Fred Foslien Interview, 1978
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Foslien Residence, Alexandria, Minnesota
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 Nonpartisan League; Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
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.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Foslien, Fred, "Fred Foslien Interview, 1978" (1978). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 87.