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Click to ExpandF212. Fanale, Nick J. Sr. b. 1916

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 54 mins., 26 pp.

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Fanale, a Riverton resident, discusses his employment as supervisor at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant in Illiopolis during WWII, and recalls accidents at the plant, transportation, buildings, plant employees, working hazards, storage igloos, and plant security.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF213. Fancher, John (1899-1984)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 76 mins., 41 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Fancher, Springfield resident, recalls the 1930's coal mine wars in Central Illinois. He discusses his disagreement with the actions of John L. Lewis, being barred from the United Mine Workers Union, formation of the Progressive Miners of America, violence between the two unions, the automobile caravan to Mulkeytown, and violence involving non-union miners. He also recalls mechanization in the mines and the tactics employed by members of the UMW.

Interview by Rex Rhodes, 1972
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See also F213.2*


Click to ExpandF238. Farnworth, Earl b. 1925

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 69 mins., 23 pp.

Farnworth, director of historical interpretation of Mormon sites at Nauvoo, Illinois, discusses his family background, education and early career, restoration and interpretation at Nauvoo, living history, missionaries at Nauvoo, training of interpreters, visitor's experience, plans of Nauvoo Restoration Inc., special events, and the role of the Icarians compared to the role of the Mormons in Nauvoo.

Interview by Richard S. Welchans, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photograph of Farnworth.

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Click to ExpandF249. Farrington, Glen (1914-2001)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 86 mins., 40 pp.

RADIO PROJECT
Farrington, radio personality, recalls anecdotes from his years on the radio, tricks played on fellow announcers, radio programs, rivalry between Springfield radio stations, early days at WCVS, programming at WTAX, Springfield radio personalities, and work as a correspondent for "Voice of America".

Interview by William Ortman, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandFay, William L.

Click to ExpandF321. Feeley, James J. b. c. 1939

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 10 pp.

Feeley, executive director of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago, discusses the history and development of Logan Square, movement of ethnic groups into the area, changes in the community, and organizations that were formed to promote the growth of Logan Square.

Interview by Brent Deland, 1974
OPEN
See collateral file: photographs of Feeley

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandF341. Feltenstein, Alice (1890-1983)

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

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Mrs. Feltenstein, member of Christ Episcopal Church of Springfield, recalls stories of the church and its members, the altar guild, women's auxiliary, Sunday school, church building, and changes in the church. She also discusses her family background, marriage, and those who have served as the church's rectors.

Interview by Sandra Britz Armbruster, 1981
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes and a copy of Feltenstein's family history with regards to the Church.

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Click to ExpandFerguson, Jacqueline

Click to ExpandF381. Ferguson, Margaret (1904-1979)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 540 mins., 2 volumes, 154 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Ferguson, African-American resident of Springfield, discusses her family background, conditions for African-Americans, employment and unemployment, segregation and discrimination, the 1908 race riot, neighborhoods and businesses, Bunn Park, education and counseling students in the schools. She discusses changes in Springfield, attending the University of Illinois receiving a degree in Home Economics, marriage, and her husband's early death. She also recounts her family history, including relatives who took advantage of the Homestead Act. She also discusses issues and employment with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, employment opportunities for African-American teachers, experiences teaching in Metropolis and at Lincoln University, her second marriage and being stationed in Germany after WWII, Lincoln Home for Colored Children, African-American businesses, Civil Rights, early 20th century recreation, effects of the Depression, and the funerals of her parents.

Interview by Reverend Negil L. McPherson, 1975
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photographs of Ferguson, her family members and the family home, photocopy of a land grant, and a photocopy of a newspaper article on the old club house at the Springfield Golf Club

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandF434. Feuer, Hyman A. (1915-1996)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 80 mins., 23 pp.

Feuer, president of General Automotive, discusses growing up in Springfield during the Depression and the effects on the family, business and on local coal miners. He recalls his education, his family history as immigrants from Poland, and his service in the air force during WWII. Feuer also discusses his Jewish background, attending synagogue, and recalls family stories and radio programs.

Interview by Byron Booth, 1988
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF534. Fisher, Jack b. 1927

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 233 mins., 53 pp.

Fisher, long-time resident of Springfield, discusses his education in grade schools and the Springfield High School class of 1944. He recalls his teachers and classmates, and Springfield in the 1940's. References are made to Vachel Lindsay and the Broadwell family.

Interview by Thomas L. Nolan, 1986
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Click to ExpandF575. Fitzgerald, Andrew (1908-1994)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 41 pp.

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Fitzgerald discusses his experiences serving in the army during WWII, taking part in the landing at Anzio, Italy, capture by the Germans, internment at Stalag VIIA and Stalag IIB, conditions and treatment as a POW, escape and reunion with American forces. He recalls the work he performed on a cooperative farm while in the German prison camps, Christmas 1944, and discusses the long term effects of his POW experience.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1985
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, and a copy of Fitzgerald's membership profile for the Springfield Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

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Click to ExpandF576. Fitzgerald, Marvel (1905-1991)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 mins, 23 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Fitzgerald, employee of Illinois Bell Telephone Company, discusses his experiences working for Illinois Bell. He recalls a fire at the company offices in 1927, effects of the Depression and WWII, customer billing procedures, changes in technology, and a 1947 strike. Also mentions Springfield transportation developments.

Interview by Thomas Easley, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF579. FitzJerrell, Fannie (1872-1978)

Interview and memoir
10 tapes, 520 mins., 2 vols., 170 pp.

FitzJerrell recounts growing up on a farm in the late 1800's, her family life and background, Civil War experiences of her father, marriage to a doctor and life as a doctor's wife, her husband's medical practice and psychiatry work, raising her children, family vacations, and a lengthy illness she endured in the 1920's. She discusses some of the problems associated with her advancing age and living in a nursing home. A reference is made to FitzJerrell's father hearing Abraham Lincoln speak.

Interview by Virginia Wilbert, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, and a copy of an article written about FitzJerrell

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Click to ExpandF582. Fitzpatrick, J.R. (1895-1982)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 450 mins., 83 pp.

Fitzpatrick, Springfield resident and businessman, recalls his neighborhood, lumber business, sponsorship of numerous athletic teams, effects of the Depression, involvement with the publication The Citizens Tribune, local political campaigns, violence during the mine wars, service on the Illinois Boxing Commission and Golden Gloves, and sponsorship of semi-professional softball including the Fitzpatrick Lumberjacks. He recalls a softball game played between the Lumberjacks and Joe Louis's team (the Brown Bombers) and the sponsorship of the Springfield Sallees (a professional women's baseball team that played during WWII). He also discusses Springfield in the 1920's and 1930's, the Lincoln Home property, racism and the 1908 race riot, the Ku Klux Klan in Springfield, prejudice against Catholics, construction of defense homes during WWII, automobile races at the state fair grounds, and the publication of Main Street.

Interview by Richard Shereikis, 1980
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See collateral file: Interviewer's notes, article about Fitzpatrick, photographs his Lumber Company, a baseball team, employees, newspapermen William Menghini and Jim McCloskey, boxer Joe Louis, race driver A.J. Foyt.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandF631. Flesher, Maurice (1909-1991)

Memoir
16 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Flesher, resident of Taylorville during the mine wars, recalls the violence between the Progressive Miners Union and the United Mine Workers, arrival of the FBI, arrests of miners, arrival of the National Guard, company towns, and conditions for miners during the strike.

Interview by Carl Oblinger, 1985
RESTRICTED: no legal release
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Click to ExpandFluckiger, Humphrey W. R. ("Joe")

Click to ExpandF744. Forbes, Lydia b. 1922

Memoir
104 pp.

Mrs. Forbes discusses her life in a Quaker family and recalls work at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and its development from 1949 to 1986. She also discusses WWII as the wife of a conscientious objector, her work during the war at a mental hospital, living in England, and her recollections of Ecuador. Also mentions Adlai Stevenson, the Depression, and Japanese internment camps.

Interview by Chester Rhodes, 1986
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandF761.1 Foreign Born Physicians in Springfield, Illinois #1

Memoir
112pp.

Arjmand, Towfig
Azeris, Harry Talivaldis
Choi, Choon Bong
Jackman, Jane Lloyd
Rabinovich, Sergio
Trautmann, Victor Franz Ferdinand Karl Maria

Narrators discuss their native homelands, family, religious faiths, holidays, university and medical education, childhood activities, brief history of their original country, and their reasons for coming to the U.S. Arjmand, an anesthesiologist from Iran, discusses the revolution of 1978, the Jewish religion, and the Iranian government. Azeris, a general surgeon from Latvia, discusses the family farm, WWII invasions by Germans and Russians, and Lutheranism. Choi, orthopedic surgeon from Korea, also discusses his family's escape from the Communist regime in 1948 in North Korea. Jackman, family practitioner from England, discusses growing up in the aftermath of WWII. Rabinovich, professor of infectious diseases from Peru, discusses Inca religion, health care, and infectious diseases. Trautmann, urologist from Czechoslovakia, discusses the after-effects of WWII in Eastern Europe.

Interviews by Eugenia Eberle, 1994
Donated by Eugenia Eberle
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Click to ExpandF761.2 Foreign Born Physicians in Springfield, Illinois #2

Memoir
63 pp.

Chaudhary, Subhash, b. 1948
Fluckiger, Humphrey W. R. ("Joe"), b. 1922
Kuehn, Luise Frieda Schaefer, b. 1916

Chaudhary, pediatrician, recalls his early years in Sonepat, India, his family, and Indian culture and customs; his education at the All India Institute of Medical Services in New Delhi; his internships in the U.S.; his employment at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield; his wife, in-laws, and children.

Fluckiger, in family practice, recalls his childhood in Dutch Indonesia, the Netherlands and New York City; attending medical school in the Netherlands and Jakarta in the 1930s; the capture of him and his family by the Japanese in WWII; his time in Japanese prison camps in Indonesia; the loss of his brothers and father in the sinking of the prison ship Junyo Maru; medical education after the war in Amsterdam; and his emigration to the U.S. in 1950 and practice in Springfield.

Kuehn, psychiatrist, recalls her early years and education in Germany; her parents and siblings; her training in Germany during WWII; her arrival in the U.S. in 1950; Lutheranism and Easter and Christmas customs; life and practice in Chicago, Bluffs, and Springfield; her husband and children; and her retirement.

Interviews by Eugenia Eberle, 1994-95
Donated by Eugenia Eberle
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Click to ExpandForemen, Helen

Click to ExpandF775. Forsyth, Don b. 1908

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 25 pp.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON II
Forsyth, close friend and political ally of Adlai Stevenson, recalls their relationship over the years: Stevenson's presidential campaigns, governorship, and cabinet appointments; serving on the Illinois Veterans Commission; and the Democratic party and its activity in Sangamon County. He also discusses his political career and his support of Paul Douglas in his senatorial campaign of 1948.

Interview by Stephen Bean, 1975
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photographs.

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Click to ExpandFoster, Harry

Click to ExpandF829. Fowler, Naomi

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 9 pp.

SPRINGFIELD INTERNATIONAL VISITORS COMMISSION
Fowler, a member of the Commission, recalls her co-workers, the Commission's goals, as well as the work they performed in Springfield.

Interview by Byron Booth, 1991
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Click to ExpandF847. Francis, Earleen Allen b. ca. 1915

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 330 mins., 80 pp.

Francis, member of the Army Nurse Corps stationed in the Philippines, discusses her experiences during WWII as a prisoner of war of the Japanese army at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. She recalls the conditions and treatment of prisoners, and the events of her imprisonment. She also discusses her early life in Kentucky and Southern Illinois: family and social life, domestic and social aspects of her adolescence, early nursing career in Chicago and Oklahoma; life in the Philip-pines, marriage, and the outbreak of WWII; lasting effects of being a POW; return to civilian life; and life at an army post in Hanau, Germany. She also discusses briefly her views on the roles of men and women in the family, early forms of birth control, and becoming a Christian Scientist.

Interview by Ellanor Peiser White, 1985
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photocopies of a newspaper article on Francis, photocopied photographs of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, and a map of the Philippine Islands.

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Click to ExpandF861. Frasco, William (1889-1979)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 35 mins., 12 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
William Frasco, Italian-American, discusses operating a grocery store in Riverton, Illinois, and recalls stories from the Prohibition years and the mine wars of the 1930's.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF869. Frazee, Howard (1904-1985)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 65 pp.

Frazee, civil engineer, discuses family, childhood and adolescence, early forms of transportation in Springfield, streetcars, trolleys, interurbans, and automobiles; school years, WWI, social life of the 1920's, birthday celebrations, and family vacations. He also talks about his father's dental practice, an uncle's medical practice, his own engineering training, early jobs, work for the railroad, paving Springfield's streets, work at Camp Butler, Civilian Conservation Corps, surveying work, and service on a military railroad crew in India during WWII.

Interview by Linda S. Jett, 1979
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, photo of Frazee, photocopied article on Frazee, essays written by Frazee, and a brief history of Frazee, his father, and his children.

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Click to ExpandF873. Frederick, Dave (1912-1984)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 99 mins., 24 pp.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Frederick, member of the First Congregational Church, recalls the church's destruction by fire in 1956, support from the Temple B'rith Sholom, and the fundraising and groundbreaking of the new church building. Also discussed are the various events held at the church, the choir, and Sunday school.

Interview by Henry Russel, 1980
OPEN
See collateral file: see Mabel Byerly file

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Click to ExpandF911. Fribley, John W. b. 1906

Interview and memoir
16 tapes, 763 mins., 2 vols., 235 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Fribley, a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate from 1934-1952 representing the 40th district, recalls his political career: legislative achievements in transportation, oil and gas regulation, and mine safety; Illinois political figures including Adlai Stevenson, Paul Powell and Henry Horner; political issues of the 1930's and 40's; and the relationship between Chicago and downstate and between the mayor of Chicago and the governor. He also discusses his life before the General Assembly: his family background and childhood near Assumption and Pana, Illinois; social activities, entertainment, and farm work; education at Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois; law practice and political interests. References are made to his family's participation in the Civil War.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1980
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, correspondence regarding interview, and photographs of Fribley and his family

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Click to ExpandFriedrich, Dwight P.

Click to ExpandF915. Fries, Frank (1893-1980)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 150 mins., 70 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Fries, retired coal miner from Gillespie, Illinois, discusses union activities. He recalls the violence of the mine war, Mulkeytown march, Progressive Miners of America, United Mine Workers Union, sit-down strike at Wilsonville, Illinois, and working conditions for miners. He also recalls his service as a Representative in the U.S. Congress (1937-1941) and his term as sheriff of Macoupin County. References are made to gangsters in Benld, bootlegging, John L. Lewis, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Interview by Nick Cherniavsky and Barbara Herndon, 1973
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See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper article on the history of Benld, list of the Madison County Coal Mine Inspector reports, and a box list from the SIU-Edwardsville Archives of the Frank Fries Collection.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also F915.2*


Click to ExpandF927. Fromm, Pauline (1913-1985)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 68 mins., 38 pp.

Fromm, a waitress at Maldaner's Restaurant in Springfield for over 25 years, recalls her years of service, changes in the establishment and its operation, Maldaner's specialties, washing the money, customers, interior features and downtown businesses.

Interview by Josephine Saner, 1977
OPEN
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Click to ExpandF963. Funk, Mary (1901-1980), Herndon, Calista d. 1983

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 20 pp.

Funk and Herndon, proponents of birth control, recall the early efforts of Planned Parenthood in Springfield, attitudes toward birth control since 1918, individuals involved in the organization of Planned Parenthood, and the participation of men in the group.

Interview by Susan Sherard, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: Herndon only

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