The ‘Mother of the Farmer-Labor Party’ didn’t really want to add the ‘D’ to the beginning

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Frederick L. Johnson Courtesy of the Goodhue County Historical SocietySusie Stageberg, c.1940.Susie Williamson Stageberg is known as the "Mother of the Farmer-Labor Party." The Red Wing activist spent a lifetime fighting for unpopular political and social causes. She strongly opposed the merger of the Democratic and Farmer-Labor Parties in the 1940s.Susie Williamson was born on January 30, 1877 to Ole and Kristi Williamson. She was born and grew up in Badger, Iowa near Fort Dodge. She attended Tobin College in Fort Dodge and taught at rural schools. Susie also worked as a reporter for the Fort Dodge Messenger.At age twenty-one, Williamson married professor Olaf O. Stageberg. Olaf landed a job in Minnesota teaching at the Red...

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