• O'Hearn, John - Interview and Memoir

    O'Hearn, John b. 1889

    O'Hearn discusses experiences on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers: towing timber and coal, various riverboats and people, and work on streetcars and at a card company.

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  • Hughes, Jesse - Interview and Memoir

    Hughes, Jesse b. ca. 1880

    Hughes discusses riverboats and steamboats on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Kanawha Rivers during the late 19th and early 20th century. He also discusses conditions on the rivers, "water circus" boats, f…

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  • Zenn, John W. - Interview and Memoir

    Zenn, John W. (1886-1967)

    Zenn discusses building coal boats and barges, details of their construction, and relates stories of river life.

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  • Anderson, Yeatman - Interview and Memoir

    Anderson, Yeatman (1922-1995)

    Yeatman Anderson recalls his work as a deputy inspector with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, river boats, dam construction at New Richmond, Ohio and problems prior to the dam's construction. He also disc…

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  • Carpenter, Clare (Captain) - Interview and Memoir

    Carpenter, Clare (Captain) (1914-1989)

    Captain Clare Carpenter and Tom Kenny discuss their experiences working on the Ohio river: towboats, loading coal, and piloting.

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  • Proctor, Ellen and Romain - Interview and Memoir

    Proctor, Ellen and Romain

    Ellen and Romain Proctor, proprietors of a traveling marionette show, discuss making puppets, performing shows, showboats and visiting Europe. They also discuss the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Riv…

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  • Edgington, J. Emory - Interview and Memoir

    Edgington, J. Emory

    Captain Edgington discusses his family's involvement with steamboats and the Ohio River. He recalls the 1913 flood, shipping on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, boating conditions and hazards, sawmills, c…

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  • Marshall, Curtis - Interview and Memoir

    Marshall, Curtis b. 1883

    Marshall discusses boats, whistles, smokestacks, floods, packet lines, his family, and stories about Ohio's rivers.

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  • Zugelter, Reverend Alvin - Interview and Memoir

    Zugelter, Reverend Alvin (1889-1977)

    Zugelter, riverboat clock puncher, discusses his experiences with Captain Jesse Hughes and his family on the Greene Line and meals served on riverboats.

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  • White, Captain Volney - Interview and Memoir

    White, Captain Volney (1901-1966)

    Captain Volney White, riverboat captain, discusses boats, roustabouts, the Greene Line, and locks and dams on the Ohio and other Midwest rivers.

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  • Wagner, Thomas - Interview and Memoir

    Wagner, Thomas

    Wagner recalls river life at the turn of the century, catching logs, showboats, and the theater in Ironton, Ohio.

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  • Steamer Avalon #1 - Interview and Memoir

    Ellis, Courtney, Schletker, Arthur, Dobbs, Johnny, Allen, Lawrence

    Narrators of this memoir recall riverboats, Midwest rivers, river stories, rafting, locks and dams, freight, and life on the rivers. The narrators, interviewed on board the Avalon, are Courtney Ellis…

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  • Smith, Sanford - Interview and Memoir

    Smith, Sanford

    Sanford Smith, owner of a riverboat freight business, discusses boats, trips, cargos, passengers, crews, and river lore of Indiana.

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  • Crosley, Lewis - Interview and Memoir

    Crosley, Lewis (1888-1978)

    Crosley recalls work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Cincinnati, Ohio; surveying the Ohio River; construction of Dam 39; and the 1937 flood in Cincinnati.

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  • McCann, Robert - Interview and Memoir

    McCann, Robert

    McCann recalls his career as a riverboat clerk and purser: boats and personnel who worked in the Pittsburgh trade and the Greene Line on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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  • Schletker, Arthur - Interview and Memoir

    Schletker, Arthur (1890-1964)

    Schletker, riverboat worker, discusses his river experiences on coal barges: bugs and rats, mills and logs, lighthouses and navigation lights on the river, lock and dams, and the weather.

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  • Horton, Norval - Interview and Memoir

    Horton, Norval (1895-1965)

    Horton discusses his experiences serving on ferryboats, packets, and towboats. He recalls boats on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1927 Mississippi River flood, barge traffic, hauling logs, and hazar…

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  • Hayhurst, George - Interview and Memoir

    Hayhurst, George (1915-1999)

    Hayhurst and Louden discuss their experiences working on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. They recall river traffic, adverse weather and accidents, responsibilities of the cabin boy, watchman, and mat…

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  • Taylor, Ed - Interview and Memoir

    Taylor, Ed

    Ed Taylor discusses shipping on riverboats and building boats. Also discusses crops, riverboats and their crews, and coalboats.

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  • Kelley, Albert S. - Interview and Memoir

    Kelley, Albert S. (1896-1976)

    Kelley, riverboat pilot, discusses Ohio River traffic in the early 20th century. He recalls various boats, rivermen, upper Ohio River trade, cargo, and piloting conditions on the river.

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