Art Carlson Interview, ca. 1976
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Morris (Minn.); Dams--Minnesota--Morris; Electricity--Minnesota--Morris; Automobiles--Minnesota--Morris; Railroads--Minnesota--Morris; Hardware stores--Minnesota--Morris
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Carlson, Art, "Art Carlson Interview, ca. 1976" (1976). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 12.
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