Item SR813_T01S2 - Oral history interview with Mark Bocek [Sound Recording 02]

Identity elements

Reference code

SR813_T01S2

Name and location of repository

Level of description

Item

Title

Oral history interview with Mark Bocek [Sound Recording 02]

Date(s)

  • 1979-04-21 (Creation)

Extent

Audiocassette; 01:02:19

Name of creator

Biographical history

Mark Bocek was born in Galicia, Poland, in 1887. He immigrated to the United States in 1905 and first settled in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army in 1909 and was stationed in the Philippines from 1910 to 1912. He also played clarinet in the U.S. Army band. In 1914, he and Rose White were married; they later had four children. In 1918, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was discharged from the Army in 1920, and he and his family settled in Portland, Oregon. He worked at a meat market in downtown Portland for part of his life, and briefly worked for Iron Fireman building engines for Liberty ships during World War II. He died in 1984.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

Tape 1, Side 2. This oral history interview with Mark Bocek was conducted by Jim Strassmaier on April 21, 1979. Bocek's daughter, Rose Mary Bocek, also contributed to the interview. In this interview, Bocek discusses his family background and early life in Poland. He talks about immigrating to the United States in 1905 and describes his experience as an immigrant in Pennsylvania and New York, including the jobs he worked. He talks about serving in the U.S. Army beginning in 1909, and describes spending 18 months stationed in the Philippines and playing clarinet in the Army band. Bocek and Strassmaier also talk about some photographs of Bocek's time in the U.S. Army. He briefly discusses his marriage to Rose White in 1914; his activities in the Army after returning from the Philippines in 1912; and settling in Portland, Oregon. He talks about his education in Poland, the jobs he held in Portland, including during the Depression, and building engines for Liberty ships during World War II. He then talks about his children, their families, and their careers. Bocek and Rose Mary Bocek also share their memories of the Tillamook Burn. Bocek closes the interview by discussing the dedication necessary to learn how to play an instrument.

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.

Physical access

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Languages of the material

  • eng

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Accruals

Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

Related descriptions

Notes element

Specialized notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Description control element

Rules or conventions

Sources used

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Digital object metadata

Filename

3f4777d1-96ae-4423-84ac-8055b457dc68-SR813_T01S2.mp3

Latitude

Longitude

Media type

Audio

Mime-type

audio/mpeg

Filesize

57.1 MiB

Uploaded

February 3, 2021 2:26 PM

Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Accession area