Oral Interview of Allen and Ruth Erickson

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Allen Erickson
Ruth Erickson


Elsie and Ralph Lee



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Allen Erickson and his wife Ruth discuss their experience while students at Moorhead State during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. They talk about classes, instructors, and conditions at Moorhead State during that time. Dr. Erickson also discusses his duties as a faculty member in the Departments of English and Speech.


Allen Erickson is a native of Breckenridge, MN and a graduate of Fergus Falls, Minnesota High School. He attended the Moorhead State Teacher’s College in 1927, majoring in both English and Education, to earn his degree in 1933. His wife Ruth came to Moorhead State in 1931.

Allen Erickson received his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1938 and his doctorate in Reading at the University of Oregon in 1954. Beginning in the Moorhead State Speech Department in 1946, he concentrated on remedial reading. In 1954, he helped to organize the Red River Reading Council. Erickson retired from Moorhead State in July 1973.

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Named Persons

Millie H. Dahl, Sarah Hougham, Olaf J. Hagen, Harriet Hagen Geib, Byron D. Murray, Caswell Ballard, Joseph Kise, Samuel G. Bridges, Ethel Tainter, Dan Preston, Maude Hayes, Clifford Archer, Vince Murphy, Ralph Smith, Flora M. Frick, Blanche Louden, John M. Jenkins, Otto W. Snarr, Albert Marsh, Dr. Killgallon, Robbins, Lyl R. Solem, Arnold M. Christenson, Ray B. MacLean, Julian Bjerkness


Teachers, College teachers, School principals, Insurance adjusters


Moorhead State Teachers College, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), Hamline University, Augsburg College, Alpha Psi Omega, Young Women's Christian Association, University of Minnesota, Cass-Clay Creamery


Minnesota--Fergus Falls, Minnesota—Moorhead, Minnesota—Duluth, Minnesota—Aitkin, Minnesota—Warren, Iowa, University of Oregon, California—Riverside, Oregon—Corvallis, North Dakota—Fargo, Minnesota—Doran


Universities and colleges, Fraternal organizations

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S2697 2703


Interview of Allen and Ruth Erickson, funded by an MSU Foundation Excellence Grant, 1982-1983.

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Oral Interview of Allen and Ruth Erickson