Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part II: Interview with Margery Murphy
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Margery Murphy was born in Minneapolis. She attended Incarnation Parish up to eighth grade, Bryant Junior High for ninth grade, and Central High School. She then moved to California where she got a job at the California Chamber of Commerce. She returned to Minneapolis after World War II and married a then captain in the military. Her husband was given orders to fight in Korea in 1951 and Murphy relocated to Japan and eventually Germany to follow her husband and raise their family. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Being the oldest of seven siblings and having to take care of her brothers and sisters; childhood activities: ice skating, jacks, and jumping rope; grocery shopping and the abundance of specialty stores prior to World War II; guesthouse and boardinghouse living in California; being able to receive a vehicle license without driving experience; segregation of the armed forces and the overall climate of the segregated South; the responsibilities of a military wife; relocating (living in twenty-eight different places in fifteen years); life in Japan in the 1950s; the relationship between the Japanese and the Americans; life in Germany: interactions with Germans, military housing, schooling, and the salt mines.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassettes
55 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 100 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Murphy, Margery
Interviewer: Bekke, Douglas
Made in Hopkins, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Hopkins, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 11/03/2005
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 115
Accession Number AV2008.26.27
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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