Mrs. Merton Smith Interview, ca. 1976

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Mrs. Merton Smith Interview, ca. 1976

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Mrs. Merton Smith

Date Recorded

1976

Date Digital

7-29-2020

Keywords

Women farmers--South Dakota; Frontier and pioneer life--South Dakota; Agriculture--South Dakota; Rattlesnakes--South Dakota

Description

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.

Run Time

00:10:45

Language

English

Notes

The transcript for this oral history is a rough draft.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSSmith01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Mrs. Merton Smith Interview, ca. 1976

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