Cedar Falls Historical Society Oral History Interviews

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Cedar Falls Historical Society Oral History Interviews. 1 linear foot.

These sound recordings were produced under the auspices of the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  The copies in the University of Northern Iowa Archives are security copies.  Researchers who are interested in listening to the recordings should contact the Cedar Falls Historical Society.


Container Inventory

Box 1

Tape la--Florence Clay Knox, November 23, 1963
(Recollection of girlhood in Cedar Falls, Iowa) c. 1800's.
Time: 30 min. each side. Interviewer: Herb Hake.

birth
Clay Street
mainstreet
town size
some local residents and merchants
dry goods stores
Commercial Hotel
"the big ditch"
Baptist Church
E.L. Andrew's store
Mr. Wyth
Methodist Church bell
transportation
Omnibus
surrey
livery barn
entertainment
streets
4th of July "Liberty Car"
boating on the river
clubs and societies
schools: Mainstreet, Central, & Lincoln

Tape lb--Florence Clay Knox
Arthur LaVon
"Fits" Grease
Crosby home with fountain
servitude in the home
seamstress
Normal School
board sidewalk from town to Normal School
first cement sidewalk in Cedar Falls
brick sidewalks
street lights
Cedar Falls' relationship to Waterloo
newspapers
mail
Hearst family
Congregational Church

(the interviewer tends to dominate the interview)

Tape 2--Fred D. Cram, February 19, 1964
History of the College. Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 3--Les and Leo Hughes, May 9, 1964
History of the Cedar Falls Band. Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 4--"History in Houses", May 10, 1964
Narration by Herb Hake for Slide Show.

Tape 5a--Anna Arrow Petersen (Mrs. P.C.)
Early 1900's. Time: 10 min. October 24, 1964

Viking Pump
Danish Community ("Little Denmark")
Indians

Tape 5b--Mary Marsh (Mrs. Ed)
1853-1880's. Time: 15 min. Counter: 150. November 10, 1964
Brief history of grandparents coming to Cedar Falls in 1853. Recollections of merchants and businesses along Main Street.

various doctors
Emmet Mullarky
Dahl family
hospitalization

Tape 5a--Stella Robinson Wynegar
(Memories of Main Street) 1880's Counter: 130 Time: 10 min. November 7, 1964
Mrs. Wynegar talks a great deal about the various businesses located on Main Street during the 1880's. She also describes the various street lights, wooden pumps, paper mill, slaughter house, sidewalks, stump in middle of street, trolley, Indians, and Chinese laundryman.

Tape 5b--Stella Robinson Wynegar
Time: 15 min.

Indians
Footes Cider Mill
ice skating on the river
horse racing on the river
ice house
brick kilns
dam on the river
swimming in the river
Illinois Central Railroad covered bridge
oldest house in town

Tape 6--Robert M. Sutton, May 5, 1966
Address given at the 1966 Banquet of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. Speaker introduced by Leland L. Sage. Speaker thanked by Iver Christoffersen.

Tape 7--"River to Railroad", October 7, 1966
Narration by Herb Hake for Slide Show.

Tape 8--Toby and Oliver Olson, June 23, 1968
Cedar Falls as remembered by sons of Danish immigrants.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 9a--Stella Robinson Wynegar
(Recollection of 90 years of residence in Cedar Falls)
Date: 1880's Time: 30 min. March 14, 1970
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Birth
mills: flour, paper, grain
Overman family
kerosene street lights
carbon street lights
business district
Overman Park
schools: Main Street, Central
Bess Streeter Aldrich
Zimri Streeter
Methodist Church
Baptist Church
Merchants along mainstreet
saloons
Chinese laundryman
Packard Opera House
Soldiers Orphans' Home on mainstreet
condition of streets
wooden sidewalks
creek on 5th St. & Main
Baptist Church on 5th St. & Main
brick paving
Farmer's Home Hotel
gasoline trolley
automobiles
run-away horses
Transportation
barns
property size
Entertainment
movie theater on 2nd & Main
horse races on the Cedar River
wooden dam
circus
building the bridge across the river
three railroads
Peter Melendy
Raab Pottery Shop
Harris Pump Factory

Tape 9b--Stella R. Wynegar
Time: 20 min.

Harris Pump Factory
husband's occupations
family history
family dwellings
sidewalks
inventor of Viking pump
wages for men and women
first furnace in Cedar Falls

Tape lOa--Stella Robinson Wynegar
(Recollection of 90 years of residence in Cedar Falls)
Date: 1880's Time: 30 min. August 15, 1970
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Illinois Central Railroad
wooden covered bridge over rail tracks
Indians camped in Cedar Falls
stockyards-5th & Water St. (State)
first post office
Cotton Theater
Wild Buffalo Bill's show in Melarky's pasture
circus
Cedar Valley District Fair
race track
family horse and airplane
trotting races at fair
Harry Israel and family
hydro plane on river
Mainstreet bridge
boating & swimming on river
church picnics held in Round Park in Cedar Heights
Rainbow Drive (origin of name)
William Taft in Cedar Falls
boys leaving for WWI
Armistice Day, November 11, 1918
Cedar Falls Concert Band
Knapp home
stone sidewalks
tar and gravel sidewalks
Ed Wilson
Joe Foster (night watchman at bank)
fire in Wisebard stable
WCF&N car barns' fire
mill fire
fire department equipment & its use
washing machine factory
Casey's Blacksmith Shop
early druggists

Tape lOb--Stella R. Wynegar
Time: 20 min.

liquor in drug store during prohibition
Pheiffer charity
first gas station
irst town marshal
Ku Klux Klan
Dead Man's Island in Cedar River
Owner of The Record
early doctors
watertower (broke & froze)
wooden water pipes (wooden boxes)
springs by river
early stores
state GAR camp
Old Central Public School
Field brothers & their horses
stone barn southwest of town

Tape 11--Joseph B. Clay, October 20, 1970
John Livingston, August 17, 1972
Recollections of a pioneer industrialist and a pioneer aviator.
Interviewer: Doris Ford

Tape 12a--Florence Clay Knox
(Recollection of girlhood in Cedar Falls, Iowa)
c. 1880's. Time: 30 min. per side. June 29, 1973
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Bess Streeter Aldrich
Chinese laundryman
Congregational Church
Commercial Hotel
Pheiffer brothers
Pheiffer brewery
Pheiffer Drug Company
kerosene street lamps
carbon arc street lights
only Black family
water tower (broke & froze)
Cedar Valley Fair
horse racing
automobiles
gasoline trolley
Woman's Club House
lovely old homes
Normal School
Principal Gilchrist
Cotton Theater
opera house
roller skating rink

Tape 12b--Florence Clay Knox

Overman block & other Overman property
Peter Melendy
first school in Cedar Falls
Stone bridge on mainstreet
mainstreet
public school discipline
mud streets
rock streets
board sidewalks
4th of July "Liberty Car"
trolley car
city water system
garbage system
snow removal
transportation on the snow
sledding on "Cameron's Hill"
horse racing on the river ice
cutting ice for the ice house
trading with the Indians

Tape 13--George A. Bairnson, October 4, 1973
Anecdotes of 50 years of medical practice.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 14--Erma B. Plaehn, November 11, 1973
Gallery Talk on "Early Government in Black Hawk County."

Tape 15--Earl Eiler, November 24, 1973
Experiences in the butcher 's trade.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 16--Charles J. "Chuck" Hearst, November 30, 1973
History of Maplehearst Farm.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 17--1973 Christmas Party, December 9, 1973, Part II
Recollections of 50-year residents: Iver Christoffersen, Clare Berg, Elmer Rasmussen, Mabel Nasby, Cleo Howard, and Fauntelle Bancroft.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 18--1973 Christmas Party, Deember 9, 1973, Part II
Recollections of 50-year residents: Mrs. L. E. Schwanke and Mrs. Nick Ilax, Frank and Fern Hitchcook, Edith Dryden, N. E. Brown, Herman Siepert, Robert Riker, Edith Berg, John J. McCoy, Louis Wood, Sally Paine, Ruth Casey, and Helen Isley.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 19--Hans and Aksel Holst, December 29, 1973
History of the Danes in Cedar Falls.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 20--Mrs. Charles Chickering, February 8, 1974
Recollections by a granddaughter of George V. Clark.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 21--Bert Schou, July 30, 1974
Experiences of a locomotive engineer.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 22--Inez Radell, August 6, 1974
Recollections by the daughter of a pioneer merchant.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 23--Oren F. Paine, November 9, 1974
Experiences in the building trade.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 24--Edith Dryden, December 2, 1974
Experiences of a milliner.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 25--1974 Christmas Party, December 8, 1974
Recollections of Danish traditions by Margaret Michaelsen, Lillian Nielsen, Iver Christoffersen, Mrs. Hieber (mother of Douglas Hieber), Theresa Petersen, Dagne Petersen, Harder Aksel Holst, and Olivia Johnson.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 26--Clara Nolte, January 4, 1975
Recollections of a German teacher and early advocate of Woman's Rights.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 27--Malcolm Price, Marh 17, 1975
History of the College during World War II.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 28--Robert H. Corning, February 8, 1976
Recollections of boyhood and manhood in hardware business.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 29--Robert H. Corning, February 8, 1976
Conclusion of interview.

Tape 30--Gerald S. Wise, June 18, 1976
Memories of boyhood in Cedar Falls and Sears, Roebuck career.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 31--Les Santee, September 2, 1976
Recollections of real estate salesman and state legislator.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 32--Gladys Hearst and Sally Pinkham, November 16, 1976
Recollections of WAVES officers stationed on ISTC campus during World War II.
Interviewer: Cornelia Davis

Tape 33--Iver Christoffersen, November 23, 1976
Memories of long-time local attorney and civic leader.
Interviewer: Herb Hake

Tape 34--Herb Hake, July 15, 1977
Personal recollections.
Interviewer: Alice Myers (2 copies)

 Box 2

Tape 35--Olivia Johnson, Part I, September 7, 1977
Identification and description of Museum exhibits.

Tape 36--Olivia Johnson, Part II, September 9, 1977
Identification and description of Museum exhibits continued.

Tape 37--Olivia Johnson, Part III, September 10, 1977
Identification and description of Museum exhibits concluded.

Tape 38--William D. Lynch, March 6, 1978
Recollections by a "Professor's Kid" of boyhood in Cedar Falls.
Announcer: Herb Hake

Tape 39--Ferner Nuhn, I and II, September 19, 1978 (2 copies)
Random Recollections by a Cedar Falls author about his parents and their connections with the German Evangelical Church, father's association with the railroad and the building and loan business, Ferner's meeting and marrying Ruth Suckow, the Cedar Falls Art Association, famous visitors in the Nuhn homes, and father's success in bringing the Bible Conference to Cedar Falls.
Interviewer: Gladys Hearst

Tape 40--Ferner Nuhn, III (conclusion), September 19, 1978 (2 copies)

Tape 41--Interview with William D. Lynch

Tape 42--Interview with Nannett E. Waldman

Tape 43--Luther Burkett Program on Martin White and Iowa Pottery, March 25, 1979.

Tape 44--Interview with Welker Schaller, March 26, 1979.

Tape 45--Ice Cutting nd., Roger Miller, Waterloo
Interviewer: Nancy Redfern

Tape 46--Carl Howes, September 23, 1979
Interviewer: Maxine Schwank

Tape 47--Cedar City Open House, April 13, 1980
Interviewer: Elsie Randall Tietz

Tape 48--John Harns on Raab Vases, September 4, 1980
Interviewer: Nancy Redfern

Tape 49--Historical Society Banquet, May 9, 1980
Speaker: James L. Hearst

 

One-room School Experiences of UNI Staff and Faculty Members
Interviewed by William Dreier

Tape 1: Jean and Gordon Porter, interviewed March 4, 1993

Side A: Jean - on staff from 1969-82 in Housing and Food Services
Side B: Gordon - on staff from 1968-82 in Physical Plant-Golf Course

Tape 2: Gordon Porter, Part II

Tape 3: Melvin Schneider, interviewed December 22, 1994

Side A: Melvin - on staff from 1945-58
Side B: Empty

Tape 4: Basil Reppas, interviewed January 25, 1995

Side A: Basil - on staff from 1961-present in Educational Psychology and Foundations
Side B: probably empty

Tape 5: Mildred Wood, interviewed May 16, 1994

Side A: Mildred -B.A. 1956, M.A. 1962, on faculty 1962-65
Side B: probably empty

Tape 6: William Dreier, recorded May 18, 1993

Side A: William - on faculty 1949-85 Recording his memories of the one-room school in Hardin County, Iowa.
Side B: probably empty


Web version of this finding aid was created by Library Assistant Susan A. Basye, Library Assistant, July 1998; last updated, April 11, 2013 (GP).


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