• Dougherty, Lena - Interview and Memoir

    Dougherty, Lena b. 1903

    Lena Dougherty, daughter of an Italian immigrant coal miner and wife of a Southern Illinois coal miner, recalls her family background and childhood near Auburn, Illinois: education, immigrant neighbor…

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  • Rev. Conway Ramseyer oral history transcript, 1954-1965

    Rev. Conway Ramseyer

    Rev. Conway Ramseyer discusses a youth group at Bensenville Bible Church, Wheaton College, the addresses he lived at in Bensenville, population growth, expanding subdivisions, the Church Federation of…

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  • Brown, Ogden - Interview and Memoir

    Brown, Ogden (1916-1996)

    Ogden Brown, long-time Springfield resident and member of the First Congregational Church, discusses church activities, Fore-Fathers' Day Dinners, destruction of the church by fire in 1956, support fr…

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  • Rude, Charles - Interview and Memoir

    Rude, Charles b. 1916

    Rude, member since 1966, discusses Springfield's First Congregational Church: the 1956 church fire, fund raising and rebuilding the church, and affiliation with the United Church of Christ.

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  • Schoening, Louise #1 - Interview and Memoir

    Schoening, Louise (1883-1985)

    Schoening recalls working as a seamstress for Illinois Governors John Tanner and Richard Yates at the turn of the 20th century. She also recalls attendance at Springfield's Christ Episcopal Church: ch…

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  • Honey, Margaret E. - Interview and Memoir

    Honey, Margaret E. (1884-1983)

    Margaret Honey discusses rural life during the late 19th and early 20th century: her childhood and family home in Newton, Illinois, education, injuries, illnesses and remedies, teaching, courtship and…

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  • Hill, May - Interview and Memoir

    Hill, May (1879-1978)

    Hill discusses her membership in Springfield's Christ Episcopal Church, members of the congregation and rectors. She also recounts stories about the Ridgelys, Lanphiers and other Springfield families.

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  • Benedict, Donald - Interview and Memoir

    Benedict, Donald b. 1917

    Donald Benedict, socialist and pacifist, husband of Ann Benedict, discusses his studies at Albion College and Union Seminary; socialism and pacifism; living in Harlem, New York in the 1940's; experien…

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  • Gardner, Dorothy - Interview and Memoir

    Gardner, Dorothy (1907-1986)

    Gardner, member of the Springfield's First Congregational Church, discusses the church's destruction by fire in 1956, support from the Temple B'rith Sholom, fund raising and rebuilding, ground breakin…

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  • McDaniel, Orville - Interview and Memoir

    McDaniel, Orville (1904-1985)

    McDaniel recalls life in Springfield: childhood, Depression, church experiences, Grace African Methodist Evanglical Church (later United Methodist Church); race relations, segregation, and race discri…

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  • Rexroat, Verna - Interview and Memoir

    Rexroat, Verna (1890-1984)

    Verna Rexroat recalls life in early 20th century Virginia, Illinois: her family, school, a smallpox epidemic, weaving, gardening and home life.

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  • Hyndman, Virginia - Interview and Memoir

    Hyndman, Virginia (1915-1999)

    Virginia Hyndman, member of the Springfield's First Congregational Church, recalls church leaders and activities: Sunday School, committee work, women's activities, stewardship, 100th anniversary of t…

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  • Rose, Dr. Theodore T. - Interview and Memoir

    Rose, Dr. Theodore T. b. 1905

    Rose, minister, recalls early and mid 20th century Springfield: 1908 race riot, work for the Illinois Foundry, ministry work, building of the Brown Street Church of God in Christ, schools and educatio…

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  • Hyndman, Harry Jr. - Interview and Memoir

    Hyndman, Harry Jr. (1915-1996)

    Hyndman, member of the First Congregational Church in Springfield, recalls the church's destruction by fire in 1956, services at the Temple B'rith Sholom, construction of the new building, and the gro…

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  • Schoening, Louise #2 - Interview and Memoir

    Schoening, Louise (1883-1985)

    Schoening, a lifelong resident of Springfield, recalls her Episcopalian religious attendance at Christ Episcoal Church: women's auxiliary; building of the church; and other church members. She also re…

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  • Heistand, Hobart Hertzler - Interview and Memoir

    Heistand, Hobart Hertzler b. 1926

    Hobart Heistand, Episcopal minister, discusses his work at the Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, changes in the prayer book, ministerial duties, counselling, clergy and the congregation, service…

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  • Leinicke, Betty - Interview and Memoir

    Leinicke, Betty b. 1925

    Leinicke, member of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, discusses changes in the services, form of church government, priests and bishops, conflicts between high and low Episcopal churches, electi…

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  • Spalding, Mary Jane 'Jerry' Leisenring - Interview and Memoir

    Spalding, Mary Jane "Jerry" Leisenring b. 1913

    Spalding, member of Springfield's Christ Episcopal Church, discusses her association and experiences with the church: Sunday school, women's groups, Boy Scout troops, social functions, renovation and…

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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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  • Dinsmore, R.T. (Robert Truman) - Interview and Memoir

    Dinsmore, R.T. (Robert Truman) (1885-1982)

    Dinsmore, central Illinois newspaperman and printer, discusses his work on small weekly newspapers he owned and edited in central Illinois and Missouri and his experiences working as a printing forema…

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