Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project: Interview with William N. Rom
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rom is a native of Ely, Minnesota, and spent his childhood hiking, canoeing, and hunting in the area. He attended Ely Junior College (now Vermilion Community College) and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in wildlife management. Rom served in the Navy during World War II for five years. Following his military service, he and his wife started Canoe Country Outfitters in Ely. They sold the business in 1975. Rom was a member of Friends of the Boundary Waters and was active in the passage of the 1978 wilderness bill. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: How his family came to Ely; growing up in Ely; working for the Forest Service portage crew; years in the Navy; his outfitting business (Canoe Country Outfitters); family involvement in business; flying; Ely (economy, attitude of); Friends of the Boundary Waters; Conservation Alliance; Boundary Waters Canoe Area; effect of resort buy out; issue of public access to BWCA; logging; trail maintenance and potential trail useage; airban; mechanical vs. manual portages issue; and role of Forest Service.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Interviewee: Rom, William N.
Made in Ely, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Ely, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 04/02/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 58
Accession Number AV1988.99.26
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project'

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