August Schmidt Interview, ca. 1977
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Big Stone County
Farm life--Minnesota; Agriculture--Minnesota; Shoe stores--Minnesota--Clinton; Plowing; Farm mechanization; Tractors; Electrification--Minnesota; Stevens County Fair (Stevens County, Minn.); Agricultural exhibitions--Minnesota--Stevens County; Bee culture--Minnesota; Fiddling
August Schmidt was 83 years old and was born in Illinois in 1893. His family moved to Minnesota when he was 7 years old in hopes of making a better life.
In this interview, he discusses life on the farm and changes in farming. He also talks about the shoe shop he ran for 10 years in Clinton, Minnesota and getting electricity on his farm. He talked about county fairs and one year when he brought bees to the county fair. Finally, he talked about playing the fiddle.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Schmidt, August, "August Schmidt Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 67.