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Bruss, Evelyn; Bruss, Orville

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Oral History

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Evelyn Bruss was born 17 June 1921 in Cokato, Minnesota. After graduating from high school in Cokato, she moved to the Twin Cities and attended the Minnesota School of Business. During the war, Evelyn worked out of her home and also did some work as an auditor. Orville Bruss was born in 1918. During the war he served in the Minnesota National Guard before going on active stateside duty at the end of the war with the US Navy. In 1947 Evelyn and Orville were married; the couple found a home in Minneapolis, where they lived after that. Evelyn was active many years as a homemaker and involved at her church, Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Following military service, Orville was a chemist with the Metropolitan Water Control Commission for 35 years. In this interview, Evelyn and Orville share details of military and family life during the war years. Evelyn Bruss died 22 Feb 2008 in Bloomington, MN. Orville Bruss died 19 May 2014 in Bloomington, MN.


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