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Fred Pieri Oral History


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Biographical Information:

Fred Pieri was born in Elk River, Minnesota, on April 4, 1909. Fred spent most of life working as a farmer throughout Minnesota. He also worked in other professions on the side such as construction and plumbing, retiring in 1972. Fred married his wife Clara in 1933, and the couple had two sons and three daughters together. Fred away on November 22, 1990.

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In an interview conducted on December 31, 1976, Fred Pieri discussed his life living in Minnesota. Fred mentioned living through multiple significant historical events like World War I (although as a child at the time, he remembered very little about it) and the Great Depression (which caused great financial difficulties for his family). Fred noted that he worked in a variety of different jobs throughout his life, including as a construction worker, plumber, and most importantly as a farmer. In 1942, he received recognition and an award from the Roosevelt Administration in 1942 for his farm’s high output of agricultural products. In addition to his work, Fred also spoke briefly about his family life, discussing his heritage as the son of German and Italian immigrant families, his marriage to his wife Clara in 1933, and the five children that they raised together.

Interview conducted by James Robak


Image ID: 15725

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Fred Pieri oral history transcript

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