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Oral History #14
Robert McClenahan, b. 1944
Bob reminisces about his childhood activities in East Falls, Mifflin School, and Falls Presbyterian Church.
Oral History #13
David McClenahan, b. 1947
A lifetime resident of East Falls, Dave’s interview focuses on Falls Presbyterian Church and Mifflin School.
Oral History #12
Louise Halstead, b. 1892
Interviewed at age 99 in 1981, Louise shares her memories of working in Dobson Mills, attending Forest School, and reminiscing about her father, who was a lamplighter.
Oral History #11
Edith Gotwols (1919 – 2018)
Interview focuses on Edith’s involvement with Old Academy Players and the Falls Presbyterian Church.
She received an honorary plaque from Old Academy in 2014 – text of speech and photo attached.
Oral History #10
Daniel Furman, b. 1935
Daniel’s descriptive memories of growing up in East Falls focus on recreation, sports – especially rowing, and church picnics.
Oral History #9
Eileen Flynn & Nancy Ann Sullivan, b. 1930 and 1935
Lifetime residents of East Falls, these sisters share memories of St. Bridget Church, local stores, WWII rationing, and more.
Oral History #8
‘Five Fishes’ Oral History with Tom Williams & Keith Shively
Tom Williams and Keith Shively give the background of the installation of the Five Fishes sculpture, located along the Schuylkill River in East Falls.
Oral History #7
Ruth Emmert, b. 1907
Ruth shares her recollections, with humor and detail, of coming to East Falls as a bride in 1926. Highlights include a typical day of a housewife, Prohibition years, hucksters, shopping, Old Academy.
Oral History #6
Grace Davis & Hazel Stamm, b. circa 1895 – 1900
Memories of two sisters growing up in East Falls, including their recollections of Dobson Mills.