Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Ralph Bruins
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ralph Bruins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in the US Navy before being employed by the Bloomington Lake Bank and Summit National Bank in St. Paul. Bruins eventually transferred to the Summit Bank in Richfield. After working as president of the Buena Vista National Bank in Denver, Colorado, Bruins returned to the Richfield Summit Bank as president and moved to Richfield with his wife and children. He was very active in the local community, particularly in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Optimist Club. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The transition to using computer systems in banks; use of tax increment financing to revive Richfield; attracting businesses to Richfield; history of houses built at the intended site of Augsburg College; postwar construction; suburban shopping options; Richfield public schools; relationship between the bank and community; demographic change; individuals who influenced the development of Richfield; relationship between the airport and community; highway construction; development and sale of Summit Bank; benefits of a close-knit community.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
19 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Bruins, Ralph
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in Savage, Scott County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Savage, Scott County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 03/07/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 114
Accession Number AV2008.27.3
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'

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