Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger Interview, ca. 1979

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Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger Interview, ca. 1979

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Interviewer

Lee Tempte

Interviewee

Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger

Date Recorded

1979

Date Digital

7-20-2020

County

Stevens County

Keywords

Clock and watch making; Clock and watch makers; Businesspeople--Minnesota--Morris; Business enterprises--Minnesota--Morris; Depressions--1929; Clocks and watches; Elgin National Watch Co.; Canning and preserving

Description

Ernie Kellenberger was born in Kansas and lived in Iowa and Illinois before coming to Minnesota. He met his wife at the Elgin factory in Illinois. He then went to watchmaker's school and opened his own business in Morris. Tillie Kellenberger was born in Hancock and then moved to Illinois and then back to Morris. Ernie was 73 years old and Tillie was 72 years old.

In this interview, Ernie discusses watchmaking and his education in that field. He talks about opening his watch business and business during the Depression. He discusses different brands of watches, particularly Elgin Watch Company. Tillie talks about working in the Elgin watch factory. She discusses the depression, homemaking, and her family.

Run Time

00:12:29

Language

English

Notes

This oral history has no transcript.

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

KMRSKellenberger01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1019

Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger Interview, ca. 1979

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