Obed Wiger Interview, ca. 1977
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Farm life--Minnesota--Jackson; Agriculture--Minnesota--Jackson; Locusts; Rural schools--Minnesota--Jackson; Farm life--Canada; Agriculture--Canada; Farm life--Minnesota--Pope County; Agriculture--Minnesota--Pope County; Tractors; Marriage
Obed Wiger was 86 years old and was born in Jackson, Minnesota. His parents immigrated from Norway and homesteaded in Jackson County. His father was a tailor, but became a farmer in Jackson. He farmed at his father's homestead until he was 20, then he homesteaded in Canada for four years. He then settled in Pope County, Minnesota.
In this interview, Obed talk about growing up on the farm. He talks about the grasshopper problems with the farm. He mentions going to a country school. He discusses his own homestead in Canada and farming experiences in Pope County, Minnesota. He talks about the mechanization of farming with tractors and the implementation of fertilizers and pesticides. Finally, he discusses his marriage and how he met his wife.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Wiger, Obed, "Obed Wiger Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 64.
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