Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with John Sirotiak
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John Sirotiak was born in 1894 in North Slovak, later Czechoslovakia. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; leaving North Slovak and coming to the United States; the difficulty of learning English in Minneapolis; moving to northern Minnesota and becoming a logger and sawyer; living in logging camps; clothing, and shaving in camp; camp food; entertainment in the camps; lumberjacks taking breaks to go into various towns in northern Minnesota; ice roads, horses, and log runs; "Jew Employment" agencies finding jobs for lumberjacks; difference in pay working manual labor jobs in Minneapolis versus working in the woods; getting married and starting a dairy farm in Itasca county; logging in North Dakota.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
27 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:55:52 running time
Creation Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: Sirotiak, John
Made in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 09/10/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 142
Accession Number AV2012.1.43
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'

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