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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Alderfer, Ernest W., 1924-2007
Date 1998
Scope & Content Interview by Justin Alderfer of Ernest W. Alderfer (b. 08/07/1924), son of Howard & Florence Wambold Alderfer.

Digital Copy Available
Start time Subject
00:00:20 Ernest's father was Howard
00:01:28 mother was Florence Wambold, died when Ernest was 8 yrs. old
00:03:04 second oldest of 5 siblings, peeled potatoes and washed dishes after his mother died
00:03:33 born in Souderton
00:04:10 dealing with diabetes and has had triple by-pass
00:04:58 typical childhood Sunday afternoon activities were bicycling and playing ball
00:05:15 still remembers the multiplication tables that Kathryn Davis taught him at Rosenberger elementary school,
shop was favorite class in high school
00:06:22 met wife on a Sunday afternoon when riding around with a friend. She was sitting on a lawn with a friend in Morwood. went through a barbed wire fence when sledding with her and had to go to the Dr.
00:07:00 wedding at minister's home, reception on consecutive Sundays at her parental home and his parental home, respectively. no honeymoon for 2 yrs.; no gasoline available
00:07:50 jobs were hosiery knitter, farm work during the war, retail sales
00:08:30 church involvement included youth sponsors, Sunday School teacher for 30+ years, helping to start Spruce Lake Retreat
00:09:00 family camping at Laurelville and then Spruce Lake
00:09:20 children are Patricia Ann, Ernest Rodney, and Larry Ray, did not buy cars for children and had curfews for children
00:10:33 loves his grandchildren, do not come often enough
00:12:15 health problems are a frustration, wants to accept what comes his way
00:12:50 historical events remembered: great depression, end of WW II, radio, coming of automobiles
00:15:10 experience with natural disasters: major snow storm when living on Beck Rd, floods in Stroudsburg, Wilkes Barre
00:15:40 Reagan was his favorite president- a man he could trust
00:16:10 life is better now than in the past because of more conveniences
00:16:40 most significant achievements: positive influence on youth through church work and helping to start Spruce Lake Retreat and the effects it has had on many youth and adults.
00:17:47 end of interview
Length of Interview 00:17:47
Notes Obituary:
Alderfer.- Ernest W., 83, Souderton, Pa., died Oct. 6. Spouse: Beulah Young Alderfer. Parents: Howard and Florence Wambold Alderfer. Children: Ann Leatherman, E. Rodney, Larry R.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Oct. 10 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Franconia, Pa.

(The Mennonite, 6 Nov 2007)
Object ID # 2013.25.12
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Alderfer, Ernest W., 1924-2007
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes