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Interview with Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1984 February 8 [audio](part 1)
Toomey describes the childhood of her husband, Timothy Toomey, who grew up at Hagley Yards as well, and whose father, the boss of the powder mills, was killed in an explosion in 1910. Her interview describes her childhood, including hygiene routines, her education at St. Joseph's, celebrations at holidays, explosions, and local businesses in the area. She also describes raising her children along the Brandywine after her marriage in 1920.
Toomey, Jane M.
Jane (Jennie) Thompson Toomey (b. 1896), daughter of John Thompson, an Irish immigrant who burned willows to make charcoal for DuPont, grew up in Charles Banks and Henry Clay villages.
1 of 2
ends abruptly but resumes on part 2; tape flips at 46:15
ReminiscingChildhood and youth of a personManners and customsDomestic lifeDwellingsHouses
2 sound cassettes (90 min.) : analog. TRT 1:46:54.
A and B
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370)
Box 5, Cassette 239-240
[Description and dates], 1970370_112513_toomey_part1, Box 5, Cassette 239-240, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
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