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Oral history interview with John F. Kilkenny [Transcript]

Transcript. This oral history interview with John F. Kilkenny was conducted by Rick Harmon in Portland, Oregon, from June 12 to October 3, 1984. The original audio of the recording is incomplete due to irretrievable damage to Tape 14, Side 2. Tape 17 is a re-enactment of that audio. The re-enactment was created by Rick Harmon and Terence O'Donnell after the damage to the original tape was discovered. It was based upon a transcript created before the damage occurred, which no longer exists. The accuracy of the re-enactment cannot be verified. In this interview, Kilkenny discusses his family background and early life on a sheep farm in Heppner, Oregon, and his education at Columbia Preparatory, a boarding school in Portland. He also briefly discusses his memories of World War I. He then talks about attending Notre Dame University in Indiana, including playing football under Knute Rockne; his social life; and preparing for the Oregon Bar by taking prep courses at Northwestern College of Law. He discusses his early law career in Pendleton and notable cases he worked on, including bankruptcy and Prohibition cases; his political views and Republican affiliation; and the effects of the Depression. He talks about serving as city attorney for Pendleton from 1930 to 1952. He talks briefly about how World War II affected his law practice, in the number and type of cases the firm handled. Also discussed is his involvement with the Oregon State Bar. Kilkenny discusses his 1959 appointment to the U.S. District Court of Oregon. He briefly describes judges he worked with, including Hall Lusk and Gus Solomon. He discusses cases involving admiralty law, the first amendment, labor unions, and criminal law. He then discusses his 1969 appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He discusses cases involving the draft, procedures of the court, and efforts to split the Ninth Circuit. He then discusses how his sentencing style has changed over time, new precedents set by recent courts, and his thoughts on the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. He discusses his involvement in the preservation of the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland. He closes the interview by talking about his recent activities and family life.

Kilkenny, John F.

Echelle Catholique [Catholic Ladder], 1840

Catholic ladder from 1840 attributed to F. N. Blanchet. The document is hand-drawn with ink on paper. Blanchet developed the ladder as a visual teaching aid with simple symbols and illustrations of biblical scenes. The document includes descriptions for the symbols in French. Blanchet and other missionaries in the Pacific Northwest used the ladders as an instructional tool for Christian evangelization to Native American and French métis communities.

Blanchet, Francis Norbert, 1795-1883

Protestant Ladder

Illustrated Protestant ladder used for the teaching of the catechism in the mission of Henry H. Spalding and Eliza Spalding at Lapwai in present-day western Idaho in the traditional territory of the Nimi’ipuu (Nez Percé). The ladder depicts religious history and biblical concepts with captions in English and Nimipuutímt. The ladder is painted on cloth-backed paper using ink and berry dyes.

Spalding, Henry Harmon, 1803-1874

Old Fort Astoria, Astoria, Oregon

A photograph of a drawing depicting old Fort Astoria in 1845. An American flag flies over the fort. The back identified the artist as Henry J. Barre, but the correct name is likely Henry J. Warre. Handwritten note on back of print reads, "Old Fort Astoria 1845 by Captain Henry J. Barre, British Army." Photograph of drawing taken by Arthur M. Prentiss.

Warre, H. (Henry), 1819-1898

Echelle Catholique, Historique et Chronologique [Catholic Ladder, History and Chronology], 1846-1847

Catholic ladder designed by F. N. Blanchet. The ladder was printed in Paris circa 1846 and is written in French. The ladder is in four sections on two double-sided panels.Blanchet developed the ladder as a visual teaching aid with illustrations of biblical scenes. Blanchet and other missionaries used the ladders as an instructional tool for Christian evangelization to Native American and French métis communities.

Blanchet, Francis Norbert, 1795-1883

Mouth of Columbia River, 1851

A nautical map of the “Mouth of Columbia River / from a preliminary survey under the direction of A.D. Bache, Superintendent of the Survey of the Coast of the United States by the hydrographic party under the command of W.P. McArthur Lt. U.S.N. and Asst. U.S. Coast Survey, W.A. Bartlett Lt. U.S.N. Assistant ; reduction for engraving by A. Boschke, draughtsman ; engraved by W. Smith and E.F. Woodward.” Includes inset: View of the Entrance of Columbia River, Cape Hancock or Disappointment E. by N. (compass) 12 statute miles. Relief shown by hachures. Depths shown by soundings and isolines. Includes text on "sailing directions" and "tides." Handwritten note of graphic scale by George Davidson is erroneous.Scale 1:40,000. Item has also been identified as bb017545.

United States Coast Survey

Crosby, Mary (Lincoln)

Labeled as being Clara (Smith) Crosby, but she was the wife of Alfred Crosby. The matching card to this one is of Nathaniel Crosby, Jr. His wife was Mary (Lincoln) Crosby.

Millar, Reverend James P.

Reverend James P. Millar/Miller, a minister of the United Presbyterian church. He was killed at Canemah, Oregon Territory, on April 8, 1854, by the explosion of the steamer Gazelle. His wife, Amanda, suffered two broken ribs from the incident. They had been living in Albany at the time.

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