PST: Rural Life in the 1870s (WPA Oregon Folklore Studies interview with Miss Nettie Spencer)


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This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Source Tuesday.' Each Tuesday we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from one of the frontier literary magazines that thrived in Oregon at the end of the 19th century. Today it's Today it's an interview from the WPA Writers's Project, the Oregon History and Folklore project. In it, Walker Winslow interviews Miss Nettie Spencer, a seventy-something Portland woman (she absoLUTEly deCLINED to tell him her birth date), about rural life and frontier 'hard-shell Baptist' church practices in the 1870s. The interview happened on Dec. 14, 1938. You can find more about it, and a transcript, at