Olga Gregorich Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
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Olga Gregorich (b. June 1905) talks about migrating from Austria to Ronald, Washington. She talks about home remedies, gardening, holidays, recipes, music, mushrooming, religious traditions, the 1914 flu epidemic, burial customs, clothing, recreation (bocce ball, baseball, plays, handicrafts), and home brewing. She talks about being a coal miner's wife---about strikes and women's pickets and African Americans in Ronald. She discusses Prohibition, women in taverns, sewing bees, the Great Depression, fires in Ronald, and local businesses.
The cover image shows Ronald in 1912. In the late 1880s, when the No. 3 coal mine opened, the town of Ronald was created. Named after Alexander Ronald, Superintendent of the Northwestern Improvement Company (NWI), the town was a supply center for miners and their families. The miners built their small homes on NWI land. The first school was opened in May 1890 with 49 students and one teacher. Roslyn-Cascade Coal Mine opened in 1898 west of No. 3 Mine, which added greatly to the increase in Ronald's population and economy. On August 17, 1928, the town suffered a devastating fire which was started when a moonshine still exploded.
Gregorich, Olga, "Olga Gregorich Interview" (1973). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 39.
Oral history, Immigrants--United States--History, Coal mining
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