Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with U.W. Hella

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Titles Itasca State Park Oral History Project: Interview with U.W. Hella
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: U. W. "Judge" Hella attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a civil engineering degree in 1931. In 1933, he began his career with the state parks. He served as superintendent and inspector at many state parks, and was Northern inspector and director of parks and recreation. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Personal background; interim between school and career; called to work at Scenic Park; the Wirths; the initial establishment of parks; CCC boys; Reuben Law; regional inspectors; transfer from national to state; CCC work; Minnesota Parks and Recreation Areas Study; Forest Inn; Harold Lathrop; politics; Voyageurs National Park; "non-intrusion on natural values"; deer; duties as Northern Inspector; Hugo Zaiser; sewage system and electric power in the park; telephone lines; blueprints; University Station; campgrounds; Itasca vs. other parks; becoming director; John Martin; John Dobie; expansion of parks; sewage systems and other interests; park managers; Frank Pugh; pageants; development of Itasca; training programs for managers; regional system; complexity of the system; acquaintances over the years. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Also available in the Oral History Office is a manuscript prepared by Judge Hella based on the questions Amy Rieger asked.
Quantity 43 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Measurements 135 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Hella, Udert W. (Udert W.)
Interviewer: Rieger, Amy K.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Itasca State Park
Dates Creation: 08/10/1993
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 102 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.42.31 (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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