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This week on Senior Voices, Amatul Shafeek remembers the vibrant west Dayton community of the 1950s and 60s. She grew up in Sacramento, California, but spent summers with her grandmother in Dayton before moving here as a young adult. Amatul spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Carol Jackson.

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Senior Voices: Jimmie Peacher II

Nov 7, 2018

This week on Senior Voices, we meet Jimmie Peacher the second. He was born in Hopkinsville, KY in 1952, and he came to Dayton to work at Wright-Patt in the 1980s. Jimmie talked with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Rush about his time in the Air Force, and how his understanding of prejudice changed after being stationed in New England.

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Kenneth Sommer
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, 90-year old Kenneth Sommer recalls the high school football coach who made an impression on him at Chaminade High School back in 1945. Kenneth shared his story with Dayton Metro Library interviewer, Jennifer Hicks. 

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Linda Harris
Senior Voices

Today on Senior Voices, we hear from Linda Harris, a native of Miamisburg, who was born at home in 1942. She recalled her teenage years at Miamisburg High School with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Liz Anderson.

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Today on Senior Voices, Library Director and Dayton native Tim Kambitsch remembers the neighborhood visitor that helped inspire his career. Kambitsch shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Cynthia Wallace-King.

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Senior Voices: Mary Harris

Oct 10, 2018

This week on Senior Voices, Mary Harris recalls her early memories of growing up in the Deep South, and has some advice to share with the present generation. She spoke with Dayton Metro Library Volunteer Interviewer, Pamela Waltrip.

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MARY HARRIS (MH): I was born in Bessemer, Alabama, July 15, 1948.

PAMELA WALTRIP (PW): What’s your earliest memory?

Senior Voices: Louis Eckert Part 2

Oct 3, 2018
Louis Eckert
Senior Voices

Over the past decade the neighborhoods that make up what is known as Old North Dayton have been transformed with the arrival of immigrants from countries such as Turkey and Russia. Immigrants have been central to the development of Old North Dayton since their arrival as laborers in the early twentieth century. Today on Senior voices, lifelong Daytonian Louis Eckert, who is of German and Polish descent, recalls growing up there in the 1960s and 70s. He spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Carol Jackson.

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Bob Penrod
Senior Voices

Today on Senior Voices, Dayton native Bob Penrod talks about serving in not one but two wars. At 89 years old, Bob remembers his Navy service and his short career with a popular Dayton radio station between wars. He shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Barbara Gerla.

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M. Alice Callier
Senior Voices

In this Senior Voices web extra, M. Alice Callier remembers her childhood and education at Wogaman Elementary School in West Dayton.  She shared her memories with Dayton Metro Library interviewer Jennifer Hicks.

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Senior Voices: Sarah Campbell

Sep 19, 2018
Sarah Campbell
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, Sarah Campbell shares fond memories of growing up in East Dayton. She had an absolute love of reading, and fresh homemade bread. She shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Diane Root.

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Sarah Campbell: Well, when I was born my parents lived on a street called Irwin, which is one of the older brick streets in the city of Dayton. In 1942, with my grandmother -- or early ‘43 -- they moved on to Harbine, which is a block away.

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