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Click to ExpandEA76. Easley, G.G. (1901-1978)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 27 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Easley, former employee of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company, discusses growing up near Rochester and his employment with the Central Union Telephone Company. He discusses changes in his work through the years, effects of the Depression, union organization in the company, early 20th century Springfield, the 1942 Beardstown flood, and the effects of WWII on the homefront.

Interview by Thomas E. Easley, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandEA77. East Park Baptist Academy Memoir

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 344 mins., 122 pp., 2 vols.

Anderson, Marjorie Ellen
Henderson, Robert L.
Moore, Jack
Warren, Betty
Wood, William Gregory

This memoir consists of five interviews with administrators and teachers of the East Park Baptist Academy in Decatur, Illinois. They discuss the creation and operation of the school: its governing board, curriculum, school activities, faculty, superintendent and administrators, buildings, enrollment growth, and its closing in 1989. They also discuss education in Christian schools, development of the history curriculum from a Christian perspective, and different philosophical approaches to education found in Christian and public schools. Included in the memoir are photocopied pictures of the school building, a newspaper article regarding the closing of the school, a list of graduates, and a paper entitled "Why We Need Christian Schools."

Interview by Linda Moore, 1989
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, copy of the student handbook, copy of the letter informing parents of the school's closing, graph showing enrollment 1975-1989, and a copy of entrance requirements and tuition.
See individual collateral files
For tapes see individual names

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandEB38. Ebers, Herschel (1906-1988)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 18 pp.

SPRINGFIELD MARINE BANK PROJECT
Ebers, employee of the Springfield Marine Bank, discusses his employment with the Marine Bank: the effects of the Depression and WWII, the Bunn family, and changes over the years affecting the bank building, services, duties and equipment.

Interview by John Bucari, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandED28. Eden, John R. b. 1933

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 26 pp.

Eden, a resident of Virden, Illinois, discusses the restoration and creation of the Long Nine Museum in Athens, Illinois. He discusses his own background, education, and the development of his interest in Abraham Lincoln. He recounts the history of the Long Nine Building, the problems involved in restoring the building, items that were found during the restoration, financing the project, and the dioramas created for the museum.

Interview by Elizabeth Canterbury, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, articles on the museum, flyer announcing the opening of the museum, photocopy of certificate, and a re-development fact sheet for Athens.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandED44. Edgington, J. Emory (1870-1966)

Memoir
27 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Captain Edgington discusses his family's involvement with steamboats and the Ohio River. He recalls the 1913 flood, shipping on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, boating conditions and hazards, sawmills, coal towing, and cargo hauling.

Interview by John Knoepfle, 1957
OPEN: released by John Knoepfle

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also ST31.2 Steamer Avalon #2


Click to ExpandEL24. Eldridge, Carlton (1911-1998)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 335 mins., 77 pp.

Eldridge, blind since childhood, discusses his music teaching career as a choir director and performer, and recalls his childhood and education at an East Lansing, Michigan school for the blind, WWI homefront, 1918 influenza epidemic, postwar society and automobiles, effects of the Depression and WWII, and life in Springfield. He recalls how blindness has affected his life and career, his career at Springfield College, the quality of education, and the use of the Braille system in music.

Interview by Judith Haynes, 1978
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photograph of Eldridge, a card showing the Braille alphabet, and a publicity brochure on Eldridge.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandEllis, Courtney

Click to ExpandElsass, James

Click to ExpandEN36F. English, Freda (1906-1998)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 32 pp.

Freda English, resident of rural Hamilton and Saline Counties in southern Illinois, discusses her life, education and employment as a teacher during the early 20th century. She recalls farm work, cooking homemade foods, family life, opportunities for women, social activities and entertainment, dating and wedding customs, chautauquas, rural schools, Broughton and McLeansboro High Schools, WWI and WWII homefront, and the Korean conflict.

Interview by Marilyn Anderson, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: Interviewer's notes, photographs of her family and her husband.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandEN36T. English, Tom (1903-1991)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 140 mins., 36 pp.

Tom English, banker, husband of Freda English, recalls growing up on a farm in Hamilton and Saline Counties in southern Illinois: farm work, church and social activities in the rural community, and education. He also discusses his banking career, changes in banking practices, changing economic conditions, effects of the stock market crash and the Great Depression, industries, and starting a new bank in McLeansboro. Also discussed are prohibition, the government's influence on banking, and credit cards.

Interview by Marilyn Anderson, 1979
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs of Tom English and his wife Freda.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandEN37. Engs, Cordelia "Conkey" Hoover (1913-1995)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 65 mins., 23 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Engs, a Taylorville resident during the coal mine wars, discusses her family, Depression, her father's experiences as a company man for the Peabody Coal Company, mine war violence, the Progressive Miners of America, strike breakers, immigrant mine workers, and the march to Virden. She also recalls her dance training in New York, career as a dancer and dance teacher, and her son's service in Vietnam.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandEP54. Epler, Dr. Blanche (1864-1953)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 35 mins., 10 pp.

Epler, resident of Jacksonville, Illinois, discusses local history, recalling homes, prominent residents and events in the town in the 1800's and 1900's, early settlers, and African-American residents.

Interview by Donald K. Robinson, 1952
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandES93. Eswine, Carl (1902-1988)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 62 mins., 29 pp.

SHAWNEETOWN BANK PROJECT
Eswine, Shawneetown resident, discusses his family background, riverboats and lightkeeping, the Ridgeway Bank and the 1913 flood. He recalls Shawneetown businesses, the old log schoolhouse, residents, bank interior, electricity and fuel sources, and the 1937 Ohio River flood.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1978
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandEvans, Anne H.

Click to ExpandEvans, Barb

Click to ExpandEV15. Evans, Carol

Memoir
49 pp., plus index

ADLAI E. STEVENSON PROJECT
Evans, secretary of Adlai Stevenson from 1947 to 1961 and assistant editor of the Adlai Stevenson papers, discusses her relationship with Stevenson and recalls her secretarial duties, Stevenson's 1948 gubernatorial campaign, his governorship, aides and officials, his divorce, and social life in the Governor's Mansion. She recalls his switch from governor to presidential candidate in 1952, his defeat, the 1956 presidential campaign, speeches, his law practice, the 1960 presidential election, his reaction to being passed over for the U.S. Secretary of State position, and her decision not to join him at the United Nations. She also discusses Stevenson's home in Libertyville, Illinois.

Interview by Walter Johnson, 1971
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or reproduced.


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Click to ExpandEV27. Evers, Kenneth L. (1927-1996)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 14 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Evers discusses his career with the Illinois Bell Telephone Company, work as a commercial manager, changes in technology and service, disaster and emergency situations, the company's relationship with the community, preparing the telecommincation system for Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and reaction of the community to the university.

Interview by Jerry Veach, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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