Item SR11275_T03S2 - Oral history interview with Ambrose A. Oderman [Sound Recording 06]

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SR11275_T03S2

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Oral history interview with Ambrose A. Oderman [Sound Recording 06]

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  • 2005-04-25 (Creation)

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Audiocassette; 00:31:14

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(1912-2014)

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Ambrose "Brose" Adolph Oderman was born in Foxholm, North Dakota, in 1912. His father died of influenza during the 1918 pandemic. His mother remarried and the family moved to Monroe, Oregon in 1926. He studied business at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1936. In 1938, he and Virginia Arnetta Thompson married; they later had three children. He worked as an accountant and auditor for the Public Utility Commission and the Bonneville Power Administration. He volunteered for the military during World War II and served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he became western region audit director for the U.S. Interior Department. He died in 2014.

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Tape 3, Side 2. In this interview, Oderman discusses his family background and early life in Foxholm, North Dakota. He describes his experience during the 1918 flu pandemic, including the death of his father; his mother’s remarriage; and his early education. He talks about moving to Monroe, Oregon, in 1926, as well as his high school experience there. He then discusses studying business at the University of Oregon during the Depression, including his plans to become an accountant. He also tells several stories about growing up on a farm. He discusses working for the Public Utility Commission and the Bonneville Power Administration as an accountant and auditor. He talks about his family and his social life during that time. He then discusses his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and living in Vanport, Oregon, after the end of the war. He discusses his service as western region audit director for the U.S. Interior Department. He closes the interview by discussing his retirement.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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f5f93e1f-b8c1-441e-85b7-4949f4d39de2-SR11275_T03S2.mp3

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42.9 MiB

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