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Oral history interviews with John Helmer, Jr, by Jim Strassmaier

A model life history including: Swedes in Oregon; intergenerational family relations; retail business in three generations; personal spiritual conversion (Presbyterian); military service as pilot in World War II, Pacific theatre; postwar experience in Japan; Helmer clothing store, fortunes through recession of early 1980s.

Helmer, John, 1923-

Oral history interview with Bill Curtin, by Greta Smith

Curtin discusses his family background and early childhood, Catholicism, the KKK, Portland Police, Unions, Bill's time in the seminary, St. Charles Catholic Church & School, Immaculate Heart Catholic Church & School, Father Tobin, Father Griffin, Father Robert Krueger, Emmanuel Hospital expansion project, Urban Renewal, Model Cities, Albina Fair Share, Oregon Fair Share, Organizing for activism in Albina, Saul Alinsky, Night life in Albina, Shops, businesses, people in Albina, Dawson's Park, Police community relations in Albina, Drug and alcohol recovery programs in Albina (the Victory Club and the Miracles Club), and Leaving the priesthood.

Curtin, Bill

Oral history interview with Asa Lewelling, by Venita Howard

Lewelling discusses his family history; the Lewelling farm; life in Albany, 1900s; the Blevins family; career decisions--law or education; practicing law in Marion County; farm operation; farm life vs. law; agriculture in Oregon; Willamette Law School; World War II; Army Air Corps; service in Asia and Hawaii; Dupont; Polk County; expansion of farm operations; family members.

Lewelling, Asa, 1915-2007

Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch

McDonald discusses his family background and early life in Scotland, his experiences during World War I in the Royal Air Force stationed in France, moving to Canada and working on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan, moving to the United States, getting into the timber business, and becoming the British Consul in Portland just before World War II.

McDonald, James, 1899-1989

Oral history interview with Sherma Norris, by Robert Gassner

In this interview conducted by Robert J. Gassner on August 26th, 1988, Sherma Sharr Jwayad Norris talks about her family background, her early life and the Syrian and Lebanese communities in Portland, Oregon, including the Syrian Star Society, which later became the Syrian-Lebanese Social Club.

Norris, Sherma J., 1914-1997

Negatives by Subject

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

Religion, faith, and worship

Photographs, circa 1920 to 1940, of people, places, objects, and activities related to religion, faith, and worship, predominantly Christian. Approximately half the images are portraits of clergy and places of worship, some of which are unidentified. The photographs also document events and activities, including the Marian Congress, held in Portland from August 12-15, 1934, at the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (The Grotto) in Portland; processions at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, both in Portland; and baptism ceremonies in the Columbia River.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Events

Photographs related to social and civic events, predominantly unidentified. Events depicted include weddings, parties, banquets, ceremonies, and dedications.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Mss 114-3

Consists of general correspondence, primarily political and military in nature, legal papers, and a survey of an unidentified Indian reservation.

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