The following interview with Mary Arvold took place at her home, 1110 N. Broadway, Fargo, N.D. The interview was conducted on two separate dates: June 27, 1996 and April 4, 1997. Side A of the tape is the interview that took place in 1996 and Side B is the completion of the interview in 1997. Jerry Richardson was the interviewer in association with the Fargo Heritage Society. Side B, the second portion of the interview, is not of the best sound quality. There are parts where static completely suppresses the audio from the interview. The interview concerns Mary’s childhood, the city of Fargo’s past, and Mary’s father A.G. Arvold. A large portion of the interview is dedicated to A.G. Arvold, including things like the Little Country Theater, bringing celebrity musicians to the area, and a trip to Europe.
This interview transcript was donated by the Fargo Heritage Society along with the recorded interview. It was one of only two interviews done as part of a 1998 oral history project by the society to document life in Fargo, N.D. It is not known who developed the original transcript, perhaps done by the interviewer Jerry Richardson. Very little editing, other than formatting, has been done to this transcript version by the Institute staff.