North Shore Commercial Fishing Oral History Project
The interviews in this project document the history of commercial fishing on Lake Superior's North Shore. The ten participants, interviewed by Barbara Sommer, were individuals who themselves, or whose families, engaged in commercial fishing.
Topics of the interviews included fishing industry finance, women in the industry, fishing equipment, boat building, weather's effect on Great Lakes fishing, clothing, health care, the Great Depression, children, and the history of individual fishing businesses.
The collection contains audiorecordings of the interviews, transcripts, and a subject guide to the transcripts. There is also a brief biographical statement for each participant.
Participants, Home Locations, and Interview Dates:
Aleck Christiansen, Two Harbors, Minnesota, June 22, 1977
Ingeborg Holte, Grand Marais, Minnesota, July 6, 1977
Edwin C. “Steve” Johnson, Duluth, Minnesota, June 22, 1977
Milford Johnson Jr., Two Harbors, Minnesota, July 14, 1977
Conrad Lorntson, Two Harbors, Minnesota, June 29, 1977
Hjalmer Louis Mattson, Duluth, Minnesota, July 11, 1977
Roy Bernard Oberg, Grand Portage, Minnesota, July 30, 1977
Ragnvald Sve, Two Harbors, Minnesota, July 15, 1977
George Torgersen, Knife River, Minnesota, June 27, 1977
Chris Tormondsen, Tofte, Minnesota, July 29, 1977