Errol Anderson Interview, 1976
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Anderson Residence, Big Stone County, Minnesota
Big Stone County
Farm life--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Agriculture--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Depressions--1929; Minnesota Nonpartisan League; Minnesota Farm Holiday Association; Farmers--Political activity--Minnesota; County agricultural agents--Minnesota--Ottertail County; World War, 1939-1945; Big Stone County Farm Bureau (Minn.); Big Stone County Farmers Union (Minn.); Cooperative societies--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Droughts--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Rural electrification--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Rain-making--Minnesota
Errol Anderson was born on his father's farm in Otrey Township on August 6, 1905. His father, Andrew, emigrated from Sweden in 1869 and homesteaded on June 4, 1884. Errol Anderson was the youngest of 8 children. In 1930, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Agricultural School and from 1935-1943 served as county agent in Ottertail County. After that time, he moved back to his father's farm and farmed the land. He is married with one son.
In this interview, Errol Anderson discusses farming in Big Stone County, primarily from World War I to the time of the interview. A particular emphasis was placed on the 1920s and Depression years. He discusses the Non-Partisan League, the Farm Holiday Movement, as well as the Farm Bureau and Farm Union. He discusses the effect of World War II on the county agent system with a view of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. Finally he discusses the farm co-operatives in the area, the Rural Electrification Program, and droughts.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Anderson, Errol and Anderson, Alberta, "Errol Anderson Interview, 1976" (1976). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 68.