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Senior Voices: Honoring the Stories of Dayton’s Elders

WYSO, the Dayton Metro Library and local social service agency, Rebuilding Together Dayton, have come together for a very special project. We’ve gathered the memories and wise words of Dayton’s elders for Senior Voices, a new series that is airing throughout 2018.

Along with Dayton Metro Library staff, we trained nearly three dozen area residents to use digital recording equipment to interview local elders. Interviews took place at branch libraries, at selected Lobby Stop locations (Lobby Stop is a sort of book mobile for seniors), community centers, and in the homes of seniors who participated in the Rebuilding Together Dayton Fixit Kit program.

We held three trainings at the DML Northwest branch this summer, and shortly after the new main branch opened in August, the volunteers began gathering stories. The full interviews will be accessible for generations to come at the Dayton Metro Library. At WYSO, Community Voices producers have been editing the interviews for broadcast. We present them to you in honor of the life experiences and wisdom of Dayton elders.

This series is made possible through the generous support of the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of the Dayton Foundation.

Jocelyn Robinson coordinated this series for WYSO. Janine Kinnison is the Project Liaison for Dayton Metro Library.

Editors include: Dave Barber, William Brown, Tess Cortes, Patti Gehred, Javis Heberling, Kateri Kosta, Zebedee Reichert, Jason Reynolds, David Seitz, Alan Staiger, Chris Welter. 

Interviewers include: Dana Kragick, Tess Cortes, Anna Omulo, Doug Bowers, Hadley Drodge, M. Alice Callier, Barbra Gerla, Jason Coatney Schuler, Linda Pitzer, Carol Jackson, Audrey Ingram, Susan Brenner, Nancy Messer, Christian Davell, Ken Standifer, Liz Anderson, Cynthia Wallace-King, Karen Maner, David Murphy Sr., Cynthia Rush, Alan Stagier, Debra Root, Pamela Waltrip, Jennifer Hicks, Brandon Ulman, Karah Power  

  

Louis Eckert
Senior Voices

For Daytonians of a certain age, the memories of the city’s glory days as a post-World War II manufacturing center are vivid. Louis Eckert started working at Delco Products in the 1970s, while still a student at Patterson Co-Op High School in Dayton, and he attended the General Motors Institute of Technology in Flint, Michigan. He recalled his GM career in this Senior Voices interview with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Carol Jackson.

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Senior Voices: Eleanor Kohlmann

Aug 8, 2018
Eleanor Kohlmann
Senior Voices

The week on Senior Voices, we meet 93 year-old Eleanor Kohlmann. Born Eleanor Dell in 1926 over in Yellow Springs, her family moved to Belmont when she was just a small child. Eleanor shared her memories with Dayton Metro Library interviewer, Brandon Ulman.

Transcript:

Brandon Ulman (BU): What’s your best memory from childhood?

Senior Voices: Michael Whitlow

Aug 1, 2018
Michael Whitlow
Senior Voices

Michael Whitlow has some wise words for us all. He’s a 65 year old veteran of the Marines who’s raised his two nieces, and he plans to pass on his home to them some day. But as he told interviewer Alan Staiger, he’s in no hurry.

Transcript:

Alan Staiger (AS): Any other special words of wisdom you’d like to pass along?

Senior Voices: Connie Cole

Jul 25, 2018
Connie Cole
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, we meet 84-year old Connie Cole. Born in Minnesota and raised in Washington, DC, she came to the Dayton area in the early 1960s when her husband got a job at Wright-Patt. Together, they built a house and raised their three kids in a neighborhood called Saville in Riverside, where she’s lived ever since. Connie shared her memories with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Jason Coatney-Schuler.

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Senior Voices: Jim Rogers

Jul 18, 2018
Jim Rogers
via Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, Jim Rodgers, who grew up in Belmont in the 1940s, recalled when the Moler’s Dairy was located on Smithville Road, back when the area was much more rural. He shared his memories of a perfect day and the unusual way he and his friends earned money for ice cream with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Dana Kragick.

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Senior Voices: John Johnson

Jul 12, 2018

This week on Senior Voices, John Johnson remembers a rich period in Dayton music history, and working in concert promotion back in the 1960s and 70s. One venue he worked at was the Palace Theater, which stood across North Main Street from the Victory Theater. John shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Liz Anderson.

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Senior Voices: Mary Jane Martin

Jul 4, 2018
Mary Jane Martin
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, Mary Jane Martin talks about her early life in rural Alabama, and has some good advice to pass on to her grandkids. She shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Wallace-King.

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Senior Voices: Bobbie Murphy

Jun 27, 2018
Bobbie Murphy
Senior Voices

Many Dayton area residents have warm memories of Old River Park, the 45 acre recreational area created in 1939 for NCR employees and their families and friends. Bobbie Murphy grew up in East Dayton, and she remembers going to Old River. She spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, David Murphy, who also happens to be her husband.

Transcript:

David Murphy (DM): Fond memories from your childhood that come to mind?

Senior Voices: Bertha Harris

Jun 20, 2018
Bertha Harris
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, Bertha Harris remembers a vibrant downtown Dayton, and working at the historic Biltmore Hotel. Located at First and Main, the Biltmore was one of the most well-known hotels in the country before it converted to senior apartments in 1981. More recently, Bertha’s strong family ties helped her through a life-changing experience. She shared her memories with Dayton Metro Library interviewer and project liaison, Janine Kinnison.

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Senior Voices: Dan Nagle

Jun 14, 2018
Dan Nagle
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, we meet Dan Nagle. Dan and his family have lived in Dayton for generations. He attended Chaminade High School and the University of Dayton before a stint in the Army and law school at Georgetown. Last September, he shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Linda Pitzer.

Transcript:

LINDA PITZER: Do you have a favorite thing about living in Dayton? Would you recommend it to other people?

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