Listen in to the Weekly Radio Readings by Sheila Winstead, RCHS Board Member
Recorded April 2017
April 2 This week’s reading continues from a written history of Vernon Russell Sunset called, “The Life & Times of Vernon Russell Sunset”. Vernon explains their family’s beginnings in Minnesota, starting with grandparents from Norway who took the name Sunset when they became citizens. This part of his story tells more about his parents, Ingvard and Gena (Larson) Sunset.
April 9 In 1917, the United States finally decided they could no longer in good conscience stay out of the Great War, which we now refer to as World War I. President Woodrow Wilson made the case to congress that spring, and the entire speech was published in April 6th Roseau paper that year 100 years ago. This week is part of that speech, also, an article telling of a large crowd at a patriotic rally in Roseau.
April 16 Roseau Times-Region dated July 6, 1917, we had been involved in the Great War for a few months, and letters from men in the service were beginning to come home. This week Sheila reads a letter from Theodore Holdahl to his uncle, T. B. Holdahl, written at Philadelphia.
April 23 Stories from the Roseau Times-Region, 1917, talking about the draft and patriotism.
April 30 According to the “Book of Honor”, a Roseau County Veterans Park project, the United States had 320,518 casualties of which 116,516 died. Roseau County listed 15 of their sons as battle casualties of World War I.
This story from November 8, 1918 issue of the Roseau Times-Region tells the story of come fallen heroes.
Thank you to Wild 102 FM for letting us share the history of our county with your listeners.