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Star Island Oral History Project

105 INTERVIEWS

DATE: 1976, 1985

INTERVIEWERS: Jean Hines, Kathy Keefe, Betty Mosedale, Carol Ryan and Denis Ryan

Star Island is a 1,163-acre island in Cass Lake. Most of the island is part of Chippewa National Forest, but since 1909 privately owned cabins have been built along the island’s shoreline, primarily as summer residences. The Star Island Oral History Project consists of two sets of audio interviews with the island’s residents and video footage of the area. The first audio set, done in 1976, deals mostly with the history of the island and its community. The second audio set, done in 1985 as part of interviewer Carol Ryan’s doctoral dissertation on the development and history of the summer community, examines why people returned to the island year after year and generation after generation, and looks at meanings that residents saw in the island.

Some narrators were interviewed only in 1976, some only in 1985, and some in both years.

The narrators use various first names and nicknames to refer to other residents. Also, residents are occasionally referred to by their birth names rather than names taken after marriage. In most cases, the cassettes and transcripts have been assigned the names that narrators used in their legal signatures.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 80 hours 4 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 1,708 pages

Star Island Oral History Project: Video History
Video History
Star Island Oral History Project: Geological Origins of Star Island and Cass Lake
Geological Origins of Star Island and Cass Lake
Star Island Oral History Project: Early History of Unistar and Star Island
Early History of Unistar and Star Island
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Adams
Barbara Adams
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Margaret Amberg
Margaret Amberg
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with William Anderson
William Anderson
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with R.H. "Bing" Batten
R.H. "Bing" Batten
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Suzanne Batten
Suzanne Batten
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Lorene and Harold Bender
Lorene & Harold Bender
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Val Bentrup
Val Bentrup
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Elizabeth Blankenship
Elizabeth Blankenship
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Harvey Breckenridge
Harvey Breckenridge
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Judith Burton
Judith Burton
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Judith Flansburg Burton and Robert Burton
Robert & Judith F. Burton
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Martha Stevens Burton
Martha Stevens Burton
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Annabelle Diehl Bush
Annabelle Diehl Bush
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Ralph Canine
Ralph Canine
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Caswell
Mary Caswell
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mignon Caswell
Mignon Caswell, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mignon Caswell
Mignon Caswell, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Chilcott
Barbara Chilcott, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Chilcott
Barbara Chilcott, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Gilbert Coen
Gilbert Coen
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Wilbur Coen
Wilbur Coen
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Anne Mosedale Cowie
Anne Mosedale Cowie
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Michael Creevy
Michael Creevy
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Nancy Davidson
Nancy Davidson
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Billie and Ray Davis
Billie & Ray Davis
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Raymond A. Davis
Raymond A. Davis
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Louise Donkersgoed
Mary Louise Donkersgoed
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Dorothy Dostal
Dorothy Dostal
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Richardson Dougall
Richardson Dougall
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Helen Drake
Helen Drake, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Helen Buckner Drake
Helen Drake, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Harry Flansburg
Harry Flansburg
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Herman Garmers and Tony Garmers
Herman & Tony Garmers
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Ellen Guice
Mary Ellen Guice
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Letitia Haecker
Letitia Haecker, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Letitia Haecker
Letitia Haecker, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Marcia Haecker
Marcia Haecker
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Donald W. Harstad
Donald W. Harstad
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Norman William Hines, Sr.
Norman William Hines Sr.
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with N. William Hines, Jr.
N. William Hines Jr., 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with N. William Hines, Jr.
N. William Hines Jr., 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Nadine Ide
Nadine Ide
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Thomas E. Keefe
Thomas E. Keefe
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Lou King
Mary Lou King
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with John LaLonde
John LaLonde
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Beatrice Lambert
Beatrice Lambert
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Richard Lambert
Richard Lambert, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Richard Lambert
Richard Lambert, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Phyllis Ann Larson
Phyllis Ann Larson
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Houghton Lohn
Houghton Lohn
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Lillian Lohn
Lillian Lohn
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Phyllis Larson
Phyllis Larson
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with William Lloyd
William Lloyd
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Curtis Lund
Curtis Lund
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Shirley Martin
Shirley Martin
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Audrey Marsh
Audrey Marsh
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with James Marsteller
James Marsteller
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with E. Ross and Mary Martin
E. Ross & Mary Martin
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Shirley Martin
Shirley Martin
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Raymond E. "Brick" Mattison
Raymond E. "Brick" Mattison
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary McBride
Mary McBride
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Rodger McBride
Rodger McBride
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Priscilla and Jim Meeks
Priscilla & Jim Meeks
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Charlene Miller
Charlene Miller
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with John Mosedale and Anne Mosedale Cowie
John Mosedale & Anne Mosedale Cowie
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Mugg
Mary Mugg
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Alfred Nier
Alfred Nier, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Alfred Nier
Alfred Nier, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Einar Oberg
Einar Oberg, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Einar Oberg
Einar Oberg, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Connie Olson
Connie Olson
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Charles "Chick" Orthwein
Charles "Chick" Orthwein
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Thomas Recht
Thomas Recht
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Jane Rice
Jane Rice
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Marjorie Rist
Marjorie Rist, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Marjorie Martin Rist
Marjorie Martin Rist, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Jane and John Ruckmick
Jane & John Ruckmick
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with John Ruckmick
John Ruckmick
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Carol Ryan
Carol Ryan
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Connie and Philip Schmidt
Connie & Philip Schmidt
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Philip Schmidt
Philip Schmidt
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Schneider
Mary Schneider
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Peter Schuck
Peter Schuck
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with B. Warner Shippee
B. Warner Shippee, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Warner Shippee
Warner Shippee, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Margaret Silknitter
Margaret Silknitter
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Marion Smith
Marion Smith
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Lawrence Steefel
Lawrence Steefel
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Martha Stevens
Martha Stevens
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Merle and Ron Taylor
Merle & Ron Taylor
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Rev. Ronald Taylor
Rev. Ronald Taylor
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Grant Utley
Grant Utley
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Starr Wagler and John Starr
Mary Wagler & John Starr
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Tom Walmsley
Tom Walmsley
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Virginia "Cissy" Orthwein Wheelock
Virginia Wheelock, 1976
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Virginia "Cissy" Orthwein Wheelock
Virginia Wheelock, 1985
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with David White
David White
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Winworth Williams
Winworth Williams
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Wintermote
Barbara Wintermote
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Elizabeth Wolfe
Elizabeth Wolfe
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Lucille Woodruff
Lucille Woodruff
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Sydna and Foster Woodruff
Sydna & Foster Woodruff
Star Island Oral History Project: Interview with Betty Jo Zander
Betty Jo Zander