Hugh B. Robards Interview, 1976
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Sue Von Mosch
Hugh B. "Pat" Robards
Robards Residence, Alexandria, Minnesota
Hardware stores--Minnesota--Alexandria; Business enterprises--Minnesota--Alexandria; Businesspeople--Minnesota--Alexandria; Depressions--1929; World War, 1939-1945; Rationing--Minnesota--Alexandria; Advertising; World War, 1914-1918--France; Tourism--Minnesota--Alexandria; Alexandria (Minn.)
Hugh Robards was born January 11, 1894 in Alexandria, Minnesota. He graduated from Carleton College in 1916 and served in the infantry in World War I. He was discharged in 1920, at which time he returned to Alexandria to take over operation of the Cowing Robards hardware store.
In this interview, Hugh Robards discusses the early founding and development of the store, obtaining the Our Own Hardware franchise in 1913, advertising, business fluctuations in the Depression and World War II, and the rationing of products during World War II. He also discusses the time he spent in France during World War I, tourism in Alexandria, and the civic duties of citizens.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Robards, Hugh B., "Hugh B. Robards Interview, 1976" (1976). All Minnesota Oral Histories. 93.