Sam Barr Interview, 1973

Title

Sam Barr Interview, 1973

Authors

Sam Barr

Files

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Interviewer

Joni Kennedy and Dennis Wenker

Interviewee

Sam Barr

Date Recorded

8-23-1973

Date Digital

8-3-2010

Location Recorded

Ortonville, MN

County

Big Stone County

Keywords

Minnesota--Politics and government--20th century; Legislators--Minnesota; Minnesota. Legislature. House of Representatives--Biography

Description

Sam Barr was born in a boxcar in Forsythe, Montana on May 19, 1914 to Samuel Arthur Barr, an itinerant line man with a power company and his wife Julia Cecelia (Weber) Barr. The family returned to Ortonville when Sam was six months old. Sam was educated in Ortonville until illness took him out of school before graduating high school. In the early 1950s Sam became involved in politics. He served 12 years as a representative in the Minnesota State Legislature.

In this interview, Sam Barr discusses his early background and his first involvement in politics in the 1950s. He discusses Bill Sorenson, representative, and Barr's first election to the House. He discusses major issues during his 12 years as a representative, including: sales tax issues, bills sponsored by Barr (small loan industry bill and doctor procurement for rural Minnesota bill), Barr's association with UMN Morris and the establishment of UMN Morris, non-party designated legislature vs. party-type legal issue, a cloud seeding bill, the regard for the Minnesota government and representative Ed Martinson.

Run Time

00:47:53

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

BSCBarr01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

298

Primo Type

Audio

Sam Barr Interview, 1973

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