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Catalog Number OH0223 Burdett Harvey
Object Name Oral Histories
Scope & Content Oral histories; partial, transcription

REMARKS: Taped interview tih Burdett Harvey in his home in Sutherlin, OR, May 25, 1979. The interviewer is Judy Roberts.
Mr. Harvey is currently the city engineer for Oakland, OR. He talks a little bit about his family, but not too much. He doesn't have too much family history. He does talk a lot about when he was growing up. He can remember that they used to have grange dances at Non-Pariel, which was just east of Sutherlin and that everybdy brought their dog. They had hunting dogs and some of those guys, he said, thought more of the hunting dog than they did their own family. He used to tell that their used to be some pretty wild fights at these dances outside. He tells about an experience he had at his home he lived out in the country, of a cougar, a mountain lion that came up to his house and he shot it. He said the museum currently has the skin of this animal and that it has been stuffed. I have not been able to verify this. He was working for a civilian construction company when World War II started and he was on Wake Island and there was a detachment of marines there with them. He spent the duration of WWII in a japanese prison camp. He tells a lot about his experiences there. He tells what they were fed, how they were clothed, how they were treated. He tells one incident when he had appendicitus and he as taken to the Japanese hospital, near their camp, an army hospital and they performed surgery on him, but they did not use any anesthetic at all.
Title Burdette Harvey oral history
Imagefile 128\OH0223 Burdett Harvey.JPG
Accession number 2011.1