John O'Neil Interview, ca. 1978
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Big Stone County
Irish Americans; Ireland--Emigration and immigration; United States--Emigration and immigration; Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota; Agriculture--Minnesota; Farm life--Minnesota
John O'Neil was 90 years old and a lifetime resident of Beardsley. HIs parents came from Ireland and homesteaded in 1878 the farm John O'Neil still lived on.
In this interview, John discusses homesteading in Minnesota. He also discusses changes in farming and the fact that his family held on to their farm for 100 years.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
O'Neil, John, "John O'Neil Interview, ca. 1978" (1978). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 90.
This oral history abruptly ends at 5 minutes, though that is clearly not the end of the interview.
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