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Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff describes his experiences working in farming and railroad engineering, beginning in the 1920s. He also discusses the effects of the Great Depression, and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff was born January 12, 1899, in the township of Sarpsborg, Minnesota, the son of German immigrants. He worked on his family’s farm in Clay County in the 1920s and worked for the Great Northern Railroad, out of Fargo, North Dakota, in the 1930s and 1940s. Following the Great Depression, he became active in Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party politics at the county level.
Date of Interview
James Fergus, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hubert Horatio Humphrey
Farmers, Railroad engineers
Northern Pacific Railroad Company, Moorhead State College, Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.), American Federation of Labor, United States. Works Progress Administration, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Minnesota—Sarpsborg Township, Minnesota—Fergus Falls, Minnesota—Breckenridge, Minnesota—Foxhome, Minnesota—Muskoda, Minnesota--Lake Park, Germany, Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Switzerland, France, Portugal, South America, North Dakota—Fargo, New York (State)--New York, North Dakota—Minot, Washington (State), Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota—Moorhead, Washington (D.C.)
Agriculture, Great Depression, Railroad engineering, Labor unions, Political parties
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Oral History | United States History
Zuehlsdorff, Rudolph Otto, "Oral Interview of Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff" (1973). Oral Interviews. 32.