The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews

About this collection

    This collection contains eight oral history interviews conducted in 1982, 1986, and 2001 with individuals familiar with the Mill at Anselma. Most are part of the Collins family (the last residents of the mill), as well as other Chester County locals. Members of the Collins family interviewed include: Horace Collins, Mary Collins Griffith, and John Collins. Ada Gordon and Elmer Matthews are also interviewed. The discussions mainly focus on the mill, how it operated, and its service to the county, but also include numerous personal stories recounting life in early twentieth century rural Pennsylvania. The Pickering Valley Railroad and its station at Anselma is discussed, as well. The project was spearheaded by Dr. John James Turner, Jr. and the French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust.
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Interview with Elmer Matthews, 1986 April 11 [transcript]
Elmer Matthews discusses Oliver Collins, Anselma Mill, the Pickering Valley Railroad and shipping milk, coal, feed, hay/straw to Philadelphia, John and Horace Collins and their skills at repairing equipment, and a cow that was hit by a train.