Oral history interview with Elston L. Ireland [Sound Recording 01]

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Oral history interview with Elston L. Ireland [Sound Recording 01]


  • 1980-11-21 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:29:48

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Elston Longmoor Ireland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1900. He moved to Oregon with his family in 1910 and attended high school in Pasadena, California. He attended the University of Oregon. In 1931, he and Mary C. Peattie were married; they later had two children. He was a restaurateur affiliated with a total of 14 restaurants in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, over the course of his career, including Ireland's Restaurant in Portland. He died in 1986.

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Tape 1, Side 1. This oral history interview with Elston L. Ireland was conducted by Curtis Johnson on November 21, 1980, at Ireland's home in Portland, Oregon. The interview was conducted as part of the Drive-in Restaurants of Portland Oral History Project, a series of interviews that Johnson conducted about the history of Portland drive-ins, with a particular emphasis on Tik-Tok and Yaw's Top Notch. In this interview, Ireland discusses how he got involved in the restaurant business during his early life in Pasadena, California. He talks about opening and running restaurants serving toasted sandwiches, particularly Ireland's Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and about competing with drive-in restaurants, particularly Yaw's Top Notch. He speaks about the popularity of hamburgers; discusses government regulation of restaurants; and talks about unionization. He closes the interview by discussing the effect of World War II on the restaurant business; using infrared light to cook sandwiches; and the cost of running a restaurant.

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

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