Ruth Jesness Interview, 2005
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University of Minnesota. West Central School of Agriculture (Morris, Minn.); College students; College students--Behavior
Ruth (Ross) Jesness graduated from WCSA in 1935, and attended the WCSA Advanced Class in 1936. She worked as an occupational therapist at the Fergus Falls State Hospital from 1936-1941, and then transferred to the newly opened Moose Lake facility. She married the barber from Moose Lake, who died three years later of a heart attack. Ruth worked as a seamstress to support her infant son, and later they moved to Michigan where she worked in the defense plant riveting B-24 bombers, thus becoming a “Rosie the Riveter.” In 1949, Ruth married Roy Jesness, who was a life-long farmer near Morris. The couple had two children, and Ruth took care of the home and made commercial jewelry. She and her children operated a concession stand at the Minnesota State Fair for over 23 years.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Jesness, Ruth, "Ruth Jesness Interview, 2005" (2005). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 109.