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Oral history interview with Sir James McDonald [Sound Recording 03]

Tape 2, Side 1. This oral history interview with Sir James McDonald was conducted by Marian W. Kolisch at McDonald's home on February 6, 1986. The interview was part of a series conducted by Oregon photographer Marian W. Kolisch to accompany portraits of Oregon artists, businesspeople, and politicians. In this interview, McDonald discusses his family background and early life in Scotland, including his education. He talks about working for the British Civil Service and living in London, and describes German bombings of London during World War I. He then talks about his experiences in France as a gunner in the Royal Air Force from 1917 to 1918. He also describes his memories of the end of the war. He talks about moving to Canada after the war and working on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan. McDonald and Kolisch then speak away from the microphone about the process of recording the interview. McDonald goes on to describe traveling to San Francisco, California, and getting into the timber business. He describes his career as a timber inspector, starting his own lumber export business in Portland, Oregon, and a trip he took back to Europe for his business. He closes the interview by talking about serving as British Consul in Portland throughout World War II.

McDonald, James, 1899-1989

Oral history interview with Sir James McDonald [Sound Recording 02]

Tape 1, Side 2. This oral history interview with Sir James McDonald was conducted by Marian W. Kolisch at McDonald's home on February 6, 1986. The interview was part of a series conducted by Oregon photographer Marian W. Kolisch to accompany portraits of Oregon artists, businesspeople, and politicians. In this interview, McDonald discusses his family background and early life in Scotland, including his education. He talks about working for the British Civil Service and living in London, and describes German bombings of London during World War I. He then talks about his experiences in France as a gunner in the Royal Air Force from 1917 to 1918. He also describes his memories of the end of the war. He talks about moving to Canada after the war and working on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan. McDonald and Kolisch then speak away from the microphone about the process of recording the interview. McDonald goes on to describe traveling to San Francisco, California, and getting into the timber business. He describes his career as a timber inspector, starting his own lumber export business in Portland, Oregon, and a trip he took back to Europe for his business. He closes the interview by talking about serving as British Consul in Portland throughout World War II.

McDonald, James, 1899-1989

Oral history interview with Sir James McDonald [Sound Recording 01]

Tape 1, Side 1. This oral history interview with Sir James McDonald was conducted by Marian W. Kolisch at McDonald's home on February 6, 1986. The interview was part of a series conducted by Oregon photographer Marian W. Kolisch to accompany portraits of Oregon artists, businesspeople, and politicians. In this interview, McDonald discusses his family background and early life in Scotland, including his education. He talks about working for the British Civil Service and living in London, and describes German bombings of London during World War I. He then talks about his experiences in France as a gunner in the Royal Air Force from 1917 to 1918. He also describes his memories of the end of the war. He talks about moving to Canada after the war and working on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan. McDonald and Kolisch then speak away from the microphone about the process of recording the interview. McDonald goes on to describe traveling to San Francisco, California, and getting into the timber business. He describes his career as a timber inspector, starting his own lumber export business in Portland, Oregon, and a trip he took back to Europe for his business. He closes the interview by talking about serving as British Consul in Portland throughout World War II.

McDonald, James, 1899-1989