The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Timothy Bauer
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Timothy Bauer was born was born in Kenyon, Minnesota. In 1981, after receiving his divinity degree, Bauer undertook his first pastorate at a Lutheran church in Grenora, North Dakota. He had several pastorates since that time, including the one at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum, Minnesota, which he began in October 1996. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Bauer describes the harsh winter of 1996-97 in Hendrum, and the events in the town during the April 1997 flood. He describes how his church was used as an emergency shelter when power failed in Hendrum in early April. He also describes the activities in the community after the town was largely evacuated while those who remained maintained the emergency ring dike around the town. He explains many of the tasks he was involved in during that period, including dike patrols, meals for the emergency crews and national guard troops, and maintenance of morale while the town was surrounded by flood waters. After the flood waters receded, Hendrum's population turned to recovery efforts. Bauer describes the role of Lutheran Social Services in those efforts. He also discusses the only fatalities that occurred in Hendrum related to the flood, when two brothers died in an accident while building a new home after the flood. He concludes his interview with some speculations on the long-term effects of the flood on the community.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
27 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 55 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Bauer, Timothy
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry
Dates Creation: 06/11/1998
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.3
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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