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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1989
Scope & Content Interview by Chris Cummings of Ada Violet Hixson Bleam (b. 06/21/1908), daughter of Earl & Florence Shelly Hixson.

Digital copy available.
Start time Subject
00:00:00 genealogical information
00:09:39 home discipline
00:12:34 grandparents - father's side
00:15:50 grandparents - mother's side
00:27:45 sister Mildred
00:31:45 childhood home/home life
00:35:47 refridgeration
00:36:45 holidays/birthdays
00:38:12 pets
00:39:50 vacations/first automobile ride
00:40:31 church
00:45:24 school
00:53:30 hobbies
00:55:22 farming/work
01:03:18 parents/relationship
01:07:00 marriage
01:14:20 husband's occupation
01:15:56 family/children
01:20:50 children's occupations
01:21:51 children stories
01:25:12 grandchildren
01:28:29 grandchildren activities
01:30:58 on being a Senior Citizen
01:36:30 "too soon old, too late smart"
01:37:47 historical events
01:46:55 radio/TV/telephone
01:50:53 automobile/airplane
01:52:32 natural disasters
01:54:24 favorite US President
01:55:41 what was better in the past than the present?
01:57:00 what is better in the present than in the past?
01:58:59 most significant achievement
01:59:29 one piece of advice
02:01:02 end of audio
Length of Interview 2:01:02
Notes Obituary:
Ada V. Bleam, age 108, of Macungie, PA, formerly of California Road, Quakertown, died on March 19, 2017 at the Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. She was married for 62 years to Samuel N. Bleam, deceased in 1998. Both were long-time members of East Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown. Ada, born June 21, 1908, was the daughter of Earl Hixson and Florence Shelly Hixson, all of Quakertown.

Ada worked in a hosiery mill, was a homemaker, and an advocate of education. She enabled her four children to go to university and all of them were teachers at some point of their lives. Family was all important to her, and she welcomed extended family members into her home whenever the need arose. She lived simply, but gave generously to community charities. The Quakertown farm where she lived most of her life was claimed by Bucks County for a library and soccer playing fields for community use, and it gave her pleasure to know that children benefitted.

A determined, independent, but gentle woman, Ada was shaped by the Great Depression and the values of her Mennonite faith. She volunteered many years at the Care and Share Shops, Souderton, and often worked with Richland Township elections. She insisted on having her own car, which she drove without accident for 75 years.

She is survived by two daughters: Marjorie Geissinger (Russell deceased), Mary Lou (Robert Cummings), and two sons: James (Diane Luginbuhl) and Richard (Lou Anderson). Her only sister Mildred (Moll/Arn) is deceased. Grandchildren include Tonia Bleam, Margaret Sabulsky, Rebekah Flack, Jennifer Anderson, Chris Cummings, Lisen Cummings, Brian Bleam, Kevin Bleam, and Jacob Bleam (deceased). There are 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at Quakertown Christian School 50 E. Paletown Rd. Quakertown, PA 18951. Calling hours will be held from 3:00-4:00 P.M. at Quakertown Christian School. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee (a relief organization) or The MAMA Project.
Object ID # 2013.25.116
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Bleam, Ada Violet Hixson, 1908-2017
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes