Clinton County Oral History Collection
1970's-1990's & 2018-Present
|A-F G-P Q-Z
|World War II Veteran Interviews
|by St. Johns High School Students (2000-2001)
|Nelson "Brub" Cowan
|F L Harris
|Blaine C. Lentz
|Dr. Cliff Lumbert
|Joseph "Bup" Yurek
|Note on Interviews from 1970's-1990's
The Archives is pleased to present the opportunity for you to listen to audio files of past Clinton County residents. Volunteers of the Historical Society conducted these interviews beginning in the mid-1970s. Most of the interviewees were born in the late 1800s to early 1900s and have long since passed away. Their recollections are priceless first-hand descriptions of life in Clinton County throughout the 20th Century, and it was important that these interviews be, at some point, converted to an enduring digital format. One of these interviewees, Fordney Cushman (1912-1999), describes with great detail his neighbor, Andrew Kehoe - infamous for committing the Bath school bombing in 1927.
We were fortunate enough to find the perfect guy to do the conversion to digital. Without Darryl, the old cassettes would still be sitting in a drawer at the Archives.
cassettes to digital format required playing back each cassette in its
to re-record to computer. There are about 30 hours of
audio in this collection. The quality of the
sound varies greatly. Some of the cassettes sound muffled, noisy or
but this is the nature of the original recordings and not the
process. In some cases, the batteries in the portable cassette recorder
was used would weaken during the long interview process, slowing the
tape speed and making the playback of the voices sound
higher in pitch. There was no modification of these recordings because
to maintain the integrity of the original recordings for archival
Enjoy browsing these interviews. Those volunteers of the Clinton County Historical Society who had the foresight to begin this project over forty years ago – many of whom themselves have passed away – deserve our gratitude.