Deep Roots - The Early Years on the O'Neal Ranch

Source

Title

Deep Roots - The Early Years on the O'Neal Ranch

Subject

Farming in the Lake Chelan area

Description

DEEP ROOTS: The Early Years on the O’Neal Ranch

I have built the foundation of my life on stories. The stories of my mother’s parents, Ray and Jessie O’neal, and their siblings especially informed how I see the world.

The documentary DEEP ROOTS (view below) captures much of these stories. It explores life in the Chelan valley in the 1920s and ’30s. It explores a dirtier, harder, and more uncertain life than many of us experience today.

Learning these stories broadened the horizon of my life. I saw my origins spanning two, three, four generations back. And I could see the influence of my life extending to future lives.

But the biggest gifts of my family's stories were grace and forgiveness. Frustrating elements of my own childhood had origin stories beyond mom and dad, beyond grandpa and grandma. I found no source, just well-intentioned, very human people, doing the best they could.

Video captured using Canon VX-2000

Creator

Guy Evans

Publisher

Guy Evans

Date

2000

Format

mp4

Language

English

Coverage

Chelan County

Date Created

2000

Interviewer

Guy Evans

Interviewee

Raymond "Toad" O'Neal
Joe O'Neal
Ester "Peggy" O'Neal

Location

Lake Chelan

Original Format

mp4

Duration

35:00

Category

Agriculture

Topic

Family farming
Orchards

Files

Guy Evans.JPG

Citation

Guy Evans, “Deep Roots - The Early Years on the O'Neal Ranch,” NCW Digital Collections, accessed December 5, 2022, https://ncwcollections.org/items/show/1321.