Gordon (Rock) Allen Interview, 1976
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Mr. Allen's Office, Morris, Minnesota
Alcoholism--Minnesota--Stevens County, Alcoholism--Treatment--Minnesota--Stevens County, Alcoholics--Minnesota--Stevens County
Mr. Allen was born on May 27, 1925 in Graceville, Minnesota. He went into the Navy when was 18, and was discharged on his 21st birthday. He spent a year in the Veterans Hospital after a plane accident. After his recovery, he farmed for 13 years, during which time he became an alcoholic. At age 33 he recovered from alcoholism and farmed for 7 more years. In 1968 he took his first job as a counselor after training at Willmar State Hospital. He has worked in Big Stone, Traverse, and Stevens Counties, and had worked in Stevens County for 3 years as an alcohol and drug counselor.
In this interview, Mr. Allen discusses alcoholism in Stevens County and some of its historical perspectives.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Allen, Gordon, "Gordon (Rock) Allen Interview, 1976" (1975). Stevens County Oral Histories. 32.