Jessie Getchell Interview, ca. 1977
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Stevens County and Douglas County
Canada--Emigration and immigration; United States--Emigration and immigration; Housekeepers; Farm life--Canada
Jessie Getchell was born in Ontario, Canada and was 85 years old. She was only one-year old when her family moved to Brainerd, Minnesota so her father could work in the saw mills. She met her husband in South Dakota and were married in 1910. She and her husband later homesteaded in Canada from 1912-1915. They then moved to Stevens County and Douglas County.
In this interview, Jessie Getchell discusses her family history. She talks about an unfortunate trip to Canada to visit her husband with her young son where she ended up having to work as a housekeeper for a while to support herself as she could not find her husband. She then discussed homesteading and the little sod house they lived in in Canada. She talks about the struggles they had during their time homesteading in Canada.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Getchell, Jessie, "Jessie Getchell Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 54.