East Side Oral History Project: Interview with Harold Johnson

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Titles East Side Oral History Project: Interview with Harold Johnson
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Harold Johnson was born in St. Paul in 1912. He is the son of a Swedish immigrant who arrived in St. Paul in 1896 and started a grocery store on Payne Avenue. Johnson worked in the store with his family until it closed in 1956. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The 1898 bank panic. Starting the East Side Grocery in 1904. Details on running a store during the WWI era. Accounting and bookkeeping practices. Issues with multiple phone companies. Swedish enclaves in the Twin Cities metro area. Grocery wholesalers during and before the Great Depression, including Fairway, Seabury, Hubbard, Quinlan and Griggs. Jacobsen Toast. Business ethics of the time. The importance of churches in the community. Wilder Foundation and the Great Depression. Other kinds of work Swedish immigrants did including comments on working in the Hill House. Lutefisk stories. Living conditions on Payne Avenue. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Only the latter half of the interview is available on tape. The transcript contains the complete interview.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
31 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:33:06 running time
Creation Interviewee: Johnson, Harold
Interviewer: Galt, Margot Fortunato
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 03/03/1991
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 99 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.92.1 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'East Side Oral History Project'


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