Darce Easton, born April 30, 1930, moved with her family at the age of 6 to live at the Washington Monument State Park in Boonsboro.  Her father, Robert Palmer, had been named the first superintendent of the park and job meant moving to live in the ranger’s house on park property.

There she lived with her parents and brother until she married and moved to Rohrersville.  She has some wonderful stories of her time there, helping her dad, being in a presidential motorcade and general antics as she grew up in the shadow of the country’s first monument in honor of President George Washington.

 


Below is a list of clip topics.  Scroll down to listen to the actual audio clips.

 

  • Clip 1 – Darce’s father had been an insurance salesman. When asked how he came to get the new job, she replied….
  • Clip 2 – The role of the Civilian Conservation Corps “boys”.
  • Clip 3 – She and her brother inside and out (clip)
  • Clip 4 – Trouble she got into and put on the garage roof
  • Clip 5 – The Zittlestown School and the food kids from Zittlestown ate.
  • Clip 6 – How the kids at the Zittlestown School got candy rewards
  • Clip 7 – Walking to Boonsboro school
  • Clip 8 – Zittlestown families taking what they raised to market and feed bag dresses.
  • Clip 9 – About her dad Robert Palmer
  • Clip 10 – Boonsboro’s black family, Hayes Toyer
  • Clip 11 – Going to town for various things
  • Clip 12 – Did you have many friends? Well, associates
  • Clip 13 – What did your family do on the weekends?
  • Clip 14 – The house they lived in and museum inside the house
  • Clip 15 – This was Daddy’s park
  • Clip 16 – Black powder shenanigans
  • Clip 17- Making bullets and shooting squirrels
  • Clip 18 – FDR visits Antietam and Darce is there
  • Clip 19 – World War II Air Raids
  • Clip 20 – World War II – Convoys and lunches for soldiers
  • Clip 21 – Beginning of the Monument
  • Clip 22 – Work of the CCC to restore the monument
  • Clip 23_chores and work by Dad
  • Clip 24 – her mother and the Red Cross
  • Clip 25 – Trinity Reformed and wedding
  • Clip 26 – Meeting her husband, American Legion, age 19
  • Clip 27 – Dating
  • Clip 28 – It was a magical time…What she did for fun…Tour guide, white frog farm
  • Clip 29 – Husband’s service in the medical corps, concentration Camps and Japan, WWII
  • Clip 30 – She was her dad’s right hand man and helped build the museum and signs
  • Clip 31 – Daddy was happy in his job, Mr. Buckingham who hit a tree
  • Clip 32 – Mr. Beasely and her horse