Local History Interviews

The written memoir of Katherine Denegar (pdf), World War II Army Nurse stationed in the Pacific theater.

Listen to an unedited oral history interview with Grover and Olive Kling (audio file), owners of the tract of land known as the Van Bael Patent of the Rensselaer Patroonship as they reminisce about life in Voorheesville. Take a driving tour with  Grover Kling and learn about the local farms.

At this time, the following interviews are only accessible by visiting the library
and listening to either a cassette or cd recording.

Frieda Saddlemire, teacher, librarian, and Knox Town Historian, recall her family’s immigration from Germany to the United States, her childhood which includes an account of her mother’s survival of the 1918 flu pandemic, her education, careers, family, and travel.

  • September 24, 2007 interview (Side A & B). Topics covered include childhood, education, marriage, children, teaching, volunteering.
  • June 3, 2008 interview, focus is Frieda’s second career as a librarian.

Veteran, Eugene “Gene” Sickles and his sister, the late Ruth Ulion describe their experiences living in Voorheesville.

  • April 22, 2008 interview. Topics covered include childhood, adolescence, family, work, World War II, and grandchildren.