Browse Interviews 55 total

  • Collection: Constructing, Consuming, and Conserving America

R. James Schroder has lived his entire life in Lake County. As a child Schroder worked at local nurseries. After graduating high school and a attending college for a brief time, he volunteered for the United States Air Force during World War II. At the end of the war, Schroder returned to the nursery industry and over time acquired his own nursery…

Robert Allen Endobroch was born in Springfield, Ohio. After moving to Columbus, Ohio Endobroch pursued a career in horticulture and botany. After graduating form Ohio State University Endobroch was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. During his service Endobroch was educated as a soil analyst by the Corp of Army Engineers. When he was relieved of…

Born in Painesville in 1932, J. Zampini is a lifetime resident of Lake County. Zampini grew up surrounded by nurseries and eventually became the proprietor of his own nursery. He has been credited with creating new plant variations and using plants for community rejuvenation. Zampini recounts the changes the nursery business has undergone over the…

Rena Fiedler grew up on her grandparent's farm, the Stanford House, near Boston, Ohio. Her grandfather's aunt, Ellen Stanford, passed the house along her nephew, Ernest Dickenson. Rena's parents, William Hatch and Fanny (Dickenson) Hatch, lived at the Stanford House until Rena was in gradeschool. On the Stanford property, Rena's grandfather had…

George Fisher and his wife grew up in Peninsula, Ohio, where they both lived for the rest of their lives. George's father purchased Fisher's Restaurant in the 1950s, which George's younger brother Richard eventually took over. George's wife, Florence, grew up on the Garvey/Ross property, now run as the Spicey Lamb Farm by Laura DeYoung (another…

Daniel Schneider worked his parents farm as a kid and then worked at ford at a second job during second shift after high school.Mr. Schneider is a great example of old-time farming . He lauds the value of hard work and questions nearsightedness, which he attributes to the park system. He is a long time member of the Peninsula city council and also…

Kathleen Varga and her husband John fought through many different obsticles on their farm. With John having a stroke, they had to adapt to different living conditions and struggle to keep the farm going. The September 11th attacks also proved to be difficult to go through and a move was necessary in order to keep their dream alive. Kathleen was…

Jan Thomas's family has lived in Boston Township for generations. In this 2011 interview Thomas describes life on the farm. They had no electricity until 1946 and even no bathroom until Thomas was in 6th grade. She discusses life in the community, what they did for entertainment, the church community, and her school experiences.

Daniel Emmett's great-grandfather, Oliver Cromwell Moore, purchased a farm in present-day Richfield in the 1840s. His grandma inherited 65 acres of that farm, which passed down to Daniel's parents in 1944. Daniel grew up on his parents farm in Akron before moving to Richfield when he was 11 years old. Both he and his father established dairy…

Josephine Davis lived what she described as a "great life." She loved every part of her family's old home in Brecksville, including the waterfalls and creek that she and her siblings played in. Several of her family members, including Josephine herself, worked at the nearby Jaite Paper Company mill, as well as maintained their chores and…

Carol Haramis's family has owned a farm for 5 generations that is now an agro-tourism farm. They raise Christmas trees, day-lilies, and pumpkins. They also produce maple syrup and hold festivals on the farm. In this 2011 interview, Haramis discusses the history of the family farm and details some of the work required to run the farm.

This interview was conducted with the interviewer's father, Robert Leciejewski, an employee at Ford Motor Company in Brook Park. He has been an employee at Ford, on and off, since 1978. The interview discusses what it is like to be an auto worker in Cleveland, some of the challenges associated with the job, as well as special memories about the…

Chris Burgdorf, full time superintendent Camp Manatoc,describes his educational background as a Parks and Recreation Management major at Kent State, his work as a ranger with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and his current duties as superintendent of the Boy Scout Camp. Burgdorf, whose father was an executive with the Boy Scouts, grew up in…

Terry Smith began his farming venture in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2005. He raises goats, turkeys, chickens, and recently started working with honey bees. He sells meats to local restaurants, and has tried hosting events on the farm, but with little success. There is no butchering done on his property, and he really enjoy farming.

Vernong Ott Wilson was born in 1916 in Bath, Ohio, and grew up in the summer house of the Hale Farm property. Ott's family worked the Hale farm during the years when C.O. Hale was alive, as well as when Clara Belle Ritchie and her father took over the farm. Ott provided many memories of life on a farm during the Great Depression, and jobs he shared…

Ott Wilson's family purchased a house in Bath, Ohio in the early 20th century, and rented farm land from C.O. Hale, of the Hale Farm, during the 1920s and 1930s. Ott, his father and brothers did farmwork on their land and for Mr. Hale, as well as Hale's neice, Clara Belle Ritchie, who later owned the property. This is Ott's second interview on the…

Wade Johnson was born and raised in Hudson, Ohio, and moved to the family farm in 1970. His family has owned the farm since 1937. It is now a horse farm that runs carriages rides. Johnson describes the farm's history, his memories of it, and his relationship with Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Alan Halko, owner of Spring Hill Farm and Market describes his experiences with the countryside initiative program, the Cuyahoga national park system and farming.

Daniel Greenfield is an educater who is leasing a farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. His farm is a pick your own berry farm. The farm is part of a co-operative conservatory program, which currently has fourteen members.

Elizabeth Thalman discusses her life living on farms in Randall, Ohio. She describes her family farm and her current work farming. She also discusses her children and family.