John (Jack) and Ester Simpson Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
John (Jack) and Ester Simpson talk about the Archibald and Simpson family histories in Bow Hill, Scotland, where some mined. Jack and Ester explain how the Archibalds and Simpsons immigrated to Cle Elum, Washington, circa 1914-1919. They talk about John Simpson’s work in the Northwestern Improvement Company Mine No. 7 and about the Western Miners strike. They talk about growing up as a coal mining family, including Christmas traditions, discipline, chores, education, gardening, and canning. They discuss the impact of the Great Depression and World War II in the area.
The cover image provides a birdseye view of the 1918 fire at Cle Elum, Washington looking southeast. The Simpsons mention this fire in their interview.
Simpson, John (Jack) and Simpson, Ester, "John (Jack) and Ester Simpson Interview" (2000). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 97.
Oral history, Coal mining, Cle Elum (Wash.), Immigrants--United States--History
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