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Title Lee Hepler
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 1979/04/24
Year Range from 1979
Year Range to 1979
Narrator's name Hepler, Lee
Interviewer Kenyon, Terri
Description Transcript of Lee Hepler oral history as interviewed by Terri Kenyon on April 24, 1979.

Lee Hepler, interviewed by Terri Kenyon, 04/24/79. Lee Hepler discusses running the Ford agency he later sold to Foothills Motors, changes in the automotive industry, being mayor, and known bootleggers during Prohibition.

In this interview with Terri Kenyon on April 24, 1979, Lee Hepler describes:

Pages 1-2: How he came to run the Ford agency, how he worked in the shop with the mechanics, how he helped design a fire truck, and how he sold the agency to Foothills Motors;

Pages 3-4: Changes in the automotive industry, in particular the changes in transmissions from a Model T to a Model A (pedals vs. bands);

Page 5: How cars were delivered from the factories to the dealers;

Page 6: How he was mayor, and his major issue was replacing wooden sidewalks with concrete ones;

Page 7: When Laurence J. Harris was mayor and built a new City Hall; and how the concrete sidewalks had to be conscious of property lines;

Page 8: When Stella May Alexander was mayor, and how she sued the City government, and then moved to Renton to open a rooming house;

Pages 8-9: How he was mayor during the Depression and how they built a reservoir;

Pages 9-11: Prohibition and local bootlegging, including a man known as the Frenchman.
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Subjects Automobiles
Bootlegging
Business History
Case & Hepler Ford
City Hall
Depression
Government
Hepler Ford
Politics
Prohibition
People Alexander, Stella May
Cedarholm, Carl
Harris, Laurence J.
Hepler, Lee
Kenyon, Terri
McQuade, Charlie
Starwich, Matt
Wold, Andrew
Catalog Number 2007.012.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny