The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society invites members of the public to listen to a recorded oral history of Ed Hill conducted by James Meehan in 2004 in preparation for the book “Rehoboth Beach Memoirs.” The audio presentation will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at the historic Anna Hazzard house at 17 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach.
Born in 1906, Hill remembers that he bought his first car for $300. There were no streetlights in the winter, and he was paid $5 to light half the gas street and Boardwalk lamps all summer. Hill’s father was the first police chief in town. Later, he owned a restaurant that served oyster stew that sold for 10 cents.
At Rehoboth Elementary School, Hill remembers there were six or seven in a class. “They had the 11th grade for quite a few years. I graduated from the 11th grade, and the next year they put in a 12th. So, I went back and graduated 12th. So, I graduated twice, once from 11th, and then from 12th.”
Society Director Nancy Alexander said, ”We are pleased to have been given the original cassette tapes from the interviews done for the book. They are a great addition to our permanent collection. We are fortunate to have a donor who supports our oral history program, and to be able to bring these voices to a greater audience.”
The program is free for society members; there is a suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. Space is very limited. The audio recording is approximately 50 minutes long. Light refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call 302-227-7310.