Annotated Inventory — Oral History Interviews

These interviews were conducted by members of the Worthington Historical Society, taped and transcribed. Transcriptions, most handwritten, are available at the Worthington Historical Society by appointment for viewing. The number in (  ) refers to pages in transcriptions for anyone wishing to compute cost of ordering photocopies.

Bonnell, Dr. George (1913-1997), interview June, 1990 by John Detrick (41 pp.)

Family to Worthington in 1919 – 696 High St. by jail and water tower – 12 yrs. in Worthington schools, remembers teachers, 20 yrs. member of School Board — High St. businesses, Leasure’s Drug Store, Snouffer Furniture, Todd’s Feed – memories of CD&M – Swimmic Board in 50’s when pool opened – OSU Medical College — World War II service – OSU Dept. of Family Medicine — Josephinium physician — wife and six children

Buckwalter, Elizabeth (1912-2005), interview July 1980 by Emily Lowman (25 pp.)

Former teacher at Linworth School (Perry Township north consolidated school)

Caren, Molly Brown (1913-2005), interview January 1988 by Robert McCormick (8 pp. typed)

Daughter of Frame Brown, owner of Brown Fruit Farm – g-g-granddaughter of James Kilbourn

Collmer, Richard (     –   ), interview March 4, 2004 by Anne McGorman (26 pp.)

Family to Worthington 1929, Tudor home on Olentangy River Rd. north of Antrim – 1938 grad. of WHS — drafted WWII – memories of Warner’s market, truck farms, Olentangy Park

Fields, William “Pete” (1928-1998), interview July 11, 1986 by Elizabeth Oden (25 pp.)

Came to Worthington 1940 – 7 children through Worthington schools – worked 31 years for post office in Worthington & Columbus – describes 7 Worthington postal routes in 1950 – memories of sledding on New England from High to Evening St. – swimming at “the cut” (Bob Poste Lake)

Gilbert, Evelyn Conklin (1902-2000), interview July 26, 1984 by Larry Padetti (16 pp.)

Family to Worthington 1913 – home South & Hartford – father worked at Mrs. Eldridge’s School – Library above Leasure’s drugstore – grad. OSU 1924, taught in Cleveland — returned to Worthington 1958, married WHS classmate John Gilbert — WHS 30 Yr. Club — Hotel Central as destination of Columbus Riding Club – Gilbert’s dairy, cows pastured where Medick Estates is now – Glenmary Park

Griswold, Mila Jeannette (1906-    ), interview Sept. 10 & 17, 1985 by David Foust (24 & 17 pp.)

Born in Worthington, 1906 — childhood & school memories — Griswold family – Mother ran switchboard at telephone company — describes early fire company

Jones, Harold (1921-1999), interview April 5, 1989 by Elizabeth Oden (23 pp.)

 Associate pastor St. John’s AME — soloist for Walnut Grove Cemetery Memorial Day ceremonies

Laws, Esther M. (1905-2003) and Virdre C. (1905-1992), interview June 13, 1990 by John Detrick (18 pp.)

 Came to Worthington 1935 — lived near AME church, member 32 years – 5 children through Worthington schools – worked at Home Market

Longenecker, Carolyn (1903-1994), interview July 9, 1987 by Mary Lynne Musgrave, Harold

Heckendorn & Clyde Campbell & June 27, 1990 by John Detrick (23 pp.)

  Daughter of dentist, Dr. Claude Longedecker – came to Worthington in 1907, location of home & office

Lowman, Emily (1910-1998), interview April 15, 1989 by Dwight Barkhurst (22 pp.)

 Active community volunteer – made costumes of Worthington Sesquicentennial pageant 1953 helped design Worthington Women’s Club commemorative plate of St. John’s Church for US 1976 Bicentennial

Minton, Mary Ellen (1905-1998), interview July 16, 1984 by Susan Porter (38 pp.)

 Step-daughter of W.C. Lewis, Lewis family history

Morgan, Gertrude (Mrs. Clifton) (1914-2009), interview May 25, 1985, by Larry Paoletti (10 pp.)

 Father’s blacksmith shop – riding streetcar to Columbus North Market – memories of Worthington drugstores, groceries, etc.

Potter, Joe (1908-2006), interview (no date)   by John Detrich (27 pp.)

 Son of Howard Potter – founder of Potter Lumber – Developer of Potter’s Creek subdivision

Sanford, Bud (               ), interview June 19, 1986 by Abner Pinney & Harold Heckendorn (37 pp.)

 Worthington fire chief for nineteen years

Scatterday, Leonidas C. “Lon” (1904-1993), interview April 18, 1989 by Abner Pinney & Harold Heckendorn (37 pp.)

 Grew up on farm on west side of High St. opposite Orange Johnson House

Snow, Richard, interview 1987 by Dick Thormyer & Harold Heckendorn (26 pp.)

 Former master of New England Masonic Lodge — g-g-grandson of John Snow — nephew of Eva Snow

Vaughn, Minerva Effie (1889-1986), conducted Jan. 30, 1986 by Elizabeth Oden (14 pp.)

Clintonville childhood — school and Boxwell exam — working at Methodist Children’s home laundry — riding CD&M –AME Sunday School picnics

Wing, George (1909-2002) interview Jan. 14, 1989 by Bob McCormick (5 pp. typed)

Remembering Worthington in 1922 based on Sanborn Insurance map

Wood, Alice Lattham (1900-2005) interview April 28, 2003 by Jane Trucksis, John Detrick, & Candy Brooks (8 pp. typed)

 Father was dentist in Columbus – built log cabin on Whetstone at end of South St. 1904-5 – memories of summers and Christmas spent there