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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1988
Scope & Content Interview by Julie Knechel of great-grandfather John W. Burkholder (b. 02/02/1903), son of John Weaver & Susanna Wenger Burkholder.

Digital copy available. You can listen to a portion of the interview in this clip: Click Here
Start time Subject
00:00:00 genealogical information
00:01:21 father's genealogy/bio
00:03:32 mother's genealogy/bio
00:07:05 grandparents
00:10:18 siblings
00:11:47 early home life/chores/games
00:14:09 discipline
00:14:36 illnesses
00:15:36 holidays
00:16:26 vacations
00:16:37 pets
00:17:05 typical Sunday
00:17:54 school/school remembrances
00:21:45 high school
00:21:59 religion
00:23:42 hobbies
00:23:53 courtship/marriage
00:29:01 occupations/cars
00:31:11 church/church life
00:31:41 family vacations
00:32:20 children/rules
00:35:28 joys/frustrations
00:41:51 on being a grandparent
00:45:23 on the term "senior citizen"
00:46:11 'too soon old. too late smart'
00:50:11 fulfilling activites
00:52:15 problems/frustrations
00:55:16 hobbies
00:55:54 historical events/natural disasters
01:14:31 favorite President
01:15:29 what was better in the past than the present?
01:19:36 what is better in the present than the past?
01:20:22 most significant achievement
01:24:22 closing comments/stories
01:36:08 end of audio
Length of Interview 01:36:08
Notes Obituary:
The Rev. John W. Burkholder, 95, of Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, formerly of Akron Road, Ephrata, and Blue Ball, died Saturday at home after a lengthy illness.

He was an ordained minister in the Weaverland district of the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church since 1940, preaching until his 90th birthday.

A curator of the used book department of Provident Bookstore, Lancaster, for 20 years, Burkholder specialized in theological and historical books. He was also a retired farmer.

The Rev. Burkholder was a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church.

Born in East Earl, he was the son of the late John W. and Susana Wenger Burkholder.

His wife, Edith Sensenig Burkholder, died in 1980.

Surviving are four sons, the Rev. Marlin S. husband of Katie Stoltzfus Burkholder of Harleysville, John D. husband of Kathleen Martin Burkholder of Terre Hill, Roy S. husband of Heleh Heistand Burkholder, and the Rev. Samuel S. husband of Naomi Sauder Burkholder, both of Lititz; three daughters, Dorothy wife of Bishop Earl M. Sensenig of Ephrata, Mae wife of Thomas Swan of Millersville, and Lois wife of Earl Hostetter of Lititz; 24 grand-children; 68 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

(Lancaster New Era, September 14, 1998)
Object ID # 2013.25.143
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes