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Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Cleve and Joyce Stillwell
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Cleve Stillwell visited Douglas Lodge, which his uncle managed, starting in 1922. His immediate family lived nearby. Joyce Stillwell visited less frequently and started several years later. Cleve operated the tourist boat, "Itasca", for several years on Lake Itasca. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The old LaSalle trail; the old Forest Inn; building Wilderness Drive; anecdotes about some of the early lumber barons; changes in the size of the fish; anecdotes about the "Old Itasca" with mention of Luschen, Bergquist, Moberg, Norby, Halberg, Bailey; descriptions of the old boat; preserving the boat's old capstan; forestation issues; preserving more of the old things in the park; the old railway grade in the park; trails in the park; anecdotes about Wegmann and his resort; restoration of Brower Inn; anecdotes about colorful characters including Saneson, Pfeifer, Barber, Nelson, Hanson, Rapisarda; restoration of Nicollet cabin.
1.5 hours sound cassette
13 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
30 minutes length
Interviewee: Stillwell, Cleve
Interviewee: Stillwell, Joyce
Interviewer: Thoma, Ben
Made in: Laporte, Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States
Itasca State Park
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 102 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.40.15 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'