Interview with Alvin Arneson on schools and farming during the 1920s and 1930s, and his involvement in progressive politics in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Interview of former Dean of Arts and Humanities at Moorhead State University.
Dr. Dille discusses career, family, and Moorhead State University.
Interview of William Dosland as part of the Heritage Education Committee's Oral History Project.
Doris Eastman was born in Alexander, ND in 1916. She was employed by the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from 1934-1979. She became women’s editor at the newspaper in 1959. After retiring, she stayed busy working at the Episcopal Church and Clay County Historical Society. The interview relates the importance of Wayne Peterson in her career, as well as her husband, Ed, who also worked for the Forum. She tells about the days of the Forum in Fargo as well as working for the Moorhead Daily News.
The interview deals with Mr. Gesell’s life as a Minnesota State Legislator (1945-1949). He discusses many aspects of his political life including information relative to Old Age Assistance and appropriations for state colleges.
Mr. Gesell, a grandson of Randolph Probstfield, was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on March 19, 1896, and came to the Red River Valley in 1916. He inherited the Probstfield Farm. He died on February 15, 1981.
Viena Johnson Hendrickson
Viena Hendrickson discussed her parent’s involvement with the socialist and workers’ movements among the Finns of northern Minnesota. She described their political and social organizations. Hendrickson also talked about her own involvement in the Socialist and Farmer-Labor parties and the latter’s eventual union with the Democratic Party. She described how women became involved in politics, especially in the Farmer-Labor Women’s Federation, and then shared her impressions of Eugene Debs, Floyd B. Olson, Elmer Benson, Henry Shipstead, Harold Stassen and Hubert Humphrey. Finally, Hendrickson discussed red baiting in the 1940s and 1950s, isolationism and her views on the United Nations.
Lenora Johnson discusses Norman County schools and other aspects of rural life in the 1930s.
Oral Interview of former librarian, associate professor at Moorhead State University. The interview concerns the Finnish community and culture in Minnesota and the Great Depression.
Interview with Manny Marget, primarily on radio broadcasting in the Red River Valley.
This interview deals with Thomas McGrath’s involvement in the Communist Party.
Nycklemoe was a Farmer-Laborite, a judge and state legislator (1955-1957). Discusses his opposition to World War II, his service in military, navy and participating World War I and his involvement in politics. The interview was conducted in 1973 by Timothy Madigan.
Byron Ogren and Irene Iverson Ogren
This interview deals with the Ogrens' life on their farm in the 1930s and 1940s in the Red River Valley.
Russell O. Parta
Russell O. Parta, publisher of a Finnish-language newspaper in New York Mills, Minnesota, discusses the Finnish immigrant experience in Minnesota, including European history, churches and social activities, and radical politics.
Selberg describes her background including being a student at Moorhead State. She comments on student culture and changes from the 1960s to the 1980s. She recalls her various positions at Moorhead State University. She recounts the history of Project E-Quality and recruitment of black students to the university.
This collection consists of oral interviews of prominent people from northwest Minnesota. Some of these interviews are a part of the Heritage Education Commission's Regional Oral History Project.
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