Books [Rural Life in the 1870s]
Federal Writers' Project
Works Progress Administration
OREGON FOLKLORE STUDIES
Name of worker Walker Winslow Date December 15, 1938
Address 2069 SW Park, Portland, Oregon
Subject Rural Life in the 1870's.
Name and address of informant Miss Nettie Spencer 2071 SW Park, Portland, Oregon
Comment: A careful study of Miss Spencer's ancestry, their pioneering instincts and forceful traits, is furthered by the knowledge that in her these qualities are not lost. As a girl she decided against marriage and in favor of travel and independence. She got them just as she planned and did what would have balked many a stronger appearing person. She told me something of her experiences in India, and they were such that one can marvel at the woman who went through them, and who now laughs at them. Too, Miss Spencer is no mean artist and while in India she painted in natural color all of the native flowers. Her main reason for doing this was because a camera could not catch the reality of the bloom. The paintings, which she has preserved, show a fine capability. As a character study it might be worth while to interview her further. However, she has little more to contribute along folk lines. She will be on the lookout for further subject for this interviewer, or others. It was through her that I got in touch with Mr. [Hampton?] (see Hampton interview).