Oral History Interviews

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


Oral History

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.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
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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.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #5
Paul Costello, 1894 – 1986

Interview with the American triple Olympic Gold Medal winner in rowing, who grew up in East Falls and rowed with his cousin John B. Kelly, Sr.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
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Oral History #4
Theresa Altomare Corcoran, b. 1923

Born in 1923, Theresa grew up and raised her family in East Falls. Highlights of her interview include: Stanton Street, St. Bridget, the Depression, Irish and Italian immigrants.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
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Oral History #3
Robert Connolly, 1923 – 2014

Born on Calumet Street, Robert lived in four East Falls locations. This unique “interview” contains six years of email correspondence in which Robert writes vivid, detailed reminiscences of Woodside Park (where his father worked), the Bathey, Breck School, Falls Library, Dutch Hollow, Fourth of July, stores, recreation, and more.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #2
Mary Cashman, b. 1925

Born in 1925, Mary moved to Eveline Street in East Falls in 1947 and never moved.
Interview focuses on St. Bridget Church, stores along Ridge and Midvale Avenues.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #1
Ella Boyd, b. 1893

Born in 1893 in East Falls, Ella gives vivid descriptions of stores, institutions, medical care, and people of of East Falls past, including the Dobsons, Kellys, and Hohenadels.


by EFHS • April 22, 2018