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Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project
Description In the summer of 1976, Tom Copeland, director of the Dakota County Oral History Research, was involved with a program called DARTS, Dakota Area Referral and Transportation for Seniors. As part of this program, a number of senior citizens in Dakota County were interviewed about what the county was like when they were young. A special off-shoot of the DARTS program was a set of oral histories conducted by Bemidji State student Nancy Pilgrim. She and two other women interviewed a number of people in Dakota County who had been affected by the construction of the Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant in Rosemount. This plant was built on some of the richest farmland in Dakota County in 1942 at the height of World War II. In the spring of that year, ninety farmers were given notice that their farmland was condemned by the United States Government for war purposes. A munitions plant was build by DuPont upon this land. Many people flocked to Rosemount to work at the plant, where pay was above average. Many of the farmers who were displaced from their land formed a coalition to bring suit against the federal government for the low amount of money they were awarded for their land. The interviews in this series are with the farmers and their families who were displaced from their land and the lawyers who represented their suit. For further information, see the description written by Nancy Pilgrim available in the Oral History Office.
Quantity 1 project
29 hours sound cassette
129 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Creation Narrator: Carroll, Emmet C.
Narrator: Case, Zeph
Narrator: Casserly, Eugene
Narrator: Casserly, Evelyn Kane
Narrator: Chelberg, Clarence
Interviewer: Copeland, Thomas B.
Interviewer: Davis, Helen
Narrator: Diffley, Corinne Belain
Narrator: Fischer, Arthur
Interviewer: Foster, Kim
Narrator: Hynes, Mary E.
Narrator: Kane, Frances E.
Narrator: Kane, Francis
Narrator: LeVander, Harold
Narrator: McBrien, John
Narrator: McBrien, Ruth
Narrator: Moeller, Ben
Narrator: Peine, Henry C.
Narrator: Peine, Mrs. Henry C.
Interviewer: Pilgrim, Nancy
Interviewer: Seliga, Teresa
Narrator: Wachter, Anna E.
Narrator: Zellmer, Roy Sr.
Dates Creation: 03/29/1976 - 07/15/1976

Holding Type Oral History - Project
ID Number OH 90
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Emmet C. Carroll'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Zeph Case'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Eugene and Evelyn K. Casserly'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Clarence Chelberg'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Corinne B. Diffley'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Arthur Fischer'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Mary E. Hynes'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Francis and Frances Kane'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Harold LeVander'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with John and Ruth McBrien'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Ben Moeller'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Henry C. Peine'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Anna E. Wachter'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Dakota County Gopher Ordnance Munitions Plant Oral History Project: Interview with Roy Zellmer Sr.'