Shaw Historical Library at Oregon Institute of Technology

Shaw Oral History Project - Jean Pinniger

Oral History:

Interview#: OH028
Interviewee: Jean Pinniger
Interviewer: Connie McCornack, Barbara Ditman
Date: 10/17/2012
Location: Shaw Historical Library
Length: 1:19:29
Subjects: Klamath Falls history, fundraising  

Time Index
Topic
0:00 - 5:05 Introductions.
5:05 - 5:50 Jean's Family.
5:50 - 8:20 Jean's schooling.
8:20 - 9:00 One of Jean's happiest time when growing up.
9:00 - 11:34 One of her "strongest experiences".
11:34 - 14:45 Jean becomes successful.
14:45 - 15:03 Jean and parent as happy builders of Klamath Falls community.
15:03 - 15:40 Jean's husband, Jim Pinniger.
15:40 - 17:12 Children of Jean and Jim.
17:12 - 21:43 How Jean became an especially success fundraiser.
21:43 - 24:06 Jean's philosophy of positive fundrasisng projects and the importance of giving.
24:06 - 26:17 Jean's Oregon Tech Foundation involvement. Challenge of obtaining OIT alumni donations.
26:17 - 29:27 Jean's vision of future of Klamath Falls.
29:27 - 31:15 Klamath Falls as a divided community.
31:15 - 34:45 Klamath Falls suburbs versus the county.
34:45 - 36:05 Story about Jean's mother's experience as early Klamath County music teacher.
36:05 - 38:42 Another story about Jean's mother in early Klamath Falls.
38:42 - 40:52 Jean's Grandmother, and O'Connor family in Caldwell, Idaho.
40:52 - 41:46 Jean's mother's singing talent; her mother's first husband.
41:46 - 43:42 Jean's mother remarries, to Jean's father, C.A. (Charlie) Henderson.
43:42 - 46:42 Jean's father: his family background and schooling.
46:42 - 49:56 Her father's early work and coming to Klamath Falls.
46:56 - 51:05 His work for Oregon State Extension Office, and his famous eradication of the grasshoppers.
51:05 - 51:31 The turkeys brought in, to get rid of the grasshoppers.
51:31 - 52:00 His extensive work in establishing and developing Klamath Falls agricultural programs.
52:00 - 52:33 Involvement with Japanese Camp in Tulelake during World War II.
52:33 - 53:32 Coloring of oleo margarine.
53:32 - 54:24 Growth of "entire agricultural industry in Klamath County" through efforts of Jean's father.
54:24 - 55:19 Charlie Henderson chosen as one of the top ten country agents in the United States.
55:19 - 57:34 His retirement in 1962.
57:34 - 57:46 Book award presented June 14th, 1955.
57:46 - 59:04 His love of Klamath County
59:04 - 60:06 Klamath Falls as a bustling place in the "forties and fifties".
60:06 - 1:00:30 Freeway I-5 goes through Medford (not Klamath Falls).
1:00:30 - 1:01:40 Leadership discussed.
1:01:40 - 1:03:59 Jean's parents as remembered by her and others.
1:03:59 - 1:06:25 Deaths of her parents.
1:06:25 - 1:09:05 Jean tells funny story about Main Street cattle drive, in the "twenties".
1:09:05 - 1:10:13 Jean's family home on Earl Street.
1:10:13 - 1:11:27 Story about Jean's mother and one of Jean's boyfriends.
1:11:27 - 1:13:36 Jean discusses former Oregon legislature and changes to Oregon politics.
1:13:36 - 1:14:54 Jean discusses her nephew, elected to Oregon State Senate -- he asks her advice.
1:14:54 - 1:18:15 Jean's involvement in politics.
PIcture of Jean Pinniger

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