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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Merle Allen
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born on his father's farm in Clay County, Minnesota, on January 31, 1908, Allen has spent his life actively engaged in farming and its many facets. Due to the poor health of his father, Allen was pressed into helping on the family farm at the age of twelve and did so until 1933. He then moved to his own farm, which he ultimately bought in 1946. Allen has raised potatoes, sugarbeets, and grains, with sugarbeets being his main crop. He helped form the Sugar Beet Growers Association in 1936 and served on its board until 1942. He also served as the local REA (Rural Electrification Administration) chairperson from 1951 1972 and as a county commissioner. He has now retired and his sons have continued to farm. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background when and where his parents immigrated, the family farm; the Great Depression its effects on prices; prices in general for his crops; the trucking industry; sugarbeets farming, equipment; corporate farming versus family farming; reasons for the decline of the family farm.
1.5 hour sound cassette
27 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewee: Allen, Merle
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in: Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 76 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.167.14 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project'