oregon , and his work on behalf of public utilities, both in Oregon, and nationally during the Kennedy Administration.

Morgan, Howard, 1914-

Oral history interview with Maurine Neuberger, by Clark Hansen

Neuberger describes her experience as a teacher in Oregon, how she met her husband, Senator Dick Neuberger, her experiences as a legislator and women in the Oregon House of Representatives and later in the United States Senate. She talks about her relationships with and impressions of many prominent politicians of the 1960s, including Wayne Morse and John F. Kennedy.

Neuberger, Maurine B. (Maurine Brown), 1907-2000

Oral history interview with Richard Sommer, by Clark Hansen

Richard Sommer discusses his early life in San Francisco, his education at UC Davis, and how he became one of the first winemakers in Oregon's Umpqua Valley. He discusses his focus on Riesling, his use of the divided canopy method, his trips to Europe, eiswein (ice wine), barrel aging, and other winemakers in Oregon.

Sommer, Richard, 1929-2009

Oral history interviews with Nadyne Yoneko Dozono

Dozono discusses her early life in Portland, Oregon. She recounts her extended stay in Japan, her arranged Japanese marriage, and rural life and culture in Japan before and during the war. She also describes her family's experience in the United States living in Japanese relocation camps and details her family's life after the war and the challenges of readjusting to American society after living in Japan for 22 years.

Also included are two photographs of Dozono, taken at the time of the interview.

Dozono, Yoneko