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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1984
Scope & Content Interview by John Hunsberger of Daniel L. Hunsberger (b. 01/01/1925), son of Horace & Rachel Leatherman Hunsberger.

Digital copy available
Start time Subject
00:00:00 birthplace, parents, siblings
00:00:43 jobs (had ducks on his farm), hobbies (got tree shoots in the mail)
00:03:09 school
00:04:12 chores (fed pumpkins to cows)
00:04:57 father died when he was 12
00:05:33 recreation (sledding)
00:06:37 hung out the window as a toddler
00:07:18 had a puppy named Carlo
00:08:05 more school experiences
00:09:40 remembers the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping ("that was the first time we ever heard of such a thing"), Hindenburg
00:10:23 had a battery-powered radio
00:10:45 courtship (double-dated on the first date, honeymooned at Niagra Falls)
00:14:33 children, grandchildren
00:16:05 travel
00:17:23 church (visited a Baptist church for Sunday School)
00:19:18 past versus present (slower pace, didn't have to call ahead when visiting, farmers worked together)
00:20:45 present versus past (more leisure time now, conveniences)
Length of Interview 00:21:54
Notes Obituary:
Daniel “Dan” L. Hunsberger, 91, of Bedminster Twp., PA passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Doylestown Hospital, as the result of injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

He was the loving husband of the late Alverna (Yothers) Hunsberger for 65 years. Dan was born in Hilltown Twp., PA to the late Horace H. & Rachel (Leatherman) Hunsberger.

He was a self-employed lifetime Farmer and worked as a sausage packager at Hatfield Quality Meats for 18 years, until retiring in 1990. Seasonally, Dan also worked for the former Wallace Hy-Cross Hatcheries Inc. in Cross Keys, Doylestown and for the former Myers Food in Plumsteadville.

He was a lifetime member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where he served as a former groundskeeper and was a leader of the Boys Club. Dan was a member of the Bux-Mont John Deere 2 Cylinder Club where he participated annually in the plow day and the tractor show. He often drove his 1944 John Deere B tractor to these events. Throughout his lifetime, Dan served with Mennonite Disaster Services, beginning with the flood of 1955 along the Delaware at Riegelsville.

His love of farming and vegetable gardening began as a child on his family farm by raising tomatoes for Campbell’s Soup. Dan volunteered, for more than two decades, at the Apple Butter Frolic in Harleysville where he thrashed wheat and could be seen walking on stilts at the age of 75. Dan enjoyed cutting & splitting wood, tapping maple trees on his property in Bedminster, building perfect upside-down campfires, camping with family members at Spruce Lake and hosting his family for picnics. He raised beef cattle, hogs, chickens, and guineas and also enjoyed traveling both nationally and internationally.

Dan is survived by three sons, John M. Hunsberger & wife, Cathi of Perkasie, PA, Jerry D. Hunsberger & wife, Susan of Liberty, PA, Jay D. Hunsberger & wife, Monica of Lenhartsville, PA; three daughters, Janet H. Landis & husband, Mark of Quakertown, PA, Jolene H. Schlosser & husband, Jack of Quinton, VA, Joy Danelle Hunsberger of Perkasie, PA; fifteen grandchildren – John, Jay, Joann, Marla, Shane, Matt, Mike, Marci, Joshua, Melissa, Jason, John III, Julia, Josiah & Kyle; twenty great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Ralph L. Hunsberger & wife, Ina of Chalfont, PA.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Henry L. Hunsberger and a grandson, Christopher L. Hunsberger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 713 Blooming Glen Road, Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania 18911 where friends may meet with the family from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

A private family burial will take place at Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Water for Life, P.O. Box 456, Kalona, IA 52247.
Object ID # 2013.25.488
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Hunsberger, Daniel L., 1925-2016
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes