Walter L. Smedley Interview, 1975
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Deb Sodt and Spencer Kvam
Walter L. Smedley and Gladys M. Smedley
Smedley Residence, Herman, Minnesota
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
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Smedley, Walter L. and Smedley, Gladys M., "Walter L. Smedley Interview, 1975" (1975). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 28.