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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1981
Scope & Content Interview by Randy Sawyer of grandfather Robert Homer Cherry (b. 06/30/1907), son of William & Miriam Thorpe Cherry.

Digital copy available
Start time Subject
00:00:24 born in Singapore
00:01:04 parents were Methodist missionaries
00:02:38 attended Methodist mission schools in Singapore
00:05:20 very diverse school: 2,700 students with 32 different languages represented
00:10:45 very different childhood - lived in mission house with servants
00:11:32 came back to America as late teen
00:14:34 family marooned in Singapore during all of World War I
00:17:40 met his wife during freshman week at Penn State University
00:21:41 most outstanding difference between past and present is in family life
00:24:55 excited to move to America
00:30:12 would consider moving back to Singapore
00:33:59 parents are both Canadian
00:37:13 interested in electricity from a young age
00:39:14 "The Depression was a very depressing time..." people did not fully realize the upcoming tragedy

Length of Interview 00:44:59
Object ID # 2013.25.162
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes