Chris Christianson Interview, ca. 1979
Schools--Denmark; Agriculture--Denmark; Farm life--Denmark; Denmark--Emigration and immigration; United States--Emigration and immigration; Danish Americans; Ditches; Quicksand; World War, 1914-1918; Ambulance drivers; Citizenship; Threshing; Agricultural machinery; Agricultural innovations; Tractors; Horses
Chris Christianson was born in Denmark and lived there until he was 19. He moved to Iowa when he came to the United States, where he did work digging ditches and started farming in 1915. He volunteered for the army in World War I and served as an ambulance driver. After the war, he married and moved to Stevens County working as a thresher. At the time of the interview, Chris was 86 years old.
In this interview, Chris discusses his schooling in Denmark and the differences between farming in Denmark versus the United States. He discusses the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and his cross-country trip to Iowa. He talks about his work digging ditches, and some of the issues they encountered such as quicksand. He discussed ambulance driving during World War I and his work in the Medical Corps during the war. He discusses his citizenship proceedings after the war. Then he mentions the transition from use of horses to the use of tractor machinery.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Christianson, Chris, "Chris Christianson Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 138.