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Oral history interviews with John Helmer, Jr, by Jim Strassmaier (Sound recording 04)

Tape 2, Side 2. 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. This is one of the series of brief (one-session), volunteered oral histories accompanying the OHS World War II exhibit.

Helmer, John, 1923-

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

Remarks by Gertrude Jensen on the preservation of the Columbia River Gorge on behalf of the Nature Conservancy and the Western Forestry Center [Sound Recording 1]

Tape 1, Side 1. The lecture was originally given on Columbia River Gorge Day, May 5th 1981, at the Western Forestry Center to the Portland Women's Forum. Jensen discusses the conservation of the Columbia River Gorge and the Columbia Gorge Commission from 1951 to 1981.

Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-

Oral history interviews with Bertha Holt, by Jim Strassmaier (Sound Recording 01)

Tape 1, Side 1. Bertha "Grandma" Holt talks about the people, places and events in her life: husband, children, living in the Midwest, Great Depression, farm life, move to Oregon, logging, sawmills, her interest in orphan children from Korea and the creation of Holt International Children's Services etc.

Holt, Bertha

Oral history interviews with Bertha Holt, by Jim Strassmaier (Sound Recording 07)

Tape 4, Side 1. Bertha "Grandma" Holt talks about the people, places and events in her life: husband, children, living in the Midwest, Great Depression, farm life, move to Oregon, logging, sawmills, her interest in orphan children from Korea and the creation of Holt International Children's Services etc.

Holt, Bertha

Oral history interviews with Bertha Holt, by Jim Strassmaier (Sound Recording 17)

Tape 9, Side 2. Bertha "Grandma" Holt talks about the people, places and events in her life: husband, children, living in the Midwest, Great Depression, farm life, move to Oregon, logging, sawmills, her interest in orphan children from Korea and the creation of Holt International Children's Services etc.

Holt, Bertha

Oral history interviews with Asa Lewelling, by Venita Howard [Sound recording 01]

Tape 1, Side 1. 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 interviews with Asa Lewelling, by Venita Howard [Sound recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. 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. Bingham, a professor at Portland State University, talks about her life, her educational history, her work at Portland State University, and Willard Spaulding's role at the PSU etc.

Lewelling, Asa, 1915-2007

Oral history interviews with Asa Lewelling, by Venita Howard [Sound recording 09]

Tape 5, Side 1. 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 Art S. Bimrose Jr., by Jim Strassmaier [Sound Recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. This is an interview done in conjunction with a 1989 OHS exhibit of Bimrose's work. In the interview, he discusses his childhood and education, his early art career during the Depression, the process of creating cartoons, the cartoonist's intellectual autonomy, politics and his feelings on war.

Strassmaier, James

Oral history interviews with Norm Costa (Sound Recording 01)

Tape 1 Side 1. Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.

Costa, Norm

Oral history interviews with Norm Costa (Sound Recording 02)

Tape 1 Side 2. Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.

Costa, Norm

Oral history interviews with Norm Costa (Sound Recording 04)

Tape 2 Side 2. Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.

Costa, Norm

Oral history interviews with Holly Hart, by Winter Drews and James Loos [Sound Recording 02)

Tape 1 Side 2. Holly Hart is the owner of Old Wives Tales restaurant on East Burnside in Portland. She was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up there before moving to Portland to attend Reed College in 1964, where she was highly active in protests against the Vietnamese War. Her identity as a lesbian became apparent around this time, and following graduation at Reed, she entered a period of intensive gay rights activism. Suffering burnout, she regressed from these activities before returning to them upon attending the law school at the University of California Berkeley from 1972 to 1975. Some time around 1978, Hart was on a panel commissioned by Oregon Governor Bob Straub to compile a report for the "Task Force on Sexual Preference". Upon the failure of the Mt. Moving Caf�, which Hart frequented during its brief run, she started Old Wives Tales, with an emphasis on multi-ethnic vegetarian cuisine.

Hart, Holly

Oral history interviews with Holly Hart, by Winter Drews and James Loos [Sound Recording 03)

Tape 2, Side 1. Holly Hart is the owner of Old Wives Tales restaurant on East Burnside in Portland. She was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up there before moving to Portland to attend Reed College in 1964, where she was highly active in protests against the Vietnamese War. Her identity as a lesbian became apparent around this time, and following graduation at Reed, she entered a period of intensive gay rights activism. Suffering burnout, she regressed from these activities before returning to them upon attending the law school at the University of California Berkeley from 1972 to 1975. Some time around 1978, Hart was on a panel commissioned by Oregon Governor Bob Straub to compile a report for the "Task Force on Sexual Preference". Upon the failure of the Mt. Moving Caf�, which Hart frequented during its brief run, she started Old Wives Tales, with an emphasis on multi-ethnic vegetarian cuisine.

Hart, Holly

Oral history interviews with Holly Hart, by Winter Drews and James Loos [Sound Recording 04)

Tape 2, Side 2. Holly Hart is the owner of Old Wives Tales restaurant on East Burnside in Portland. She was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up there before moving to Portland to attend Reed College in 1964, where she was highly active in protests against the Vietnamese War. Her identity as a lesbian became apparent around this time, and following graduation at Reed, she entered a period of intensive gay rights activism. Suffering burnout, she regressed from these activities before returning to them upon attending the law school at the University of California Berkeley from 1972 to 1975. Some time around 1978, Hart was on a panel commissioned by Oregon Governor Bob Straub to compile a report for the "Task Force on Sexual Preference". Upon the failure of the Mt. Moving Caf�, which Hart frequented during its brief run, she started Old Wives Tales, with an emphasis on multi-ethnic vegetarian cuisine.

Hart, Holly

Oral history interviews with Frodo Okulam (Sound Recording 03)

Tape 2, Side 1. Frodo talks about her life as a lesbian, in the late 1960s onward. She discusses her gender identity as a child, dealing with her sexuality as a teen, how she got her name and what the Lord of the Rings meant to her, starting the Portland Chapter of the Tolkien Society of America, and her spirituality as a Wiccan and member of the MCC (Metropolitan Community Church).

Okulam, Frodo

Oral history interview with Lee Coleman, by Joshua Fackrell and Katrina Griffiths [Sound Recording]

Session 1. Coleman discussed his involvement with (pro-gay) "Log Cabin Republicans" organization in CA and OR. Fight against measure 9. On "Right to Privacy" board. Became democrat after being outed as a John Kerry supporter. Advocates political involvement (as a democrat).

Coleman, Lee, 1931-

Oral history interview with Sally Cohn, by Jade Davis and Erin Babcock Musick [Sound Recording]

Session 1. Sally Cohn is a lesbian activist who has been involved with many organizations in Portland, Oregon since the 1970s. She discusses several topics including her involvement with the Lesbian Community Project, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, lesbian stereotypes, women's softball, and what it was like to fight anti-gay ballot measures. She also talks about her appearance on national television doing her 'hand whistling.'

Cohn, Sally H.

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