Item SR812_T03S1 - Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 05]

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Oral history interview with Mary E. Eyre [Sound Recording 05]


  • 1989-10-12 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:29:42

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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 3, Side 1. 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 second interview session, conducted on October 12, 1989, Eyre continues discussing the family home and neighborhood in Salem, and describes features that were common in houses in the early 20th century, particularly woodsheds. She talks about her education in Salem; describes the old Capitol building and businesses in downtown Salem; and talks about the family’s first car. She also briefly talks about some of the floods that affected Marion County in the early 20th century. She talks about anti-Semitic attitudes, popular fashions, and attending church. She speaks again about her education in Salem. She talks about cultural events, particularly those organized by Chautauquas; the lead-up to World War I; and the education of her siblings, as well as their families and careers. She discusses attending Willamette University, and describes the campus and student body. She then talks about her career as a high school teacher in North Bend, Oregon, and at North Salem High School. She talks about some of her students, including Cecil L. Edwards, Edith Green, and Mark Hatfield. She also discusses her own political beliefs.

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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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February 3, 2021 2:17 PM

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