Angeline Mesenburg Beaver Oral History
Angeline Mesenburg Beaver (August 13, 1907-April 15, 1984) was a lifelong resident of St. Cloud. She married Lynwood Beaver in 1934 - he passed away in 1975. She was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church and a member of St. Anne’s Altar Guild, American Red Cross, 20th Century Club and Stearns County Historical Society. In 1927, Beaver graduated from St. Cloud State University. Both are buried together in St. Cloud’s North Star cemetery.
Beaver described her family history in St. Cloud, particularly on the Southeast side. That family history included her husband who worked for Holes-Webway for 46 years, as well as her father Frank who was from Luxembourg and her mother Mary Rau who was from Canada. Her father worked at the St. Cloud Reformatory, while her mother attended St. Cloud State and taught afterwards. Beaver also went to St. Cloud State’s lab school and post-secondary program and taught in girls’ schools in Benton County, Popple Creek, Albany and St. Cloud. More generally, Beaver discussed and reflected on how the town of St. Cloud, especially the east side of the city, changed drastically and grew its population in the following years. She mentioned shopping and stores in downtown St. Cloud and attending the St. John’s Episcopal Church. In addition, Beaver chronicled her husband Lynwood’s career at Holes-Webway, including its many locations in the St. Cloud area. She also touched on his service during World War II as well as her own volunteer service to help the war effort.
Interviewed by Cal Cower and John LeDoux
St. Cloud State University, "Angeline Mesenburg Beaver Oral History" (1978). General. 3.