Audio Recording "They found almost $16,000 in cash -- and we're talking 1950, 1951."

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"They found almost $16,000 in cash -- and we're talking 1950, 1951."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  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
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: His grandmother passed away, and father was executor of the estate, and he locked the house, then went in started going through personal effects. They found money all around the house. Also found gifts that people had given her -- clothes, etc. -- that she'd never used. They were never out of the box. They had a little pantry off the kitchen, and on the top shelf AS's father found these cans, they were the old Droste cocoa cans, the square ones. And he took them down and found almost $16,000 dollars in cash in those cans, nothing bigger than a 20 [dollar bill]. And this was in 1951. And she had bank books in every bank, about 10 different ones. She never spent a dime. AS's father said to AS one time, You know, grandma never got any pleasure out of life. And AS said her pleasure in life was in saving. She just liked looking in bank books.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A021
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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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. "They found almost $16,000 in cash -- and we're talking , 1951.". -09-07, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "They found almost $16,000 in cash -- and we're talking , 1951.". -09-07. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "They found almost $16,000 in cash -- and we're talking , 1951.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.