Fred Foslien Interview, 1978

Title

Fred Foslien Interview, 1978

Authors

Fred Foslien

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Interviewer

Jeff Rasmusson

Interviewee

Fred Foslien

Date Recorded

8-9-1978

Date Digital

7-7-2020

Location Recorded

Foslien Residence, Alexandria, Minnesota

County

Douglas County

Keywords

Production Credit Association (Alexandria Minn.), Business enterprises--Minnesota--Alexandria, Victoria Heights (Alexandria Minn.), Real estate development--Minnesota--Alexandria, Roads--Minnesota, Highway planning--Minnesota, Minnesota. Legislature. Senate, Legislators--Minnesota, Minnesota Non-Partisan League, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Description

Fred Foslien was born July 25, 1895 outside of Alexandria. He completed an 8th grade education. While farming with his father, he was instrumental in organizing the Production Credit Association of Alexandria. He managed PCA for 39 years, beginning in 1933. He bought land east of Alexandria and was responsible in setting up the Victoria Heights Community. As a State Senator for three years in the 1930s he did much to pass vital highway legislation among other things.

In the interview, Foslien discusses the Production Credit Association (PCA), Victoria Heights development, the state highway legislation of the 1930s, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), and the Non-Partisan League, in which he was very active.

Run Time

01:02:57

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

DCFoslien01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1151

Fred Foslien Interview, 1978

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