Grimm, Roscoe J 1971-07-10

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Roscoe Grimm, member of a pioneer Oklahoma family, discusses his early life in Kansas and particularly Oklahoma during its transition to statehood. He continues with his activities during and after World War I, and life and conditions during the Depression of the 1930s, the Oklahoma oil boom, and public attitudes between the world wars.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Roscoe J. Grimm

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: July 10, 1971

Location: Enid, Oklahoma

Interviewer: David Nail

Length: 01:21:24 (1 hour, 21 minutes)


Tape 1, Side 1: Tells of early childhood experiences in Oklahoma, and Kansas, Effect of railroad coming to Carmen Oklahoma discussed, Father camped in Enid before its existence as a town, Education summarized, Taught by mother in grade school, Afterwards attended Enid Business College, Later returned and finished high school, Describes his attempts to enter military service during World War I.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Taught school briefly, Military service in Washington summarized, Early farming methods in Oklahoma discussed, Worked as a wheat elevator, Was an insurance agent during the 1930s, Dust storms of the 1930s described, Recalls a bank which refused to close during the bank holiday.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Depression of the 1930s discussed, Poverty of some people recalled, Describes oil boom in Oklahoma, States public attitude in Oklahoma toward presidents Woodrow, Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, Rationing during World War II mentioned.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: c. 1900-1945

Bulk Dates: 1917-1945

Access Information

Original Recording Format: 1/4" reel to reel audio tape

Recording Format Notes: digitized March 2016, audio CDs available for listening in Reading Room

Transcript: no

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