Helen Anderson Interview, 1977
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Anderson Residence, Melby, Minnesota
Rural schools--Minnesota--Douglas County; Teachers--Minnesota--Douglas County; Schools--Centralization; School board members--Minnesota--Douglas County; Rural churches--Minnesota--Douglas County; Depressions--1929; Swedish Americans--Minnesota--Douglas County; Douglas County (Minn.)--Social life and customs; Threshing--Minnesota--Douglas County; Happy Sun Rhubarb Trucking Farm (Evansville, Minn.); Communal living--Minnesota--Douglas County
Helen Anderson was born in 1910 in Eagle Lake, North Dakota. She lived in Evansville township from the time she was five years old until she married Harvey Anderson in the 1930s and moved to the Anderson Farm in Lund Township in Douglas County. She was a teacher in rural schools, a member of the school consolidation committee in Douglas County, and a school board member.
In this interview, Helen Anderson discusses teaching in the rural community, the rural church as a social center, the Depression, Swedish customs and foods, and rural life, elaborating on old time threshing activities. She also discusses the Happy Sun Rhubarb Trucking Farm, a young people's commune formed in 1971 in the area. She talks about the relationship between the local community and the commune members.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Anderson, Helen R., "Helen Anderson Interview, 1977" (1977). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 86.