Emma Varnum Interview, ca. 1977
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Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931; Albuquerque (N.M.); Frontier and pioneer life; Wagon trains; Train robberies; Drinking water; Morris (Minn.); Liquor stores--Minnesota--Morris; Bars (Drinking establishments)--Minnesota--Morris; Red-light districts--Minnesota--Morris
Emma Varnum was 95 years old and lived in Morris. She was born in Illinois and her father was a farmer. She knew Thomas Edison when she was a child. After she was married, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico traveling by covered wagon. In 1906 she moved to Morris.
In this interview, she discusses travelling by wagon train to New Mexico and what they ate and drank along the way. She discusses train robberies and what it was like to live in New Mexico, including how they got and rationed potable water. She talks about early Morris, the many liquor stores and the "red light" district.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Varnum, Emma, "Emma Varnum Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 69.