"He came to Arlington, Nebraska, because he had a friend there. And even that long ago, someone had to sign for you. And this friend signed for him. In case you became ill after you came to this country America didn't want to be responsible for you, that is the public. That meant this person who signed for you had to be responsible. So, it was quite a thing to sign for someone. You never knew what could happen.
      "You know, when those people came to this country that long ago, they could change their names anyway they wanted to. You can't do that now, I'm sure, you can't get away with that. But they just could change their spelling and everything. And he just thought, well, this wasn't right. And when I came I laughed at him. I said, 'You know, everybody will think you're a Swede because they spell their names S O N.' But I don't think he was even aware of that. [Laughs.] He was just getting so Americanized that it was just simply unbelievable. [Laughs.]"

Carla Due on Immigrating to Nebraska


Other Excerpts from Carla Due's Interview:

Buzzed by Low-Flying Bombers
Barn Dances in the 1940s
The Stock Market Crash
RFD to Main Street
Banks Closing
Local Politics
The Eggs & Cream Economy
The World Economy
Surviving the Tornado
The Radio
Diversity of Churches
Learning English
Carla's Trip to Nebraska
Plowing with Horses & Mules