Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Marvin Iverson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Marvin Iverson was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He served in the Navy and moved to Richfield where he and his wife raised their family. Iverson worked as a firefighter in Richfield for many years and was part of the New Ford Town interest group. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Fire department entrance exams; postwar housing development and the GI Bill; New Ford Town as a town within a town; close-knit community; inconvenience of shopping; public transportation; relationship of Richfield and Edina to Southdale; influential residents of Richfield; development of New Ford Town and later airport buy-out of the land; issues addressed by the New Ford Town interest group; New Ford Town's inferior treatment by the city; impact of personal political involvement; role of fire department in community involvement, fighting fires, building inspections, and rescue work; negative impact of highway construction on the fire department; construction of Mother's Lake; stories of colorful individuals, plane crashes, and fires in Richfield; local speakeasy; inter-city fire department agreements; local government leaders; changing demographics, especially diversity and an aging population.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
40 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 100 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Iverson, Marvin
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 04/19/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 114
Accession Number AV2008.27.14
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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