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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Gloria Tepfer

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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Gloria Tepfer spent her childhood years in Appleton, Minnesota. Her family moved to Danube, when she was a senior in high school, and she was graduated from there. She married Wayne Tepfer in l955. Following her husband's two year tour of duty in the armed services in l958, they moved to a farm near Danube and started a dairy/farming operation. Gloria Tepfer has been a full time partner with her husband, sharing both the physical and financial responsibilities for their business. She has been involved in school, 4 H, and community affairs, and during the farm crisis, played an active role in the Groundswell organization, the Renville County Farm Bureau, and political rallies and protests in support of the farmers. Since l985, following economic reversals in their dairy business as a result of the rural crisis, she has been employed outside the farm. The Tepfer farm is now owned and operated by Wendy and Ron Kluver, their daughter and son in law. Wayne Tepfer works for the local sugarbeet co operative, and the Tepfers now live in Renville. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Information on family life and a family dairy farm operation, farm management and record keeping; farm loans, foreclosure and auction sales; negotiations with the Farm Home Administration, the Federal Land Bank, and American State Bank; mediation procedures; the Groundswell organization, Renville County Farm Bureau, and the Renville County extension program; farm protest activities; reaction to the farm crisis by the media, the Twin Cities area, and small town businesses; the future of family farming in America; environmental issues including groundwater contamination and herbicides; the status of women in farming; corporate farming and the farm activist movement. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Wendy Tepfer Kluver participates in the video interview.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
23 pages transcript
1.66 hours videocassette
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: moving images
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Narrator: Tepfer, Gloria
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Dates Creation: 04/11/1989 - 06/1989
Audio interview was April 11, 1989, video interview was June of 1989.
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 76
Accession Number AV1988.167.7
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