Hugh B. Robards Interview, 1976

Title

Hugh B. Robards Interview, 1976

Authors

Hugh B. Robards

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Interviewer

Sue Von Mosch

Interviewee

Hugh B. "Pat" Robards

Date Recorded

11-12-1976

Date Digital

7-7-2020

Location Recorded

Robards Residence, Alexandria, Minnesota

County

Douglas CountyH

Keywords

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.)

Description

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.

Run Time

00:44:43

Language

English

Original Format

Reel-to-Reel

Digital Identifier

DCRobards01

Repository

West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)

Local Identifier

1054

Hugh B. Robards Interview, 1976

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