Over the years a wide range of people have been a part of oral history projects. For some we have recordings, for others only transcirpts. Some were interviewed briefly by students as in the Campfire Girls project. Others sat for an extensive interview with more structured questions as in the Voices of the Past project. Regardless, we see each as a valuable piece of the history of our community. We are working to provide a comprehensive list with easy access to the interview material.  Each name links to what we have for that interview.

Information about the projects listed:

  • Our War: A 2009 project of the Community Education Council. Stories of those from Poweshiek County who served in the war were compiled and edited into a book, Our War: Stories from Poweshiek County’s Greatest Generation Some interviews were recorded on video and are linked to from the list below.
  • Voices from the Past: Depression and World War II : 1992 project of the Friends of the Library. Includes transcripts, audio, and photos of 20 individuals and a 30 minutes video featuring stories of several of them.
  • Conversations with Iowa Farmers (2013) – interviews conducted by Frank Heath and compiled into a book (written only)
  • Grinnell College American Studies class project (1993)  transcripts and audio (incomplete)
  • Imagine Grinnell interviews (2015) audio only
  • Campfire Girls Project Interaction (1979) transcripts only
  • Grinnell Senior Center & Mrs. Bergers Writing Class, date unknown
  • Adams, Virgil
  • Alden, Henry – Campfire Girls
  • Anderson, Bob
  • Anderson, Doris White – Campfire Girls
  • Armstrong, Everett
  • Arnold, Margaret
  • Bartachek, Gene & John
  • Beaver, Gene
  • Behrens, Russ
  • Belcher, William
  • Bell, Glenn
  • Berman, Isadore
  • Bloethe, Orville – Our War video interview
  • Bowers, Richard (Dick) – Our War video interview
  • Breiting, Gene
  • Brown, Raymond
  • Burkle, Howard
  • Cameron, Doug
  • Chavez Silva, Monica
  • Christiansen, Ken – Our War video interview
  • Clark, Reginald
  • Clausen, Ted
  • Cocking, Cheryl – Our War video interview
  • Collum, Jackie
  • Cooper, Burton
  • Cramer, Katherine Kintzinger – Campfire Girls
  • Crooks, Hazel
  • Davis, Gary & Susan
  • De Meulenaere, John
  • Delong, Charles
  • Delong, Kate
  • Devilder, Margaret
  • Dimit, Robert
  • Dimit, Sue
  • Doyle, Bill
  • Dunham, Marian
  • Eisenman, Marie Walker
  • Ellis, Larry
  • Ernst, Elizabeth (Betty) Hempstead – Campfire Girls
  • Ernst, George – Campfire Girls
  • Fields, Lola Clark – Campfire Girls
  • Flanagan, Leo
  • Freeborn, Hazel
  • Gaard, Lamoyne
  • Gale, Grant
  • George, Jim
  • Geurts, Dortha
  • Gosselink, Julie
  • Greenwald, Stan
  • Greenwald, Stanley
  • Grosenbach, Bubs
  • Hammond, Betty
  • Harley, James
  • Harris, Henry
  • Hartzell, Josephine
  • Hartzell, Ray
  • Heinselman, Velma
  • Heimann, Art – Our War video interview
  • Henriksen, Bruce
  • Hildebrand, Esther
  • Hinegardner, Jean
  • Hiser, Velma
  • Hoisington, Robert, Jr. – Our War video interview
  • Hyde, Veda – Campfire Girls
  • Jacobs, Mabel
  • Janssen, Verna
  • Johnson, Sally – Our War video interview
  • Johnston, Elsie
  • Jones, Al
  • Jones, Ernest
  • Jones, Laverne Clyde
  • Jones, Virgil
  • Keeney, Mrs.
  • Kelley, Irene
  • Kennedy, Adna
  • Klausner, Neal
  • Lannom, Dorothy
  • Leggett, Glen
  • Locay, Kathy
  • Louden, Kathryn
  • Lynch, Mary Ellen
  • Mann, Rev. Leland (interviewed by Porter French)
  • Marcum, Harvey – Campfire Girls
  • McDonough, Howard
  • McDowell, Arthur
  • McIlrath, Patricia
  • Merck, Gene and Ellen
  • Milburn, Don
  • Mintle, Mike
  • Moffett, Alex
  • Morrison, Lorene Alyce Pearce
  • Moyer, Allan and Shirley
  • Ogata, Dan
  • Otto, Eloise
  • Parish, John
  • Peak, Geoff
  • Pearce, Martin
  • Pedersen, Don – Our War video interview
  • Pederson, Augusta
  • Perry, Homer – Our War video interview
  • Peters, Bob – Our War video interview
  • Pfitsch, Emily
  • Pfitsch, John – Our War video interview
  • Phillips, Karen
  • Pierce, Joe – Our War video interview
  • Pinder, Al – Our War video interview
  • Pinder, Dorothy
  • Potts, Lucille – Campfire Girls,
  • Puls, Don
  • Raffety, Howard
  • Ramsey, Anna – Voices from the Past, audio and video
  • Rasmussen, Russ – Our War video interview
  • Reavis, Lucille
  • Rempp, Bill and Marjorie
  • Renfrow Smith, Edith – Video of interview at library Oct. 7, 2015
  • Riley, Ronald
  • Rixen, Walter
  • Robinson, Idona
  • Rutherford, Vaneta
  • Sammon, Carol
  • Schultz, Elizabeth
  • Sears, Richard
  • Septer, Arnold – Our War video interview
  • Simerman, Ruby
  • Sisco, Dorothy Elliott – Campfire Girls
  • Smith, Max
  • Sparks, Boyd
  • Steele, J.R.
  • Stoakes, David
  • Tinnes, Edna – Campfire Girls
  • Tomfeld, Madison – Our War video interview
  • Van Dyke, Lucille Binegar
  • Van Gennep, Ronald
  • Van Ninwigian, Mrs. – Campfire Girls
  • Weaver, Don and Doris
  • Wellborn, Beryl – Our War video interview
  • Wells, Hester Sparling – Campfire Girls
  • Wheeler, Frank
  • Wieman, Laura
  • Wilson, Beaty
  • Zimmerman, MJ