Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Louis Larsen]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER Harley Anderson ADDRESS Niobrara, Nebr.
DATE January 28, 1939 SUBJECT Farm Holiday season
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT Louis W. Larsen
In 1933 due to the economical condition the people seemed to rise in one accord in self defense and staged marches on various State Capitols in protest against threatened persecution by the wealthy corporations, Banks and many individuals. And a large group known as Farmer's Holiday became organized to stop forcedsales evictions and foreclosures of homes, and in this movement songs pertinent to conditions were composed and sung to the relief of the expression of the many people. As to myself farming never appealed to me but being only son I sacrificed a personal desire to write and become a commercial florist to stay on and help with the farm work, in other words I feel I have been a peg in square hole and never really fitted my plact to best advantage for personal advancement.
Here are some of his’ songs:
Tune: Nellie Grey. In the commonwealth that is to be.
In the gloom of mighty cities mid the roar of whirling wheels.
We are toiling on like cities mid the roar of whirling wheels.
We are toiling on like chattel slaves of old and our masters hope to
keep us ever thus beneath their heels.
And to coin our very life blood into gold.