Oral Interview of Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff

Name of Person Interviewed

Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff

Interviewer

Timothy Madigan

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Description

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.

Biography

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

8-25-1973

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Length (Time)

23:46

Original Format

Audio tape

Current Format

Mp3

Named Persons

James Fergus, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Professions

Farmers, Railroad engineers

Organizations

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- )

Places

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.)

Keywords

Agriculture, Great Depression, Railroad engineering, Labor unions, Political parties

ID Number

S240 238

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 Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff

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