Elaine C. Schaeffer Interview, 1975
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Carol Swenson and Denise Benson
Elaine C. Schaeffer
Schaeffer Residence, Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Pomme de Terre (Minn.), German Americans, United States--Emigration and immigration, Germany--Emigration and immigration, Flour mills--Minnesota--Pomme de Terre, Schools--Minnesota--Pomme de Terre, Business enterprises--Minnesota--Pomme de Terre, Macalaster College, Teachers--Minnesota--Biography
Elaine Schaeffer was born in Pomme de Terre Village on February 16, 1903. She attended country school and graduated from Elbow Lake High School. In 1924, she received her B.A. in history from Macalester College in St. Paul and in 1930 she completed her requirements for a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her retirement to Elbow Lake in 1953, she was associated with a number of educational institutions in a variety of capacities. Those positions were: high school instructor in Mapleton MN (1924-25); assistant high school principal and instructor in Dickenson, N.D. (1930-1934); high school principal in Lasson, MN (1934-36); head of the history department and dean of women at Elgin Academy and Junior College in Elgin, Illinois (1936-45), dean of women, summer session, University of Montana (1945), College preparatory counselor at Milwaukee City Day School for Boys (1945-53). From 1953 to the time of the interview, she was the secretary for the Grant County Historical Society.
In this interview, Elaine Schaeffer discusses the history of Pomme de Terre, the Schaeffer family history and her reminiscences of her early life, as well as her experiences in the field of education.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Schaeffer, Elaine C., "Elaine C. Schaeffer Interview, 1975" (1975). Minnesota Oral Histories. 24.