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Freddie Ohr was born in Portland Oregon in 1919 on July 15th. When Ohr was four years old they moved to Idaho and that is where Ohr grew up. Ohr went to school in the Boise valley. Ohr’s parents were from Korea so they paid close attention to what was going on in that part of the world. Japan annexed Korea during the war. Ohr's grandfather and father escaped to China during this period. Ohr’s parents were from the ruling class so they were quite wealthy. He made 5 trips from China into Korea to make a deal with the puppet government. Once the puppet government was no longer needed you never heard from them again. Ohr's grandfather used all of his influence to trade with Korea and to convince them to let his family out of Korea. This is how Ohr’s parents were allowed out of Korea. They landed in San Francisco. The first thing that happened to them was quarantine. As soon as they got off of the boat all of the Orientals on the boat were taken off and quarantined. Ohr’s uncle was 13 at the time. He was the only one who could speak English. He also got them through immigration. Ohr is not sure what year they landed in San Francisco. It was probably the very early part of 1900. Within the first decade of the century for sure. Ohr’s father ended up in a salmon cannery in Alaska. The Orientals were exploited and given passage so that they could come work for little money since slavery was outlawed. Ohr’s father was in Alaska for a little while and he started working in a lumber mill. The lumber mill he worked at got lumber downstream by floating them down a river. Ohr’s father specialized in riding the logs down to wherever a logjam occurred. Ohr’s uncle went into a coal mine. He died of black lung. Ohr’s family then moved to Idaho and they started farming. They had nothing and were very poor. Their house was a tent for a year. There was a dirt floor a small kitchen and a stove. Ohr did not mind it that much because he was a kid. His mother was a seamstress so all of the family’s clothes were fashioned in the house. As time went on things got a little better. Finally they moved into a house that had a floor in it. They stayed there awhile and things kept getting better. Ohr’s father decided that he wanted some land for a farm. Ohr was in high school when they decided to build the farm. Ohr believes that if his family were not farmers when the Depression hit they would not be alive. Ohr’s father used to build underground cellars. In the fall they had all types of things that had just finished growing. They would put the vegetables into this cellar so they had food all winter. They raised their own potatoes. Rice would have been an optimal food to have in the winter.


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