Oscar Aanerud was 76 years old. His grandfather homesteaded in 1877. Oscar's son farmed the same land at the time of the interview. Oscar reflects upon growing up on the farm and the introduction of electricity, tractors, etc. to the area. He mentions fluctuating grain prices and the drought years of 1933-1934. He is a fiddler.
A. V. Anderson
A.V. Anderson was 81 years old. He lived on a farm all his life and had many experiences in training horses.
In this interview, he talk about farming and training horses. He also talked about how he is able to detect water in the ground.
Frank Anderson was 86 years old and was born in Traverse County where his parents emigrated from Sweden to homestead.
In this interview, Frank Anderson discusses Swedish Christmas customs. He remembers the town of White Rock, Minnesota when it was a trading center. He is a former teacher, farmer, and painter. He reflects on early automobiles and farming practices.
Harold Anderson was 76 years old and was born in Clarkfield, Minnesota. He was a former high school teacher in Granite Falls and Cokato.
In this interview, Harold Anderson discusses sports. He was a high school and college athlete. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1927, and was a pitcher. He discusses playing semi-professional baseball in Minnesota and his pitching skills. He also discusses his years teaching and coaching in schools in Minnesota, as well as the differences from when he played sports compared to schools sports at the time of the interview.
Ole Barsness was 92 years old. His father and brothers came from Norway to homestead in Barsness Township, Pope County. His father fought in the Civil War, and was the first to introduce horses into West-Central Minnesota farming. Ole farmed in Pope County. He talked of early automobiles, road conditions, and why he never married.
Gene Behl was 69 years old and was born in South Dakota. He moved to Morris in 1912. He was a former employee of the Minnesota Highway Department (1925-1969).
In this interview, Gene Behl talks about the development of Minnesota highways and highway equipment.
Ed Brandvold was born around the Starbuck area and was 86 years old at the time of the interview.. His family moved to Canada for a while in 1905 to homestead the land. He moved back to Starbuck in 1914 and married in 1915. He worked for the railroad in Glenwood for some time, then homesteaded in 1918.
In this interview, he discusses his history, his work for the railroad in Glenwood, and homesteading. Next, he talks about his truck driving work, which he did for 29 years.
Peter Braun was 87 years old and was born in South Dakota. From there, the family moved to De Graff to fam. They had to clear out the trees and build their own house. They moved to Alberta then and owned a business there and farmed. Peter was retired at the time of the interview and lived in Donnelly where some of his sons took care of his farm.
In this interview, he discusses farm life in De Graff, the family businesses in Alberta, and the Barrett Ranch.
Art Carlson was 82 years old. His father ran an electric light plan for Stuart. Art worked as a messenger boy on the Benson-Huron Railroad and later became an electrical contractor following the introduction of electricity to West Central Minnesota. He acquired the Coast to Coast franchise in 1932.
In this interview, Art Carlson reflects on merchandizing then vs. now. He recalls the old flour mill and the pre-WPA dam. He remembers the first car in Morris in 1901. He also talks about the operation of the railroad in Morris.
Earl Eames was 83 years old and was born in Morris. He became a businessman when he bought the Eames Distributing Company.
In this interview, Earl talks a little about his life as a child and where he moved. He also talk about World War I and his position in the war. He discusses his business (the Eames Distributing Company).
Lewis Elder was 73 years old and was born in Iowa. He came to Minnesota in 1955. He held jobs in Nebraska, South Dakota, and California before coming to Minnesota. He worked in tire repair and later bred Angus cattle in Pope County.
In this interview, Lewis Elder discusses his father's service in the Civil War, having just received his discharge papers. He also talks about breeding and showing cattle.
Olga Erdman was 81 years old. She was born in Illinois in 1896 and her family moved to Hancock when she was 7 years old. She was married in 1915 and her husband worked in elevators in Hancock, Johnson, and in North Dakota.
In this interview, she quoted some prices of groceries back then, such as coffee and sugar prices.
Herman Gades farmed in the Holloway area since 1923. His father came from Germany when he was 15 years old. Herman was 82 years old and still engaged in farming at the time of the interview.
In this interview, he talks about the blizzards they survived and the changes from horses to big tractors and combines.
Rosie Garberick was 81 years old and he came to Morris in 1911 from Sheldon, Iowa.
In this interview, he talks about the different jobs he had. He worked for the railroad as a cook on the B&B Gang. He also tells of his dealings with the National Guard and his time in Europe during World War I. Then he tells of his adventures as a postal worker and transferring to Browns Valley and retiring in 1966.
Sydney Gausman and Millie Michaelson
Sydney Gausman and Millie Michaelson were both members of the first graduating class from Alberta High School in 1917. They walked to school before the consolidation of the school and then they were picked up by a buggy bus, a two-seated buggy pulled by two horses.
In this interview, they discuss various different aspects of the school, such as recess, hot lunch, the classes and education, transportation to school, and their graduation.
Nick Grossman was 83 years old and lived in Chokio at the time of the interview. He was born in Iowa and his family moved to this area because the land was cheaper.
In this interview, Nick discusses his school days, farming experiences, threshing parties, butchering, and blizzards.
Cora Grove was 90 years old. Her father operated a lumberyard in Morris. She reflects on early Morris and UMN Morris campus, the corn and alfalfa show and the Stevens County Fairgrounds. She served as City Treasurer from 1925 to 1964.
Neil Harcum was 77 years old.
In this interview, Neil talks about the history of Browns Valley. He discussed how the town got its name from Joseph R. Brown and his son. He tells some tales about them. He discusses the Native Americans in the region and the fair William Palm set up. He finally discusses the grain elevators and how people would haul their grain on barges and, in the winter, on sleds. He also discusses the dry weather at the time of the interview and the 1930s.
Florence Hedberg was one of the co-founders of KMRS radio station.
In this interview, she discusses how she and her husband Cliff and their son Paul started KMRS 20 years ago. She tells of how they chose the site for the radio station and the blizzards they survived through.
Carl Jallo attended the West Central School of Agriculture. He then went into music and played for bands in Fargo and Minneapolis for 6 years. In 1920, he went into farming.
In this interview, Carl discusses his time as a musician and big band music.
Mrs. George Jergenson
Mrs. George Jergenson was 93 years old and was born in Stearns County outside Donnelly. Her parents emigrated from Norway and were charter members of the Kongsvinger Lutheran Church.
In this interview, Mrs. Jergenson talks about attending and teaching in a rural school, and the tasks involved in being a farm wife. She also reflects on her favorite presidents.
Mrs. Frank Jost
Mrs. Frank Jost was 83 years old and was born in Clinton, Iowa. She was a city girl growing up.
In this interview, she talks about seeing the Wright Brothers first flight and the first hot air balloons. She discusses the county fairs, breakfast cereal, getting drinking water in the city, and her work in a candy factory. She discusses dating during that time. When she was married, she and her husband moved to a farm in Ortonville and she recollects some of the bad times getting used to being a new country girl. They then moved to a farm in Stevens County and then to the city.
Tib Kirwin was 75 years old. Tib's family was the 2nd Kirwin family in Morris.
In this interview, he tells about what the town of Morris looked like back then and when they had to go to school with the horse and buggy. He attended St. Mary's School in the basement of the parish while the school was being built.
Albin Kling was 80 years old and he was born outside Hoffman. He is a steam engine enthusiast.
In this interview, Albin Kling discusses the early days of steam-driven threshers. He discusses the community cooperation in threshing and the process involved in operating the machines. He also mentions the threshers and their fate during the scrap iron drive of World War II. Finally he stresses the future of steam powered farm equipment.
Frank Krafka was 77 years old and was born on September 20, 1900.
In this interview, he talks about his 55 years of barbering in Barrett, the different machines he used and the different types of hair styles that have changed over the years.
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