Lawrence Sherman describes the work he did as president of the Farm Bureau and also his seventeen years of work with the Farm Extension Board. He discusses the crops he grew (corn, wheat, and barley), and his production records for Holstein cows and how he accomplished them. His milk production was 15,000 pounds of milk and 500 pounds of fat, when the average ten was 1,200 pounds of milk and 350-400 pounds of fat. He attributes his success to the use of fertilizers to increase the nutritional value of the hay, and describes the early days of fertilizer use in the 1930s. He also describes how he met his wife and her career, his relationship with the Farmer’s Union, and his experiences with cooperatives.
Ralph Smith and Lila Ohman Smith
The tape deals with teaching school in the Finnish community of New York Mills, Minnesota in the late 1930s, and other aspects of Finnish-American immigrant life.
Roland F. Winterfeldt
Roland F. Winterfeldt discusses his experiences in the field of social work. He mentions the growth in the care available for people with chemical dependencies, pointing out that Otter Tail County was the first county in Minnesota to provide counseling for chemical dependence. He also notes the budget differences for Otter Tail’s center in the last 26 years and the growth in social work services for high school children in Otter Tail County.
Otto Zeck relates the history of Becker County and information about the White Earth Indian Reservation.
Rudolph Otto Zuehlsdorff
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.
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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