Linfield University Public History Project: World War II as Experience and Memory


Margery Jordan Pease: World War II as Experience and Memory


Margery Jordan Pease

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Schmidt, Rich


Guyot, Ruby

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Video File


47 minutes 34 seconds

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Cultural History | Oral History | Public History | United States History | Women's History


This interview is an oral history conducted by Rich Schmidt, Linfield College archivist, and Ruby Guyot, Linfield class of 2019, with Margery (Jordan) Pease, Linfield class of 1947. The interview took place by telephone on June 21, 2019.

Margery Pease arrived at Linfield College in 1943. She grew up in Montana, where her family rationed food and clothes and kept themselves informed through the radio about the war. Because her family and her community were Baptist, she was mainly interested in Baptist colleges, which is why she chose Linfield. Pease was very involved on campus socially and worked a variety of jobs. She was also chosen to be May Queen, an experience she remembers as wonderful. In this interview, she talks about what kind of presence the war had on campus. She notes there were very few men on campus, as she arrived during a time when many men had already been drafted. Pease goes on to talk in detail about the return of the veterans. She ends the interview by discussing her life after graduating from Linfield and the importance of diversity on campus.


For a time-stamped overview of the subjects discussed during this interview, refer to the Related Resource link.