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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - Oral History Interview, 1974

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - 1992. Oral History Interview, 1974.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1213

Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - 1992 . Oral History Interview, 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1213. 1 binder, 21 pages.


This collection consists of the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Mary Pay Johnson, of Madison Lake, Minnesota. The interview was conducted as part of the Blue Earth County Historical Society's project intended to chronicle wholesale and retail businesses in Mankato since 1900. Johnson was a lifelong resident of Blue Earth County, and her family has operated a variety of businesses in the area. Some of the topics discussed were her family's earliest times in Blue Earth County, and their wide range of business ventures, including candy-making, livery stables, a lime kiln, the Ben Pay Hotel, and Johnson Laundry.

Biographical Note:

Mary Pay Johnson was born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1906. She is the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Pay (1864 - 1956) and Josephine Messer Pay (1873 - 1952). Mary Pay married Kelsey Johnson (1905 - ) in 1932. They have one living daughter, Mary Josephine, Mrs. Richard Hey (1932 - ), of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Johnson died in 1992.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - 1992. Oral History Interview, 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1213, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


This collection was donated in August 1974.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in October 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Mary Pay Johnson available elsewhere. The original cassette tape of the interview is housed at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato, Minnesota.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - 1992.
Mankato (Minn.)-Businesses.