Oscar Sorby Interview, 1973

Title

Oscar Sorby Interview, 1973

Authors

Oscar Sorby

Files

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Interviewer

Dennis Wenker

Interviewee

Oscar Sorby

Date Recorded

8-1973

Date Digital

7-2-2020

Location Recorded

Montevideo, Minnesota

County

Chippewa County

Keywords

Montevideo (Minn.), Frontier and pioneer life--Minnesota--Montevideo, Business enterprises--Minnesota--Montevideo, Railroads--Minnesota--Montevideo, Railroads--Employees--Minnesota--Montevideo, Locomotive firemen--Minnesota--Montevideo, Labor unions--Minnesota, World War, 1914-1918, Presidents--United States--Election--1908

Description

Oscar Sorby's parents arrived in Montevideo in 1879 and he was born here in 1884. After attending public school through the 6th grade and spending one year at Windom Institute, Oscar Sorby began his career with the railroad. He was affiliated with the railroad for 71 years.

In this interview, Oscar Sorby discusses Montevideo before the turn of the century and his father's lumber, carpentry, and ice businesses. He talks about his first assignments with the railroad and the life of a fireman on the trains in the early 1900s. He discusses the need for a strong railroad union, the union and management, and railroad union action. He discussed life on the railroad during World War I. Finally, he discusses politics, including meeting Taft and William Jennings Bryan campaigning for the presidency in 1908 and George McGovern.

Run Time

00:43:30

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

CCSorby01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

282

Oscar Sorby Interview, 1973

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