Mrs. Merton Smith Interview, ca. 1976
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Mrs. Merton Smith
Women farmers--South Dakota; Frontier and pioneer life--South Dakota; Agriculture--South Dakota; Rattlesnakes--South Dakota
Mrs. Merton Smith was 88 years old. She was born in South Dakota and when she was old enough, she decided that she wanted to homestead for herself. She got 160 acres for $2.50 an acre. She had to build a shanty, plow up five acres of land, have a well, and live on the land 14 months before she could prove her land.
In this interview, she talks about how they built her shanty and some of her dealings with rattlesnakes. When she got married, they moved to Minnesota because of the dry land.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Smith, Mrs. Merton, "Mrs. Merton Smith Interview, ca. 1976" (1976). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 46.