Gertrude McDonald interviewed by Natalie Milbrodt

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Date: Time Period: 1960s
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20529
Description: Mrs. McDonald became a community activist in the 1960's. Her earliest involvement was a campaign for a traffic light near St. Teresa's School, where her children were students. She picketed on 48th St ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20513
Description: Mrs. McDonald's husband had to start working when he was 14 years old due to his father's untimely death. Before having to drop out, he had attended St. Francis on a scholarship. His first job was in ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20523
Description: Gertrude McDonald says Sunnyside was so safe, residents could leave money in milk bottle for milkman, leave doors and fire escapes open, and neighbors walked in and out of each others' apartments. She ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20516
Description: During the Great Depression, Mrs. McDonald's father wasn't getting enough work to support the family through his electrician's union, Local 3. The family had to move in with Gertrude's uncle who owned ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20485
Description: Mrs. McDonald relates how in 1968, the women she worked with to protest the construction of a narcotics center wanted to nominate her for district assembly. They sent a letter out to Democratic county ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20570
Description: Looking forward to her 95th birthday in August, 2011, Gertrude McDonald shares some memories from a lifetime of activity in Sunnyside, Queens. She moved as a little girl in 1923 to one of the first la ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920s
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20470
Description: In 1923, Mrs. McDonald's family moved to Sunnyside from Yorkville where most of the apartments were cold water flats. In this clip, she describes living in those old cold water flats. Her family's Sun ... More
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