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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Severson, Elmer, Alvin Lewis, Elvina Lewis, Sonja Swanson, and Carlyn Severson. Oral History Interview, 1976.
MSU Archives Collection 1210



Severson, Elmer, Alvin Lewis, Elvina Lewis, Sonja Swanson, and Carlyn Severson. Oral History Interview, 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1210. 1 binder, 54 pages.

Abstract:

This collection consists of the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Elmer Severson, Alvin Lewis, Elvina Lewis, Sonja Swanson, and Carlyn Severson. All of those interviewed are part of the same family, and all live in Medo Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. They discuss their ancestors' move to Blue Earth County, and life in the Medo Lutheran Church, including schools, festivals, pastors, and worship services. The discussion also covers life during the Great Depression, dances, the Ringling Brothers Circus, school consolidation, ditch digging, and farm practices. Alvin and Elvina Lewis also reminisce about their time at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Biographical Note:

The participants in this interview are all members of the same family. Elmer Severson was born in April 1887, the youngest of eleven children. In 1911, Elmer married Ruth Oftedahl. They had two children, Elvina (born August 9, 1912) and Carlyn (born June 28, 1917). Elvina married Alvin Lewis on November 15, 1936. They both graduated from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota, Alvin in 1932, Elvina in 1934. Elvina and Alvin Lewis had two daughters. Sonja was born March 2, 1938. She married Arlo Swanson of Granite Falls, Minnesota in 1962.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Severson, Elmer, Alvin Lewis, Elvina Lewis, Sonja Swanson, and Carlyn Severson. Oral History Interview, 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1210. Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

This collection was donated in March 1976.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in May 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about available Elmer Severson elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

- Medo Township (Minn.)--Rural conditions--Great Depression, 1929
- St. Olaf College