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Catalog Number OH0183 Vertrees v398
Object Name Oral Histories
Scope & Content Oral histories; transcription

REMARKS: A taped interview with J.D. Vertrees in the conference room at the Douglas County Museum. Interviewer is Judy Roberts on July 31, 1979.
Mr. Vertrees came to our state in 1936 from California. At that time in his life he had decided that he wanted to hitch-hike around the Northwest. He went to work at Oregon State, primarily in entomology. He got his degree at the same time. He always has been interested in insects, snakes, flowers, and things of that nature. As a young boy, he want to be a Ranger Naturalist. He talked some about research in insect control. The interesting thing that I discovered was that Oregon used to be the major pea seed grower. He was employed for many years by the Extension Service, and retired a few years ago from that. He is the world's leading expert on the Japanese maple tree. A few years ago he wrote the only existing compllete book on this subject (1978). He has the largest collection in the world of Japanese maples. None of his proects have been federally funded. They are all privately funded by himself.
Title J.D. Vertrees oral history
Imagefile 101\OH0183.JPG
Accession number 2011.1