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  • Description: childhood
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    • Donna Matthews and Jackie Lotocke

    • Swimming pools
    • Donna Matthews, left, with her childhood friend Jackie Latocke, (now Smith). During this time period, many if not most local children learned to swim in this pool. William Matthews' scrapbook has this description of the pool: "In 1939, a cement...
    • Henry Gourdine Oral History Interview [Audio]

    • Fish; Fishermen; Fishing
    • Commercial fisherman Henry Gourdine, an African American, recounts tales from his childhood, life as a young adult, and encounters on the river, including discussions of shad, sturgeon, ice fishing, seine fishing, knitting and repairing nets, eels,...
    • McAfee and former Tiffany Residence

    • Mansions; Parks; Houses;
    • One of the two former Tiffany yellow-stone mansions built in 1866. Both mansions face a circular drive; the residence pictured faces the Hudson River, West of Broadway in Irvington, New York. Louis Comfort Tiffany spent childhood summers on this...
    • Florine Lee Hamilton Oral History

    • Seamstresses; Women
    • Florine Lee Hamilton details her childhood in the segregated rural South on a cotton farm, her family's migration North to Nyack and then Brooklyn and what life was like in each place. She describes her family, learning to sew, and other aspects...
    • Mary Harris Oral History

    • Pollution; Nurses
    • Mary Harris discusses different aspects of her life, from her childhood memories of her hometown Donora to her move to Rockland. She talks about her family and her husband’s work on the Tappan Zee Bridge and Palisades Mall, as well as about what...
    • Gordon Wren, Jr. Interview

    • Fire fighting; Fire fighters; Fires; Veterans; Farming;
    • Gordon Wren, Jr. shares his memories of growing up, going to school and working in Rockland County. He shares specifically his memories of old Spring Valley and the changes to Rockland County that began during his childhood as a result of...
    • Ruth Stoughton Interview

    • Women
    • Ruth Stoughton talks about her life in Rockland, from her childhood in Tappan and schooling in Haverstraw to her time working in Nyack and at Camp Shanks. She also discusses her family and how the area has changed over the years.
    • Stuart Gates Interview

    • Teachers; Fire fighters;
    • Stuart Gates discusses his life in Rockland County beginning with his childhood in Nyack, his time as a teacher in Spring Valley, his work as a volunteer fireman, and finally reflections on his life.
    • Unit 06-Second Marriage

    • Education; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; prejudice
    • He talks about his courting his second wife in relation to his ailing mother, with whom he lived with. He told his second wife that he could not marry her until his elderly mother passed away, since he was responsible for taking care of her. ...
    • Unit 02-Family Connections

    • Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Emigration & immigration; Cultural Relations; Religious education; Families; Language; Work ethic; Real estate business; Depressions; Automobile repair;
    • On his childhood: he remembers that the Iselin Family owned several acres of farmland along the Hudson Park/Davenport Neck area. His family lived on Alpha Place,a street very close to the Hudson Park area. His father owned a grocery store; he...
    • Eugene R. Brown interview

    • Childhood & youth; Boat & ship industry;
    • Gene Brown, author of Birds over Bear Mountain and a life-long resident of Upper Nyack, talks about his childhood, his education at the Upper Nyack School and the games and recreational activities children played in the Van Houten's Landing...
    • 20 Sixth Avenue, Nyack, NY

    • Houses; Porches; Mansard roofs;
    • This miniature mansard-roofed house has slate shingles and hooded windows. The doors are etched glass. The carpenter-lace porch decorations are not strictly typical of the style but are charming. This was the home of A. C. and Annie Beardsley, and...

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