• Wisherd, Captain D. W. - Interview and Memoir

    Wisherd, Captain D.W

    Captain Wisherd, riverboat captain, discusses river experiences and excursion boats on the Mississippi River.

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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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  • Stutzman, James P. - Interview and Memoir

    Stutzman, James P

    Stutzman, lockmaster, discusses jobs, boats, and experiences on rivers in the Midwest; locks and dams; coal boats; and businesses that use river transportation.

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  • Halligan, Russell - Interview and Memoir

    Halligan, Russell (1900-1980)

    Russell Halligan, grocery owner in Beardstown, Illinois, discusses his pioneering work in aircraft design and other aspects of early 20th century life. He recalls his interest in airplanes and their t…

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  • Lyle, Horace - Interview and Memoir

    Lyle, Horace (1897-1976)

    Lyle, clerk and river agent, recalls the rivermen, boats, roustabouts, carpenters, wharfs, and wharf workers he encountered on rivers in Ohio and the Midwest. He also talks about boat building and the…

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  • Savage, Bernard - Interview and Memoir

    Savage, Bernard b. ca. 1885

    Savage, a riverboat captain, discusses his experiences on the rivers of the Midwest; showboats; taking a boat trip to Brazil; and serving with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War.

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  • Brasher, Charles H. Memoir

    Brasher, Charles H. (1909-1975)

    Brasher, steamboat captain, discusses his experiences on the Ohio River, his family's history working on the river, riverboat technology, and traffic on the Ohio River.

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  • Beatty, John - Interview and Memoir

    Beatty, John

    John Beatty describes river life: growing up on the Ohio River; steamboats; people who made their living on the water; salvaging logs on the Big Sandy River; lumber mills; saloons in Catlettsburg, Ken…

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  • Menke, John W. - Interview and Memoir

    Menke, John W. (1880-1968)

    Menke discusses the showboat entertainment business on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, showboats, the agent's work, scripts and casting, and St. Louis.

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  • Harrison, Charles - Interview and Memoir

    Harrison, Charles

    Harrison, operator of the Dayton ferry on the Ohio River, discusses his career on the river in the first half of the 20th century, riverboats, passenger service, people who made their living on the ri…

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  • Steamer Avalon #2 - Interview and Memoir

    Lawhead, Johnny and Edgington, Emory

    Johnny Lawhead, ferry operator, and Emory Edgington, captain, each discuss their riverboat experiences. Lawhead discusses his ferry operation between Coney Island (near Cincinnati) and Brent, Kentucky…

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  • Beatty, W. C. - Interview and Memoir

    Beatty, W.C. b. 1886

    W.C. Beatty recalls boats, captains, and various river men who made their living on the Big Sandy and Little Kanawha Rivers in the early 20th century. He discusses logging, lumber mill business, signa…

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  • Chamberlain, John "Dud" - Interview and Memoir

    Chamberlain, John "Dud" (1892-1965)

    John Chamberlain of Marietta, Ohio, recalls his grandfather's relationship with the Ohio River, barrelmaking, riverboats, the 1913 flood, and the Civil War.

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  • Roehrig, Robert - Interview and Memoir

    Roehrig, Robert (1881-1967)

    Roehrig, riverboat captain, recalls his and his father's experiences working on boats on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and his job with the Hartford Fire Insurance Company as a salvage inspecto…

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  • Dawson, Sid - Interview and Memoir

    Dawson, Sid

    This memoir consists of four separate interviews with individuals who have lived and worked on the Ohio River. Reynolds discusses running a showboat; Lawwell recalls the 1913 Manchester, Ohio flood an…

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