Browse Brookens Library - UIS by Subject "Oral history"

  • Anderson, Everett (1976)
    Everett Anderson, coal miner, discusses his coal mining experiences in Southern Illinois working as a trapper boy and pumping water; mining, cutting, drilling, and loading; mules, coal cars, and workshifts; hazards and ...

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  • Bertetti, Frank (1975)
    Bertetti, coal miner, discusses his coal mining experiences. Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975. 1 tape, 90 mins. See also B461.

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  • England, Frank (1978)
    England discusses his work as a mule driver for Springfield, Illinois coal mines: mules, cars, loads, and tracks; hazards and safety measures, and problems of coal dust. He also discusses union conflicts between the UMW ...

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  • Fries, Frank (1975)
    Fries discusses his coal mining experiences in Gillespie, Illinois: loading coal cars and equipment, mining before unionization, wages, accidents, owning a mine, UMW and PMA, union conflicts and violence, and the Mulkeytown ...

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  • Horn, Franklin G. (1978)
    Horn, life-long resident of Springfield, describes working for his uncle's Sign and Posting System business and then creating his own sign business. He also discusses his family, neighborhoods, recreation, race discrimination, ...

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  • Zarf, Fred (1985)
    Zarf, Austrian immigrant, discusses growing up in Austria after WWI: family, housing, and schooling; emigration to Springfield, Illinois, Depression, coal mining and mine wars; WWII: enlistment, training, and service and ...

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  • Livers, Gale (1977)
    Livers, coal miner, discusses mining in Fulton County, Illinois and in Montana: wages, accidents and safety, pit mines and strip mines, reclamation, types of coal, union conflicts and violence, Mulkeytown March, mechanization, ...

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  • Petrapolus, George (1985)
    Petrapolus discusses his experiences during WWII: enlistment, basic training at Camp Beaureguard and Camp Livingstone, Louisiana maneuvers, transfer to Panama, importance of Panama Canal, duties there, return to U.S., his ...

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  • Schneider, Goldie (1974)
    Schneider discusses her husband's coal mining work in central Illinois: organization of the Progressive Miners, union conflicts, work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary, uniforms, and meetings, the junior auxiliary, mine ...

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  • Borah, Gwen (1991)
    Borah, Canadian immigrant, discusses her early years in Canada and her family's move to Danville, Illinois: country schooling and high school, education at Eastern Illinois University and Syracuse University, and her ...

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  • Foreman, Helen Louise Cleary (1989)
    Foreman, teacher and former Mayor of Jacksonville, Illinois, discusses her early life in Jacksonville: family, her father's teaching career with the deaf, friends and neighbors, neighborhoods and parks, early education and ...

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  • McCollum, Herbert C. (1975)
    McCollum discusses his coal mining experiences in southern Illinois: coal companies, coal production, coal dust and gas, mine ventilation, a visit to mines in Russia, the use of oil versus coal, pit and strip mines, and ...

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  • Kenney, Hilma C. (1991)
    Kenney, retired grocery clerk and native of Auburn, Illinois, discusses family life, early schooling, business on the square, coal mines, the grocery business, products, home life, doctors in town, cemetery conflict, the ...

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  • Dyer, Jack (1981)
    Dyer discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, basic training, transfer to Vietnam, duties in the Personnel Management Branch of the Adjutant General's Office, and return to the U.S. He also discusses ...

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  • Brewner, James (1977)
    Brewner, coal miner, discusses his mining experiences in Du Quoin, Illinois: work as a trapper, mule driver, and dragline ground man; machinery; the company store; conflicts between unions; and the march on Mulkeytown. He ...

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  • Frost, James (1976)
    Frost recalls coal mining work in Alabama and Springfield, Illinois: mining jobs, company houses, stores, scrip pay and wages; mechanization, safety, and equipment; unions and the mine wars; ethnicity and the Depression. ...

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  • Hignight, James (1978)
    Hignight discusses his experiences coal mining in central Illinois: accidents and safety, firing shots, explosive powder, equipment, horses and mine ponies, and blacksmithing. He also recalls the towns of Beardstown and ...

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  • Andrews, James W. (1989)
    Andrews, teacher, discusses family and home life in Quincy, Illinois: Depression, experiences in high school and at Quincy College; WWII service in Europe: Paris, prisoners, combat, the end of the war and return home; race ...

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  • Weber, Jessica (1983)
    Weber, writer and journalist, discusses her interest in writing: attending Greenville College, work for Springfield's State Journal-Register, police and legislative reporting, sexism, and writing novels. Interview by Rhonda ...

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  • Fancher, John (1975)
    Fancher discusses coal mining in Herrin and Springfield, Illinois, and in Alabama: coal mining work, uses of coal, union activities in Illinois and Alabama, UMW and PMA union conflicts, conflicts with management, organization ...

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