Otto Thurmer Interview, 1978
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Carpentry; Carpenters--Minnesota--Morris; House construction--Minnesota--Morris; Depressions--1929; Labor unions
Otto Thurmer was born in 1904 in Jackson, Minnesota. He lived in Morris from 1922 onward. He learned carpentry from his uncle when he was 15 years old and worked as a carpenter since then with short periods of working on farms also.
In this interview, Otto Thurmer discusses various aspects of construction carpentry from the 1920s to the time of the interview. He discusses tools, materials, methods of construction, composition of construction crews with degree of specialization, and other topics.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Thurmer, Otto, "Otto Thurmer Interview, 1978" (1978). Stevens County Oral Histories. 51.