Oral history interview with Kirby Ross

Oral history interview with Kirby Ross [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Kirby Ross [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with Kirby Ross [Sound Recording 03]

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SR 18

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Oral history interview with Kirby Ross

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  • 1979-12-20 (Creation)

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.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 25 min., 52 sec.)

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Biographical history

Kirby Stewart Ross, also known as Kirby G. Ross, was born in Huntington, Oregon, in 1893. In 1899, his family relocated to Hood River, Oregon. In 1914, he moved to Portland from Hood River and joined the Oregon National Guard. He served on the U.S.-Mexico Border in 1916. He served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany during World War I, and was awarded a Silver Star. He attended Oregon State College. In 1921, he and Madeline Alice Nelson were married; they later had three children. He worked as a Multnomah County bridge operator, primarily on the Broadway Bridge, retiring in 1966. Ross died in 1984.

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This oral history interview with Kirby Ross was conducted by Charles Pavlovich on December 20, 1979. Ross' son, Kenneth Nelson Ross, and a person identified only as Mr. Johnson were also present and occasionally contributed to the interview.

In this interview, Ross discusses his service in the U.S. Army in France and Germany during World War I, including capturing enemy soldiers, retrieving bodies of fallen Allied soldiers, and fighting in the trenches. He also talks about where he was during the signing of the armistice. He then talks about his civilian life and serving in the Oregon National Guard before the start of World War I, including being deployed to disrupt efforts by the International Workers of the World to unionize agricultural workers. He then revisits the topic of his service in the U.S. Army in France and Germany during World War I, and describes at length his experiences on the front lines. He closes the interview by discussing where to donate the oral history interview and related materials.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the estate of Kirby Ross. 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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Kirby Ross papers, Mss 2688, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Kirby Ross, by Charles Pavlovich, SR 18, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Incomplete transcript (6 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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