Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Cleve and Joyce Stillwell


Description 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.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
13 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 30 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Stillwell, Cleve
Interviewee: Stillwell, Joyce
Interviewer: Thoma, Ben
Made in Laporte, Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Itasca State Park
Made in Laporte, Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/26/2000
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 102
Accession Number AV2003.40.15
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'

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