Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Elmer Bergstrom and Harland Towle

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Titles Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Elmer Bergstrom and Harland Towle
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Elmer Bergstrom was born in 1899 at Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. He was a teamster. Harland Towle was born in Lac Qui Parle County. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; Elmer's father logging around Douglas County; having a Norwegian mother, Irish father; family life around logging camps; growing up helping in the camps; logging different types of wood; daily schedule; camp food; living in the bunk houses; bull cooks; lumberjack clothing; wannigans; going into town, and finding girls; driving a team of horses; ice roads and snow roads; various lumberjacks and their nicknames; washing clothes; Itasca Lumber Company; hauling loads to camps; taking care of the horses; the expansion of logging from 1900 onward; tote team hauling to various camps; selling lumber; equipment; seasonal work; getting married; sky pilots; playing poker; differences in culture between Wisconsin and Minnesota; living in Northern Minnesota.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
61 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:41:25 running time
Creation Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: Bergstrom, Elmer
Interviewee: Towle, Harland
Dates Creation: 1976
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 142 (Library Call Number)
AV2012.1.4 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'


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