William Sloneker Interview, ca. 1979
Agriculture--Minnesota; Farm life--Minnesota; Power resources; Agricultural machinery; Water-power; Artesian wells; Depressions--1929; Droughts--Minnesota
William Sloneker was originally born in Illinois, but moved to Minnesota as an infant. William lived in Hancock at the time of the interview and was 91 years old. He grew up on a farm and farmed throughout Stevens County. He retired from farming in 1948 and moved to Fairmont, Minnesota for a few years before moving to Hancock.
In this interview, William Sloneker recalls early forms of power on farms in Minnesota and South Dakota using horses and artesian well water pressure. There is some mention of farming in the "dirty thirties."
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Sloneker, William, "William Sloneker Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 140.