Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Bill Rajala
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bill Rajala was born in 1909 near Bigfork, Minnesota. He and his family had a considerable influence on the logging industry in the Bigfork area. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family; homesteading near Bigfork; his father's mining career and surviving a cave-in; townships and communities nearby; farming and logging in the area; impressions of Grand Rapids; fishing; having to walk everywhere before the roads came in; logging pine near Bigfork after World War II; other early homesteaders near Bigfork; the sauna as a main source of entertainment early on in Bigfork; family; logging camps; loneliness of log driving; mosquitoes and dealing with them; dealing with expenses such as groceries.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
32 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:32:06 running time
Creation Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: Rajala, William
Dates Creation: 09/23/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 142
Accession Number AV2012.1.38
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'

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  • janice shoeman on January 26, 2016 06:05:59 PM

    Can I check this out of the library?

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on January 27, 2016 08:13:12 AM

    Oral history sound recordings cannot be checked out of the library. You can listen to the audio recordings directly on this record by clicking the audio icon. For information on obtaining a copy, see the library's media duplication form: http://www.mnhs.org/library/about/docs_pdfs/MediaDuplicationForm_042011.pdf

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