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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Donald Elsen
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Donald Elsen was born in Richfield, Minnesota. He worked in the family business his grandfather started in the 1890s. He married, served in the Army in Korea, and raised a family. Elsen was very active in the local community, particularly through his work at Elsen Service Garage, later called Elsen Brothers, and in Assumption Church. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Postwar home construction and housing developments; transition away from farms and in-house shops; recreational sports; the impact of highway construction on the family business; car mechanics and blacksmithing; service station adaptations to changing demands from its customers; close interaction between the business and community; work ethic; increased complications of running a business; active role of Assumption Church in the social lives of parishioners; rapidly expanding schools; transition from the more rural-based Scholz Mercantile to suburban shopping options; memorial of police officer Fred Babcock; interaction with the Chamber of Commerce; reasons to live in Richfield; changing local demographics.
2 hours sound cassette
26 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
75 minutes length
Interviewee: Elsen, Donald
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 114 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.27.9 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'