This is part of a series of Hamilton and Wenham, Massachusetts, oral histories of the towns, produced by William Heitz and Edmund Josephs from 1986 through 1995. It was originally taped on August 2, 1990. It was uploaded to the Internet Archive by Sarah Lauderdale, Head of Reference at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Our thanks to William Heitz for permission to upload this content to the Internet Archive. Our thanks also to volunteer John Brucker for his description of the interview, included below.
Summary: Childhood years, Family history, Documentation of family history, Parents’ wedding, Parents’ siblings, William Shailor’s siblings, Military service, Memories of Okinawa during the war, Destruction of a hospital ship, Traveling abroad, Implications of using the A-bomb, Time spent in China and opportunity to visit the Forbidden City, Learning about Chinese culture and the importance of bargaining, State of China at the end of the war, Fond recollections of visiting Spain, Civilian work experience, Father’s flying experience, Working for United Airlines at Logan Airport, Working with customers and handling “interesting” customer problems, Dealing with the tragedy of an airplane accident, Kindest person ever met, Most difficult customer, Move to Hamilton in 1964, Move to Wenham in 1969, Involvement in town government [1980s], Proximity to family.
Keywords: The following names and terms were used in this interview: Manhattan, Long Island, William Shailor Sr., Salom Vreland, Haddam, Shallervile, Viking heritage, Lady chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, West Point, Hudson river day line, Greenland, Okinawa, Centauris, 3rd Marine Corps, Kamikaze, China, Chiang Kai-shek, Forbidden city, Little Emperor, Throne room, Temple of Heaven, Winter Palace, Happy New Year Hall, Summer Palace, Whispering Walls, Chinese shopping game, Communists, Spain, Madrid, Franco, Gonzalez Buyers Winery, United Airlines, Brewster Aircraft, Maria Calais’ dog, Gene Autry, Flight 528, Malcom X, Millinery buyer at Haley’s Bros. Department Store.