Fred Gerber Interview, ca. 1979

Title

Fred Gerber Interview, ca. 1979

Authors

Fred Gerber

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Fred Gerber

Date Recorded

1979

Date Digital

7-29-2020

Keywords

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

Description

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.

Run Time

00:10:19

Language

English

Notes

This oral history has no transcript.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSGerber01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Fred Gerber Interview, ca. 1979

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