Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk

Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk [Session 01, Part 1] Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk [Session 01, Part 2] Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk [Session 01, Part 3 & Session 02, Part 1] Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk [Session 02, Part 2]

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SR 9468

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Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk


  • 1982-01-22 - 1982-01-27 (Creation)


0.1 cubic feet; 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 31 min., 22 sec.)

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Sara Catherine Lusk, nee Emmons, was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1887. She attended Wellesley College, and later studied at the Art Students League of New York. In 1914, she and Hall Stoner Lusk were married; they later had five children. She died in 1987.

Sources: Information provided by Lusk in her interview; vital records on Ancestry.com.

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This oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk was conducted by Linda S. Dodds in Beaverton, Oregon, in two sessions on January 22, 1982, and January 27, 1982. The interview was conducted 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. Sister Peter Kump was also present and occasionally contributed to the interview.

In the first interview session, Lusk discusses her family background and early life in the Riverdale neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, in the early 20th century. She describes driving around town when cars were first introduced, talks about businesses in downtown Portland, and discusses her father's career as a lawyer. She talks about her involvement with the Portland Junior League, then briefly discusses studying art at St. Helen's Hall and at the Art Students League of New York. She speaks about meeting her husband, Hall Stoner Lusk.

In the second interview session, Lusk continues to discuss her art studies. She talks about her marriage to Hall Stoner Lusk, and speaks at length about his career as a lawyer, judge, and U.S. senator. She talks about living in Washington, D.C., during Hall S. Lusk's brief time in the U.S. Senate, and in Salem, Oregon, while he served on the Oregon Supreme Court. She closes the interview by discussing some of the cases Hall S. Lusk heard on the court.

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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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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Sara C. Lusk, by Linda S. Dodds, SR 9468, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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An incomplete transcript (40 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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