Oscar Sorby Interview, 1973
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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
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Sorby, Oscar, "Oscar Sorby Interview, 1973" (1973). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 80.