Listen to the Weekly Radio Readings by Sheila Winstead, RCHS Board Member
Recorded January 2018
In 1988, Florence (Knochenmus) Klema wrote a booklet about the Casperson School, which is now located at the Roseau Pioneer Farm, 3 miles west of Roseau. The school came originally from Golden Valley Township, southeast of Wannaska. In the preface to her booklet, Florence tells that Millard Jensen and the Board of Directors of Pioneer Farm chose Casperson as a typical school from the old days, and moved it there in 1985. That summer, Florence spent many hours in the basement of Roseau County Court House, delving into stacks of school records to create her history of the school, which opened in 1908. She found that some years were missing in the records, but found the children going to neighboring schools. This apparently happened when a teacher couldn’t be hired if there weren’t enough students to justify the costs. She contacted as many people as she could to get first-hand accounts.
January 7 & 14 This first story is entitled “Memories from Bernice (Erickson) Anderson”. Bernice tells about attending school at Casperson with her mother, Cecelia Erickson, as the teacher.
The second story is called “From an Interview with Arlene (Thompson) Carlson”. Arlene was a student at Casperson School and tells her memories of teachers.
January 21 This story comes from an interview with Thoralf Melby and Ann (Njaa) Melby, past teachers at the Casperson School
January 28 Evelyn Garrison tells about teaching at Casperson School.
Thank you to for letting us share the history of our county with your listeners.