Helen Anderson Interview, 1977

Title

Helen Anderson Interview, 1977

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Interviewer

Susan Stumm

Interviewee

Helen Anderson

Date Recorded

9-1977

Date Digital

7-7-2020

Location Recorded

Anderson Residence, Melby, Minnesota

County

Douglas County

Keywords

Rural schools--Minnesota--Douglas County, Teachers--Minnesota--Douglas County, Consolidation and merger of schools, 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

Description

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.

Run Time

01:54:39

Language

English

Notes

This interview was done on two separate days: September 6 and September 21, 1977.

Original Format

Cassette

Digital Identifier

DCAnderson0102

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1082

Helen Anderson Interview, 1977

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