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    • Dave Norman oral history interview

    • Norman, Dave, 1924-; Freshwater mussels; Houseboats; Fur trade; Oral history;
    • Dave Norman was born in Clinton in 1924. He grew up on a houseboat and has spent years fishing rivers for mussels. He is also a professional fur trader.
    • Dave Swisha plays the banjo

    • Swisha, Dave, 1938-1988; Banjos; Musicians; Folk music; Folk songs; Oral history;
    • In this sixty minute recording, Dave "Bangie" Swisha demonstrates favorite songs on the banjo. Dave was born in Danville, Illinois, in 1934 and lived in Cayuga, Indiana, at the time of the recording. His parents were Floyd Hubert and Dorothy...
    • Rudy Bohinc oral history interview

    • Accordions; Bohinc, Rudy, 1929-1988; Musicians; Music; Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Mining; Coal miners; Coal mining; Labor unions; Prohibition; Oral history;
    • Randolph "Rudy" Bohinc is an accordion player who specializes in Slovenian polka music. Born in 1929 in Blanford, Indiana, he briefly lived in Cleveland, Ohio, before moving back to Blanford. Bohinc and Keith Ludden discuss music styles in...
    • Armando Scioldo plays the accordion

    • Accordions; Musicians; Music; Songs, Italian; Scioldo, Armando L., 1918-2000;
    • Armando Scioldo performs favorite songs on the accordion, including "Tick Tock Polka," "My Wild Irish Rose," "Old Purdue," "Together Again," "Tea for Two," and "Always Chasing Rainbows." Scioldo takes requests from the audience and focuses on old...
    • Country bluegrass jam session

    • Musicians; Music; Country music; Bluegrass music; Banjos; Guitars; Mandolins; Easley, Gary; Ellis, John;
    • In this ninety minute recording, country bluegrass musicians Buddy Eason, John Nickel, Jerry Austin, Gary Easley and John Ellis participate in a country bluegrass jam session with folklorist Keith Ludden.
    • Favorite guitar songs

    • Guitars; Music; Musicians; Songs; Dance parties; Oral history;
    • An unnamed guitarist, born in 1916, performs favorite songs and discusses music in Vermillion County in the 1920's and 30's.
    • Esther Hollingsworth oral history interview

    • Hollingsworth, Esther, 1918-2000; Prohibition; Mining; City & town life; Sewing; Dance parties; Prostitution; Social life; Coal mining; Coal miners; Labor unions; Oral history; Sewing; Storytelling;
    • Esther Hollingsworth is a long-time resident of the coal mining community of Universal, Indiana. She was born in 1918 and married Ben Hollingsworth, a coal miner. She is also a gifted storyteller who can make the old days come alive. She and...
    • Thelma Wickens oral history interview

    • Wickens, Thelma, 1899-; Oral history; Farmers; Women; Sewing; City & town life;
    • Oral history by Thelma Wickens of Dana, Indiana which describes to Keith Ludden what it was like to be a farm wife in the 1920's and 30's. Born in 1899, she has lived in the Dana, Cayuga, and Newport areas for many years.
    • Arlow Brazeal, oral history interview

    • Fishermen; Fishing boats; Fishing nets; Fishing; Vermillion County (Ind.); Wabash River (Ind.); Brazeal, Arlow, 1913-2000; Oral history;
    • Arlow Brazeal of Newport is a "River rat" - he fishes the Wabash and Vermillion Rivers. Born in 1913, he has also worked as a carpenter. He demostrated netmaking and mussel bars for Keith Ludden and describes in this interview what fishing entails,...
    • Irma Pesavento oral history interview

    • Oral history; Coal miners; Italian American women; Ethnic groups; Manners & customs; Wake services; Religion; Education; Pesavento, Irma;
    • lrma Pesavento is a retired elementary school principal who knows a great deal about Clinton's ltalian community. Her vivid memories of Clinton as a booming mining town with people from all over the world were described to Keith Ludden.
    • Bill Walthall oral history interview

    • Maple syrup; Oral history; Quakers; Transportation; Walthall, Bill, 1914-;
    • Bill Walthall of the Dana area has been making maple syrup for a number of years. He was born in 1914 and says he can't remember when his father didn't make maple syrup. He described some of the techniques involved to Keith Ludden.
    • Christmas traditions

    • Manners & customs; Christmas trees; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Oral history;
    • Four unidentified women in Clinton, Indiana, discuss Christmas traditions from their ethnic backgrounds.
    • Fossi's Bakery oral history interview

    • Oral history; Baked products; Bakeries; Baking; Fossi's Bakery (Clinton, Ind.); Prulhiere, Carl; Fossi, Clara, d. 1991; Fossi, Eda;
    • Fossi's Bakery has been a Clinton institution for many years. Keith Ludden interviewed Clara Fossi, Eda Fossi, and Carl Prulhiere on a hot summer morning as they made Italian bread and breadsticks.
    • Russ Fortner oral history interview

    • Fortner, Russ, 1906-; Wood carving; Oral history;
    • Whittling hand-carved wooden spoons and ax handles is the avocation of Perrysville resident Russ Fortner. Born in 1906, Fortner has worked in the steel mills, on the railroad, and in the auto body repair trade.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Truman Karanovich oral history interview

    • Karanovich, Truman, 1914-; Saints; Christmas; Manners & customs; Easter; Coal miners; Coal mining; Oral history; Death; Prostitution; Prohibition;
    • Truman Karanovich is a first generation American born to Serbian parents in Clinton, Indiana. Mr. Karanovich and his wife discuss Serbian holiday traditions, coal mining, death, prostitution, and the prohibition with Keith Ludden.
    • Anna Naujakatis oral history interview

    • Coal mines and mining -- Indiana -- Vermillion County; Coal miners -- Indiana -- Vermillion County; Gardening; Shells; Buttons (Fasteners); Immigrants; Women; Oral history; Naujakatis, Anna, 1900-1989;
    • Anna Naujakatis was born in Lithuania in 1900, and moved to Clinton in 1905. Her parents were Joseph and Percella (Maches) Marcinkoski. Anna and Keith Ludden discuss Clinton coal miners and life in Clinton as an immigrant.
    • Ralph and Tevilla Wilderman sing folk songs

    • Wilderman, Ralph Eugene, 1901-; Wilderman, Tevilla Hurlbutt, 1904-; Oral history; Folk songs; Singing;
    • Seven audio files, approximately ten minutes each. In this oral history interview, Ralph and Tevilla Wilderman sing favorite folk songs. Ralph was born in 1901 in Boone County, Illinois, and Tivila was born in 1904 in Atlanta, Kansas. The...

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