Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Ole Fagerhaugh

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Titles Twentieth Century Radicalism in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Ole Fagerhaugh
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ole Fagerhaugh was born in north Minneapolis to a Norwegian immigrant couple. Ole and his two brothers, Paul and Peter, all became involved in the labor struggles of the 1930s: Ole with the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, Paul with the machinists, and Peter with the American Federation of Hosiery Workers. Ole served as an organizer for HRE Local #665 and for the Local Joint Executive Board in Minneapolis from roughly 1937 to 1941. His special assignment was to organize cafeteria workers. This made him a key player in the Miller's Cafeteria strike of 1941. He also participated in the Minneapolis Theatre Union, and joined the Communist Party. After the U.S. entry into the Second World War, Mr. Fagerhaugh enlisted in the army. Following the war he settled in San Francisco, California. He and his wife Dorothy still lived there at the time of the interview. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Labor struggles of the 1930s in Minneapolis. Unemployed demonstrations and demands, 1930s. Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training Institute. Impressions of Roy Wier. Political disputes and tensions within Local #665; impressions of Raymond Wright and Swan Assarson. Local #665's stand against racial discrimination. Local #665's support for unemployed workers' organizations. Relative influence of the Trotskyists and Stalinists on the Minneapolis labor movement, 1930s. Ethnic backgrounds of the workers in the hotel and restaurant industry, 1930s. Organizing cafeteria workers, 1930s and 1940s, especially at the Forum Cafeteria of America and Miller's Cafeteria. Theoretical education and understanding in the Communist Party. The Minneapolis Theatre Union: origins, relation to the labor movement, and connection to the New York Theater Union. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: There is some background conversation which makes the interview difficult to hear.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
15 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:43:34 running time
Creation Interviewee: Fagerhaugh, Ole
Interviewer: Ross, Carl
Made in: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
Dates Creation: 03/11/1982
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 30 (Library Call Number)
AV1990.228.54 (Accession Number)
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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  • hollyce jeffriess on March 30, 2016 10:44:55 PM
    Ole Fagerhaugh was my, Great Uncle, (great he was!) but there is a tiny mistake in the description. His wife was, Shizuko Yoshimura Fagerhaugh, a Japanese American woman, who was interned during wwii. There was often a hushed, "don't bring up the war" at family functions that they attended. Dorthy sent him a "Dear John" letter, when he was away fighting.

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