These oral histories were collected by local social studies teacher Frederick Krueger, his students and colleagues between the 1970s and 2000s. In each interview, a resident of upper Kittitas County speaks about the ethnic, racial, cultural, and industrial history of Kittitas County and in particular the history of coal mining at Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald, Washington.
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Valery (Val) Zrebeic
Valery (Val) Zrebiec (b. December 25, 1913) describes his schooling and life in the Nelson Siding and Cle Elum areas of Washington state. He talks about his Polish heritage, including Polish language and Polish lodges (PNA). He also talks about local sports, including track and football. He explains how his father worked in coal mining until 1918, when he turned to farming. Zrebiec describes farm work, including meat curing, food storage, and canning.
The cover image shows a group of women from Cle Elum, Washington, dressed in Polish traditional costumes, circa 1935.