Richard B. Torgerson
Alexander Stepanzoff recalls his childhood in Harbin, Manchuria, China, where he learned to play the French horn and wrestled competitively, winning the gold medal in the 1921 Asian Olympics. He talks about being recruited by several U.S. universities and his decision to attend University of Montana [UM] in Missoula, Montana. Stepanzoff credits UM President Charles Clapp with helping him obtain student employment, graduate, and make decisions about his early career. Stepanzoff describes working at Chase Manhattan Bank during the 1920s, while attending Columbia University for his master’s and doctorate, and traveling to Russia for the bank to research the Soviet economic system. He details his decision to return to Montana in 1939 at the request of his father-in-law to build and manage the Missoula Bon Ton Bakery. Stepanzoff details his work as the Missoula City Band director and the challenges he faced retaining community musicians.
Stepanzoff, Alexander Michael; Russia; Imperial Russian Government; Harbin, Manchuria, China; Asian Olympics; Wrestling; University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; Charles H. Clapp, University of Montana; International Club, University of Montana; International Club Orchestra, University of Montana; University Symphony, University of Montana; Cain, Charles; Chase Manhattan Bank; Bullitt, William C.; Sousa, John Phillip; Smith, Leonard; Vizzutti, John; Goldman, Edwin Franko; Petrillo, John Caesar; Skaggs, Marion Barton; Graf, Eugene; Bon Ton Bakery, Montana; Missoula City Band
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Oral History Number
OH 225-001, 002
2 sound cassettes (2:00:00) analog + 1 transcript (44 p.: 28 cm.)
Stepanzoff, Alexander Michael, "Alexander Michael Stepanzoff Interview, January 26, 1989" (1989). University of Montana History Oral History Collection. 19.