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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Anders, Earl M., 1912-2011
Date 1994
Scope & Content Interview by Neil Anders of Earl M. Anders (b. 05/18/1912), son of Menno & Lizzie Moyer Anders.

Digital copy available.
Start time Subject
00:00:22 early childhood
00:01:20 illnesses
00:02:19 holidays
00:02:46 vacations
00:03:28 events of a typical sunday
00:04:00 elementary school
00:04:54 teenage years
00:05:45 hobbies
00:06:25 teenage jobs
00:06:27 marriage, married life, courtship
"usually the honeymoon in that time was niagra falls, so we went to niagra falls after we retired"
00:12:26 transportation
00:14:01 church attendance, involvement
00:16:02 children, rules and guidelines
00:18:39 grandchildren, being a grandparent
00:20:02 how do you feel about the term senior citizen
"I feel good about it"
00:21:18 too soon old, too late smart
00:22:53 fulfilling activities
00:25:06 problems and frustrations
"I dont like that word frustrations. Doesnt get you very far does it?"
00:25:43 present hobbies
00:26:05 memories of historical events
"could always walk to Harleysville, to the hardware store, they had a radio there"
00:31:46 favorite U.S. president
Dwight Eisenhower
00:32:32 what do you like better about the past / present
00:36:14 most significant achievement in life
Notes Obituary:
Earl M. Anders - 99, of Souderton, PA; formerly of Elroy, PA went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

He was the husband of the late Mary B. (Nyce) Anders.

Born in Harleysville, PA to the late Menno and Lizzie (Moyer) Anders.

Earl was a dairy farmer for over 40 years in Elroy, PA. After retiring in 1972, he was employed and later volunteered at Souderton Mennonite Homes in the laundry and mail department, until August.

Earl volunteered much of his time at the Souderton Mennonite Home, Spruce Lake Retreat and the Franconia Mennonite Church. He enjoyed board / table games, shuffleboard, genealogy and local history, traveling to Florida / Iowa with his late wife & spending time with his family and friends.

Earl was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church where he served as a former Sunday School teacher, superintendent and trustee.

He was survived by: Betty Kratz (Daughter) & husband, Robert of Souderton, PA; Donald Anders (Son) & wife, Catherine of Telford, PA; Earl Anders (Son) & wife, Elaine of Sutton, AK; Aldine "Deanie" Frankenfield (Daughter) & husband, Dale of Elroy, PA; Rebecca Derstine (Daughter) & husband, G. Dale of Elroy, PA; Betty Hackman (Sister) & husband, Harrison of Souderton, PA; Lewis Anders (Brother) of Kulpsville, PA; 12 grandchildren - Eric, Phillip, David, Cathy, Connie, Blaine, Steve, Neil, Jill, Andrew, Sheldon, Conrad; 25 Great-Grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Barry Anders; two sisters, Alma Nyce & Sallie Landes; three brothers, Marvin, Willis "Bill" & Linneaus Anders.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Summit View Auditorium, Souderton, PA. Burial was at Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Object ID # 2013.25.36
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Anders, Earl M., 1912-2011
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes