Oral Interview of Russell O. Parta

Name of Person Interviewed

Russell O. Parta

Interviewer

Timothy Madigan

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Description

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.

Biography

Russell O. Parta was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918. In 1932, he moved with his family to New York Mills, Minnesota, where his father Carl co-founded the Finnish-language newspaper Minnesotan Uutiset (Minnesota News). The name was later changed to Amerikan Uutiset, and Parta became the publisher in 1955. The Parta family also printed and distributed the New York Mills Herald.

Date of Interview

6-15-1977

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Length (Time)

1:01:47

Original Format

Audio tape

Current Format

Mp3

Named Persons

Adolph Lundquist, Napoleon I, Lars Levi Laestadius, Ralph Henry Smith, Reverend Toivo Esala, Howard Lund, Reverend George Wilson, William Penn

Professions

Publishers and publishing

Organizations

Industrial Workers of the World, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Suomen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko, Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church of America, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, Lutheran Church in America, National Farmers' Holiday Association (U.S.), People’s Voice Cooperative Publishing Company, Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society, Suomi College and Theological Seminary, University of Minnesota, Duluth, University of Minnesota

Places

Minnesota—Duluth, Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh, Massachusetts—Worcester, Minnesota--New York Mills, Minnesota—Pine Lake, Canada, New York (State)--New York—Brooklyn, Finland, Wisconsin—Superior, California, Sweden, Russia, Europe--Torne River, Russia (Federation)—Karelia, Michigan—Hancock, England, Minnesota—Minneapolis, North Dakota—Fargo, Minnesota—Moorhead, Minnesota—Wadena, Minnesota—Perham, Ontario, Michigan—Detroit, Michigan—Saginaw, Finland--Oulun lääni, Finland--Lapin lääni, Finland—Helsinki, Russia (Federation)—Siberia, Finland—Turku, Florida, Washington (State), Ohio, Delaware, Delaware—Wilmington, Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

Keywords

Finnish Americans, Finnish-American newspapers, Great Depression, High school student activities, Finland, Michigan—Calumet, Raivaaja (The Pioneer), Minnesotan Uutiset (Minnesota News), Amerikan Uutiset (American News), Socialism, Communism, Russo-Finnish War (1939-1940), Uusi Kotimaa (The New Homeland), Temperance--Societies, etc., Cooperation, Vacationer, Immigrants, Sami (European people), Congregational churches, Indians of North America

ID Number

S243 244

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce these oral interviews must be obtained in writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead Archives.

Disciplines

Oral History | United States History

Oral Interview of Russell O. Parta

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