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Oral history interview with Gertrude Glutsch Jensen [Transcript]

Transcript. This oral history interview with Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was conducted by Roberta Watts at Jensen’s home in Portland, Oregon, from December 7, 1977, to January 17, 1978, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. The interview was conducted in two sessions.

In the first interview session, conducted on December 7, 1977, Jensen discusses her family background and early life in South Portland, her career as a freelance reporter for the Oregonian and Oregon Journal newspapers, and her career as a real estate agent. She then speaks at length about her involvement in the preservation of the Columbia River Gorge. She describes how she became interested in nature conservation; talks about her efforts to advocate for the Wyam people and to save Celilo Falls; and speaks about the restoration of the Vista House on Crown Point. She also talks about working with John Yeon on conservation of the Gorge. She closes the session by revisiting the topic of her family background and early life in South Portland.

In the second interview session, conducted on January 17, 1978, Jensen continues to speak at length about her family background and early life in South Portland. She talks about her participation in a protest march against the Vietnam War and closes the interview by revisiting the topic of her career as a freelance journalist.

Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986

Entering Hood River, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the town of Hood River on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a road above the town. The view includes mountains on the Washington side of the gorge. Handwriting on negative reads, "Entering Hood River, Oregon. Christian 11-994." Handwritten note on envelope indicates this was taken in 1959.

Christian (Photographer)

Tsuboi Family Home Movie

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Tsuboi family, Mount Hood, PDX airport, Columbia River Gorge, the Tenyo Maru No. 3 ship, and a family visit to a farm. Footage is in color.
00:00 - Scenes of Mount Hood. Tsuboi family at Mount Hood. Timberline Lodge parking lot, filled with cars.
01:36 - Scenes of the Tsuboi family near a lake or river. Children playing games.
02:46 - Tsuboi family at PDX airport. Passengers board a United Mainliner 300 plane.
03:43 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge, taken at Multnomah Falls and Crown Point.
05:16 - Families and children playing games. Tsuboi family on swingsets.
06:38 - Scenes of the Tenyo Maru No. 3 ship, docked on the Willamette River in Portland. Tsuboi family aboard ship. Sailor with Japanese flag.
07:36 - Farm Scenes

Tsuboi family

Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Color Parade"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Columbia River Gorge, a big parade in Downtown Portland, and Mount Hood. Footage is in color.
00:00 - Colorful azalea bushes in front of home. Two small children walk in front of home.
00:16 - Scenes of the Columbia River Gorge, taken from the Oregon side of the gorge.
01:24 - Scenes from the Rose Festival parade in Downtown Portland, Oregon.
07:07 - Mount Hood, filmed from Hwy. 26 and Timberline Lodge.

Tsuboi family

Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "Annie & Robbie's Ballet"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring footage of the Tsuboi family, Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - Family scenes, mainly of three young children. One of the children, a little girl, practices her new walking skills.
04:34 - Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge.
05:09 - Hwy. 26 and quick shots of Mount Hood in the snow
05:31 - A woman playfully gives a big smile at the camera

Tsuboi family

Men working on river

Photograph showing men working along an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River). Three men can be seen along the top of a wooden wall, while two others stand on a wooden board at water level. The top of a diving helmet can be seen in the water. In the background is a cliff, and a transmission tower can be seen in the distance. Written on the side of the negative is "49-154." (image note: see related images PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Waterfalls on Columbia River?

Photograph showing flowing waterfalls on an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River?). Behind the waterfalls, possible dam infrastructure can be seen. In the background, more rocky cliffs can be seen, as well as a road and electrical lines. Written on the side of the negative is "49-170." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Men working under dam structure, Columbia River?

Photograph showing men working underneath a dam structure using a hose and pump. Layers of rock and silt can be seen in front of the men, with a large piece of basalt at the bottom of the frame. Written on the negative is "49-184." (Image note: see likely related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-185).

Men working on dam, Columbia River?

Photograph showing a short wooden dam structure on an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River). Several men can be seen on top of the structure, on top of which water is being diverted from a pipe. Rock cliffs, wooded hills, and buildings can be seen in this distance. Written on the negative is "49-178." (Image note: see likely related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Waterfalls on Columbia River?

Photograph showing flowing waterfalls on an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River?). In the background, more rocky cliffs can be seen, as well as a road and electrical lines. Written on the side of the negative is "49-161." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Dam structure on Columbia River?

Photograph showing a short wooden dam structure on an unidentified river (possibly the Columbia River?). Below the structure is an area of natural rock formations and logs, and wooded hills can be seen above the shore in the distance. Written on the negative is "49-172." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, 49-170, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184, PGE 49-185).

Diver in river during dam construction, Columbia River?

Photograph showing a man in a diving helmet, partially submerged next to another man who is standing on a wooden board. The diving helmet is metal and has several openings. Written on the negative is "49-205. "(Image note: see likely related images PGE 49-154, PGE 49-161, PGE 49-170, PGE 49-172, PGE 49-174, PGE 49-175, PGE 49-178, PGE 49-184).

Aerial View of Bonneville Dam

Aerial photograph of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Looking east, up the river. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Taken by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. Please credit." Second stamp reads, "H.W.S. Apr 1, 1948." Third stamp reads, "Beaver Engraving Co." of Portland, Oregon.

United States. Bonneville Power Administration

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. On the left, passengers walk down a ramp to the train. On the right, passengers stand outside beside the train. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A large crowd of passengers exit the train and walk toward a ramp in the distance. The mountains of the Columbia River Gorge are in the background. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A large crowd of passengers wait outside the train. A government automobile is parked in a dirt lot in the foreground. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. A man stands on the back of an observation car at the end of the train. The mountains of the Columbia River Gorge are in the background. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945."

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train, North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of SP&S United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station in the Columbia River Gorge, Washington. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from the United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, Washington

Photograph of a crowd of people walking up a ramp next to an SP&S train at a train station. The train has at least 2 Pullman cars, visible on the right. Typed writing on the back of the print reads, "File 87-80. United Nations Victory Special Train at North Bonneville Station, SP&S Railway Company, June 29, 1945. Train carried over 200 delegates enroute home from United Nations Conference held San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945." Stamp on the back for Les T. Ordeman Photography.

Ordeman, Les T. (Leslie Thomas), 1906-1991

Spillways at Bonneville Dam

Photograph of water rushing out of the spillways of the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the Washington side of the dam. A person leans over a railing on the lower right, watching the scene. A cloud of mist rises from the water. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Restricted Photograph: Do not reproduce without written license agreement, Photo-Art Commercial Studios."

Photo-Art Commercial Studios (Portland, Or.)

Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Bonneville power plant at the Bonneville Dam. The road leading to the plant is lined with flowers and a body of water is to the right. There are several power lines in the sky, transmitting electricity from the plant. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Christian 507."

Christian (Photographer)

Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington

Negative of a photographic postcard showing an aerial view of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Water rushes out of the spillway gates, also known as floodgates, of the dam. View looks east past the dam and up the river. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington. Christian 11-625." Number printed in bottom right corner: 112189

Christian (Photographer)

Shepperd's Dell. Columbia River Highway.

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Historic Columbia River Highway at Shepperd's Dell, a canyon in the Columbia River Gorge. A bridge crosses the canyon. Handwritten labels on negative read, "Shepperd's Dell. Columbia River Highway. Christian 11-677."

Christian (Photographer)

Columbia River Highway

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Taken from above the highway, looking east up the Columbia River Gorge. There is a viewpoint on the highway. Handwriting on negative reads, "Columbia River Highway. Christian 11-748."

Christian (Photographer)

Sunset Columbia River

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a silhouetted couple watching the sunset on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a bluff overlooking the river. Handwriting on negative reads, "Sunset Columbia River. Christian 11-814."

Christian (Photographer)

View from The Dalles Scenic Drive

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a view of the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from a hill on the Oregon side of the gorge, looking across the Columbia River toward Washington. Parts of a town, possibly The Dalles, are visible through the trees at the base of the hill. Handwriting on negative reads, "View from The Dalles Scenic Drive. Christian 11-929."

Christian (Photographer)

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