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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 Keyhoe - infamous for committing the Bath school bombing in 1927.

Please let us know if you have any trouble playing the digital audio files.

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.

Darryl says...

 It was a pleasure to participate in this preservation project - converting aging cassette tapes of interviews with Clinton County seniors to digital audio files that the Clinton County Historical Society is now posting here online for public access.

 Converting audio cassettes to digital format required playing back each cassette in its entirety 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 distorted, but this is the nature of the original recordings and not the conversion process. In some cases, the batteries in the portable cassette recorder that was used would weaken during the long interview process, slowing the recorder's tape speed and making the playback of the voices sound increasingly higher in pitch. There was no modification of these recordings because I wanted to maintain the integrity of the original recordings for archival purposes.

 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.

Darryl Schmitz
33 1/3 Street Sound
St. Johns, Michigan

Darryl's contact information:

http://my.voyager.net/thirty3na3rd

thirty3na3rd@gmail.com






Ruth (Shelenbarger) ACRE
Length 01:00:51

 



Oliver ANGELL
Length 01:11:57



Frank BISHOP
Length 01:00:58



Elsie (WARD) BOTTUM
Length 01:00:57



LaVerne BRETZ
Length 01:13:04



Hila BROSS
Length 00:10:55



Hila BROSS
(WRBJ Radio)
Length 00:21:17



Ford CEASAR
Length 00:30:19




Fordney CUSHMAN
Length 01:10:38




Florence DEXTER
Length 01:22:01



Evan & Charlotte ESTES
Length 00:41:28



Florence EWER
Length 01:19:32



Nellie (Spencer) GREEN
Length 00:59:36




GREENBUSH UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Length 00:28:28



John HALL
Length 01:01:02




Luman HALL
Length 00:10:13



Robert E. HICKS
Length 01:11:58



Suzie HOSPODAR
Length 00:58:05



Amy HUDSON
Length 01:00:46



Raymond LOCHER
Length 00:41:03



George & Bess OSGOOD
Length 01:00:08



Glenn OSGOOD
Length 00:55:35



OVID HISTORY
Length 01:01:50



Alta REED
Length 00:24:22



J.D. & Erma ROBINSON
Length 01:12:45



Thelma RUEHLE
Length 01:00:39



Amy SMITH
Length 01:00:39



H. SMITH
Length 00:44:39




STAGECOACH
Length 00:46:09




THE INTERURBAN STORY
Length 01:01:27




Carmen TRANCHELL
Length 00:50:40




Ida WILLISTON &
Frank BISHOP
Length 01:01:46



WOLCOTT
REUNION
Length 00:06:19



WWI VETERANS
SIDE A
Length 01:00:59



WWI VETERANS
SIDE B
Length 00:37:32

 

If you have photos to complete our interviewees, please send them to the CCHS Archives,
P.O. Box 174, St. Johns, MI or email to: ccgensoc@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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