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Mary Cashman

Paul and Freddie Costello

Paul and Freddie Costello

Born in 1925, Mary moved to Eveline Street in East Falls in 1947 and never moved. Interview focuses on St. Bridget Church, stores along Ridge and Midvale Avenues. 

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Paul and Freddie Costello

Paul and Freddie Costello

Paul and Freddie Costello

Interview with John Costello and his wife Freddie,  John was an  American triple Olympic Gold Medal winner in 

rowing, who grew up in East Falls and rowed with his cousin John B. Kelly, Sr.

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Ella Boyd McGlynn

Paul and Freddie Costello

Ella Boyd McGlynn

Born in 1893 in East Falls, Ella gives vivid descriptions of stores, institutions, medical care, and people of of East Falls past, including the Dobsons, Kellys, and Hohenadels

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Mary Webster

The Kelly Sisters

Ella Boyd McGlynn

 Mary describes working at Dobson  Mills, talks of the Dobson family, and shares memories of Forest School,  doctors, and life in East Falls. 

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Mae Mohr

The Kelly Sisters

The Kelly Sisters

Mae gives memories of Falls Presbyterian Church, her involvement with Old Academy Players, and the Stetson Hat Factory.

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The Kelly Sisters

The Kelly Sisters

The Kelly Sisters

Entertaining interview with the sisters of Grace Kelly reminiscing about their growing up in East Falls. 

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Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

These animated Nancys talk about growing up on West Queen Lane - playing, shopping, exploring, school.


Nancy Berman shares memories of her grandfather's business - Turner Funeral Home at Ridge and Midvale.

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Robert Connolly

Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

 Born on Calumet Street, Robert lived in four East Falls locations.

This unique “interview” contains six years of email correspondence in 

which Robert writes vivid, detailed reminiscences of Woodside Park (where his father worked), the Bathey, Breck School, Falls Library, Dutch Hollow, Fourth of July, stores, recreation, and more.

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Theresa (Altomare) Corcoran

Nancy Berman and Nancy Holmes

Theresa (Altomare) Corcoran

Born in 1923, Theresa grew up and raised her family in East Falls.

Highlights of her interview include: Stanton Street, St. Bridget, the 

Depression, Irish and Italian immigrants 

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Grace Davis & Hazel Stamm

Grace Davis & Hazel Stamm

Theresa (Altomare) Corcoran

 Memories of two sisters growing up in East Falls, including their recollections of Dobson Mills. 

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Ruth Emmert

Grace Davis & Hazel Stamm

Five Fishes on the River

Ruth shares her recollections, with humor and detail, of coming to East Falls as a bride in 1926. Highlights include a typical day of a housewife, Prohibition years, hucksters, shopping, Old Academy

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Five Fishes on the River

Grace Davis & Hazel Stamm

Five Fishes on the River

Tom Williams and Keith Shively give the background of the 

installation of the Five Fishes sculpture, located along the Schuylkill 

River in East Falls.

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Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

 Lifetime residents of East Falls, these sisters share memories of St. Bridget Church, local stores, WWII rationing, and more. 

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Robert Freed

Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

 Robert shares his memories of Old Academy Players. 

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Daniel Furman

Eileen Flynn (Left) and Nancy Ann Sullivan (Right)

Daniel Furman

Daniel’s descriptive memories of growing up in East Falls focus on recreation, sports – especially rowing, and church picnics 

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Stan Gorski

Louise Halstead

Daniel Furman

 Stan Gorski, Director, Paul J. Gutman Library at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University), gives the history of the significant buildings on 

the campus.

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Edith Gotwols

Louise Halstead

Louise Halstead

Interview focuses on Edith’s involvement with Old Academy Players and the Falls Presbyterian Church. 

She received an honorary plaque from Old Academy in 2014  

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Louise Halstead

Louise Halstead

Louise Halstead

Interviewed at age 99 in 1981, Louise shares her memories of 

working in Dobson Mills, attending Forest School, and reminiscing about 

her father, who was a lamplighter.

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Herb Henze

Elizabeth Jeffords

Elizabeth Jeffords

  Herb talks about growing up in East Falls during WWII – rationing, etc. He also gives an absorbing account of his business -Penn Fishing 

Tackle Mfg. Co (“Penn Reels”).

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Elizabeth Jeffords

Elizabeth Jeffords

Elizabeth Jeffords

  This great-great grandchild of John Dobson gives her perspective of the extended Dobson family as well as Dobson Mills and its English 

roots. 

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Robert Levy

Elizabeth Jeffords

Robert Dagney

 These two interviews focus on Mr. Levy’s career and family, his uncle, William S. Paley (founder of CBS), his father Leon Levy, Frank Sinatra’s wedding to Ava Gardner, his friendship with the Kelly family, and how the Levy/Paley mansions became

part of Jefferson University.

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Robert Dagney

Godfrey "Fred" Ford

Robert Dagney

Bob Dagney, a third generation Fallser, reminisces about his family, St. Bridget's, the old neighborhood,

and his experiences in Viet Nam 

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Godfrey "Fred" Ford

Godfrey "Fred" Ford

Godfrey "Fred" Ford

Godfrey "Fred" Ford is the grandson of Godfrey Ford ("Fordie"), chauffeur for the Kelly family for many years. Fred would often help his grandfather in the Kelly household.

In this interview, Ford shares anecdotes of the Kellys and reflects on the impact his grandfather, and the Kellys, had on him.

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Catherine McBeth

Godfrey "Fred" Ford

Godfrey "Fred" Ford

 Catherine, a third generation Fallser, talks about St. Bridget, playing on Netherfield, and local stores. 

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Lorraine Brown

Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

In 1953, Lorraine and her family moved to Abbottsford Homes, federally built housing in East Falls primarily for military employees and veterans.

Lorraine describes the camaraderie of the residents and her memories of Abbottsford's transition to low income public housing.

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Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

Born in 1920 on Cresson Street, Jean also lived on Indian Queen, New Queen, Netherfield and Vaux Streets.

Jean shares memories of her youth in East Falls, the Falls Methodist Church, and her role as a local air raid warden in WWII.

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David McClenahan

Jean Buckley (right, with sister Arelene)

Robert McClenahan

 A lifetime resident of East Falls, Dave’s interview focuses on Falls Presbyterian Church and Mifflin School.< 

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Robert McClenahan

Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

Robert McClenahan

 Bob reminisces about his childhood activities in East Falls, Mifflin School, and Falls Presbyterian Church

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Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

  

Alexis Franklin, founder of the Friends of McMichael Park, talks  about the formation of the Friends and activities and maintenance in the park. 

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Jack McNicholas

Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

Friends of McMichael Park - Alexis Franklin !

 Raised in East Falls and a postman here, Jack shares memories of 

sports, D-Day, local stores and factories, the Beneficial Club, golf, and more.</ 

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