Oral history interview with Charley Preusser

Preusser, Charley

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Summary

  • Charley Preusser is a resident of Gays Mills, Wisconsin. Mr. Preusser discusses his life growing up in Gays Mills, flooding, employment and the decline of local businesses. He also discusses the flooding from flood recovery efforts and the FEMA involvement in the city, including the relocation project of Gays Mills, WI due to the flooding.

Notes

  • Gays Mills Oral History Collection.
  • Videodisc: DVD-ROM (audio)

Contents

  • Personal background -- Employment locations, journalist -- Education, UW-Madison -- Employment, taxi cab -- Moving to Gays Mills -- Star Valley Flower Farm, Soldiers Grove, WI -- History, Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout newspaper -- Content, Independent newspaper -- Distribution, Independent newspaper -- Newspaper staff and contributors -- Community reputation -- Publication and circulation details -- Apple festival -- Flooding, historically -- 2007 flood -- Flooding, effects on infrastructure -- Flooding, Main Street -- Experiences, 2007 flood -- Flooding, water depth -- Flooding, newspaper office, Main Street -- Flooding, power supply -- Flooding, preparation -- Publishing newspaper during flood -- Flooding, response and assistance -- Flooding, Gays Mills accessibility and evacuation -- Flooding, response -- Flooding, community and recovery -- Publishing newspaper after flood -- Main Street newspaper office -- Flooding, repercussions for business vs. residences -- 2007 flood, importance -- Flooding, rescue operations -- Mercantile Center -- Marketplace -- Community Commerce Center -- 2007 flood, review -- 2008 flood -- Flooding, preparation -- Flooding, water depth record -- Flooding, emotional response -- 2008 flood, complications of -- Flooding, requency -- 2007 flood, clean-up -- Flooding, Kickapoo River -- Flood Recovery Committee -- Damage assessment -- Property value in a floodplain -- Salvaging property vs. demolition -- Changes, 2008 flood recovery effort -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- Long Range Planning Committee -- Ritchie Stevenson -- Maura Otis -- Buy-outs and relocation -- Floodplain building restrictions -- Veterinarian office, Main Street -- Flood insurance -- Kickapoo River and Gays Mills history -- Opinions, floodplain and agricultural practices -- Opinions, relocation and future floods -- Lutheran Church -- Floodplain reclamation -- Dams -- Long Term Recovery Plan booklet review -- FEMA and property evaluation, "highest, best use appraisal" -- Relocating -- Vierbicher and Associates -- Opinions, federal funding -- Organic Valley -- Village Board -- Mercantile Center building issues -- Flood recovery, divisions among Gays Mills residents -- Opinions, Main Street office -- Future of newspaper -- Relocating process for newspaper office -- Opinions, community understanding -- Maura Otis -- Differences, city vs. village -- Village of Gays Mills budget -- Opinions, Gays Mills capabilities and future -- Future development, bistro -- Funding, end of -- Funding, forgivable loans -- Julia Henley -- Future development, inn -- Opinions, tourism -- Potosi Brewery as example for Gays Mills -- Changes, Village Board -- Relocation/recovery progress -- Community kitchen -- Differences, rural vs. urban functionality
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