I Spy Oral History Interviews
Read and listen
to the memories of area residents as they discuss local historic sites.
Listed below are links to transcripts of the interviews and short audio
excerpts. Cassette tapes of the interviews will be available at the
library. (If sound doesn't play, please install RealPlayer)
Hubbell Chimney, Northville,
to a memory | Current Photo | Historic
Harry Robert Van Arnam
Transcript: "It was built, specifically, for the manufacture
of gloves, leather gloves. There's no question about it and it was a
big, active shop for years. They made many styles and cuts. There was
periods when you had all different gloves being made. They did all those
different things. But what was interesting - the workers were relatively
well-paid. It was a good industry. It was a good business."
Star Theatre, Northville, NY
to a memory |
Transcript: "It was only open a couple days a week. There
was no color pictures. There was no sound. Any conversation and anything
was written underneath. So you had to watch somebody say it, and try
to see underneath what they were saying, which made it very interesting.
And the only back-up, there was, was a lady playing the piano."
Sacandaga Park Dance Hall, Northville,
to a memory
| Current Photo | Historic
Emma Jean Johnson
Transcript: "On weekends in the 30's, they had the live
bands come for the weekend, and it was especially fun when ( I think
he thought it was just Saturday nights, but I'm not sure about that)
they had dime-a-dance. So you could stay outside and watch, but if you
wanted to dance you paid your dime and when in for a dance. And it was
mostly the (you guys would call it old-fashion music) the round dancing
and the old-fashion music, but it was lots of fun."
Gifford Valley Schoolhouse
(District #9), Northville, NY
to a memory
Photo | Historic Picture
Transcript: "Gifford Valley Schoolhouse School houses as
like churches were very often the center of activity. Not only was it
a school for learning for youngsters, but it also was used sometimes
for weddings, it was used for funerals, used for community meetings.
So it was a major center of activity."