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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Herb Richter

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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Herbert Richter grew up on the family farm north of Conger, Minnesota. His father, August Richter, and uncle, Charles Richter, owned and operated the Richter Hardware store in Conger from 1906 to 1946. Herbert worked at the store while attending high school in Conger, helping with services, repair, and other aspects of the business. In 1942, he entered the armed services; upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to Conger where he took over the family hardware store in partnership with his brother. The store, now known as the Richter Trustworthy Hardware, still operates under this partnership in l989. Richter has been active in Conger's civic and school affairs for over sixty years. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Charles Richter's stone blasting accident in early l900; a description of the early years in the hardware business, including information on services rendered to farmers, machinery set up, and harness repair; a description of the original platting and businesses in Conger; the labor shortage during World War II; changes in merchandising methods through the 1960s to l980s and the effect of discount and wholesale firms on small town independent businesses; government regulations, including workers compensation and income tax; the l985 l988 economy and its effect on rural businesses; dairy farming and creameries; consolidation and cooperation of schools and services in rural communities.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
1 hour videocassette
11 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: moving images
Content Category: text
Measurements 45 minutes length
Creation Narrator: Richter, Herb
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Dates Creation: 03/16/1989 - 05/12/1989
Audio interview on 3/16/1989 and video interview on 5/12/1989.
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.5
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