Audio Recording "I really feel that the age of stores like ours is past, I really do."

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Title
"I really feel that the age of stores like ours is past, I really do."
Contributor Names
Schagen, Mina (Narrator)
Schagen, Albert W. (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-07
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  Family-owned business enterprises--Succession
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Schagen's Shoe Store (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Albert W. Schagen, owner of Schagen's Shoe Store on 21st Avenue, and his wife, Mina Schagen.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks where is the business going? Will kids follow him in business? MS says kids don't even live around here, they're in Baltimore area, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. AS says he never really encouraged his kids to come into the business. He felt that pressure, and wasn't as conscious of it early on as he was when he got older. That he had received pressure from both parents to go into the business. So he never encouraged it. Both AS's sons worked in the store, did stock work, waited on customers, etc., But AS never encouraged them to come into the business, and when they chose another course for their careers that was fine with him. There were times when he regretted knowing that the business eventually would have to go. But AS really feels that the age of stores like ours is passed. Really does. Thinks we're sort of an anachronism at this time. MS says the neighborhood has changed so much, and it really started [the change started] when their kids were at the point of decision making, had finished college, etc. AS hates to see a business of this age eventually go by the wayside. But AS recalls reading an article in the Wall Street Journal that most family businesses last three generations, and after that people tend to wander away from it. And that's fine with AS, has no regrets about that. But in the not too distant future, AS will have to consider giving it up. AS will be 68 in February and isn't going to work until he's 90, like his father did, that's for sure. MS says and he doesn't have the support that AS's father had [AS was in the business so his father could work until 90]. AS says that's all right. Things come and things go.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A021
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02107
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "I really feel that the age of stores like ours is past, I really do.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003971/.

APA citation style:

Schagen, M., Schagen, A. W. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I really feel that the age of stores like ours is past, I really do.". -09-07. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003971/.

MLA citation style:

Schagen, Mina, Albert W Schagen, and Thomas D Carroll. "I really feel that the age of stores like ours is past, I really do.". -09-07, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003971/>.