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Manuscripts - ND Oral History Collection - 10157 - McHenry County

McHenry County

Region 16
1 R. P. “Pete” Whalen, Towner
2 Katie Fisher, Bantry
3 John Zurcher, Towner
4 Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Nelson, Towner
5 Fred Kraft, Surrey (Karlsruhe)
6 Bernard Doyle, Velva
7 Martha Allen, Minot (Deering)
8 Mrs. Albert Thomas, Minot (Deering)
9 Orlo L. Ehart, Granville
10 Ed Brown, Denbigh
11 Ivan Christianson, Granville
12 Renie Seright, Granville
13 Elizabeth Bortzfield, Deering
14 Maynard Grilley, Surrey (Deering)
15 Elizabeth Bodine, Velva
16 Edward Keyes, Towner
17 Ovedia Curfman, Towner
18 Rev. R. T. Wanberg, Towner
19 H. L Hill, Towner
20 Olaf Tagestad, Towner
21 Oscar Oium, Towner
22 Nettie M. Storhaug, Velva
23 Eva Connors and Fred Weidler, Velva
24 Dorothy Bergman, Balfour
25 L. W. Belzer, Balfour
26 Ed Sherlock, Drake
27 O. W. Fors, Drake
28 Jacob Ehrmann, Drake
29 Thomas Rieder, Anamoose
30 Fred Eichhorm, Drake
31 Mrs. Celia Evenson, Rural Velva
32 James Corum, Upham
33 Portions of the following interviews pertain to McHenry County:
34 Louis Kok, #16, Mountrail County
35 Winifred Erdman, #8, Ward County
36 Sadie Harchanko, #23, Ward County

Tape #26
Ed Sherlock (Drake)
Tape A
000 – Introduction
020 – Family history; His father’s move from Wisconsin to the area in 1884; Early ranchers in the area; His parents’ homestead
151 – Their sod house; Sources of fuel for heat; Burning manure; Witching for water; Requirements for proving up a homestead
259 – Self-sufficiency on the homestead
316 – Nationalities in the area; Early settlers; Herman Drake and the establishment of Drake
398 – Horse drawn farm machinery; Steam plowing rigs
532 – Threshing rigs – Horsepower and steam; Cooking for threshing crews
702 – End of Tape A
Tape B
000 – Early methods of poisoning grasshoppers
021 – Attending rural school; Guthrie’s early businesses; Elmer, ND
066 – Social life; Dances; His first car, a 1904 Maxwell
089 – Her family background; Coming to ND from Romania in 1908; Their marriage in 1916
137 – His Maxwell car; Buying gasoline; Anecdotes about operating the car
296 – Replacement of horses by tractors; Early tractors he had
451 – Popularity of the NPL; Getting electricity on the farm; The Drake Milling Company
640 – The 1918 flu epidemic; Drake M.D.’s
664 – Blind pigs in Drake; Anecdotes about obtaining a prescription for alcohol
816 – End of interview
Comment:  The Sherlocks have excellent memories.  Ed is a highly skilled story teller.

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