“Elsie’s one of these people you meet once and you never forget.”

Ms. Noel talks about a memorable work experience.

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DL: Tell me about a typical day for you. How do you spend your time?

EN: Well, I used to work all the time. I worked for 25 years here in Portage.

DL: What did you do?

EN: Well, I worked at a soup plant, Campbell’s Soup. Everybody knows Campbell’s Soup. There was a man that came from the States, and he was the boss of the Campbell’s Soup Company, and he was talking to me and he asked me what my name was and I told him. He went back and he came back about three or four years later and I moved to- there used to be a mushroom plant here across the road that Campbell’s Soup owned, and I lived way over at the other end there. And I transferred to the mushroom plant. I said, “I’d like to transfer there so I’ll just have to walk across the road and work,” I said. Okay, they said, you can do that. And he came there when he came to the plant. It used to be way over there, northwest of Portage, that’s where the big plant used to be. He come over there and I said, “I’ve seen that man before,” we had a coffee break. And he turned around and he tapped me on the shoulder and I looked back and he said, “Elsie, can I borrow your spoon?” We were having coffee. And everybody looked surprised because he called me by name. And he says, “Elsie’s one of these people you meet once and you never forget.”

Oral History- Interview | Narrator Elsie Noelle Interviewer Deborah Locke in Dakota Tipi First Nation Manitoba, Canada | Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Citation: Minnesota Historical Society. U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. “Elsie’s one of these people you meet once and you never forget.” June 15, 2024. http://www.usdakotawar.org/node/1492

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