Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1964 April 3 [audio](part 2)

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  • Layout and furnishings in Cheney's childhood home; Drinking water; Father's career after leaving DuPont; Henry Francis du Pont's role in the community; Storing food for the winter
    Partial Transcript: "Well, we really had two living rooms, but the middle room was more like a parlor..."
    Synopsis: Cheney describes the furnishings and layout of her childhood home. She explains how her childhood home started as two different homes that were combined at a later date. She says that after working at DuPont her father attempted to get into local politics, and was briefly a tax collector. She talks about politics and Henry Francis du Pont's role in the community.
    Keywords: Du Pont, Henry Francis, 1880-1969; Floorplans; Free Park (Del.: Village); Furniture; Homes; Politics; Tax collection; Typhoid fever; University of Delaware; Wilmington, Del.
  • School and education; location of family outhouse; Swimming on the Brandywine Creek; Toys and games; Sledding;
    Partial Transcript: "I went to Alexis I..." "I did swim here at Crowninshields..." "We used to play marbles..."
    Synopsis: Cheney talks about going to school. She says that she went to Alexis I. du Pont school. She says that she never went to the Yellow School, but her father did. she describes the interior of Alexis I. when she was a student and talks about the education she got there. She describes her family's outhouse. Cheney talks about how she enjoyed swimming on the Brandywine Creek. She talks about her childhood toys and games, especially sledding.
    Keywords: Alexis I. du Pont School (Wilmington, Del.); Brandywine Creek; Outhouses; Sleds: Marbles; Toys; Yellow School (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Condition of local roads; Growing a garden and eating vegetables; Picking fruit; Pets
    Partial Transcript: "They kept it in fair repair... after the winter... the water always crossed the road, but it was a wonderful place for frog and tadpole observation."
    Synopsis: Cheney describes the condition of the local roads when she was a child. She describes her family's garden and methods of preserving fruits and vegetables. She talks about class distinctions her childhood associations with members of the du Pont family. She says that when she was a child Alexis I. du Pont School was viewed as a school for poor students, more well off students lived and studied in Wilmington.
    Keywords: Alexis I. du Pont School (Wilmington, Del.); Christ Church Christiana Hundred (Wilmington, Del.); Dogs; Gardens; Pets; Potatoes; Repair; Roads; Rokeby Farm; Root Cellar; Root Cellars; Tomatoes; Vegetables