Interview with Pierre Ferraro and Eugene Ferraro, 1955 June 13 [audio]

Hagley ID:
  • Working for DuPont at Hagley Yard and the Upper Yard; The working day and wages at the powder yards; Safety measures in the powder yards
    Keywords: Brandywine Creek; DuPont Experimental Station; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Hagley Yard; Henry Clay (Del.: Village); Narrow gauge railroads; Safety; Shoes; Unions; Upper Yard; Walkers Banks; Work
    Transcript: "My family background is French Irish and Italian..." "The pay was $1.75 a day..."
  • Explosion of 1890; Explosion of 1915; Working in the powder yards during the Spanish American War; Fathers and sons in the powder yard
    Keywords: Explosions; Hagley Yard; Montchanin, Del.; Safety; Spanish American War (1898); World War (1914-1918)
    Transcript: "Where was I at the time, I was going to school." "I guess I was a mile and a half from the yards."
  • Rent in the Walker's Bank house; Raising animals; Going to work; Local attitudes toward the powder yards; Leisure time and holidays; Local Taverns
    Keywords: Blakeley's tavern; Brandywine Creek; Catholics; Celebrations; Chickens; Christmas; Dogs; Drinking alcohol; Explosions; Fishing; French Americans; Hagee's Tavern; Hagley Yard; Henry Clay (Del.: Village); Homes; Irish Americans; Italian Americans; Picnics; Rents; Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church (Wilmington, Del.); Squirrel Run (Del.: Village); Swimming; Wagoner's Row (Del.: Village); Walker's Bank; William Penn Inn
    Transcript: "My father on account of being a powder man, didn't have to pay no rent." "They thought it was worth the money, but they thought it was crazy, outside of the Italians and the Irish."
  • The Ferraros' work for DuPont; Children in the powder yards; Contact with members of the du Pont family; The area around Breck's Mill and Newbridge, Del.
    Keywords: Accidents; Breck's Mill; Du Pont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irenee), 1864-1935; DuPont Experimental Station; Electricity; Explosions; Hagley Yard; Rokeby Mill (Newbridge, Del.)
    Transcript: "When a man got a job at DuPont, he stayed there for life."
  • 1890s barn burnings; Dances and social gatherings; Memories of Pierre S. du Pont; Accidents at the powder yards; Celebrations and holidays; Alfred I. du Pont's car; Changes to the local area
    Keywords: Accidents; Automobiles; Barn burnings; Baseball; Boats; Christmas; Dances; Du Pont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irenee), 1864-1935; Du Pont, Francis Gurney, 1850-1904; Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954; DuPont Experimental Station; Fourth of July; Hagley Community House (Breck's Mill); Hagley Yard; Halloween
    Transcript: The first barn burned was Francis G. du Pont's..."

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