Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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A collection of approximately 200 interviews conducted between 1953 and 1984 with people who lived and worked in New Castle County, Delaware. The recollections of the subjects cover a period from about 1900 to 1960. While the majority of the interviews are with those who have a connection with the DuPont Company or du Pont family either as employees or inhabitants of the area surrounding the company's operation on the Brandywine River, the collection also includes interviews with those who worked in other industries in Delaware during this era such as Hodgson Woolen Mill, Lobdell Car Wheel Company, Hoopes Brother & Darlington, and Joseph Bancroft & Sons. In addition to documenting work and labor during this period, the interviewers delve deeply into the social and cultural lives of their subjects. Issues related to domesticity, gender, education, childhood, ethnicity, medicine, etc. are among the topics covered in the interviews. Also of note are interviews with a journalist (Fred Reybold) and an early broadcaster (Willard Wilson) who worked in Delaware.

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Interview with Samuel Hackendorn, 1958 July 24 [audio]
Hackendorn describes growing up along the Brandywine, including his schooling at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, games the children would play, the family home in Free Park, his first job at a cotton mill, and his impressions of various members of the du Pont family. He also describes his career working in different companies., Samuel Hackendorn (b. 1872) was born in Alsace-Lorraine, and his parents immigrated to the United States shortly after his birth and his father obtained a job in the grinding mill with DuPont. The family lived in Charles Banks and in Free Park., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.67 GB., RCA full frequency, Magnetic Recording Sound Tape, Interview summary-not a direct transcript, cuts off from 1:34:22 to 1:34:58; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_011714_hackendorn, Box 6, Reel 286, 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
John M. Johnson and Franklin Hanway, 1969 August 26 [audio]
Johnson and Hanway discuss why Mr. du Pont bought the estate, the farming operations at Longwood, the development of the Italian water gardens, work benefits, and various interactions with du Pont family members., Franklin L. Hanway (b. 1904) and John M. Johnson (b. 1899) were both employees at Longwood estate, and each served there for 47 years before retirement. Hanway began working at Longwood in 1922 after graduating from high school, having had worked there during summers during his school years. Johnson had been a farmer and then moved to Longwood in 1919; P.S. du Pont paid for his education in combustion engineering., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.38 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800' 1 mil polyester #10D7M, poor quality: very muffled and hard to understand at times; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_012014_hanway_johnson, Box 6, Reel 288, 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
Interview with Faith Betty Lattomus and Madaline Betty Walls, 1969 June 12, 1969 June 25 [audio]
The first part of the interview describes their family history, the houses in Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row, the political opinions of residents in the community, their education at A.I. du Pont School, and the various transfers of property that occurred in the area. The second part of the interview concerns guard duties around the property, interactions with members of the du Pont family, the children's entertainments and sports, holiday parties, different businesses in the community and in Wilmington, and daily life., Sisters Faith Betty Lattomus (b. 1907) and Madaline Betty Walls (b. 1901) grew up in Wagoner's Row. Their father was the head of the du Pont family's farming operation, and their grandfather also worked for DuPont and lived in Squirrel Run. Their grandmother served as a nursemaid to Colonel Henry du Pont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 2.96 GB., Ferrodynamics brand five, 1800' 1 mil polyester, #10D7M, contains two seperate interviews (same interviewee and interviewers), poor quality: a bit muddled/muffled; cuts off at 1:23:10 to 1:23:20 when tape flips (second interview follows);, [Description and dates], 1970370_012014_lattomus_walls, Box 6, Reel 288, 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
Interview with James F. Toy Sr., 1964 April 20 [audio]
Toy describes his salary and working conditions during that time. He later made his career in carpentry. In his interview, he discusses the demolition of the mills, his impressions of Louise du Pont Crowninshield and Colonel du Pont, his work on A.I. du Pont's sunken gardens, his childhood in Long Row, and community relations at Hagley., James F. Toy, Sr. came from a family of Irish immigrants who worked in the Wilmington area and for the du Ponts. His great-grandfather worked in the DuPont mills, his grandfather ran a saloon and grocery store at Henry Clay Village, and his father was a carpenter. He worked in the powder mills from 1907 to 1908., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.29 GB., Scotch 200, 2400 ft., No. 200-24, note box reads "report by C. Foote: very poor", poor quality: hum throughout; interview becomes very distorted and hard to hear starting at minute 0:48:00 and for the duration, [Description and dates], 1970370_020414_toy_part3, Box 6, Reel 292, 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
Interview with Pierre Ferraro and Eugene Ferraro, 1955 June 13 [audio]
The Ferraros describes explosions in 1890, 1898, and 1915, the villages along the Brandywine, the political views of the workers, various impressions of members of the du Pont family, and life in Walker's Bank, including entertainment, wages, and chores., Pierre Ferraro (b. 1878) began working for DuPont at age 26 as a chemist's assistant as well as a blacksmith. Eugene Ferraro began working in the powder mill, but later became a contractor at A.I. du Pont's home in 1909. The brothers grew up in Walker's Bank at Hagley., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 967 MB., 1800' 1 mil., According to the transcript there is a 16mm color film of interview; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Cuts off at 0:00:51 and resumes at 0:02:25 (seems to have been accidently recorded over); ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_022514_ferraro, Box 6, Reel 285, 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
Interview with Joseph A. Haley, 1955 February 23 [audio]
Haley describes his impressions of Alfred I. du Pont, his working career with the company, entertainment and amusement along the Brandywine, and the various aspects of the powder business., Joseph A. Haley (b. 1875) began working at Hagley in 1898, having worked on A.I. du Pont's farms previously. He worked as a spare man in all of the jobs until he became powder foreman in 1912., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.07 GB., 1800' 7" 1 mil, Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Interviewee is a bit hard to understand; Cuts off from 0:02:01 to 0:02:03; background conversation at times; brief amount of unrelated recordings after interview ends, [Description and dates], 1970370_022514_haley, Box 6, Reel 285, 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
Interview with Joseph Kauss, 1969 July 11 [audio]
Kauss describes the differences between the mills when Kauss worked there and in 1969, when the interview was conducted. He also describes his working career at DuPont in detail, including his wages, work environment, and the layout of Hagley Yards. He also describes life in Wilmington, including union and gang activity., Joseph B. Kauss (b. 1898) was born in Wilmington and obtained an education at Goldey College, becoming a bookkeeper and stenographer and working for various companies. He ultimately obtained a position as a stenographer for the DuPont company., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.53 GB., RCA Magnetic Tape Red Seal 1800 ft. 1.0 mil polyester Type 10MLN-18LT, Varying volume and noises related to microphone/recording device (walking around grounds); switches over from driving interview to inside interview at 0:26:50 -- the first minute or so sounds a little distorted; cuts off brifly at 0:18:25 when reel was turned over, [Description and dates], 1970370_022514_kauss, Box 6, Reel 289, 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
Interview with Stuart Taylor, 1969 July 22 [audio]
Taylor describes Wilmington in the early twentieth century, including the ethnic makeup of the city, pastimes of young people, learning his trade, the temperance movement, healthcare in the city, church and community life, and other day-to-day routines in the early 1900s. He also describes working conditions during his career., Robert Stuart Taylor (b. 1892) worked in the powder yard and on the trolley lines in Wilmington. His father worked for a lumber yard., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.26 GB., RCA Magnetic Tape Red Seal 1800 ft. 1.0 mil polyester Type 10MLN-18LT, Very poor recording: lots of tape hiss, clanging sounds. Was copied from original source. Ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_022514_taylor, Box 6, Reel 289, 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
Interview with Oliver Collins, 1972 July 6-7 [audio]
Collins describes how he was trained as a miller, how his business expanded, the different crops ground at his facility, the process of grinding corn and wheat, different grades of flour produced, and explosions that occurred in the mill business. He also discusses the role of grain elevators in the mill process., Oliver Collins owned Collins Mill Sawmill in Anselma, Pennsylvania., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2306kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.01 GB., Gibson Girl Robins Tape Mialer, cuts off at 0:38:55 briefly in between interviews; Mr. Collins is hard to understand; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_022614_collins_part3, Box 6, Reel 284, 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
Interview with Martin Dillon, 1969 July 28 [audio](part 1)
Dillon describes in detail the process of hauling willows, including cutting them down, peeling them, tools and techniques used, and caring for the horses. He also describes farm life at the turn of the century, including the business aspect of farming., Martin Dillon (b. 1892) worked with his father hauling willows to sell to customers, including the DuPont Company, until his father's death in 1902., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 713 MB., RCA Red Seal, 1800 ft. 1 mil, polyester, Type 10MLN-18LT, [Description and dates], 1970370_022614_dillon_part1, Box 6, Reel 287, 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
Interview with Daniel Toomey, 1969 August 7 [audio](part 1)
Toomey describes the house and the neighborhood in which he was born, transportation in the early twentieth century, holiday celebrations, healthcare, and daily life growing up., Daniel Toomey (b. 1902) was raised on the Upper Banks of Hagley Yard, the son of the powder mill boss who was killed in an explosion in 1910, resulting in the family's move to the city of Wilmington., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 340 MB., RCA Magnetic Tape Red Seal 1800 ft. 1.0 mil polyester Type 10MLN-18LT, Transcript indicates recording is on Tape 69-1 (side one) and 69-2 (side two), [Description and dates], 1970370_022614_toomey_part1, Box 6, Reel 289, 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
Interview with Daniel Toomey, 1969 August 7 [audio](part 2)
Toomey describes the house and the neighborhood in which he was born, transportation in the early twentieth century, holiday celebrations, healthcare, and daily life growing up., Daniel Toomey (b. 1902) was raised on the Upper Banks of Hagley Yard, the son of the powder mill boss who was killed in an explosion in 1910, resulting in the family's move to the city of Wilmington., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 359 MB., RCA Magnetic Tape Red Seal 1800 ft. 1.0 mil polyester Type 10MLN-18LT, Transcript indicates recording is on Tape 69-1 (side one) and 69-2 (side two), low volume; tape hiss; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_022614_toomey_part2, Box 6, Reel 287, 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
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1985 August 8 [audio](part 2)
Fitzharris recalls in more detail about some of the subjects she has discussed in prior interviews. Some topics include coal wagons, home sewing, homemade alcohol, style of dress during mourning periods, household furniture and appliances, toys and hobbies, and types of meals cooked in the home., Ella Fitzharris (b. 1911) had a father who worked for the DuPont black powder mills and later the Du Pont Experimental Station., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 739 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_101113_fitzharris_part5, Box 4, Casette 145-146, 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
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1985 October 4 [audio](part 1)
Ella Fitzharris (b. 1911) had a father who worked for the DuPont black powder mills and later the Du Pont Experimental Station., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.50 GB., 1 of 2, Part 6:ends abruptly but resumes on Part 7; tape flips at 46:26, [Description and dates], 1970370_101113_fitzharris_part6, Box 4, Casette 147-148, 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
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1985 October 4 [audio](part 2)
Ella Fitzharris (b. 1911) had a father who worked for the DuPont black powder mills and later the Du Pont Experimental Station., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 814 MB., 2 of 2, Part 7: tape flips at 46:09, [Description and dates], 1970370_101113_fitzharris_part7, Box 4, Casette 147-148, 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
Interview with James Gamble, 1984 April 5 [audio] (part 1)
Gamble describes his house in Henry Clay in detail as well as his uncle's house, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, various taverns in the community, his family history, and his education. He also recounts his childhood: swimming in the Brandywine, playing baseball and football and marbles, and sledding. He describes various explosions that he remembers., James Elmer Gamble (b. 1903) was born in Henry Clay and grew up in Forty Acres, Wilmington. His father worked as a carpenter for DuPont, and his mother also grew up along the Brandywine. His uncle, Sam Frizzell, had a grocery store at Hagley. He worked at the Experimental Station for 39 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.48 GB., 1 of 2, Part 3: ends abruptly but picks up on Part 2; tape flips at 46:04, [Description and dates], 1970370_101113_gamble_part3, Box 4, Casette 152-153, 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
Interview with James Gamble, 1984 April 5 [audio](part 2)
Gamble describes his house in Henry Clay in detail as well as his uncle's house, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, various taverns in the community, his family history, and his education. He also recounts his childhood: swimming in the Brandywine, playing baseball and football and marbles, and sledding. He describes various explosions that he remembers., James Elmer Gamble (b. 1903) was born in Henry Clay and grew up in Forty Acres, Wilmington. His father worked as a carpenter for DuPont, and his mother also grew up along the Brandywine. His uncle, Sam Frizzell, had a grocery store at Hagley. He worked at the Experimental Station for 39 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 486 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_101113_gamble_part4, Box 4, Casette 152-153, 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
Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1984 April 30 [audio](part 1)
Dunlop discusses playing baseball with the Hagley team, entertainments and pastimes of the children, transportation, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, and daily chores., Thomas Dunlop (b. 1905) emigrated from Scotland in 1913 after his father saved enough money working in a tile shop to bring over his family, eventually working for DuPont. He lived in Breck's Lane, where the family took in boarders. He worked as a chauffeur for Hallock du Pont from 1928 until 1932., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.48 GB., 1 of 2, Part 1:ends abruptly; tape flips at roughly 45:40, [Description and dates], 1970370_10113_dunlop_part1, Box 4, Cassette 132-133, 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
Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1984 April 30 [audio](part 2)
Dunlop discusses playing baseball with the Hagley team, entertainments and pastimes of the children, transportation, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, and daily chores., Thomas Dunlop (b. 1905) emigrated from Scotland in 1913 after his father saved enough money working in a tile shop to bring over his family, eventually working for DuPont. He lived in Breck's Lane, where the family took in boarders. He worked as a chauffeur for Hallock du Pont from 1928 until 1932., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 660 MB., 2 of 2, Part 2: continues from Part 1 but later in the conversation, [Description and dates], 1970370_10113_dunlop_part2, Box 4, Cassette 132-133, 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
Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1985 February 22 [audio]
Dunlop describes the house in which he grew up, games the children played growing up, newspapers and reading materials, learning his trade at Bethlehem Steel, his education, and day-to-day life during his childhood., Thomas Dunlop (b. 1905) emigrated from Scotland in 1913 after his father saved enough money working in a tile shop to bring over his family, eventually working for DuPont. He lived in Breck's Lane, where the family took in boarders. He worked as a chauffeur for Hallock du Pont from 1928 until 1932., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., Transcript missing page 55, Part 3: ends abruptly; tape flips at roughly 46:10, [Description and dates], 1970370_10113_dunlop_part3, Box 4, Casette 134, 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
Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1985 April 19 [audio]
Dunlop describes floods along the Brandywine, the celebration of the Scottish holiday of Hugmanah, various items in the household, his father's garden, and medical care., Thomas Dunlop (b. 1905) emigrated from Scotland in 1913 after his father saved enough money working in a tile shop to bring over his family, eventually working for DuPont. He lived in Breck's Lane, where the family took in boarders. He worked as a chauffeur for Hallock du Pont from 1928 until 1932., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.10 GB., Part 4: tape flips at roughly 46:08, [Description and dates], 1970370_10113_dunlop_part4, Box 4, Casette 135, 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
Interview with Mary Sweeney Gibson, 1980 May 13 [audio]
Gibson describes an explosion that killed her mother's first husband, her education at St. Joseph's, cooking and shopping, medical care, holiday celebrations, and peeling willows. She also describes her family's history and emigration from Ireland., Mary Sweeney Gibson (b. 1897) grew up along the Brandywine; her father, an Irish immigrant, worked in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.25 GB., may have been taken from a reel; tape is flipped at roughly 45:50; tape cuts off and on from 56:45 to 56:57;, [Description and dates], 1970370_10113_gibson, Box 4, Casette 156, 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
Interview with James Gamble, 1981 April 24 [audio](part 1)
Gamble recounts various family members and their history. He also describes the layout of the yards, his childhood at Hagley, gardening and chores, his first job at Capo's Drugstore, and his education., James Elmer Gamble (b. 1903) was born in Henry Clay and grew up in Forty Acres, Wilmington. His father worked as a carpenter for DuPont, and his mother also grew up along the Brandywine. His uncle, Sam Frizzell, had a grocery store at Hagley. He worked at the Experimental Station for 39 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., 1 of 2, Part 1: somewhat poor quality recording--seems to be taken from another source; ends abruptly but resumes on Part 2; tape flips at 46:30; cuts off from 1:30:50 to 1:31:19, [Description and dates], 1970370_101713_gamble_part1, Box 4, Casette 150-151, 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, Unidentified voice is likely Mrs. Gamble.
Interview with James Gamble, 1981 April 24 [audio](part 2)
Gamble recounts various family members and their history. He also describes the layout of the yards, his childhood at Hagley, gardening and chores, his first job at Capo's Drugstore, and his education., James Elmer Gamble (b. 1903) was born in Henry Clay and grew up in Forty Acres, Wilmington. His father worked as a carpenter for DuPont, and his mother also grew up along the Brandywine. His uncle, Sam Frizzell, had a grocery store at Hagley. He worked at the Experimental Station for 39 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 280 MB., 2 of 2, Part 2: Lots of shuffling sounds and discussion with someone who is not Mr. Gamble, [Description and dates], 1970370_101713_gamble_part2, Box 4, Casette 150-151, 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, Unidentified voice is likely Mrs. Gamble.
Interview with James Gamble, 1984 June 21 [audio](part 1)
Gamble describes his family's history and various artifacts received from family members, his grandfather and father's careers with DuPont and in stone quarries, his first jobs, typical foods and chores, and taverns and businesses in Wilmington., James Elmer Gamble (b. 1903) was born in Henry Clay and grew up in Forty Acres, Wilmington. His father worked as a carpenter for DuPont, and his mother also grew up along the Brandywine. His uncle, Sam Frizzell, had a grocery store at Hagley. He worked at the Experimental Station for 39 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., 1 of 2, Part 5: ends abruptly but resumes later in the conversation on Part 6; tape flips at 46:11; volume drops from to 16:30 to 18:20 as interviewee goes to look for something, [Description and dates], 1970370_101713_gamble_part5, Box 4, Casette 154-155, 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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