August 14, 2017


As a part of this project, our community has begun collecting oral histories in both audio and video format. Below are some of what we’ve collected so far. These include both full interviews (in their entirety) and shorter excerpts addressing common topics.

If you would like to be interviewed for this project or have a suggestion for someone we should interview (or an event we should record), let us know.

Full Interviews

Sally Richards – January 25, 2018

Zola Stoltz – January 2, 2018

Mary Winkler – April 12, 2017 (audio only)

Bob Addison – Part 1 – March 26, 2017

Bob Addison – Part 2 – April 2, 2017

Mary Willy – March 28, 2017

Delane Blondeau – Part 1 – March 21, 2017

Delane Blondeau – Part 2 – March 23, 2017


What brought you to this area?

Mary Winkler

What makes this area special?

Portal and Rodeo

Portal Rescue

Soup Kitchen fundraiser

Sew What

St. Patricks Day Parade

July 4 parade

Hiking Club

Mary Winkler

Holiday programs

Portal Library

“Downtown” Portal (store, school, etc.)

Mary Winkler

Research Station

Building houses

Mary Winkler


In 1940s – Mary Winkler

Advice to others