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Harriet Christensen Walker Oral History


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Biographical Information:

Harriet Christensen Walker was born on July 7, 1895, in Centerville, South Dakota, to a family of Danish and German immigrants. In 1904, the family later moved to Hill City, Minnesota. Walker attended the St. Cloud Normal School (now St. Cloud State University) to become a teacher, graduating in 1916. She intended to further her education elsewhere but chose to remain in Hill City. During her time as a teacher in Hill City, Walker taught second, fifth, and sixth grade students. She also met her future husband - a colleague of hers, whom she married in 1919 and raised two children with named Charles and Carol. Walker passed away on September 27, 1983, at the age of 88.

Transcript Summary:

In an interview conducted on January 22, 1977, Harriet Walker discussed her life as a resident of Hill City Minnesota. Walker noted that she was originally born in Centerville, South Dakota, but that her parents decided to move to Hill City when she was nine. Walker wanted to be a teacher from a young age, later graduating from the St. Cloud Normal in 1916. She subsequently worked at the local school district in Hill City, a position that she occupied throughout most of her adult life. Walker noted that she enjoyed working as a teacher and interacting with second, fifth, and sixth grade students, who she also helped to organize extracurricular activities like school plays and musicals. Additionally, Walker mentioned that she met her husband, Harold, while working as a teacher in Hill City, a fellow educator whom she married in 1919.

Interview conducted by James Robak


Image ID: 16061

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Harriet Christensen Walker oral history transcript

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