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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
Syrians -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Armenians -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Turks -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Creator:
Holtz, Wendy
Coughlin, Kathleen
Description:
Written by UW-L students Wendy Holtz and Kathleen Coughlin, this study focuses on Syrians, Armenians and Turks in La Crosse's past in the early 20th century.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haddad, John Michael -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Lebanese Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
World War, 1939-1945
Rugs, Oriental
Rugs, Persian
Selling -- Floor coverings -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Family-owned business enterprises -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Haddad discusses his family's emigration from Lebanon and their settlement in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and describes his service during World War II. He also details his training and involvement in the family business importing Oriental rugs, focusing on rug varieties and the rug trade. He mentions local customers and the expansion of his business, called Haddad Rug and Carpet Company. Additionally, Mr. Haddad discusses the following topics: Personal history -- Family immigration, 1915 -- Reasons for leaving Lebanon, Ottoman rule -- Importing business, Oriental rugs -- Styles of Persian rugs -- Local sale of Persian rugs, Customers Carson Pirie Scott and John Pappus -- Turkish style rugs, prayer and hunting rugs -- Beginnings of Importation of Oriental rugs, business partners, Haddad brothers -- Father’s importing and vineyard business, Eastern suppliers network -- Father’s experience in Lebanon, Religious conflicts between Christians and Jews, early 1900s -- Professional importation, hands-on experience -- Detection of imitation rugs -- Nation-wide importing rug networks, 1936, New York and California -- Connections to traders in Iran -- Effects of the Great Depression, 1929 on the Importation business -- Buying back and re-selling Oriental rugs -- Customers of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1930s -- Uncle’s ice cream shop, Main street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Customers of the Midwest, Minneapolis and Chicago.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Raymond Bice discusses his childhood and early life, talking of fishing, hanging out at rail yards, his school delinquency, some of his teachers and his principal, as well as his story of eventually dropping out of high school. He also talks about his adult life, including his political career and the greater political climate of La Crosse, specifically at the County level. Bice talks in detail about the Trapper's bill and law, the Speed Limit bill and law, the Highway Safety bill and law, Liquor tax, and lobbying groups. He also discusses general topics like the Great Depression, Prohibition and bootlegging, neighborhood rivalry, and Syrian immigration to La Crosse.
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