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Oral History Interview with Jack Hill, December 8, 2006

Description: Interview with Jack Hill, former employee of the Texas Textile Mill, as part of the Texas Textile Mill Oral History Project. The interview includes Hill's personal experiences about his childhood, working at Wilson's Grocery Store and Cole's Groceries, enlisting in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and serving in the China-Burma-India Theater. Hill also discusses his family's experience in the Great Depression, his lay-off due to new child labor laws, the tornado of 1948, and his career in retail sales.
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Date: December 8, 2006
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Hill, Jack

Oral History Interview with J. D. Bradley, June 27, 2003

Description: Interview with postmaster and Army veteran J.D. Bradley. The interview includes Bradley's personal experiences about being a guard during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo after World War II, enlisting in the army, basic training, various assignments, guard duty in the court docks during the tribunal, and guarding Hideki Tojo. Bradley talks about rules and regulations for Military Police guards, steps taken to prevent suicides among the prisoners, the physical description of the interior of the courtroom of the War Ministry Building, checks for hidden weapons in the courtroom, courtroom procedures, various security procedures, steps taken to impress the Japanese people, living quarters and conditions at the War Ministry Building, relations with Japanese civilians, black market activities, his relationship with a Japanese correspondent and trading cigarettes for photographs of the proceedings, Sugamo Prison, and his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Aubrey S. Kenworthy. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: June 27, 2003
Creator: Koontz, Christopher N. & Bradley, J. D.

Oral History Interview with K. O. Dahlgren, May 28, 2002

Description: Interview with K.O. Dahlgren, civil engineer and Marine Corps veteran. The interview includes Dahlgren's personal experiences about being a PBJ co-pilot in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II, enlisting in the Navy, primary and secondary flight training through the Civilian Pilot Training Program, pre-flight training, basic and advanced flight training, and navigation school. Additionally, Dahlgren talks about his early interest in aviation, designation as an Aviation Cadet, the transition to multi-engine planes at Corpus Christi and his transfer to the Marine Corps, transferring to Cherry Point, North Carolina, crew formation and PBJ training at Cherry Point, advanced training, his personal views on combat and the Japanese, stationing to Green Island, "night heckling" missions to Rabaul, his assignment to and living conditions in Emirau, skip-bombing, strafing, and night bombing missions, rest and relaxation in Australia, his rotation back to the states, and his postwar career.
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Date: May 28, 2002
Creator: Koontz, Christopher N. & Dahlgren, K. O.

Oral History Interview with Alexander Bate, September 19, 1986

Description: Interview with retired schoolteacher Alexander Bate. The interview includes Bate's personal experiences about the African American business community in Sherman, Texas, and the lynching of George Hughes. Bate also talks about being an African-American educator, and local race relations in Sherman.
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Date: September 19, 1986
Creator: Kumler, Donna & Bate, Alexander

Oral History Interview with Ralph Elliott, November 14, 1986

Description: Interview with Judge Ralph Elliott. The interview includes Elliott's personal observations as a young eyewitness to the lynching of George Hughes in Sherman, Texas, in May 1930.
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Date: November 14, 1987
Creator: Kumler, Donna & Elliott, Ralph

Oral History Interview with William Hill, October 13, 1986

Description: Interview with retired schoolteacher William Hill. The interview includes Hill's personal experiences concerning race relations in Sherman, Texas, 1915-30. Hill talks about the lynching of George Hughes in 1930, the African-American business and professional community in Sherman, and Ku Klux Klan marches.
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Date: October 13, 1986
Creator: Kumler, Donna & Hill, William

Oral History Interview with Andrew White, September 24, 1986

Description: Interview with Andrew White, business executive and president of the local chapter of the NAACP in Sherman, Texas. The interview includes White's personal experiences about race relations and the development of African-American businesses in Sherman during the 1980s.
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Date: September 24, 1986
Creator: Kumler, Donna & White, Andrew

Oral History Interview with Aletha Barsanti, January 17, 2003

Description: Interview with Aletha Barsanti regarding her experiences as the wife of U. S. Army General Olinto Barsanti. They married in 1942. She remembers their courtship in San Antonio; their assignments in Europe, Japan, and Washington, D.C.; raising their children; his activities in the Korean War; his promotion to general; military protocol for the wives of general officers; and his one-year tour in the Vietnam War as the commander of the 101st Airborne Division. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died in May 1973.
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Date: January 17, 2003
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Barsanti, Aletha

Oral History Interview with Ralph L. Cerny, September 18, 2000

Description: Interview with Army veteran Ralph L. Cerny. The interview includes Cerny's personal experiences about being a combat infantryman in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II, joining the Illinois National Guard, federalization of the Illinois National Guard, training at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, shipping to Camp Darwin, Australia, and combat around Mount Austen on Guadalcanal. Additionally, Cerny talks about the formation of the American Division and landings at New Caledonia, transferring of the division to Guadalcanal, the fate of Japanese prisoners-of-war, evacuation to the Fiji islands for rest and recuperation, landings on Bougainville, patrol and reconnaissance activities on Bougainville, his rotation back to the States, stateside duty as a drill instructor at Fort McClellan, and his postwar career.
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Date: September 18, 2000
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Cerny, Ralph L.

Oral History Interview with Robert Cook, October 19, 2012

Description: Interview with Army veteran Robert Cook. The interview includes Cook's personal experiences in the European Theater as well as experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Germans in Stalag 17 and post-war life. The interview also includes an appendix with a photograph.
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Date: October 19, 2012
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Cook, Robert

Oral History Interview with Ted A. Crozier, August 8, 2002

Description: Interview with Army veteran Ted A. Crozier. The interview includes Crozier's personal experiences about his service as an aviation officer for General Olinto Barsanti, commander of the 101st Airborne Division. Crozier talks about his Pre-Vietnam reminiscences about Barsanti and his role in facilitating the transition of the 101st Airborne Division to the use of helicopters.
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Date: August 8, 2002
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Crozier, Ted A.

Oral History Interview with Archie Gantt, August 31, 1999

Description: Interview with Army veteran Archie Gantt. The interview includes Gantt's personal experiences about the European Theater during World War II, boyhood in central Texas, basic training, shipping to England, combat on the Siegfried Line, and the Battle of the Bulge. Additionally, Gantt talks about leadership problems, combat living conditions, Officer Candidate School and commissioning, and his postwar war service in Europe.
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Date: August 31, 1999
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Gantt, Archie

Oral History Interview with Bennie G. Snider, June 10, 2002

Description: Interview with banker and Navy veteran Bennie G. Snider. The interview includes Snider's personal experiences about the Pacific Theater during World War II, youth and education in Denton, Texas, joining the Navy, and boot training and electrical engineering school. Snider talks about duties aboard the USS Hancock, his assignment to Task Group 58 and the invasion of the Philippines, as well as the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, kamikaze attacks and the Hancock being hit by a kamikaze, burials at sea, and his postwar duties aboard the Hancock as part of Operation MAGIC CARPET.
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Date: June 10, 2002
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Snider, Bennie, G.

Oral History Interview with Andrew Joseph Brenner, Sr., November 3, 2009

Description: Interview with Joseph Andrew Brenner Sr., Hungarian-American immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Brenner's personal experiences of childhood and education in Budapest, Hungary, having a career as a tool and die machinist, the involvement with his brothers in anti-Soviet and anti-Communist resistance movements, being captured by Hungarian political police and subsequent torture, his sentence in a Soviet work camp, escaping across the Austrian border, and coping with memories of torture. Additionally, Brenner discusses his father's service in the German Luftwaffe, memories of the Soviet Army entering Budapest in 1945, immigrating to the U.S., settling in Weatherford, his efforts to maintain connections with family in Hungary, and the process of earning his citizenship. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: November 3, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Brenner, Joseph Andrew, Sr.

Oral History Interview with Raymond Curtis, April 29, 2010

Description: Interview with Raymond Curtis, longtime resident and school administrator of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Curtis' personal experiences of farm life in the Great Depression, childhood in Collin County, Texas, and education at the University of North Texas under the GI Bill. Additionally, Curtis discusses his family history, his career as a teacher, administrator, and coach in various public school districts, the integration of Weatherford schools, the school-building program, and his career as CEO of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.
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Date: April 29, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Curtis, Raymond

Oral History Interview with Bob Glenn, March 30, 2010

Description: Interview with Bob Glenn, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Glenn's personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, his 1961 enlistment in the U.S. Army, service at various stateside bases, and his career in the banking industry. Glenn also discusses changes in the Weatherford economy.
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Date: March 30, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Glenn, Bob

Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

Description: Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, Germany-born immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Greenfield's personal experiences of childhood and education in Germany, escaping to Berlin from the Soviet army, and again to Bavaria, and marriage to an America GI. Greenfield also discusses her family's experiences with occupying U.S. Army forces, the decision to settle in Weatherford, the struggle to pass on German language and culture to her children and grandchildren, and her family history. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Greenfield, Eleonore

Oral History Interview with Roy J. Grogan, March 16, 2010

Description: Interview with Roy J. Grogan, longtime Weatherford resident and elected official, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Grogan's personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, enlisting in the U.S. Navy, and World War II. Additionally, Grogan talks about his studies at Weatherford College, Duke University, and Duke Law, his legal career with the FBI and as a land developer, his political career on the Weatherford City Council and Weatherford College Board of Regents, the integration of Weatherford schools, and his involvement in state party politics. The interview includes an appendix with Grogan's resume.
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Date: March 16, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Grogan, Roy J.

Oral History Interview with Joe Tison, May 11, 2010

Description: Interview with Weatherford resident Joe Tison, school administrator and mayor, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Tison's personal experiences of childhood, education in Weatherford public schools, Weatherford College, and North Texas State College, as well as his career as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Aledo and Weatherford ISDs. Tison also discusses the racial integration of Weatherford schools, his career as interim superintendent at various North Texas ISDs, and his experience as mayor. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and articles about Tison.
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Date: May 11, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Tison, Joe

Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

Description: Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Towles' personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, and living in Weatherford during World War II. Towles also discusses her father's work with the Works Progress Administration, marriage to Norman Towles, her family's switch from Democratic loyalty to Republican, her personal evolution on race issues, and religious devotion.
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Date: February 18, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Towles, Billie Joyce

Oral History Interview with Trudy Foster, November 17, 1987

Description: Interview with realtor and community activist Trudy Foster from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Foster discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on the early days of the organization, the desegregation of housing, schools, and public places in Denton, the tutoring program and Denton Christian Preschool, street paving in the African-American section of Denton, and urban renewal.
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Date: November 17, 1987
Creator: Lohr, Mary & Foster, Trudy

Oral History Interview with Bessie Harden, April 7, 1988

Description: Interview with Bessie Harden, a community activist from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Bessie primarily discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She explains what it was like growing up in a segregated and racist society. Bessie also comments on the early days of the Fellowship, social activities of the Fellowship, street paving in the African-American section of Denton, urban renewal, the integration of neighborhoods, the desegregation of Denton public schools and facilities, and various political activities. Biographical information is also included in the interview.
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Date: April 7, 1988
Creator: Lohr, Mary & Harden, Bessie

Oral History Interview with Jean Kooker, February 2, 1988

Description: Interview with teacher and community activist Jean Kooker from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Kooker discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on the early days of the organization, the desegregation and integration of public schools, public eating places, and housing, the establishment of Denton Christian Preschool, street paving in the African-American section of Denton, voter registration, and meeting programs.
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Date: February 2, 1988
Creator: Lohr, Mary & Kooker, Jean

Oral History Interview with Linnie McAdams, December 10, 1987

Description: Interview with community activist Linnie McAdams from Denton, Texas. In the interview, McAdams discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship in the 1960s and 1970s. She also discusses what it was like growing up in a racist community, and includes memories concerning her personal educational experiences in segregated schools, the living conditions in the African-American section of Denton, and her personal employment experiences. McAdams recalls the desegregation of public schools, housing, and facilities as well as the integration of churches.
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Date: December 10, 1987
Creator: Lohr, Mary & McAdams, Linnie