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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Florence Simon
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Florence Simon was born and grew up in Plainview, Minnesota. She attended Winona Teachers' College and graduated with a teaching license and specialties in mathematics and physical education. In the early 1950s, Simon and her family moved to Richfield. Simon was employed as a teacher and later as the principal of Assumption Catholic School. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Reasons for moving to Richfield; homogeneity of close-knit, stable neighborhoods; importance of children in creating a community within the neighborhood; civic issues: city water, community center, the city pool, Woodlake Nature Center, impact of the highways and airport, taxes; development of suburban shopping; Simon's progression from homemaker to teacher to principal; rapid expansion of the schools in the 1950s and 1960s and the subsequent decline; the need to merge the three Catholic schools in Richfield; increasing diversity of Richfield; quality of Richfield's political representation; the idea of Richfield as a small town beside a big city; sense of civic pride and independence; optimism for Richfield's future.
2 hours sound cassette
37 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
85 minutes length
Interviewee: Simon, Florence
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Made in: Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 114 (Library Call Number)
AV2008.27.22 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era'