• Wilkin, R.J. - Interview and Memoir

    Wilkin, R.J. (1900-1979)

    Wilkin recalls duties, responsibilities, and trains while working for the Chicago & Illinois Midland, Illinois Terminal and other railroads in the early 20th century in Springfield and central Illinoi…

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  • Catania, Susan - Interview and Memoir

    Catania, Susan b. 1941

    Catania, member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1973-83, discusses her years in the General Assembly: accomplishments, women's issues, women in the legislature, Equal Rights Amendment, civil…

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  • Funk, Mary and Herndon, Calista - Interview and Memoir

    Funk, Mary (1901-1980) and Herndon, Calista d. 1983

    Funk and Herndon, proponents of birth control, recall the early efforts of Planned Parenthood in Springfield, attitudes toward birth control since 1918, individuals involved in the organization of Pla…

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  • Bettag, Otto - Interview and Memoir

    Bettag, Otto (1906-1990)

    Dr. Bettag, former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, discusses his medical training and experiences combating tuberculosis; experiences at Cincinnati General Hospital and the Vete…

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  • Clark, Eugene and Clark, Elizabeth - Interview and Memoir

    Clark, Eugene (1897-1993) and Elizabeth Clark (1897-1978)

    Eugene and Elizabeth Clark discuss their involvement with the organization of the Springfield chapter of the United World Federalists: its founding members, activities and goals, UWF literature, the e…

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  • Brown, Douglas - Interview and Memoir

    Brown, Douglas b. 1905

    Douglas Brown discusses WWII and its impact on local businesses: war-time restrictions, war-time production, rationing, transportation, ordnance plants and military facilities in and around Springfiel…

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  • Riehle, Marie - Interview and Memoir

    Riehle, Marie (1900-1989)

    Riehle, owner of the Commercial Hotel in Auburn, Illinois discusses her early family life, elementary school education, her mother's boarding business, 1910 fire, the coal industry, Auburn businesses…

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  • Repplinger, Raymond - Interview and Memoir

    Repplinger, Raymond (1908-1982)

    Repplinger, lifelong resident of Nauvoo, Illinois, discusses early and mid 20th century life in Nauvoo, its early settlers, his family, the Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt, and members of the…

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  • Walker, Dan - Interview and Memoir

    Walker, Dan b. 1922

    Dan Walker, Democratic Governor of Illinois 1973-1977, discusses his years as Governor: campaigning, his famous walk around Illinois, debates, and issues; the elections of 1972 and 1976; and his admin…

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  • Gobel, Augustine - Interview and Memoir

    Gobel, Augustine (1909-1987)

    Gobel, Christian County coal miner, recalls his duties in the mines, working conditions and hazards, formation of the Progressive Miners Union, mine war violence, and relations between ethnic groups w…

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  • Carr, Sharlottie - Interview and Memoir

    Carr, Sharlottie (1892-1983)

    Sharlottie Carr discusses the African American community in Springfield, her family, the 1908 race riot, employment, churches, theaters and education.

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  • Bennett, Dr. Basil - Interview and Memoir

    Bennett, Dr. Basil (1886-1980)

    Dr. Bennett, resident of Shawneetown, Illinois since 1916, recalls the location of buildings in the town, the bank's interior, his duties working for the state as a veterinary surgeon, and experiences…

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  • Hall, Carrol C. - Interview and Memoir

    Hall, Carrol C. (1905-1995)

    Hall, former chemistry teacher at Springfield High School, recalls homefront conditions during WWII. He recalls working as a freelance writer, military installations and prisoner of war camps, local w…

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  • Albright, Carl H. - Interview and Memoir

    Albright, Carl H. b. 1921

    Albright, retired Air Force Lt. Col., discusses his career in the Air Force, aviation cadet training, European assignments and missions during WWII; return to U.S., discharge, and return to college; r…

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  • Jack, Homer A. - Interview and Memoir

    Jack, Homer A. (1916-1993)

    Jack, a Unitarian Minister, discusses the use of non-violent means to bring about social change. He recalls WWII conscientious objectors from Union Seminary and discusses pacifism, the peace movement…

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  • Bertetti, Frank - Interview and Memoir

    Bertetti, Frank b. 1901

    Frank Bertetti, a Superior Coal Company employee in Benld, Illinois, discusses the mine wars, United Mine Workers, Progressive Miners, and his participation in the Mulkeytown march. He discusses the a…

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  • Kolbe, John - Interview and Memoir

    Kolbe, John b. 1940

    Kolbe, assistant press secretary for Governor Richard Ogilvie 1969-1973, recalls the events of Ogilvie's administration. He discusses his early experiences in journalism, working with Richard Ogilvie…

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  • Frederick, Dave - Interview and Memoir

    Frederick, Dave (1912-1984)

    Frederick, member of the First Congregational Church, recalls the church's destruction by fire in 1956, support from the Temple B'rith Sholom, and the fundraising and groundbreaking of the new church…

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  • Taylor, James Orville - Interview and Memoir

    Taylor, James Orville (1881-1974)

    James Taylor discusses his relatives, their immigration from Scotland, their work and travels in the United States and settlement in Illinois.

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  • Montgomery, John - Interview and Memoir

    Montgomery, John

    Montgomery, member of the Springfield Rotary Club, discusses club activities, the induction process, meetings, the Rotary Foundation, and contributions.

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