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Title

Interview with Eugene Corsale

Subject

Corsale, Eugene
Saratoga Springs (N.Y.)

Description

In this 1999 interview with Leona Casey Signor, Eugene Corsale describes growing up working on the railroad He discusses school and various individuals with whom he grew up.

Creator

Signor, Leona
Fitzgerald, Mary Ann

Source

Saratoga Springs Office of the City Historian

Publisher

Saratoga Springs Public Library

Date

05/03/1999

Rights

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Relation

Westside Oral Narrative Project

Format

MP3

Language

English

Type

Oral Histories

Identifier

SCOH020

All Available Item Data

Interviewer

Signor, Leona
Fitzgerald, Mary Ann

Interviewee

Corsale, Eugene

Location

Saratoga Springs, NY

Original Format

Cassette tape

Duration

39:10 min.

Time Summary

00:20 Family long history of railroad people
00:40 Chateaugay, Lyon Mountain
00:45 Glens Falls to Saratoga
00:55 Congress Avenue
01:10 Father was Saratoga yard foreman
01:25 Worked on railroads during summer vacations during WWII
01:50 Graduation 1946
02:25 Enlisted for Korean War with 4 others from the west side
03:05 Frank Carillo
04:30 Crossing watchmen
04:55 Joe Izzo, Joe DiRienzo, Angelo Scarfo, Tony Banjo [Bencivenga], Frank SanFelice
05:35 No favoritism for young people
06:10 Worked with fellas after WWII
06:20 Carmen Dominic, Nick Izzo, Frank Izzo,
07:00 Forty hour work week
08:05 1949 Ballston
08:50 Freight house on West Circular
09:05 Mr. Signor
09:25 Everyone was a Mr., not first names
09:45 Heat in houses by wood, oil, or kerosene
10:00 People picked up coal from track
10:20 Train took Charlie’s arm off trying to pick up coal
10:35 In those days if you couldn’t make it, you were out of luck, no welfare
11:15 Joe Izzo, Frank SanFelice
12:10 1940 Two girls killed in a train crash, names at 13:40
14:40 Engineer last name Farone
15:25 Where the Price Chopper is now
17:45 Unionization
19:20 Going to college was unheard of
20:00 In those days a high school education was very valuable
20:25 Walk to school from west side to Lake Ave, walking home for lunch
21:50 No snow days
21:05 Girls had to wear skirts, not slacks
21:25 Wanted ski boots for bad weather
24:00 Saw war material going back and forth
24:15 Country was at war but people were getting along
24:45 A lot of sorrow, too, during war
25:05 St. Peters’ war memorial
30:25 Charlie Arrington {Harrington?}
36:30 Porches
39:10 Beekman and Ash

Physical Format

Oral histories

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Citation

Signor, Leona and Fitzgerald, Mary Ann, “Interview with Eugene Corsale,” Saratoga Room Digital Exhibits, accessed September 22, 2020, http://digitalarchive.sspl.org/items/show/242.

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Corsale,E-IN-18-01-1999 - Copy.mp3

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