Ole Bodin Interview, July 18, 1978


Ole Bodin


Diann E. Wiesner



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Ole Bodin describes immigrating from Sweden to the United States on a ship that sailed from Denmark to Halifax, Canada. He talks about traveling from there to Monroe, Washington where he found employment as a sawyer. Bodin describes the logging camps in which he worked and the process of taking down the trees. He recalls the beginning of the Great Depression which caused the logging camp to close. Bodin discusses unions like the IWW [International Workers of the World] and their attempts to push for better work conditions by organizing strikes. He also mentions traveling between Minnesota and Washington and looking for work at every stop.

Document Type

Oral History


Logging, Washington, Great Depression (1929-1939); Mining unions; International Workers of the World; Weyerhaeuser

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 041-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:28:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_041_002.mp3; OH_041_002.pdf

Ole Bodin Interview, July 18, 1978