Donovan Grover Interview, 1978
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Ashby (Minn.); Schools--Minnesota--Ashby; Depressions--1929; Postal service--Minnesota--Ashby; Postmasters--Minnesota--Ashby; Canadian Americans; Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota--Pomme de Terre; Pomme de Terre (Minn.); Minnesota Nonpartisan League; United States. Works Progress Administration; Clubs--Minnesota--Ashby
In this interview, Donovan Grover discusses his great-grandparents of English descent who settled at Pomme de Terre Fort and their journey from St. Paul,. His great-grandfather was one of the first settlers in Grant County. His maternal grandmother was the first school teacher in St. Olaf township and taught Norwegian speakers. He discusses the Nonpartisan League and opposition in the town of Ashby by merchants and bankers. As a child, Donovan Grover worked for his grandfather on his farm. He worked as village treasurer and assessor in Ashby, worked for the County Welfare Department in Elbow Lake from 1936-1940 and was postmaster and a rural mail carrier in Ashby for many years (1940-1966). He was also on the school board for many community organizations and discusses all of these.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Grover, Donovan, "Donovan Grover Interview, 1978" (1978). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 33.