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Broberg, Maybelle

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Oral History

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Maybelle Ortenblatt Broberg was born on 28 May 1925 on a farm near Murdock, Swift County, Minnesota. She attended country school (K-8) in Murdock, and then high school in nearby Willmar, graduating in 1942. During the war years 1941-45, Maybelle lived at home on the farm. After high school she worked for about nine months at the Cargill Elevator in the neighboring town of Kerkhoven, and then for more than a year and a half as a bookkeeper at the State Bank of Kerkhoven. Maybelle has recollections of civilian life during the war years: shortages, rationing, social life, and small town life in general. After the war Maybelle got married (1946, husband Edmond Broberg), and the couple moved to a Swift County farm of their own. Maybelle and Edmond raised a family of six children, and Maybelle worked as a full-time homemaker. The Brobergs lived and worked on the farm until 1983, when they moved to Kerkhoven. At the time of this interview (July 2002) Edmond and Maybelle lived in the Swift County town of Kerkhoven.


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