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Catalog Number OH0033 Smith
Object Name Oral Histories
Scope & Content Oral histories; transcriptio

REMARKS: This is an interview with Lester and Nellie Smith on November 21, 1978 in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in Canyonville, Oregon. The interviewer is Star Eatherington.
This is a very interesting tape. Mr. Smith grew up in a very remote area, west of Grants Pass. He had to pack in nine miles to his ranch from the nearest road. Back in his school days, in order to go to school, the kids had to all go quite a few miles to the Rogue River to find an old miner's cabin and live in the miner's cabin while they went to school for a three-month term twice a year. He got pulled out of school quite often to come back and work on the ranch, therefore he was quite a bit older than the rest of the kids. He felt asthough education was very important to him. However, he stood as tall as the Chief of Police with all these other little kids around making fun of him so he finally quit school. Also, when he was younger, he used to take sheep out in the summer, out to this shep camp and he used to live in this little sheep herder's cabin high upon the hill. In 1920 he found a plane crash that had crashed about six years earlier with a bunch of diamons on it and he talks about finding this plan and he found six of the diamonds and three rubies, the location of the plan and what of the treasures are left. He was a logger and he talks about his logging experiences. He topped high spar trees and had quite a few experiences in logging, also in mining.
Title Lester Smith oral history
Imagefile 102\OH0033LesterSmith.JPG
Accession number 2011.1