Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger Interview, ca. 1979
Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger
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
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Kellenberger, Ernie and Kellenberger, Tillie, "Ernie and Tillie Kellenberger Interview, ca. 1979" (1979). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 133.