Oral history interview with Margret D. Thomas [Sound Recording 01]

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Oral history interview with Margret D. Thomas [Sound Recording 01]


  • 1999-03 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:29:48

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Margret Dale Thomas, nee Karl, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1922. Her family moved to Southern California in the 1930s. She attended Pasadena Junior College and the University of California at Los Angeles. She worked as a secretary for the Navy field office in Norfolk, Virginia, during World War II. She and James "Jack" Randolph Thomas were married in 1943, and the couple moved to Portland, Oregon in 1954. They had four children. She attended Reed College during the 1960s and earned a master's degree in history. She died in 2011.

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Tape 1, Side 1. This oral history interview with Margret D. Thomas was conducted by an unidentified Riverdale High School student as part of the Riverdale School Oral History Series in March 1999. In this interview, Thomas discusses her family. She talks about coming to Portland, Oregon, in 1954, after her marriage to James "Jack" Randolph Thomas in 1942. She discusses Jack Thomas' career as a member of the Riverdale School Board, including the dances he helped to organize for parents. She also talks about life in the Dunthorpe neighborhood of Portland, including her memories of the 1962 Columbus Day storm. Thomas recounts her memories of World War II and the Depression. She then discusses her high school education in Los Angeles County, California, and her involvement with Riverdale School in Portland.

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Copyright for this interview is held by Margret D. Thomas. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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