Minnesota Water Resources Board Oral History Project: Interview with Alan Laidlaw
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born 1910 in Mishawaka, Indiana on a dairy farm, attended Purdue University studying forestry, transferred and graduated from the University of Minnesota, continued on to graduate school in 1932. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Laidlaw tells about his farm background, his interest in forestry, and leaving Indiana for Minnesota. He traces his work history starting with the Game and Fish Department, then a U.S. Forest Service appointment on the Gunflint Trail, work with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and various work routines on the Gunflint Trail. He talks about his assignment as the project biologist and forester for the Gilmore Creek Demonstration Project in Winona, Minnesota in 1935, his work at the Regional Office of Soil Erosion Service in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, his various moves to different sites in the general southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin areas over the years. He explains specifically what he did as a biologist, recalls a number of other people who worked with him in the area at the time and gives details of the workings of the Demonstration Projects. He talks about the CCC camps in southeastern Minnesota, explains the structure of the administrative and technical people there, and concludes the tape detailing his job moves around the Minnesota following the Federal government's reorganization of the regional divisions of the Soil Conservation Service to State divisions.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Measurements 00:53:16 running time
Creation Interviewee: Laidlaw, Alan
Interviewer: Copeland, Thomas B.
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/26/1977
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 18
Accession Number AV1992.251.3
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Water Resources Board Oral History Project'

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