Ben Bengston Interview, ca. 1978
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
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Bengston, Ben, "Ben Bengston Interview, ca. 1978" (1978). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 135.