• Martin, Jack E. - Interview and Memoir

    Martin, Jack E. b. 1884

    Jack E. Martin, mechanic, discusses life in the Springfield area in the early 20th century: farming, chauffeuring, Depression, being one of the first African Americans to own and operate a garage, wor…

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  • Prater, Frannie - Interview and Memoir

    Prater, Fannie (1903-1995)

    Prater, postmaster, discusses rural life in Kilbourne, Illinois: farming, holidays, Depression, WWII, and operation of the Kilbourne post office.

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  • Bretz, Geraldine - Interview and Memoir

    Bretz, Geraldine (1909-1980)

    Bretz, first female officer of the Springfield Marine Bank, discusses her 44 years at the bank working in various capacities, from secretary to bank officer. She relates changes over the years with re…

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  • Brockmeier, John S. (Reverend) - Interview and Memoir

    Brockmeier, John S. (Reverend) (1894-1976)

    Reverend Brockmeier discusses his involvement in labor unions, church-union relationships, formation of the Progressive Miners of America, struggles between United Mine Workers and the Progressives, a…

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  • Victor, Benjamin B. - Interview and Memoir

    Victor, Benjamin B. (1908-1988)

    Victor, chairman of the board of Thrifty Drugs, Inc., discusses his interest and involvement in the pharmacy business; work at and description of Ralph's Drugstore in Springfield; pharmacy school; own…

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  • Aikman, Herbert (Bert) - Interview and Memoir

    Aikman, Herbert (Bert) (1878-1977)

    Aikman discusses his experiences in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties, Illinois; childhood and farmlife, one room school education, homemade foods and remedies, his family's log cabin in Hornsby, child…

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  • Gardiner, Walter - Interview and Memoir

    Gardiner, Walter b. 1914

    Gardiner, long-time resident of Springfield, discusses jobs he has held, Springfield in the 1920's, businesses, his work as a glazier and union membership. His memoir covers a broad spectrum of public…

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  • Bunn, Willard Jr. - Interview and Memoir

    Bunn, Willard Jr. (1913-2002)

    Willard ("Bunch") Bunn Jr., former President and Chairman of the Board, discusses the history of the Springfield Marine Bank. He recalls changes to the bank building and its services, effects of the D…

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  • Buckles, Joseph R. - Interview and Memoir

    Buckles, Joseph R. (1902-1981)

    Buckles discusses life in the early 20th century in Pawnee, Illinois. He discusses experiences working for the Peabody Coal Company, the Depression, conflict in the mines, and bootlegging. He also dis…

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  • DeBoice, Benjamin S. - Interview and Memoir

    DeBoice, Benjamin S. (Judge) (1889-1982)

    Judge DeBoice, a Republican probate judge 1930-50, recalls political figures at the local, state, and national level; presidential campaigns, National Conventions of the 30's and 40's, state and Sanga…

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  • Siburt, William and Lou Ann Wagner - Interview and Memoir

    Siburt, Lou Ann Wagner b. 1927, Siburt, William E. b.1926

    Lou Ann Wagner Siburt discusses farm life furing the Depression, unmechanized farming, home life, childhood chores and games, horses and livestock, teenage jobs, courtship and marriage during WWII and…

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  • Myers, Jacob Duffy - Interview and Memoir

    Myers, Jacob Duffy (J.D.) (1898-1993)

    J.D. Myers, journalist, discusses his career in journalism and politics: his work in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton Journal and Daily News; the Springfield State Journal and the Progressive Miners' Illino…

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  • Williams, Marie South - Interview and Memoir

    Williams, Marie South (1893-1989)

    Marie South Williams recalls rural life in southern Illinois and in Springfield during the early 20th century: family and farm life in DeSoto, Illinois, her grandmothers, household chores, homemade fo…

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  • McCarthy, Henry L. - Memoir

    McCarthy, Henry L. (1902-1979)

    Henry L. McCarthy discusses his family background, early education and work, the Depression, education at University of Chicago, work at DePaul University, work as regional director of the Social Secu…

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  • Eldridge, Carlton - Interview and Memoir

    Eldridge, Carlton (1911-1998)

    Eldridge, blind since childhood, discusses his music teaching career as a choir director and performer, and recalls his childhood and education at an East Lansing, Michigan school for the blind, WWI h…

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  • Feuer, Hyman A. - Interview and Memoir

    Feuer, Hyman A. (1915-1996)

    Feuer, president of General Automotive, discusses growing up in Springfield during the Depression and the effects on the family, business and on local coal miners. He recalls his education, his family…

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  • Ruble, John C. - Interview and Memoir

    Ruble, John C. (1903-1978)

    Ruble discusses New Berlin, Illinois, the Depression and businesses in the 1930's. Also recalls the construction of U.S. Route 36 and the impact of paved roads on the area.

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  • Tuttle, Mae - Interview and Memoir

    Tuttle, Mae b. 1906

    Tuttle, Springfield native, recalls Springfield in the 20th century. She discusses growing up, schools, live theaters, neighborhoods, businesses, horse transportation, early automobiles, Armistice Day…

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  • Schuppe, George - Interview and Memoir

    Schuppe, George (1909-1980)

    Schuppe discusses Illinois life during the 20th century: his experiences as a UPI reporter in the 1930's; work as executive secretary to Lieutenant Governor John Stelle in 1937; public relations work…

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  • Bringer, Edmund - Interview and Memoir

    Bringer, Edmund A. (1905-1997)

    Bringer, retired Illinois Bell Telephone employee, discusses experiences with Illinois Bell, his education and early employment, improvements in telephone technolo-gy, his work teaching safety courses…

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