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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Dorothy Mae Crouthamel, 1911-2005
Date 1990
Scope & Content Interview by Rebecca Alderfer of Dorothy Mae Crouthamel Alderfer (b. 03/07/1911), daughter of Herbert & Alice Haberle Crouthamel.

Digital copy available
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Start time Subject
00:00:53--father was handsome, had wavy hair
00:02:19--mother learned to make cigars, good paying job
00:03:30--parents did butchering, made potato chips, had market route in Bethlehem
00:05:20--"mother controlled house with calm and kindness"
00:05:27--went to church from nursery on, taught Sunday School later on
00:06:40--had electric, neighbors did not
00:07:10--beginning work--went to work in a shirt factory at age 14
00:09:31--courtship--uncle told her he would send a young man to see her. He got the wrong door, nice evening, lily-of-the-valley flowers in his car, became their special flower
00:10:28--marriage relationship--"not in the habit of arguing"
00:10:42--honeymoon--camping trip to Yellowstone NP, stopped in Harrisburg to see her girlfriend, and in Nebraska at husband's pen pal from Words of Cheer days, nice experience
00:13:18--housekeeping--set up on Godshall Road, wide windowsills in living and dining rooms
00:15:05--aging--"birthdays make you sound old", can always learn, "I'm still learning"
00:15:45--activities for fulfillment--growing begonnias, "flowers as large as my hand", sewing-can't see well enough to do it
00:16:44--frustrations--not seeing well enough to do all the things I would like
00:17:52--memories of flu epidemic of 1917-18--father came home from work very sick, mother was also sick
00:18:43--memories of radio--a cousin had one, neighbor had one playing on his front porch in the evening, interfered with sleeping as 4:00am was wake-up time.
00:19:37--memories of Great Depression--after honeymoon in 1933, husband got $6 weekly for work, some people sold their butter coupons for money to go to the movies
00:20:37--favorite presidents--George Washington and Reagan, "both honored God"
00:21:37--past vs present--more home life and gathering of friends vs conveniences we now have, both have advantages
00:23:10--greatest achievement--sewing good clothes for family
Length of Interview 00:23:57
Notes Obituary:
Alderfer, Dorothy Mae, 94, of Souderton, PA died September 9, 2005. She was born to Herbert & Alice (Haberle) Crouthamel. She was married to Titus F. Alderfer, who is deceased.
Surviving are two sons, Allen and Harold and five grandchildren. The funeral was held September 14, 2005 at Souderton Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Object ID # 2013.25.10
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Dorothy Mae Crouthamel, 1911-2005
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes