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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Ralph A., 1908-1986
Date 1979
Scope & Content Interview by Bronwyn Mininger of Ralph A. Alderfer (b. 02/25/1908), son of Rein & Susan Alderfer Alderfer.

Digital copy available. Poor audio quality.
Start time Subject
00:02:08 courtship in poor weather
00:06:04 disciplined a lot as a child: "I heard pretty good at that time, but I didn't listen."
00:08:38 dad was a preacher; always needed to be prepared for visitors
00:09:50 church programs for youth
00:11:13 learned English at school, students punished for speaking Dutch
00:18:21 memories about hired man and his attitudes toward the world wars
00:24:05 raising children today -- different times, different situations
00:24:31 "I had a great time when I was a boy and I still think I have a great time now."
00:36:35 end of audio
Length of Interview 00:36:35
Notes Obituary:
Alderfer, Ralph A., son of Rein and Susan (Alderfer) Alderfer, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Feb. 25, 1908; died at his home in Harleysville, Pa., June 2, 1986; aged 78 y. He was married to Marie Derstine, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters (Geraldine ­ Mrs. Ben F. Lapp, Evelyn ­ Mrs. Arden Godshall, Nancy ­ Mrs. H. Ray Mininger, and Donna Marie ­ Mrs. Arlin Derstine), 3 sons (James D., Gordon D., and Curtis Neal D.), 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Caroline Alderfer and Naomi Moyer), and 4 brothers (Allen, Abram, Sanford and Harold). He was a member of Souderton Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on June 5, in charge of Samuel R. Janzen and Gerald A. Clemmer; interment in Souderton Mennonite Cemetery.

(Gospel Herald, June 24, 1986)
Object ID # 2013.25.21
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Ralph A., 1908-1986
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes