Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Elon and Alma Cary

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Titles Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with Elon and Alma Cary
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Elon Cary served as a clerk and "jack-of-all-trades" at Itasca from 1932 to 1942. He was also a pilot. Alma Cary was his wife. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: His personal background; entry into the forestry department as a clerk; transfer to Itasca; division of parks and forestry; dynamite accident; park sawmill; budget shortages; being responsible for the entire park; Wegmann; animals, elk in particular; an incident with a bear; buffalo; deer; TRA; the first living quarters; Harold Lathrop; establishment of Bear Paw; selling minnows; selling ice; mowing; the telephone system; the sewage system; maintaining the roads and cabins; winter responsibilities; garbage; pageants; feeding the deer; plowing the road; deer hunting; getting rid of the elk; Felix the Moose; Douglas Lodge; Peace Pipe Springs; Forest Inn; patrolling Itasca in private cars; minnows; paid vacation.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
41 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 110 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Cary, Elon
Interviewee: Cary, Alma
Interviewer: Rieger, Amy K.
Made in: Park Rapids, Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Itasca State Park
Dates Creation: 09/14/1993
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 102 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.42.3 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Itasca State Park Oral History Project'


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