Walter L. Smedley Interview, 1975

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Walter L. Smedley Interview, 1975

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Interviewer

Deb Sodt and Spencer Kvam

Interviewee

Walter L. Smedley and Gladys M. Smedley

Date Recorded

5-14-1975

Date Digital

6-19-2020

Location Recorded

Smedley Residence, Herman, Minnesota

County

Grant County

Keywords

Farm life--Minnesota--Grant County, Veterinarians--Minnesota--Grant County, Helsene Wildlife Management Area, Wildlife management areas--Minnesota--Herman, Prairies--Minnesota--Herman, Pastures--Minnesota--Herman, Agriculture--Minnesota--Herman

Description

Walter Smedley was born in 1885 in Illinois. He moved to a farm near Norcross, Minnesota with his family in 1902. He returned to Illinois a few years later, to attend a veterinary school in Chicago. When Walter Smedley graduated in 1912, he came to Herman, Minnesota and established his veterinary practice. At one point, he owned a portion of the Helsene Prairie.

In this interview, Walter Smedley recalls his early experiences as a veterinarian and his life in the Herman area. The discussion centers on the prairie land which he owned, including what he used it for, its management, and other related topics.

Run Time

01:39:05

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

GCSmedley01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

332

Walter L. Smedley Interview, 1975

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