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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Allen A., 1910-1989
Date 1979
Scope & Content Interview by Karen Alderfer of grandfather Allen A. Alderfer (b. 05/26/1910), son of Rein & Susan Alderfer Alderfer.

Digital copy available
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Start time Subject
00:01:25 always had a lot of house and barn chores as a child
00:03:23 worked in a stone quarry as a teenager
00:05:38 strict but loving parents, appreciated them more as he got older
00:10:05 enjoyed school, had some difficulty learning English at first
00:10:40 met his wife when her sister married his neighbor
00:14:00 first family car when he was 14
00:15:05 fewer problems in the past; life was simpler then
00:16:38 can't go back to the past - things have changed so much
00:19:48 snow activities
00:22:10 food storage and preparation
00:26:53 no indoor plumbing
00:27:59 his children
00:31:32 end of audio
Length of Interview 00:31:32
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 # 2013.25.5
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Allen A., 1910-1989 (Harleysville)
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes