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 memoriesMBaseball

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

Clem Bonnet talks baseball memoriesBBaseball

Donald (Bugs) Beadle talks baseball memoriesBBaseball

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

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

Kenneth Sincock talks baseball memoriesSBaseball

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

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

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