Myrtle Olson Interview, 1979
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Olson Residence, Glenwood, Minnesota
Rural schools--Minnesota--Glenwood; Public schools--Minnesota--Glenwood; Teachers--Minnesota--Glenwood; School principals--Minnesota--Glenwood; Norwegian Americans; Schools--Centralization
Myrtle Olson was born in Benson, Minnesota in 1893. She was the daughter of a thresher mechanic and graduated from high school in Starbuck. She spent 44 years teaching in the Glenwood area, the first 4 years in a one-room rural school three miles west of Glenwood. Twenty of those years were spent as a junior high principal in Glenwood. She retired in 1960 and lived at the time of the interview in Glenwood.
In this interview, she discusses early schools, rural schools, the role of a principal, Norwegian ethnicity, religion, and school consolidation.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Olson, Myrtle, "Myrtle Olson Interview, 1979" (1979). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 38.