Agnes Ranum Interview, ca. 1977
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Rural schools--Minnesota--Pope County; Pierce family; Farm life--Minnesota; Depressions--1929; Minnewaska Home (Starbuck, Minn.); Older people--Housing--Minnesota--Starbuck; Nursing homes--Minnesota--Starbuck
Agnes Ranum was 83 years old and lived in Starbuck, Minnesota. She was born in Fillmore County and moved to Pope County in 1898 when she was 5 years old. Her family moved to the area because of cheaper land and the Norwegians in the area.
In this interview, she discusses the rural school and the education she got there. She talks about the work she did in Texas for many years and the family she worked for (A.B. Pierce family). Then she discusses her time as a farm wife after marrying in 1928. She talks about the Depression and her experiences during that time. She mentions her children and their occupations at the time of the interview. Finally, she discusses the Minnewaska Home and its founding in the town.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Ranum, Agnes, "Agnes Ranum Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 78.
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