ORAL HISTORIES:
HISTORY OF WILMETTE AS TOLD BY ITS RESIDENTS

40 Recorded Interviews

In 1975 the Friends of the Library began to record interviews with long-time residents of the village, many of whom were born and grew up in Wilmette. In some cases their reminiscences stretch back to the turn of the century. They describe what it was like to work on farms, attend school, run businesses, endure the depression, and fight in wars. The library has forty of these historic conversations. Printed transcripts and audio cassettes may be borrowed from the Wilmette Public Library through interlibrary loan.

The library is seeking photographs to enhance the collection. If you have a family member on this list, and can donate portrait photographs to the library, please write.

Early Wilmette libraryAdler, Rhea
(1906-1990)

Transcript and audio

Gross Point steam thresherKirk, Elizabeth Hoffman
(1915-2008)

Transcript and audio

PigsBraun, Albert J.
(1911-1991)

Transcript and audio


Gross Point steam thresherLeach, David Clark, Jr. (1925-2000)

Transcript and Audio

Elizabeth BrownBrooks, Elizabeth Brown
(1901-1994)

Transcript and audio

Samuel D. DingeeMcClure, Margaret Dingee
(1900-1996)

Transcript and audio

Butz family at 802 Lake Ave., WilmetteButz, Ella B.
(1888-1982)

Transcript and audio

Klinge & White GroceryMichelet, Charles Jules, Jr.
(1891-1980)

Transcript and audio

706 Illinois Rd.Chilcott, Rose Braun
(1902-1981)

Transcript and audio

Lenoir Hood Miller Miller, Lenoir Hood
(1888-1976)

Transcript and audio

Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee electric  lineFavor, Fred
(1911-1982)

Transcript and audio

John MillerMiller, John Tuttle
(1921- )

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New Trier High School 1905Fitch, Elizabeth
(1899-1986)

Transcript and audio

Lillian Drury NorthamNortham, Frederick Stickney
(1904-1979)

Transcript and audio

Ships in the PacificFleischer, Joseph

Transcript and audio

 Gross Point BandSchneider, John J.
(1901-1986)

Transcript and audio

Regina FleischerFleischer, Regina (1928- )

Transcript and audio

Gross Point School  1897Schuett, Anna Schneider
(1903-1980)

Transcript and audio

Frake, Leonora
(1907-1990)

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Loaf of breadSchoenbeck, Margaret Schneider
(1904-1992)

Transcript and audio

Goodhue, Frances A. (1886-1983)

Transcript and Audio

WildflowersTempleton, Sydney Weedon
(1894-1994)

Transcript and audio

Hahn, George Arthur, Sr.
(1889-1979)

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TypewriterTen Broeck, Jean
(1896-1996)

Transcript and audio

Tornado damage 1920Hall, Robert D. 1914- and
Hall, Alice Freeman (1916- )

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Ice cubesTownes, Mary Stewart Barry
(1903-1997)

Transcript and audio

J.  Robb Harper 1932Harper, Robert A.
(1910-2007)

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SaxophoneWaidner, Frederick William (1909-1989)

Transcript and audio

Lloyd HollisterHollister, Lloyd Frank
(1892-1979)

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Wilmette beachElisabeth G. Weedon
(1867-1965)

Transcript and audio

"Catching Pollywogs" by Mary Martin EngelHuffman, W. Henry [William Henry]
(1911-1997)

Transcript and audio

Dr. Byron C. StolpWeishaar, Herman O. (1889-1984) and
Gladys Fowler Weishaar
(1897-1981)

Transcript and audio

Wilmette Baptist ChurchJones, C. Herbert
(1889-1987)

Transcript and audio

Esther Dunshee BowerLeague of Women Voters

Transcript and audio

Benjamin KartmanKartman, Benjamin
(1901-1991)

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Wilmette Lutheran ChurchWick, Lawrence W.
(1940-)

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Otto Kempe, 1942Kempe, Mathilda Marie
(1895-1981)

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Witt Dairy wagonWitt, Anna Kathryn
(1895-1988)

Transcript and audio

DaisiesKinnear, Elizabeth Fisher
(1896-1980)

Transcript and audio

Street lampZimmerman, Austin Manlove, Jr.
(1909-1991)

Transcript and audio

 

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