Guide to the Teton Dam disaster oral history transcriptions,
1976-1978

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Creator: Community Improvement through Local History
Title: Teton Dam disaster oral history transcriptions
Dates: 1976-1978 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 58
Summary: Transcriptions of oral history tapes giving personal narratives of the Teton Dam disaster in southeastern Idaho, June 5, 1976. Subjects include descriptions of the flood's approach, damage to property, recovery efforts and the effects of the ordeal on people's lives and their communities.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

On June 5, 1976, the newly constructed Teton Dam in southeastern Idaho collapsed. Water contained in its filling reservoir surged through the Upper Snake River Valley, inundating whole communities, blanketing farm lands with debris, and disrupting the lives of thousands. In its wake, the flood's damages totaled hundreds of millions of dollars. But in addition to property losses were the personal losses for which there was no reparation.

Content Description

To better understand this loss, a program to gather and preserve personal accounts of the disaster was jointly undertaken by the Department of History and Geography of Utah State University, Ricks College and the Idaho State Historical Society. The oral histories obtained by these agencies provide recollections of the flood and its aftermath from the perspectives of individuals, families and communities. One hundred and twenty-four (124) interviews were completed and are now available for historical and scholarly research in the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Utah State University. .

Use of the Collection

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Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Teton Dam disaster oral history transcriptions must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Teton Dam disaster oral history transcriptions, 1976-1978. (COLL MSS 58). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This guide lists each interview alphabetically by the last name of the person interviewed. In addition, each interview has been given a numerical identifier to serve as its call number. A synopsis of subjects touched upon in a particular narrative is given for each interview.

Acquisition Information :  

The tapes were made available by the joint efforts of Utah State University, Ricks College and the Idaho State Historical Society through a grant from the Community Improvement Through Local History program.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 1: ANDERSON, CLYDE W
Company official, Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. Rexburg Relates repair work to restore telephone service after the flood; cites damage done to company facilities; summarizes relief efforts and service conditions during the clean-up period. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 27, 1977
1 1a: ANDERSON, L.C. "ANDY"
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and Fremont-Madison Describes the construction and his involvement of the Teton Dam. April 5th, 1972
1 2: ANDERSON, STEPHANIE S
School teacher Rexburg Recalls reaction to news of disaster while visiting relatives in Portland, Oregon; describes relief efforts of LDS Church, the Red Cross, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 25, 1977
1 3: FANDRUS, ALYN B
Disaster Relief Official Rexburg Description of flood waters in Rexburg; relates volunteer efforts during the clean-up operations; details service of disaster relief office set up by Senator Frank Church. Personal narrative August 24, 1977
1 3a: ANDRUS, GAYLON RICH
Lawyer, Hibbard. Recounts the evacuation of his family, the devastation in general and the damage to his business in particular. Alyn Andrus, interviewer August 8,1977
1 4: ANDRUS, GLORIA G
Housewife Rexburg Description of flood waters in Rexburg; relates volunteer efforts during the clean-up operations; cites incidents of vandalism and looting. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer October 4, 1977
1 4a: ANDRUS, KENDALL
Teacher, Farmer Milo, ID Tells about his involvement in the flood. Describes helping out and seeing the community come together. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 20, 1977
1 5: ARCHIBALD, DAVID W
Retiree Rexburg Recounts the effects of flood on the residents of the Rexburg Golden Living Center; discusses reparations by the Bureau of Reclamation and the volunteer assistance with clean-up operations. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 19, 1977
1 5a: ARD, MYRTLE
Rexburg. Describes flood waters in town, damage to her home and the renovations necessary afterward. Alyn Andrus, interviewer August 8, 1977
1 6: ARD, WILLIAM
No occupation given Rexburg Regarding the effects of the floods on his property and the emotional stress that it caused his was; discusses reparations by the Bureau of Reclamation; remarks on the renovation of Rexburg and neighboring communities. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 23, 1977
1 6a: ARNOLD, TERRELL L
Job Printing Sugar City Describes flood and people's disbelief. How he and his family and community got through it all. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 15, 1977
1 7: BAGLEY, GAYLEN W
Carpenter, Sugar City Relates loss of his mobile home and personal property, the destruction of Sugar City and the relief efforts by the Red Cross, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Bureau of Reclamation. March 30, 1978
1 7a: BAGLEY, GLENDA
Housewife Sugar City Explains she and her family lost everything except the clothes on their backs. Trailer house was wiped completely out. Richard Stallings, interviewer March 30, 1978
1 8: BAGLEY, LAYLE
Manager, Teton Traveling Mfg. Salem Regarding loss of personal property in flood, the attempt to salvage something from his home the day after the flood, and resettlement. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer July 12, 1977
1 8a: BAKE, MARGARET
Rexburg. Describes reaction to the newscast regarding evacuation, renovation of the home, and the emotional stress of the ordeal. Christian Sorenson, interviewer August 30, 1977
1 9: BARRUS, RUTH H
Music teacher, Ricks College. Sugar City Describes destruction of her home and farm property, the clean-up operations and security precautions against vandalism. Ramon Widdison, interviewer June 18, 1977
1 9a: BARRUS, RUTH
Farmer, Sugar City Memoir by Barrus of the Teton flood and how faith that abundance will eventually com to the city of Sugar Hill. No interviewer
1 10: BATES, ORRIN RAYMON
Professor, Ricks College. Rexburg Description of damage to home after the flood; recalls the volunteer efforts, the services of the Small Business Administration and reparations by the Bureau of Reclamation; stresses the need for the dam. David Crowder, interviewer June 13, 1977
1 10a: BEAN, HAROLD
Idaho Fish and Game, Sugar City. Describes the floodwaters on the Salem highway and the damage done to his home and farm. Richard B. Stallings, interviewer July 21, 1977
1 11: BECK, MARY ANN
Businesswoman Rexburg Regarding her return to Rexburg from West Yellowstone Montana after the flood and the damage done to her home and the destruction to the town; assistance form Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Soil Conservation Service.
1 11a: BELL, BRENT
Bell Builder Business, Ranch Rexburg Relates personal experiences and community changes. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 18, 1977
1 11b: BELL, BRETT JOHN
Child, Rexburg Fifteen year old boy's experience with the flood. Lost all his cows and had to clean up his family's property without the help of his father, who was helping elsewhere. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 18, 1977
1 11c: BELL, MICHELLE
Child Rexburg Thirteen year old girl talking about why she thought the flood happened and how they recovered. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 18, 1977
1 11d: BELNAP, MABLE H
Housewife, Rexburg Mabel and her husband called the flood a lot of drudgery. Husband is thankful for his life Fremont Fuller, interviewer
1 12: BENNION, REX
Dean of Administration, Ricks College. Rexburg Preparations in Rexburg before the flood; the role of Ricks College in the relief effort; the purpose of "Appreciation Day"; damage to his home and personal property. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 22, 1977
1 12a: BIRCH, PAUL
Postman, Wilford. Description of a premonition of the disaster and the loss of his home and property while in San Diego, California. Tells of dealings with government .agencies during recovery and the relocation of his family. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 13, 1977
1 12b: BILL, SETH
Ricks College Education Media Department, Sugar City Talked about the biggest worry in the flood being that there was no clean water. Richard Stallings, interviewer December 30, 1977
1 12c: BIRCH, BLAINE
Wilford, ID Account deals with what he observed at Wilford and Fremont Counties. Judge Forbush, interviewer June 24, 1976
1 13: BIRD, VERL
Farmer Sugar City Relates his experience of staying in Sugar City as the flood washed through, describes the damage and the clean-up operation; notes the changes in Sugar City since the flood. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 6, 1977
1 14: BISCHOFF, HAROLD
Dairy Farmers St. Anthony Relates attempt to save dairy cows during flood; describes destruction done to personal and neighbors' property; cites aid given by the Bureau of Reclamation, the problems encountered with the clean-up operation, and the lack of diligence by some government workers. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 29, 1977
1 15: BOICE, ROBERT
laborer, Rexburg Regarding his attempts to get to his home from St. Anthony when he learned of the flood; describes damage done to his and neighboring homes by logs from sawmill, tractors and other objects carried by the flood; notes aid received by Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bureau of Reclamation; cites some incidents of vandalism. David L. Crowder, interviewer June 17, 1977
1 16: BONNER, JOHN
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Regarding his return to Rexburg from Ely, Nevada after the flood; describes damage to home, assistance received from volunteer groups and government agencies; notes the changes brought to the community by the flood. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 23, 1977
1 16a: BOYLE, MOANA
Housewife, Rexburg Stayed on her sundeck of the 2nd floor during the flood. Amazed at what was destroyed and what was not. Ann Hayes, interviewer June 22, 1977
1 17: BOYLE, NILE LEROY
Pharmacist Rexburg Describes the flood as viewed from the roof of his home; relates the damage suffered by his business and problems encountered with his claims to the government; describes the assistance of volunteer groups and the activities of "Appreciation Day." Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 15, 1977
1 18: BREWSTER, SAM F
Instructor Rexburg Describes damage to his and neighboring homes, the clean-up operations, and the services provided by government and disaster relief agencies. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer May 29, 1977
1 18a: BROOKS, RENINGTON
Student Sugar House Went to Teton disaster as a volunteer three weeks after it had happened. Told how it looked and how all the debris was everywhere. Christina Sorensen, interviewer December 9, 1977
1 19: BROWN, HETTIE BURKE
Housewife Rexburg Regarding her reaction to news of the flood during stay in Indianpolis; describes the clean-up operations, damage to her own and her mother-in-law's homes, assistance from volunteer groups. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 8, 1977
1 20: BROWN, MAX
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Regarding his reaction to news of the flood during stay in Indianapolis; cites distortions of the disaster by the news media; describes damage to home and neighborhood; notes assistance provided by volunteer groups and government agencies. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 8, 1977
1 20a: BROWN, GAYLE BECK
Homemaker, Sugar City Reflects on how the flood changes her whole life in one sudden experience and nothing was the same. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 15, 1977
1 20b: BROWN, HETTIE B
Housewife, Rexburg She and her husband were in Indiana when the dam broke; talks about how everyone supported them in Indiana and in Idaho. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 8, 1977
1 20c: BROWN, RAYMOND C
Teacher at Ricks, Sugar City Husband of Gayle Brown. He said building a new house only to have it destroyed is a life changing experience. Reflected that he was thankful it happened in the summer and in the USA where the government was able to help. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 26, 1977
1 21: BROWNING, CLARIE
Daughter of honey farmer, Rexburg Regarding destruction of her family's home and honey business; notes problem's with claims against the government to replace supplies and equipment; cites reaction of people in Canada to news of the disaster, assistance of volunteer groups and incidents of vandalism and looting. Ann Hayes, interviewer June 15, 1977
1 21a: CALDER, FRED
Banker. Rexburg Watched the flood come and saw that it would cause a lot of damage after seeing how much water was coming. Talked about how he got to his house and cleaned with the help of his family and friends.
1 22: CALDERWOOD, JAY
General Excavation Foreman, Teton Dam Describes his attempts to stop the leak in the Teton Dam by pushing debris into the whirlpool with his caterpillar tractor; cites the Bureau of Reclamation's tests to insure safety of the dam, and the disbelief of those connected with its construction when they watched it wash away. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 24, 1977
1 23: CARLSON, ROXANNE LORIE
Relates her return to Rexburg from a short drive and attempts to locate her daughter before the flood hit; location of her daughter the day following the flood, in good health; damage to personal property cited; notes emotional stress caused by flood. Ann Hayes, interviewer June 24, 1977
1 24: CASE, GARRETT E
Bookstore owner Rexburg Relates the damage done to his home and how it resulted in the demolition of the structure after the clean-up operations; notes assistance by volunteer groups, the Red Cross and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. David Crowder, interviewer June 14, 1977
1 24a: CATMUL, JUNE B
A letter to all family and friends they made because of the flood. It is an interview that has the answers to the questions included in the letter. No Interviewer June 24, 1976
1 25: CHRISTENSEN, JEFF
Child, Rexburg An account of the flood in Rexburg by an eight-year-old boy. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 1, 1977
1 25a: CLARKE, JOHN L
Retired, Rexburg Recalled how anyone and everyone would help and volunteer with cleaning. Brought communities and other cities together. Richard Stallings, interviewer September 9, 1977
1 26: CLEMENTS, TRUDY
Housewife Rexburg Describes preparations for flood, waters passing through Rexburg and damages suffered by her parents; notes assistance by volunteer groups and the Red Cross. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 24, 1977
1 27: COATES, LAWRENCE
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Relates assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bureau of Reclamation, the Red Cross and volunteer groups; cites some incidents of vandalism; notes the effects of the flood on people and community. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 29, 1977
1 28: COLE, VEION BROWN
Retiree Rexburg Describes damage caused by the flood; notes assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and theBureau of Reclamation; discusses problems with her husbands health after the flood. Ramon Widdison, interviewer August 8, 1977
1 29: CONGDON, ANDREA
Child, Rexburg An account of the flood in Rexburg by eight-year-old girl; describes fears of being separated from parents, loss of possessions, and the condition of the home; relates difficulty of adjusting to life in a trailer provided by Department of Housing and Urban Development. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 1, 1977
1 30: CURETON, MATT
Child, Rexburg Describes the condition of the home after the flood, the clean-up operation and the places he stayed while repairs were being made. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 1, 1977
1 30a: DALLEY, ELBERT
Custodian of LDS Church, Roberts Recounts how some people were taken advantage of by workers. Comments on how their houses will continually have problems because of how bad they were constructed. Christina Sorensen, interviewer June 22, 1977
1 30b: DALLEY, VIRGINIA
Sorts potatoes at Lewisville, Roberts Learns from the flood that people should be thankful for what they have because it could be taken away. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 20, 1977
1 30c: DALLING, BRAD
School Teacher, Rexburg Commented on how much volunteer work was done, and how independent everyone was because the LDS church helped through the tithing and fast offerings. Richard Stallings, interviewer
1 31: DAVENPORT, ANN
Housewife Rexburg Describes damage done by the flood and its effect on the community; relates experience of living in unfinished basement afterward; cites assistance and difficulties with Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bureau of Reclamation. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 25, 1977
1 31a: DURRANT, JANE
Student, Salt Lake City A volunteer from Salt Lake City going to Rexburg and helping out with shoveling mud in the streets. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 1, 1977
1 32: ELD, MARVIN
Director, Teton Interfaith Disaster Task Force. Describes the efforts of this group in providing counseling, emergency funds, and volunteer labor during the clean-up operation and for months afterward. Christina C. Sorensen, interviewer June 28, 1977
1 33: ELLIS, DON
Owner/Operator of Rexburg Radio Station Describes collapse of the dam as viewed from the visitors overlook at the dam site; relates his repeated broadcasts to warn those in the valley below; describes activities at the dam when it began to collapse; notes damage to his property in Rexburg and assistance recieved from the Small Business Adminsitration and the Bureau of Reclamation; notes the changes in the communities since. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 19, 1977
1 33a: EMBREE, GLENN
Geology Teacher at Ricks, Rexburg States his wife had some sort of premonition of the dam breaking. Talks about what they lost and how they dealt with it. Richard Stallings, interviewer
1 33b: EMPEY, MELISSA
Housewife, Rexburg Talks about the positive and the negative aspects of the dam breaking. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 8, 1977
1 34: FIFE, RONALD K
Dentist Rexburg Relates the distortion the news media'made of the disaster; describes return to Rexburg and elation at finding home undamaged; describes damage to business in Rexburg; explains association with chief engineer Robison and his absolution from responsibility for the failure; cites changes in the attitudes of the survivors of the disaster after the flood toward material wealth and blessings. David Crowder, interviewer July 8, 1977
1 34a: FORBUSH, HAROLD
Engineer, St. Anthony Talks about the early history of the Teton Dam in the planning and the actual construction of it. Robert Pittard, interviewer March 9, 1972
1 35: FORBUSH, JACK
Soil Conservation Technician, Malad Relates work done by himself and the Soil Conservation Service to remove debris and restore irrigation systems, to aid farmers and to recover and return personal items found in fields. Harold S. Forbush, Interviewer June 25, 1977
1 36: FORSYTH, GRACE
Housewife Sugar City Describes destruction to home and dairy farm, loss of stock and the recover of some stock the day after the flood; relates the difficulties of starting anew with dairy business and the problems they encountered making the land farmable again. Christina Sorensen, Interviewer August 10, 1977
1 36a: FRANSEN, MR. AND MRS. GEORGE
Rexburg. Describes evacuation, damage to home and dealings with the government during recovery. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 25, 1977
1 37: FREDERICKSEN, MARY L
Grandmother Rexburg Details her activities the day of the flood and during the two months following. Alyn B. Andrus, Interviewer August 23, 1977
1 38: FRONK, TED L
Assistant Manager, Safeway Store. Rexburg Describes the flood as seen from the roof of his store in Rexburg; relates the damage to the community, his mobile home and the store; notes the difficulties in cleaning up the store, that perishables and bleachers were donated to relief agencies, and to Ricks College Relief Station by Safeways; comments that he thought "Appreciation Day" did not accomplish what it attempted. Mary Ann Beck, Interviewer June 6, 1977
1 39: FROST, CHARLES I
Director of Physical Plant, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes destruction to town and surrounding area; relates the role of the college in coordinating relief efforts and distributing food; notes some incidents of vandalism. Mary Ann Beck, Interviewer June 27, 1977
1 40: FULLER, KENDALL
Teacher, Sugar-Salem High School. Sugar City Describes the destruction of his home and the assistance he received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development of Housing and Urban Development and the Red Cross. Steven Fuller, Interviewer November 26, 1977
1 40a: FULLMER, BETTIE FRANCINE
Motel owner, Rexburg. Describes inability to rebuild after the flood and their dealings with the government agencies assisting recovery. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 15, 1977
1 41: FULLMER, FREMONT
Retiree Rexburg Relates the loss of his belongings and expresses the emotional stress that the flood caused elderly people. Rhea Schroeder, interviewer March 8, 1978
1 41a: FULLMER, THEO CHARLES
Motel owner, Rexburg. Describes the inability to rebuild Their home and business and their dealings with the government agents assisting with recovery. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 18, 1977
1 41b: FULLMER, STEVEN
Operator at Idaho Stud Mill Incomplete interview. Gives his name and how he was involved in the Teton Dam flood. FULLMER, GOLDA Fremont Fullmer, interviewer
1 42: GAGE, NORMAN J
Instructor, Ricks College. Sugar City Relates attempts to ready his home for the flood and fleeing just before the water came in; describes the damage to home and community; discusses the clean-up operations and early resentment toward the engineers of the dam. Richard Stallings, interviewer September 21, 1977
1 42a: GARNER, LELAND
Manager of a canned food store, Hibbard Thought it was a great education of being equal to everyone-it didn't matter who you were or how much money you made everyone was in the same predicament. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 22, 1977
1 42b: GARNER, MAXINE CALL
Housewife, Hibbard Was very grateful for her family being together and said the flood made them closer and thankful for their lives. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 22, 1977
1 43: GEE, JAMES
Administrator, Ricks College. Sugar City Regarding damage done to house and farm, the clean-up operation, and assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 22, 1977
1 44: GENTA, ELLEN
Employee, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes preparations for flood, damage to her home and to the homes of relatives, the clean-up operations; notes how the flood effected the community. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 16, 1977
1 45: GIBSON, RUTH
Retiree Rexburg Relates the effect of the flood on the residents of the Rexburg Golden Living Center. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 19, 1977
1 46: GIFFORD, CAROLYN
Housewife Rexburg Relates damage caused by the flood to her home and the task of cleaning up; describes assistance by volunteer groups and government agencies; notes the changes in the community since the flood and reflects upon its effect on the children of the area. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 7, 1977
1 46a: GLENN, JERRY
Library at Ricks College Rexburg States he is happy that the government and LDS church combined made things run smoothly and faster. Richard Stallings, interviewer September 16, 1977
1 47: GODFREY, DIANA
Housewife Rexburg Describes preparations at her home before the flood, the condition of the house and land afterward, the clean-up operations; notes the changes in the community afterward; stating that some were "better off" afterward. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 24, 1977
1 47a: GREENHALGH, GLORIA
Wilford, ID Didn't think the people affected by the flood were reimbursed for the psychological effect of it. Roman Widdison, interviewer
1 48: GRIGG, DARYL WAYNE
Farmer, St. Anthony Relates his experience fishing below the dam when it broke and being swept three miles downstream by the flood; explains that his fishing companion drowned, but that he saved himself by riding logs down the torrent and by finally clinging to a tree. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 10, 1977
1 49: GRIFFETH, RAMA DRURY
Housewife, Rural near Rexburg Relates loss of home and personal belongings; describes problems encountered with cleaning up; notes assistance from friends, volunteer groups and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 21, 1977
1 50: HALL, GARTH VICTOR
Farmer, Rural near Rexburg Relates the flood as viewed from Big Butte, describes the damage to farm land and the difficulties in getting it back into shape; notes that some people appeared to cheat the government,with their claims. Ramon Widdison, interviewer August 21, 1977
1 51: HANSEN, KEITH L
Farmer, Rural near Rexburg Relates loss of property and the damage to the community caused by the flood; describes his responsibilities as a platoon sargeant in the Idaho National Guard; notes assistance to the area from government agencies. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 23, 1977
1 51a: HANSEN, BILL AND MARILYN
Sales Rep for Kraft Foods. Rexburg Marilyn had a dream of the dam breaking. They lost a lot of stuff they state money could not replace. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 17, 1977
1 51b: HARMON, PHILLIP M
Policeman, Rexburg. Policeman's account of the flood, the evacuation, looting and patrols to guard property. Also assesses the behavior of the people affected by the disaster. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 9, 1977.
1 52: HART, ELDON C
Director of Auxiliary Services, Ricks College, Rexburg Describes view of the flood as given by his son who flew over the dam and canyon; relates the rescue efforts of his son in saving stranded people. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 26, 1977
1 52a: HILTERBRAND, VERNEL
Roberts. Describes the flood waters and the clean-up of his home afterward. Also discusses dealings with government agencies during the recovery period. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 5, 1977
1 52b: HEPWORTH, BECKY
Housewife, Rexburg Thought the flood made her put her life in a different perspective. It rearranged her priority list and put more important things first. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 30, 1977
1 52c: HEPWORTH, PAT
Housewife, Rexburg Says that the flood has brought her family closer together. She feels that the flood has made her more worldly and wants to hang on to her possessions more Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 24, 1977
1 52d: HEPWORTH, TERRY
Housewife Watched the flood from her friend's apartment; she was thankful for her family and the Red Cross for helping donating items to clean their house and have clothes to wear. Christina Sorensen, Interviewer August 30, 1977
1 52e: HIRSCHI, ROBERT
Farmer, cattle raiser, Rexburg Unfinished interview of Robert and his wife on the flood. Wife had a premonition to put the money in the house that was previously buried in the ground. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer
1 53: HOGLUND, RAYMOND WALTER
Employee, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes the floods advance across the farm lands and the damage it did to his home; describes the cleanup operations and the help received from the Red Cross, the Bureau of Reclamation and volunteer groups. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer May 29, 1977
1 54: HOGLUND, IRIS
Housewife Rexburg (see above) Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 10, 1977
1 54a: HOLM, RAY
Farmer, Roberts Rays house is unaffected by the flood, but he is a bishop of his LDS ward and helped organized efforts to clean up the destruction. He said the flood made him more tolerant. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 27, 1977
1 55: HOLMAN, LORA HADLOCK
Nurse, Rexburg Relates reactions to news of the floodl describes help from volunteer groups; notes problems with government agencies. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 1, 1977
1 56: HOSTETTER, C. NELSON
National Director, Mennonite Disaster Service Relates the nature of his groups work aand organization nationwide; describes the group's work in Rexburg area; notes help from other volunteer groups; describes Appreciation Day. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 27, 1977
1 57: HOWELL, KENNETH
Employee, Ricks College. Sugar City Describes damage to his home and property; notes the effectiveness of the government's relief programs and the volunteer aid; relates how the community recovered. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 13, 1977
1 58: HUBSCHER, ARTHUR
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes the flood and its effects; notes the help given by volunteer groups and government agencies; relates problems with contractors during recovery. Richard H. Stallings, interviewer September 2, 1977
1 58a: HUNTER, HAL
Professor at Ricks, Rexburg Apartment didn't get destroyed and Hal Hunter looks back gratefully that he had put his personal, priceless items on higher shelves. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 1, 1977
1 58b: HUSKINSON, RALPH
1 59: HYBELS, MARILYN
Volunteer Teton Interfaith Counsel Describes relief services offered by her church (Christian Reformed) in the Roberts, Rexburg and Blackfoot areas; notes help from government and volunteer groups; relates problems with contractors. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 6, 1977
1 59a: HYDE, MERLE
Forest Service as a purchasing agent, Rexburg Thought flood brought the community together, but decided it only made people feel more resentment in their claims. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 29. 1977 box 2
2 59b: HARVY, JACKMAN J
Supervisor of Education Media Learning Lab, Sugar City Described how the government was fair but made mistakes on a few of the things the people claimed to have. Richard Stallings, interviewer December 30, 1977
2 59c: JENSEN, DONALD NIELS
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes evacuation process, clean-up and dealings with the police and government agents. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 22, 1977
2 59d: JENSON, L. SID
Farmer, Roberts. Describes the flood, the evacuation, the clean-up and the assistance program supervised by the LDS Church. Christina Sorenson, interviewer July 6, 1977
2 60: JOHNSON, CARL J
Retiree, Rexburg Describes damage to home, assistance by government agencies and volunteers, and the effects of the flood on the community. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 13, 1977
2 61: KAUER, DOUGLAS S
Farm boy (13 years old) Rural Rexburg Describes the flood, its damage to their family farm, and the problem of cleaning up afterward. Mary Ann Beck June 27, 7977
2 62: KENNEDY, MICHAEL B
Madison County, Prosecuting Attorney, Rexburg Describes problems of law enforcement in Madison County during the evacuation and after the flood; relates passing the curfew, cases of larceny and looting, organized crime cases, drifters and difficulties of prosecuting such cases; notes the aid given by government and volunteer agencies. David L. Crowder, interviewer February 27, 1978
2 62a: KEPPNER, LEHI AND ELSIE
Retired Farmer, Teton River Stated how they were thankful that the flood didn't happen at night. Said there could have been a lot more damage and deaths. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer
2 63: KINGHORN, BRENT
Administrator, Ricks College. Sugar City Describes the flood and the damage it did to his property; describes the clean-up operations; notes the aid received from volunteer groups, the Red Cross, the Bureau of Reclamation and other government agencies. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 23, 1977
2 63a: KLINGER, ARLENE
Recalls people telling the flood victims that they are lucky because they received new things from the government when the flood victims really went through a lot. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 8, 1977
2 64: KLINGLER, DELL
Madison County Commissioner, Rexburg Relates problems encountered with the clean-up operations after the flood, work by the Civil Defense, government agencies and volunteer groups. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 21, 1977
2 65: KRITZ, LOTTI E
Retiree Rexburg Relates the experience of the flood and its effects upon the residents of the Rexburg Golden Living Center. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 12, 1977
2 65a: KUNZ, FRANCES
Sugar City, ID Recalls they were one of the last families out of the area and could see the destruction of the flood only about ½ a mile away. Knew it was pointless to put their belongings upstairs. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 23, 1977
2 65b: KUNZ, HAROLD
Student, Sugar City An electrical inspector at the dam site. States dam should be built with cement. Claims that the economy raising was from the dam breaking. Christina Sorensen, interviewer June 28, 1977
2 66: LAIRD, McKLEAN O
Mayor Roberts, Idaho Relates the evacuation of the town, the problems with cleaning up after the flood, and assistance recieved from government agencies and volunteer groups. Christina Sorensen, interviewer June 21, 1977
2 66a: LAIRD, MICK
Mayor, Roberts Said that people would accuse him of the bad way he ran things and blamed him for the people's bad choices. Christina Sorensen, interview June 21, 1977
2 66b: LAMB, JAY
City Council, Roberts Recalled some people wouldn't leave until the flood actually came to their house. Stated that the state hardly helped Roberts. Said they overall didn't do a good job. Christina Sorensen, interviewer June 22, 1977
2 66c: LAPIER, ARCILEE
Rexburg Says that their house wasn't as damaged as other houses from the flood until later on. Had to put in two different claims. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 8, 1977
2 66d: LEAWN, MARY FREDERIKSEN
Rexburg, ID Discusses how inconvenient it was to stay at someone else's house because there was no available housing for her.
2 66e: LEWIS, DARRELL
Rexburg, ID Says that people took advantage of the flood victims by raising prices and real estate. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 19, 1977
2 66f: LEWIS, MRS. GEORGE
Housewife, Rexburg Says she is thankful to be living in America where the government is such a wonderful help. Says the flood made her and her family stronger. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 28, 1977
2 66g: LILJENQUIST, WILLA
Housewife, Rexburg Did not support the location of the dam and knew it wouldn't hold up for long. Talked about how her book she was writing was saved miraculously. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 22, 1977
2 67: LOWE, GERALD JAY
Plumber and farmer. Rexburg Describes the flood as it passed over his farm, their attempts to save the animals and the final clean up; notes help by volunteers and government agencies during the recovery period. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 8, 1977
2 67a: MANWARING, FRED
Soil conservation service, US dept of Agriculture Grovland, ID His job is trying to get people's land back to normal. States that land would never be the same because of the topsoil being washed off. Ann Haze, interviewer June 28, 1977
2 68: MANWARING, O. ELWOOD
Appraiser Blackfoot Describes structural damage to homes and businesses in Firth and Blackfoot areas; assistance from government agencies in the recovery period noted. Ann Hayes, interviewed June 28, 1977
2 69: MARLOR, J. KENT
Operations Director, Madison County Civil Defense Office. Rexburg Describes evacuation of Rexburg and Sugar City; work with the county and local officials, church groups and the civil defense force noted; relates assistance by government agencies; describes work of Civil Defense force after the flood in accounting for people, building roads, relocating people, etc. David L. Crowder, interviewer July 7, 1977
2 70: MASON, CAROLE
Housewife Rexburg Description of flood damage to her home and property, the clean-up and assistance from volunteer groups and government agencies. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 26, 1977
2 70a: MCCULLOUGH, ENID FAY
Rexburg Stated that the dam should definitely be built somewhere else. Said flood made her stronger. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 26, 1977
2 70b: MCCULLOCH, ORVILLE A
Recalls that the flood was the reason why for two years his crops wouldn't sell and that he got a cataract in his eye and lost an unhealthy amount of weight. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 19, 1977
2 70c: MESERVY, OLIVER K
Farmer, St. Anthony Describes the flood and the destruction of his home, the clean-up effort and his efforts to rebuild. Richard Stallings, interviewer December 29, 1977
2 71: MILLER, WOOD
Director On-campus housing Ricks College. Rexburg Relates arrangements for housing flood victims in Ricks College dormitories. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 6, 1977
2 72: MOON, ZERUAH
Housewife Sugar City Describes destruction of her home and property; relates her husbands role, as mayor of Sugar City, in the clean up and recovery period; notes the changes in the community since the flood. Ramon Widdison, interviewer August 18, 1977
2 73: MORRIS, BARBARA
Housewife Rexburg Loss of property in apartment building damaged by flood described; notes the assistance she received from the government in recovery. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 16, 1977
2 73a: MORTENSEN, MILDRED
Accuses the engineers of the flood and says they should never rebuild the dam. Also says that the Red Cross helped out a lot and she was grateful for them. Fremont Fuller, interviewer
2 74: MORTENSEN, PAUL R
Manager, Best-Pak Potatoes. Sugar City Relates damage to potato packing plant in Sugar City and to farm land in surrounding area; describes clean-up operations; notes assistance received from government agencies. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer July 13, 1977
2 74a: MORTENSEN, VERNON C
There is no interview but a tape that can't be fully understood because of how it was taped. Judge Forbush, interviewer June 30, 1976
2 74b: MOSS, DARREL H
Principal at Junior High, Sugar City Talked about the damage of the flood and how he didn't move out of Sugar City because he liked the people. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 20, 1977
2 74c: MOSS, RONNIE E
Civil Defense Director, Rexburg. Describes his actions as civil defense director for Madison, County. David L. Crowder, interviewer August 3, 1977
2 75: MUIR, LYNETTE
Housewife Rexburg Describes damage to her home from the flood; relates problems with contractors during the recovery period; notes some cases of vandalism. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 30, 1977
2 75a: NELSON, HENRY
Rexburg Describes the flood, the evacuation, the clean-up and the assistance given by the Red Cross. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 8, 1977
2 76: NELSON, JUDY
Housewife Rexburg Describes the destruction of her home and the job of cleaning up; relates the emotional effects of the flood, the tension and the strain that it caused; notes help from volunteers and government agencies. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 30, 1977
2 77: NICHOLLS, DALE DARNELL
Employee Safeway's Incorporated, Rexburg. Describes the damage done to the Rexburg Safeway store, the donation of food, medicine and dry goods to the relief effort by the store, and the treatment of the store's claim by the Bureau of Reclamation. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 12, 1977
2 78: NIEDERER, SHARYN
Secretary Ricks College, Rexburg. Relates her return from DuBois, Idaho, after the flood and the ordeal of waiting to get back into Rexburg to check on her home and neighbors; describes the clean up operations and the assistance given by volunteers; notes the aid given by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 9, 1977
2 79: NIEDERER, WILLIAM
Electrician Rexburg (see Niederer, Sharyn.) Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 9, 1977
2 80: NIELSON, JOHN D
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes the total loss of his home and personal belongings; relates the effectiveness of the governments efforts during the clean-up and relief operations; notes the changes in the community since the flood. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 5, 1977
2 80a: NICHOLLS, DALE D
Safeway INC., Sugar City Stated that the flood has made him more aware of his purpose in life. He describes how there was a lot of help offered to them. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 12, 77
2 80b: NYBORG, MR. AND MRS. ALAN
Rancher, Rexburg. Description of flood, destruction of home, relocation and assistance from the government. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 27, 1977
2 80c: NYE, PAUL J
Teacher, Rexburg Commented that people would put in exaggerated claims to the government and charge too much for work. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 21, 1977
2 80d: PACKER, DON
Counselor at Ricks, Rexburg Was grateful for the government; was glad that there was a lot of help available. Richard Stallings, interviewer October 24, 1977
2 80e: PARKINSON, RONALD
Fertilizer and Chemical Business, St Anthony, ID Claimed that the government tried to take away their right to land by making people have building permits. Explains the destruction of the flood. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 8, 1977
2 80f: PERKINS, ERROL
Foreman, Sugar City Mayor Recalled his losses of cattle and how the flood completely changed his life. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer
2 80g: PETERSON, FLOETT G
Rexburg Describes evacuation, damage to property, assistance given by the LDS Church. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 14, 1977
2 81: PETERSON, LESTER J
Physician Rexburg Describes the effect of the flood on the residents of the Rexburg Golden Living Center, the loss of his home, damage to other homes owned by his company, and to a motel owned by him; relates how the flood benefitted the community in the long run. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 29, 2977
2 82: PETERSON, LOLA A
Manager, Rexburg Golden Living Center. (see Peterson, Lester J.) Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 5, 1977
2 82a: PETERSON, WANDA LOU
Housewife, Rexburg Recalled how helpful the Red Cross and LDS church were. Was very amazed at how many people volunteered. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September12, 1977
2 82b: PHILLIPS, BETTY
Housewife, Rexburg Wishes the government wouldn't tax her on her leftover money that she hasn't spent yet. She doesn't want to do more paper work after how the flood affected her. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 28, 1977
2 83: PIEPER, ALBERT A
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Relates his. reaction to news of the flood; describes damage to his home; notes cases in which contractors took advantage of people during the recovery period and how the ordeal changed the community and his life. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 7, 1977
2 84: PORTER, ARTHUR C
Owner, Porter Printing. Rexburg Describes view of the flood from the air, the damage to his home and business, and the problems associated with getting the business going again. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 5, 1977
2 84a: PORTER, JOHN C
Mayor, Rexburg States that overall the government did a great job but they "screwed" a lot of things up that might have made things run smoother. Richard Stallings, interviewer February 20, 1978
2 84b: PURRINGTON, ROBERT
Rexburg Food Center Says his store/business would be 1st priority even though his house was destroyed because people needed food. Wanted to be able to serve people again. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 29, 1977
2 84c: PORTER, RANDALL
Plant manager at a printing business, Rexburg. Described how he had gotten stuck on his business roof until the police had to rescue him, and another boy and a drunk, in a canoe.
2 84d: PORTER, RODGER
Published Newspapers, Rexburg Took pictures from the plane he was flying. Said the government did a good job, but paid too much attention to details. Richard Stallings, interviewer January 13, 1978
2 84e: POWELL, EILEEN JONES
Keeps books for Canal Co., Rexburg Specified the destruction of their farm. Talks about how thankful they are for all the help they got. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 14, 1972
2 85: PRICE, CAROL ANNE
Child (7 year old) Rexburg Relates losses of personal possessions in the flood and the effects it had upon she and her family. Doris Shirley, interviewer June l, 1977
2 86: PRICE, SANDRA
Housewife Rexburg Describes preparations before the flood hit, damage to her home and loss of personal property; relates the tasks involved in cleaning up afterward; notes help of volunteers and how Rexburg has changed since the flood. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 10, 1977
2 86a: PROWS, BERNARD
Instructor Ricks College. Rexburg. Recollections of a family that remained int their home through the flood, the rebuilding afterward and the emotional trauma of the experience. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 14 1977
2 87: REED, SANDRA A. ISAACSON
Student, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes damage done to a friend's basement apartment; notes help during the clean-up operations from volunteers and how some people took advantage of the government's recovery programs. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 9, 1977
2 88: REMINGTON, TOM E
Employee, Soil Conservation Service. Hibbard Describes damage to and clean-up operations on his property; notes aid from volunteers; relates his duties with the Soil Conservation Service in filing claims and supervising clean-up crews. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 1, 1977
2 89: RICKS, BERNICE W
Housewife Rexburg Describes damage to her home and the problems encountered during the clean-up operations; notes help received from volunteers and government agencies; relates the changes the flood brought to the community and her life. David L. Crowder, interviewer June 13, 1977
2 90: RICKS, MARK G
Farmer and Stake President for the LDS Church, Rexburg Relates his part in organizing clean-up crews and directing operations; notes work of the government in the recovery period and his work with various officials of the government. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 8, 1977
2 91: RICKS, NORMAN E
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg. Relates the damage to his home and his neighbor's property; describes his work through the LDS Church during the clean-up and cooperation with government agencies; notes that some took advantage of the situation and the government. David L. Crowder, interviewer June 8, 1977
2 92: RICKS, SHANNA
Secretary, Ricks College. Sugar City Describes damage to her home and property; notes help from volunteers and government agencies; relates changes in the community since the flood. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 23, 1977
2 93: RISENMAY, JAY
Counselor, Ricks College. Rexburg Relates his work as a counselor during the recovery period; notes assistance from volunteers and government agencies; describes how each community responded differently to the disaster. Christina C. Sorensen, interviewer June 29, 1977
2 94: ROBINSON, ELAINE
Housewife Roberts. Relates the conditions in Roberts after the flood, aid from the Civil Defense, neglect suffered by the town as government agencies and volunteers concentrated on more populous areas; describes problems in securing food and water. Christina C. Sorensen, interviewer July 14, 1977
2 94a: ROBINSON, ROBERT
Project Construction Engineer Consulting engineer for BOR on the dam project. Gives the background of the dam and his qualifications. Judge Forbush, interviewer June 7, 1977
2 95: ROGERS, STEPHEN WILLIAM
Child (6 year old) Rexburg Discusses the effects of the flood on he and his family. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 23, 1977
2 96: ROGERS, WILLIAM HENRY
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Recites conditions after the flood and events'of the recovery period as recorded in his diary. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 22, 1977
2 96a: ROMMEL, BRETT AND ARLENE
St. Anthony. Description of the flood, loss of their home and dealing with government agencies during the recovery. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer. July 14, 1977
2 97: ROMRELL, LYNN
Teacher/farmer St. Anthony area Describes evacuation from the flood area, damage to his home and farm and the clean-up operations; relates the assistance received from government agencies; notes that some contractors took advantage of the government. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 17, 1977
2 98: RYDALCH, DONALD
Chairman of the Division of Religion and Family Living, R.icks College. Rexburg Describes initial reaction to news of the dam's collapse, the flood waters moving through Rexburg, damage to his home and the clean-up operations; notes work by volunteer groups and the government; relates that some contractors took advantage of the situation. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 6, 1977
2 98a: SADORUS, DANAE
Rexburg Described that the flood ruined their home and they did not want to leave it even though they had to. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 16, 1977
2 99: SAUNDERS, LARRY
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes the flood waters in Rexburg and the destruction to the community; relates his personal feelings about the disaster. Richard Stallings, interviewer September 14, 1977
2 l00: SAUREY, GWILI
Employee, Ricks College. Rural Rexburg Relates loss of his home and destruction of his farm land; notes help received from volunteers and government agencies; explains how the flood effected the community and the people of the area. Richard Stallings, interviewer July 6, 1977
2 100a: SCHOFIELD, MARILYN
Sugar City Recounts evacuation and despair experienced during the flood, the loss of home and business and the effort to rebuild. Christina Sorenson, interviewer August 16, 1977
2 100b: SCHROEDER, RANDY
Logan Student, Rexburg Talks about how the flood has changed Rexburg-people moved away and are different altogether. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer
2 100c: SCHROEDER, RHEA
Legal Secretary, Rexburg Recalled that she was in hysterics because she had no idea if her kids were safe. Was grateful that the family was safe after the flood was over. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer
2 100d: SCORESBY, FRED L
Rexburg Description of flood and the loss of his home. Recounts the assistance of the LDS Church and government agents. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 8, 1977
2 100e: SCORESBY, WANDA
Rexburg Describes the evacuation, loss of home and the effect of the flood on the emotions of her family. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 29, 1977
2 100f: SEARLE, MAE
Talked about the complete destruction of her home and how she had never been lied to her whole life as much as she was the past year. Ramon Widdison, interviewer August 8, 1977
2 101 : SHAW, MICHAEL A
Presbyterian Minister Rexburg Describes damage to his church, the help received from volunteers during the clean-up operations, and his work with the Teton Interfaith Group; notes that some contractors were not honest in their dealings; reflects upon the changes in the community. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 16, 1977
2 101a: SHIRLEY, JIM
Rexburg Focused on the cleaning up of the disaster. Said a lot of the LDS helped out.
2 101b: SHIRLEY, LES AND ETHELLYN
Rexburg Describes evacuation and clean-up assistance by volunteers and Red Cross. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer June 27, 1977
2 102: SHIRLEY, MACK
Employee, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes preparations before the flood, the damage to his home and property, and the destruction in Rexburg; notes assistance received from volunteer groups and work with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Small Business Administration; reflects upon how the ordeal effected the community. Christina Sorensen, July 19, 1977
2 102a: SHIRLEY, ROSS WALKER, LOLA
(see above)
2 103: SHIRLEY, RODNEY
Employee, State Youth Training Center. Rural Rexburg Describes loss of his home in the flood, working with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Red Cross during the recovery period, and how the ordeal effected him and the communities involved. Fremont Fullmer, interviewer November l, 1976
2 104: SHIRLEY, SHANNA
Housewife Rexburg Describes damage to her home from flood and the effects the ordeal had upon her as an expectant mother; notes assistance from volunteer groups and relates effect of the disaster on the community. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 11, 1977
2 105: SMEAD, MADA W
Ward Clerk, Madison County Hospital. Rexburg Loss of her mobile home and personal possessions described; notes assistance by volunteers in cleaning-up and the difficulties she had in readjusting her life after the flood. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer May 29, 1977
2 106: SMITH, ERIC
Student Salt Lake City. Relates his experiences as a volunteer to assist in the clean-up operations after the flood. Christina Sorensen, interviewer September 1, 1977
2 106a: SNARR, DONNA
Bookkeeper Was a Relief Society President so she was around the destruction and helped out a lot. Admitted that Roberts might have been ignored in repairing. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 27, 1977
2 106b: SNELL, GOLDEN C
Spanish Teacher, Rexburg Stated that overall the government was efficient, but felt that they should have been more fair in the dealings with he Snells. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer
2 106c: SNELL, INA
Housewife, piano teacher, Rexburg Discussed how hard it was to live cramped in a HUD trailer and sad to see all their hard work gone to waste when their house was destroyed. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 28, 1977
2 106d: SOMMER, EMMELI
Says she is grateful that she moved from Switzerland to US with an efficient government system to help them out. Roman Widdison, interviewer August 8, 1977
2 106e: SOMMER, JACK
Decided not to save anything because of what the prophet of the LDS church said, but run for their lives. Stated that it was a miracle his wife was still alive. Roman Widdison Hibbard, interviewer
2 107: SONDEREGGER, FERRON W
Instructor, Ricks College. Sugar City Relates his duties as a Stake President of the LDS Church and his role in organizing and directing the clean-up operations; notes the great work by volunteer groups and expresses the positive changes in the community brought about by the aftermath of the flood. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 25, 1977
2 108: SONDEREGGER, MARILYN HANSEN
Housewife, Sugar City Describes destruction of her home and having to do the clean-up without her husband for the most part; notes the assistance of volunteer groups and government agencies. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 25, 1977
2 108a: STEINER, BERTINA
Housewife, Rexburg Stated that even though they got brand new homes, it still wasn't the same as what they wanted it to be before the floods. Christina Sorensen, interviewer August 24, 1977
2 109: STEVENS, DAVID
Farmer, Rexburg Relates his efforts to warn friends and relatives in Newsdale; describes damage to relatives property in Sugar City and his part in the clean-up operations; expresses opinion that the dam was filled too fast. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer June 29, 1977
2 109a: STEVENS, FRANKLIN M
Farmer, Rexburg States it was a good experience but not one you'd want to go through twice. Said the government was very fair in all of their dealings. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 6, 1977
2 110: STEVENSON, AFTON
Farmer, Roberts Describes evacuation of Roberts area, damage to his property and the loss of his home; relates his feelings on changes brough about by the flood. Christina Sorensen, interviewer June 29, 1977 box 3
3 111: STODDARD, NORMA
Secretary, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes reaction to news of the dam's collapse and the damage it did to her home; relates the problems encountered during clean-up and the assistance received from volunteer groups; notes the changes in Rexburg. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 13, 1977
3 112: STUCKI, J. WENDALL
Farmer Rexburg Relates premontion of the dam's failure; describes the flood as it passed through Rexburg. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 7, 1977
3 113: THOMPSON, CAROLYN
Housewife Rexburg Describes damage to her home and the clean-up operations; notes the help received from volunteers and government agencies; relates that some contractors took advantage of the situation. Richard Stallings, interviewer March 31, 1978
3 113a: SUTHERLAND, BRUCE
Retail Florist, Rexburg States that they had better make the dam well or there will be full scale destruction if it broke again. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 13, 1977
3 113b: THOMPSON, CYNTHIA
Hibbard Talked about the cleaning up and how stress relieving it was. He liked the community spirit of working together. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 18, 1977
3 114: THOMPSON, LARRY G
Instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg (see Thompson, Carolyn) Richard Stallings, interviewer June 21, 1977
3 115: THOMPSON, LORA
Young girl Rexburg Relates young girl's experience i.n the flood, evacuating her home and cleaning up afterward. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 1, 1977
3 116: THOMPSON, ROBERT
Builder Hibbard area Relates separation from his family which was stranded at their home, trying to locate them and finally flying out to pick them up in a helocopter; describes devastation; notes assistance form volunteers. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 18, 1977
3 116a: TOUT, ALICE
Realtor, Rexburg Stated that the flood aged people and that not only 11 people died from the flood but, in her opinion, 211died from the effects of the flood. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer
3 117: VANCE, NOLA B. T
Housewife, Sugar City Describes the flood and the damage done to her home; relates problems encountered during clean-up operations; notes the assistance received from volunteer groups and the organization of "Appreciation Day"; recites a poem she wrote of the event. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer July 6, 1977
3 118: WARD, RUELAND
Maintenance worker, Madison School District. Rexburg Preparations for the flood, description of damage to his property and the clean-up operation; relates the job cleaning up the schools. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 3, 1977
3 118a: WALKER, LOLA
Rexburg Describes evacuation, loss of home, assistance from agencies and effect of flood on her family. Christina Sorenson, interviewer September 7, 1977
3 118b: WILLMORE, GEORGE
Rexburg and Sugar City Helped organize search parties and flew helicopters to reunite people together. Thought by organizing, things would run smoother. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer July 11, 1977
3 118c: WALKER, WILSON CHALK
Teacher at Ricks, Sugar City Didn't think the government was fair in everything. States that people need to mind their own business about the flood claims and focus on their own claims. Richard Stallings, interviewer August 30, 1977
3 119: WEICK, DAWN
Wife of the manager Idaho First National Bank Rexburg Relates preparations at the bank in downtown Rexburg before the flood; describes damage to buildings in the area and the job of cleaning up; notes assistance received from volunteer groups. Doris Shirley, interviewer June 3, 1977
3 119a: WETZEL, PAULETTE
Rexburg Whole house was destroyed but Paulette was thankful it wasn't as bad as some people had it. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 26, 1977
3 120: WIDDISON, GARR
Farmer Hibbard area Describes damage to his farm, help from volunteers, and the task of cleaning up his land. Ramon Widdison, interviewer July 26, 1977
3 121: WIDDISON, LILLIE D
Employee, Ricks College. Hibbard area Relates her feelings during the ordeal Ramon Widdison, interviewer July 26, 1977
3 122: WILDING, DAVID DEWAYNE
Owner, Old Timer Gun Shoppe. Rexburg Describes preparations at his place of business before the flood and the damage to his shop; relates problems encountered during the clean-up operations; notes the assistance received from volunteers. Harold S. Forbush, interviewer June 22, 1977
3 122a: WOOD, JAMES F
Heat and Air conditioning Business, Rexburg Discussed the problems he had with the flood's effects on his business. Knew other people had bigger problems. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer August 30, 1977
3 122b: WOOD, LAVERNA
Recalled they went to every store before they got home in order to get food storage if their house is gone. Wishes that people would stay the way they were directly after the flood. Alyn B. Andrus, interviewer September 2, 1977
3 123: WOOD, WALTER HENDRY
Describes damage to his farm and the problems of rounding up his cattle afterward; relates the clean-up operations; notes assistance received from government. Mary Ann Beck, interviewer June 20, 1977
3 123a: WOODS, DELLA
Roberts, ID Says that people are cleaning up their homes better and the whole town looks nicer than it did before the flood. Christina Sorensen, interviewer July 14, 1977
3 124: WORRELL, ROBERT
instructor, Ricks College. Rexburg Describes damage from the flood at his home and in the community in general; relates the tasks of rebuilding and cleaning up; notes assistance of volunteer groups and government agencies; expresses his opinion that it helped Rexburg in the long run. Richard Stallings, interviewer June 21, 1977
3 125: KID reports Teton Dam Oral Reports, Typed
  • Tape 1: Nile Boyle, Pam Boyle, Henry White, Ed Cummington.
  • Tape 2: DeVon Beatty, Dick Skidmore, Tom Kershaw, Glen Daling.
  • Tape 3: Marv Eld, Corporal Kurthey, George Wilmore, Bill Cole, Colonel Greg Clawson.
  • Tape 4: Corporal Young, Sid Stevenson, Steve Atwood, Jess Neal.
  • Tape 5: David Neal
3 126: Teton Dam Related Material
Letters to Ross Peterson, Letter copies containing material of Teton Dam, Instructions for the oral history project.
3 127: Teton Dam-Oral History
Correspondence, Fiscal Reports, Record of Tapes sent to John Sterwart, USU
3 128: Letter Copies From Teton Dam
Supplemental Proposals, Correspondence.
3 129: Development of Teton Dam Disaster
Explanation of how and what had happened, and a map included.
3 130: Instructions For Teton Dam Oral History Project
Written instructions

Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Dam failures--Idaho--Teton Dam.
    • Disasters--Snake River Valley (Wyo.-Wash.)
    • Floods--Snake River Valley (Wyo.-Wash.)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Teton Dam (Idaho)

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