The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Wanda and Ken Visser

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Titles The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Wanda and Ken Visser
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ken Visser was born in Crookson, Minnesota in 1947, grew up on a farm near Ada, graduated from Ada High School in 1965, and attended North Dakota State University. He began farming on his own in the 1970s, growing small grains and raising pigs and cattle. He was president and member of the Norman County Farm Bureau at the time of the interview. Wanda Visser (formerly Floan) was born in Fertile, Minnesota. She graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1968 and earned a nursing degree in the Fergus Falls practical nursing program. The Vissers married in 1971 and raised four sons, Scott, Jared, Geoffrey and Kurtis, all of whom were involved in the flood efforts on the farm. At the time of the flood, Wanda Visser worked at Bridges Medical Facility in Ada. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The farm being surrounded by flood waters for nearly two weeks in April; losses to their farm property and livestock; and the flood's effect on the future of their farming operation. Wanda Visser also discusses the damage that the flooding did to the Bridges Medical Facility in Ada and the effect of the flood on her occupation as a licensed practical nurse.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
49 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 80 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Visser, Ken
Interviewee: Visser, Mrs. Wanda
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Dates Creation: 09/19/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57 (Library Call Number)
AV1999.66.32 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project'


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