A grandson of Clay County pioneer R.M. Probstfield, Raymond Gesell was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on March 19, 1896. Gesell moved to Moorhead at age 19, inherited the Probstfield Old Trail farm, and developed it through market gardening. Prior to his election to the Minnesota Legislature, Gesell served on town boards and was president of some local civic organizations. In politics, Gesell pursued conservationist and liberal courses.
This collection consists primarily of correspondence with Gesell's constituents and legislative colleagues, and materials concerning proposed legislation on a variety of issues. The papers are arranged chronologically and are in good condition.
NOTE: Two oral interviews of Ray Gesell, conducted in 1973, are in the tape cassette collection.