Ben Bengston Interview, ca. 1978

Title

Ben Bengston Interview, ca. 1978

Authors

Ben Bengston

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Ben Bengston

Date Recorded

1978

Date Digital

7-29-2020

County

Stevens County

Keywords

Sod houses--North Dakota; Agriculture--Minnesota; Farm life--Minnesota; Agricultural machinery--Minnesota; Rural schools--Minnesota; Threshing--Minnesota; United States. Navy; Nicaragua--20th century; Ottertail Power Company (Firm); Electric industry workers--Minnesota; Farmers--Minnesota; Minnesota. State Board of Electricity; Carpentry

Description

Ben Bengston was born in North Dakota and later moved to Minnesota. He was 90 years old and lived in Morris at the time of the interview. He worked as a farmer with his father, and then joined the U.S. Navy before World War I. He did line work for Ottertail Power Company, then worked as a farmer again, and worked for the state on the State Board of Electricity. After retiring, he did some carpentry work.

In this interview, he discusses growing up in a sod house. He discusses farming and threshing techniques. He talks about going to a rural school near Canby, Minnesota. He discusses his time in U.S. Navy in Nicaragua. He mentions his time working for Ottertail Power Company, and includes a time when he was almost injured in an accident.

Run Time

00:10:08

Language

English

Notes

This oral history has no transcript.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSBengston01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Ben Bengston Interview, ca. 1978

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