This collection contains oral histories pertaining to life and events in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. The oral histories range greatly in topic and time period.
The digitization of these oral histories was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.
Jack Christensen was born and raised in Battle Lake, Minnesota. He went on to become a life long member of the community and has always been actively involved in farming. He became a member of the National Farmers Organization in 1969.
In this interview, Jack Christensen discusses his role in the National Farm Organization (NFO) from 1969 to the time of the interview. Among the topics discussed are the NFO's prime objectives, recruitment policies, and the future of the NFO.
Robert Lewis was a native of Moorhead, Minnesota and moved to Perham, Minnesota in 1959. At the time of the interview, he worked full time for the National Farmers Organization (NFO). He eventually left the dairy farming business in 1974 to concentrate more on his NFO duties.
In this interview, Robert Lewis discusses recruitment policies, meeting procedures, NFO farm protests, and the basic history of how the NFO has progressed over the years and the direction it is taking for the future.
In this interview, Reuben Parson recounts his Swedish grandfather's pioneering days in Otter Tail County with an emphasis on the role of the Swedish-Lutheran Church in Swedish American life.