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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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 Elizabeth Beacom, 1967 May 29 [audio]
Ms. Beacom recounts details about her father's work, life in Squirrel Run, an 1890 explosion, memories of Louise Crowninshield, and her own education and career which included work as Mrs. Crowninshield's secretary., Elizabeth Beacom (b. 1891) was born into an Irish family who lived in Squirrel Run, near the DuPont Company Hagley Yards area. Her father worked in the DuPont refinery, and later as a watchman after he was injured in an explosion., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.31 GB., Golden Tone by Soundcraft, 1200 ft, 1 1/2 mil, acetate, Type GTA-12, Transcript includes an addendum containing information provided by Miss Beacom, [Description and dates], 1970370_7913_Beacom, Box 2, Reel 33, 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 Ethel Jones Hayward, 1984 November 27 [audio](part 2)
Hayward describes daily living along the Brandywine, including canning, grocery shopping, gardening, her schooling, and chores. She gives a tour of her home from memory. She also describes attending church on Sunday, holiday celebrations, funerals, medical care, and various possessions that the family owned., Ethel Louella Jones Hayward (b. 1900) grew up in the villages along the Brandywine in the Charles I. du Pont home; her father worked in the powder mills, and later tested the powder in the laboratory. He also worked as the village violin teacher., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.03 GB., [Description and dates], 1970370_92413_hayward_part4, Box 4, Casette 165-166, 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 Vance Mitchell with Joseph Dougherty, 1968 July 12 [audio]
Mitchell describes his childhood and his parents' hauling business, including hazards of the trade, the introduction of the truck in transportation, and the basic job responsibilities. He also discusses his work at DuPont and at Bethlehem Steel during World War I. He reminisces about an explosion that occurred at Bethlehem Steel, the handling of shells after the end of the war, headaches that occurred from TNT and smokeless powder, and concerns about sabotage. The interview also features commentary from Joseph Dougherty., Vance Mitchell (b. 1898) grew up in New Castle, Delaware, and worked for DuPont hauling powder from Hagley Yard during World War I., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.23 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. x 1 mil, polyester, #10D7M, Original recording has varying volume levels and occasionally recording will drop off to a much lower volume and then raise again (47:24:00 is particular to note); Interview subjects sometimes sound far away from mic and are hard to understand; Fair amount of background noise; Interview ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_7313_Mitchell_Dougherty, Box 2, Reel 51, 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 E. Doremus, 1958 January 10 [audio](part 1)
Doremus describes in detail his father and grandfather's powder mill business, his meeting with Mr. T. Coleman du Pont and the Remingtom Arms Company in New York City, his role in the development of the DuPont trademarked oval, the role of the company in World War I, the relationship of Annie Oakley to DuPont, his job in China, his impressions of various du Pont family members, and his world travels., Thomas E. Doremus (b. 1874) was the grandson of W.R. Swift, the founder of Swift Powder Mill and Schaghticoke Powder Company in New York. His father, the bookkeeper, had married Swift's daughter. The company was eventually acquired by DuPont in 1902 after they purchased much of the interest. He attended Rochester Polytechnic Institute for civil engineering but did not complete his degree. He joined DuPont in 1905 after being heavily recruited by the company. In 1919, he opened a branch of the company in Shanghai, and his sales manager, Mr. Trubnikoff, was found to be a Russian spy charged with stealing DuPont secrets., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.02 GB., Webcor Electric Memory, 1200 ft., tape no. 2906, polyester, 1 of 3; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 1: ends abruptly but picks up on part 2 Part 2: Ends abruptly but conversation was wrapping up, [Description and dates], 1970370_71713_Doremus_part1, Box 1, Reel 9, 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 W. J. Beadle, 1962 June 19 [audio]
Beadle describes his career with DuPont in the paint operations division, and later the development department and the treasury department. He also describes DuPont's relationship with General Motors, how DuPont acquired different companies and expanded in the 1920s and 1930s, and the motivations of the management, including the trajectory of development within the corporation. He describes the beginnings of DuPont International, his movement to the financial aspect of the business, his impressions of du Pont family members, and developing pension and trust plans., W.J. Beadle attended MIT for chemical and electrical engineering and then worked for DuPont following graduation and after serving in World War I. He chose the company after a successful internship with another company in the Wilmington area., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.70 GB., Scotch, 200 Tensilized, Polyester, 2400 ft., No. 200-24, Very poor recording: What sounds like unrelated conversation at the start; Tape hiss; Somewhat muffled; There is a underlying hum/interference which worsens from 0:27:00-0:31:00 and the conversation in not understandable; volume drops off at 0:43:57 then slowly increases until it is normal at 0:44:26; volume issues throughout entirety of interview (very high at 1:05:00 to 1:20:00 after which it is much lower; strange interference sound at 1:22:48 after which interview is inaudible until 1:24:00; Ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_82813_Beadle, Box 1, Reel 2, 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 Catherine Cheney, 1984 March 26 [audio]
Cheney provides details of her life at Free Park, including fear of typhoid in the water supply, delivery of groceries and other items, her sibling dynamic, She details gardening at Hagley, including drying and storing herbs, what kinds of plants were chosen for the garden, different gardening tools, and composting., Catherine Cheney (b. 1905) was the granddaughter of Irish immigrant James Cheney and the daughter of George Cheney, both guards and watchmen for the DuPont company. Her father became the janitor of Christ Church and later a tax collector when the powder mill closed in 1918, and the family moved to Free Park., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.39 GB., Part 9: cuts off from 0:46:06 to 0:46:41 when tape was flipped over; tape quality not great--tape hiss, background squeeky sound, [Description and dates], 1970370_92613_cheney_c_part9, Box 4, Casette 112, 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 William Lloyd and Anna Baird Lloyd, 1988 June 8 [audio](part 2)
Willliam Lloyd and Anna Baird Lloyd describe their childhoods growing up along the Brandywine, including fishing in the creek and skating in the winter, their families and anecdotes relating to them, childhood pastimes and amusements, memories of explosions, cooking and chores, and working conditions in the powder yards. They also describe local businesses, prices for everyday items, and holiday traditions., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.31 GB., 2 of 2, varying volume: lots of participants; tape flips at 46:18, [Description and dates], 1970370_111213_lloyd_part2, Box 5, Cassette 197-198, 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 William Craven Jr., 1987 July 31 [audio]
Craven describes the layout of the houses and the neighborhood as well as the significance of certain artifacts from his childhood. He also details his grandfather's friendship with Alfred I. du Pont and the family's history and immigration from Ireland., William Craven, Jr. was the grandson of a powder worker; his mother, Margaret McDade, grew up in Free Park in the late 1800s and early 1900s., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., Part 2: Cuts off from 0:46:09 to 0:46:20 when tape was flipped over; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_91913_craven_part2, Box 4, Casette 123, 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 William Hetherton, 1985 February 28 [audio]
Hetherton describes life in the village, including daily chores, fishing in the Brandywine, local businesses, and Wilmington in the early twentieth century., William Hetherton (b. 1915) briefly lived in Henry Clay Village with his aunt as a young man after his father died. His father had worked for both Bancroft and DuPont, and his mother was born in Long Row at Hagley., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 863 MB., Cuts off from 0:46:06 to 0:46:19 when taped was flipped over, [Description and dates], 1970370_9613_hetherton, Box 6, Casette 257, 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 Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1985 May 11 [audio](part 2)
Hazzard describes her education, how her parents met, laundry and chores, and various games and amusements in which the children engaged. She also describes cooking, family pets, the family's first car, and her neighbors., Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard (b. 1910) grew up in Walker's Bank along the Brandywine; both of her grandfathers worked for DuPont in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 332 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_91713_hazzard_part7, Box 6, Casette 253-254, 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 Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 June 1 [audio]
Hazzard describes the towns along the Brandywine and the neighborhood in detail. She also describes the family's possessions, daily chores, and special occasion clothes. She recounts the advent of electricity, socializing among the women, and local businesses., Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard (b. 1910) grew up in Walker's Bank along the Brandywine; both of her grandfathers worked for DuPont in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.29 GB., Part 5: Interview begins mid conversation; Cuts off from 0:46:19 to 0:46:24 when tape was flipped over, [Description and dates], 1970370_91613_hazzard_part5, Box 6, Casette 252, 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 Louis J. "Primo" Robino, 1984 December 3 [audio](part 3)
Robino describes life growing up in Squirrel Run, including amusements and chores, keeping boarders in their house, music and singing, and typical dress. He also discusses his education, cooking and baking Italian food, playing card games and bocce ball, and explosions that occurred., Louis J. Robino, Sr. (b. 1912) was born in Italy and grew up in Squirrel Run; his grandfather worked on the stone wall around A.I. du Pont's property and his father was a carpenter for DuPont. His mother, Tresilla, later opened up Mrs. Robino's Italian restaurant in Wilmington., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 122 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_12513_robino_part3, Box 5, Cassette 224, 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 Rocco Perrone, 1984 July 10 [audio](part 2)
Perrone describes daily life in Squirrel Run, Christmas at Winterthur, picnics and bocce in the summer, medical care, Perrone's impressions of various du Pont family members, traveling home to Italy, and other daily activities along the Brandywine., Rocco Perrone (b. 1901) was born in Italy to Anthony and Rosa Perrone. His family emigrated to America and his father worked for Colonel Henry A. du Pont as a stone mason. His wife, Margaret Perrone (b. 1903), also contributes her reminisces of visiting Squirrel Run. Mary Olivieri Guerrina (b. 1921) was born in Squirrel Run. Her father, Bart Olivieri, worked in the mill on Blacksmith Hill, the very last gatekeeper before the mill closed in 1924. Victorine Marenco Camorirano was the daughter of John Marenco, who also worked in the powder yards. She was born at Squirrel Run and lived there until she was 14., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 412 MB., 2 of 2, ends w/out closing, [Description and dates], 1970370_12213_perrone_r_part2, Box 5, Cassette 220-221, 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 William T. Cloud, 1958 April 7 [audio](part 3)
Cloud describes T. Coleman du Pont's road project in Sussex County, including interactions with the farmers; the political climate of the early 1900s in Delaware; the function of the byproducts section; and the dynamics, exports, and events at the Wayne Black Powder Mills and the Brandywine Plant., William T. Cloud (b. 1892) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, studied stenography at Goldey College, and utilized his degree to do clerical work in the explosives department for DuPont beginning in 1908. He later became the secretary for T. Coleman du Pont, managing his road and engineering aspirations. He transferred back to the explosives department and later to the byproducts section of this department. By 1917, he had accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Wayne Black Powder Mills during World War I, ending his career as acting superintendent at Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 704 MB., Scotch, Plastic, 1/4" x 1200 ft., No. 111 A-12, 2 of 2; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, On part 3 the volume drops signifigantly around the 41:30 before fading out completely around 41:55., [Description and dates], 1970370_62513_cloud_part3, Box 2, Reel 41, 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 Rocco Perrone, 1984 July 10 [audio](part 1)
Perrone describes daily life in Squirrel Run, Christmas at Winterthur, picnics and bocce in the summer, medical care, Perrone's impressions of various du Pont family members, traveling home to Italy, and other daily activities along the Brandywine., Rocco Perrone (b. 1901) was born in Italy to Anthony and Rosa Perrone. His family emigrated to America and his father worked for Colonel Henry A. du Pont as a stone mason. His wife, Margaret Perrone (b. 1903), also contributes her reminisces of visiting Squirrel Run. Mary Olivieri Guerrina (b. 1921) was born in Squirrel Run. Her father, Bart Olivieri, worked in the mill on Blacksmith Hill, the very last gatekeeper before the mill closed in 1924. Victorine Marenco Camorirano was the daughter of John Marenco, who also worked in the powder yards. She was born at Squirrel Run and lived there until she was 14., 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, enda abruptly; tape flips at 46:13, [Description and dates], 1970370_12213_perrone_r_part1, Box 5, Cassette 220-221, 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 William T. Cloud, 1958 March 31 [audio](part 1)
Cloud describes T. Coleman du Pont's road project in Sussex County, including interactions with the farmers; the political climate of the early 1900s in Delaware; the function of the byproducts section; and the dynamics, exports, and events at the Wayne Black Powder Mills and the Brandywine Plant., William T. Cloud (b. 1892) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, studied stenography at Goldey College, and utilized his degree to do clerical work in the explosives department for DuPont beginning in 1908. He later became the secretary for T. Coleman du Pont, managing his road and engineering aspirations. He transferred back to the explosives department and later to the byproducts section of this department. By 1917, he had accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Wayne Black Powder Mills during World War I, ending his career as acting superintendent at Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.56 GB., Scotch 190 Extra Play, 1/4" x 1800 ft., plastic, No. 190A-18-100G, 1 of 2; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 2 ends abruptly but continues without interruption at the beginning of part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_62513_cloud_part1, Box 2, Reel 40, 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 Willard B. Crichton and Theodore Pyle Crichton, 1990 October 27 [audio]
The Crichton brothers detail their father's career with DuPont and his grandmother's friendship with Mrs. Copeland. The interview describes the property around Free Park, changes the Crichton family made to their rental home, various vegetation in the neighborhood, family dining customs, Christmas traditions, and the accomplishments of both Willard and Theodore., Brothers Willard B. Crichton (b. 1918) and Theodore Pyle Crichton (b. 1927) and their family moved to Free Park in 1924, renting the Belin House from Mrs. Charlie Copeland in exchange for renovating it. They note that Belin House was referred to as "Skunk Hall" because in spring the skunks would gather around the surrounding plant life., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.41 GB., (note found with cassette) Note to transcriber: The last part of side B is almost impossible to understand as we are 6 people riding in a car, or scattered at Squirrel Run; side B says "July 27, 1990" typo?, see note: varying volume levels; ends abruptly; recording of radio station/feedback after interview ends; tape flips at 46:01, [Description and dates], 1970370_121113_crichton_joint, Box 5, Casette 177, 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 C. Natalie Rogerro Meriggi, 1984 June 10 [audio]
Meriggi describes her family history and her parent's immigrant to America. She also describes daily life along the Brandywine, including chores, cooking and laundry, making wine, and gardening. She also discusses sewing and typical dress, as well as Sunday traditions., C. Natalie Rogerro Meriggi (b. 1911) grew up in Squirrel Run. Her parents were both Italian immigrants, and her father worked in the machine shop. Her mother did laundry for other families in the neighborhood. Her husband also worked for DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:12, [Description and dates], 1970370_111313_meriggi_part1, Box 5, Cassette 205, 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 Herbert James Devenney, 1984 April 19 [audio]
Devenney describes the typical dress of the workers and their families, married life for young couples, and the layout of his family's house and the possessions inside., Herbert James Devenney (b. 1912) grew up in Henry Clay Village, the son of an Irish immigrant powder worker., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.48 GB., Part 3: ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:05, [Description and dates], 1970370_10213_devenney_part3, Box 4, Casette 129, 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 Herbert James Devenney, 1984 April 2 [audio]
Devenney describes in detail the family Bible, religious divisions within the community, and his family's home and furniture., Herbert James Devenney (b. 1912) grew up in Henry Clay Village, the son of an Irish immigrant powder worker., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 350 MB., [Description and dates], 1970370_10213_devenney_part2, Box 4, Casette 128, 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 Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 March 21 [audio](part 1)
Hazzard describes her childhood, including the house in which she grew up, daily chores, activities and amusements, and her impressions of various du Pont family members. She also discusses her education, various anecdotes about her father and mother, and the candy store her father opened after her lost his legs working for the railroad. She also recounts going into Wilmington for shopping and Christmas traditions., Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard (b. 1910) grew up in Walker's Bank along the Brandywine; both of her grandfathers worked for DuPont in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.40 GB., 1 of 2, Part 1: Cuts off from 0:43:22 to 0:43:50 when tape was flipped over; Ends abruptly after question is posed but resumes on Part 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_91613_hazzard_part1, Box 6, Cassette 248-249, 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 Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 May 30 [audio](part 1)
Hazzard describes her grandmother's role in her life and as the midwife for the area, laundry and other chores, and medical care. She also describes typical dress, explosions, and their neighbors. She also discusses games that the children would play, Easter traditions, making sauerkraut with her father, cooking and shopping, and typical dress., Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard (b. 1910) grew up in Walker's Bank along the Brandywine; both of her grandfathers worked for DuPont in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.42 GB., 1 of 2, Part 3: No introduction, interview starts mid-conversation; Banging sound throughout (sounds like construction of some sort) Cuts off from 0:43:46 to 0:44:08 when tape was switched over; Ends abruptly but continues on Part 4, [Description and dates], 1970370_91613_hazzard_part3, Box 6, Casette 250-251, 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 Les Mathewson, undated [audio](part 4)
Mathewson describes stone quarrying work in detail, including the process, tools, and his various job responsibilities. He also discusses his time working in the hydroelectric plant., F.L. "Les" Mathewson (b. 1895) grew up in Breck's Lane in a family of DuPont workers; his father worked in the electrical department, his grandfather was the foreman of the cooper shop, and his great-grandfather worked in the powder yards. He worked at the Hopewell plant and later became Mrs. W.K. du Pont's chauffeur., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 136 MB., TDK D90 Normal Type I (135m) 1-7/8ips, "Stone quarrying at Hagley Yards 1915 Hagley Electric 1915" Side A is an in person interview and Side B is a phone interview, Part 3:ends abruptly Part 4: Phone interview--very low volume, [Description and dates], 1970370_112513_mathewson_part4, Box 5, Cassette 203, 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 William H. Buchanan, 1958 August 7 [audio]
Buchanan's interview touches on many subjects including details of his father's work, his reminisces about home and social life in the community, his memories of Alfred I. du Pont, and details about powder yard explosions., William H. Buchanan (b. 1892) grew up in Rising Sun Lane and Breck's Lane near the Hagley area; his father worked in the DuPont black powder yards., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.51 GB., RCA Full Frequency Sound Tape, 1800 ft. 1/4" 1 mil, Acetate base, Type 255C1, "#1"; Summary of interview-not a direct transcript, Part 1: 1:27:38 to 1:27:49 cuts off during tape and there is no recording; Part 1 ends abruptly buts picks up on Part 2; Part 2 cuts off briefly around 0:05:29, [Description and dates], 1970370_7913_Buchanan_part2, Box 2, Item 34, 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 Frank T. Stirlith, 1960 January 12, 1960 January 14 [audio](part 1)
Stirlith describes his family history and immigration to the United States, his childhood growing up in Chester, life in Wilmington during his adult years, his career at DuPont, and his impressions of and interactions with various members of the du Pont family. He also recounts, in detail, William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech, which he heard in Wilmington in 1896., Edwin G. Smyth studied civil engineering at Delaware College, graduating in 1917. He began working for DuPont at Repauno in explosives. His father worked at Hagley and obtained a 10-point handsaw owned by John Q. Stirling as a relic of his time there. His father also helped build Nemours. As a boy, Smyth helped gather the glass for Alfred I. du Pont's wall around Nemours., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.53 GB., Super-Thin audiotape, "mylar" polyester, 2400 ft. x 1/2 mil, Type 2431T, 1 of 2, Part 1: No recording on reel from 0:16:05 to 0:16:45, from 1:16:00 to 1:17:44, and from 1:21:07 to 1:22:02; Ends abruptly but continues on part 2; Part 2: No recording from 0:12:57 to 0:13:24 and 1:28:50 to 1:29:58; Conversation fades during the last few seconds and then abruptly ends but resumes on part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Stirlith_part1 , Box 1, Reel 27, 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 Braden Jackson, 1986 July 13 [audio]
Jackson's second interview describes Sam Frizzell's store, the du Pont family as landlords, Christmas and Thanksgiving traditions, and Easter and Fourth of July parties, Mrs. Crowninshield's Willing Workers, the library at Christ Church, and daily life along the Brandywine. She also describes the 100th and 150th anniversary celebrations of the DuPont company in detail., Mary Braden Jackson (b. 1895) grew up in Chicken Alley, Long Row, and Squirrel Run. Her father, Henry Braden, was an Irish immigrant who worked as a fireman and engineer at Hagley Yards, and her mother, Elizabeth Baxter Braden, was a Scottish immigrant. Raised by her stepmother after her mother's death, Jackson grew up with her five sisters along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.41 GB., Part 3: Television is playing in the background; Cuts off from 0:46:31 to 0:46:41 when tape side was turned over, [Description and dates], 1970370_9513_jackson_part3, Box 6, Casette 261, 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 Frederick K. Reybold, 1968 August 8 [audio]
Reybold describes treating politics in journalism, interviewing Grover Cleveland, the newspaper business in Wilmington, and his impressions of T. Coleman du Pont and Alfred I. du Pont, and his resignation after being told not to report A.I. du Pont's divorce case. He the construction of the Delaware Memorial Bridge., Frederick K. Reybold (b. 1874) grew up on a peach farm in Delaware and became a journalist for the Philadelphia Record and later for Every Evening., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.07 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. 1 mil., Polyester, #10D7M, Significant tape hiss; Mr. Reybold speaks very low; Recording starts with conversation already in progress, [Description and dates], 1970370_71613_Reybold, Box 1, Reel 25, 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 Braden Jackson, 1986 June 8 [audio](part 1)
Jackson describes her childhood, including the houses in which she grew up, daily chores, her impressions of A.I. du Pont, games the children would play, her neighbors, attending church, and her impressions of Louise du Pont Crowninshield., Mary Braden Jackson (b. 1895) grew up in Chicken Alley, Long Row, and Squirrel Run. Her father, Henry Braden, was an Irish immigrant who worked as a fireman and engineer at Hagley Yards, and her mother, Elizabeth Baxter Braden, was a Scottish immigrant. Raised by her stepmother after her mother's death, Jackson grew up with her five sisters along the Brandywine., 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 1: Ends abruptly in mid-answer; cuts off from 0:46:20 to 0:46:38 when tape was turned over, [Description and dates], 1970370_9413_jackson_part1, Box 6, Casette 259-260, 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 2)
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. 263 MB., RCA Red Seal, 1800 ft. 1 mil, polyester, Type 10MLN-18LT, Reel # 69-III ; Continuation of Reel # 69 I & II (69 I and II are not accounted for as of 7/10/13) Recording starts at around page 17 of the transcript, Interview ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_7913_Dillon_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 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
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 Martina Lawless, 1984 February 21 [audio](part 2)
Lawless discusses daily life and chores, the hotel in which the family lived, an explosion in the Packing House, the Catholic community at St. Joseph's, medical care, her education at Ursuline and Villamarie in West Chester, and weddings and baptisms., Martina Lawless (b. 1901) was born in the Wilmington area, and her parents lived in and ran Mount Pleasant Hotel., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 860 MB., 2 of 2; side B of this tape was not transcribed (last 20 minutes of interview), starts mid sentence; flips at 42:43, [Description and dates], 1970370_103013_lawless_part2, Box 5, Cassette 190-191, 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 Benjamin F. Foster, 1964 February 24 [audio](part 1)
Foster describes his working career at DuPont, including the various plants in which he worked, the installation of electrical lighting, engineering work, salaries and wages, and transferring to South America. He also describes the establishment of the Hotel du Pont, the building of homes for various du Pont family members, and his impressions of du Pont family members., Benjamin F. Foster attended Porter Military Academy and the International Correspondence School for education. He was hired by Irenee du Pont to work in the Manufacturers Contracting Company in black powder construction work., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.50 GB., Scotch, 1 of 2, Part 1: Ends abruptly but conversation was winding down; Recording is muffled;Before interview NBW and JPM are testing the volume; Interview starts abruptly; Cuts off at 0:02:42 until 0:02:56; Cuts off at 0:12:02 to 0:13:00, [Description and dates], 1970370_82213_Foster_part1, Box 1, Reel 16, 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 Maurice du Pont Lee, 1969 February 13-14 [audio](part 4)
Lee describes his work as the manager of the manufacture of cellophane and rayon, the entrance of DuPont into cellophane, the establishment of a new plant in Virginia, his philanthropic ventures in Wilmington, and the beginning of Alcoholic Anonymous in the company in the 1940s. His interview also details the design and building of the DuPont Country Club. He also discusses his mother's interest in psychic matters, the development of Rodney Square, the construction of I-95 in Wilmington, working in the Office of Civil Defense, and his work on the National Parks Commission., Maurice du Pont Lee (b. 1885) was the son of Cazenove Gardner Lee and Marguerite du Pont, and the nephew of Alfred I. du Pont. He was educated in Washington, D.C. and describes his childhood with his friends, all children of politicians. He attended Cornell for mechanical engineering and tutored other students during his time there. He began working for DuPont in 1908 in the purchasing department, and eventually moved into engineering, becoming a vice president and retiring in 1950., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.85 GB., Sound Tape, Extra Triple Play, Polyester, 1200 ft.3412P, Interview 3 & 4 of 4, Part 3: Ends somewhat abruptly but conversation was winding down; Cuts off from 0:25:32 to 0:25:44; Part 4: Ends abruptly but interview was coming to a close, [Description and dates], 1970370_81313_Dupont_Lee_part4, Box 3, Reel 75, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Margaret Headley, 1984 February 22 [audio](part 1)
Headley describes the trolley into Wilmington, her uncle's home in Henry Clay, the layout of Wagoner's Row, peeling willows, and her family life growing up in Wilmington., Margaret Godfrey Headley was the daughter and granddaughter of powder mill workers who grew up in Wilmington and along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 791 MB., 1 of 2, Part 1: interviewer seems to ask questions w/out recording and just records answers (cuts on and off frequently); Ends abruptly in mid-answer--interview continues on Part 2 but later in the conversation and on a different topic, [Description and dates], 1970370_91713_headley_part1, Box 6, Casette 255-256, 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 Michael Munroe, 1969 July 9 [audio]
Munroe describes his typical workdays, including how he got to work, how he set up the rolls, the kind of iron used, the death of Joseph Stewart in a work accident, and life in Wilmington. He also talks about the closure of Lobdell., Michael Munroe (b. 1879) began at Lobdell Car Wheel Company as an apprentice roller on paper machinery when he was a teenager, work he described as "hard, rough, and dirty.", Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.22 GB., Sound Tape, Extra Triple Play, Polyester, 1200 ft.3412P, [Description and dates], 1970370_8813_Munroe, Box 3, Reel 78, 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 John Gilbert Braun, 1973 April 17 [audio](part 1)
Braun's interview describes the changes in the equipment that have occurred since his time working and when the interview was conducted in 1973. He also describes his experience as a black man working for this company, workers' behavior after an explosion, the most desirable positions within the organization, and different elements of the powder mill process, including clean up. The second part of his interview discusses the place of the workers in the community, maintenance of various machines, and testing of the finished powders., John Gilbert Braun was a powder mill worker at the Belin Works in Moosic, Pennsylvania who eventually became a foreman on the powder line., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 508 MB., Scotch "Living Letters" 290, 1/4" x 600 ft., .5 mil, polyester, no. 290-1/4-600-LL, Part 1: Conversation begins already in progress and ends abruptly but picks up on Part 2; Occasional lound noises in background Part 2: Very lound noise that drowns out the conversation at 0:12:30 that lasts for about 15 seconds, [Description and dates], 1970370_8513_Braun_part1, Box 3, Reel 60, 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 Joe Costello, 1973 April 17 [audio](part 2)
Costello describes the various responsibilities of his job, the different jobs that made up the powder yard, and typical wages. He also describes his work in the office and changes throughout the company over the years, most of which have reflected safety concerns., Joe Costello worked as a black powder operator for Belin Works and also worked in the office. His father had worked in the powder mills for 43 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 412 MB., Scotch "Living Letters" 290, 1/4" x 600 ft., .5 mil, polyester, no. 290-1/4-600-LL, Part 1: Loud noise at 0:10:40 lasting about 20 seconds -- drowns out conversation; Conversation ends abruptly but picks up on part 2; Part 2: Interview ends somewhat abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_8513_costello_part2, Box 3, Reel 64, 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 Jennie Sicco Leto, 1983 May 25 [audio](part 1)
Leto describes the layout of the various villages along the Brandywine, anecdotes about the neighbors, and daily life during her childhood., Jennie Sicco Leto (b. 1889) grew up in many villages along the Brandywine, including Walker's Bank, Chicken Alley, Free Park, and Squirrel Run. Her parents were Italian immigrants and her father worked in the powder mills and was killed in an explosion in 1917., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.28 GB., 1 of 2, interview conducted while touring hagley grounds and therefore volume varies; ends abruptly but continues on part 3; tape flips at 39:39, [Description and dates], 1970370_11113_leto_part2, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), 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 John Hawkins, 1984 March 27 [audio]
Hawkins describes his parents' background as well as his childhood growing up in the Flats, including entertainment and games, chores, local businesses, Christmas and Fourth of July traditions, typical dress, and his house., John Victor Hawkins (b. 1917) grew up in the Flats, owned by Bancroft, as well as in Wilmington. His father worked in the box factory at Hagley Yard., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.47 GB., there is a strange clicky sound present in the original recording as well as a brief voiceover in the last minute--was this recorded over another recording? ; tape flips at 46:11, [Description and dates], 1970370_102313_hawkins, Box 4, Casette 162, 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 Agnes Quinn [audio]
Quinn describes prohibition in Wilmington, shopping and making textiles, her relationship with her grandmother, the layout of the neighborhood, social activities at Breck's Mill, floods along the Brandywine, and running her tavern. She also describes Christmas traditions along the Brandywine, including attending church at dawn at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, the decoration of the tree, sledding, and gifts received., Agnes Quinn grew up in the villages at Hagley., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 778 MB., TDK SA90 (135m) High Bias, On side B there is a recording of the Bicentennial at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia as well as observances of the events around the community in which the narrator sings \"Yankee Doodle Dandy\" and interviews people about thier feelings on the Bicentennial, Very, very poor quality recording, the first minute is inaudible; tape flips at 45:30, [Description and dates], 1970370_102413_quinn, Box 5, Cassette 173, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Martina Lawless, 1984 February 21 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Martina Lawless who recalls her youth growing up along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with George Washington Jones, 1984 April 17 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with George Jones who grew up in Henry Clay Village. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Joseph and Mary Todd Kauss, 1981 February 17 [audio](part 2)
The Kausses discuss general daily life growing up along the Brandywine, including schooling, childhood pastimes, transportation, daily chores, vacationing in Atlantic City, holiday and wedding traditions, typical food and dress, and various possessions in the homes. Mr. Kauss also discusses his working career for DuPont., Mary Todd Kauss (b. 1900) grew up in Breck's Lane and worked at Copeland's; her father worked in the dye works at Bancroft and her mother's father, DeWeiss Craig, worked in the office at the DuPont Company. Joseph B. Kauss (b. 1898) started working at Hagley Yards as a stenographer when he was a young man., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 162 MB., 2 of 2; Check this recording with other entry for Joseph B. Kauss, [Description and dates], 1970370_103013_kauss_part2, Box 5, Casette 183-184, 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 Albert Rider "Slick" Ely, 1988 September 24 [audio](part 2)
Ely primarily focuses on ballistic pendulums and other gun powder testing devices. He also discusses in detail how black powder was manufactured as well as the properties of dynamite, and he gives his take on the eventual exit of the DuPont Company from this area. He recounts a few stories from his work in this department., Albert Rider "Slick" Ely worked for DuPont in the explosives and ballistics department as a chemist. He worked as the plant manager at Kenvil for nearly 18 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 572 MB., 2 of 2, conversation stops from about 19:30 to 21:00 but recording does not, [Description and dates], 1970370_12613_ely_part2, Box 5, Casette 178-179, 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 Jennie Sicco Leto, 1983 May 25 [audio](part 2)
Leto describes the layout of the various villages along the Brandywine, anecdotes about the neighbors, and daily life during her childhood., Jennie Sicco Leto (b. 1889) grew up in many villages along the Brandywine, including Walker's Bank, Chicken Alley, Free Park, and Squirrel Run. Her parents were Italian immigrants and her father worked in the powder mills and was killed in an explosion in 1917., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 419 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_11113_leto_part3, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), 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 Cammock, Herb Devenney, Edward Devenney, and Jim Kindbeiter, 1984 May 9 [audio](part 1)
Herb Devenney, Ed Devenney, James Cammock, and James Kindbeiter, sons of powder mill workers, reminisce about growing up at Hagley in this group interview and tour of the museum grounds. Some topics of discussion include daily life of the workers and their families, identification of various families and their living spaces, schedules and duties of the powder mill workers, and various changes that had occurred in the last century., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.33 GB., 1 of 2; Joint interview, Part 1: Varying volume as it is a joint interview moving around Hagley grounds with multiple interviewers; tape flips at 41:00; ends abruptly but picks up on Part 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_10313_dev_cam_kind_part1, Box 4, Cassette 103-104, 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 A.D. Chandler, 1962 June 21 [audio]
A.D. Chandler describes his relationship with P.S. du Pont and Mrs. du Pont, both of whom he met in 1922. He describes his personality and interests, including history and book collecting. He also discusses his family life, political views, and social contributions. He also describes du Pont's involvement with the anti-prohibition movement. He also talks about how DuPont's management style changed throughout the years, and how it acquired various other companies. Chandler touches on Mr. du Pont's interest in sports and music. He also describes his interactions with other du Pont family members., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.03 GB., Scotch, 200 Tensilized, Polyester, 2400 ft., No. 200-24, [Description and dates], 1970370_82813_Chandler, Box 1, Reel 2, 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 Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 May 30 [audio](part 2)
Yetter discusses certain subjects at length including the "sand hole", an area close to the du Pont family cemetery, sewing, marriage traditions, gardening, types of clothing and their care, funerals, illnesses, and schooling. Home life and duties such as cleaning and cooking that was recalled in the first interview continues to be discussed., Blanche MacAdoo Yetter (b. 1897) lived in the Squirrel Run area near the DuPont Company Hagley Yards as a young girl., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 589 MB., 2 of 2, voices are a little distorted at times-tape is damaged; ends without closing, [Description and dates], 1970370_111413_yetter_part4, Box 6, Cassette 278-279, 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 Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 April 3 [audio](part 1)
Yetter discusses about homes and families in Squirrel Run. The interview is primarily concerned with daily life including cooking, cleaning, habits, and maintenance work. Types of social activities and customs are also discussed, as well as Mrs. Yetter's memories of explosions, and her life after leaving Squirrel Run., Blanche MacAdoo Yetter (b. 1897) lived in the Squirrel Run area near the DuPont Company Hagley Yards as a young girl., 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, ends abruptly but picks up on part 2; tape flips at 46:11, [Description and dates], 1970370_111413_yetter_part1, Box 6, Cassette 276-277, 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 Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 April 3 [audio](part 2)
Yetter discusses about homes and families in Squirrel Run. The interview is primarily concerned with daily life including cooking, cleaning, habits, and maintenance work. Types of social activities and customs are also discussed, as well as Mrs. Yetter's memories of explosions, and her life after leaving Squirrel Run., Blanche MacAdoo Yetter (b. 1897) lived in the Squirrel Run area near the DuPont Company Hagley Yards as a young girl., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.23 GB., 2 of 2, tape flips at 46:08, [Description and dates], 1970370_111413_yetter_part2, Box 6, Cassette 276-277, 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 Albert Rider "Slick" Ely, 1988 December 6 [audio]
Ely discusses traveling around for work through his sales position, establishing Kenvil as a research and development laboratory, the development and use of the ballistic pendulum, his earlier career with Hercules, his impressions of du Pont family members, and the use of the friction testing device. He also touches on the company's safety measures as well as using lathes in the workplace., Albert Rider "Slick" Ely worked for DuPont in the explosives and ballistics department as a chemist. He worked as the plant manager at Kenvil for nearly 18 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.28 GB., tape flips at 45:59, [Description and dates], 1970370_12613_ely_part3, Box 5, Casette 180, 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 Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1984 March 28 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Catherine Sheldrick who continues to recall what her life was like growing up on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
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, 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 Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1985 February 12 [audio](part 1)
Toomey describes her house in Charles Banks, various foods she cooked and baked, relations between Italian and Irish immigrants, and daily chores. Her son, Joe Toomey (b. 1925), also describes his childhood, including mushroom picking, caddying at the DuPont Country Club, raising chickens, and his family's history and immigration from Ireland., 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., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.36 GB., 1 of 2; another man participates in interview, he seems to be Mrs. Toomey's son, there is a man also participating--he and interviewer are both far from the mike; ends w/out closing but continues on part 4; ; tape flips at 43:05, [Description and dates], 1970370_112513_toomey_part3, Box 5, Cassette 241-242, 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 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 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 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, 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
Interview with James Gamble, 1984 June 21 [audio](part 2)
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. 887 MB., 2 of 2, Part 6: tape flips at 46:03, [Description and dates], 1970370_101713_gamble_part6, 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
Interview with Edward Devenney, 1984 March 27 [audio]
Devenney recounts various explosions, daily life in the community, games the children would play, social activities, and courting practices among the youth., Edward Devenney (b. 1897) was the son of a powder mill worker who grew up along the Brandywine in the different villages, and he worked in the machine shop at Hagley Mill., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.43 GB., ends w/out closing; tape flips at 46:02, [Description and dates], 1970370_10213_devenney_e, Box 4, Casette 126, 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 Herbert James Devenney, 1984 March 15 [audio]
Devenney describes the daily life of the children in the village, including mealtime habits, playing sports on various teams throughout Wilmington, and everyday chores., Herbert James Devenney (b. 1912) grew up in Henry Clay Village, the son of an Irish immigrant powder worker., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.14 GB., Side B of tape not transcribed because transcriber mistakenly thought this side was blank, Part 1: Ends abruptly; tape flips at 35:20; it is sometimes difficult to hear interviewer as she seems far away from the mike at times, [Description and dates], 1970370_10213_devenney_part1, Box 4, Casette 127, 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 Walter Aurand, 1981 May 14 [audio]
Influenced by his high school teacher and educated in chemistry at the University of Delaware, Walter describes life in Wilmington during the early twentieth century. His interview details a work atmosphere at DuPont, a powder explosion that killed three women, testing the bullets in New Castle, and safety in the workplace., Walter Aurand (b. 1891) was a chemist at the Experimental Station from 1915 to 1917 who worked making tracer and incendiary bullets., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.33 GB., tape flips at 46:03; cuts off from 33:53 to 34:00; cuts off from 1:13:35 to 1:13:41, [Description and dates], 1970370_102313_aurand, Box 4, Cassette 87, 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 Alfred Dougherty, 1984 June 29 [audio]
Dougherty describes the houses in Free Park and in Breck's Lane in detail, as well as common practices in the early twentieth century, including shopping, food preparation, and entertainment. He also describes his wedding in detail as well as his younger sister's funeral., Alfred P. Dougherty (b. 1898) was the son of a leather manufacturer, Hugh Dougherty, and the grandson of a powder worker, Daniel Dougherty, at Hagley Yards. His maternal grandparents Chaxelle were coppersmiths who did roofing for the du Pont family. Dougherty grew up in Forty Acres but spent much of his childhood visiting his grandparents' house in Free Park and his aunt and uncle at Breck's Lane., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:26, [Description and dates], 1970370_102313_dougherty_a, Box 4, Casette 130, 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 Reefa Hackendorn [audio]
Hackendorn recounts stories from her husband's childhood along the Brandywine. Eugene Hackendorn worked as a time keeper for the DuPont Company and was one of two men who survived an explosion. She also describes the family's religion and the children's pastimes., Reefa Sites Hackendorn (b. 1903) moved to Delaware in 1918 and married Eugene Hackendorn, Jr., the son of a powder mill worker who grew up in Henry Clay., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 692 MB., [Description and dates], 1970370_102313_hackendorn, Box 4, Casette 160, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Willard B. Crichton and Patsy Crichton, 1985 March 6 [audio](part 1)
Willard Crichton describes the state of the house after the move and the surrounding area in detail, as well as the changes made to it by the Crichton family. He also describes the surrounding area and the gardens. His interview details family history, the changes to the area following the opening of Hagley Museum, and briefly refers to a career with DuPont., Willard B. Crichton (b. 1918) and his family moved to Free Park in 1924, renting the Belin House from Mrs. Charlie Copeland in exchange for renovating it., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.34 GB., 1 of 2, begins mid-conversation; tape flips at 46:57; tape cuts off and on as participants are walking around the grounds (last few minutes of the interview); ends somewhat abruptly but continues on part 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_102413_crichton_part1, Box 4, Casette 124-125, 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 Willard B. Crichton and Patsy Crichton, 1985 March 6 [audio](part 2)
Willard Crichton describes the state of the house after the move and the surrounding area in detail, as well as the changes made to it by the Crichton family. He also describes the surrounding area and the gardens. His interview details family history, the changes to the area following the opening of Hagley Museum, and briefly refers to a career with DuPont., Willard B. Crichton (b. 1918) and his family moved to Free Park in 1924, renting the Belin House from Mrs. Charlie Copeland in exchange for renovating it., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.41 GB., 2 of 2, poor quality recording--static and strange noises, voices are very muffled at times; fluctuations in volume, background noise as participants walk around grounds; tape flips at 44:48, [Description and dates], 1970370_102413_crichton_part2, Box 4, Casette 124-125, 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 Donald Hallam, 1980 September 2 [audio]
Hallam describes his father's childhood along the Brandywine at Bancroft Mills, including entertainment, pranks, and chores. He describes the house in which his father grew up in detail. His mother also recounts working for Bancroft during the war. Hallam describes his own childhood growing up in Wilmington., Donald Hallam was an electrical engineer, and his father and grandfather both worked for Bancroft., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.30 GB., poor recording--lots of static and variation in volume; tape flips at 46:30, [Description and dates], 1970370_102413_hallam, Box 4, Casette 161, 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 Emily Peoples Blackwell, 1973 [audio] (part 1)
Emily Peoples Blackwell (1887-1979) was the daughter of a powder mill worker, Robert Peoples, and his wife, Mary Ann McElhinney, both immigrants from Ireland. She grew up in a company house in Squirrel Run with her six brothers and sister., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 855 MB., TDK D90 (135m) Normal Type I, 1 of 2; First half of side A is a discussion with a current Hagley employee and a student, Part 2: v. poor quality, lots of static; ends abruptly but picks up on part 3; tape flips at 0:05:33, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_blackwell_part2, Box 4, Cassette 93-94, 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 Emily Peoples Blackwell, 1973 [audio] (part 2)
Emily Peoples Blackwell (1887-1979) was the daughter of a powder mill worker, Robert Peoples, and his wife, Mary Ann McElhinney, both immigrants from Ireland. She grew up in a company house in Squirrel Run with her six brothers and sister., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 66.0 MB., Sony Auto-Censor, 2 of 2; Part of side B has a recording of current Hagley (Frank McKelvey?) employee discussing tools, Part 3: v. poor quality, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_blackwell_part3, Box 4, Cassette 93-94, 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 Kindbeiter, 1984 April 6 [audio](part 1)
Kindbeiter describes community life at Hagley, including church life at St. Joseph's, the house layout, the Gun Club, children's pastimes and entertainments, daily chores, and Christmas and holiday traditions., James Kindbeiter (b. 1905) lived at Walker's Bank for twenty years. His grandfather was the superintendent at the Experimental Station, and his father also worked at the powder yard, eventually taking a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Kindbeiter's mother was born in Squirrel Run. He eventually became a machinist, learning his trade at the Experimental Station., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., Continues on #38, Part 1: ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:03 but continues on part 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_kindbeiter_part1, Box 5, Cassette 185, 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 Kindbeiter, 1984 April 6 [audio](part 2)
Kindbeiter describes community life at Hagley, including church life at St. Joseph's, the house layout, the Gun Club, children's pastimes and entertainments, daily chores, and Christmas and holiday traditions., James Kindbeiter (b. 1905) lived at Walker's Bank for twenty years. His grandfather was the superintendent at the Experimental Station, and his father also worked at the powder yard, eventually taking a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Kindbeiter's mother was born in Squirrel Run. He eventually became a machinist, learning his trade at the Experimental Station., 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; Continued from #37, Part 2: ends abruptly but resumes on part 3; tape flips at 46:03, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_kindbeiter_part2, Box 5, Cassette 185, 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 Kindbeiter, 1984 April 13 [audio]
Kindbeiter describes Christmas traditions, the introduction of electricity, various pranks the children would play, saloons and businesses in the community, and various anecdotes about community members and du Pont family members. He also talks about his working career at the Experimental Station, including his mentor Leon Lloyd., James Kindbeiter (b. 1905) lived at Walker's Bank for twenty years. His grandfather was the superintendent at the Experimental Station, and his father also worked at the powder yard, eventually taking a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Kindbeiter's mother was born in Squirrel Run. He eventually became a machinist, learning his trade at the Experimental Station., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 642 MB., 2 of 2; Continued from #37, Part 3: repeats part 2 for the first few minutes, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_kindbeiter_part3, Box 5, Cassette 186-187, 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 Phillip Kirkland, 1990 December 4 [audio]
Kirkland describes his career working with the spray welding devices, including a detailed description of the function of the machine and the origins of the parts. He also briefly describes his working career, including business practices of the company., Philip Kirkland was a welder for the DuPont Company., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 257 MB., Maxwell UR 90 Pisition-IEC Type I Normal, "RAH"; worked in welding, [Description and dates], 1970370_102513_kirkland, Box 5, Cassette 170, 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 and Mary Todd Kauss, 1981 February 17 [audio](part 1)
The Kausses discuss general daily life growing up along the Brandywine, including schooling, childhood pastimes, transportation, daily chores, vacationing in Atlantic City, holiday and wedding traditions, typical food and dress, and various possessions in the homes. Mr. Kauss also discusses his working career for DuPont., Mary Todd Kauss (b. 1900) grew up in Breck's Lane and worked at Copeland's; her father worked in the dye works at Bancroft and her mother's father, DeWeiss Craig, worked in the office at the DuPont Company. Joseph B. Kauss (b. 1898) started working at Hagley Yards as a stenographer when he was a young man., 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; Check this recording with other entry for Joseph B. Kauss, Mary is close to mic, but Joseph is far; quality is not great--this was copied from original; ends abruptly but resumes on part 2; tape flips at 46:18; cuts off from 1:24:34 to 1:24:40, [Description and dates], 1970370_103013_kauss_part1, Box 5, Casette 183-184, 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 Martina Lawless, 1984 February 21 [audio](part 1)
Lawless discusses daily life and chores, the hotel in which the family lived, an explosion in the Packing House, the Catholic community at St. Joseph's, medical care, her education at Ursuline and Villamarie in West Chester, and weddings and baptisms., Martina Lawless (b. 1901) was born in the Wilmington area, and her parents lived in and ran Mount Pleasant Hotel., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.46 GB., 1 of 2, flips at 46:08, [Description and dates], 1970370_103013_lawless_part1, Box 5, Cassette 190-191, 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 Dr. Margaret Seitz, 1984 June 11 [audio]
Seitz describes her family's history working in the powder mills, her sisters' relationships with members of the du Pont family, her family's home, Christmas celebrations, and her father's childhood., Dr. Margaret Seitz's father and grandfather both worked for DuPont in the powder mills, both growing up along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.20 GB., ends w/out closing; tape flips at 46:46; cuts off from 0:00:28 to 0:00:36, [Description and dates], 1970370_103013_seitz, Box 5, Cassette 228, 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, 1984 April 19 [audio](part 1)
Lattomus describes the layout and communities of the various villages along the Brandywine, her house in Wagoner's Row, chores and daily routines, transportation, and entertainments and parties. She also describes her involvement at Christ Church and teaching Sunday school there., Faith Betty Lattomus (b. 1907) was born in Squirrel Run, and grew up in Wagoner's Row. Her father was the head of the du Pont family's farming operation., 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, ends abruptly but picks up on part 2; flips at 46:26, [Description and dates], 1970370_103113_lattomus_part1, Box 5, Cassette 188-189, 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, 1984 April 4 [audio](part 2)
Lattomus describes the layout and communities of the various villages along the Brandywine, her house in Wagoner's Row, chores and daily routines, transportation, and entertainments and parties. She also describes her involvement at Christ Church and teaching Sunday school there., Faith Betty Lattomus (b. 1907) was born in Squirrel Run, and grew up in Wagoner's Row. Her father was the head of the du Pont family's farming operation., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 77.1 MB., 2 of 2, ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_103113_lattomus_part2, Box 5, Cassette 188-189, 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 Jennie Sicco Leto, 1983 March 5 [audio]
Leto describes her childhood along the Brandywine, including her education and daily chores. She also describes cooking and Christmas traditions., Jennie Sicco Leto (b. 1889) grew up in many villages along the Brandywine, including Walker's Bank, Chicken Alley, Free Park, and Squirrel Run. Her parents were Italian immigrants and her father worked in the powder mills and was killed in an explosion in 1917., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.47 GB., The transcript for this interview is mislabeled with date, interviewer, and intro., ends abruptly; interviewer is very close to mic, but interviewee is farther away; tape flips at 45:56 and is a little distorted a few seconds thereafter, [Description and dates], 1970370_103113_leto_part1, Box 5, Cassette 192, 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 Jennie Sicco Leto, 1984 June 21 [audio]
Leto describes life along the Brandywine, including christenings, her grandmother's home and garden, her education, and entertainments and amusements. She also describes her family's history and emigration from Italy, Christmas traditions, and impression of various du Pont family members., Jennie Sicco Leto (b. 1889) grew up in many villages along the Brandywine, including Walker's Bank, Chicken Alley, Free Park, and Squirrel Run. Her parents were Italian immigrants and her father worked in the powder mills and was killed in an explosion in 1917., 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- One side of tape has no recording ("malfunction");, participants are far from the mike; starts mid-conversation; ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:05, [Description and dates], 1970370_103113_leto_part4, Box 5, Cassette 195-196, 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 Ralph Beech Brown, 1981 April 28 [audio]
Brown's interview details his childhood in Newark, Cecil County, and Wilmington, his experiences as a carnival worker, the working environment and explosions at the powder mill, and his experience as an electrician at the Playhouse Theatre., Ralph Beech Brown (b. 1900) began working at Hagley Yards beginning in 1916 in the box shop where cans that held the powder were manufactured., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.47 GB., i believe this was taken from a reel; cuts off from 0:00:59 to 0:01:05, 1:11:24 to 1:11:40; tape flips at 46:08, [Description and dates], 1970370_10313_brown, Box 4, Cassette 95, 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 Cammock, Herb Devenney, Edward Devenney, and Jim Kindbeiter, 1984 May 9 [audio](part 2)
Herb Devenney, Ed Devenney, James Cammock, and James Kindbeiter, sons of powder mill workers, reminisce about growing up at Hagley in this group interview and tour of the museum grounds. Some topics of discussion include daily life of the workers and their families, identification of various families and their living spaces, schedules and duties of the powder mill workers, and various changes that had occurred in the last century., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., 2 of 2; Joint interview, Part 2: loud, machine sounds towards the end of the interview; ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:06, [Description and dates], 1970370_10313_dev_cam_kind_part2, Box 4, Cassette 103-104, 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 Anthony W. Grieco, 1988 October 7 [audio]
Grieco describes his daily job responsibilities in the box shop and his soldering work, explosions that occurred at the packing house during his working career, race riots in Chester, and his life in a boarding house. He also describes daily life in Wilmington, including weekend entertainment., Anthony W. Grieco (b. 1900), the son of Italian immigrants, began working for DuPont in 1916 to help his parents support his family that lived in North East, Maryland., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.31 GB., there are speed issues with the original (will speed up for a few seconds at a time and then back down); tape flips at 45:50, [Description and dates], 1970370_10313_grieco, Box 4, Casette 159, 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 Cammock, 1984 April 9 [audio]
Cammock describes daily life on the Brandywine for families of mill workers; celebrations for the Fourth of July and Memorial Day; and general descriptions of the mills and his home at Breck's Lane., James Cammock (b. 1895) was born to Irish immigrants David and Katherine Cammock in Breck's Lane. His father was a powder mill worker who was killed following an explosion in 1906. Following the death of his father, Cammock mowed grass for his neighbors and delivered papers to make ends meet, and Lammot du Pont furnished his brother with a job. Cammock began working for DuPont in 1911 in the mail room., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., Part 1:ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:22, [Description and dates], 1970370_10713_cammock_part1, Box 4, Cassette 100, 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 Cammock, 1984 July 9 [audio]
Cammock details his experience growing up at Hagley, including games the children would play, various details about his mother's housekeeping, and the community life at the mills. He also discusses nightlife and entertainment in Wilmington (including the movie theaters and the Blue Rocks), the growing prevalence of automobiles, and other day-to-day activities., James Cammock (b. 1895) was born to Irish immigrants David and Katherine Cammock in Breck's Lane. His father was a powder mill worker who was killed following an explosion in 1906. Following the death of his father, Cammock mowed grass for his neighbors and delivered papers to make ends meet, and Lammot du Pont furnished his brother with a job. Cammock began working for DuPont in 1911 in the mail room., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.46 GB., Part 2: ends abruptly but interview was concluding; tape flips at 45:57, [Description and dates], 1970370_10713_cammock_part2, Box 4, Cassette 101, 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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