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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Bob Elsen
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bob Elsen was born in Richfield, Minnesota. He attended local schools and the University of St. Thomas. Elsen and his wife raised a family and he owned and worked at Elsen Auto Repair, a family business that has existed in Richfield since the 1890s. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Location, employment, and service changes of Elsen Auto Repair; history and description of the family business; neighborhood development from fields to houses to apartment buildings; postwar population of Richfield; recreational options for children; development of parks and ball fields; public and private school education; expansion of the local school system to accommodate increasing numbers of students; recreational and school sports; Scholz General Store and changes in suburban shopping; suburban entertainment and dining options; transition from regular to one-time customers at the auto repair shop and stable neighborhoods to frequent turnover; impact of highway construction on his business and the local community; impact of incoming businesses; recently changing demographics; impact of the local airport; convenience and safety of living in Richfield.
1 hour sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
55 minutes length
Interviewee: Elsen, Bob
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 114 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.27.8 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'