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An interview with Alma Carlson followed by an interview with George Sidwell, Max McCall, and Carl Carlson regarding their experiences as county agents.
00:02:05 - Coming to the United States from Sweden
00:02:40 - Chicago fire of 1871
00:05:41 - Moving to Kansas
00:11:24 - Life in the dugout
00:14:50 - Building the frame house
00:16:16 - Life as a Swedish immigrant
00:17:37 - Song, a Swedish verse (Swedish language)
00:18:47 - Song, What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Swedish language)
00:19:03 - Learning English
00:22:50 - Life as a shut-in
00:25:26 - George Sidwell, Max McCall, and Carl Carlson introduction
00:26:15 - George Sidwell, experience as a county agent in Leoti, KS in 1918
00:29:46 - Experience as a county agent in Ness County, KS
00:32:00 - Max McCall, experience as a county agent in Clark County, KS in 1921
00:35:12 - Carl Carlson, experience recruiting labor during a labor shortage and cultural tensions between African Americans and Volga-Germans
00:38:18 - Vaccinating livestock
00:39:54 - Gaining the trust of the Volga-German community in Rush County, KS
00:42:57 - McCall, experiences with prairie dogs and fires in Clark County, KS
00:45:20 - Sidwell, poultry culling
00:46:46 - Gaining the trust of farmers
00:49:07 - George Sibler's Model-T roadster
00:50:22 - Working long hours as a county agent
00:51:51 - Mixing poison for prairie dogs and grasshoppers
00:54:26 - History of the Farm Bureau in Kansas
00:56:25 - McCall, life after working as a county agent
00:57:02 - Sidwell, life after working as a county agent
00:58:36 - Carlson, women in extension work

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Immigrants -- Sweden, Frontier & pioneer life, Sod houses, Dugout houses, Chanute (Kan.), Cattle, Farming, Ranching, Labor shortages, African Americans, Volga-Germans, Chickens, Hogs


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Interview with Alma Carlson, George Sidwell, Max McCall, and Carl Carlson


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