Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Bert Pfeifer, Pat P. and Dave Evenwoll, and Judy P. and Ken Schrupp


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bert Pfeifer started Bert's Cabins on the edge of the park in 1939 and his great uncle, Theodore Wegmann, settled in the park in 1903 and started the Park Review Resort. Bert's daughter, Pat, was running Bert's Cabins at the time of the interview and her sister Judy worked there in the summer. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early history of Bert's Cabins; descriptions of early park buildings including a tavern, WPA camp and other resorts; wages at the time; attempts at restoration of buildings; farming in the park; the pageant days, boom days, of the park; wildlife issues in the 1940s and the first deer season; dealing with the Wegmann property after Wegmann's death; the military camp in the park; early power and water issues; tree restoration issues; loss of the buffalo, grouse, rabbits and timber wolves; park versus wilderness issues; restoration versus rebuilding of buildings; paving of Wilderness Drive; access to the fire tower.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
13 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 30 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Pfeifer, Bert
Interviewee: Evenwoll, Pat Pfeifer
Interviewee: Evenwoll, Dave
Interviewee: Schrupp, Ken
Interviewee: Schrupp, Judy Pfeifer
Interviewer: Thoma, Ben
Subjects Itasca State Park
Dates Creation: 08/14/2000
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 102
Accession Number AV2003.40.12
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'

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