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Capitol Hill Voices and Memories

Here are some of the interviews we've collected so far from longtime Capitol Hill residents. See the Search page to find transcripts or other documents on this website that contain key words or phrases. Interviews of people associated with Eastern Market are listed on the Eastern Market Voices page.

July 2018 Notice

Click here to see additional summaries we haven't been able to incorporate into this main list. We'll get these included in alphabetical order after we've resolved some technical problems.

Mildred "Sis" Allen
Mildred Allen, who has lived in the same block as Christ Church since 1931, is known to all church members and neighbors as "Sis". When she was interviewed by Gary Teal in 2002, she told him about her childhood in the neighborhood and how boys and girls attended separate programs at nearby Lenox and B.B. French schools. Her typing teacher helped her avoid Home Ec classes, which she didn?t like, to concentrate on typing, a skill she used for 20 years working at at the Navy Yard and 18 years working for NASA. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Sonda Allen
Tony AmbrosiIn this 2009 interview, Colleen Cruikshank talks with Sonda Allen, a gold and silversmith who has sold her own jewelry at Eastern Market since the early 1990’s under the trade name Turtle's Webb. Allen describes how her interest in metalsmithing grew during her days as a graduate student in African American history at Howard University. She discusses the artists she’s known during her 18 years at Eastern Market, the changes resulting from the Market fire, and how the procedures that are used to assign vending spaces can leave an artist finding herself selling her creations on the “Gold Coast” or in “Siberia.” View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Sharon Ambrose
Former DC Council member Sharon Ambrose, a Chicago native, was born to political life, having accompanied her grandfather in door- to-door campaigning for Adlai Stevenson during the 1950s. So when her young family moved to the Washington area in 1964, she immediately signed up to promote the Democratic ticket in her first neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. In this July, 2013, interview with Harriet Rogers, Sharon recounts why she and her husband moved to Capitol Hill and how family life and school involvements led her to represent Ward 6 on the Council for 10 years after serving as a staffer for two other Council members. She remembers the accomplishments of her term and the ventures she opposed with equal relish. View PDF [pdf]
Tony Ambrosi
Tony Ambrosi Tony Ambrosigrew up in Schott’s Place, an Italian enclave in the interior of the block where the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office buildings are now located. Born in 1911, his memory of that time and place is the “Shangri-La of Washington, D.C.”, where the children could play soccer, baseball, and football on the courtyard’s Belgian block surface. The July, 2004, interview with his grandson Mike Viqueira includes his vivid memories of playing inside the Capitol dome, an encounter with the Army on the day the Bonus Marchers were routed, and his working life as a cement finisher during the period when the Federal Triangle was being built in Northwest Washington. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Donnald Anderson
Donnald Anderson's years on Capitol Hill predate his professional career -- he began as a Capitol page during high school and graduated from the Capitol Page School. His career in the office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives began during his college years at George Washington University, and 27 years later he was elected the Clerk of the House, a position he held until his 1995 retirement. This November, 2005, interview with Nathaniel Kulyk includes discussions of the Clerk's responsibilities, which grew to include producing daily telecasts of House proceedings. He also discusses his long-time residency on Capitol Hill, the desirability of the neighborhood, and his post-retirement community activities. He comments on changes in Congressional involvement in Washington through the years, especially regarding home rule. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ernest Antignani
Jim FinleyErnest Antignani came to Washington in the mid-1950s to attend Georgetown University's Foreign Service school. He never went into the foreign service, but instead has spent his life, first in Georgetown and then on Capitol Hill, in the real estate business. When interviewed by his neighbor Jennifer Newton in 2004, he regaled her with stories of the late 1960s and 1970s on Capitol Hill, a time when realtors such as Beau Bogan, Millicent Chatel, Barbara Held, and Rhea Radin held sway and houses sold for under $15,000. A long-time observer of the neighborhood, Ernest offers his opinions on many aspects of Hill life then and now. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Helen Atkins
Helen Atkins,Atkins who celebrated her 100th birthday on Valentines Day, 2008, arrived in Washington with her widowed father during World War I. She moved to Capitol Hill after her 1935 marriage and remained here until recent years. Her 2005 interview with Pat Taffe Driscoll includes her fond memories of people in her life, stories about her experiences as a student and teacher in Washington, and a description of her participation in the amateur acting troupe the Krigwa Players. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Helen Au
Helen Au has lived all her 100 years on Capitol Hill. In fact, her paternal grandfather settled in the neighborhood in 1873 when he immigrated from Germany and took a position with the Marine Band. This transcript is from an interview with her done by Nancy Metzger in 2000, prior to the creation of the Overbeck Project. In it, Helen describes life in the early 20th century, including her uncle's career as an inventor working from the family's carriage house, local corner stores, movie theaters, children's games, the schools she attended, neighbors and their houses, and life during World War I. The details she provides about operating early cars are unique to this collection. View PDF [pdf]
Frances Barnes
Tony Ambrosi Frances Barnes' family stretches back generations in Washington, D.C.; so far that she isn't exactly sure when they first arrived. In an interview with next-door neighbor Marilyn Saks-McMillion, she reminisces about her own Depression-era childhood in Southwest DC and the free clothing program that her family took advantage of. She recounts her life as a young wife and working mother, working hard to raise her family from blue collar jobs to the middle class. She and her husband and eight children moved to F Street NE in the early 1950s, first as renters and later as owners of her current home, fixing it up over the years to make it more livable and comfortable. She remembers sitting on the front steps with her sister as young women, and greeting the many neighbors who passed by. She still greets passers-by during the warmer months, earning her the unofficial title of Mayor of F Street NE. . View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Georgiana Barnes
Georgiana Barnes married and moved to Capitol Hill, or Southeast Washington as it was called then, on Chris tmas Day, 1933. In an interview with Sharon House, she explains why her family moved from St. Mary's County, Maryland, in 1929. She tells of attending St. Peter's and St. Cyprian's Catholic churches and of her gratitude to the Oblate Sisters of Providence who taught her 12 children at St. Cyprian's school. Mrs. Barnes describes the neighborhoods around the three Capitol Hill homes where her family lived and tells of her career, where she ended up supervising 300 people who cleaned five House of Representatives office buildings. . View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Linda Barnes
Linda Barnes Linda Barnes moved to Washington as a young bride in 1963, and has lived on East Capitol Street for thirty-five years. She worked for many of those years as a real estate broker and has been an active neighborhood volunteer. In an interview with Stephanie Deutsch, she discusses the community and the many changes she's witnessed here. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Pauline Bates
Pauline BatesPauline Bates was born in Alexandria, VA, in 1913, and spent 63 years of her adult life on Capitol Hill, at 506 Seventh Street SE. Hill Rag writer Peter Waldron interviewed her in June 2013 and published an article based on this interview in time for her 100th birthday. She attended Armstrong High School and Apex Beauty College, then worked for Vincent and Vincent in downtown DC. She also worked as an elevator operator for the Veterans Administration and provided daycare in her home. In the interview, she talks fondly of her dog Tosca who had just died, and describes her membership in Capitol Hill Village, which she says is the “greatest thing”. View PDF [pdf]
Grover Batts

Pauline BatesGrover Batts came to Washington in 1951, after serving in World War II and then finishing his education at Wake Forest University. He went to work at the manuscript division of the Library of Congress, a position he kept until retirement. In this July, 2013, interview with Jim McMahon, he explains how as a non-driver, it made perfect sense for him to live near work; on the advice of a coworker, he bought a house on Fourth Street, a block from the Library, in 1959. For most of his career, he processed the Library’s acquisitons when someone of note donated papers; among those whose papers he organized were Alexander Graham Bell, James Michener, and Henry Kissinger. View PDF [pdf]

Lola Beaver
Lola Beaver entered the costume-making profession indirectly. As she tells Renee Braden in her 2003 interview, she survived the Depression as a young adult in New York City, then came to Washington with her Marine husband and started a dance school. Assignments producing performances for the Army and the USO took her to distant locations, including the Caribbean and the Arctic. Eventually, she “eased into” creating costumes and established the Costume Shop on Eighth Street NE not long after the 1968 riots. That business provided her “claim to fame” – creation of blue bow ties for then-President Lyndon Johnson. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Michael Berman
HerremaMichael Berman, an artist and Capitol Hill resident, started selling his work at Eastern Market in 1992, when newcomers had to get in line early in the morning, hoping to get a spot among the Saturday outdoor vendors. His involvement grew through the years, as he participated in the efforts of the Eastern Market Preservation and Development Corporation during the late 1990s, then worked with Tom Rall to improve management and marketing for the Sunday flea market. Together they eventually established Diverse Markets Management and created other markets in the city. His July, 2009, interview with Martha Stracener Dantzic covers all these topics and includes his own insights into what works in a market situation that he believes should be adopted at Eastern Market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Robert J. Beverly, Sr., and family
Herrema Almost every Beverly family story involves their house -- the Big House at 308 Independence Avenue SE, on a lot purchased by their grandmother, daughter of former slaves, in 1886. The house was built by black craftmen with funds painstakingly saved, one dollar every three months, in the Frederick Douglass bank. When Robert Beverly and four other family members were interviewed by Pat Taffe Driscoll in 2004, the house had only recently been sold after welcoming six generations for 117 years. In the interview, family members from three generations recount their memories of births and deaths, childhood and neighborhood, and many Christmas Eves, with the house always part of the story. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ellen Breen
HerremaA fifth generation Washingtonian on one side of her family and daughter of an Irish immigrant on the other, Ellen Cannon Breen lived from age 2 to 17 on Capitol Hill, from 1920 to the mid-1930s. In her 2005 interview with Nancy Hartnagel, she recounts vivid and specific memories of three different homes close to the Capitol where her family lived, her schools (St. Cecilia's, St. Peter's, and Notre Dame High School), Sherill's—not just where it was, but also how it smelled of French fries and how hot it was during the early 1920s summers when her family ate there regularly. She remembers the almost-gourmet grocery store run by the Keiler brothers at Third and C Streets SE, the family's first telephone (including their number), and happy days roller skating regularly from her home at First and F Streets SE to the Southeast Library. Later stories of her working life at Catholic University and the Supreme Court also include details of great interest. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Patricia Briel
Patricia Briel, youngest child in a large family, grew up in a house at 315 First Street SE, later torn down and currently the location of the Capitol South Metro station. In this October, 2006, interview with Andrew Graham, she recalls her youth on Capitol Hill, when children could still ride the Congressional subways but weren't allowed to put their "big toe" in the fountains on the Mall. She remembers the immediate neighbors, attending school at Dent, Hine, and Eastern High School, the fun she had in her high school sorority, and riding the streetcars that provided transportation to school, downtown, and to Glen Echo at the end of the line. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Anne Brockett
Anne Brocket, an architectural historian with the DC Historic Preservation Office, discusses the rehabilitation of Eastern Market in this June, 2009, interview with Beth Hannold. As the DCHPO staff member assigned to the Capitol Hill Historic District, Anne reviewed the rehabilitation plans for the market prior to the fire and those for the far more extensive reconstruction that followed the fire. She participated in the difficult decisions regarding installation of the skylight, treatment of the roof trusses, reinforcement of the basement structural arches, installation of air conditioning, and replacement of the original windows. Anne explains how her agency and the other parties involved cooperated to ensure that the project was completed on time and in a manner that respected the historic character of this significant building. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Rosetta Brooks
Capitol Hill native Rosetta Brooks has taught ballet to two generations of dancers at St. Mark's Church. She started as a performer with the St. Mark's Dance Company in 1964, and within the year had joined the staff of the fledgling dance school located at the church. In 2009, when Stephanie Deutsch interviewed her in preparation for her Capitol Hill Community Achievement award, she called herself the "steward" of the church's dance program. In the interview, Rosie provides details about her family and upbringing and the importance that performing, teaching and choreographing dance have had in her life. She expresses her pride in the successes of several former students and the satisfaction that dance brings to all her students. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Dudley Brown
CalomirisA widely respected expert in historic restoration, Dudley Brown had long family connections to Capitol Hill. His grandmother ran a boarding house here catering to men and women who worked for the FBI, and his aunts lived here when they were starting careers in the federal government. His uncles were both the first and the last clients of Lee Funeral Home on Stanton Park. Brown tells Megan Rosenfeld about his move to Washington in the late 1950s to find work in interior decorating and about the house on 4th Street S.E. that he lived in for nearly 45 years and painstakingly restored. He also remembers the neighborhood segregated by zoning laws, as well as a hastily organized (and fortunately successful) protest against a secret plan to turn most of the neighborhood into a twin of the Mall. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Chuck Burger
Chuck Burger has been interviewed twice. In 2009, Anna Nadgrodkiewicz interviewed him as part of the focus on Eastern Market. In that interview, he talked about his history as an owner of a store across from Eastern Market in the 1980s, as well as his roles in the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) where he serves as Vice Chair. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]

Because of that role and other contributions to the community, he received a Community Achievement Award in 2010. Stephanie Deutsch interviewed him then and learned more about his life before Capitol Hill, as well as his work with CHAMPS, Barracks Row, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, Friends of Hine, and most recently a task force on the former Capitol East Boys and Girls Club. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Chris Calomiris
One of the mostCalomiris familiar faces on Capitol Hill is Chris Calomiris, a grocer at Eastern Market since 1963. What's less well known is that Chris is a Capitol Hill native, born on First Street NE on the site of what is now the Dirksen Senate Office Building. In two interviews with Bonny Wolf during 2001, Chris remembers his childhood as the son of Greek immigrants, his days working with his father at the market at 5th and K Streets NW, and the transition by many of the merchants to Eastern Market when that one closed. . View Online > [ Part I > | Part II > | View PDF [pdf]

Leon Calomiris
CalomirisBoth of Leon Calomiris's parents were previously interviewed for the Overbeck Project, and his September, 2010, interview with Peter Barker provides yet another perspective, this one from the third generation of the Greek family that owns Calomiris Fruits and Vegetables at Eastern Market. As a teenager, Leon served as a page for the U.S. House of Representatives and attended the Capitol Page School for three years in the early 1980s. After a short stint as a certified automotive mechanic, he joined the family business in which he had worked since childhood. The discussion covers all aspects of his experiences at Eastern Market, including the horror of the 2007 fire at the Market, the aftermath, and his enduring gratitude to those who made the Market's renovation possible. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Maria Calomiris
Helen CareyMaria Calomiris has worked alongside her husband Chris -- and now, their sons -- at the Calomiris Fruits & Vegetables produce business in Eastern Market's South Hall since the early 1960’s. In this March, 2009, conversation with Ev Barnes, she describes her experience of leaving her family in Greece to come to the United States in 1957, how she met her husband, and how she stayed connected with the family she left behind. Long held dear by generations of Capitol Hill children and their parents, she delights in the relationships she has developed with her customers over the years. She speaks lovingly of all the beautiful people who have been customers over the years. Nothing pleases her more than meeting the grandchildren and serving the new generation along with the older generation. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Francis Campbell
A native Washingtonian and native Capitol Hill resident, Francis Campbell's roots are deep in this community. His grandparents first bought their house on B Street NE (later to be Constitution Avenue NE) in the 1920s and even today he has many relatives living nearby. He was interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in January, 2013, in preparation for his receiving the Community Achievement Award. In this interview, he discusses details of his life history, family, and his many years of service representing his neighborhood as an ANC 6B Commissioner, with special attention to his chairmanship of the ANC's Planning and Zoning committee. View PDF [pdf]
Emilio Canales
Helen CareyEmilio Canales didn’t know much about meat in 1992, when he bought the Eastern Market South Hall business that became Canales Quality Meats. But he already had one brother, Jose, at the Market, and he had a butcher friend willing to teach him the business. In his April, 2009, interview with Martha Stracener Dantzic, he recounts his history at the Market, including the many family connections and the changes that have occurred over the years. They also discuss the 2007 fire, its aftermath, and his hopes for the future of the newly renovated Market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Jose Canales
Jose CanalesThis interview of Jose Canales tells the story of his journey from a small town in El Salvador to the heart of Capitol Hill. Mr. Canales was seeking the American Dream but came to understand that he had found something more, that he was part of a special community. During his discussion with Martha Dantzic in July 2009, Mr. Canales recounts his 26 years at the Market -- how he came to work there, the arrival of his two brothers, Emilio and Jorge, his recollections regarding the morning of the fire and the importance of being part of Capitol Hill neighborhood today. In his own words "It's not just . . . exchanging food for money, it's personal and very important." View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Judy and Mike Canning
Judy and Mike Canning, winners of the 2009 Community Achievement Award, were interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in preparation for that event. They joyfully discuss their whole married lives, during which they alternated between Capitol Hill and multiple foreign postings to which Mike’s USIA job took them. Once retired, Mike found a “second career” as a Hill Rag movie reviewer and they both sought and found many volunteer opportunities, including Food and Friends, Judy’s years as a court-appointed special advocate, deep involvement with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and its programs, Mike’s service on the board of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, and their roles as founding members of the Capitol Hill Village. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Helen Carey
Helen Carey Helen Carey"backed into" the real esate business when she assisted a friend with the renovation of Georgetown alley dwellings and later managed their rental. By the early 1960s, she and her friends were building and renovating Capitol Hill houses, and in 1964 Helen passed the broker's exam and set up her own business on E Street SE. In her interview with Betsy Damos, Helen recounts stories about local houses, some with a scandalous past, and describes changes in the Capitol Hill real estate business over the past 40 years.. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]

Bryan Cassidy
Bryan Cassidy arrivedB Cassidy in Washington from Ireland in the mid-1960s, newly wed and seeking employment as an architect. Bryan recounts to interviewer Ida Prosky stories, many of which they shared together, about family life and raising children at a time when the Hill was in transition. Bryan was instrumental in forming Soccer on the Hill and the family was active in a variety of theater groups. The stories are about Bryan’s neighborhood at Ninth and D Streets SE, the 1968 riots, St. Peter’s School, St. Joseph’s Church and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Sig Cohen
Stephanie Deutsch interviewed Sig Cohen in January 2010, when he was named a Community Achievement Awardee. This interview covers his upbringing in Cincinnati and his first career with USIA. Since he and his family moved to Capitol Hill in 1986, his contributions to the city and the neighborhood have included post-retirement work as a fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. This exposed him to homeless families in the neighborhood, and he continues to serve that constituency by chairing CHGM's Housing Advocacy Committee. He also serves on the CHGM Board, representing the Hill Havurah Jewish community he helped found. He was a founder of the South Washington/West-of-the River Family Strengthening Collaborative, has served as a children's advocate via the Court-Appointed Special Advocate program, and now works as a professional mediator, all activities aimed at finding common ground among people for the betterment of all. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Mary Colston
CalomirisMary Colston lived in the same two-story rowhouse on the 500 block of Second Street N.E. from 1947 until 2002. She raised her family there and her mother lived upstairs. Descriptions of her home and family, the immediate neighborhood, shopping, worship, schools, trolley cars, movie houses, the African-American community, and voting for the first time in the District are all mentioned in this interview with Marilyn Saks-McMillion. She also mentions how her former neighbor Jimmy Dean would sit out on his front steps in the late 1940s and play his guitar and sing, before going on to fame as a country and western singer and sausage-making entrepreneur. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley, originally from the Chicago area, moved to Washington and Capitol Hill in 1979 to work as an industry economist for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He became aware of the deplorable condition of Congressional Cemetery while walking his Saint Bernard there during the 1990s and made volunteer efforts to improve it, along with other dog-walkers who frequented the grounds. In 2001, his life changed when he requested and received a position on the cemetery’s Board of Directors. He received a Community Achievement Award in 2012 for his contributions to the cemetery, and Stephanie Deutsch interviewed him in preparation. His descriptions of the cemetery’s history, geography, and preservation make for compelling and sometimes surprising reading. View PDF [pdf]
Steve and Nicky Cymrot
CalomirisDuring this 2010 interview with Stephanie Deutsch, Steve Cymrot points out that "The Hebrew word for charity is the same as the word for justice," which helps explain the extraordinary history of Steve and his wife Nicky during their 40-plus years of living in and contributing to the Capitol Hill community. Raising children prompted their involvement with local schools and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and running a business involved them with the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS), which Steve served as first president. Later the CHAMPS Foundation became the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, with Nicky as president, a position she has held for over 20 years. The foundation has collected and contributed millions of dollars to community projects and spearheaded many others, including support of Eastern Market merchants following the 2007 fire, the school libraries project, and creation of the Hill Center. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Claire and Larry Davis
Claire and Larry Davis,Claire and Larry Davis Capitol Hill residents since 1969, bought their house for its garden and made extensive use of it through the years. In their interview with Elizabeth Stein, Claire tells of Larry's prize-winning mums, a wisteria that covered the back of the house, a lily with 30 blossoms, and a fig tree that recently produced 300 fresh figs. She relates how Larry was originally refused entry into the then all-women Capitol Hill Garden Club, though both of them eventually served terms as president. The interview also covers their relationships with the neighbors and their daughter's experiences in the local public schools. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Didden and Carry Families
This one isn't an interview. It's a lecture, delivered by National Capital Bank president George Didden III to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., describing the remarkable contributions two of his forebears made to the life and commerce of the city in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the decades following the Civil War, Albert Carry rose from modest means to become a prominent Washington brewer, real estate investor, banker and philanthropist. He hired the architect Clement August Didden to design a number of the National Capital Brewing Company's wholly owned pubs, and in 1905 his daughter Marie married Didden's oldest son George. When Prohibition arrived, the family turned potential disaster into major success by converting the brewery to the manufacture of ice cream. The lecture transcript includes historical photos and is posted here with the Historical Society's permission. View Online >
George Didden, Jr.
George Didden, Jr., had been a member of the Board of National Capital Bank for 50 years when Ruth Ann Overbeck interviewed him in 1990. He had also been bank president for 47 of those years, going from one of the youngest bank presidents in the country to one of the oldest. With permission of George Didden III and Robert Hughes, the transcript is reproduced from a printed version. In it, Mr. Didden summarizes his career at the bank, his pride that no investor ever lost money in his bank, and his opinions on the causes of the problems banks were facing at the time of the interview. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Vincent DiFrancesco
Vincent DiFrancesco was born in 1916 at 137 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, at home above his father's shoe repair shop. The child of Italian immigrants, his early life revolved around the immediate neighborhood. He attended Dent, Brent, and Eastern High School. After college and medical school at George Washington University, he interned at Providence Hospital two blocks from home. He met his future wife in the alley behind their respective homes and married her at St. Peter's Church a block away. His December, 2013, interview with Bernadette McMahon is filled with details of early 20th century life in a commercial block known, because of its many restaurants, as Ptomaine Row. That block is now the site of the Library of Congress Madison Building, for which his mother was required to sell her property in the 1960s. View PDF [pdf]
Dan Donahue
HerremaDan Donahue's first experience as a vendor outside Eastern Market was selling bulbs for the Capitol Hill Garden Club. Next he sold plants that he raised on a rooftop in Southwest. In this June 2009 interview with Sharon House, Dan tells about these and others of his sales ventures at the Market and explains how he now gets most of his produce from Amish farmers in Pennsylvania. He shares stories of the trials and successes of running his Agora Farms business on the farmers' line at Eastern Market, including some humorous experiences. In discussing the fire at the Market, Dan explains that even immediately afterward, the outside farmers were there so the Market never really closed. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ray Donohoe
Tony Ambrosi Ray Donohoe was born at old Providence Hospital on January 22, 1921, the day of Washington's largest snowfall ever, the snow that brought down the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater. The family lived at 159 Kentucky Avenue until 1937 and attended Holy Comforter Church and School. In his interview with Barbara Eck, Ray recounts his childhood in the Lincoln Park area, where the well-known exploits of the six Donohoe boys often brought visits from the police whenever mischief had occurred in the neighborhood. Ray's grandfather, John F. Donohoe, founded the real estate business that still bears his name, as well as an early automobile dealership on Capitol Hill. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Bill Driscoll
Bill Driscoll grew up in New York City but has spent almost all of his adult life on Capitol Hill. Inspired by his late father’s law career, he came to Washington to attend law school in the 1950s, then returned after Army service to work in various federal agencies. He and his wife Pat still reside in the house on Fifth Street SE where they raised their three sons. In this May, 2008, interview with Rona Razon, he talks mostly about the 1960s, when he and Pat were active members of a community that supported the profound social changes then occurring. He discusses the efforts of the Capitol Hill Community Council, the 1963 March on Washington, the riots of 1968, and other events of that period. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Pat Driscoll
In 1960, Pat Taffee Driscoll and her husband Bill moved to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where they and their three sons had a close-up view of peace marches, riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, demonstrations led by Caesar Chavez, and the crowds mourning President John F. Kennedy. During their many years on the Hill, the family participated in the founding of the Capitol Hill Babysitting Co-op and the Montessori School, and the children attended St. Peter's School. In this interview with Ida Prosky from January 2006, Mrs. Driscoll gives a detailed account of neighborhood efforts toward racial integration in the 1960's and her own contributions as a psychiatric social worker. Before starting her career in social work, Mrs. Driscoll appeared in "The Skin of Our Teeth" with Helen Hayes and Mary Martin as it toured in the mid 1950's, and those experiences are discussed here as well. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Karin Edgett
Karin Edgett was instrumental in developing a branding campaign for Eastern Market, unveiled in 2006, and for creating the indoor and outdoor graphics and signage program that enlivened the temporary market structure after the 2007 fire. Her June, 2009, interview with Beth Hannold reveals the deep knowledge of and commitment to Eastern Market that informed her work. Research for the branding campaign provided familiarity with the many entities that make up the Market and their varied needs and concerns. Karin speaks of her profound respect for the history of the market and for the delicate balance that has existed and must continue to exist between these many interests in order for Eastern Market to continue to thrive. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Monte Edwards
When the 1999 Eastern Market legislation mandated creation of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, the Stanton Park Neighborhood Association chose Monte Edwards as its representative, and he became chair of the committee's Capital Improvements Subcommittee. That role put him at the crux of efforts to stabilize Eastern Market's building and upgrade its systems, planning that had reached the 95% stage just before the 2007 fire. In this 2009 interview with Dilshika Jayamaha, Monte provides details about what happened next, the decisions needed to execute a complete renovation combining historical accuracy with modern facilities. As background, he credits many of the people involved in previous efforts regarding Eastern Market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Randy Edwards
Randy Edwards was bornEdwards and raised on Capitol Hill, but his ties to the neighborhood through subsequent years revolve around his long-time membership in the (Masonic) Naval Lodge on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Three time Past Master of the Lodge, Randy is now also the building manager; people who attend the Overbeck Lectures will recognize him as the man who ferries them to the fourth floor in the elevator. Randy’s April, 2003, interview with Janice Kruger covers his whole lifetime -- the neighborhood in the 1930s and ‘40s, his Navy years and working life, and of course, the Masonic Lodge and its activities. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Harold Engle
Harold Engle’s favorite aspects of Capitol Hill are the trees and the chamber music concerts at the Library of Congress. As a World War II veteran attending graduate school at Columbia University, he enjoyed walking the shady streets of the neighborhood while doing research at the Library. Later, returning to Washington to work for the USIA, he lived on New Jersey Avenue SE. In this January, 2008, interview with Jim McMahon, he relates how, following ten years of overseas service, he and his wife purchased the A Street SE home where they still live. For many years, he obtained tickets at the Library early on Monday mornings in order to attend the concerts on Friday nights. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Peter Eveleth
EvelethCapitol Hill resident Peter Eveleth decided in 1974 that DC's brand new system of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions sounded "very interesting", so he ran for, and was elected as, commissioner of his single member district, ANC 6B06. As chair of the ANC's Economic Development Committee, he quickly plunged into focusing on Eastern Market, then in need of a new roof. In this October, 2012, interview with Mike Eck, Pete describes what happened, when, as an ANC member for ten years and chair for two, he was immersed in the often contentious efforts to make changes to Eastern Market. He also discusses other issues that came before the ANC and remembers with pleasure how the ANC and community were able to work together. View PDF [pdf]
Jim Finley
For forty-one Jim Finleyyears, as a labor of love, Jim Finley ran a no-frills boxing gym on the second floor of his auto repair shop on 10th Street Northeast. Bob Foster, Sugar Ray Leonard and other greats came there to spar, but Finley's mostly served a neighborhood clientele, ranging from street kids dreaming of glory in the ring to lawyers looking for stress relief. In an interview with John Franzén, Finley reminisces about his days at the gym, his childhood on a sharecropper's farm in South Carolina, and the Washington he found when he arrived here as a teenager in the 1940s. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Harry Ford
Harry FordJohn Ford, born on Capitol Hill in 1924, grew up in a large family at 328 Ninth Street SE and lived and worked most of his life on Capitol Hill. In this March, 2003, conversation with Elizabeth Stein, Mr. Ford discusses his early education with the "black nuns" at St. Cyprian's Catholic School, the background in carpentry and printing he received at the public Armstrong High School, his career at the Library of Congress, and his personal experiences growing up in segregated Washington's "salt and pepper" neighborhood of Capitol Hill. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
David Fowler
David Fowler's family has been farming and selling at Eastern Market since 1873, and before that at the city's Center Market. They were at the market the Saturday after the 2007 fire, not missing a week. David himself has been coming to the market since he was a baby and has always been interested in the history of the market. In this June, 2009, interview with Sharon House, he tells about the family farm and the variety of goods, including hunted wild game, that they brought to market over the years. David shares family stories about coming to market during the Civil War and World Wars I and II, as well as family photos and a copy of the 1913 permit issued to his great-grandfather for Space 17, the same location occupied by Sunnyside Farm today. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Adiante Franszoon
In this April, 2009, interview, Vera Oye’ Yaa-Anna talks to Adiante Franszoon about his 18 years as a vendor at Eastern Market.  Born the son of a tribal leader in Suriname along the Brazilian border, Franszoon was raised in the Saramacca Maroon tribe where he learned the traditional woodcarving of his ancestors, an art he incorporates in the walnut, teak, mahogany and tropical cedar furniture he creates and sells. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Black History Museum in Richmond, Virginia. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Isaac Fulwood
Jim FinleyIsaac Fulwood Jr. served Washington, DC, as Police Chief from 1989 to 1992, but long before that, his character was formed by the neighborhood near Kentucky Avenue SE that fostered a sense of community during his childhood. During two May, 2003, interviews with Pat Taffe Driscoll, Chief Fulwood emphasizes his belief in the importance of family, faith, and friends -- his "three F's" -- that define Capitol Hill for him and that provide "institutional stability" to any neighborhood. His interview is full of names and addresses of people and places that made a difference in his life, including St. Cyprian's Church (even though he was not a Catholic) and youth athletics at the local Boys & Girls Club. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Brian Furness
Brian Furness was interviewed by Mary Weirich in May, 2005, just before he and his wife moved from Capitol Hill to New Orleans. By that time, he had been a Capitol Hill resident for over 35 years, in between foreign postings with the State Department. More importantly, during his residency, he took active, often leadership, roles in many community causes, including serving as President of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society starting in 1998. Brian’s interview includes his insights into CHRS activity in every important battle of the 1990s and beyond. Eastern Market is just one segment of the interview, but he’s included among the Eastern Market voices because of his involvement in the 1998 legislation and his service on the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Larry Gallo
Jim FinleyAfter moving to Capitol Hill in 1974 as a government worker, Larry Gallo interned with a silversmith and began exhibiting his own hand-crafted jewelry among the Arts and Crafts vendors at Eastern Market in 1992. He is now perhaps best known for incorporating ancient coins into his designs. In this May, 2009, interview with Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna, Gallo describes Eastern Market's similarity to the historic outdoor markets of Europe, its importance to the city of Washington, and his views on how the Market could be revitalized after the 2007 fire. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Dorothy Garris
The story of Dorothy GarrisDorothy Garris’s life on Capitol Hill involves not just her family and her teaching career, but the history of the New United Baptist Church, founded by her late husband, the Reverend Grant Garris, and named by her. She grew up in Southwest Washington, graduated from Dunbar High School and Miner Teachers College, and taught in DC elementary schools for 26 years. Her proudest memories are of the four children she and her husband raised and the church they founded in 1963, with worship services held in their homes until a church building was completed in late 1973. Her interview with Elizabeth Stein includes the story of her having two babies during one two-year maternity leave from the school system and her winning the metropolitan area Senior Spelling Championship in 1991. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Pauline Getek
Pauline Getek grew up on a farm near Fredericksburg, VA, and attended a one room school. She worked in the Alexandria Torpedo Factory during World War II, when the product being made was torpedos, not art. Her 2004 interview with Marie Mingo covers all those times of her life, but mostly focuses on her 49 years on Capitol Hill, a location picked so her husband would be close to his work for Capitol Transit, first as a trolley driver and later as a bus driver. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Bill Glasgow 
Bill Glasgow, owner of Union Meat Company in Eastern Market's South Hall, has been interviewed twice. His May, 2009, interview with Ev Barnes was done as part of our Eastern Market focus that year. A member of one of the longest active vendor families -- his father and uncle started the company in 1946 -- Bill offers a unique historical perspective on the changes in the Market and on Seventh Street SE. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]

In 2011, Bill was awarded a Community Achievement Award because of his critical role in Market management and oversight, so he was interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch regarding those activities. In that interview, he elaborates on his own assessment of the "turning points for Eastern Market" throughout its history. View PDF [pdf]
Betty and Peter Glickert
When Betty and Peter Glickert married in 1959, they bought the end house of Philadelphia Row, at 11th and Independence Avenue SE. The house -- now a familiar beauty -- had been condemned. In their interview with Ev Barnes, the Glickerts describe life as it was typically lived by the first wave of late 20th century people who came to Capitol Hill to renovate an old house and make it a home. Notable among their many experiences was Peter’s successful effort to stop the East Leg of the Inner Loop freeway from being built and destroying Philadephia Row, an effort that won him the Evening Star’s trophy for the “Citizen of the Year” at the time. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ken Golding 
Ken Golding is president of Market Row Association, which represents the interests of merchants and owners of the "bricks and mortar" businesses surrounding Eastern Market. Golding talked to Dilshika Jayamaha in May, 2009, about the relationship between these businesses and the other groups of Eastern Market merchants and vendors, the issues they all confronted as a result of the Eastern Market fire, and his visions for future development in the Market neighborhood. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Hal Gordon
Hal GordonWhen the late Hal Gordon was interviewed in May, 2004, by Sig Cohen, he hadn't yet been awarded the Community Achievement Award -- that came to Hal and his wife Janice Dessaso Gordon in 2006. The interview covers his early life in Louisiana, details of his service in the military and government, and the transformation he underwent as a mature man, influenced by Janice, the Lifespring program she convinced him to attend, and their encounters with Father Raymond Kemp of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian's Church. Working through the church, they founded the Community Action Group to "[address] the social ills that were retarding the personal development, struggle of poor people." Throughout the interview, Hal's passion for his calling and strong opinions about how things should be are strongly expressed. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Walter Graham
GraahmWalter Graham grew up in the 1200 block of G Street SE from the 1920s to 1940s. In this interview with Ida Prosky, he remembers details of life on Capitol Hill before and during World War II. He, like his father before him, attended Tyler School, and then he attended Hine Junior High and Eastern High School. He reminisces about his long-standing membership in Masonic Naval Lodge #4, his ancestral connections to the Carroll family, and the many members of his family who are buried in Congressional Cemetery. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Emily Guthrie
Emily Guthrie was retiring executive director of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry in 2008, when she became a Community Achievement awardee; Stephanie Deutsch interviewed her that January. Emily spent her post-college years studying Islam in Indonesia, then later worked for the Sasha Bruce House on Capitol Hill. Eventually St. Mark's Church community became the "centerpiece" of her life and work, and the church sponsored her divinity studies at Yale. When she returned to Washington, she mentored a student through a Group Ministry program, which led to increased involvement with that organization. She became executive director in 2002 and is proud of the fact that its membership has expanded beyond Christian churches into an interfaith organization. The interview provides many details of Group Ministry programs and accomplishments. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Sidney Hais
Sidney Hais Hais was born at home in 1914 above his father’s market at Seventh and C NE and remained active on the Hill until the 1980s when he ended his real estate investment activities in the neighborhood. In this interview with Sharon House, Sidney relates stories about helping his father at the market and information about the four public schools and Hebrew school he attended. He shares memories of many classmates, teachers, and after-school activities, as well as a photo of his 1928 class from Stuart Junior High—that school’s first graduating class. The interview covers which drugstores were popular teen hang-outs and which Hill nightclubs were popular. Hais also tells of circuses at Union Park and Camp Meigs and evangelist meetings at Seventh and Maryland NE. Sidney played baseball at the Plaza playground when he went to Peabody and he is still involved in baseball. One of his most detailed memories is being present, as a ten year old boy, when the Washington Senators won the 1924 World Series in the twelfth inning of the seventh game. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
(Joseph) Stephen Hall
Tony AmbrosiFrom his first visit to Washington as a child in 1944, (Joseph) Stephen Hall found the city a “ great wonderment.” In two interviews with Nancy Martin in 2003, Dr. Hall recounts his years in the area since coming to graduate school at the University of Maryland in 1958. A retired history professor, Dr. Hall provides his account of DC and Capitol Hill history, laced with many personal observations in his inimitable style. The transcript includes several photographs taken at his home from 1914 – 1920, provided to him by descendants of the house’s original owners. . View Online [Part 1] >   [ Part 2]> | View PDF [pdf]
Carol Mills Harris
C HarrisCarol Mills Harris recalls Capitol Hill as her childhood home from 1933-1944, when all the Mall and the cultural events there were her classroom and playground. Carol's mother took her five children every weekend to museums, concerts, and plays, guiding them to relish living in Washington. Carol recalls that Mr. Sherrill of Sherrill's Bakery and the nuns at Providence Hospital displayed great kindness toward the Mills children. In an interview with Marie Mingo, Carol describes her roles during World War II: Junior Air Raid Warden and typist of War Department letters to families of war casualties. Coming full circle, Carol now shares her love of Smithsonian museums with children who come for the tours she gives as a docent at the National Museum of African Art. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Charles Harris and Mary Winifred "Winnie" Harris Freeman
HarrisSiblings Charles Harris and Mary Winifred "Winnie" Harris Freeman were born and grew up in a house on Ninth Street SE that had been in their family for nearly 100 years at the time of their August, 2005, interview with Mary Ann Wyrsch. Their description of life on Capitol Hill and in Washington in the 1940s and 1950s covers their immediate family, with its nine children, as well as an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. (Their uncle Harry Ford's interview also appears on this website.) The family's long-time involvement with St. Cyprian's Church, the "black Catholic church on Capitol Hill," is discussed in detail, as a reflection of life under segregation and the gradual changes brought about by the advent of integration. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John Harrod
In the early 1970's, John Harrod founded the Market 5 Gallery in the North Hall of Eastern Market. In two 2009 interviews with Elizabeth Lewis, Harrod describes his early efforts to transform the North Hall from a storage facility for the Fire Department to the gallery, alternative arts space, and theater that served the Mayor's Summer Youth Program and hosted numerous other community events over 30 years. He also describes how the Gallery helped develop the North Plaza and its surroundings from an area that was deserted on weekends to the outdoor craft and flea markets that now thrive year-round. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Dorothy Hawkins
Dorothy Owens Hawkins was born in 1915 in her grandparents' home at 513 E Street SE, across Marion Park from the police station, an appropriate location for her grandfather who spent 40 years as a DC police officer. Later she and her parents lived next door at 515 E Street SE. When interviewed by Nancy Metzger in 1999, Dorothy provided many details of a time long gone, when you knew which households had electricity and you saw confiscated liquor being hauled to the police station. Dorothy's son joined the Park Police after serving in Vietnam and was killed on duty trying to stop a robbery. Dorothy's obituary, as prepared by the US Park Police appears at the end of the transcript; she passed away in March of 2015 at age 99.

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Eva Haynes
Eva and Walter HaynesE Haynes live in the house on South Carolina Avenue purchased by her parents in 1949. Mrs. Haynes and her family moved in to help her parents after her father was injured while doing construction work at the National Gallery of Art. Her children attended Giddings Elementary and Hine Junior High School. In an interview with Margaret Missiaen, Mrs. Haynes tells how her parents, Elijah and Lucy Parker, were among the founders of the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church now located at 754 11th Street S.E. She also recalls her school days in D.C. and her 30 years at the U.S. Census Bureau. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Barbara Held Reich
Barbara Held Reich was a realtor on Capitol Hill starting in the late 1950s. In an interview with Megan Rosenfeld, she talks about discovering and selling unoccupied alley houses, and the early spirit of community in restoring old houses in a then somewhat disreputable neighborhood. She lived in three houses of her own here and was instrumental in starting three organizations to improve Pennsylvania Avenue, Market Row and Barracks Row. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Bob Herrema
Only a few peopleHerrema get to be involved with inventing a new genre, but Bob Herrema’s mid-1980s “adaptive reuse” of the former Logan School into condominiums heralded the start of a new approach to renovating older buildings on Capitol Hill. His 2003 interview with Nicky Cymrot, shortly before his death, covers stories of his family’s life on Capitol Hill after moving here in 1977. He also discussses his early, more traditional, renovation projects in the neighborhood and the many challenges of adaptively reusing Logan and Carbery schools and the former Faith Baptist Church as condos.. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Marie Hertzberg
Marie Hertzberg and her husband bought their first home on Carroll Street S.E. in the 1950s, but it wasn't long before Congress took over the street in order to build the Madison building of the Library of Congress. In an interview with Elizabeth Stein, Mrs. Hertzberg describes the residents of Carroll Street and the process that ended up displacing them from their homes. She also discusses her move to East Capitol Street, which then had streetcars and was lined with rooming houses, and her impressions of how that street and the Hill have changed over the years. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ann Higgins
HigginsAnn Higgins has spent two periods of her life on Capitol Hill, with a 40 year break in between. She moved to Burke Street SE as a three year old and stayed until she was a high school student, then returned as an adult after many years in the suburbs. Even when her family left DC during the block-busting 1950s, she commuted from Falls Church to attend the far superior program at Eastern High School, graduating in 1954. Her many positive memories of attending Bryan School and Eastern are recounted in this November, 2011, interview with Bernadette McMahon, but she tells many other stories too: about living near the DC Jail, life in Washington during World War II, and experiences with several local hospitals. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
June Hoffmann
HofffmanJune Hoffmann’s parents were married at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill in 1911 and subsequently raised their 10 children on the Hill and in Congress Heights. The family moved in 1931 to 616 North Carolina Avenue SE, across from what was then a firehouse. That same house, at the time owned by a nephew and his wife, was the site of June’s 2005 interview with Bernadette McMahon. Two sisters, a brother, a brother-in-law, and the current homeowners also participated in the interview. All the family members were eager to attest to the happy, gregarious life the Hoffmanns had known growing up. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Sidney Hoffman
Sidney Hoffman spent his earliest years living over his father’s shoe store on H Street NE,Hofffman and lived in several other locations in Northeast and Southeast during the 1920s. After graduating from Eastern High School in 1937, he spent his working years first in local theaters and later as a gemologist. In this October, 2004, interview with Ev Barnes, he tells how his job as a theater manager allowed him to meet many stars of the time, including John Wayne, and how escorting the stars also provided a chance to shake hands with President Franklin Roosevelt in the Oval Office. More recently, he’s been active in the Eastern High School “50 Plus Club,” a group of alumni who graduated over 50 years ago. Sidney corresponded with a “pen pal” in Scotland from 1926 until 1955 before their meeting became part of a BBC wish fulfillment show. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Margaret Hollister
HollisterMargaret Hollister moved with her sons from mostly white Montgomery County to Ninth Street SE around 1970 to find a "more authentic place to live". In this June, 2014, interview with Pat Taffe Driscoll, Margaret recounts in vivid detail the challenges she faced making the "little tar paper shack" into a functioning house. Among other topics covered in the interview are her son's activism in anti-Vietnam War efforts, her many years as a social worker (until she was 83 years old), and her neighborhood contributions as an active member and officer of Friends of the Southeast Library. Margaret is credited by many for the improvements ultimately made to the library's restrooms; her own assessment is that the library officials finally made the improvements because they "just wanted to shut me up". View PDF [pdf]
George Hutchinson

HollisterGeorge Hutchinson spent his childhood in the Stanton Park area where he lived until just after World War II. In this June, 2016, interview with Paula Causey, he reminisces about his time as a page at the Supreme Court, from wearing knickers and scary tunnels to having to go across town to night school. He went on to serve in the library and the Marshal's Office at the Court. His stories of schools, movies, ice cream parlors, and trolleys and descriptions of historical events such as the return of Lindbergh and Bonus Marchers, enriches our understanding of the neighborhood from the 1920s onward. View PDF [pdf]

Margaret Hutchison
Margaret Hutchison M_Hutcheisonspent most of her early life in Geogretown, but she lived in the Stanton Park neighborhood as a young woman in the mid twenties and again as a mother in the late thirties and early forties. Linda O’Brien leads ninety-seven year old Margaret through recollections of life on Stanton Park during the two different time periods, touching on the commercial establishments, the schools and the Merrick Boys and Girls Club.. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Martha Huizenga

M_HutcheisonMartha Huizenga was awarded a Community Achievement Award in 2012, acknowledging her years of service as an officer and Board member of CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals), the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, and the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. In this January, 2012, interview with Stephanie Deutsch, she recounts her professional work history, her interests in photography and knitting, and her participation in triatholons. Most of the conversation focuses on the tasks she has performed for community organizations, including founding and running the popular annual Community Foundation Literary Feast dinners, co-chairing the Group Ministry annual golf tournament, and operating McKenna's Wagon to distibute food to the homeless population for Martha's Table in Northwest Washington. View PDF [pdf]

Mel Inman, Jr.
M_HutcheisonMel Inman Sr. was interviewed by the Overbeck Project in 2009, so Peter Barker interviewed his son, Mel Inman Jr., in October, 2010, for a study of multi-generational Eastern Market vendor families. Mel Jr.'s interview covers his entire life, including hanging out with children of other merchants and some neighbors at the Market at age five. Later, he swam at the pool next door to the Market and gradually started helping with the family's Market Poultry business, which evolved into becoming his father's partner. He describes how the Market used to look, what facilities changed even before the 2007 fire, and the efforts that made it possible for the family business and the Market to survive that devastating event. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Mel Inman, Sr.
M_HutcheisonMarket Poultry's Mel Inman -- both Sr. and Jr. -- are fixtures at Eastern Market and renowned for the number of customers who stand in line to buy their turkeys for Thanksgiving. Martha Stracener Dantzic interviewed Mel Sr. in March, 2009, and their wide-ranging discussion covers his over-30 year history at the Market, details of the poultry business, what it means to provide customers with good service and knowledgeable advice, and the rewards of working with his own son. Mel vividly describes his reactions to seeing Eastern Market ablaze and to the astonishing support the merchants got from the community after the fire; he also voices opinions about many other aspects of the Market operation. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Susan Jacobs
Susan Jacobs is a long time potter and now manager with Eastern Market Pottery. In this 2009 interview with Sharon House, she describes the original studio over the central hall of the Market and tells how it began in the late 1960s. She shares memories of owners and potters and other people and businesses that have been a part of the Market over the years, including Boone's Lunch. On weekends, Eastern Market Potters had an outdoor table north of the Market before other craft vendors were there. Susan shares her eyewitness account of the 2007 fire at the Market and tells about the temporary pottery studio they had until they could move into their new space in the basement of the Market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Parker Jayne
Parker Jayne is included in the Eastern Market Voices list because he helped organize weekend music performances after the 2007 fire, to draw customers when many thought the Market was closed. That story, near the end of this May, 2012, interview with Katy June-Friesen, demonstrates his many neighborhood connections, most made while organizing musical productions at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and while founding the Capitol Hill Chorale, efforts for which he received a Community Achievement Award in 2004. Other stories about public school involvement, principal Veola Jackson, Soccer on the Hill, and the early days of the Capitol Hill Classic race add to this vivid picture of family life on Capitol Hill over the past 35 years. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Mary Jerrell
mary jerrellMary Jerrell was born in Virginia but moved to Capitol Hill in 1920 when she was five years old. In a March 20003 interview with Andrea Kerr, Mary describes the comings and goings of her neighbors in the 800 block of East Capitol Street where she lived for almost 80 years. The block comes alive as she describes her neighbors house by house. Childhood outings included Easter egg hunts at the Soldiers' Home and sleigh rides around the neighborhood with her father pulling the sleigh and wearing the bells. Mary shares her vivid memories of teachers at Tower, Wallach and Hine schools and recalls the march of the high school students from Hine to the new Eastern High School on East Capitol Street, most likely in 1923. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Inez Jones
Inez and John Jones moved from Oregon to Capitol Hill in 1959, after John joined the staff of Senator Neuberger whose successful campaign he had run. In an interview with Nancy Martin, Mrs. Jones and her son Leland describe how the Joneses bought 802 Massachusetts Avenue NE. Soon after, Mrs. Jones founded Congressional Realty and ran it from the home until the mid-1970s. She reminisces about the "fever" that overtook Capitol Hill realty-a time when the borders of the renovated areas of Capitol Hill were rapidly expanding and "it was so easy to sell things". She also remembers other aspects of life on the Hill in the 1960s, including seeing the debut of Roberta Flack at Mr. Henry's and Mark Russell's performances at the Carroll Arms. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Joanne Jung
M_HutcheisonJoanne Jung and her husband have owned Paik Produce at Eastern Market since 2006. When she was interviewed by Dilshika Jayamaha in March, 2009, the restored Market hadn't yet re-opened, so this brief discussion focuses on the business of selling produce and Joanne's reactions to the 2007 fire and the community's efforts to help the merchants. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Kitty Kaupp
Kitty Kaupp Kitty Kauppwas interviewed by Ruth Ann Overbeck in 1998, in preparation for her Community Achievement Award that year. The interview covers Kitty’s life on Capitol Hill since her 1975 arrival, the influence that living in Mexico had on her life and art, and her career in real estate sales and development. The wide-ranging discussion also covers the design ideas and aesthetics of her partnership infill development projects and the importance of commercial establishments in the neighborhood. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Joan Keenan
Tony AmbrosiJoan Keenan and her late husband Frank were among the first wave of young people who came to Capitol Hill in the 1950s to renovate an old house and raise a family. Joan was professional librarian who, as a young mother in the early 60s, volunteered to help start and maintain the library at Brent School. Following that, she served as librarian for St. Peter's School for 25 years and increased the book collection from almost none to over 8,000. In this 2005 interview, she and her interviewer, long-time friend Pat Driscoll, reminisce about those days, including the riots of 1968, the founding of the Capitol Hill Montessori School, and membership in the babysitting co-op. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Hugh Kelly
Kitty KauppHugh Kelly was a Community Achievement awardee when he was interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in March, 2006. A Capitol Hill realtor since the early 1970s, he describes his efforts to interest people in the neighborhood at a time when it was considered an alternative place to live, for those who couldn’t afford more desirable locations, rather than a destination location. He discusses his own purchases and frequent moves -- enough to keep a mover, thoroughly familiar with his furniture, on retainer, and the fact that he was a realtor who had lived on a boat for the previous17 years. He describes the people and institutions that contribute to the quality of Capitol Hill neighborhood life. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Margot Kelly
Tony AmbrosiLike many people, Margot Kelly moved to Capitol Hill in the 1960s because she couldn't find the house she wanted in Northwest. Also like many, she became involved in rehabilitation of neglected buildings, but unlike most she quickly focused on Eighth Street SE commercial buildings. In the years just after the 1968 riots, when the area was considered dangerous, Margot bought and renovated several buildings. Ownership led to involvement in trying to improve the area, including starting the Barracks Row Association, battling to get pay phones removed, and initiating a semi-annual cleanup by Marine neighbors. By the time the Barracks Row Main Street program began, she was ready to retire. This August, 2007, interview with Ev Barnes also covers her early years in Washington before she moved to Capitol Hill. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Tom Kelly
Tom Kelly grew up in the KellyStanton Park area of Capitol Hill in the twenties and thirties, raised four children there -- and still lives there. This early Capitol Hill neighborhood comes alive as Kelly describes the area and many of his adolescent adventures in his humorous Irish style to interviewer Andrea Moore Kerr. There are tales concerning the doings of Amos and other young buddies, memories of his own extended family, extensive descriptions of many of his neighbors, the various local businesses around the Park, and how a young man could earn some money. The time line closes with a reminiscence of Harry Truman, before Tom’s own children were born. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Leonard Kirsten
Len Kirsten owned and operated the EmporiumLen Kristen, a gift shop in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE from 1965 to 1975. He carried an eclectic array of traditional items plus up-to-the-minute hip things, aimed at the new folks who were moving to the Hill at the time. Until his shop opened, neighborhood residents and workers had to go to Georgetown to buy items such as trendy posters and jewelry and catchy political items. His was the first shop in town to carry the Spiro Agnew watch, modeled on the Mickey Mouse watch. Later he operated a deli in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue that served, among other things, cheese steaks designed to replicate the best in South Philly. In this interview with Sharon House, Len Kirsten tells about his businesses, including the people who worked in his establishments (Marines and long haired folk singers), about other businesses on Capitol Hill, and about how they supported each other and neighborhood institutions such as the Folger Theater. . View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Gladys Kraft
KraftAlthough never a resident of Capitol Hill, Gladys Salpeter Kraft supervised many of the programs at Friendship House from 1946 to 1950 and later served on the Board until 1968. She was a career social worker and educator, and in this June, 2015, interview with Paula Causey, she offers insights on the "settlement movement" and social group work as background for her memories of Lydia Burklin and the programs offered at Friendship House before integration. Highlights include reminiscences of supper clubs, planning the Christmas pageant, and the value of a good maintenance man like Harold Mansfield. Her memories of the Board reveal some of the "tricky" issues of the time as she reflects on the challenges facing community-based organizatons. She also talks about the Martin Luther King March and the Poor Peoples' Campaign in 1968. View PDF [pdf]
Malien Lane 
Soon after she moved to Capitol Hill in 1978, Malien Lane became one of the first six vendors selling outside Eastern Market's North Hall in the Saturday market begun by John Harrod. She soon shifted from selling quilts to selling silver jewelry, and now sells jewelry and her own handcrafted beads. In this May, 2009, conversation with Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna, Lane talks about the changes she has seen in the Market, the vendors and the customers during her years as a weekend exhibitor. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John and Elsie Leukhardt
When John and Elsie Leukhardt were interviewed in 1974 by Suzanne Ganschinietz  and Hazel Kreinheder, Elsie reminisced about having had the same phone number -- updated as the system changed -- for 70 years. She was the daughter of builder William Yost, who built his family home at 1002 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; the Leukhardts still lived there at the time of the interview. He had also built another four houses in that immediate area, as well as the Naval Lodge at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE and many other buildings. This interview includes memories of the very early 20th century, including a neighbor who was first president of National Capital Bank, the early history of Friendship House, streetcar routes, houses heated with Latrobes, and the tornado of 1919. View PDF [pdf]
Andrew Lightman 
Andrew Lightman moved to Capitol Hill in 1993 as a graduate student and is now the editor of the HILL RAG newspaper, located across the street from Eastern Market. In this April, 2009, interview with Dilshika Jayamaha, Lightman discusses how the paper covers the Market, how the city and neighborhood responded to the fire, and the complicated relationships among the indoor merchants, weekend vendors, and storefront businesses. Lightman was among the first people at the Market the morning after the fire and describes much of the scene he observed and photographed. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Stuart Long
LongStuart Long is a well-known name in the Capitol Hill Community. He got involved in rehabbing houses in the neighborhood while attending Gonzaga High School in the 1950s, when he took the streetcar from school to whatever Hill house his mother was redoing at the time and steamed the wallpaper off the walls for her. He's best known as the co-founder of the Hawk and Dove restaurant and bar in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, started in 1967 and named for that period's prevailing political factio=ns. This interview with Megan Rosenfeld took place in November, 2011, shortly after he sold the Hawk. In the interview, he regales us all with entertaining stories from across the years, including many interactions with local politicians. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Rose Lovelace
Like her sister Josephine Shore, LovelaceRose Lovelace grew up on H Street SE, near Congressional Cemetery, "just after the war" --World War I, that is. In her 2003 interview with Linda O?Brien, she remembers taking care of baby Josephine and a young brother, hansom cabs and the cars that replaced them, and the fine clothing provided to her by a favorite aunt. The interview also covers her school days and working days and other aspects of life in the early 20th century. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Janice MacKinnon
Janice MacKinnonJan MacKinnon left her Hollywood, CA, hometown for DC in the 1960s to work for a California congressman, and in 1969 moved Capitol Hill with her husband David. Once her children arrived, she began an involvement with the neighborhood public schools that has yet to end. Starting as a parent volunteer in the mid-1970s, Jan later became the librarian at Stuart-Hobson Middle School and is now librarian at the Peabody campus of the Cluster School. In her interview with Stephanie Deutsch, Jan remembers the beginnings of many of today's child-centered neighborhood institutions, including the Capitol Hill Classic race, the Peabody playground, and Softball on the Hill. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Goldie Mamakos
Jan MacKinnonGoldie Mamakos was born on the Hill in 1930 at a house where her family and other Greek relatives lived. In this 2006 interview with Sharon House, Goldie tells about the family, several of whom became owners of Capitol Hill businesses: Club Kavakos, the Louis Mamakos candy store, Richfield Dairy, and Sherrill's Bakery. Goldie also remembers Club Kavakos where she checked coats, Friendship House, and the police precinct on Marion Park where the boys played ping pong in the basement and children received stockings filled with treats at Christmas. Included are photos of a wedding party on the steps of the Capitol Hill home where the family lived, her class at Wallach School, and the 20th anniversary party at Club Kavakos. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Joe Mangialardo
Mangialardo and SonsJoe Mangialardo delicatessen in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE has been a Hill favorite for many years. The current senior owner, Joe Mangialardo, did not grow up on Capitol Hill but he has spent over four decades working on the Hill. Megan Rosenfeld and Joe discuss the hard work and the effort that it takes to produce a quality product. They also touch upon stories about the customers and some of Joe’s neighborhood friends from his days as a young man. In the end the talk drifts to a review of one of Joe’s favorite pastimes: fast cars. . View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Jack Mann
Tony AmbrosiJack Mann's great-great-grandfather opened a brewery and beer garden on Capitol Hill in the late 1850s. It was located 14th and D Street SE on the site of the current Safeway. George Beckert died in 1859 but the business was carried on by his wife Theresa, a son and a son in law. The business eventually was purchased by Albert Carry, who turned it into an ice cream business with the advent of prohibition. The Beckert family history, complete with photos, was prepared by Jack Mann?s uncle, Charles Mohler. Jack grew up at 1427 East Capitol during and after World War II and relates some of his own memories as well as those from the family album in this September, 2003, interview with Norman Metzger. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Barry Margeson
Barry Margeson began managing Eastern Market for the DC Department of Real Estate Services on January 1, 2009, and oversaw the June, 2009, move from the temporary building to the original restored 1893 Eastern Market building. In this 2009 interview with Ev Barnes, he reveals that his first exposure to the market was as a visitor and as an artist who sold art at the market for a short period of time. He relates that the task of managing the market has been a very interesting and enjoyable process, especially getting to know the outdoor exhibitors, the farmers and the indoor merchants. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Jerry Mark
Jerry MarkJerry Mark grows plants that he sells on the Eastern Market farmer's line. He has spent his entire life around farming—from the Iowa farm where he was raised, to a farm youth exchange in Jordan, to a farm cooperative in southeast Kentucky. In the early 1970s, he started his own small "low capitol, high labor" farming operation in West Virginia, and by 1978, he was selling his plants at Eastern Market. In this July 2009 interview with Sharon House, Jerry shares his philosophy of farming and discusses ways Eastern Market might attract more farmers who employ new agricultural practices. He also talks about his employees from this neighborhood and how much he enjoys the Capitol Hill neighborhood. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Geraldine Matthews
Geraldine Matthews was born on Capitol Hill in 1923 and has spent her entire life here. She tells interviewer Marie Mingo of her earliest memories, living with her mother and grandparents on Terrace Place NE, behind the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. From that location, she saw both the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Supreme Court built, and even remembers skating on the empty lot before the Folger was built. Her memories of the various Catholic churches and neighborhood schools include the changes that have occurred since the days of segregation in which she grew up. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John “Peterbug” Matthews

Jim FinleyJohn "Peterbug" Matthews says his goal is to "save souls and heel people," a play on words that connects his Shoe Repair Academy to activities that benefit those in need, especially children. Peterbug was interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in 2012 when he received a Community Achievement Award for those efforts. A stammerer during his early life, Peterbug found his life's work after being assigned to school tracks for disabled children and studied shoe repair at Phelps Vocational High School and Oklahoma Technical Institute. Federal City College provided access to speech therapy and a degree in sociology, but shoe repair provided a living and an incomparable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of neighborhood children, a contribution he has made to the community since 1977. View PDF [pdf]

Bernadette Mayo
Jim FinleyBernadette Mayo began selling bars of handmade soap in Eastern Market in 1996 and now sells over 17 different kinds, along with other "salts, lotions, and potions." She travels from Maryland at dawn each weekend to set up her table and describes her feelings about the Market and its future to Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna during this March, 2009, interview. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Madonna McCullers
Madonna McCullers moved to the Hill in 1950, where she balanced keeping house for her family with opening and operating her own beauty shop on Massachusetts Avenue. In this May, 2005 interview conducted by Ev Barnes, Ms. McCullers discusses her experiences on the Hill. She shares not only the dispiriting effects of segregration in Washington but her joy in renovating her house, participating in the local religious community, and helping other women pursue cosmetology careers. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Ronald K. McGregor
Ronald McGregor R McGregorand his family moved to our neighborhood in 1968 after his retirement from the Navy, settling in the 700 block of Massachusetts Avenue N.E. and becoming active in the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, the Restoration Society and the Garden Club. In an interview with Nell Maiden, Ron describes the changes he’s seen here over the years, including the purchase of Capitol Hill Hospital by MedLink and MedLink’s subsequent problems. In that property’s transition to residential development, Ron was very involved in community efforts to preserve historic elements, protect the setting of St. James Episcopal Church and minimize traffic and parking problems. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Keith Melder
Tony AmbrosiKeith Melder’s stay on Capitol Hill was short but full of involvement—throughout the 1960s, he was active in the Capitol Hill Community Council, a racially integrated civic organization attempting to supplant the predecessor segregated organizations that previously dominated civic life in D.C. In his interview with Kathleen Franz, Melder relates that his 8th Street SE house was demolished when the city built the new Hine Junior High School; the neighborhood successfully fought a subsequent attempt to tear down the remaining buildings on that block to enlarge Hine and its playground. He recalls the battles to save Eastern Market from demolition and to prevent the freeway from extending up 11th Street. He reminisces fondly about Weisfeld’s market and the huge annual Labor Day parties sponsored by the Community Council as a way to promote neighborhood cohesiveness. His collection of copies of the Capitol Hill News, published by the Community Council, prompt many additional memories of the Hill in the 1960s. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Nancy Metzger
Tony AmbrosiNancy Metzger’s interest in Capitol Hill historic preservation began in childhood, when she questioned her mother about their church’s decision to remove houses in order to build an annex. When interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in 2005, she had been awarded a Community Achievement Award for her role as chair of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Historic Preservation Committee. The interview covers her life and interests, which combine landscape architecture and urban design with historic preservation. It also provides background on the committee's processes and details of some of the challenging historic preservation issues they have dealt with in recent years. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John and Elsie Miller
John Miller was born on Capitol Hill before World War I and lived most of his life in Southeast. The Navy Yard expansion took over the house where he was born. The home he shared with his wife Elsie was demolished to create Potomac Gardens. In an engaging description of the early 1900s, he tells of playing baseball on "Poplar Hill" and going to amateur night at the "Southeast Gardens" open air theater. In this 1974 interview with Ruth Ann Perez and Hazel Kreinheder, John and Elsie provide rich details about schools, bakeries, ice cream plants, and more, with commentary about some of the "characters" around the Navy Yard and "Pipetown" neighborhoods. View PDF [pdf]
Margaret Missiaen
Margaret Missiaen, born in Indiana, knew from an early age that she wanted to see other parts of the world. Peace Corps service took her to Senegal and provided the opportunity to travel elsewhere in Africa. When that ended, she found work, and her husband Ed, in Washington, and they've lived on Capitol Hill since soon after their 1969 marriage, with a four-year hiatus in Brazil. Margaret, widely known as the "Tree Lady of Capitol Hillwas awarded a 2010 Community Achievement Award largely for her devotion to pruning and nurturing neighborhood trees. In this January 2010 interview with Stephanie Deutsch Margaret explains how her interests developed and describes her strategy for annually pruning 400 trees during a 10-week period of winter, with Ed's help. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Cornelia "Connie" Mitchell
Cornelia "Connie" Mitchell,Mitchell a lifelong Washington resident, remembers seeing presidential inaugural parades as far back as Woodrow Wilson’s. In this 2004 interview with Nancy Hartnagel, she describes many aspects of life as an African American growing up in a segregated city. The interview also covers her work and involvement with many organizations during the civil rights movement, including the 1963 March on Washington, her experiences with several Catholic churches in Washington, and memories of entertainers who performed in local black theaters. She concludes with her own personal opinions about local politics and her life. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Larry Monaco
H MonbergLarry Monaco's early childhood was spent on Capitol Hill, as both his mother's and father's had been, so his April, 2010 interview with Michael Eck is filled with reminiscences of family life in both the northeast and southeast parts of the neighborhood. His family moved to Prince Georges County in the late 1940s, but he returned to the Hill as a married man in 1967 and soon became involved with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society where he served as president from 1969 to 1971 and again from 1983 to 1987. References to the Restoration Society's involvement in the neighborhood's evolution are interspersed with childhood memories of corner stores, snow-cones, barbershops, shoe repair places, and an Italian uncle's New Jersey Avenue SE businesses with three subbasements. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Helene Monberg
Helene Monberg H Monbergwas a journalist in Washington for over 60 years. For nearly 30 years, she ran a news bureau and then a newsletter out of her home at 123 6th Street SE. Her house was also the headquarters of a scholarship program called the Achievement Scholarship Program, which she started in reaction to the riots of 1968. In this interview with Megan Rosenfeld, Ms. Monberg describes her career, and how she decided that being her own boss was the only way to make enough money to fund her philanthropic interests. Living in a nursing home in Rockville at the time of the interview, Ms. Monberg subsequently passed away, leaving over $1 million to fund tutoring and other educational needs in her home state of Colorado. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Oley Morgan
H MonbergOley Morgan was born in 1917 and grew up on Capitol Hill. From the age of 12, his primary interest was boxing, at the Knights of Columbus, then the Merrick Boys Club, the Police Boys Club, and eventually for the Marine Corps. In his two 2005 interviews with Norman Metzger, he recounts childhood memories of the schools he attended, and his jobs delivering two different newspapers, as well as his long career as a newspaper machinist. Again and again his reminiscences return to his days as a boxer, with Eighth Street SE (the modern day Barracks Row) often featured as backdrop. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Nellie May Morton
Nellie May Sweet Morton, born in 1897, was interviewed by Ruth Ann Perez and Hazel Kreinheder in 1974. The history of the Bradburn Memorial Methodist Church, to which she belonged, is described in detail, as is information about many of the houses in the area where she had lived; her neighborhood was I, K, and L Streets SE, in the blocks between 12th and 15th Streets. While describing the houses and their residents, she reveals many features of early 20th century life: restrictions girls lived under (compared to the freedom their brothers enjoyed), the drowning deaths of two neighbohood brothers, the local schools she attended, and the fact that poor families like hers sometimes chopped up discarded railroad ties to use as firewood. View PDF [pdf]
Moy Family
Ellen Moy immigrated from China to Washington, D.C., in 1941 and married a man who had been born on Second Street SE. Together, they ran the Frank Moy Laundry at 315 Pennsylvania Avenue SE and raised their family of four children on the floors above. In this 2002 interview with Renee Braden, Mrs. Moy and her daughters Ruby, Judy, and June, recall a time when it was the norm for families to live above their businesses. Their reminiscences include the activities of the 20 children from their small community of merchants—baseball games, riding scooters, roller skating on brick, and peering out their windows to watch dressed up adults enter the Naval Lodge for major events. The daughters also recollect that each had a specific chore to perform at the laundry. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Mary Murray
When Beth Eck interviewedMary Murray Mary Donohoe Murray in 2003, she learned about a close extended family. Mary, like her first cousin Ray Donohoe (see transcript), is a grandchild of grocer, realtor, and car dealer John F. Donohoe, so the lives and interactions of many Donohoe relatives are covered in the interview. Mary, who had six brothers, was the only daughter in the family of Clarence F. and Clara Donohoe. She describes family life in the 1920s, split between school years at 629 East Capitol Street and summers at Banks O’Dee, the 49 acre family compound in Rock Point, Maryland. The family owned a pony (not the only one on the block!), which was kept in the backyard stable in Washington and was sent by boat to Rock Point for the summer months. Mary attended St. Cecilia’s Academy for eight years, half a block from her home, and then Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Freda Murray
Interviewed by Hazel Kreinheder in 1974, Freda Herrmann Murray describes many commercial activities on the Hill in the early 20th century. Her German parents operated a grocery, funeral home, and made bottled root beer and ginger ale. Mr. Herrmann was one of the founders of the German-American Building Association and a director of the National Capitol Bank for many years. Mrs. Murray and her husband briefly ran a funeral home on 11th Street SE, and after his death, she served as her father's bookkeeper until the 1930s. She provides details about houses and people in the Marine Barracks neighborhood, including alley life, firehouses, breweries, bakeries, the 11th Street bridge, and "Poplar Hill.” View PDF [pdf]
Virginia Myers
Virginia Myers was born in 1924 in Manassas, VA, but moved to Capitol Hill at age five. The youngest of nine children, she lived with her family over the grocery store at the corner of Fourth and East Capitol Streets, an apartment she describes in some detail. Her 2002 interview with Andrea Kerr covers life during her childhood and youth: neighborhood businesses, schools she attended, her enjoyment of parades, sporting events, and parties, streetcar trips to Glen Echo. Throughout the stories, frequent references are made to the financial difficulties her family endured during the Depression. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Annie Bell Nelson
Annie Bell Nelson Annie Nelsonand her husband Joseph purchased their house in the 600 block of South Carolina Avenue S.E. in 1948. In an interview with Margaret Missiaen, she tells about her journey to Capitol Hill from Sumter County, South Carolina, and about her family, which grew to include ten children. The children started their schooling at segregated Giddings Elementary, and were among the first African-Americans to attend Hine Junior High. Mrs. Nelson recalls going to movie theaters on Pennsylvania Avenue and 8th Street and shopping at the A&P and Eastern Market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Elizabeth Nelson and Nick Alberti
Spouses Elizabeth Nelson and Nick Alberti have made Capitol Hill their home since 1985, and throughout that time have made major contributions to the life of the neighborhood. When Stephanie Deutsch interviewed them in January, 2013, in preparation for their receiving a Community Achievement Award, they discussed their initial venture as charter members of the North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association; Elizabeth still prepares that group's monthly newsletter The Buzz. They became deeply involved with neighborhood children through Cub Scouts and a variety of continuing contributions to Maury Elementary School. In addition, Nick has served as an ANC 6A commissioner since 2002, Elizabeth is active in the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, and both participate in Trees for Capitol Hill programs. View PDF [pdf]
Jerre Ness
When Jerre Ness J Nessspent his childhood and school years on Capitol Hill, he attended local schools and delivered newspapers to homes since replaced by the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Buildings. His June, 2005, interview with Ev Barnes includes memories of the day President Franklin Roosevelt waved to him as he rode past the Supreme Court on his way to the Navy Yard. His working life was also spent on the Hill, contributing to the infrastructure on the Capitol grounds as a steam fitter working on major building projects. These included extension of the Capitol’s East front, construction of the Rayburn Building and its adjacent garages, installation of new systems at the Capitol Power Plant, and construction of the Library of Congress Madison Building and the Hart Senate Office Building. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Jean Noel
Jean Noel’s parents met in DC in 1914 and  married in 1915. Jean was born at 511 F Street NE and lived in several other houses in that neighborhood until her marriage after World War II. In this May, 2006, interview with Ev Barnes, she recalls her childhood in the neighborhood near H Street NE, its shops and theaters, the alley dwellings with no indoor plumbing or electricity. She attended Ludlow, then Taylor elementary schools, Stuart Junior High, and graduated from Eastern High School in 1942. Unique memories include roller skating on the sidewalks built to surround the under-construction Supreme Court, people-watching from behind the statues at Union Station, having her first taste of beer in the Capitol with her stenographer uncle, and stories from her work at Capital Transit Company and NSA. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Maureen Nolan
Soon after Maureen Nolan came to the United States from County Clare, Ireland, in the early 1960s, she moved to Washington and settled on Capitol Hill, where she remains to this day. Her May, 2004, interview with Beth Eck focuses on the 1960s -- the excitement of the early Kennedy administration, the days after his death, and the turbulence of the late 1960s. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Michael J. O'Sullivan
Michael J. O'SullivanFather Michael J. O'Sullivan was pastor of St. Peter's church on Capitol Hill for 35 years, starting in 1970. In his 2008 interview with Sharon House, he shares the somewhat accidental way he ended up coming to Washington in 1955. Soon after arriving at St. Peter's, he got to know both the neighborhood and parishioners by walking the streets to visit every member, and also instituted an elected parish council to replace the previous appointed one. Under his direction, the parish took on the restoration of the school, the church, and the rectory buildings, for which he received the Capitol Hill Community Foundation Achievement Award. He discusses the beginning of the parish's annual St. Patrick's Day Mass and party tradition, the introduction of lay (non-religious) school principals, and contributions by St. Peter's parishioners to community projects and activities. The interview ends with memories of the celebrations, here and in Ireland, of the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Throughout the interview, Father O'Sullivan talks about the "wonderful" people he worked with at St. Peter's church and school. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John Overbeck
John Overbeck, who may be related to project namesake Ruth Ann Overbeck, arrived in Washington in 1957 for a job at the Library of Congress. After renting two apartments in the blocks now occupied by the library's Madison Building, he became a homeowner on Ninth Street SE; since 1968, he has resided in the 600 block of A Street SE. In his 2003 interview with Brendan Danaher, he reminsces about early neighbors, activities at St. Mark's Church, watching transitions in the neighborhood, and his home's two appearances on the annual House and Garden tour, 30 years apart. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
John Parker
Michael J. O'SullivanJohn Parker was awarded a Community Achievement award in 2005, for his work with youth baseball programs on Capitol Hill. In his February, 2005, interview with Stephanie Deutsch, John discusses growing up in DC's Petworth neighborhood, his years of teaching at Pallotti High School and Gallaudet University, and his real estate career. Throughout his life, he retained his love of baseball, so when recruited to get involved in the Hill's summer baseball league in the early 90s, he agreed. His enthusiasm for the whole spectrum of activities radiates through the rest of the interview, which provides details about the tremendous effort required of many people. He also expresses his sincere beliefs in the life lessons that sports provide to children. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Lane Parsons
When Lane Parsons watched the houses at 1623 - 31 G Street SE being built during his childhood in the 1920s, the basements were dug out using horse-drawn plows, and laborers removed the dirt using baskets. In this September, 2008, interview with Nancy Metzger, which focused on life in the Barney Circle neighborhood in Southeast Washington, he also relates his memories of school years, the Bonus Army's presence in the neighborhood, seeing the funeral of John Philip Sousa, and taking an unairconditioned train from Seat Pleasant to North Beach or Chesapeake Beach for summer vacations. The interview was conducted as part of the effort by the Barney Circle Neighborhood Watch Association to document the history of the Barney Circle neighborhood. View PDF [pdf]
Kathleen Penney
It's not often that a government functionary describes a meeting regarding a major project as "one of the most fun afternoons we had," but Kathleen Penney's June, 2009, interview with Dilshika Jayamaha includes that quote. When Eastern Market burned, she was Deputy Chief Engineer at the District Department of Transportation, the agency tasked with getting a temporary structure erected to house the South Hall merchants while the Market itself was rebuilt. Kathleen, a Capitol Hill resident for 10 years, became project manager for the department. Her interview emphasizes the cooperation and enthusiasm among multiple city agencies and their chosen contractor to fulfill their task and open the "East Hall" by the end of the summer. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Catherine (Cemmy) Peterson
Cemmy PertersonCatherine (Cemmy) Peterson,Director of the Capitol Hill Day School since 1985, was awarded the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award in 1996, and Ruth Ann Overbeck interviewed her in preparation for the award dinner. In this interview, Cemmy discusses the many influences that formed her educational philosophy, and how closely this approach coincides with the long-standing interests and commitments of the Day School. View Online | View PDF [pdf]
Gary Peterson
Cemmy PertersonGary Peterson was awarded the Community Achievement Award in 2008, largely based on his stewardship of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation's efforts to support Eastern Market merchants following the 2007 fire. And so these 2008 interviews with Stephanie Deutsch, recorded in anticipation of that year’s award ceremony, cover all of Gary's long history on Capitol Hill, with special focus on his activities following the fire. The second interview focuses on the now-famous story of how he used a cast iron skillet to foil an intruder in his house. View Online | View PDF [pdf]
William Phillips
Bill Phillips had many different experiences before he moved to Capitol Hill in 1987 to become legislative director to an Alabama congressman; over time, he became involved with a wide range of activities in the community. In 2013, he received a Community Achievement Award for his contributions, including his service to St. Peter’s Church, as President of CHAMPS Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of Friends of Garfield Park, a Board member of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, and founder and manager of an endowment fund for Capitol Hill Village. In this January, 2013, interview with Stephanie Deutsch, he explains that his life and attitudes have been informed by his early experiences in the Christian Brothers novitiate and adherence to the Rule by which they live. View PDF [pdf]
Maurine Phinisee
Maurine Phinisee From her first Washington experience in World War II as a "government girl" punching IBM cards for the Defense Department to running her own welding business after her husband’s early passing, Maurine Phinisee describes the city with the eyes of a businesswoman, artist, and teacher. Highlights of this April, 2012, interview with Paula Causey include her descriptions of wartime Washington for African Americans, her experiences as TRI-Way Services owner and operator in the 1970s, working for PEPCO public relations as a senior citizen, and her lifelong involvement in the creative arts.  Living in the same house on Independence Avenue SE since 1952, she still has molds and a kiln in her basement and displays her ceramic cookie jars and other objects on her living room shelves, as well as furniture and lamps she welded herself. View Online | View PDF [pdf]
Alexander Pope, Jr.
Alexander PetersonAlexander Pope Jr. was born in 1925 to parents who ran a funeral business in the Southeast part of Capitol Hill. An only child, he was treated by his father as part of the business from an early age, to the extent that on his first day of school, he assumed he would leave and return to work once he’d provided his name to the teacher. He eventually took over the business from his father in 1954 and expanded to additional locations. During this March, 2005, interview with Mary Ann Wyrsch, he also talks about his family and childhood, his experiences playing football for Dunbar High School and the Kingman Park professional team, and his lifelong interest in model trains. View Online | View PDF [pdf]
Peter Powers
Peter Powers,Powers a Capitol Hill resident from the late 1960s until his death in 2006, played a prominent role in the early days of the neighborhood renovation era, including a stint as president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. His January, 2004, interview with Nancy Martin covers those years, during which he served as General Counsel to the Smithsonian Institution. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Evelyn Price
Evelyn PriceE Price moved from southern Virginia to Washington, DC, in 1942, and met her husband here. Joseph and Evelyn Price have lived on Capitol Hill since their marriage in 1947, first on 12th Street, and, since 1956, on 11th Street SE. In her interview with Carol Thornhill, Mrs. Price describes working in a beauty shop and as an elevator operator at the DC Court. She discusses neighborhood life, including changes over time, shopping, and holiday celebrations. She also recalls being struck by a trolley and interacting with rioters following the assassination of Martin Luther King. View Online | View PDF [pdf]
Mary Procter and Bill Matuszeski
ForProctor & Matuszeski many years, Mary Procter and her husband Bill Matuszeski have generously contributed their time and talents to neighborhood organizations such as Friendship House and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and in 1997the Capitol Hill Community Foundation honored them for their efforts with its Community Achievement Award. To prepare a written profile of the couple for the awards dinner program, our organization’s namesake Ruth Ann Overbeck conducted this tape recorded interview. View Online> | View PDF [pdf]
Ida Prosky
ProskyIda Prosky moved to Capitol Hill in 1960 with her husband, actor Bob Prosky, to be near Arena Stage Theater in Southwest, where Bob was a member of the resident company. They raised three sons and lived in three houses during their life in the neighborhood, with forays to New York and Los Angeles as Bob’s career advanced. In her March, 2012, interview with Rosa Wiener, Ida recounts many stories from across those years of change, including a candid description of local schools during the 1960s. Ida’s sons eventually attended the newly created Capitol Hill Day School, where she developed and directed the school’s field education program for many years. Fond memories of family activities and neighbors are interspersed with tales of theatrical and television productions in this wide ranging conversation. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Tom Rall
E PriceSince the late 1960s, Tom Rall has been part of the Capitol Hill community, and those times "shaped the remainder of [his] life," as he states in this May, 2009, interview with Martha Stracener Dantzic. A request by the late Ted Gay in 1978 to preside at a benefit auction for children's services eventually led to Tom's establishment of Saturday auctions in Eastern Market's North Hall. By 1983, he had started the Sunday flea market, which he later expanded into the Hine playground site, effectively transforming Sundays at Eastern Market. Tom's interview covers the entire convoluted history of the flea market and names many vendors from the past and still there today. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Herbert Ramsey
Dr. Herbert Ramsey, Eastern High School Class of 1912, was interviewed in 1977 by Hazel Kreinheder. Because of his involvement with Eastern reunions, he had a large file of information about early alumni, and the bulk of this interview consists of his memories of those students, where they lived, who their family members were, etc., a remarkable achievement because he says at one point that he had not been connected much with Capitol Hill after 1927, 50 years prior to the interview. He also relates his own life history, including George Washington University medical school, practicing medicine for the United Fruit Company in Honduras, four years of missionary work in China, followed by medical practice in Washington, DC. View PDF [pdf]
Frank Reed
Frank ReedFrank Reed, recipient of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation award in 2006, was interviewed by Stephanie Deutsch in March of that yea. He talks about his role as a founder of Stanton Development, the company behind the development of the Kresge's and Penn Theater buildings in the 600 block of Pennsylvania SE and other projects that have improved the Capitol Hill landscape since the early 1980s. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Clarence Rice
Dr. Clarence Rice, a 1912 graduate of "old" Eastern High School, later served as an Army doctor in World War I. He lived on Kentucky Avenue near Lincoln Park during his childhood and was interviewed by Hazel Kreinheder in 1977, specifically to talk about Congressional Cemetery. The interview expanded well beyond the cemetery and brings alive the Capitol Hill neighborhood of his youth in the first decade of the 20th century: stories of crossing the Anacostia as a boy to get "shimmy sticks," going to band concerts in the park, riding trolley cars to Glen Echo, and taking evening strolls on East Capitol Street for ice cream. A pathologist and specialist on diabetes, Dr. Rice also discusses medical facilities, including Gallinger Hospital and the lonely leper on the Eastern Branch. View PDF [pdf]
Nelson Rimensnyder
E PriceNelson Rimensnyder has been a Capitol Hill neighbor for years, but this 2005 interview with Nathaniel Kulyk focuses on his 20 years of staff work on the House of Representatives Committee on the District of Columbia and his collection of research on topics related to DC governance. He provides his insights into how various presidents' backgrounds have affected their attitudes toward governing Washington, he reviews relationships between DC's elected mayors and Congress, and he explains how research supports congressional representation for the citizens of DC. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Curtis “Doc” Robinson
Curtis “Doc” Robinson served as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, but his interview with Dee Atwell focuses on his life after the war in Washington, DC. After receiving a degree in pharmacy from Howard University, he owned several pharmacies around the city, ending up after 50 years still in business at the corner of 10th and East Capitol Streets. The interview covers his upbringing in Orangeburg, SC, his family life in DC, and the operations of drug stores around the city during the waning days of segregation. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Donna Scheeder
Donna Scheeder was awarded a Community Achievement Award in 2009, in large part because of her outstanding leadership as volunteer Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisor Committee. Her February, 2009, interview with Stephanie Deutsch offers her insights regarding recent Market history, in particular the many decisions and actions required after the 2007 fire. Her EMCAC experiences also color her perspective on the role of EMCAC as a watchdog group overseeing the Market, the benefits of that oversight, and the deficiencies of its strictly advisory role. Donna's many other educational, professional, political, and theatrical activities are also included in the interview. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Norman Schroth
Norman Schroth was born in 1905 and raised at 702 Maryland Avenue NE. He later moved to 404 Seventh Street NE. His family was in the meat processing business and built a smokehouse at the rear of the Maryland Avenue home. In this 1974 interview with Ruth Ann Perez and Hazel Kreinheder, he and his wife talk about the playground hills near Maryland Avenue before they were leveled, the circus, the old Casualty Hospital, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a number of families, houses, and stores in the Stanton Park neighborhood and closer to Union Station. View PDF [pdf]
Walter Schwartz, Jr.
Walter Schwartz didn’t have a typical Capitol Hill childhood. Because his father was resident manager of the Plaza Hotel, and later the Carroll Arms Hotel, he grew up sharing an apartment in the hotel with his parents, eating most meals in the hotel restaurant. To remove him from the hectic and stressful life in Washington during World War II, he attended first to third grades at a Pennsylvania boarding school. At that time, Navy WAVES and SPARs occupied three floors of the building, the hotel’s contribution to the war effort. Wally’s 2006 interview with Adam Graham covers this interesting variation on a Capitol Hill life, as well as his subsequent schooling at St. Joseph’s elementary school, Gonzaga High School, and Catholic University, his years of living elsewhere, and his return to Capitol Hill after 2000. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Karl Frederic Schwengel
J Shore Karl Frederic Schwengel bought his house on 11th Street SE in 1969, selecting Capitol Hill mostly because houses were less expensive than in Georgetown. In his October, 2007, interview with Jackie Ludden, he relays stories about previous residents of his block, including the notorious Man in the Green Hat, as well as information about his family and his early life before coming to Washington. He also explains the inadvertent advantages of sharing a name with a former member of Congress. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Beatrice Shelton
In this interview with Pat Taffe Driscoll, Bea Shelton speaks of her long involvement with the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on East Capitol Street and the various projects sponsored or supported by the Church, including the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards, a holistic health clinic, a Montessori school, the Capitol Hill Co-op Play School, and various group activities such as Alcoholics Anonymous. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Josephine Shore
Josephine Shore J Shorewas born at home, 1612 H Street SE. in 1919 and spent her next 21 years there. In her interview with Linda O’Brien, she recalls life in that mostly blue collar neighborhood, from which she walked to Holy Comforter School and later St. Cecilia’s. Her happy memories include playing barefoot in the street after summer rains, buying candy and/or sour pickles at the corner store across from the school, and the neighborhood Italian stonecutter who carved headstones for nearby Congressional Cemetery. Because the houses in that area were built after World War I, they had garages in the back, and her family owned a Model T that her much older brother drove. Later, they inherited a 1936 Buick from an uncle, and Josephine drove her father to his job at Gravely Point when National Airport was under construction and also drove the family to vacations in Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, Maryland. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Milton Sladen
In 1974, as Capitol Hill residents prepared to apply for Historic District status, Suzanne Ganschinietz of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and and Hazel Kreinheder of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society interviewed W. Milton Sladen to determine the general perception of what residents considered the boundaries of Capitol Hill. Born in 1900 near 2nd and C Street S.E., at the time of the interview Milton lived at 120 11th Street S.E., in a house occupied by his family for 67 years. The interview, now part of the public record, provides fascinating details of the residents, houses, and businesses in the Lincoln Park area and elsewhere through the first two-thirds of the 20th century. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Frances Slaughter
Frances SlaughterSlaughter has seldom strayed from home, except once during a year-long job as a nanny in Nigeria. Otherwise, her life has centered on Capitol Hill, brought up by a large and close family, in the quintessential “village” neighborhood. She became the beloved “Miss Frances” to two generations of neighborhood pre-schoolers. For her contributions to the community, she was awarded the Community Achievement Award in 2005, and this interview with Stephanie Deutsch was recorded in anticipation of that year’s award ceremony. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Baird Smith
SlaughterBaird Smith, FAIA, FAPT, Director of Preservation for QUINN EVANS | ARCHITECTS in Washington, DC, was director of the architect/engineering team for the Eastern Market project. His April, 2009, interview with Ev Barnes provides the history of the Market, including the building of the Adolph Cluss-designed South Hall in 1872, addition of the North Hall in 1906-1908, and the restoration following the April 2007 fire. He describes in detail the structural changes required to ensure safety and improve heating, air conditioning, lighting, bathrooms, and public access while still maintaining the atmosphere and feel of the original Market. It is a fascinating interview with the architect intimately involved with every detail of the Market's two-year renovation. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Larry Smith
While Mr. Smith Smith worked as an engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Mrs. Smith ran a rooming house at the corner of Fifth and A Streets NE, so her three sons grew up thinking that was normal – not what everyone did, but not unusual either. In his May, 2005, interview with Jim McMahon, youngest son Larry Smith recreates that world, during and after World War II, when boys played baseball in the alleys and football on teams at the Merrick Boys Club. Memories of his school years, at St. Joseph’s parish grade school and in the very first class at Archbishop Carroll High School, are supported by a series of family photographs incorporated into the interview. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Elias and Mariana Souri
Brother and sister SouriElias and Mariana Souri grew up with their parents and paternal grandparents on Lincoln Park, in the house where they still reside. When their neighbor Hilary Russell interviewed them in 2002, their memories focused on their close-knit Arabic family, most of whom lived nearby during their youth in the 1940s and 1950s; their maternal grandfather had been an Orthodox Christian priest during his lifetime. Their memories of neighborhood changes prompted by school integration while they were students at Hine Junior High School led to a second interview to discuss those events in more detail. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Duncan Spencer
SouriWhen Duncan Spencer moved to his first home on Capitol Hill in 1965, some of his belongings were stolen before he finished unpacking the car. Despite that rough introduction, he's never left the neighborhood and has lived in the same East Capitol Street house since 1970. When interviewed by Jennifer Newton in March, 2015, Duncan relayed many entertaining stories from his professional life as a journalist with the Evening Star, Roll Call, and The Hill; he also discussed the 1981 demise of the Star. His perspective on neighborhood changes are at least partly informed by the different circumstances his two sets of children encountered growing up years apart. His rowing avocation provides a story about how the Anacostia waterfront recently obtained the "best rowing facility in Washington". View PDF [pdf]
Mary Lou Dempf Stott
Mary Lou Dempf StottMary Lou Stott lives in Hawaii, but she grew up at 13 Fourth Street NE, a home that had belonged to her family since 1896. When Jack and Ann Womeldorf, who now live in that house, travelled to Hawaii in 2002, they met with Ms. Stott and talked with her about her experiences growing up in their home. Jack's notes from that interview cover Ms. Stott's family history, including a grandfather who hosted John Philip Sousa and a father who taught FDR to drive, descriptions of the house when she lived there, and facts about the multi-cultural neighborhood around Fourth and East Capitol Streets. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier
Mary Lou StottDuring this February, 2011, interview with Community Achievement awardees Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier, interviewer Stephanie Deutsch comments that their biographies are very distinctive—different from any other person she's interviewed. And so they are: Roy has Cuban roots and a U.S. military background, while Kris was brought up in Carmel, California, by "starving artists" and worked as a horse trainer as a young adult before becoming a successful sculptor. But their Capitol Hill stories revolve around Kris's work with children from Potomac Gardens, which eventually produced the Yume Tree on the wall of the 12th Street CVS, and their founding of the nonprofit Corner Store that provides a venue for local musicians and artists. The achievement award commends those contributions to the neighborhood. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]

Dan Tangherlini
Mary Lou StottDan Tangherlini was the brand new City Administrator for brand new Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007 when he got the late night call that Eastern Market was on fire. The mayor told him it would be his job to fix it. The swift actions taken to build the temporary East Hall and initiate renovation of the Market led to Dan's receiving a Community Achievement Award in 2008, and Stephanie Deutsch interviewed him in preparation for that award. In the interview, Dan describes his career and family and his commitment to his long-time Capitol Hill neighborhood. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor Frank Taylorwas born at home in the 300 block of First Street N.E. in 1903 and moved with his family in 1909 to 909 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. He spent much of his childhood helping out in his father’s drugstore on the corner of Second and Maryland, across the street from where the Supreme Court stands today, and grew up to serve as one of the top administrators of the Smithsonian. In this extraordinary series of interviews conducted by Nancy Metzger in 1999, Taylor describes in wonderful detail the life of Capitol Hill during his childhood. Also, in a follow-up interview with John Franzén in 2003, when Taylor was 100 years old, he elaborates on some of the stories contained in the Metzger interviews and talks at length about his uncle Ernest Kübel, a noted scientific instrument maker who lived across the street at 908 Massachusetts. [ Part I >  |   Part II >  |  Part III >   |   Part IV>  |   Part V >  |   | View PDF I - IV [pdf] | View PDF V [pdf]
Lloyd Thompson
LLloyd Thompsonloyd Thompson grew up in the 1300 block of East Capitol Street after his family was displaced in the mid-1950s by what he calls "urban removal" in Southwest Washington. His 2004 interview with Ida Prosky covers a wide range of Capitol Hill memories of those years, including  names of families who lived in his block, business in the area, churches, theaters, old streetcar lines, buses of the past, and the eventual Metro system. In a departure from those memories, he also describes his work as a cowboy in the Western states and his interest in country and western dancing, which he teaches. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Norman Tucker
In an interview with N TuckerMargaret Missiaen, Norman Tucker recalls his boyhood visits to his grandparents' home on Capitol Hill. From 1903 until 1935, Norman's grandfather Thomas Tucker owned and operated, with his brother William, Tucker Brothers Fine Groceries, a corner market at 701 D Street S.E., and Thomas's family lived behind the store. The property, now residential in its entirety, remained in the family, and Norman and his wife Anne have lived there since 1977. Included in the transcript are some excellent photos of the old market. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Albert Turner

N TuckerAlbert S. Turner was born in Southeast Washington in 1928 and spent most of his childhood at 1210 G Street SE, attending local schools. In this March, 2014, interview with Hazel Kreinheder and Sandra Schmidt, he recalls many details of life in the 30s and 40s, including the paving of cobblestone streets in 1939, meeting generals while delivering groceries to the Marine Commandant's house, living without indoor plumbing, and many entertaining stories. His career with the telephone company included hurriedly installing lines at Arlington Cemetery for broadcasts of the John F. Kennedy burial in 1963, and his subsequent 20 years with the Capitol Police included serving as personal bodyguard to Senator Sam Ervin during the Watergate hearings. View PDF [pdf]

Alice Van Brakle
Alice Van Brakle moved to Alice VanBrakleCapitol Hill in 1944 and to her home on Fifth Street SE in 1948. In an interview with Marie Mingo, Alice tells about raising three sons on the Hill, just as segregation was officially ending. Alice worked for the Department of the Army and was active in community organizations. She describes the involvement of her late husband, who supervised the Southeast Branch of the Post Office, with the Capitol Hill Community Council, the Kiwanis Club, and the Prometheans, a civic group that grew out of the World War II Armed Services Training Program at Howard University. Alice recalls the neighborliness of Hill merchants and her relationship with her near neighbors past and present. [ Part I > | Part II > | Part III > ] | View PDF [pdf]
Margaret Wadsworth
Margaret Wadsworth’s reminiscencesMargarety Woodsworth, the featured presentation of the November, 2006, Overbeck Lecture, grew from her 2005 interview with Elizabeth Eck; that interview is posted here. Born Margaret Fleming in 1920, she was raised in her family’s home in the 500 block of Eighth Street SE and other addresses on Capitol Hill. She fondly remembers her relatives, as well as the neighborhood residents and merchants who formed the village of her childhood. She recalls Eastern High School and her early attempts at a singing career, including auditioning for band leader Bob Crosby and singing briefly on Arthur Godfrey’s radio show. She worked at both the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Naval Historical Center at the Washington Navy Yard. She and her late husband raised their family on Capitol Hill, moving to Arlington after the 1968 riots. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Retired Rear Admiral Charles Loring Waite
Retired Rear Admiral Adm. WaiteCharles Loring Waite, interviewed by Joe and Connie Citro, spent his early years on Capitol Hill and in Southwest Washington before the Depression. Admiral Waite speaks of both sets of grandparents and their roles in the community, of childhood memories of sleeping porches, the ice man, sitting on the stoop, lawn parties and parcheesi games. There were trips to the amusement parks in Glen Echo, Beverly Beach, Colonial Beach and, perhaps, Marshall Hall. There are also memories of a number of many Capitol Hill landmarks including movie theaters and churches. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Peter Waldron
Long-time Capitol Hill resident Peter Waldron had been writing for the Hill Rag for about two years when Eastern Market burned in 2007. The paper's editor and publisher made a key decision at that point: the Hill Rag would publish a monthly report on the progress, or lack of progress, of the Market rebuilding. Peter was assigned the task, and he named his monthly column "Eastern Market Watch". This unique perspective informs his 2009 interview with Dilshika Jayamaha. The interview covers the rebuilding process, but also includes background history from the late 20th century, when Eastern Market was "the black hole of Capitol Hill politics," the 1999 legislation, and Market management issues existing before and after the fire. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Florine Walther
Interviewed in 1974 by Ruth Ann Perez and Hazel Kreinheder, Florine Walker Walther was born and raised at 420 B Street NE (later Constitution Ave NE). The daughter of Samuel Walker, a 19th century builder, investor, and briefly the police chief, her memories are rich on the area around Stanton Park at the turn of the 20th century. She comments on buildings constructed by her father and aspects of daily life in a prominent family on the Hill. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1904 and later taught at Peabody School. She also provides information on the creation of Washington Grove as a summer retreat for Washingtonians. Incorporated into this document are several newspaper articles that describe the history of the Walker family and its roots in Maryland and DC. View PDF [pdf]
Julie Walker
Julie Walker has spent her entire life on Capitol Hill. When she was interviewed in 2003 by Phyllis Thorburn, she had only recently moved to the Southeast quadrant, having lived most of her life in the 600 block of C Street NE. Her memories are particularly pertinent in this era of evolving city transportation systems, because she remembers the streetcars that ran one way on C Street, as well as the impact the building of the East Capitol Street Bridge had on traffic along C Street. Julie also talks about the public schools she attended, the 1968 riots, and her abiding interest in animal rescue. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Dan Waterman
Waintraub_CoperhavenDaniel Waterman practiced medicine on Capitol Hill for more than 35 years before retiring to Vermont in 2014. In this June, 2015, interview with David Levine, he reflects upon his motivations for becoming a physician, the relationships he developed and nurtured with his patients, and his sense of the changes in medicine, in his practice, and in Capitol Hill over that time. He shares the roots of his desire to become a doctor, his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, his medical training and how that led to his location in the DC area, why he stayed, and what he misses now that he's retired. He emphasizes the values he thinks important to the practice of medicine and the challenges he sees being faced by those now entering the field. View PDF [pdf]
John Weintraub and Ed Copenhaver
John WeintraubWaintraub_Coperhaven and Ed Copenhaver met in college, but they didn’t join forces to buy Frager’s Hardware until years later, after military service and additional school and work. Since 1975, when they bought the long-established family firm on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, the men learned the business from former owner George Frager and then expanded it with new departments and merchandise. Stephanie Deutsch interviewed John and Ed in advance of their receiving a 2002 Community Achievement Award. The interview offers a close-up view of the challenges and successes involved in running one of Capitol Hill’s best-known businesses.. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Tommy Wells
Adm. WaiteTommy Wells was elected to represent Ward 6 on the DC City Council in 2006 and was sworn in less than four months before the April, 2007, Eastern Market fire. His 20-year history of public service in the District includes a career in social work and service as an ANC Commissioner and on the DC Board of Education. In this March, 2009, interview with Dilshika Jayamaha, Wells talks about his personal response to the fire and the coordinated government effort to restore the historic building. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Suzanne Wells and Mike Godec
Adm. WaiteSuzanne Wells and Mike Godec got involved with community activites on Capitol Hill the usual way: by seeing a problem and working to find a solution. In their case, a vacant lot near their home had become a dumping ground, and they organized neighbors to clean it up and create a community garden. The success of that collaborative effort led to many others. Most importantly, Suzanne helped found the Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organization and its major project, the Schools Library Project. Mike started as a soccer coach for young Soccer on the Hill players and eventually became Vice President of the expanded group Sports on the Hill. Stephanie Deutsch interviewed them in February, 2011, in preparation for their receiving a 2011 Community Achievement Award. View PDF [pdf]

Minnie Lee White

In 1974, Minnie Lee White, a resident of the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE since 1932, spoke with Hazel Kreinheder. The discussion was not recorded, but Hazel wrote a summary of Mrs. White's recollections. It's only two pages but it has some surprising information, especially about the Capitol Hill resident who sculpted a famous statue of suffragettes for the Capitol. View PDF [pdf]

Dr. Ben Williamowsky

Adm. WaiteDr. Ben Williamowsky, now a retired dentist, came to Capitol Hill as a teenager in 1939 when his father Chaim Williamowsky became Rabbi of the Southeast Hebrew Congregation at 417 Ninth Street SE. This April, 2016, interview with David B. Levine covers the Williamowsky family’s emigration from Lithuania, their years in North Carolina and Alexandria, VA, an in-depth look at their few years on Capitol Hill, and a summary of his subsequent life. The interview focuses mainly on the large 1940-era Jewish community that extended along Pennsylvania Avenue SE from 14th to Eighth Streets; he also describes his years at Eastern High School from which he graduated in 1941. His memories of neighborhood people and businesses provide delightful insights and detailed and humorous stories, truly a rich addition to our knowledge of the Hill. View PDF [pdf]

Esther Woodfolk
The houses where Esther WoodfolkEsther Woodfolk and her siblings grew up were torn down when the Southeast-Southwest Freeway was built, but she remembers her Depression-era neighborhood well. In her August, 2005, interview with Sharon House, right after her 80th birthday, she reminisces fondly about participating in programs at the Southeast Settlement House, her hard working father, her use of the Southeast library, and other scenes typical of the African-American community in the 1930s and 1940s. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Henry Wrona
Henry Wrona moved from his native Rhode Island to work in Washington after World War II. By 1959, he worked for the Senate and lived nearby at the John Adams House on Maryland Avenue NE. Having watched the construction of the new apartment building at 305 C Street NE, he signed up to live there and became one of the building’s first tenants. He remained during its conversion to condos and by the time Carole Kolker interviewed him in 2003, he had lived in the same building for 44 years. Mr. Wrona’s life largely revolved around his duties for a series of Senators, and he describes the neighborhood near his building from the perspective of someone who has seen many changes take place over the decades. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Esther Yost
Esther Yost E Yostwas born on Capitol Hill and lived here until she married in the 1960s. In an interview with Marie Mingo, she offers her vivid memories of local businesses and neighborhood life, including restrictions on daily activities during World War II and the relighting of the Capitol building after VE Day. She also recalls her teen years, working as a lifeguard at Glen Echo park and graduating from Eastern High School in the first integrated class. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]
Clancy Zens
Ordinary people sometimes live such extraordinary lives. In his interview with Jim McMahon, Clancy Zens, a writer and editor by trade, relates how he crashed his Navy fighter plane into an Indiana farm at the end of World War II. He then came to Washington to work for a Catholic new service and eventually became the founding editor of the Washington Archdiocese’s Catholic Standard newspaper. Diocesan internal political struggles led to his involuntary move to Capitol Hill in 1960. His additional job with the U.S. Department of Commerce provided him a glimpse of cold war history up close and personal—the aftermath of the famous Nixon-Khrushchev kitchen debate. Later, he became editor of the Department of Commerce newsletter, globe trotting to report on US participation in Trade Fairs behind the Iron Curtain. View Online > | View PDF [pdf]




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