Audio Recording "My great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different."

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Title
"My great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-12
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: Great grandfather had a grocery store in Holland. When he arrived here, the girls immediately went to work in the silk mills, which was a common thing in those days. Great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different. Great grandfather had gotten enough money together to get a few cows, and had moved to Lewis Street, what was then called Clay Street, and Virginia Avenue. They had been living on Cedar Street in Paterson, in a flood area, and somebody suggested he buy the house. Had no money, but the owner said pay me on a monthly basis. He did, then bought 3 cows, then 3 more, and sold themilk, that's how he made a living. That was about 1890, and then his grandfather, who had been apprenticed as a shoemaker in Holland, decided to open a little shop on Virginia Avenue (now 22nd Avenue). At that point AS's great grandfather told his grandfather that there was sufficient room on Lewis Street for him to open a shop there. And AS's grandfather moved there, made shoes, and about that time started bringing in ready-made shoes. And that was the beginning of the business.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A020
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02001
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "My great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003956/.

APA citation style:

Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "My great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003956/.

MLA citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "My great grandfather at that point in time decided he wanted to do something different.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003956/>.