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# Title Date(s) Contributor(s) Description Description Collection ID Hagley ID Collection
1 Interview with Henry Barry, 1974 May 1 [audio] 1974-05-01 Barry, Henry (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) The relationship between the Barrys and the Crowninshields began around 1871. Barry describes his first meeting with Mrs. Crowninshield after her honeymoon in 1900. They relocated to Wilmington in 1910, where he was present for the restoration of Eleutherian Mills. His interview details his impressions of Louise du Pont Crowninshield, including her discouragement during the redecoration process and philanthropic activities in Boca Grande, as well as her general disposition and enjoyment of...
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The relationship between the Barrys and the Crowninshields began around 1871. Barry describes his first meeting with Mrs. Crowninshield after her honeymoon in 1900. They relocated to Wilmington in 1910, where he was present for the restoration of Eleutherian Mills. His interview details his impressions of Louise du Pont Crowninshield, including her discouragement during the redecoration process and philanthropic activities in Boca Grande, as well as her general disposition and enjoyment of flowers and antiquing. There is also a short three minute interview with a former gardener of Mrs. Crowninshield who is unidentified.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_91713_barry Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley, Louise Crowninshield garden
2 Interview with George Christ, 1969 July 23 [audio] 1969-07-23 Christ, George (interviewee), Scafidi, John A. (interviewer), Ryff, Allen (interviewer) George M. Christ, a worker in the blacksmith shop at Hoopes Brothers and Darlington, describes his career manufacturing wagon wheels. In his interview he details the wheel-making process, various types of tires, the rate of production of wagon wheels, and how the workers utilized the shrinker machine to make wheels.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_72913_Christ Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
3 Interview with Fred Marenco, 1984 February 8 [audio] 1984-02-08 Marenco, Fred (interviewee), Bond, Jim (interviewer) Marenco describes his childhood along the Brandywine, including daily chores, typical cooking, keeping boarders, riding into Wilmington on the trolley, and various local businesses, including taverns and saloons. He also describes memories of explosions, neighborhood bullies, and childhood pastimes. Marenco also describes in detail his childhood home as well as various family possessions.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_12313_marenco_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
4 Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1984 February 16 [audio] 1984-02-16 Hayward, Ethel Jones (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Hayward describes the Charles I. du Pont house and her bedroom in detail. Her interview also details the springhouse, doing the laundry, her father's violin hobby, and gardening.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92313_hayward_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
5 Interview with Jennie Sicco Leto, 1983 May 25 [audio](part 2) 1983-05-25 Leto, Jennie Sicco (interviewee), Perkins, Karen (interviewer) Leto describes the layout of the various villages along the Brandywine, anecdotes about the neighbors, and daily life during her childhood.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_11113_leto_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
6 Interview with Arthur Sykes, 1984 March 21 [audio] 1984-03-21 Sykes, Arthur Adley (interviewee), Bond, James (interviewer) Sykes describes in detail playing marbles with his father. He talks about the various rules and kinds of marbles.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_12213_sykes_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
7 Interview with Herbert James Devenney, 1984 April 2 [audio] 1984-04-02 Devenney, Herbert (interviewee), Meyers, Louise (interviewer) Devenney describes in detail the family Bible, religious divisions within the community, and his family's home and furniture.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10213_devenney_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
8 Interview with Emily Peoples Blackwell, 1970 July 6 [audio] 1970-07-06 Blackwell, Emily Peoples, 1913-2015 (interviewee), Hinsley, J.A. (interviewer), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Blackwell details various childhood experiences, including playing and sledding in Squirrel Run, paddle boating in the Brandywine, attending Christ Church, and studying at Alexis I. du Pont School and Beacom's Business School. She also discusses interactions with members of the du Pont family, including Alfred I., Bessie G., Madeline, and Louise Crowninshield. Her interview provides details into daily life at Squirrel Run and of powder workers' families.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_71813_Blackwell_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
9 Interview with James Cammock, 1984 July 9 [audio] 1984-07-09 Cammock, James (interviewee), Paine, Al (interviewer) Cammock details his experience growing up at Hagley, including games the children would play, various details about his mother's housekeeping, and the community life at the mills. He also discusses nightlife and entertainment in Wilmington (including the movie theaters and the Blue Rocks), the growing prevalence of automobiles, and other day-to-day activities.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10713_cammock_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
10 Interview with Elizabeth Beacom, 1967 May 29 [audio] 1967-05-29 Beacom, Elizabeth (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer) Ms. Beacom recounts details about her father's work, life in Squirrel Run, an 1890 explosion, memories of Louise Crowninshield, and her own education and career which included work as Mrs. Crowninshield's secretary.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_7913_Beacom Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
11 Interview with William Hetherton, 1985 February 28 [audio] 1985-02-28 Hetherton, William J. (interviewee), Meyers, Louise (interviewer) Hetherton describes life in the village, including daily chores, fishing in the Brandywine, local businesses, and Wilmington in the early twentieth century.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_9613_hetherton Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
12 Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1983 August 23 [audio] 1983-08-23 Hayward, Ethel Jones (interviewee), Meyers, Louise (interviewer) Hayward describes the chores her family members performed, her education, typical pastimes and amusements, the layout of the villages, some explosions, and Christmas traditions.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92313_hayward_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
13 Interview with J. Edgar Rhoads, 1969 February 11 [audio](part 4) 1969-02-11 Rhoads, J. Edgar (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Pizor, Faith (interviewer) Rhoads discusses his role in the family business, including price-setting strategies, becoming a partner in 1915, and hiring salesmen and various sales techniques. He also discusses various management practices and organizational skills that he utilized during his time at the business. He touches on United States and international competitors, and he discusses in detail the union movement in the 1930s and the company's relationship with union members. Rhoads also discusses the entrance of...
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Rhoads discusses his role in the family business, including price-setting strategies, becoming a partner in 1915, and hiring salesmen and various sales techniques. He also discusses various management practices and organizational skills that he utilized during his time at the business. He touches on United States and international competitors, and he discusses in detail the union movement in the 1930s and the company's relationship with union members. Rhoads also discusses the entrance of nylon into the belt-making business, government revisions on the leather building industry, and the succession of power within the company.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8913_Rhoads_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
14 Interview with Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 June 1 [audio] 1984-06-01 Hazzard, Katherine Kindbeiter (interviewee), Lotter, Marge (interviewer) Hazzard describes the towns along the Brandywine and the neighborhood in detail. She also describes the family's possessions, daily chores, and special occasion clothes. She recounts the advent of electricity, socializing among the women, and local businesses.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_91613_hazzard_part5 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
15 Interview with John Hawkins, 1984 March 27 [audio] 1984-03-27 Hawkins, John Victor (interviewee), Wagner, Betty (interviewer) Hawkins describes his parents' background as well as his childhood growing up in the Flats, including entertainment and games, chores, local businesses, Christmas and Fourth of July traditions, typical dress, and his house.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_102313_hawkins Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
16 Interview with Martina Lawless, 1984 February 21 [audio](part 2) 1984-02-21 Lawless, Martina (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Lawless discusses daily life and chores, the hotel in which the family lived, an explosion in the Packing House, the Catholic community at St. Joseph's, medical care, her education at Ursuline and Villamarie in West Chester, and weddings and baptisms.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_103013_lawless_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
17 Interview with Mary Braden Jackson, 1986 June 8 [audio](part 1) 1986-06-08 Jackson, Mary Braden (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Jackson describes her childhood, including the houses in which she grew up, daily chores, her impressions of A.I. du Pont, games the children would play, her neighbors, attending church, and her impressions of Louise du Pont Crowninshield.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_9413_jackson_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
18 Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1964 April 3 [audio](part 1) 1964-04-03 Cheney, Catherine (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Gibson, George Horner, 1932- (interviewer) Cheney describes the family home in detail, taking the trolley into town, how the family used heat, gas, and drinking water, her interactions with members of the du Pont family, and various ways that the children would entertain themselves.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_7813_Cheney_C_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
19 Interview with Martin Dillon, 1969 July 28 [audio](part 1) 1969-07-28 Dillon, Martin (interviewee), Pizor, Faith (interviewer), Scafidi, John A. (interviewer) Dillon describes in detail the process of hauling willows, including cutting them down, peeling them, tools and techniques used, and caring for the horses. He also describes farm life at the turn of the century, including the business aspect of farming.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_022614_dillon_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
20 Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 28 [audio](part 3) 1958-05-28 Krauss, John E. (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer) Krauss describes his father's working career, including an incident in which Mr. Krauss asked Mr. Francis G. du Pont not to smoke a cigar near the powder mill. His interview describes his childhood at Squirrel Run, including his education at A.I. du Pont School, his summer jobs in the mill at Hagley, his impressions of du Pont family members, and his later working career at DuPont.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_71113_Krauss_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
21 Interview with Samuel Hackendorn, 1958 July 24 [audio] 1958-07-24 Hackendorn, Samuel (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer) Hackendorn describes growing up along the Brandywine, including his schooling at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, games the children would play, the family home in Free Park, his first job at a cotton mill, and his impressions of various members of the du Pont family. He also describes his career working in different companies.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_011714_hackendorn Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
22 Interview with J. Edgar Rhoads, 1969 January 31 [audio](part 2) 1969-01-31 Rhoads, J. Edgar (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Pizor, Faith (interviewer) Rhoads describes the emigration of his family from England to America to begin a tannery in 1702. He describes his family's business, including the movement from tanning to leather, as well as other ventures, and the expansion of the business to include other family members. He details the process of making leather and the relationship of the company with other area companies, including DuPont. He also describes his childhood in Wilmington and other towns where his family moved, his Quaker...
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Rhoads describes the emigration of his family from England to America to begin a tannery in 1702. He describes his family's business, including the movement from tanning to leather, as well as other ventures, and the expansion of the business to include other family members. He details the process of making leather and the relationship of the company with other area companies, including DuPont. He also describes his childhood in Wilmington and other towns where his family moved, his Quaker faith and missionary work, and family affairs. Rhoads also discusses his education and his entrance into the family business, as well as the state of the company during World War I.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8913_Rhoads_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
23 Interview with Joseph and Mary Todd Kauss, 1981 February 17 [audio](part 2) 1981-02-17 Kauss, Mary Todd (interviewee), Kauss, Joseph B. (interviewee), Tremaine, Dorothy (interviewer) The Kausses discuss general daily life growing up along the Brandywine, including schooling, childhood pastimes, transportation, daily chores, vacationing in Atlantic City, holiday and wedding traditions, typical food and dress, and various possessions in the homes. Mr. Kauss also discusses his working career for DuPont.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_103013_kauss_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
24 Interview with Louis J. "Primo" Robino, 1984 December 3 [audio](part 3) 1984-12-03 Robino, Louis J. (interviewee), Meyers, Louise (interviewer) Robino describes life growing up in Squirrel Run, including amusements and chores, keeping boarders in their house, music and singing, and typical dress. He also discusses his education, cooking and baking Italian food, playing card games and bocce ball, and explosions that occurred.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_12513_robino_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
25 Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1984 November 27 [audio](part 2) 1984-11-27 Hayward, Ethel Jones (interviewee), Meyers, Louise (interviewer) Hayward describes daily living along the Brandywine, including canning, grocery shopping, gardening, her schooling, and chores. She gives a tour of her home from memory. She also describes attending church on Sunday, holiday celebrations, funerals, medical care, and various possessions that the family owned.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92413_hayward_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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