List of Interviewees

Age Interview County
Don (Anonymous) Male 1980s DeKalb Recalls childhood on farm and resurrection of defunct farm
Joanne (Anonymous) Female 1980s La Salle Farm wife raised on farm but worked outside the home
John Ackerman 40s Male 2000s Tazewell Pumpkin farmer; diversified to preserve family farm
Ray Ackerman 80s Male 2000s Tazewell Memories of Ackerman Farms as a young man
Yvette Ackerman 40s Female 2000s Tazewell Operates Ackerman Farms Store and a shop in town
Bert Aikman 90s Male 1970s Montgomery Farmer and railroad man recalls childhood in late 1800s
Makenna Barker < 20 Female 2000s Fulton 4-H member who displayed vegetables at Illinois State Fair
Fred Baumberger 80s Male 2000s Bond World War II veteran who farmed and raised Standardbred horses
Dr. LeRoy Biehl 90s Male 2000s Champaign Emeritus Professor; Swine Extension veterinarian
Stephen Black 60s Male 2000s Greene Operates a 5th-generation Sesquicentennial Farm
Karl Boekenhauer 70s Male 1980s DeKalb Farmed until the 1950s, then became a feed salesman
Philip Bradshaw 60s Male 2000s Pike Grain and livestock farmer active in pork organization
Ruth Brasell 80s Female 1970s Cass Farm wife and teacher in one-room schoolhouse
Ewell Brauer 60s Male 1970s Cass Farmer recalls changes in farming methods in the 1900s
Parris Brewer 40s Male 2000s Cook Marketing Coordinator for Growing Home, Chicago
Luke Bridger 70s Male 1980s DeKalb Began farming in 1931, built large operation (>1000 acres)
Roger Brown 60s Male 2000s Livingston Farmer and past President of Illinois Pork Producers
Marie Burch 80s Female 1980s Sangamon Farmer discusses her childhood and farm life in early 1900s
Jim Burrus 50s Male 2000s Morgan Raises grass-fed beef and organic chickens
Evans Cantrall 80s Male 1970s Sangamon Farmer recalls rural life in the late 1800s and early 1900s
Bill Clausen 60s Male 1980s DeKalb Operates farm established by his grandfather
George Cline 90s Male 1970s Cass Farmer discusses farm mechanism in late 1800s-early 1900s
Arthur Clough 70s Male 1970s Montgomery Farmer recalls farm life in early 1900s
Eva Clough 80s Female 1970s Montgomery Farm wife lived on farms without electricity, water, or phone
Rick Collins 30s Male 2000s Mercer Restores historic barns using sustainable practices
Frances Culver 80s Female 1970s Whiteside Farm wife recalls growing up near Mississippi River
Walter Culver 80s Male 1970s Menard Farmer discusses mechanization and other changes in the 1900s
Eileen Cunningham 80s Female 2000s Greene Retired nurse and farm wife raised near the Illinois River
Neil Dahlstrom 30s Male 2000s Rock Island Author of The John Deere Story (2005)
Archibald Dunn 80s Male 1970s Cass Farmer recalls changes in farm technology from early 1900s
Chris Eckert 30s Male 2000s St. Clair President of Eckert's Orchards, Inc.
FFA State Officers < 20 2000s
Paul Gebhart 50s Male 2000s Christian Organic chickens, turkeys, and cattle
Manda Geerts-Davis 20s Female 2000s Whiteside National Junior Advisor for Columbia Sheep Association
Weldon Gerdes 50s Male 1980s Menard Discusses 50 years of farming near the Sangamon River
Dr. Deanna Glosser 50s Female 2000s Sangamon Director of Slow Food Springfield
Dr. Peter Goldsmith 40s Male 2000s Champaign NSRC Soybean marketing
Bill Gommel 70s Male 1980s DeKalb Farmer discusses changes in farming since World War II
Martha Gommel 60s Female 1980s DeKalb Farm wife discusses changes in farming
Pam Gray 50s Female 2000s Sangamon Director of Illinois State Fair Museum
Mrs. Leland Hall 70s Female 1970s Menard Recalls childhood in Kentucky and Illinois
Ruth Hambleton 50s Female 2000s Jefferson U. of Illinois Extension educator; founded Annie's Project
Roy Harrington 80s Male 2000s Rock Island Retired mechanical engineer for John Deere & Company
Myles Harston 50s Male 2000s Livingston AquaRanch Industries: Tilapia fish and hydroponic crops
Charles Hartke 60s Male 2000s Effingham Former Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture
Dianna Hatfield < 20 Female 2000s Wayne Active 4-H and FFA member; seeks career in Ag marketing
Jody Heavner 30s Female 2000s Pike Manager of elk production at Pea Ridge Elk Ranch
Gray Herndon 80s Male 1970s Sangamon Springfield lawyer recalls childhood on the farm
Lorene Herschberger 50s Female 2000s Moultrie Amish farm wife, Mother of 13 children
Oba Herschberger 50s Male 2000s Moultrie Amish farmer, Holstein dairy and Belgian horse breeding