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 1990 with people who lived and worked in New Castle County, Delaware. The recollections of the subjects cover a period from about 1900 to 1960. While the majority of the interviews are with those who have a connection with the DuPont Company or du Pont family either as employees or inhabitants of the area surrounding the company's operation on the Brandywine River, the collection also includes interviews with those who worked in other industries in Delaware during this era such as Hodgson Woolen Mill, Lobdell Car Wheel Company, Hoopes Brother & Darlington, and Joseph Bancroft & Sons. In addition to documenting work and labor during this period, the interviewers delve deeply into the social and cultural lives of their subjects. Issues related to domesticity, gender, education, childhood, ethnicity, medicine, etc. are among the topics covered in the interviews. Also of note are interviews with a journalist (Fred Reybold) and an early broadcaster (Willard Wilson) who worked in Delaware.

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Interview with C. Natalie Rogerro Meriggi, 1984 November 8 [audio]
Meriggi describes the differences between the Gibbons house during the interview and when she lived in it. She also describes various family possessions and how they were used or placed in the house, as well as daily chores., 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. 872 MB., tape flips at 46:24, [Description and dates], 1970370_111413_meriggi_part4, Box 5, Cassette 208, 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 Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 May 30 [audio](part 1)
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. 1.48 GB., 1 of 2, ends abruptly but picks up on part 4; tape flips at 46:04; voices are a little distorted at times-tape is damaged, [Description and dates], 1970370_111413_yetter_part3, 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 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 Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1984 February 28 [audio]
Sheldrick describes her childhood home in detail, chores and hobbies, and various daily activities, such as gardening, handling garbage, and obtaining groceries. She also describes her education, Sundays at Church, holidays and celebrations, explosions, and illnesses., Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick (b. 1902) grew up in Henry Clay Village; her father worked at the Experimental Station, her grandfather worked in the powder mills, and her whole extended family lived along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_111913_sheldrick_part1, Box 5, Cassette 229, 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 6 [audio]
Sheldrick describes the layout of the various villages along the Brandywine, including which families lived where. She also recounts various anecdotes about her neighbors and her childhood. Sheldrick describes whitewashing houses, the local barbershop, medical care, and feminine products in the early twentieth century., Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick (b. 1902) grew up in Henry Clay Village; her father worked at the Experimental Station, her grandfather worked in the powder mills, and her whole extended family lived along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.48 GB., distorted for the first 45 seconds; starts mid-conversation; ends abruptly; tape flips at 46:03, [Description and dates], 1970370_111913_sheldrick_part2, Box 5, Cassette 230, 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 July 25 [audio]
Yetter discusses ornamental and vegetable gardening near the near the DuPont Company Hagley Yards. Mrs. Yetter talks about the types of vegetables her family grew and how they did so, as well as what kind of flowers was grown on their property. Other areas and family gardens in which Mrs. Yetter was familiar is also 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. 1.16 GB., Side B contains a brief and incomplete discussion with unidentified Hagley employee and interviewee regarding the oral history project and other subjects, Tape flips at 46:15 ; at 1:08:01 the interview ends and is followed by a discussion by a Hagley employee and interviewee--it sounds like this was mostly taped over with Yetter's interview (see note), [Description and dates], 1970370_111913_yetter_part5, Box 6, Cassette 280, 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, 1985 February 19 [audio](part 1)
Yetter discusses social life and activities, excursions to the city of Wilmington, people she knew as a child and young adult, cooking traditions, church, holidays, games, the layout of homes, vegetable gardening, and more details on daily life in the home., 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 7; tape flips at 46:22, [Description and dates], 1970370_111913_yetter_part6, Box 6, Cassette 281-282, 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, 1985 February 19 [audio](part 2)
Yetter discusses social life and activities, excursions to the city of Wilmington, people she knew as a child and young adult, cooking traditions, church, holidays, games, the layout of homes, vegetable gardening, and more details on daily life in the home., 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. 691 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_111913_yetter_part7, Box 6, Cassette 281-282, 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 [audio](part 1)
Sheldrick describes childbirth, funerals, children's games and pastimes, and going into Wilmington. She also describes typical clothing, the hot water pump in the village, dances and weddings, and various family possessions., Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick (b. 1902) grew up in Henry Clay Village; her father worked at the Experimental Station, her grandfather worked in the powder mills, and her whole extended family lived 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, ends abruptly but picks up on part 4; tape flips at 46:27, [Description and dates], 1970370_112013_sheldrick_part3, Box 5, Cassette 231-232, 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 [audio](part 2)
Sheldrick describes childbirth, funerals, children's games and pastimes, and going into Wilmington. She also describes typical clothing, the hot water pump in the village, dances and weddings, and various family possessions., Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick (b. 1902) grew up in Henry Clay Village; her father worked at the Experimental Station, her grandfather worked in the powder mills, and her whole extended family lived along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 266 MB., 2 of 2, ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_112013_sheldrick_part4, Box 5, Cassette 231-232, 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, 1987 May 21 [audio]
Sheldrick describes the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, including which neighbors lived where, as well as the homes of various du Pont family members. She also discusses the various families who lived in Henry Clay Village.
Interview with Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1989 January 1 [audio]
Sheldrick describes the laundry process in detail, including the kind of soap the family used and darning socks. She also discusses chores in her house, medical care, and making homemade root beer., Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick (b. 1902) grew up in Henry Clay Village; her father worked at the Experimental Station, her grandfather worked in the powder mills, and her whole extended family lived along the Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 753 MB., ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_112013_sheldrick_part6, Box 5, Cassette 234, 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, 1976 September 3 [audio](part 3)
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. 751 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_part3, 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 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 Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1984 February 8 [audio](part 1)
Toomey describes the childhood of her husband, Timothy Toomey, who grew up at Hagley Yards as well, and whose father, the boss of the powder mills, was killed in an explosion in 1910. Her interview describes her childhood, including hygiene routines, her education at St. Joseph's, celebrations at holidays, explosions, and local businesses in the area. She also describes raising her children along the Brandywine after her marriage in 1920., 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. 1.49 GB., 1 of 2, ends abruptly but resumes on part 2; tape flips at 46:15, [Description and dates], 1970370_112513_toomey_part1, Box 5, Cassette 239-240, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1984 February 8 [audio](part 2)
Toomey describes the childhood of her husband, Timothy Toomey, who grew up at Hagley Yards as well, and whose father, the boss of the powder mills, was killed in an explosion in 1910. Her interview describes her childhood, including hygiene routines, her education at St. Joseph's, celebrations at holidays, explosions, and local businesses in the area. She also describes raising her children along the Brandywine after her marriage in 1920., 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. 241 MB., 2 of 2, [Description and dates], 1970370_112513_toomey_part2, Box 5, Cassette 239-240, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
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 Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1985 February 12 [audio](part 2)
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. 734 MB., 2 of 2, there is a man also participating--he and interviewer are both far from the mike, [Description and dates], 1970370_112513_toomey_part4, 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 William Henry Miller, 1984 February 16 [audio]
Miller describes a detailed history of his family and how they came to America and began working for the DuPont Company. He also describes his father's childhood along the Brandywine in Henry Clay, including how the children would entertain themselves, and his relationship with Alfred I. du Pont., William Henry Miller (b. 1927) is descended from a large family of DuPont powder mill workers., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 560 MB., tape cuts off and on frequently during the beginning and occasional throughout, [Description and dates], 1970370_112613_miller_w, Box 5, Cassette 209, 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 Ball "Billy" Montgomery, 1988 April 20 [audio]
Montgomery describes his grandparents' home in detail, childhood pastimes, his grandmother's garden, various chores, and his education. He also describes the home the du Ponts built for his grandparents and holidays and celebrations, including Christmas, Fourth of July, and Halloween traditions., William Ball Montgomery (b. 1912) was born in Wilmington to a family of Irish immigrants, but his father moved the family to live with his parents in Squirrel Run after William's mother died. His grandfather worked as a "diamond cutter," or stone mason, in the powder mills., 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 46:25, [Description and dates], 1970370_112613_montgomery_part1, Box 5, Cassette 210, 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 Ball "Billy" Montgomery, 1988 April 29 [audio]
Montgomery discusses informal musical groups, summer pastimes along the Brandywine, typical smoking habits, and various possessions the family owned. He also describes what courtships were like, funerals and wakes, and relationships with his family., William Ball Montgomery (b. 1912) was born in Wilmington to a family of Irish immigrants, but his father moved the family to live with his parents in Squirrel Run after William's mother died. His grandfather worked as a "diamond cutter," or stone mason, in the powder mills., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.49 GB., tape flips at 45:55; ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_112613_montgomery_part2, Box 5, Cassette 211, 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 Ball "Billy" Montgomery, 1988 June 13 [audio]
Montgomery describes the house on Breck's Lane in detail, cooking and chores, sports and pastimes, toys and games, gardening, and other aspects of his childhood along the Brandywine. He also describes birthdays, wakes and funerals, and weddings., William Ball Montgomery (b. 1912) was born in Wilmington to a family of Irish immigrants, but his father moved the family to live with his parents in Squirrel Run after William's mother died. His grandfather worked as a "diamond cutter," or stone mason, in the powder mills., 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 46:07, [Description and dates], 1970370_112613_montgomery_part3, Box 5, Cassette 212, 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 Edgar Dill Peoples, 1988 April 2 [audio](part 1)
Peoples describes his childhood along the Brandywine, including his family history and how his parents met, daily chores, cooking and gardening, games that the children would play, and typical dress. He also describes the social aspect of life at the yards, including the Swamp Lily Club and the Hagley Community House as well as Christ Church., Edgar Dill Peoples (b. 1894) grew up in Squirrel Run and worked for the DuPont Company until 1959. His father worked in the powder yards., 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, ends abruptly but resumes later in the conversation on part 2; tape flips at 46:06, [Description and dates], 1970370_112713_peoples_e_part1, Box 5, Cassette 215-216, 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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