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Oral history interview with Clifford C. Sommer
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mr. Clifford Sommer was born May 25, 1908, in Minneapolis. He grew up in Rush City, where he began his banking career at the Rush City State Bank, where his father worked. Soon afterward he moved to Minneapolis where he worked for Midland Bank. Sommer graduated from the University of Minnesota, and later attended the Minnesota College of Law for two years and graduated from the Stonier School of Banking at Rutger's University. He moved to Owatonna in 1955 to become president of Security State Bank & Trust Co. He was a state senator from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, just before retirement from Northwest Bancorporation, he and his wife moved back to Minneapolis. Sommer was on the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners (1953-55), member of the American Legion and many other community organizations. He was elected president of the American Bankers Association in 1970 and previously served as vice president. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Sommer discusses growing up in a small town, his entry into the banking profession, Midland National Bank (Mpls.), University of Minnesota activities (including Phi Delta Theta, basketball, and Alumni Association), service in the Navy during WWII, Minneapolis Dunkers, Mpls. Park board, remodeling of Security State Bank (1956-58), securing property for a motor bank, Owatanna civic activities, Republican party fundraising and other political involvement, sports events for the 1958 Statehood Centennial, term as state senator (discussing in some depth the decision to move to annual legislative sessions and the liberal/conservative balance), term as ABA president and other banking acitivities, involvement with Lutheran parishes, board membership of Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance Co. (Waverly, Iowa) and various foundations, promotion of Radio Free Europe, Minnesota Birthday Celebration, Minnesota Citizens Council on Delinqency and Crime, U.S. Savings Bond program, his family, and the Republican philosophy. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Sommer at times drops his voice, making certain words or passages very difficult to understand. The spelling of the greater part of the names could not be verified.
15 hours sound cassette
172 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
13:07:44 running time
Interviewee: Sommer, Clifford C.
Interviewer: Thies, Cheryl L. (Norenberg)
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 01/13/1978 - 04/20/1978 (Interviews conducted 1/13/1978, 3/7/1978, 3/15/1978, 3/23/1978, 4/7/1978, and 4/20/1978.)
Digitized with support from the Ken and Nina Rothchild Endowed Fund for Business History and Women's History.
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 3 (Library Call Number)
AV1993.161 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog