Oral History

Alida Alberts reminisces about her husband's paycheck from American Park and Swift during the Depression and financial hardship related to transportation and home buying. She also describes a doctor's house call when her baby was sick and administered to by her LDS father. The interview took place circa 1960s.

Joseph Anderson shares his recollections and experiences as a student at Weber Stake Academy, starting at the age of 14 in 1904 to graduation in 1905. The interview took place on February 23, 1979.

Dr. Anderson recalls his education as a physician and beginning a private practice during the Depression. He practiced for the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads, and for the Magna smelters, and also covered local doctors’ practices while they were on vacation. He describes taking produce for pay, paying house calls, and the closing of the Grantsville Deseret Bank. He compares early medical practice to modern practice, including the threat of malpractice lawsuits. The interview took place circa 1960s.

H. DeWayne Ashmead, President and CEO of Albion Laboratories, Inc., shares stories about his life, including his childhood, his education, the history of Albion, Inc., his family, and his partnership with Weber State University. DeWayne discusses in detail his father and the history of the Albion minerals business. DeWayne also expands on his background in joining and developing the company. The interview took place on October 22 and 29 and November 26, 2012.

Walter Baker recalls his time as administrative personnel at the Defense Depot Ogden. He describes his memories of the Italian and German prisoners that were held there during World War II, including games of Bocci, Christmas parties, and clothes racks covered in flour and pasta. The interview took place on April 11, 2006.

Lonnie Chambers Barker discusses her experiences as part of a large Mormon family. The interview took place on July 13, 1980.

Herbert Barnes recalls working in a CC camp during the Depression, the closure of the Ogden State Bank, and recreation during those years. He also talks about converting people to the Mormon Church while working in the camp, and the need to move from one job to another after he left it. The interview took place circa 1960s.

Morris Barrett recalls gaining an education at the Weber Normal School, teaching and serving as principal in Eden during the Depression, teaching at Weber High School, and serving as principal and teacher at Hooper Junior High School. The interview took place circa 1960s.

Frank K. Bartlett discusses 50 years of medical practice in Ogden, including during the Depression, starting the first laboratory in the basement of the Dee Hospital, and trying to cure disease without antibiotics. He also talks about finance and the stock market before, during, and after the Depression, and building a house for very little during those years. The interview took place circa 1960s.

A. Parley Bates and his wife discuss their careers in education and hard times during the Depression. They lost some money in the closure of the Ogden State Bank. Both taught in the public schools, and Parley Bates was principal at Roy Elementary and at Weber County High School, as well as superintendent of Weber County Public Schools. The interview took place circa 1960s.