Ed Nelson Interview, 1975
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Nelson Residence, Morris, Minnesota
Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.), Telegraphers--Minnesota--Morris, Railroads--Employees--Minnesota--Morris, Labor unions, Railroads--Minnesota--Morris
Ed Nelson was born on February 11, 1889. He grew up on a farm and at the age of 18 went to Willmar Seminary to study telegraphy. His first job was in Lester, Iowa, and after that in the Kerkhoven-Willmar area, and finally in Morris before retiring. He worked for over 50 years as a telegraph operator and depot agent with the Great Northern Railway.
In this interview, Ed Nelson discusses his early life and his 50 years experience with the Great Northern Railroad. He also discusses working conditions, wages, and his relationship with the first union in 1918.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Nelson, Ed, "Ed Nelson Interview, 1975" (1975). Stevens County Oral Histories. 49.