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Paul Russell OramPaul Russell Oram About 18
April 6, 1919 - November 30, 2003
The following oral histories were audiotaped and transcribed:
  • Interview taken August 1995
    1921 mother died
    1924 started school
    1931 graduated 8th grade
    Ran away from home
    1932 Went to New York City
    1935 Went to California
    1936 Met Dorothy
  • Interview taken September 2000, Part A
    1931 Runaway experiences
    1932 Jobs in New York City
    Baseball story (St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Oaks)
    Gloria Swanson
    George Raft
    Times Square
    Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, George Burns, Jack Benny, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor
    Connection to California through sister's husband
    Coming to California
    Passing through Salt Lake City
    Grandpa Jack stories
    Dorothy learning to drive
  • Interview taken September 2000, Part B
    Finding ancestors
    Mom's cooking
    More on going to New York
    Looking up baseball history on computer
    Fight with German kid
    Germans in Brooklyn
    World War II
    Hotel Governor Clinton
    Cutting finger twice
    Working for Walgreens
    Selling soap and pastry earlier
    Times Square
    Rockefeller Center
    Gloria Swanson
    Selling pastry at LeRoy's before New York
  • Interview taken October 2001
    His dad's watch story
    Details of meeting Dorothy
    George Raft details in New York City
    Borscht Circuit entertainers
    Gloria Swanson details
    George M. Cohen
    Max and Buddy Baer
    Hotel Governor Clinton details
    Baseball story details
    Victor Mature gives him a lift
    Working at Rylock
    Meeting Dorothy, more details
    Falling into the silo
    Old cars they had
    Outdoor plumbing
    Being tenant farmers
    Breaking ponies
    Moving to Pleasant Hill
    Getting his high school diploma
    Ben Sweetland Course changed his life
    Dr. Ranker and Pleasant Hill property
    Church building projects
    What would you say to your grandchildren?
    Sharing his home through the years
    Interesting dream
  • Interview taken June 2001
    Patent work for government
    Working at Marchant
    Office politics
    Falling into sugar tank at Doughnut Corporation
    Chronology of different jobs
    Going into the Navy
    The Art Linkletter Show
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