Ole Bodin Interview, July 11, 1978


Ole Bodin


Diann E. Wiesner



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Ole Bodin talks about immigrating from Sweden to Monroe, Washington, in 1927, where he started logging for Weyerhaeuser and other companies. He goes on to describe his life during the Great Depression, hopping on freight trains between Minneapolis and Seattle to search for work and living in the brush near the railroad. Bodin recalls joining some friends to mine for gold in Montana, and he reminisces about being drafted during World War Two before being discharged because of his age. He mentions working as a logger in Washington and eventually a ranch hand in Montana. Bodin also describes his life in Sweden before immigrating to the United States at the age of 26.


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Document Type

Oral History


United States military; Great Depression (1929-1939); World War Two (1939-1945); Mining, Montana; Logging; Washington state; Weyerhaeuser; Sweden; Immigration, United States

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Ole Bodin Interviews Oral History Project, OH 041, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 041-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:43:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_041_001.mp3; OH_041_001.pdf

Ole Bodin Interview, July 11, 1978