• 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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  • Gerdes, Weldon and Gerdes, Gary - Interview and Memoir

    Gerdes, Weldon b. 1931 and Gerdes, Gary b. ca. 1960

    Weldon Gerdes, farmer on the Sangamon River near Petersburg, Illinois, and his son Gary discuss living near the river for 50 years, floods, levee construction, fishing and recreation, wildlife, pollut…

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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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  • Hall, Mrs. Leland (Everett) - Interview and Memoir

    Hall, Mrs. Leland (Everett) (1898-1988)

    Hall discusses her childhood in rural Kentucky, and in Greenview and Athens, Illinois. She recalls the family garden and food preservation, family life and household chores, marriage at age 16, storie…

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  • Brasell, Ruth K. - Interview and Memoir

    Brasell, Ruth K. (1891-1986)

    Brasell, a teacher in one room rural schools, recalls teaching near Beardstown, the school building, students, training and duties as teacher. Also discusses the educa-tional system, Christmas program…

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  • Graham, Elizabeth E. - Interview and Memoir

    Graham, Elizabeth E. (1892-1982)

    Graham, a retired school teacher and former curator of the Vachel Lindsay Home, recalls aspects of early 20th century life including rural schools, farming, cooking, and family life; incidents from he…

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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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  • 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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  • Williams, Gale - Interview and Memoir

    Williams, Gale b. 1922

    Gale Williams, Republican member of the Illinois House of Represen-tatives 1961-65 and 1967-73, discusses the issues of his years in the General Assembly: legislative and judicial reform, economic dev…

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  • Rexroat, Rollo - Interview and Memoir

    Rexroat, Rollo (1893-1979)

    Rollo Rexroat recalls early 20th century life in Virginia, Illinois: his father's grocery store, merchandise and prices, Civil War veterans and stories, school, other businesses, and the area's land.

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  • Clough, Arthur D. - Interview and Memoir

    Clough, Arthur D. (1897-1984)

    Arthur Clough, farmer, recalls early 20th century farm life near Donnellson, Illinois: homemade foods, gardening, beekeeping, wildlife, and curing meat.

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  • Cantrall, Evans E. - Interview and Memoir

    Cantrall, Evans E. (1884-1982)

    Cantrall, farmer, discusses rural life in the late 19th and early 20th century near Springfield: family life, a trip to Yellowstone National Park, education, employment, 1908 race riot, WWI, insurance…

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  • Nuckols, James Ray 'Bud' - Interview and Memoir

    Nuckols, James Ray "Bud" (1903-1989)

    Nuckols, resident of Auburn, Illinois, discusses early to mid 20th century life in Auburn: family and schools, teaching, prohibition, transportation and businesses. Also discusses farm life: farming t…

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  • Cordes, Marie - Interview and Memoir

    Cordes, Marie (1900-1991)

    Cordes recalls rural life in Farmingdale, Illinois during the early to mid 20th century and also discusses Immanuel Lutheran Church and German-Americans.

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  • Sarff, Jack - Interview and Memoir

    Sarff, Jack (1911-1987)

    Sarff discusses life as a farmer: hard times during the Depression and WWII, earning money as a boy, country schools, fairs, farm machinery and methods, farm life, crops without fertilizer and herbici…

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  • English, Freda - Interview and Memoir

    English, Freda (1906-1998)

    Freda English, resident of rural Hamilton and Saline Counties in southern Illinois, discusses her life, education and employment as a teacher during the early 20th century. She recalls farm work, cook…

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  • Dunn, Archibald - Interview and Memoir

    Dunn, Archibald (1891-1986)

    Archibald Dunn, Cass County farmer, discusses farming in the early 1900's, his family history, mail routes and telephone service, changes in farm technology, railroad, and interurban service to Decatu…

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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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  • 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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