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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Allen A., 1910-1989
Date 1981
Scope & Content Interview by Randy Rosenberger of Allen A. Alderfer (b. 05/26/1910), son of Rein & Susan Alderfer Alderfer.

Digital copy available.
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Start time Subject
00:00:55 careers
00:02:00 worked for local fire and ambulance company for more than forty years
00:02:40 no electricity, car, or telephone: "We were never out of electricity because we didn't have any"
00:03:45 lived just to exist
00:04:19 often played baseball as a child
00:06:04 spoke only Pennsylvania Dutch at home; didn't learn English until school
00:07:27 Seven people in his neighborhood died during the 1918 epidemic
00:10:10 four year courtship before marriage
00:13:15 people used to rely on each other and need each other
00:14:58 likes the ability to travel and have comforts such as heat and electricity
00:18:46 end of audio
Length of Interview 00:18:46
Notes Obituary:
Alderfer.- Allen A., son of Rein and Susan (Alderfer) Alderfer, was born in Mainland, Pa., May 26, 1910; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Oct. 22, 1989; aged 79. On Apr. 18, 1931, he was married to Eva Godshall, who survives. Also surviving are 3 sons (Durrell, Leroy, and Ronald), 3 daughters (Rae Della Wenger, Madeline Meyers, and Mary Lou Rosenberger), 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Abram, Sanford, and Harold), and 2 sisters (Caroline and Naomi). He was a member of Salford Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Oct. 27, in charge of Willis Miller and Earl Yoder; interment in Salford Mennonite Cemetery.

(Gospel Herald, 5 Dec 1989)
Object ID # 2013.25.4
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Allen A., 1910-1989 (Harleysville)
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes