• DeGrush, Eugene; Audio Recording (1:11:09)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:00 On his experience in a military hospital and the use of Penicillin 1:05 On embarking for Europe 4:00 On disembarking in Oran and going on to Italy 5:30 Describing being injured and hospitalized 6…

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  • Born, Marian; Audio Recording (1:08:35)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:50 On moving to Coal City in 1947 and teaching 1:45 On meeting her husband Ray and where she lived 3:30 On Ray's willingness to talk about the war 4:45 On Ray joining the service, training, and seei…

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  • Girot, Charles; Audio Recording (1:29:22)

    Coal City Public Library District

    1:00 Discussing "Monkey's Corner" and life before WWII 8:00 On working at the clay pits when World War II broke out 14:35 Describing shortages and rationing during the war 15:20 On his two brothers wh…

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  • Meyer, Donna; Audio Recording (57:24)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:55 Discussing the Wills Family 3:50 On her family's Victory Farm during World War II 7:30 On transporting goods during the war 8:40 On the Sulphur Springs School 11:00 Discussing another branch of h…

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  • Halpin, Dorothy; Audio Recording (45:35)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:50 On Coal City in the 1930's 5:30 On working at the clothing factory in Coal City 10:25 On her husband being exempt from the service 11:25 Discussing where she lived and her home 15:15 On her frien…

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  • Witt, Marie - Interview and Memoir

    Witt, Marie (1907-1988)

    Witt, German-American, discusses life in Chicago during the early 20th century as a child of German immigrants: parents and family, home life, schooling, work at Swift and Co., marriage and children,…

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  • Washburn, Rita; Audio Recording (45:49)

    Coal City Public Library District

    1:00 On her husband enlisting in the Navy 4:00 Describing what life was like having a husband in the military 5:00 On moving to Mississippi to be near her husband's base 7:55 Describing how she met he…

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  • Conlon, J. Willard - Interview and Memoir

    Conlon, J. Willard (1910-1982)

    Conlon discusses many aspects of life in Central Illinois: prohibition and police activities in the 1920's; the Depression; Progressive Miners of America; the Works Progress Administration and Public…

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  • Viglia, Edwin and Margaret; Audio Recording (50:15)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:55 On enlisting in the Army prior to World War II 2:20 On his service once the war broke out 3:10 On traveling by train during World War II and experiences in California 4:50 Describing his service…

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  • Kessler, Marvin; Audio Recording (1:32:35)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:45 On being in High School when World War II broke out 2:20 On rationing 3:40 On being inducted into the Navy 5:40 Recounting basic training 8:00 Describing being a fireman first-class aboard ship a…

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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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  • Elberts, Lucille; Audio Recording (1:03:51)

    Coal City Public Library District

    1:00 Recalling childhood memories of the onset of World War II 2:40 On taking a train filled with troops to New York 3:40 Describing New York City during the war 4:15 On losing her mother, brother, an…

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  • Interview with Eva Hammond

    Hammond, Eva, Peters, John, Vlastnik, Alexander

    Approximately 57 minutes In this interview, Eva Hammond discusses her experiences before, during and after her time as an employee on Arsenal Island. She goes into detail when describing the Arsenal a…

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  • McNamer, Carlos

    McNamer, Carlos

    Mr. McNamer talks about first hearing about the bombing on Pearl Harbor and his subsequent involvement in World War II. He also discusses the process of being drafted into the War.

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  • Newberry, Robert; Audio Recording (40:55)

    Coal City Public Library District

    0:35 On being a freshman in High School when war was declared 3:00 On being drafted and basic training 4:05 On serving in the postwar army of occupation 8:30 On coming home from the service 10:25 Desc…

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  • Smith, Elbert S. - Interview and Memoir

    Smith, Elbert S. (1911-1983)

    Elbert S. Smith, member of the Illinois Senate 1949-57, discusses issues and accomplishments of his years in the General Assembly: constitutional revision, judicial reform, and reapportionment; civil…

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  • Sullivan, Frank R. - Interview and Memoir

    Sullivan, Frank R. (1908-1988)

    Frank R. Sullivan, attorney and Springfield native, discusses Springfield in the early and mid 20th century: growing up, neighborhoods, education at Portable School, the creation of Lake Springfield,…

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  • Tyler, Lorrie; Audio Recording (57:46)

    Coal City Public Library District

    1:05 On her friend's boyfriend who was killed during World War II 3:15 On what her brothers did during World War II 4:35 Recounting how she met her husband 5:40 On her husband being drafted into the N…

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  • Interview with Ben Johnson

    Johnson, Ben, Gills, Dori, Erickson, Rick

    Approximately 53 minutes In this oral history interview, Ben Johnson discusses his life; especially his time spent in the Air Force during the Second World War and at Augustana College. Mr. Johnson at…

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  • Rayson, Leland - Interview and Memoir

    Rayson, Leland (1921-2001)

    Rayson, an independent liberal member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1965-77, discusses his years in the General Assembly: his work with civil rights, public aid, and criminal law legislatio…

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