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Title Emery Cobourn Hill
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 1988 ca
Year Range from 1988.0
Year Range to 1988.0
Narrator's name Hill, Emery Cobourn
Interviewer Hill, Emery Cobourn
Description Transcript of Emery Cobourn Hill oral history circa 1988.

Emery Cobourn Hill interviewed circa 1988. Emery Hill discusses information and pictures found in the Fishes' books. He describes how his grandparents and parents came to Issaquah, how they made their livings, and how they moved around. He describes his schooling, and what he remembers of the neighborhood.

In this interview recorded circa 1988, Emery Cobourn Hill describes:

Page 1: His birth in the superintendent's house on Mine Hill, how his father worked at the mine, and how his grandfather came to Issaquah to lay out the construction of the railroad and supervise the mines;

Page 2: How his mother's father came to Washington and settled in Issaquah, how his mother ran a boardinghouse and met his father, how his parents mined gold in California, how his father later worked as an engineer for Stone and Webster when his grandfather came back to Issaquah to coal mine, and how his father entered the service when war broke out while his mother ran a restaurant;

Page 3: His parents' divorce, his school days, his relationship with the Morgan family; and how he was raised with the Neukirchen girls in Seattle;

Page 4: Attending church, having warm milk and cookies before bedtime, how his family moved back to Issaquah, and the Fishes books and their inaccuracies beginning with the railroad tracks layout;

Page 5: The railroad's scale pit, the railroad tracks' layout, the tipple, and the hotel boardinghouse at Mine Hill;

Page 6: His father's relationship with Frank Edwards, George Ek, Jimmy Croston and Lawrence Harris; his grandfather's relationship with Joe Morgan; and the rodeo mentioned in the Fishes book;

Page 7: The rodeo and how he worked for the cowboys, a picture of Rose Wall from the Fishes book, and how the rodeo grounds were also used as a baseball diamond;

Page 8-9: Baseball in Issaquah, including a story about a star pitcher; the owners of homes in a picture from the Fishes book - the Strnards (a tailor), the Beers (a mechanic), the McQuades (worked for the water department), the Thompsons, the Crostons, the Terwilligers, and Ed Neukirchen; and how the Strnard house burned;

Page 10: Discovering a man who fabricated his own license plates; pictures from the middle of the Fishes book of a neighborhood - the Finks (a Chevrolet dealer), John Neukirchen, and the Piersons; street paving; watching a free matinee of a first episode of a serial film; and getting into a fight.
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Subjects Baseball
Houses
Mine, Issaquah & Superior
Mining
Mining, Coal
Railroad
Rodeo
Streets and Roads
People Adams, Red
Becker, Magnuson
Becker, Mathilda Swanson
Beers, George Lawrence
Burke, Ted
Castagno, Frank
Cobourn, George
Croston, Elsworth
Croston, James II
Croston, James III
Davis, Jonah
Drylie, Ruth
Edwards, Frank
Ek, George
Ellis, Russel
Fink, John
Gardiner, A.I.
Gregory, ?
Harris, Laurence J.
Hill, Emery Cobourn
Hill, Emery Cobourn
Hill, Frank Albert Jr.
Hill, Frank Albert Sr.
Hill, Spencer Hobart
Kramer, Daniel E.
McCarvey, Grace
McNeill, Hobart W.
McQuade, Charles
McQuade, Mildred
McQuade, Myrtle Becker
Morgan, Bob
Morgan, Dave
Morgan, Griff
Morgan, Joseph
Neukirchen, Edward P.
Neukirchen, Jack
Neukirchen, John J. "Bubs"
Reynolds, Andy
Strnard, Alex
Strnard, George
Strnard, Mary
Surnich, Mike
Von Alvensleben, Gustav Konstantin
Wall, Rose
Catalog Number 88.002.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny