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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Walter L., 1910-1984
Date 1981
Scope & Content Interview by Janette Godshall of grandfather Walter L. Alderfer (b. 01/31/1910), son of Harvey & Susan Landes Alderfer.

Digital copy available.
Start time Subject
00:00:58 did a lot of things by hand, such as loading hay and milking
00:01:29 coasting with wagon from house to barn
00:03:57 pretending to be asleep to be carried in
00:05:46 life during the Great Depression
00:06:17 job as an electrician from age 15
00:10:04 transition from German to English preaching
00:12:51 importance of family togetherness
00:15:50 modern Americans unwilling to ask for help
00:17:51 end of audio
Length of Interview 00:17:51
Notes Obituary:
Walter L. Alderfer, son of Harvey M. and Susan T. (Landes) Alderfer, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Jan. 31, 1910; died of cancer at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Nov. 1, 1984; aged 74 y.

On June 27, 1931, he was married to Anna Johnson, who survived. Also surviving were 2 daughters (Eileen J.-Mrs. Clyde M. Godshall and Joan J.-Mrs. Dennis Moyer), 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one brother (Isaiah L. Alderfer), and 2 sisters (Marie L. Nice and Mildred-Mrs. John Bucher). He was preceded in death by one son (Ray J.), one grandson, and an infant daughter.

In 1961 he was ordained to the ministry and served the Frederick congregation from 1961 to 1978.

Funeral services were held at the Souderton Mennonite Church on Nov. 4, 1984; interment in Souderton Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Object ID # 2013.25.26
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Walter L., 1910-1984
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes