Oral History Interviews

Listen to our interviews with long-time locals on a wealth of topics pertaining to East Falls’ history.


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Oral History #27
David West, b. 1931

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


by EFHS • April 25, 2018
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Oral History #26
Mary Webster, b. 1897

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


by EFHS • April 25, 2018
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Oral History #25
Lee Snyder, Ph. D. (1921 – 2013)

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.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #24
Joan Specter, b. 1934

This interview focuses on Joan Specter’s years on City Council and her travels with husband Sen. Arlen Specter.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #22
Catherine (Kitty) and Joe Rocks, b. 1928

Childhood memories of this couple include Gustine Lake, St. Bridget Church, Ace Riding Academy, Ridge Avenue.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #21
Shirley Shronk (1926 – 2015)

Married to a descendent of one of East Falls’ oldest families, the Shronks, Shirley talks about childhood fun, Breck and Mifflin Schools, 4th of July, etc.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #17
Jack McNicholas, b. 1931

Raised in East Falls and a postman here, Jack shares memories of sports, D-Day, local stores and factories, the Beneficial Club, golf, and more.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #23
Jean Rowland, b. 1915

Jean shares her impressions of arriving in East Falls from Scotland as a child, her memories of St. Bridget School and Rowland’s Market on Indian Queen Lane.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #20
Harry Prime (1920 – 2017)

Detailed, humorous memories by Big Band singer and Falls resident Harry Prime. Includes Kelly for Brickwork, Grace Kelly, John B. Kelly, Sr., holidays, Bathey, Clayton’s Market, more.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018
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Oral History #19
Mae Mohr, b. 1902

Mae gives memories of Falls Presbyterian Church, her involvement with Old Academy Players, and the Stetson Hat Factory.


by EFHS • April 24, 2018