Browse Oral Histories - Untranscribed - UIS by Title

  • Seeling, Alfred (1977)
    Seeling, coal miner, discusses his experiences in strip mines in central Illinois and Kentucky: various jobs held, strip mining, machines, and operators; life in Du Quoin and Canton, Illinois; reclamation of land, coal ...

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  • Weller, Alice (1991)
    Weller discusses growing up in coal mining communities in central Illinois; joining the Progressives during the mine wars; gangsters; life in Henderson, Illinois; working in factories; enlistment in the Marines during WWII; ...

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  • Rohrer, Allen (1984)
    Rohrer recalls living in Kentucky: farming, family, home life, Depression, home remedies, military service, Bethel College in Tennessee, and becoming a Baptist minister; moving to Taylorville, Illinois, life as a single ...

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  • Hahn, Amanda Crane (1987)
    Hahn recalls life in a coal mining community at Greenridge, near Girard, Illinois. She also recalls Springfield, Illinois: Old Springfield Hospital; the 1918 influenza epidemic; Harvard Park Baptist Church; and the Harvard ...

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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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  • Patton, Annabelle (1983)
    Annabelle Patton discusses her work and experiences during the early years of Sangamon State University in the 1970's: her education in Springfield, Illinois, first SSU President Robert Spencer, community outreach, hiring ...

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  • Schull, Ben (1976)
    Schull discusses his coal mining career around Illinois: digging coal and driving mules in Vermillion County, working as a mine manager and inspector in southern Illinois, duties as director of the Illinois Department of ...

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  • Herron, Bertha Y. (1991)
    Herron recalls Auburn, Illinois: her parents' immigration and farm, Depression, coal mines, home life, schooling, working at grocery stores, railroads, and entertainment. Interview by Daniel W. Dixon, 1991. 6 tapes, 330 mins.

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  • Golden, Betty (1983)
    Golden recalls her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, the Depression, family, Jewish religion and holidays, marriage, move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, home business, anti-semitism, and employment. Interview by Rhonda Golden, ...

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  • Ippolito, Bill (1982)
    Ippolito discusses his experiences in Vietnam: being drafted into the army, training for Fire Direction Control, transfer to Vietnam, bases near Tan An, Can Giuoc, and Ben Luc, artillery and combat, meals, companies and ...

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  • Chrisman, Bruce Lowell (1986)
    Chrisman discusses pacifism; his status as a conscientious objector to Vietnam draft registration; University of Illinois; engineering; alternate war service; war tax resistance and the IRS trial. Interview by Peggy Boyer, ...

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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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  • Breiseth, Christopher (1984)
    Breiseth discusses coming to Sangamon State University from the University of Chicago and his career at SSU. Interview by Cullom Davis, 1984. 4 tapes, 240 mins.

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  • Talmant, Dominic (1979)
    Talmant discusses his parents' immigration from Lithuania to Springfield, Illinois, hsi childhood, schooling, Depression, his business the Blue Danube nightclub, WWII, battles and war stories, his family, jobs at the Leland ...

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  • Malmberg, Dr. Kenneth (1991)
    Malmberg, general practitioner, discusses life in Auburn, Illinois: family; medical school at Northwestern, medical practice, his service and accomplishments as mayor, changes in Auburn and in medical practices. Interview ...

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  • Helms, Elaine (1991)
    Elaine Helms recalls Virden and Auburn, Illinois: businesses, her father's coal mining career, Depression, children, housing, schools, and entertainment. Interview by David Van Lieshout, 1991. 1 tape, 90 mins.

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  • Rice, Eugene (1977)
    Rice discusses his coal mining experiences in Coulterville, Illinois: tools, mining exams, drivers, cleaning tracks, safety and hazards, mining buckets, union conflicts, and the Mulkeytown March. He also discusses growing ...

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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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  • 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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