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Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Bill Rajala
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.
2 hours sound cassette
32 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
01:32:06 running time
Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: Rajala, William
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 142 (Library Call Number)
AV2012.1.38 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'