Mary Reed

Mary Reed


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Mary Reed


Cole Steinberg


Thanh Huynh


Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)


Battle Creek

Document Type

Oral History

Date of Interview



Battle Creek, Saint Paul, 1964


Oral History | Psychology


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mary Elizabeth Reed is a Caucasian female born on March 10th, 1964. She grew up living with her sister and their adoptive parents. Both of her parents worked. Her mom owned her own business. They lived in Battle Creek. Reed grew up Lutheran but is non-religious as an adult. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Reed describes her idyllic life growing up in Battle Creek. She discusses her family relationships with her mother owning her own business and the close relationship she had with her grandparents. Reed talks about how chores were to be done to her mother’s neat standards. Reed shares how meals, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, were staples in their household. Reed mentions how family meals on Sundays were important to the family, even though her mother was a horrible cook. Growing up Reed considered her family uber-Lutherans; she went to Lutheran schools and spent much of her time in church groups and events. Reed doesn't consider religion relevant to her life as an adult. She reminisces about her neighbors and how they each provided a variety of interesting things for neighbor kids to do. Reed talks about her time at school, how much she loved school and how teachers always kept them busy with schoolwork to bring home. Lastly, Reed mentions global events such as the gas crisis, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Nixon.

Mary Reed



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