Dale Scheller oral history recording


Dale Scheller oral history recording


An audio recording of an oral history of Dale Scheller about his life in Beaverton, Oregon, during the Korean War. Scheller was born in Portland and grew up in Gresham, Oregon, on a dairy farm of 180 acres. By the start of the war, Scheller was married with a few kids and had a well-established dairy farm that was selling milk along nine different routes. Scheller describes what Hillsboro looked like in the 1950s, specifically regarding the school districts, the population growth, and the building of roads. He remembers the attitude toward the government being very patriotic and people wanting to take care of themselves. Scheller talks about how Communism restricted freedom and was not the right thing, but in giving a couple examples, how it could be better for some countries. Though being a farm boy, Scheller was aware of many things happening surrounding the war. He volunteered with the civil defense of the area in doing night watches on the grand stand. He knew people who fought in the war, but doesn’t remember any bomb drills or shelters in the area. Scheller comments on the different values that were held over the generations between the Korean War and the Vietnam War and how that affected how the wars were received. The biggest difference between the 1950s and contemporary to the recording for Scheller was the administration and how it was being run. Scheller finishes with talking about how the community has grown and how he would like the see the livability of the agricultural area continue to grow. Voices in the recording are clearly audible and there are random background noises such as a clock chiming and a phone ringing. The interview took place as part of the Century High School oral histories project.



1 sound cassette (32 min.)






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Nguyen, Lillian