William H. Ernst Interview, 1977
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Harold B. Holt
William H. Ernst
Ernst Residence, Alberta, Minnesota
Public schools--Minnesota--Alberta; Schools--Centralization; City and town life--Minnesota--Alberta; School boards--Minnesota--Stevens County; School sports--Minnesota--Stevens County; School buses--Minnesota--Stevens County; Bus drivers--Minnesota--Stevens County
William Ernst was born on June 30, 1899 in Alberta where he remained throughout his life. He graduated in 1919 from high school in Alberta. From 1942-1955 he was chairman of the school board and from 1961-1967 he was a member of the school board. He is now a semi-retired farmer in the Alberta area.
In this interview, William Ernst discusses the consolidation of the Alberta school, the effect it had on the town and its people, the social activities involved with the school, the Manse (teacher's home) and its effects on Alberta's education system, the model of the school at the 1915 World's Fair, the growth of Alberta and the constant desire for excellence in education. He also discusses his activities as a student, a basketball player, a bus driver, and a school board member.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Ernst, William H., "William H. Ernst Interview, 1977" (1977). Stevens County Oral Histories. 41.