The Resource Oral history interview, Carl Gilbert Baker ; interviewed by Nancy Sorrells, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Carl Gilbert Baker ; interviewed by Nancy Sorrells, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Carl Gilbert Baker ; interviewed by Nancy Sorrells
Title variation
From horse and buggy days to man on the moon
Records the reminiscences of Carl Gilbert Baker (1920-1999), 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. Provides 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 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
Date time place
Recorded at the Baker's home on Mountain View Dr., Verona, Va. during four sessions in November, 1999
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 18-2a - 18-2e.
Oral history interview, Carl Gilbert Baker ; interviewed by Nancy Sorrells, (sound recording)
Complete transcription of tapes available
Accompanying material
1 transcription (36 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in.
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
5 sound cassettes (ca. 380 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

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