Frank Heath Interviews (2013)

Man grinning, with glasses
Frank Heath

Frank Heath, who was on the board of the Grinnell Historical Museum, interviewed Iowa farmers in 2013 who had grown up in area farms in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. These interviews were compiled into the book Conversations with Iowa Farmers. Quotes from individual farmers are dispersed throughout the work. Topics discussed include farming, family life, childhood, technology, school, and others. 

Four other pieces by Frank Heath are also linked here. They include three interviews–one each of Mary Ellen Lynch, Larry Ellis, and Ernest Jones–and an August 1922 Grinnell Register article of J. R. Steele describing Union Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa, as it was in his childhood. 

For more on farming in Grinnell, see Dan Kaiser’s blog post “How We Used to Work.”

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People Included

Conversations with Farmers

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Brown, Raymond

Burrell, Loretta

Cooper, Burton

Davis, Gary & Susan

Dimit, Robert

Ellis, Larry

Greenwald, Stan

Harley, James

Harris, Henry

Henriksen, Bruce

Hinegardner, Jean

Johnston, Elsie

McDonough, Howard

McIlrath, Patricia

Merck, Gene and Ellen

Milburn, Don

Mintle, Mike

Moyer, Allan and Shirley

Rempp, Bill and Marjorie

Riley, Ronald

Sparks, Boyd

Van Dyke, Lucille Binegar

Van Gennep, Ronald

Weaver, Don and Doris

Wheeler, Frank

Ellis, Larry

Man smiling, wearing glasses

Jones, Ernest

Man wearing work clothes, black and white

Lynch, Mary Ellen

Woman smiling, wearing glasses

Steele, J. R.

Black and white photo of a man in a suit