Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Jack O'Konek and Hazel O'Konek
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jack and Hazel O'Konek lived almost all of their lives in Hill City, Minnesota. They were both born around 1906. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: They jointly discuss their early lives and traveling around the surrounding area of Hill City; roads, railroads, and river transportation; how the community of Hill City changed from being very tight to being much less so; Jack's father being a lumberjack; Jack's responsibility with the family farm; cows and cattle Tuberculosis; Christmas as a child; coming to Hill City because of the land boom in the 1920s; raising a family; mill work; working for the Heath brothers in Swatara; the struggles finding full time employment and paying for food; loggers who came to the area in the 1880s and 1890s; eloping because Jack was a Catholic and Hazel a Methodist; the history of the town of Swatara.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
19 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:41:34 running time
Creation Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: O'Konek, Hazel
Interviewee: O'Konek, Jack
Made in Hill City, Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Hill City, Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/02/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 142
Accession Number AV2012.1.33
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'

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