Chester Johanson Interview, ca. 1979
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Swedish Americans; Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota--Traverse County; Blizzards--Minnesota--Traverse County; Rural schools--Minnesota--Traverse County; Wheaton (Minn.); Farm life--Minnesota--Traverse County; Cooperative societies--Minnesota--Wheaton; General stores--Minnesota--Wheaton; Prices; Washing machines; Senior centers--Minnesota--Wheaton
Chester Johanson was 83 years old and was born near Wheaton, Minnesota in 1896. His family homesteaded in the area in 1880, before the railroad arrived in the area or Wheaton was founded. His parents immigrated in 1879 from Sweden to the United States.
In this interview, Chester discusses his family being stuck in the blizzard of 1880 in Minnesota shortly after they arrived. He talks about his family homesteading in the area. He discusses the rural school he attended. He talks about the founding of Wheaton and life on the farm as a child. He then talks about farming as an adult, and about his job at the farmer's cooperative in Wheaton. He discusses pricing of various items at the store, and the change in the price of land. He also discusses the founding of the senior center in Wheaton, Minnesota.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Johanson, Chester, "Chester Johanson Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 102.
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