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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era

View of housing development near John Tierney farm, Sixty Second Street and Penn Avenue South, Richfield, 1954.

24 INTERVIEWS

DATE: February - October 2007

INTERVIEWER: Thomas Saylor

This project chronicles the lives of men and women who lived in the suburb of Richfield, Minnesota, following World War II. The interviews primarily deal with city and community leaders including former mayors, members of the Rotary Club, members of the Chamber of Commerce, city managers, members of the Richfield League of Women Voters, members of the state House of Representatives, and local business owners. Some of the subjects discussed include demographic and cultural changes in Richfield; Richfield's stages of commercial, residential, and industrial expansion; the city water system; the impact of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; the public school system; tax increment projects; the idea of Richfield as a "bedroom community"; the sense of community; developing local parks and park spots; the postwar real estate market; impact of highway construction; lack of affordable housing; importance of religion; the New Ford Town housing project; and civic pride.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 32 hours 15 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 760 pages

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Shirley C. Boeser
Shirley C. Boeser
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Sherman P. Booen
Sherman P. Booen
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Ralph Bruins
Ralph Bruins
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Linda C. Burggraaff and Wayne S. Burggraaff
Linda & Wayne Burggraaff
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Betty J. Carr
Betty J. Carr
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Bill Davis
Bill Davis
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Emily Day
Emily Day
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Bob Elsen
Bob Elsen
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Donald Elsen
Donald Elsen
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Eugene Elsen
Eugene Elsen
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Richard Franzmeier
Richard Franzmeier
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Edwina Garcia
Edwina Garcia
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with John Hamilton
John Hamilton
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Marvin Iverson
Marvin Iverson
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Loren L. Law
Loren L. Law
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Jeanette Lofstrom
Jeanette Lofstrom
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Vernon L. Luettinger
Vernon L. Luettinger
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Marian Maxson
Marian Maxson
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Lawrence Molsather
Lawrence Molsather
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Mary Reiter
Mary Reiter
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Wesley Scott
Wesley Scott
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Florence Simon
Florence Simon
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with William Snyder
William Snyder
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Richfield in the Postwar Era: Interview with Gertrude Ulrich
Gertrude Ulrich