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Oral history interview with John P. Meynink
- 1990-08-17 - 1990-08-24 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 5 audiocassettes (4 hr., 1 min., 39 sec.)
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John Phillip Meynink, nee Johannes Phillippus Meynink, was born in Oosthuisen, Netherlands, in 1899. In 1923, he immigrated to the United States, where he first settled in Hood River, Oregon. In 1939, he and Wanda Marie Rohrbough were married; they later had two children. He had a variety of careers over his lifetime including running an ice cream shop, becoming a candy peddler, owning several Texaco gas stations, and becoming an accountant at the end of his working life. He retired in 1972. During his retirement, he worked as a tour guide in downtown Portland. He died in 1995.
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This oral history interview with John P. Meynink was conducted by Jim Strassmaier at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, from August 17-24, 1990. The interview was conducted in two sessions.
In the first interview session, conducted on August 17, 1990, Meynink discusses his family background and early life in the Netherlands in the early 20th century, including working on farms. He then talks about his reasons for immigrating to the United States in 1923. He also briefly discusses his compulsory service in the Dutch Army. He describes his journey across the Atlantic and adjusting to life in the U.S., including learning English as a second language. He talks about the various jobs he held in Oregon and Washington, other immigrant groups in the area, and his experience during the Depression. He also discusses his political beliefs.
In the second interview session, conducted on August 24, 1990, Meynink continues discussing his political beliefs and his experience during the Depression. He talks about the various jobs he held in Oregon, including working at a bakery, running gas stations, and running the State Hotel in Astoria. He also discusses his marriage to Wanda Marie Rohrbough and running an ice cream shop in Newberg. He talks about becoming an accountant after moving to Portland in 1959; about his children, their families, and their careers; and about working as a tour guide in Portland. He discusses his interest in history and talks about both Dutch and Portland history. He closes the interview by talking about his affiliation with the Oregon Historical Society, about farming equipment, and about his health at the time of the interview in 1990.
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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the estate of John P. Meynink. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted, http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-NC/1.0/.
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Oral history interview with John P. Meynink, by Kellie A. Roche, SR 600, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Preferred citation: Oral history interview with John Meynink, by Jim Strassmaier, SR 600-1, 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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- Strassmaier, James (Contributor)