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Title Florence Drury Collection
Call Number MSS 274
Extent 1 folder
Dates of Creation 1991
Creator Florence Drury
Scope & Content The collection contains a transcript of an oral history done in 1991 that discusses Florence Drury's time working at Peterson Farm during WW2 while POWs were sent to work there.
Admin/Biographical History During WW2 a POW Camp was established in Algona Iowa. 30 branch camps were established around Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas that POWS were sent to for the purpose of providing labors. Branch Camp #1 was established in Moorhead, MN. In 1944 Hank Peterson and Paul Horn asked for POW labor for their vegetable farms because of a war-induced labor shortage. Six days a week POWS were bussed to their farms to work in the fields. They were paid 40 cents/hr, which was the going rate for laborers, only 30 cents of that went to the federal government and the last ten cents was credited to the prisoner's account at the local canteen.
Subjects World War II
Oral Histories
Prisoners of war
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Copied from Florence Drury in 1991.
Containers Annual Meeting Recap, 1985
Copy of Photographs of POWs working at Peterson Farm, 1991
Transcript of Interview with Florence Drury, 1991