Oral Histories


Learn about Galena’s and Jo Daviess County’s amazing histories through these informative interviews with those who lived and some who still do! The Historical Society has nearly 300 recorded oral histories and will be adding them to this page over time. Currently 14 of them are loaded.

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Alfred W. Mueller talks baseball memoriesMBaseballmbaseball

Biesmann, John Clayton Pt. 1BAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Areas/Locations, Bridges, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Government, Buildings/Public, Buildings/Residential, Buildings/State Sites, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Costume/Wearing Apparel/Jewelry/Hairstyles, Deathbancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage areas-locations bridges buildings-commercial-stores buildings-government buildings-public buildings-residential buildings-state-sites churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations costume-wearing-apparel-jewelry-hairstyles death

Biesmann, John Clayton Pt. 2BAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Auctions, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Public, Cemeteries/Burial Grounds, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Desoto Hotelbancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage auctions buildings-commercial-stores buildings-public cemeteries-burial-grounds churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations desoto-hotel

Clem Bonnet talks baseball memoriesBBaseballbbaseball

Donald (Bugs) Beadle talks baseball memoriesBBaseballbbaseball

Eggleston, GeorgeEAirplanes Ancestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Ancestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Automobiles/Trucks/Busses, Bridges, Building Materials, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Government, Buildings/Residential, Buildings/State Sites, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Depressioneairplanes-ancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage ancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage automobiles-trucks-busses bridges building-materials buildings-commercial-stores buildings-government buildings-residential buildings-state-sites churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations depression

Einsweiler, Frank Pt. 1EAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Areas/Locations, Automobiles/Trucks/Busses, Banking/Financing/Credit, Bridges, Building Materials, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Government, Buildings/Public, Buildings/Residential, Buildings/State Sites, Charity/Generosity/Gifts, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Coatsworth Building, Death, Desoto Hoteleancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage anecdotes-other-handed-down-stories areas-locations automobiles-trucks-busses banking-financing-credit bridges building-materials buildings-commercial-stores buildings-government buildings-public buildings-residential buildings-state-sites charity-generosity-gifts churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations coatsworth-building death desoto-hotel

Einsweiler, Frank Pt. 2EBuilding Materials, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Government, Buildings/Public, Chestnut Mountain Resort, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymenebuilding-materials buildings-commercial-stores buildings-government buildings-public chestnut-mountain-resort churches-schools-religious-clergymen

Graham, Clara (Gill)GAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Animals/Wildlife/Reptiles/Fowl/Insects, Areas/Locations, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Residential, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Collections/Hobbies, Death, Depression, Desoto Hotelgancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage animals-wildlife-reptiles-fowl-insects areas-locations buildings-commercial-stores buildings-residential churches-schools-religious-clergymen collections-hobbies death depression desoto-hotel

Hirst, O.E. ‘Obbie’HAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Areas/Locations, Artists, Breweries/Beer/Wine Beverages, Bridges, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Government, Buildings/Residential, Charity/Generosity/Gifts, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Death, Depressionhancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage anecdotes-other-handed-down-stories areas-locations artists breweries-beer-wine-beverages bridges buildings-commercial-stores buildings-government buildings-residential charity-generosity-gifts churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations death depression

Kenneth Sincock talks baseball memoriesSBaseballsbaseball

Mueller, Alfred W. ‘Alfie’ Pt. 1MAirplanes, Ancestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Areas/Locations, Automobiles/Trucks/Busses, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Public, Buildings/Residential, Buildings/State Sites, Characters/Hobos Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Clubs/Organizations, Collections/Hobbies, Death, Depressionmairplanes ancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage anecdotes-other-handed-down-stories areas-locations automobiles-trucks-busses buildings-commercial-stores buildings-public buildings-residential buildings-state-sites characters-hobos-churches-schools-religious-clergymen clubs-organizations collections-hobbies death depression

Mueller, Alfred W. ‘Alfie’ Pt. 2MAreas/Locations, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Publicmareas-locations buildings-commercial-stores buildings-public

P. Wm. (Bill) & Louise Wing talk baseballSBaseballsbaseball

Schulte, Loretta (Klingel)SAirplanes, Ancestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Animals/Wildlife/Reptiles/Fowl/Insects, Areas/Locations, Artists, Breweries/Beer/Wine Beverages, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Residential, Cemeteries/Burial Grounds, Characters/Hobos, Charity/Generosity/Gifts, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Death, Depressionsairplanes ancestry-trip-to-america-family-history-heritage anecdotes-other-handed-down-stories animals-wildlife-reptiles-fowl-insects areas-locations artists breweries-beer-wine-beverages buildings-commercial-stores buildings-residential cemeteries-burial-grounds characters-hobos charity-generosity-gifts churches-schools-religious-clergymen death depression