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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Jeanette Lofstrom
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jeanette Lofstrom was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Richfield, later returning with her own family. Her relatives have lived in the immediate area since the mid-1800s. As a child, she worked at her family's farm and vegetable stand and later in life was active with the League of Women Voters. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up on a family farm; operating a Model A pickup; varieties of produce grown in Richfield; impact of the Great Depression and World War II on hiring day laborers; shopping at Scholz Mercantile; importance of Assumption Church in the largely Catholic community; Richfield Lutheran Church; two-room grade school; transportation options; buying items at the farmers market and selling them at the vegetable stand along with crops; labor-intensive process of growing flowers and other plants in a greenhouse; postwar growth and development of Richfield; highway construction forcing the move of childhood house; convenience of living in Richfield; children drawing neighbors together; personal experience of polio; entertainment options; suburban shopping opportunities; recent demographic changes and their impact on the community and schools; relationship between Richfield and the airport; Lofstrom family history.
2 hours sound cassette
33 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
95 minutes length
Interviewee: Lofstrom, Jeanette
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 114 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.27.16 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'