The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Randy Tobias
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Randy Tobias was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota in 1948 and grew up in the Breckenridge-Wahpeton area. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he met his future wife, Nanci. In 1974 the Tobiases moved to Breckenridge and Randy went to work in his father's Wahpeton-based construction company, which Randy subsequently took over. In 1977, Randy built the home for his family, which is located in southern Breckenridge. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The impact of the harsh winter of 1996-97 on the contracting business; preparations made by the government and Breckenridge businesses for anticipated spring flooding; Randy's involvement as a volunteer flood fighter in sandbagging and other efforts; the severe damage to school buildings in town; damage sustained by many friends and neighbors to their homes and businesses; threats to the Tobiases' home in mid-April, when the rising waters essentially surrounded the street on which they lived; the drawn-out efforts to protect their home from the flood; and difficulties people in Breckenridge have been having in rebuilding after the flood.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
42 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 80 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Tobias, Randy
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Made in Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/08/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.31
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project'

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