DescriptionFrederick Earl DeCamp, 91, by his niece, Cynthia Betts, 61, about growing up near the Grand Coulee Dam and being in the air force.
Subject Log / Time Code
- Frederick Earl DeCamp
- Cynthia Betts
Recording LocationsMobileBooth West
- Army IQ
- Columbia River
- Colville Reservation
- Corps of Engineers
- family characters
- family members in history
- Family Traditions
- Flight School
- Grand Coulee Dam
- memories of former times
- memories of growing up
- school day memories
- Spokane, WA
- War Department
- World War II
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00:04 My name is Cynthia Betts and I am 61 years old. Today's date is June 14th 2009 and we're in Wenatchee Washington and I'm going to interview my uncle.
00:20 I'm Frederick Hurley camp.
00:23 91 years old
00:27 Andron, Wenatchee, Washington a day, June 14th 2009
00:37 Okay. Well Uncle Earl let's start at the beginning when and where were you born?
00:45 I was born on my father's Homestead.
00:49 In November 28th, 1917 north of Nashville and Washington about 8 Miles and
01:00 Indian Reservation
01:02 What was it like growing up on the reservation?
01:09 We didn't have the things that we have today.
01:13 Didn't have refrigerators. You didn't have inside Plumbing we had.
01:24 We drank Azar Creek Water other quick and it would probably better than we've got to get out of work after today.
01:36 Completed. Okay, who were your parents? Tell us a little bit about them early camping Florence Nobles.
01:47 Until they got married and a marriage married in Waterville, Washington in 1916.
01:55 My father came from Indiana my mother come from, Illinois.
02:03 Medtronic oval ended the reservation Indian Reservation. My mother came there as a cook at the hotel and my father was a Porsche master and worked in the family store.
02:18 Did did did you get into any trouble when you were a kid?
02:25 No, not then maybe later.
02:32 Okay. Do you have any favorite stories from your childhood?
02:37 Yeah, well, I got a quite a few.
02:40 How old how old how old how are young Mater?
02:49 No, I can't there's so many of them.
02:56 Did a lot of walking we didn't have I didn't have a bicycle has had time. We walk to the Columbia River and played in the sand.
03:07 It wasn't much to do.
03:10 And I also
03:13 Walked around to some of the
03:17 Where at Machinery Machinery was being overhauls.
03:21 Another place were two men were working on day hacks and wagons long to the engines.
03:34 And I went to any place that was action. I traveled alone.
03:46 What did you want to be when you were when you grew up? I thought of being a veterinarian.
04:01 And what did you end up doing? I ended up being a mechanic because it seems to be
04:07 Just natural for me to know about machinery and engines and I overhauled like Model T engine. And so that's banned. It was easy for me. That's why I went that way.
04:24 What were some of the games you played as a kid? Would you say what were some of the games that you played as a kid?
04:33 Oh, we're like a band off of a hub of a wagon wheel is about that wide then had a stick with a cross on it. Just put that thing around there was a ring off of a hub of a wagon. It was about an inch wide and 8 in in diameter and we had a stick with a cross on the end and we push dad's around on the ground.
05:01 Game show run chaperone
05:08 That's about about it on mask.
05:12 Did you have much interaction with the Indian children?
05:18 I want your school as well as we did have some in the fall a little day of the parents went down to Yakima to pick Hops and show they have school kids.