Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Frank P. Blatnik
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Frank Blatnik was born in Chisholm, Minnesota in 1914 to an immigrant Slovene family. His brother was Congressman John A. Blatnik. As Frank was growing up, his father had a number of different jobs: miner, janitor, delivery truck driver, bartender, policeman. His mother worked in a Slovenian boardinghouse. Frank graduated from Chisholm High School in 1932, and from Winona State Teachers College in 1935. He worked as a teacher first in the Works Progress Administration's Workers' Education Division. In 1941 he became an administrative assistant to Arthur Lampi, the St. Louis County Superintendent of Schools, and during WWII he taught in rural schools in northern St. Louis County. In 1945, he began to work for the county civil service commission, where he remained until his retirement. He was married and has two sons. At the time of the interview, he was living in Duluth. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: This wide-ranging and detailed interview covers many subjects. Life in Slovene boardinghouses on the Iron Range, 19l0s and 1920s. Daily chores and yearly tasks like butchering, hauling wood for heating, and cooking. Games played by boys around Chisholm, and reflections on ethnic differences among children. Athletic clubs and activities among immigrant miners; fraternal organizations, particularly the Slovenska Norodna Podporna Jednota. Working conditions in the iron mines. Political influence of the steel companies in local government, and the development of opposition to their control. Social, political, and religious differences between European immigrants. Attitudes towards and personal experiences with the Roman Catholic church and the Kranjsko-Slovenska Katoliska Jednota (fraternal benefit society). Political activities of Blatnik's father and uncle, particularly in the United
Quantity 4 hours sound cassette
63 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 03:50:20 running time
Creation Interviewee: Blatnik, Frank Paul
Interviewer: Ross, Carl E.
Made in Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/06/1989 - 06/07/1989
(Interviews conducted 6/6/1989 and 6/7/1989.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 30
Accession Number AV1990.228.2
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project'

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