with Sam Wanamaker
1. How old were you when you started school at Sheldon Jackson?
"I was 15 years old."
2. How long were you at Sheldon Jackson?
"I was only there for two years. I left to work during
the war. I was glad I went there, I was sorry I had to leave."
3. What made you decide to go there?
"Mostly because my friends were going there, and I didn't
want to got to Wrangell!" (laughs)
4. What things did you like and dislike about Sheldon
"I liked sports, and I liked the half days because
we would go to the machine shop, carpenter shop, or the boat
shop. The professors were good and nice. We had our own electric
plant and hydro plant. We got to work with them, I liked it.
They had good food too. We had monthly weigh-ins, I gained 13lbs.
in two months!(laughs)" It was very strict, Sheldon Jackson.
We didn't have proms, there was no dancing! There was no smoking
or drinking, there was a lot of religion, we had to pass good
citizen class. We had to go to church every morning before school
and twice on Sundays. I didn't like that!" (laughs)
5. What were your favorite subjects?
"I liked Ms. Whitmore, she taught general science,
I liked the science classes."
6. Was it hard to be away from your family?
"No, in 1941 the war started, so I was only there for
two years. I was really liking it. Sometimes I wanted to go
7. Were there students who went to school with you,
and later went on to be known leaders for the native people?
"Jimmy Walton, he worked with Russians, the governor
flew him back though when he got sick."
8. Was speaking Tlingit prohibited, or was
"In grade school, they didn't want us to. My parents
never spoke Tlingit to me, so I didn't ever learn how."