10140 Pauline Olson
Pauline and her family farmed near Bottineau. Pauline documented the modernization of North Dakota in her diaries. The diaries contain information about farming and threshing. In the later volumes, Pauline writes about the discovery of oil and the placement of several drills near her land. Pauline Olson also documents when her family received electricity on their farm due to the REA.
10211 Ted and Louise Kopseng
This box contains manuscripts by Louise Kopseng. Louise grew up in western North Dakota. One of the manuscripts recalls the day her parents’ ranch had electricity. Another manuscript recalls Louise’s time as a teacher in rural North Dakota. The last manuscript discusses how her family managed to live in a remote place right after their father homesteaded.
11041 R.J. Sailer
This box contains a folder on the opposition of the Garrison Dam. The folder has pamphlets on the pros and cons of building the dam at Garrison or at the Upper location. Also supplied is information about the effect the dam and reservoir would have on the Three Affiliated Tribes of the reservation. There is also a folder in the box on the Rural Electrification Administration. This folder had handouts for people on how to prepare their homes for the electricity.
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