Emma Varnum Interview, ca. 1977

Title

Emma Varnum Interview, ca. 1977

Authors

Emma Varnum

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Emma Varnum

Date Recorded

1977

Date Digital

7-29-2020

County

Stevens County

Keywords

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

Description

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.

Run Time

00:12:45

Language

English

Notes

This oral history has no transcript.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSVarnum01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Emma Varnum Interview, ca. 1977

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