Tobias Amundson Interview, 1973
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George Shervey and Marcia Olson
Barrett Nursing Home, Barrett, Minnesota
Norwegian Americans; Emigration and immigration--Norway; Emigration and immigration--United States; Sheriffs--Minnesota--Grant County; Police--Minnesota--Grant County; Prohibition--Minnesota--Grant County; Drinking of alcoholic beverages--Minnesota--Grant County; Murder--Minnesota--Grant County
Tobias Amundson was born on July 6, 1893 near Christianson, Norway. He immigrated to the United States in 1911. He served in the Army and worked in lumber camps in Northern Minnesota. In 1939 he was elected sheriff of Grant County after serving as deputy for 10 years. He was sheriff until 1958.
In this interview, Tobias Amundson discusses his immigration to the United States and gives a short family history. The bulk of the interview consists of Tobias Amundson describing his activities as sheriff of Grant County, which includes his activities during prohibition and some of his more dangerous or unpleasant cases.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Amundson, Tobias, "Tobias Amundson Interview, 1973" (1973). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 1.