Interview with John Peoples, 1957 June 13 [audio](part 2)

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  • Repairing kegs; Christmas gifts from Frank du Pont; The Spanish American War; Peoples' sons and family; Safety measures in the powder yards; Fire in the keg mill
    Partial Transcript: "Frank du Pont always came down about a half past one the day before Christmas..."
    Synopsis: Peoples talks about Christmas gifts from Frank du Pont. He talks about working in the yards during the Spanish American War. He says that they packed shells and shipped them out on passenger trains. He talks about his sons and family. The interviewers show him a photo and he names some of the people in it. He talks about safety measures in the powder yards, like replacing a shoe's nails with wooden pegs. He talks about the Keg Mill which burned down. He says that he worked there and describes the keg making process.
    Keywords: Brandywine Creek; Christmas; Du Pont, Francis Gurney, 1850-1904; Keg Mill; Safety; Spanish American War (1898)
  • Peeling willows for charcoal; Neighborhood characters; Contacts with members of the du Pont family; Testing gunpowder
    Partial Transcript: "I don't know whether they came from Pennsylvania or not..."
    Synopsis: Peoples talks about peeling willows for making charcoal. He describes how he peeled willows and notes that the smaller trees were thought to make better powder. Peoples talks about local characters and neighbors and reminisces about a man named "Yabba" Buchanan who blasted stumps for extra money. He talks about some members of the du Pont family that he had contact with. He talks about how the company tested gunpowder. He talks about the local area and the location where Squirrel Run stood.
    Keywords: Bells; Charcoal; Du Pont, Francis I. (Francis Iré né e), 1873-1942; Du Pont, Henry, 1812-1889; Gibbons House; Hunter's Corner; Knives; Peeling willows; Peoples Railway Company (Wilmington, Del.); Springs; Squirrel Run (Del.: Village); Street-railroads; Water; Willow trees