The Resource From horse & buggy days to man on the moon : the remembrances of Carl Gilbert Baker, 1920-1999 ;, Part of an oral history project, Nancy Sorrells

From horse & buggy days to man on the moon : the remembrances of Carl Gilbert Baker, 1920-1999 ;, Part of an oral history project, Nancy Sorrells

Label
From horse & buggy days to man on the moon : the remembrances of Carl Gilbert Baker, 1920-1999 ;, Part of an oral history project
Title
From horse & buggy days to man on the moon
Title remainder
the remembrances of Carl Gilbert Baker, 1920-1999 ;
Title part
Part of an oral history project
Statement of responsibility
Nancy Sorrells
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This monograph and accompanying text records the biography of Carl Gilbert Baker's life, beginning with his birth in 1920 through 1999, with an emphasis on his childhood in the 20's and 30's and young adulthood during and after World War II. Mentions rural and small town life in Fishers Hill, Va. in the context of major events: the drought of 1930, Depression, and later, World War II. A record of social, economic/commerce/trade, transportation (from horse and buggy to Model T cars, train travel, flying machines including biplanes, the U.S. Navy airship Shenandoah ), and communication changes (era of radio and Amos & Andy). Mentions farming chores, the iceman, wood and coal heating; boyhood pranks and games, and school. Talks about daily work and commerce activities at general stores, hucksters, and the blacksmith shop; mills and milling, grinding wheat; railroad shipping, and apple barrel making. Reminisces about social life centering around general stores, holiday activities (pelshnickling, belling, yard parties, picnics, Church fundraisers); and community events (Civil war veterans benefit-the last one being in 1938, hog butchering and apple butter boiling). Mentions community memories of the Civil War, boxcar hobos, gypsies, horse traders. Talks about experiences in World War II with U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 302nd Ordnance Regiment in North Africa, Italy: assignments to parts supply regiment stationed in Casablanca, ship explosion enroute to Naples, carpentry with German prisoners, and awards for service in the European, African, Middle Eastern and Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno theatres. Recalls changes after the war, marriage and courtship to Lucille Conner in Shenandoah County, Va., family and children, and construction and carpentry work with various companies in the area. Mentions volunteer work after retirement and the celebration of 50th wedding anniversary in 1995
Cataloging source
VMC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 18-1.
Label
From horse & buggy days to man on the moon : the remembrances of Carl Gilbert Baker, 1920-1999 ;, Part of an oral history project, Nancy Sorrells
Publication
Note
  • Paper commissioned by Carl Baker's children to record their father's life following ALS diagnosis in 1997
  • Obit. column and a typed copy of a hand-written reminiscence done by Carl Baker in 1997 included with paper. The hand-written narrative is a more consolidated version of the taped interviews and the commissioned paper, which is in chronological order
  • Forms part of: From horse & buggy to man on the moon, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including tapes, commissioned paper, other text and interviews conducted by Nancy Sorrells, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 18-1 through 18-2e. (Tapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no.18-2 (a-e) for Oral history interview [sound recording] / Carl G. Baker)
Control code
45491888
Dimensions
28 cm. + 1 transcription of four taped interviews with Carl Baker.
Extent
36 leaves

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