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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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, 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 Hotel

Buehler, MargaretBAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Animals/Wildlife/Reptiles/Fowl/Insects, Banking/Financing/Credit, Buildings/Residential, Clubs/Organizations, Death, Depression

David, DavisDAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Anecdotes/Other Handed-Down Stories, Areas/Locations, Banking/Financing/Credit, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/State Sites, Characters/Hobos, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen, Costume/Wearing Apparel/Jewelry/Hairstyles, Death, Depression, Desoto Hotel

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, 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 Hotel

Einsweiler, Frank Pt. 2EBuilding 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 Hotel

Gummow, John (born 1875)GAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Animals/Wildlife/Reptiles/Fowl/Insects, Areas/Locations, Bridges, Building Materials, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Residential

Hilbert, JohnHAncestry/Trip to America/Family History/Heritage, Automobiles/Trucks/Busses, Characters/Hobos, Churches/Schools/Religious/Clergymen

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, Depression

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, Depression

Mueller, Alfred W. ‘Alfie’ Pt. 2MAreas/Locations, Buildings/Commercial/Stores, Buildings/Public

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, Depression