Browse Oral Histories - Untranscribed - UIS by Issue Date

  • Robinson, Margaret (1950)
    Robinson discusses her family history and their move to Springfield, Illinois: she describes Springfield as a village, Springfield families, people who travelled West, genealogy, and life in Springfield during the 19th ...

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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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  • Audi, Mary (1974)
    Audi recalls her involvement with the Progressive Miners Women's Auxiliary in Benld, Illinois and the Depression. Interview by Barbara Herndon and Nick Cherniavsky, 1974. 7 mins.

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  • Boetta, Lester (1974)
    Boetta discusses coal mining and union activities in Gillespie, Illinois; organization of PMA; union conflicts; women's auxiliary; local unions; contracts; Mulkeytown March; violence; John L. Lewis; strikes; Depression; ...

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  • Allard, Irene (1974)
    Allard recalls growing up in a mining family in Central Illinois. She discusses her father's work as a coal miner, company houses, stores, and scrip pay; describes miner's lamps and miner's buckets; mining union activities; ...

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  • Battuello, Tillie (1974)
    Tillie Battuello, coal miner's wife, discusses her experiences in the Progressive Miners of America Women's Auxiliary. Interview by Nick Cherniavsky, 1974. 1 tape, 90 mins.

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  • Mantowich, Larry (1975)
    Mantowich recalls coal mining experiences in Sangamon County, Illinois: mine ventilation and fire fighting, strip mining, pit committees, mechanization, union conflicts, conflicts with management, organization of the ...

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  • Wayham, Nona (1975)
    Wayham recalls rural life in Green and Jersey Counties, Illinois during the late 19th and early 20th century: entertainment, quilting parties, ice cream and box socials, Carrollton High School, courtship, nursing, farm ...

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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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  • Scopel, Victor (1975)
    Scopel discusses his experiences as a coal miner in Benld, Illinois: organization of the Progressive Miners, their meetings and leaders, union conflicts, a detailed account of the Mulkeytown March, and the Depression in ...

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  • Battuello, Jack (1975)
    Jack Battuello, coal miner, discusses coal mining experiences. Interview by Bobbe Herndon, 1975. 7 tapes, 630 mins.

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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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  • Bowsher, Charles (1975)
    Bowsher discusses early 20th century life in Springfield, Illinois: his family, schools and jobs, neighborhoods, movie theaters, hospital and medical experiences, and life as a polio victim. He also discusses life in ...

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  • Graham, Leta (1975)
    Graham recalls family, farming, homemade foods, butchering, horses and livestock, marriage, raising children, the history of Rock Creek, Illinois, aging, and entering a Presbyterian nursing home. Interview by Lynne Mann, ...

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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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  • Osborn, Euphrasia (1975)
    Osborn recalls central Illinois rural life: farming, horses and buggies, Decatur, home life, clothing, homemade foods and remedies, entertainment, 1920's, funerals, St. Joseph's nursing home, and aging. Interview by Laurie ...

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  • Profeta, Mary (1975)
    Profeta recalls her husband's coal mining experiences in Springfield, Illinois in the 1930's: the mine wars, strikes, violence, and her work with the PMA Women's Auxiliary. Interview by Barbara Herndon, 1975. 2 tapes, 90 mins.

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  • Hopley, James (1975)
    Hopley, coal miner, discusses mining in central Illinois: the organization of the Progressive Miners of America, union conflicts and mine wars, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, bargaining conditions, contracts, and mechanization. ...

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  • Ferguson, Ann (1976)
    Ferguson discusses coal mining in Mt. Olive, Illinois: her husband's work, mining conditions, mine fires, organization of the Progressive Miners and its Women's Auxiliary, the Mulkeytown March, strikes, violence and mine ...

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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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