Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Lawrence Molsather
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Larry Molsather, the son of Norwegian immigrants, was born in Richfield, Minnesota, where he was president of the first class to go through the Richfield High School. He moved away from Richfield after college, but later returned to live in one of his childhood homes. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Convenience and affordability of living in Richfield; postwar growth of the city; description of Richfield houses; move from wells to a municipal water system; Richfield's experience of World War II including rationing, air raid wardens, blackouts, and an increase in the employment of women; close-knit neighborhoods and increasing numbers of children in the postwar period; expansion of the schools; increasing suburban shopping options; safety of the community; organization of sports teams for the large numbers of children; developing school traditions; endurance of friendships from Richfield High School; personal experience of balancing Norwegian language and traditions with American ones; jobs available to young people in Richfield in the 1950s; participation in University of Minnesota athletics; reasons for returning to Richfield; aging and stability of the neighborhoods; negative impacts of highway construction and the airport; recent increases in crime in Richfield.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
29 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Molsather, Lawrence
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in Orono, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Orono, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 05/03/2007
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 114
Accession Number AV2008.27.19
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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