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    • An Oral History Interview with Alvin Bjorklund

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Depression--1929--United States--Michigan; Banking
    • Alvin Bjorklund discusses life growing up and working in Gladstone, Michigan. Alvin worked at a bank in Gladstone. He discusses how the Depression impacted the banks in the area. Alvin also talks about the local businesses, churches, and people of...
    • 1925-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Anna Anderson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; Germany
    • Anna Anderson, Delta County resident, discusses living in Germany during World War One (WWI) and World War Two (WWII). Anna mentions losing her father to WWI during the Battle of Tannenberg and losing her mother during an air raid in WWII. Anna...
    • 1890-1984
    • An Oral History Interview with Arne and Miriam Johnson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Finnish American farmers
    • Arne and Miriam Johnson discuss the Finnish people of Delta County, Michigan. Arne begins by discussing his life growing up in the village of Rock. He remembers the Finnish people in the area being farmers that came to the United States for various...
    • 1910-1990
    • An Oral History Interview with Arol Beck

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Prohibition; Railroads
    • Arol Beck discusses fifty years of businesses and people on Ludington Street in Escanaba, Michigan from 1905 to 1955. Arol’s story begins on the 200 block of Ludington Street and ends at the 1600 block. Along the way he discusses many businesses...
    • 1905-1955
    • An Oral History Interview with Augusta LeRoux

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
    • Augusta LeRoux discusses life growing up in Gladstone, Michigan. Augusta talks about her parents moving to Michigan from Belgium. She remembers her childhood, riding the streetcar and working at a boarding house as a cook. Augusta went on a trip to...
    • 1900-1984
    • An Oral History Interview with C. Gust Peterson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Shoe stores
    • C. Gust Peterson discusses life growing up as a shoemaker in Escanaba, Michigan. Gust’s father learned how to make shoes from his father in Sweden. After leaving school Gust began working at his father’s shoe shop and kept the business running...
    • 1900-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Camille Rabitoy

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Genealogy
    • Camille Rabitoy begins by discussing her parents and grandparents and how it was like growing up in the Gladstone area. Camille’s ancestors originally came from Austria, Hungary. Camille’s mother can remember the street cars that were used between...
    • 1890-1980
    • An Oral History Interview with Carl Anderson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Farming; Lumbermen
    • Carl Anderson, Delta County resident, discusses growing up in Delta County. Carl's parents emigrated from Sweden to start a new life in Upper Michigan. Carl's father was a lumberjack and later became a farmer. Carl discusses life as a small boy...
    • 1890-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Carl Wickman

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Banks and banking
    • Carl Wickamn discusses his life growing up in the Delta County area and his career as a banker. Carl Wickman started working for the State Bank in 1912 and retired after working his way up to President of the bank after fifty years. Carl remembers...
    • 1900-1984
    • An Oral History Interview with Charles Follo

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Teaching
    • Charles Follo discusses his life growing up in Escanaba, Michigan. Charles begins by narrating his grandparent’s voyage to America. He then talks about becoming a teacher. Charles passed the teacher examination at Northern Michigan University. At...
    • 1860-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Charles Tolan

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Police; Railroads
    • Charles Tolan discusses his life growing up in Escanaba, Michigan. Charles father was the Chief of Police in Escanaba. Charles remembers his father’s work with gangs in the area. Charles attended Franklin School and played in the orchestra. He...
    • 1880-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Clarence Larson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Depressions--1929--United States--Michigan
    • Clarence Larson discusses his life growing up in Escanaba and Wells, Michigan. Clarence’s father worked for Crawford Lumber Company and also drove a stage between Cedar River and Menominee. Clarence talks about falling in the river he lived by as a...
    • 1900-1988
    • An Oral History Interview with David Alperovitz

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); World War, 1939-1945; Ambulance driver
    • David Alperovitz discusses life growing up in Escanaba. He brief talks about the streetcars, school, gangs, boats, and working during high school. David started working as a taxicab driver in the eighth grade. He discusses hauling moonshine during...
    • 1909-1984
    • An Oral History Interview with Dwight Link

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Bay de Noc Community College
    • Dwight Link discusses events and important pieces of history during his time as Bay de Noc Community College President. Dwight Link was the president at Bay College from June 1985 to August 1997. He talks about the colleges he worked for prior to...
    • 1980-2009
    • An Oral History Interview with Edwin "Tony" Wuehle

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Bay de Noc Community College
    • Tony Wuele was Bay College’s president from Fall of 1971 until the summer of 1985. In this interview, he discusses how he obtained the presidency after first moving from Chicago to become superintendent at the Bark River – Harris school to...
    • 1970-2009
    • An Oral History Interview with Ernest Erickson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Lumbermen
    • Ernest Erickson discusses working in a lumber camp that was five miles north of Rapid River. Ernest talks about working throughout the year and the difficulties of working during the winter. He discusses the tools and equipment used along with...
    • 1910-1940
    • An Oral History Interview with Floyd Roberts

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
    • Floyd Roberts discusses life growing up in Rapid River, Michigan. His father was a logger and a farmer. Floyd’s grandmother came from Sweden and settled on the White Fish River. Floyd discusses Native Americans in the area, lumber camps, railroads,...
    • 1900-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Frances Christianson

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Lumbering
    • Frances Christianson discusses life growing up in Rapid River. Frances discusses the railroad, lumber camps, local schools and activities. Also mentioned is local doctors, local newspaper, first movie, first automobile, electricity and local...
    • 1910-1975
    • An Oral History Interview with Frank Bourke

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Railroads
    • Frank Bourke discusses the history of the railroad in Delta County and the surrounding area. Frank brings you on a trip aboard a passenger train in 1905. The hub of Escanaba was the Escanaba Depot, previously called the Northwestern Depot, located...
    • 1830-1976
    • An Oral History Interview with Fred Sayklly

    • Delta County--Michigan--History; Upper Peninsula (Mich.); Candy industry
    • Fred Sayklly discusses his life growing up in Escanaba, Michigan. Fred’s parents were from Lebanon and started a candy business with recipes from their home country in Escanaba. After high school Fred attended college at Michigan State and then...
    • 1890-1984

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