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1 Interview with J. Edgar Rhoads, 1969 February 11 [audio](part 3) 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_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
2 Interview with Edward B. Cheney, 1958 June 13 [audio](part 1) 1958-06-13 Cheney, Edward B. (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer) Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother...
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Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother George, and his later career with the company.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_7813_Cheney_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
3 Interview with Maurice du Pont Lee, 1969 February 6-7 [audio](part 1) 1969-02-06 Lee, Maurice du Pont (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Pizor, Faith (interviewer) Lee describes his high school and college education in detail, the influence of his cousin Louis Cazenove on his interest in engineering, his work for the company in Hannibal, Missouri, various explosions, his work in smokeless powder and the expansion of Carney's Point, his move from explosives to dye stuffs, and the company's international dealings during World War I. Lee also describes his family, including his mother, Alfred I. du Pont, Lee's role in helping his cousins gain their...
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Lee describes his high school and college education in detail, the influence of his cousin Louis Cazenove on his interest in engineering, his work for the company in Hannibal, Missouri, various explosions, his work in smokeless powder and the expansion of Carney's Point, his move from explosives to dye stuffs, and the company's international dealings during World War I. Lee also describes his family, including his mother, Alfred I. du Pont, Lee's role in helping his cousins gain their inheritance, and various family members' leadership qualities. Furthermore, he discusses the building of A.I. du Pont hospital and interactions with his coworkers.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_81313_Dupont_Lee_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
4 Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 February 15 [audio] 1984-02-15 Cheney, Catherine (interviewee), Perkins, Karen (interviewer) Cheney details gardening at Hagley, including using fertilizer and lime on plants, food storage during winter, gardening tools, and using the moon to determine planting cycles. She also discusses laundry, cooking, and various other household chores.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92613_cheney_c_part8 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
5 Interview with Edward B. Cheney, 1958 June 13 [audio](part 2) 1958-06-13 Cheney, Edward B. (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer) Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother...
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Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother George, and his later career with the company.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_7813_Cheney_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
6 Interview with Edward B. Cheney, 1958 June 5 [audio](part 2) 1958-06-05 Cheney, Edward B. (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer) Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother...
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Cheney describes the neighborhoods at Squirrel Run and Wagoner's Row and the families who lived there. He describes how the du Pont family arranged for his brother to learn Greek because it interested him. He also notes how conflicts were resolved among workers and their families. He also includes poems about his childhood. His interview details his education, interactions with du Pont family members, including Mrs. Crowninshield and her Sunday School class, an accident concerning his brother George, and his later career with the company.
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Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_7513_Cheney_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
7 Interview with William Lloyd and Anna Baird Lloyd, 1988 June 8 [audio](part 2) 1988-06-08 Lloyd, William (interviewee), Lloyd, Anna Baird (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Willliam Lloyd and Anna Baird Lloyd describe their childhoods growing up along the Brandywine, including fishing in the creek and skating in the winter, their families and anecdotes relating to them, childhood pastimes and amusements, memories of explosions, cooking and chores, and working conditions in the powder yards. They also describe local businesses, prices for everyday items, and holiday traditions.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_111213_lloyd_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
8 Interview with Mary Braden Jackson, 1986 August 17 [audio](part 2) 1986-08-17 Jackson, Mary Braden (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Jackson's third interview describes the Squirrel Run house in detail, Tom Toy's tavern and Dugan's tavern, her understanding of the mill workers' job responsibilities, her father's garden, ordering from Larkin's catalog, and typical dress and shoes. She also discusses her working career at Pennsylvania Railroad and dating customs.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_9513_jackson_part5 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
9 Interview with George Macklem, 1984 April 13 [audio] 1984-04-13 Macklem, George Andrew (interviewee), Frazier, Chris (interviewer) Macklem describes visiting his grandmother in Henry Clay Village, his family history, local businesses around Hagley, and the city of Wilmington during the early twentieth century.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92413_macklem Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
10 Interview with Jennie Sicco Leto, 1984 June 21 [audio] 1984-06-21 Leto, Jennie Sicco (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Leto describes life along the Brandywine, including christenings, her grandmother's home and garden, her education, and entertainments and amusements. She also describes her family's history and emigration from Italy, Christmas traditions, and impression of various du Pont family members.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_103113_leto_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
11 Interview with Louis J. Robino, 1984 December 3 [audio](part 2) 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_12413_robino_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
12 Interview with Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 May 30 [audio](part 2) 1984-05-30 Hazzard, Katherine Kindbeiter (interviewee), Lotter, Marge (interviewer) Hazzard describes her grandmother's role in her life and as the midwife for the area, laundry and other chores, and medical care. She also describes typical dress, explosions, and their neighbors. She also discusses games that the children would play, Easter traditions, making sauerkraut with her father, cooking and shopping, and typical dress.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_91613_hazzard_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
13 Interview with Evelyn Lyons, 1984 August 28 [audio] 1984-08-28 Lyons, Evelyn Williams (interviewee), Wagner, Betty (interviewer) Lyons describes his home in Chicken Alley, childhood amusements and games, various pieces of furniture and possessions, his education, and day to day life along the Brandywine.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_111313_lyons Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
14 Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1984 April 30 [audio](part 2) 1984-04-30 Dunlop, Thomas (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Dunlop discusses playing baseball with the Hagley team, entertainments and pastimes of the children, transportation, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, and daily chores.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10113_dunlop_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
15 Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1984 April 30 [audio](part 1) 1984-04-30 Dunlop, Thomas (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Dunlop discusses playing baseball with the Hagley team, entertainments and pastimes of the children, transportation, the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, and daily chores.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10113_dunlop_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
16 Interview with Grace Toy Ferguson, 1985 February 14 [audio] 1985-02-14 Ferguson, Grace Toy (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Ferguson describes in detail the house in which she grew up and the family's possessions, her mother's cooking, her education, transportation, typical dress, and daily chores.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10913_ferguson_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
17 Interview with Margaret Headley, 1984 February 22 [audio](part 1) 1984-02-22 Headley, Margaret (interviewee), Wagner, Betty (interviewer) Headley describes the trolley into Wilmington, her uncle's home in Henry Clay, the layout of Wagoner's Row, peeling willows, and her family life growing up in Wilmington.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_91713_headley_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
18 Interview with Edward Devenney, 1984 March 27 [audio] 1984-03-27 Devenney, Edward (interviewee), Bond, James (interviewer) Devenney recounts various explosions, daily life in the community, games the children would play, social activities, and courting practices among the youth.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10213_devenney_e Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
19 Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1981 January 29 [audio](part 1) 1981-01-29 Cheney, Catherine (interviewee), Tremaine, Dorothy (interviewer) Cheney discusses various household items her home contained and how they have changed. She also discusses baking bread, an explosion that caused her family to move, making soap for laundry, healthcare, her family's relationship with the du Pont family, her education, and her growing up years along the Brandywine, including chores and entertainments.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92513_cheney_c_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
20 Interview with Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 May 30 [audio](part 1) 1984-05-30 Yetter, Blanche MacAdoo (interviewee), Wagner, Betty (interviewer) Yetter discusses certain subjects at length including the "sand hole", an area close to the du Pont family cemetery, sewing, marriage traditions, gardening, types of clothing and their care, funerals, illnesses, and schooling. Home life and duties such as cleaning and cooking that was recalled in the first interview continues to be discussed.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_111413_yetter_part3 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
21 Interview with Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 April 3 [audio](part 1) 1984-04-03 Yetter, Blanche MacAdoo (interviewee), Wagner, Betty (interviewer) Yetter discusses about homes and families in Squirrel Run. The interview is primarily concerned with daily life including cooking, cleaning, habits, and maintenance work. Types of social activities and customs are also discussed, as well as Mrs. Yetter's memories of explosions, and her life after leaving Squirrel Run.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_111413_yetter_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
22 Interview with Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1987 May 21 [audio] 1987-05-21 Sheldrick, Catherine Hackendorn (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Sheldrick describes the layout of the villages along the Brandywine, including which neighbors lived where, as well as the homes of various du Pont family members. She also discusses the various families who lived in Henry Clay Village.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_112013_sheldrick_part5 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
23 Interview with William Craven Jr., 1987 July 31 [audio] 1987-07-31 Craven, William E. (William Edward), Jr., 1926-2019 (interviewee), McKelvey, Frank (interviewer) Craven describes the layout of the houses and the neighborhood as well as the significance of certain artifacts from his childhood. He also details his grandfather's friendship with Alfred I. du Pont and the family's history and immigration from Ireland.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_91913_craven_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
24 Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1989 January 18 [audio] 1989-01-18 Hayward, Ethel Jones (interviewee), Julian, Martha (interviewer), Hanrahan, Maureen (interviewer) Hayward discusses laundry day growing up, medical care, trips into the city, and her impressions of the du Pont family.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_92413_hayward_part6 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
25 Interview with Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1984 February 8 [audio](part 1) 1984-02-08 Toomey, Jane M. (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer) Toomey describes the childhood of her husband, Timothy Toomey, who grew up at Hagley Yards as well, and whose father, the boss of the powder mills, was killed in an explosion in 1910. Her interview describes her childhood, including hygiene routines, her education at St. Joseph's, celebrations at holidays, explosions, and local businesses in the area. She also describes raising her children along the Brandywine after her marriage in 1920.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_112513_toomey_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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