Item SR812_T01S2 - Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 02]

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Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 02]


  • 1989-10-06 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:30:32

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Mary Eleanor Eyre was born in Buckley, Illinois, in 1897. She came to Oregon in 1904. She graduated from Willamette University around 1918. She taught political science at North Salem High School and was active in the woman suffrage movement. She retired from teaching in 1962, and in 1963, she ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the Oregon Legislature. Mary Eyre Elementary School in Marion County, Oregon, is named after her. She died in 1999.

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Tape 1, Side 2. This oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre was conducted by Vinita M. Howard at Eyre’s home in Salem, Oregon, from October 6, 1989, to January 12, 1990. The interview was conducted in three sessions. In the first interview session, conducted on October 6, 1989, Eyre discusses her family background and early life in Buckley, Illinois. She talks about a family trip to Oregon in 1902 and tells a story about an escaped prisoner who was making headlines at the time. She discusses her first year of school in Illinois. She then talks about life in Salem, Oregon, including the family banking business, the family home, and their neighborhood. She also talks about her education in Salem.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA:

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  • eng

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