In case any readers of this blog are interested, you can now hear audio recordings of interviews with Concordia St. Paul students who graduated from this institution in the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. They are now found (here) at the Minnesota Digital library’s website Minnesota Reflections.
If you are intrigued, you can learn more about this project and the interviews at the Concordia library’s web page here.
Here’s a summary of one of the more colorful interviews:
“Interview with Rudolph Ritz, class of 1935, from Largo, Florida in 1981. Pastor Ritz, whose mother was the chief cook for Kaiser Wilhelm II, talks about, among other things, why he came to study for the ministry at Concordia, how public school teachers sacrificed extra time to help him learn English and math, the President’s long list of responsibilities at the school (leading chapel, night watchman, his own secretary), outstanding profs and what made them great, the dissection of stray animals for biology classes, how city boys at Concordia avoided hazing and who got it the worst, classroom clowning and fun, playing sports, the difficulties professors faced, the scandal of dating students (dancing, movies), extracurricular night lectures by a professor on sexual matters, a “rebel” student newspaper (the “Rebel Comet”), pro baseball and the St. Paul Saints (Babe Ruth), work outside of school, the conversion of a co-worker to Christianity through his preaching, and an interesting story about a personal letter from President Nixon.”
And here is the poster that I put together to advertise this on campus: