Ed Nelson Interview, 1975

Title

Ed Nelson Interview, 1975

Authors

Ed Nelson

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Interviewer

Steve Komula

Interviewee

Ed Nelson

Date Recorded

6-6-1975

Date Digital

6-19-2020

Location Recorded

Nelson Residence, Morris, Minnesota

Keywords

Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.), Telegraphers--Minnesota--Morris, Railroads--Employees--Minnesota--Morris, Labor unions, Railroads--Minnesota--Morris

Description

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.

Run Time

00:51:29

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

SCNelson01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

348

Ed Nelson Interview, 1975

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