Oral History

Oral History #34
Stan Gorski

by EFHS • May 3, 2018

This interview is with Stan Gorski, Director, Paul J. Gutman Library at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University). Library Director Stan Gorski gives the history of the significant buildings on the Philadelphia University campus.


Oral History #33
Gerald (Jerry) Porto, b. 1928

by EFHS • May 2, 2018

Jerry Porto, born on Calumet Street in East Falls, talks about his life in East Falls – St. Bridget, Ridge Avenue, making wine at home.


Oral History #32
Robert Freed

by EFHS • May 2, 2018

Robert shares his memories of Old Academy Players.


Oral History #31
Joe Petrone (1943 – 2015)

by EFHS • May 2, 2018

Joe’s remarkable memory offers the reader humorous and detailed memories of his life spent in East Falls.


Oral History #30
Edna Woolley, b. 1901

by EFHS • April 25, 2018

Edna talks about “Methodist Row” on Sunnyside, being a homemaker, and medical care – with details about Ms. Dunn, the local midwife.


Oral History #29
Rose Whittey, b. 1899

by EFHS • April 25, 2018

Born in East Falls, Rose gives a detailed account of working at Dobson Mills. She also describes her house on Sunnyside, St. Bridget School, and local stores.


Oral History #28
Kelly Sisters

by EFHS • April 25, 2018

Entertaining interview with the sisters of Grace Kelly reminiscing about their growing up in East Falls.


Oral History #27
David West, b. 1931

by EFHS • April 25, 2018

Engrossing memories of growing up on Queen Lane and Penn Street: stickball, polio scare, writing a neighborhood newspaper, WWII, John B, Kelly, Sr.


Oral History #26
Mary Webster, b. 1897

by EFHS • April 25, 2018

Mary describes working at Dobson Mills, talks of the Dobson family, and shares memories of Forest School, doctors, and life in East Falls.


Oral History #25
Lee Snyder, Ph. D. (1921 – 2013)

by EFHS • April 24, 2018

Dr. Snyder, first Chairman of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at (what was then) Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, talks about his experiences at the College and life in East Falls.