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Oregon Labor Oral History Program

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  • 1993 - 2018

The Oregon Labor Oral History Program is an offshoot of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, run by a former OHS oral historian. Building upon the work of AFL-CIO member Nellie Fox Edwards in the 1980s, the OLOHP aims to preserve the collective history of labor unions and work life.

Oral history with Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr., by Jan Dilg

Haynes discusses his family background and early life in Texas, his civil rights activism, his education, including his time at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, his early clerical career, his appointment to Allen Temple AME Church and moving to Portland, Oregon, his involvement with the Albina Ministerial Alliance, his continuing activism, and his book God's Prophet in Non-Violence: The Theology and Philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Haynes, LeRoy, Jr.

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

Jiro Harada

Half-length portrait, taken outdoors, of a man with a mustache. He is wearing glasses, a suit, and a tie, and is standing with one hand in his pants pocket. The name “Jiro Harada” is written on the negative and is visible at the bottom of the image. Jiro Harada was commissioner of the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum in Japan (now the Tokyo National Museum) and was a guest professor at the University of Oregon in 1935 and 1936.

Photograph of Miller of liberty loans

Photograph of a head and shoulders portrait of a man facing right and looking toward the front. He has a mustache and is wearing a suit jacket and vest, a collared shirt, and a tie. The text “Miller, Mr of liberty loans” is written on the negative sleeve.

Christofferson Airport dedication plaque

Photograph of a plaque bearing a picture of aviator Silas Christofferson and the following text: “Christofferson Airport / Dedicated by the National Solo Flying Corporation / To the memory of Portland’s pioneer aviator / Silas Christofferson / November 25, 1887 / October 31, 1916 / Julius L. Meier / Governor of the state of Oregon / Officiating / Dedicated this 31st day of October, 1931.”

Lieutenant L. C. Mallory, pilot, at air show

Portrait of a man seated in the cockpit of an airplane at either Swan Island airport in Portland or Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. He is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles. A cropped and reversed version of this photograph was one of five, including image No. 371N0595, published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, September 28, 1927, as part of coverage of an air show. The photographs were published under the headline “Z-O-O-M! These Are Lads Who Skim Towers!” With the photographs was the caption: “Some of the famous fliers whose stunts have thrilled thousands in Portland Tuesday and today.” The caption went on to identify the man in this photograph as L. C. Mallory. Image note: The text “Lut [sic] L. C. Mallory” and the number 6 are written on the negative and are visible on the left side of the image. Also see related image Nos. 371N6105, 371N6106, 371N6107, 371N6108, 371N6112, and 371N6126.

Unidentified man with Rankin brothers’ airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing an unidentified man standing next to a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, possibly at Rankin airfield in Portland. On the side of the plane are its name and artwork by A. G. Weber depicting oxen and a covered wagon. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when pilot Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the plane in four unsuccessful attempts to set a record for endurance flying. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Dud Rankin, Tex Rankin, and Dick Rankin with unidentified man and padded bag

Photograph showing four men standing in a row in front of an airplane. The second man from right, who is unidentified, has one hand on a tall, padded bag resting on the ground in front of him. The other three men are pilots and brothers Dud Rankin (left), Tex Rankin (second from left), and Dick Rankin (right). The photograph may have been taken at Rankin field in Portland in August 1930, and the plane in the background may be a Stinson Detroiter, the On-to-Oregon. The Rankin brothers flew the On-to-Oregon in four attempts, all unsuccessful, to set an endurance flying record in August 1930. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Unidentified man and Dick Rankin with airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing two men standing outdoors next to an airplane, the On-to-Oregon, possibly at Rankin field in Portland. The man on the right is pilot Dick Rankin. The man on the left is unidentified. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when Rankin and his brothers, Tex Rankin and Dick Rankin, flew the On-to-Oregon in four unsuccessful attempts to set an endurance flying record. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Dick Rankin? waving from refueling compartment of airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing a man, probably pilot Dick Rankin, standing in the refueling compartment of a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon. He is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles, looking upward, and waving. The photograph may have been taken at the Rankin airfield in Portland, probably in August 1930. That month, Rankin and his brothers, Tex Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the On-to-Oregon in four attempts, all unsuccessful, to set an endurance flying record. According to an August 10, 1930, Oregon Journal article about preparations for the first attempt, a hole was cut in the top of the plane’s fuselage to accommodate aerial refueling. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, and 371N6233.

Lieutenant W. L. Cornelius, pilot, at air show

Portrait of a man sitting in the cockpit of an airplane, probably at either Swan Island airport in Portland or Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington. He is looking back over his shoulder and is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles. A cropped and reversed version of this photograph was one of five, including image No. 371N5913, published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, September 28, 1927, as part of coverage of an air show. The photographs were published under the headline “Z-O-O-M! These Are Lads Who Skim Towers!” With the photographs was the caption: “Some of the famous fliers whose stunts have thrilled thousands in Portland Tuesday and today.” The caption went on to identify the man in this photograph as Lieutenant W. L. Cornelius from Selfridge Field in Michigan. Also see related image Nos. 371N6105, 371N6106, 371N6107, 371N6108, 371N6112, and 371N6126. Image note: The text “Lut [sic] W. L. Cornelius” is written on the negative and is partially visible on the left side of the image.

Christofferson Airport dedication plaque

Photograph of a plaque bearing a picture of aviator Silas Christofferson and the following text: “Christofferson Airport / Dedicated by the National Solo Flying Corporation / To the memory of Portland’s pioneer aviator / Silas Christofferson / November 25, 1887 / October 31, 1916 / Julius L. Meier / Governor of the state of Oregon / Officiating / Dedicated this 31st day of October, 1931.”

Aviator Walter Hinton? with reception committee member

Photograph of two men next to an airplane that has the logo of the National Exchange Club on the side. The men are unidentified, but the man on the left may be aviator Walter Hinton. The photograph may have been taken in early May 1931, when Hinton visited Portland to promote aviation. That visit was arranged by the Portland Exchange Club. Also see image No. 371N6004.

Dud Rankin? being assisted with parachute harness

Photograph showing a man, probably Dudley “Dud” Rankin, sitting on a box next to a Stinson Detroiter monoplane named On-To-Oregon. He is wearing a suit, tie, and parachute. An unidentified man is standing behind him and adjusting the straps on the parachute harness, and several other people are watching. The photograph was probably taken in mid-August of 1930, before Dud Rankin and his brothers, Tex Rankin and Dick Rankin, attempted to set an endurance flying record in the On-To-Oregon. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6051, 371N6060, 371N6063, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Crowd around Rankin brothers’ airplane On-to-Oregon

Photograph showing a crowd gathered around a Stinson Detroiter monoplane named On-to-Oregon, possibly at Rankin airfield in Portland. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when pilot Tex Rankin and his brothers, Dick Rankin and Dud Rankin, flew the plane in four unsuccessful attempts to set a record for endurance flying. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234.

Shell Oil plane dropping refueling hose to Rankin brothers’ On-to-Oregon

Aerial photograph showing a Shell Oil plane and a Stinson Detroiter monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, in position for midair refueling, probably above the Portland area. The end of the refueling hose is visible just above the On-to-Oregon. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when brothers Tex Rankin, Dick Rankin, and Dud Rankin made four attempts, all unsuccessful, to set an endurance flying record in the On-to-Oregon. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, 371N6233, and 371N6234. Image note: Negative damage visible in image.

On-to-Oregon takes off in Rankin brothers’ attempt at endurance record

Photograph showing a Stinson monoplane, the On-to-Oregon, taking off. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930 at Rankin airfield in Portland during one of four attempts that month by brothers Tex Rankin, Dick Rankin, and Dud Rankin to set an endurance flying record. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.Photograph showing two men standing outdoors next to an airplane, the On-to-Oregon, possibly at Rankin field in Portland. The man on the right is pilot Dick Rankin. The man on the left is unidentified. The photograph was probably taken in August 1930, when Rankin and his brothers, Tex Rankin and Dick Rankin, flew the On-to-Oregon in four unsuccessful attempts to set an endurance flying record. Also see image Nos. 371N6017, 371N6022, 371N6023, 371N6024, 371N6025, 371N6060, 371N6064, 371N6103, 371N6120, 371N6121, 371N6128, 371N6129, 371N6130, 371N6132, 371N6133, 371N6134, 371N6138, 371N6199, 371N6206, 371N6207, 371N6221, 371N6227, 371N6228, and 371N6234.

Thomas Colby, Charles W. Meyers, Bill Baldwin, and unidentified man next to plane

Photograph of four men in front of an airplane. The three men on the left, Thomas Colby, Charles W. Meyers, and Bill Baldwin, were the team of Plane 19, a Waco, on the 1928 Ford National Reliability Air Tour; the man on the right is unidentified. The tour reached the Swan Island airport in Portland on July 16, 1928. Meyers was the pilot. The name Meyers is painted on the plane and the number 6528 appears on its tail. The text “T. B. Colby — Charles Myers [sic] — Bill Baldwin” and number 2 are written on the negative. The the writing is visible on the right side of the image.

Eddie Cooper, L. F. Schoenhair, and Ray Acre, team of Plane 23, Ford National Reliability Air Tour

Portrait of three men, Eddie Cooper, L. F. Schoenhair, and Ray Acre, in front of an airplane. They were the team of Plane 23, a Lockheed monoplane, on the 1928 Ford National Reliability Air Tour. The tour reached Portland on July 16, 1928, and the Plane 23 team was the first to arrive at the Swan Island airport. Schoenhair was the pilot and Cooper was the mechanic. The text “Cooper — Schoenhair — Acre” and the number 9 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

Aviator Walter Hinton? with reception committee member

Photograph of two men next to an airplane. The man on the right is wearing a ribbon with the text “RECEPTION COMMITTEE” on it. The men are unidentified, but the man on the left may be aviator Walter Hinton. The photograph may have been taken in early May 1931, when Hinton visited Portland to promote aviation. That visit was arranged by the Portland Exchange Club. Also see image No. 371N6005.

Pilot Dorothy Hester wearing bracelet honoring her for stunt flying

Photograph of pilot Dorothy Hester wearing a silver bracelet she received in November 1930 for her accomplishments in stunt flying. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 3 of the motoring and aviation section of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, November 30, 1930. The photograph and a brief article were published under the headline “ ‘Worthy.’ “ The photograph had the following caption: “That was the term used in describing Miss Dorothy Hester as a pilot when Lady Drummond-Hay, president of the Women’s International Association of Aeronautics, sent her the bracelet which Dorothy is proudly displaying in the picture. She also was given a life membership in the organization.”

Eddie Cooper, L. F. Schoenhair, and Ray Acre, team of Plane 23, Ford National Reliability Air Tour

Portrait of three men, Eddie Cooper, L. F. Schoenhair, and Ray Acre, in front of an airplane. They were the team of Plane 23, a Lockheed monoplane, on the 1928 Ford National Reliability Air Tour. The tour reached Portland on July 16, 1928, and the Plane 23 team was the first to arrive at the Swan Island airport. Schoenhair was the pilot and Cooper was the mechanic. The text “Cooper — Shoenhair [sic] — Ray Acre” and the number 8 are written on the negative and are visible on the right side of the image.

John P. Wood and F. H. Clewers

Portrait of two men wearing jackets and bow ties. The man on the right has a cigarette in his mouth. The text “John P. Woods [sic] - F. H. Clewers” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. The photograph may have been taken in mid-July 1928, when pilot John P. Wood and mechanic Frank Clewers arrived in Portland as part of the Ford national reliability air tour. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Pilot Faye Carter with airplane “Queen of the Cascades”

Full-length portrait of a young woman, pilot Faye Carter, standing in front of an airplane with one hand on the propeller. She is wearing an aviator’s cap and goggles, a calf-length jacket, and a jumpsuit. On the side of the plane, just below the cockpit window, are the words “ ‘Queen of the Cascades.’ “ A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 7 of the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, April 25, 1928, under the headline “Flies Alone.” The photograph had the caption “Miss Faye Carter,” and accompanied a story titled “Girl Makes Her First ‘Solo Hop.’ “ The story reported that Carter, 22, a student at the Rankin School of Flying in Portland, had made her first solo flight on the morning of April 25 over Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington.

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