Fred Gerber Interview, ca. 1979
Agriculture--Minnesota--Stevens County; Farm life--Minnesota--Stevens County; Threshing; Steam-engines; Depressions--1929; Postmasters--Minnesota--Donnelly; Postal service--Minnesota--Donnelly; Postal service--Employees--Minnesota--Donnelly; Threshing machines; Donnelly (Minn.); Bands (Music); Older people--Minnesota--Donnelly
Fred Gerber was born in Illinois and moved to Minnesota when he was an infant. He was 84 years old and lived in the Donnelly area at the time of the interview. He farmed for the first few years of the depression and was appointed postmaster in Donnelly, a position he held for 27 years. He was also active in the Senior Citizens Group.
In this interview, he talks about methods of threshing using steam threshers and some of the difficulties they presented in transportation. He talks about his job as postmaster and about the postal service in Donnelly. He relates how the Donnelly Threshing Bee got started and how it works. He then discussed some of the senior citizens groups he was part of, including a small band and the senior citizens' play.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Gerber, Fred, "Fred Gerber Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 139.