Moving Around

Merrily Kurtz was born in Portland and lived in the Laurelhurst District as a young child, but because of the depression her family moved around the metro area a lot when she was growing up.

We moved out to the logging camp (east of Portland). My father worked there with my grandfather, his father-in-law, and then we came back into Portland and then they bought the house in Multnomah and we lived out there several years. My mother died out there from diphtheria. After she died, Dad tried to keep the home going, but it didn’t work. And so he asked my grandmother if they would like to take my brother and I, and they said they would. So we lived in Grand High district for a year or two, and then we moved out to the country. I went to school in a one-room school for awhile and then graduated from grade school and went into high school at Sandy, Oregon, and graduated from there.

This photograph shows Kurtz’s mother and grandmother. It comes from the collection of Merrily Kurtz Hewett.

Growing Up

Dorothy Turnbull was born on July 24, 1922 and grew up in New Orleans.

 My father was born in Algiers, which is across the river from New Orleans. I think people today know something about the area from Katrina. Algiers suffered, but not as much as the city proper. But long time ago he was from there.  I always used to tell people though, they said, “Oh, my, you have an interesting background!”  (laughs)  Algiers thinking of the foreign land.

She had one older brother who was two years older. Dorothy’s father was a real estate developer, but she doesn’t really remember any hardship as a child.

This photograph comes from the collection of Dorothy Turnbull Stewart.