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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1983
Scope & Content Interview by Quentin Clemens of Henry S. Clemens (b. 09/25/1906) son of Jacob & Elizabeth Sell Clemens.

Digital copy available
00:00:00 parents
00:00:53 father in meat business, started "Smoked Meats on Provision"
00:03:15 siblings
00:03:50 jobs (worked in a bank during World War 2)
00:06:15 hobbies
00:07:05 "I believe that a big man has the advantage over a small man"
00:07:34 early home life, parents' discipline style, was a loner
00:09:48 "family was closer together than it is today with transportation being different. Your world as a child was your family."
00:10:45 schooling
00:14:17 historical events (born year of San Francisco earthquake, World War 1-false alarm of an armistice before the real one)
00:16:20 Great Depression (had a job, people would run up heating/cooling bills, E.H. Alderfer went bankrupt, "you know it's pretty hard to refuse people that you know, to sell them something that they need")
00:19:19 World War 2 (sitting in the parlor when the Pearl Harbor news came over the radio, in Europe during atomic bombs, "it was terrible. That's why it was effective", "It's a hard line to draw between good and evil", in air corps)
00:26:50 radio/television as propaganda
00:27:52 early transportation
00:29:17 *break in audio*
00:29:18 early transfer of information, San Francisco Earthquake
00:31:39 father had a book on Abraham Lincoln, parents had political discussions
00:33:20 early airplanes, everyone would run to the window to see
00:33:42 church
00:34:00 baptized in 1951 at home before going to the hospital
00:35:37 bored in church
00:36:20 change in church seating happened after church was rebuilt, "I think maybe a man's interest and a woman's interest were separated more."
00:38:22 electricity (some people were afraid of it)
00:41:40 people more genuine in the past, but less educated
00:43:50 conveniences now, hard to say if they are good or bad
00:44:50 problems with credit now, "how many generations is it gonna last to outspend your income?"
Length of Interview 00:46:56
Notes Obituary:
Henry S. Clemens, 86, of Sellersville, formerly of Souderton, died Sunday in Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville.

A graduate of the Lansdale School of Business, he was a clerical worker at Mrs. Fly's Bakery, Graterford, Montgomery County, and Union National Bank and the former Hope's Clothing, both in Souderton.

Born in Souderton, he was a son of the late Jacob A. and Elizabeth (Sell) Clemens.

He was a member of Souderton Mennonite Church.

Survivor: Brother, Melvin S. of Bluffton, Ohio.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday in the church. Arrangements, Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton.

(Allentown Morning Call, October 06, 1992)
Object ID # 2013.25.177
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Clemens, Henry S. 1906-1992
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes