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Louise Paul and Ruth Ridley
Louise Paul

Louise Paul and her daughter, Ruth Ridley, were interviewed on March 25, 1993 by William Schneider at Ruth's apartment in Fairbanks, Alaska. Louise was in town from Eagle Village for medical appointments and agreed to talk about topics she had discussed two summers ago with William Schneider. That tape recording (ORAL HISTORY 91-22-43) was disrupted during the interview, so he was glad for the opportunity for another discussion. This interview with Louise has some interruption from heavy equipment, but is generally clear. In this interview, Louise talks about her family history and connections with living in the area of what is now Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. She remembers living a traditional subsistence lifestyle at Snare Creek, one time when a bear tried to get into the house, old places along the Yukon River, the days when steamboats ran up and down the river, and the devastating forest fire of 1937.

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Archive #: Oral History 91-22-63

Project: Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Date of Interview: Mar 25, 1993
Narrator(s): Louise Paul, Ruth Ridley
Interviewer(s): Bill Schneider
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Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Her parents and her personal background

2) Her extended family and relatives

3) Her marriage

4) Life on Snare Creek

5) A bear that tried to get into the house

6) Things they liked best about Snare Creek

7) Old places on the Yukon River, and Indian chiefs

8) Steamboat pilots, and stories of old Indians

9) Forest fire of 1937, and Native village

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Section 1: Fort McPherson\ Dawson\ Eagle\ grayling\ moose\ caribou\ hunting - trapping\ trade goods\ dried fruit\ celebrations - Christmas\ yearly cycle\ hunting - beaver\ Peel River\ beaver skins - Eagle\ fishing|

Section 2: Malcolm, Edward\ Malcolm, Sarah\ Malcolm, Joseph\ Malcolm, Eliza\ Malcolm, Pete\ Malcolm, Johny\ Malcolm, Jacob\ Malcolm, Matthew\ Malcolm, Nancy\ Malcolm, Lillian|

Section 3: Canada\ marriage - arranged\ Paul, Jose - nickname Susie\ Eagle\ Paul, Mary\ Paul, Matthew\ Paul, Bent\ steamboat\ wood cutting\ dredge\ Coal Creek\ Patty, Ernest - mining camp\ Snare Creek|

Section 4: Paul family\ Juneby family\ David family\ wood cutting - dredge\ Juneby, Louise\ Juneby, Willie\ David, Harry\ David, Bessie\ moose\ caribou\ Riddle, Ruth\ Coal Creek dredge - work\ fire at Juneby house\ Juneby's - Fairbanks\ Snare Creek\ hunting - moose|

Section 5: big bear - attack\ October\ mining ditch\ Gingerich, Henry - killed bear\ Woodchopper Roadhouse|

Section 6: fishing - grayling\ hunting\ beavers\ porcupine\ berries - cranberry, blueberry\ Eagle School|

Section 7: Calico Bluff\ sulphur\ Chief Charley\ Charley Creek\ Charley Creek - Native Village\ Indian graves\ Mission Creek\ Chief Shahnyaati - grave\ cache\ Circle|

Section 8: Captain Dolphus\ Charley, Dolphus\ Benjamin, Walter\ Tlingit Indians\ medicine men\ Yukon|

Section 9: fire - forest, 1937\ Eagle - fire, 1937\ Paul, Elizabeth\ Paul, Andrew\ Juneby, Willie\ Esau, Erica\ ?, Steve\ ?, Ruth\ Paul, Little\ Miss Hendrickson\ ?, Celina\ Adam, Joe\ Steven, Charlie\ Juneby, Bob\ Thompson, Mary\ Malcolm, Edward\ language - suppression, defiance|