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Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Bert Pfeifer, Pat P. and Dave Evenwoll, and Judy P. and Ken Schrupp
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.
1.5 hours sound cassette
13 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
30 minutes length
Interviewee: Pfeifer, Bert
Interviewee: Evenwoll, Pat Pfeifer
Interviewee: Evenwoll, Dave
Interviewee: Schrupp, Ken
Interviewee: Schrupp, Judy Pfeifer
Interviewer: Thoma, Ben
Itasca State Park
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 102 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.40.12 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'