Category Archives: Oral History

James Magill – 3

Interviewee:  James Magill Date of birth/age at interview:  July 4, 1912/84 Interviewers:  Albright Zimmerman, Lance Metz Interview date:  October 24, 1996 Location:  Magill home in New Hope, PA Interview length:  approximately 40 minutes Time span discussed:  1920 to 1980 Summary: … Continue reading



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Calvin Cooper – 2

Interviewee:  Calvin Cooper Date of birth/age at interview:  1916/80 Interviewers:  Albright Zimmerman and Lance Metz Interview date:  7/31/1996 Interview Location:  Cooper home, Attleboro Village, Langhorne, PA Interview length:  approximately 35 minutes Time span discussed:  1920 to 1980’s Summary:  The coal … Continue reading



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George Carlson

Interviewee:  George Carlson Date of birth:  December 14, 1921 Interviewer: Albert Zimmerman and Lance Metz Interview date:  1996 Interview location: Carlson home, Warminster, PA Interview length:  approximately 35 minutes Time span discussed:  1920 to 1935   Summary:  George gave a … Continue reading



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Tugboat Captain (name unknown)

Interviewee:  Tugboat Captain, name unknown Date of birth/age at interview:  circa 1895/73 Interviewer:  Lance E. Metz Interview date:  circa 1969 Interview location:  unknown, but probably at the National Canal Museum Interview length:  29 minutes Time span discussed:   1915 to 1925 … Continue reading



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Madeline Free Rilara – 2

Interviewee:  Madeline Free Rilara Date of birthage at interview:  unknown, probably 1904 to 1906/approximately 89 Interviewer:  Lance Metz and one unknown man Interview date:  May 1993 Interview location:  Rilara home Interview length:  36 minutes Time span discussed:  1910 to 1920’s … Continue reading



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Madeline Free Rilara – 1

Interviewee:  Madeline Free Rilara Date of birth/age at interview:  unknown, probably 1904 to 1906/approximately 89 Interviewer:  Lance Metz and one unknown man Interview date:  April 28, 1993 Interview location:  Allentown, probably Rilara home Interview length:  1 hour, 2 minutes Time … Continue reading



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Grant Emery – 2

Interviewee:  Grant Emery Date of birth:  circa 1890 Interviewer:  C. P.”Bill” Yoder Interview date:  Nov. 24, 1968 Interview location:  Emery home Interview length:  24 minutes Time span discussed:  1900 to 1930’s Summary:  This early interview was most likely done by … Continue reading



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Grant Emery – 1

Interviewee:  Grant Emery Date of birth:  circa 1890 Interviewer: Randall Murray of the Allentown Morning Call Interview date:  unknown, estimated 1970 Interview location:  Easton, near the Lehigh dam (probably at the National Canal Museum) Interview length:   59 minutes Time span … Continue reading



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National Canal Museum Video History – 2, Canals and Artists

Videographer: William W. Chambers Video date: 1932 Video location: Delaware Canal from Pt. Pleasant to Washington Crossing Video length: 25 minutes Time span: 1932 Summary: This silent video by Chambers of the Delaware canal and river also features important historical clips of artists William … Continue reading



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National Canal Museum Video History – 1, Delaware Canal

Videographer: William W. Chambers Video date: 1930 Video location: Delaware Canal from Smithton to Point Pleasant and Lumberville Video length: 20 minutes Time span: 1930 Summary: This video by Chambers shows the canal boats and mules at work, as well as several locks … Continue reading



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