Joseph (Joe) Schwab Interview


Joseph (Joe) Schwab Interview


Joseph (Joe) Schwab

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Krueger, Frederick


Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


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Joseph (Joe) Schwab describes his Polish/Russian roots, speaking about his grandfather (Mike Schwab, b. 1864) and his grandmother (Sophi Lerder, b. 1871). He describes how his grandparents immigrated to Roslyn, Washington, where they founded Roslyn Motors. He describes how his father (Joseph Schwab, b. 1901) took over the business but lost it to the Great Depression and WWII rationing. Schwab talks about his mother (Ann Lawrence Schwab) and her education in nursing. He talks about his childhood in Brookside, including holidays, lodges, baseball, hunting, fishing, and gangs. He talks about his work in the Northwestern Improvement Company No. 3 Mine, and how this work helped him go to college at Washington State University.

The cover image shows Roslyn, circa 1940. The photograph was taken from the intersection of First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Many of the businesses that lined the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue can be seen. On the left in the foreground is the Brick Saloon, which was managed by W. Sullivan. The next business was the Pioneer Grocery Store, owned by Stephen Kuchin. The Panerio and Ramsay Barber Shops were also on this side of the street.

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Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.), Immigrants--United States--History, Businessmen--Washington (State)


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Joseph (Joe) Schwab Interview