Mrs. Tosten Hagen Interview, 1972
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Mrs. Tosten Hagen and Mrs. Herbert Blistning
Grant County, Minnesota
Pomme de Terre (Minn.); Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota--Grant County; Farm life--Minnesota--Grant County; Pit houses--Minnesota--Grant County; Indigenous peoples--Minnesota--Grant County; Schools--Minnesota--Grant County
Mrs. Tosten Hagen (first name never given) was born in a dugout in 1837 near the village of Pomme de Terre. Her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Blistning (first name never given) assisted her during the interview.
In this interview, Mrs. Tosten Hagen discusses her parents being some of the earliest settlers of Pomme de Terre in the 1860s and how they arrived in the area. She discusses how her father made a living fur trapping. She discusses the Native Americans her family interacted with during her childhood and life on the Pomme de Terre River. She discusses her first teachers, the sewing school in Fergus Falls, the stagecoach in Pomme de Terre, and the early businesses of the village of Pomme de Terre.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Hagen, Mrs. Tosten and Blistning, Mrs. Herbert, "Mrs. Tosten Hagen Interview, 1972" (1972). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 19.