Item SR167_Index - Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner [Index]

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Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner [Index]


  • 1988-09-08 (Creation)


Index; 4 pages

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Samuel Joseph Teeny (1924-2016) was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent most of his childhood in Zahle Lebanon, returning to the United States at age 13. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He married Minerva Ghossain in Lebanon in 1949, returning to Portland where he drove a Taxi and ran Teeny's Department Store and Menlo Shoes. In 1964, he and his wife opened MidEast Bakeries, now called Teeny Foods, where they created and sold Pocket Bread (TM).

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Index. Sam Teeny discusses his family history, his childhood in Lebanon and Portland, Oregon, the Syrian and Lebanese community in Portland, using English as a second language, Lebanese/Syrian softball league, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Lebanese American Club, how the Lebanese independence affected the Syrian Lebanese community, and Syrian and Lebanese businesses in Southeast Portland. Minerva also describes a traditional Lebanese wedding and Sam describes the various businesses he's owned and his Youth Ministry work.

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Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial, ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)

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  • eng

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Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner, 1988 September 8, SR 167, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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