Oral history interview with Howard C. Tobin

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SR 9364

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Oral history interview with Howard C. Tobin


  • 1968-01-25 (Creation)


0.1 cubic feet; 1 audiocassette (34 min., 46 sec.)

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Howard Charles Tobin was born in San Francisco, California, in 1892. In 1903, his family relocated to Fort Stevens, Oregon. Around 1905, they returned to San Francisco. They later moved to Fort Monroe, Virginia. Tobin served as a major in the U.S. Army cavalry and retired in 1929. He moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1932. He died in 1971.

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This oral history interview with Henry C. Tobin was conducted by Ron Shay on January 25, 1968. In this interview, Tobin discusses his early life in the area of Fort Stevens, Oregon, between 1903 and 1905. He describes the landscape and surrounding towns, speaks at length about fishing in the Columbia River, and discusses hunting birds in the area. He also shares an anecdote about an arsonist in the Fort Stevens area around 1905. He briefly describes his travels with the U.S. Army as a major in the cavalry, shares his reasons for retiring in 1929, and talks about returning to Oregon in 1932. He closes the interview by discussing the changes to Fort Stevens over the 20th century.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the estate of Howard C. Tobin. 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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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Howard C. Tobin, by Ron E. Shay, SR 9364, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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A handwritten index (3 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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