Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Floyd "Swede" Smith

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Titles Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Floyd "Swede" Smith
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Smith started visiting the park with his wife in 1938 and moved to the area in 1948 to farm. After he retired from farming, Smith worked in the park for 19 years. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Putting in the sewer lines at Squaw Lake Camp; keeping the camp clean, custodial work at the camp; the loss of wild game in the park over the years; planting pines versus preserving the deer herd; improvements in toilets and garbage pick-up over the years; the ice operation on Lake Itasca; the selling of firewood in the park; heavy use of the park and shoreline erosion; park versus wildlife preserve issues.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
8 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 20 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Smith, Floyd
Interviewer: Thoma, Ben
Subjects Itasca State Park
Dates Creation: 08/31/2000
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 102 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.40.14 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'


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