Dorothy Myers Oral History

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Date 03/28/1983
Abstract Dorothy Myers (born 1903)

Growing up in Chestertown, Dorothy Myers remembers all of the fun she had as a student at Washington College and going to the amusement park at Tolchester. "Oh yes people went there. Sunday school picnics and Mr. Walter Lusby at the time had bungalows up on the high bank up north of the park and we used to go down there and stay and rent them and then his daughter was a year older then I and we lived right up there together and we…went down to see the Tolchester boat come in. The people [from Baltimore] would run off there try to go up to the park to try to get tables for their lunches."

Getting to Betterton was more difficult if you did not have a car, but that began to change in the 1930s. "Then a lot of people started going to Betterton, they had got the cars and I know it was after I got out of college and then they had special Wednesday nights, Saturday nights and in those days Saturday nights a lot of people wore evening clothes…the women wore long dresses. Of course that didn't last long and there was always a crowd there and it was very nice."

In the 1910s and 1920s, Chautauquas-programs for entertainment and education--were held in Chestertown on Washington Avenue and Cross Street in the summertime. Myers remembers, "They had a large tent and a very nice stage. And they had the piano of course if they had musicals." The young people of the community helped with set up and many people had 'season' tickets to the programs. Eventually, the Chautauquas stopped. "Just like everything else it just seemed to…people got tired of it or…were getting bored, you might see something different.…Just a sign of the times I think."

Working at Chestertown Bank, Myers witnessed how the Great Depression affected the community. "[Chestertown] was very hard hit, but some people were wiser then the others you know and they saw it coming and were prepared for it. I think the farmers were really hit harder then anybody else, which they usually are but it was pathetic because you think about people losing jobs. You just didn't know then your salary were [sic] cut and you didn't know how long you were going to have a job." Nevertheless, she recalls people helping one another. "It seemed that everybody was kind of trying to look out for any other person and help and I think it [the Depression] cleaned up better here."

Transcribed. 2 original casettes (3/28/1983; 10/24/1984)
Interview date 03/28/1983
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Myers, Dorothy
Object ID 2669
Object Name Tape
Title Dorothy Myers Oral History
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