East Side Oral History Project: Interview with Reuben Nelson and Harry Martin
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Reuben Nelson was born in 1900 in Lindstrom, Minnesota. He opened his own drug store on Payne Avenue in early 1930s after a few years working for the St. Paul Drug Company. Harry Martin worked for Nelson as a soda jerk and after WWII became a partner in the business after going to pharmacy school. The company expanded, but the Payne Avenue store closed in 1965, and Martin sold the remaining store in 1977 and worked for one of the chain pharmacies after that. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Nelson's family history, WWI experiences and schooling. Changes in therapy over the years. Some detail on day to day pharmacy work and tools. Pharmacist's relationship with doctors. Pharmacy competition on Payne Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s. Anecdote about Max Rommel, a St. Paul fire chief. Martin's WWII experiences and then his joining the business. Opening a second store in a strip mall in the 1950s. Discussion of strip malls of the 1950s. The decline of Payne Avenue. The business climate on Payne Avenue in the 1950s. Advertising during the 1950s. Pharmacy relationships with insurance companies. Differences between chain pharmacy and sole proprietorship pharmacies. Personal rivalries among businessmen on Payne Avenue.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:26:57 running time
Creation Interviewee: Nelson, Reuben
Interviewee: Martin, Harry
Interviewer: Galt, Margot Fortunato
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/05/1991
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 99
Accession Number AV2003.92.8
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'East Side Oral History Project'

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