Neil Harcum Interview, ca. 1977
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Browns Valley (Minn.)--History; Brown, Joseph R.; Brown, Samuel; Indigenous peoples--Minnesota--Browns Valley; Grain elevators--Minnesota; Droughts--Minnesota--Browns Valley
Neil Harcum was 77 years old.
In this interview, Neil talks about the history of Browns Valley. He discussed how the town got its name from Joseph R. Brown and his son. He tells some tales about them. He discusses the Native Americans in the region and the fair William Palm set up. He finally discusses the grain elevators and how people would haul their grain on barges and, in the winter, on sleds. He also discusses the dry weather at the time of the interview and the 1930s.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Harcum, Neil, "Neil Harcum Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 47.
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