Interview with William F. Flanigan, 1960 May-July [audio](part 2)

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  • The DuPont building before World War I; Working as a wagoner; Buildings in the powder yards
    Partial Transcript: "We used a string team when we worked on the track all the time..."
    Synopsis: Flanigan describes the DuPont building before World War I. He describes his job as a wagoner in the powder yards where he transported raw materials from the soda house and the refineries to the powder mills. He talks about the cars used to haul the various materials and says that they were pulled by horses. He explains that materials were often mixed in a "composition house" before going to the mills. He looks at photos of the different types of narrow gauge railroad cars and describes their purpose. He looks at images of some of the buildings on site and talks about their purpose.
    Keywords: DuPont Building; Hagley Yard; Lower Yards; Narrow gauge railroad; Rolling stock; Wagoners; Wilmington, Del.
  • Identifying types of wagons
    Partial Transcript: "This here is a magazine car..."
    Synopsis: Flanigan looks at photographs of wagons and identifies their purpose and use. He attempts to identify some of the wagon drivers. Flanigan talks about a caravan that went to Lake Erie, and then returns to talking about wagons and wagoners in the powder yards.
    Keywords: Photographs; Wagoners; Wagons
  • Locations of destroyed houses and buildings; Alfred I. du Pont's attempt to build a small steam engine; Floods on the Brandywine; Rokeby Mill fire; Belonging to the Mount Vernon Club; Fire in the hall of records; Looking at photographs
    Partial Transcript: "These shutters here belonged to Lawless'..." "The biggest flood I saw must have been about 1906."
    Synopsis: Flanigan talks about destroyed buildings near the site of Lawless' tavern. The interviewers show him more images of wagons. He talks about their purpose and sending and receiving deliveries from the powder yards. He talks about Alfred I. du Pont's attempts to use a small steam engine to haul wagons around the powder yards. Flanigan talks about flooding on the Brandywine Creek and about seeing Rokeby Mill burn down. Flanigan says that he belonged to the Mount Vernon Club, which met in Breck's Mill. He says that he saw the Hall of Records (Pulp Keg Mill) burn down, despite being a fireproof building. Flanigan attempts to identify people in photographs. He says that he worked as a wagoner for about eight years.
    Keywords: Brandywine Creek; Du Pont, Alfred I. (Alfred Irenee), 1864-1935; Floods; Freshets; Hagley Community House (Breck's Mill); Hall of Records; Houses; Lawless' tavern; Mount Vernon Club; Narrow gauge railroad; Photographs; Pulp Keg Mill; Rokeby Mill; Steam engines; Wagoners; Wagons; Walker's Mill