Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Bob Elsen
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Description 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.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 55 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Elsen, Bob
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/27/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 114
Accession Number AV2008.27.8
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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