Richard Martin and Helmer Benson Interview, 1978
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Richard (Dick) Martin and Helmer Benson
Martin Residence, Murdock, Minnesota
Public schools--Minnesota--Swift County, Public schools--Minnesota--Murdock, Public schools--Minnesota--Kerkhoven, Consolidation and merger of schools, School boards--Minnesota--Swift County
Helmer Benson was born March 14, 1923. He lived and farmed outside of DeGraff, Minnesota. Dick Martin was born November 27, 1940. He lived in Murdock and drove a truck for a meat company.
Murdock and Kerkhoven School Systems were planning a possible consolidation for many years. The 1978 school year was the first year the consolidation was utilized. Both Dick Martin and Helmer Benson were active in the school board in the consolidation proceedings.
In this interview, they discuss the origins of the consolidation effort and the success which the proceedings had in consolidating the Kerkhoven and Murdock schools.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Martin, Richard and Benson, Helmer, "Richard Martin and Helmer Benson Interview, 1978" (1978). Minnesota Oral Histories. 96.