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Click to ExpandP173A. Palazzolo, Angeline b. 1921

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 10 mins., 7 pp.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Angeline Palazzolo recalls the Italian community of Springfield.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandP173P. Palazzolo, Paul (1918-1978)

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

ITALIAN-AMERICANS PROJECT
Paul Palazzolo recalls the Italian community in Springfield, coal mining and his family.

Interview by John Bucari, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandPalmer, James

Click to ExpandP184. Paludan, Phillip Shaw (1938-2007)

Interview and memoir
9 tapes, 810 mins, 239 pp.

Paludan, Professor of History and holder of the Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield (2001-07), recalls his family background, childhood in Canada, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Glendale California; his early schooling; his parents’ divorce and visits to his father and his mother's relatives; studies, social activities, sports and friends at Glendale High School; life as a student at Occidental College and his growing interest in history; the Phi Delta Gamma fraternity, favorite professors, friends and summer jobs.

He also discusses graduate history studies at UCLA, his mentors Clifford Griffin and Harold Hyman, marriage, and move to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a PhD in History in 1968. He recalls his 30-year teaching position at the University of Kansas, including curriculum, campus unrest, overseas programs, and relations with colleagues. Paludan also discusses his books and their reception, his family, divorce and remarriage, honors and awards, his move to New Jersey, the position at UIS, Abraham Lincoln, and his opinions of other Civil War historians.

The memoir also includes a press release regarding Paludan’s death, his 2006 UIS Commencement address, and his talk upon investiture to the Lynn Chair of Lincoln Studies in 2001.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 2006.
OPEN

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Click to ExpandP226. Parker, Mrs. Noel (Justine) (1886-1974)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 11 pp.

Parker recalls Farmingdale, Illinois: its depot and post office, first oiled roads and his family history.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
For tape see Marie Cordes
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP229. Parkhurst, John C. b. 1920

Interview and memoir
15 tapes, 1035 mins., 2 vols., 216 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Parkhurst, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives 1959-69, discusses his years in the General Assembly: campaigns, judicial and legislative reforms, reapportionment, anti-crime bills, education legislation and civil rights legislation. Also discusses his years before the General Assembly: family, education, law school and practice, and time in the military. Also the years after: the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention, work as Assistant Attorney General and member of the Mental Health Transition Task Force.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1980-81
OPEN
See collateral file: interviewer's notes and photocopies of pictures and articles.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP242. Parnell, Abbie (1899-1980)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 31 pp.

Parnell, wife of Garland Leslie Parnell, an organ grinder, recalls her husband's occupation, selling fruit, raising monkeys and traveling.

Interview by Josephine Saner, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP257. Partee, Cecil A. (1921-1994)

Interview and memoir
14 tapes, 1050 mins., 2 vols., 244 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
Partee, Democratic member of Illinois House of Representatives 1957-67 and Illinois Senate 1967-77, discusses his years in the General Assembly: work with issues such as civil rights, consumer rights, and crime and correction legislation; legislative, judicial, and fiscal reform; public aid, health, welfare, and safety legislation; and work as senate president. Also discusses his years before the General Assembly: family, employment, higher education, law school and practice, and early politics. Also recalls his work after the General Assembly as a commissioner in the Chicago Department of Human Services and as Chicago City Treasurer.

Interview by Horace Q. Waggoner, 1979-81
OPEN
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Click to ExpandPassmore, Gary

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Click to ExpandP277. Patterson, Cliffie Smith (1895-1993)

Interview and memoir
3 tapes, 270 mins., 90 pp.

Patterson, school teacher, recalls rural early 20th century rural life, family, education, country schools, farming, LaClede County, Missouri and Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Also recalls teaching, her children's education and changes in her life over the years.

Interview by Jean Hauffe, 1984
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP278A. Patton, Annabelle Lewis (1925-2008)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 14 pp.

SPRINGFIELD INTERNATIONAL VISITORS COMMISSION
Annabelle Lewis Patton, first chairman of the Springfield International Visitors Commission, discusses her interest in and association with the creation and early work of the commission.

Interview by Byron Booth, 1990
OPEN
See collateral file
For tape see Maralee Lindley

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives

See also P278A.2*


Click to ExpandP278C. Patton, Charles C. b. 1916

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 315 mins., 76 pp.

Charles C. Patton, electrical engineer, discusses Springfield in the early and mid 20th century: his family, Sangamo Electric Company, service with the U.S. Navy during WWII, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and politics.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1992
OPEN
See collateral file: photocopies of articles.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP278L. Patton, Leonard b. 1924

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

PRISONER OF WAR EXPERIENCES IN WORLD WAR II
Leonard Patton, first Commander of the Springfield area Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War 1975-79, discusses joining the Army, his service in WWII, capture by the Germans, internments at Camp XIIA and Pritzwalk Labor Camp, forced march and effects of being a POW.

Interview by Glenn Kniss, 1985
OPEN
See collateral file

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Click to ExpandP278R. Patton, Robert Jess b. 1909

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 360 mins., 67 pp.

Robert Jess Patton, doctor of medicine and general surgeon, recalls Springfield in the early and mid 20th century, higher education and medical school, his service in the Navy during WWII, the Springfield Medical Group and his medical practice.

Interview by Eugenia Eberle, 1992-93
OPEN

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Click to ExpandP317.1. Pearson, Dr. Emmet F. (1906-1996)

Interview and memoir #1
4 tapes, 200 mins., 61 pp.

Pearson, doctor of medicine, recalls early 20th century rural Tennessee life, Washington University, St. Louis, Europe in the 1930s, WWII and Springfield. Also discusses historic preservation of the Clayville Inn near Pleasant Plains.

Interview by Richard Henderson, 1983
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP317.2. Pearson, Dr. Emmet F. (1906-1996)

Interview and memoir #2
1 tape, 30 min., 13 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Pearson discusses his involvement in the club, club contributors, and his talks in Cape Town, South Africa, New Guinea, and Australia.

Interview by Ron Krause, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandP321. Pease, Clifford A. Jr. b. 1922

Memoir
78 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Pease, doctor of medicine, discusses his career in the IIAA: work in Peru, Costa Rica, and Paraguay; public health policies and programs; medical developments; living in different cultures and environments; diseases, vaccines, and medications. He also discusses Agency for International Development central office in Washington D.C. and its policies, programs, and relations with Vietnam, Thailand, and Latin American countries. Also discusses history and observations of IIAA and its successor agencies as well as AID and NIH. He also discusses his family, Army service, and attitudes.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or photocopied.


Click to ExpandPeccarelli, Anthony M.

Click to ExpandPechous, Roy

Click to ExpandP349. Pehlman, Joe

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 10 pp.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB PROJECT
Pehlman, Rotary Club member since 1945, discusses meeting sites, format, members and the Rotary Band.

Interview by Ron Krause, 1988
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP384. Pennington, Robert (1926-1981)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 45 mins., 16 pp.

RADIO PROJECT
Pennington discusses his work as a radio advertising salesman for WCVS in Springfield, the radio sales department, contracts and rates.

Interview by William Ortman, 1973
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP419. Perkins, Claire W. (1917-1989)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 29 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Perkins, Illinois Bell operator 1942-73, discusses her employment experiences, managers, and other careers at Illinois Bell.

Interview by G. H. Veach, 1973
RESTRICTED: For research only.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandP421. Perlmutter, Thelma, b. 1924.

Memoir

72 pp.

Perlmutter, director of the boy's clothing department at the Bachrach department store in Decatur, Illinois, discusses her early years in the Bronx, New York, experiences as a buyer for various clothing stores, her marriage and family, moving to Decatur in 1952, the Jewish community in Decatur, and the growth and development of the Bachrach store and its "Mod Shop."

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1991.

RESTRICTED: no legal release.


Click to ExpandPerona, Louis J.

Click to ExpandP428. Perry, Kim b. 1959

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 55 mins., 18 pp.

HOME SCHOOLING PROJECT
Kim Perry, mother of five children, discusses their home schooling, curriculum, daily schedule, expenses, parents' role, support groups, and opposition to home schooling.

Interview by Linda Moore, 1990
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP429. Perry, Robert b. 1919

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 mins., 28 pp.

ILLINOIS COAL: THE LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
Robert Perry, coal miner, discusses mining in central Illinois and Indiana: mechanization of mines, benefits, unions, the seniority system, check-off system and grievance procedures in the industry today.

Interview by Kevin Corley, 1986
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP442. Petersen, James

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 28 pp.

Petersen, Sangamon State University employee from 1970-73, discusses the beginning of the University: recruiting students, admissions, university governance and academic planning.

Interview by Cullom Davis, 1973
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP443. Peterson, Carl (1900-1987)

Interview and memoir
7 tapes, 630 mins., 2 vols., 169 pp.

Peterson, farmer, discusses early 20th century rural life in Virginia, Illinois: farming, butchering; country schools, and high school; education at the University of Illinois in Urbana; recreation, holidays, socials, weddings and churches; race relations; his trip to Sweden; the Depression and WWII; and family life as a Swedish-American.

Interview by Nancy Cogburn, 1979
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP453. Pettiford, Jack (1920-1982)

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 450 mins., 147 pp.

BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT
Pettiford discusses life in Springfield: family, high school, race discrimination, service in the Army during WWII, transportation, his employment at Panama Tavern and the Springfield City Street Department, black businesses, the civil rights movement and his work with the Community Action Agency and Neighborhood Youth Corps.

Interview by John Wolfe, 1973
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP513. Phelps, Harvey (1908-1979)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 305 mins., 116 pp.

Phelps discusses early and mid 20th century life in Carlinville, Illinois: coal mines, businesses, transportation, Blackburn College, WWII and his family. He also discusses newspapers and politics at some length.

Interview by Eloise Meiners, 1975
OPEN
See collateral file: Blackburn College brochures and 1975-76 catalogue; photos of Phelps; and articles from the Carlinville Democrat.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP653C. Pineo, Charles "Chuck" (1904-1998)

Memoir
46 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Charles Pineo, civil and sanitary engineer, discusses working for the IIAA from 1942-64 in Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, and Washington D.C.: building water and sewerage systems, IIAA policies and personnel, responsibilities and duties, hospital programs, government foreign relations and policies, work with the Pan-American Health Organization, and work as a private consultant. He also discusses pre-IIAA work on dams in the U.S. and work in the Panama Canal Zone. Also discusses different cultures, climate, people, religion, and politics in Latin America.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.


Click to ExpandP653E. Pineo, Evelyn b. 1904

Memoir
67 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Evelyn Pineo, wife of Charles Pineo, discusses working for the IIAA with her husband in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, and other Latin American countries: traveling, adapting to different cultures, living conditions, raising a family, housing, going to market, friends, work on Panama Canal, Panama during WWII, and work with health organizations. Also talks about her life in Massachusetts and Vermont before leaving the U.S.

Interview by James D. and Elvera L. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.


Click to ExpandP661. Piper, Perry. (1911-1999)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 90 mins., 23 pp.

Piper, a journalist of Paris, Illinois, recalls his childhood near Sumner in Lawrence County, Illinois: family, education in a one-room school, and attending high school in Bridgeport. He also recalls joining the Lone Scouts in 1922, the history of the Lone Scouts, their merger with the Boy Scouts in 1924, becoming a Distinguished Eagle Scout, changes in scouting over the years, and his collection of scouting memorabilia.

Interview by Dan Wormhoudt, 1998.
OPEN
See collateral file: pictures of Piper with his scout memorabilia, copies of Piper's newspaper columns on the history of the Lone Scouts, and an article and an editorial by V.P. Crane on Piper and his wife Bernice. Master manuscript only.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP673. Pisciotte, Joseph P.

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 135 mins., 34 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Pisciotte, political scientist, discusses his defeat for State Senate in 1974 and his appointment as Director of the Department of Business and Economic Development by Governor Dan Walker. He discusses his work for the Walker administration, the Illinois Manufacturing Association, the liaison system, patronage, budget meetings, and United Way campaigns; Walker's personnel, Bill Goldberg, Victor de Grazia, Norton Kay, and David Green; relationships with the press and the legislature; and events of Walker's Administration and the 1970's: economy, Vietnam War, the new Illinois Constitution, media, taxes, and Lt. Governor Hartigan.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1981
OPEN
Memoir bound with L976 Terry Lutes Memoir
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP689. Plaut, Lottie C. b. 1915

Memoir
46 pp.

INSTITUTE OF INTER-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COLLECTION
Plaut, a nurse, discusses life and work in Brazil for the IIAA: nurse training program and facility, responsibilities and duties, policies and programs, cultural adaption, economic developments, women in Brazil and governmental policies. Also recalls her education and experiences before IIAA.

Interview by James D. Williams, 1985
Donated by the Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.


Click to ExpandP716. Plews, Matilda (1904-2000)

Interview and memoir
4 tapes, 180 mins., 59 pp.

Plews recalls life in Petersburg, Illinois, her husband Dr. Thomas Plews, and describes her house. She discusses working for a newspaper, helping with her husband's medical practice, and helping others. Also discusses her book Some Interesting Menard County Homes, her involvement with community services and the Central Presbyterian Church of Petersburg. Also mentions Ann Rutledge.

Interview by Charles A. Starling, 1989
OPEN'
See collateral file: interviewer's notes, newspaper articles, and church celebration.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP752. Poe, Capt. E.L. "Wamp" (1895-1984); Poe, Capt. E.A. "Li'l Wamp" b. 1932

Memoir
99 pp.

Capt. E.L. Poe and his son, Capt. E.A. Poe, riverboat pilots, discuss river life on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Wolf rivers: different boats and companies, life on riverboats and barges; changes in the rivers and people's attitudes, a captain's rights and duties on a riverboat, lighthouses, the modernization of boats, receiving a pilot's license, and family life.

Interview by Jane Curry, 1980
Donated by Jane Curry
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandP787. Poole, Joseph (1899-1982)

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

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Poole, coal miner, discusses mine wars and unions from the 1920's through the 40's: PMA, UMW, prohibition, Charlie Birger and bootleggers, Eldorado and other southern Illinois towns, and his work in the mines.

Interview by Rex Rhodes, 1972
RESTRICTED: Tape restricted, memoir open.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandPorter, Gerald

Click to ExpandP845. Post, Marjorie Merriweather (1887-1973)

Memoir
37 pp.

Post discusses her father and his business, the Postum Cereal Company, from its beginnings, her family, early life, travels; her father's inventions, life, and philosophies; and Midwest life in the early 20th century.

Interview by John T. Mason, Jr., 1964
Donated by the Oral History Research Office Columbia University, New York
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited, or reproduced.


Click to ExpandP846. Poston Brick Company

Interview and memoir
5 tapes, 240 mins., 78 pp.

Carter, Ivory, 85 mins., 26 pp.
Cook, Estol, 14 pp.
Cook, Mark, 45 mins., 17 pp.
Poston, William E., 10 mins., 7 pp.
Robinson, Earl, 60 mins., 13 pp.
Van Cleve, Henrietta, 10 mins., 7 pp.

The narrators discuss personnel, machines, operations and types of bricks manufactured at the Poston Brick Company in Springfield. Narrators also discuss working conditions, hazards, co-workers, and the structures located on the factory grounds.

Interviews by Garnetta Cook, 1972
OPEN: see individual names for legal release
See individual collateral files : interviewer's notes, photos of factory, photocopies of articles about the factory, list of buildings built with the company's bricks, and background notes.

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandPoston, William E.

Click to ExpandP872. Powers, Alice (1912-1999)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 13 pp.

Powers discusses the school lunch program in Springfield: their history, her experiences, lunchrooms, menus, dietary concerns and working conditions.

Interview by Virginia Bomke, 1972
OPEN
For tape see Bedford, Virginia
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP884. Prahm, Jeanette (1868-1978)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 30 mins., 8 pp.

TELEPHONE PROJECT
Prahm, age 105, discusses the early operation of the telephone company in Vandalia, Illinois.

Interview by Gerry Veach, 1973
RESTRICTED: May be read but not quoted, cited or photocopied.
See collateral file


Click to ExpandP887. Prater, Fannie (1903-1995)

Interview and memoir
2 tapes, 110 mins., 28 pp.

Prater, postmaster, discusses rural life in Kilbourne, Illinois: farming, holidays, Depression, WWII, and operation of the Kilbourne post office.

Interview by Rosalyn Bone, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP912. Pree, Edward (1919-1995)

Interview and memoir
9 tapes, 633 mins., 122 pp., plus index

ILLINOIS STATECRAFT
Pree, administrative assistant to Governor William G. Stratton 1953-57, discusses working for Stratton: the 1952 and 1956 gubernatorial campaigns, the Stratton administration and its policies, his responsibilities and duties, and politics. Also discusses family, early and mid 20th century life in Springfield, education at Northwestern University, his law practice, and his father.

Interview by Marilyn Huff Immel, 1981
OPEN
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See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


Click to ExpandP931. Price, James N. (1911-1985)

Interview and memoir
6 tapes, 390 mins., 80 pp.

Price, farmer and oilfield worker, recalls experiences on the family dairy farm in Lawrence County, Illinois, early agricultural methods, early oilfield techniques and working conditions, the southeastern Illinois oil "boom", organization of an oil workers' union and his family's history.

Interview by Patrick Burris, 1976
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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Click to ExpandP939. Pritchett, Claire b. 1926

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 60 mins., 19 pp.

SANGAMON ORDNANCE PLANT PROJECT
Pritchett discusses her work at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant at Illiopolis: safety, security, female and minority employment, closing the plant, restoration of land, and effects on the community.

Interview by B. David McCarthy, 1989
OPEN
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Click to ExpandP942. Proctor, Ellen and Romain

Memoir
17 pp.

STEAMBOATS AND INLAND RIVERS
Ellen and Romain Proctor, proprietors of a traveling marionette show, discuss making puppets, performing shows, showboats and visiting Europe. They also discuss the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers and other rivers in the Midwest.

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

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Click to ExpandP956. Pryor, Allen W. b. 1927

Interview and Memoir
1 tape, 90 min., 27 pp.

Allen Pryor recalls life as an African American throughout his teenage years in Springfield, his military experiences from 1946-1947, and various state and federal jobs held before retiring as the Bureau Chief of hazardous materials at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Also discusses his interest in jazz and local musicians.

Interview by Brian D. Pryor, Sr., 2001
OPEN

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Click to ExpandP971. Purcell, Henson (1895-1974)

Interview and memoir
1 tape, 70 mins., 21 pp.

COAL MINING AND UNION ACTIVITIES PROJECT
Purcell discusses coal mining and unions in Franklin County, Illinois: the Mulkeytown march, conflict between the UMW and PMA, and the mine disaster in West Frankfort. Also discusses Charlie Birger and Shelton gangs, prohibition, the Ku Klux Klan, and the 1925 tornado.

Interview by Rex Rhodes, 1972
OPEN
See collateral file

See full text of memoir at Illinois Digital Archives


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