Joseph Petrick Interview, 1976
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Petrick Residence, Ortonville, Minnesota
Big Stone County
Ortonville (Minn.); Postal service--Minnesota--Ortonville; World War, 1914-1918; United States--National Guard; World War, 1939-1945; Droughts--Minnesota--Big Stone County; Depressions--1929
Joseph Petrick was born in Ortonville in 1901. He enlisted in the army in 1917, but did not go overseas at that time. Later, he joined the National Guard and stayed with them until the 1950s. Athletics were an important part of his early life and he was involved with championship football and basketball teams in high school. He later coached a women's basketball team during the 1920s. From 1927-1969 he served as a rural postman. Joseph and Hazelle have raised 2 children.
In this interview, Joseph Petrick discusses growing up in Ortonville, his high school experiences, Hamline University, and his marriage. He enjoyed talking about athletics in his early life, experiences at a variety of jobs, including as rural postman in Big Stone County, and his years in the National Guard, particularly during World War II. He also briefly discusses Ortonville during World War I, including enlistment and anti-German sentiments.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Petrick, Joseph and Petrick, Hazelle, "Joseph Petrick Interview, 1976" (1976). Minnesota Oral Histories. 69.