Series SR 167 - Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner

Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner [Index] Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Sam and Minerva Teeny, by Robert Gassner [Sound Recording 02]

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SR 167

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

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  • 1988-09-08 (Creation)

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online resource (2 audio files (1 hr., 1 min., 5 sec.) + Index (1 PDF file)

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(1924-2016)

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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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(1929-)

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Minerva Teeny, nee Ghossain, (1929-) married Sam Teeny in 1949, returning with in to Portland, Oregon where they opened Mideast Bakeries together in 1964.

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In this interview, Samuel Joseph 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 Teeny 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) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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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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Digitization funded by the James F. Miller Endowment.

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