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Oral Histories

Many years ago, we collected oral histories from many people in town and we are pleased to now make this important historical information available to you.  For each entry, we have linked to a YouTube video which includes the audio portion of the file.  Where we could, we have also scanned the transcript of the interview and included that in a .pdf format.

Oral History Audiocassettes and Transcripts of Chesaning Personalities

Mabell Babion (recorded 1976)

Audio: The Life of Mabell Babion
 Transcript: The Life of Mabell Babion
Audio: Chesaning Public Library    
 Transcript: Chesaning Public Library

Bicentennial Program 1976

Audio: Conversation between Mabell Babion & Frances Dickinson
Audio: Mrs. Millis Parshall - Parshallburg Mill
Audio: Doug Peet & Joe Glaska - Peet Packing Company Part 1
Audio: Doug Peet & Joe Glaska - Peet Packing Company Part 2
Audio: Fordney Volkmer - Fire Department
Audio: Ray Ellis - Education
Audio: Ken Bueche - Downtown Chesaning
Audio: Awards & End of Program

Florence Bitterman

Audio: The Life of Florence Bitterman
Transcript: The Life of Florence Bitterman

Joe Bueche

Audio: The Life of Joe Bueche
Transcript: The Life of Joe Bueche

Guy Chilton

Audio: Showboat Park Baseball Teams
Transcript: Showboat Park Baseball Teams

Joe Danek

Audio: Banking
Transcript: Banking

Frances Dickinson

Audio: The Life of Frances Dickinson
Transcript: The Life of Frances Dickinson

Emma Foess

Audio: Registered Pharmacist
Transcript: Registered Pharmacist

Ford Harris

Audio: Our Telephony Part 1
Audio: Our Telephony Part 2
Transcript:Our Telephony

Arnie Ladd

Audio: The Life of Arnie Ladd
Transcript: None available.

B. Ruth Morse

Audio: Chesaning Public Library
Transcript: Chesaning Public Library

Millis Parshall

Audio: Parshallburg Mill
Transcript: Parshallburg Mill

Berneece Peet

Audio: History of Peet Packing Part 1
Audio: History of Peet Packing Part 2
Transcript: History of Peet Packing

Ethel Potter

Audio: The Life of Ethel Potter
Transcript: The Life of Ethel Potter

Rotary Club of Chesaning (1964)

Audio: Rotary Club of Chesaning
 Transcript: None available.

 Art Walser

Audio: The Life of Art Walser
 Transcript: The Life of Art Walser

 Ed Walser

Audio: The Life of Ed Walser Part 1
Audio: The Life of Ed Walser Part 2
 Transcript: None available.

 Ferne Walser

Audio: The Life of Ferne Walser
 Transcript: The Life of Ferne Walser

 Esther Ward

Audio: Life & Teaching Career of Esther Ward
 Transcript: Life & Teaching Career of Esther Ward

Mathilda Weinzierl

Audio: Life & Teaching Career of Mathilda Weinzierl
 Transcript:  Life & Teaching Career of Mathilda Weinzierl