Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Bartley M. Foster
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bartley M. Foster was born in Iowa and was raised in St. Paul and Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Working to finance his education at St. Thomas University and Macalester College, his studies were interrupted by service as a navigator on a bomber crew in World War II. Married during the war, he returned home to his wife to build a civilian life and to complete his education at the University of Minnesota. Before graduation, he started a lengthy career at Northwestern National Life Insurance Company where he was head of the Mortgage, Loan, and Real Estate Department. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Life and growing up in a supportive family during the hard economic times of the Great Depression; his family's work with a barnstorming flying circus; youth activities when money was scarce; working to finance his education; entering the service; training to be a pilot and navigator; service in Europe and preparations to deploy to the Pacific; returning home to his new family; working; establishing a home in the postwar years; completing his education and building a career in a large insurance company; rising to a senior position in the insurance firm; real estate development projects in the Twin Cities and around the nation; family life and suburban expansion in the 1940s through the 1970s.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassettes
64 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 183 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Foster, Bartley M.
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 08/01/2006
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.11
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II'

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