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Oral history interview with J. Carl Lenchitsky
- 1982-07-19 (Creation)
0.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 4 min., 17 sec.)
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Julius Carl Lenchitsky was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, in 1909. From 1930 to 1934, he played basketball and other sports on an athletics scholarship at Oregon State University. In 1935, he began working for the Portland Police Bureau. In 1938, he and Margaret Joann Engel were married; they later had three children. During World War II, he worked in the Portland shipyards. After the war, he worked as a salesman for various businesses and also started several businesses. He died in 2002.
Sources: Information provided by Lenchitsky in his interview; vital records on Ancestry.com.
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This oral history interview with J. Carl Lenchitsky was conducted by Linda S. Dodds at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon, on July 19, 1982, as part of the oral history program at the society's research library. At the time of the interview, Dodds' name was Linda S. Brody.
In this interview, Lenchitsky speaks at length about playing basketball and other sports at Oregon State University in the 1930s. He talks about playing in championships, about his teammates, and about his speech impediment. He then speaks about working for the Portland Police Bureau, describes how he worked to reduce arrests for petty crime, and talks about his role in creating the Portland Junior Safety Patrol. He also discusses working in the Portland shipyards during World War II. He then talks about his marriage to Margaret Joann Engel, about his work history after the war, and about the history of the Healy Heights neighborhood of Portland.
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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, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with J. Carl Lenchitsky, by Linda S. Dodds, SR 9464, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
A typescript summary (3 pages) and a handwritten index (2 pages) are 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.