TAPE MINUTE SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
0-3:30 Begins talking about her nursing experience and how she was the only one that had not been confirmed. She was not confirmed because she had surgery during that time. Born in Barber, Idaho and raised in Cantera, the stone quarry. Born in a two-room tent house. Her father worked at the stone quarry then went to Barber to work at the sawmill. Then moved to Emmett in 1925, before the mill moved to Emmett as well. At this time Dorothy was 3 years old, Irene, her younger sister, was 1 1/2 years old. Francis, an older sister, would simply refuse to attend schooling because she didn’t dress like the other girls. All the others wore nylons, while she wore cotton socks. Her father finally bought her nylons and she went back to school. Going to school was very important to her parents because they did not have the same opportunity.
3:30-10:00 Francis was sent to Boise to attend the business college of Links. Stayed with Tio Tom and Tia Martina. Did not finish, because she married soon after. Midge, an older sister of Dorothy, would always refuse to attend school. Dorothy graduated in 1940, went on to become a nurse at Mercy Medical Hospital in Nampa, Idaho. She had 3 years of Nurses training. Lived in the dorms with other nurses in the basement of the hospital. Pilar Ansotegui was her roommate. Went home once a month. Pilar’s parents worked at the Archibald Company, where Dorothy met Basilio “Barse” Aldecoa, her future husband. Sometimes, Dorothy would go with Pilar’s house and play pinochle with Barse, and Eladio Idiundo. But Barse and Dorothy weren’t together yet. After nursing school, Dorothy moved to Emmett, where she worked at the hospital then her last year at Dr. Nookum’s Office. Barse had taken a partnership with Jess Seneca and Tom Astorquia, who had sheep. Bars would through Emmett to Gardena to work. One time he was coming down and his truck broke down, so he had it hauled into Emmett. When in Emmett, he looked Dorothy up, came over, and stayed for dinner. Then called his dad and Anistasio Aberatti to come get him. After that, they started going together in 1946, after the war. Barse was not in the war, but his brother was and was killed. Barse was in “needed occupation” and the government exempt him from the war.
10:00-20:00 Family: Barse Mother-Maria Pagoaga, Rich Pagoaga’s Aunt. Bars Father- Name unknown Father was from the country of Ea Natxitua. Maria was from the province of Gipuzkoa-Motriko. Dorothy’s mother knew of Barse’ family. Dorothy married Basilio “Bars” Aldecoa in January of 1948. She worked as a nurse until she married. Traveled to St. Louis to marry. Talks about Barse. He refused to attend college. Been raised around sheep. He continued his career in sheep herding. Lived in Caldwell for 7 years on ranch, then built in Boise. Bars’ brother-in-law, who was an architect, designed their house. They built in 1955. Sold sheep to Balentine and John Odiaga in 1975. Mother and Father died. Mother died in January and Father died in February. Most sheep ever had was 6,000. The sheep could graze all the way to hill city.
20:00-40:00 Started telling a story about when they lived on the ranch and had many workers living in the bunkhouses, there were 2 distinct trouble makers that one day approached Barse. They told Barse that 11 of the 17 workers signed a paper saying that they wanted a raise in their pay. If they didn’t receive that raise, these workers were going to quit. Barse was really sick about what he was going to do. He did not agree with the raise. It was really too outrageous to agree to the raise. Barse ended up refusing to give the raise and ended losing those 11 workers. The workers demanded that Barse take them into Boise, but he only agreed to take them to Marsing. Dorothy was really proud of Barse and the way he handled it.
40:00-60:00 “Do you remember the depression at all?” No, I was what 6 or 7 years old? We lost only a little money. Dad would bury money underground. He had 3 jars full of silver dollars and fifty-cent pieces. “How about the world war, did you remember anything from that?” I was in nurses training until 1943. When I went into nurse’s training, the thing I remember the most was this Japanese girl named Miaka Miusaka. She was a jewel. She was in nurse’s training also. Many patients were very rude to her and order her out of the room. They sent her home until things quieted down. “What were the Basque’s response to the war?” Some of them signed up, some of them didn’t. I don’t recall much talk about the war. Talking about Archibald dying in 1945. Last words of the interview talk about Bars devotion to sheep and going back to the Basque country. They visited in 1955. Went to Madrid, Spain and then on to Pamplona. Visited relatives. Talks about her father’s old house, and where her mother grew up. More interesting stories follow about relations in the Basque country.
NAMES AND PLACES
Irene Bicandi-Anderson: sister of Dorothy Aldecoa
Francis Bicandi-Bilbao: Sister
Pilar Ansotegui: Friend of Dorothy while in nurse’s training
Frank Bilbao: Married Francis
Basilio “Barse” Aldecoa: Dorothy’s husband
Jess Zenica and Tom Astorquia: Barse went into business with them
Anastacio Abarrate: Barse Father
Maria Pagoaga: Barse’ Father
Rich Pagoaga: Mentioned that Maria Pagoaga is his aunt
Balentine and John Odiaga: bought sheep from Barse
Miaka Miusaka: Japanese nurse that was persecuted during war
Links Business College
Mercy Medical Hospital, Nampa
St. Louis, Missouri
University of Idaho
Hill City, Idaho
“Cantera”: The stone quarry