Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Hilfred Johnson and Lester Pollard

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Titles Forest History Oral History Project: Interview with Hilfred Johnson and Lester Pollard
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Hilfred Johnson was born in southern Minnesota in 1906. He worked in the logging industry around International Falls. Lester Pollard was born in 1907 near Lake of the Woods. He spent most of his life in the lumber business. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; moving north; fishing; school; wannigans; food; wages; unions; log drives; types of timber in the around International Falls; using sleighs and horses to haul logs; the International Lumber Company, subsidiaries and their owners; equipment for the horses; types of saws; differences between logging in 1900 and the 1930s; layout of the logging camp; stripping the bark off of a tree, stripping season; stories about old loggers; logistics of log drives; corked or caulked boots; the decision not to log around Lake of the Woods; price of lumber; getting into the log driving business; photographers coming up to take pictures of the log drives.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
1 sound disc
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:36:39 running time
Creation Interviewer: Esse, John
Interviewee: Johnson, Hilfred
Interviewee: Pollard, Lester Ellsworth
Made in: International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/02/1976
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 142 (Library Call Number)
AV2012.1.22 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Forest History Oral History Project'


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