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Silent Generation (1928-1945)
Multiple Saint Paul
Date of Interview
Multiple, Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, Saint Paul, 1943
Oral History | Psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jeffry Werner is a Caucasian male born on February 10, 1943. He is one of two siblings. His father worked for 60 years at the same company, starting as a newspaper boy, to becoming the VP of that company; his mother initially started as a stay-at-home parent, but eventually started working part-time in retail. He grew up Lutheran. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Werner starts by recalling some of his memories whilst growing up, touching on what sports he played and what kind of income his family had. He mentions how the household chores were fairly divided, and how they even received allowance. He briefly continues to discuss how his family's economic status influenced his childhood, and how he never felt that they were in a bad financial position. Werner goes on to describe how religion affected his upbringing. He talks about how both neighborhoods he lived in felt quite safe. He continues by describing what his house and neighborhood looked like, and how it was easy to participate in outside activities such as riding bikes and swimming at the pool. He mentions the value of learning self-efficacy and independence, as well as there being a strong religious influence in the Catholic community. Afterwards, he touches on how he spends his leisure time, by playing sports like baseball and going on drives throughout the neighborhood, as well as going on vacation. Werner mentions what schooling looked like, recalling memories of gym class. He ends the interview by describing the local issues affecting the neighborhood, mostly talking about the Cold War, and practicing safety drills at school, as well as touching on race.
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