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Interview of Esther L. (Wyzenbeek) Filkin - Collection 602

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[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent. The recording of the oral history interview in this collection may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. ]

Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)


Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes


Collection 602                                                                                                          [July 29, 2009]
Filkin, Esther L. (Wyzenbeek); 1911-2007
Interview; 2004

Audio recording (.002 cubic feet)


Restrictions: None

Brief Description. Oral history interview in which Filkin describes memories from her girlhood of Paul Rader and the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, especially its music program and of her father, Andrew Wyzenbeek.



Biography

Full name

 Esther L. (Wyzenbeek) Filkin

Birth

May 19, 1911, in Ottumwa, Iowa

Death

Oct. 12, 2007at Windsor Manor in Carol Stream, Illinois

Family

 

Parents

Andrew and Sarah (Holabranch[?]) Wyzenbeek

 

Siblings

Blanche, Laura; Ruth, Andrew Jr.

 

Marital Status

Married to W. Warren Filkin, Jr. in 1982

 

Children

Daughter Priscilla White; five step-children, June Filkin Taylor, Walter W. (Kaye) Filkin, David L. (Nancy) Filkin, Phyllis Filkin (Scott) Lorenz, Kathryn Filkin (Charles) Cardwell

Career

 

1921-1932

Very active as a girl in the programs of the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, particularly its music program. She played the piccolo in many of the Tabernacle’s radio broadcasts.

 

1932

Moved to Hollywood, California; owned and operated her own dress shop.

 

Early 1980s

Moved back to Chicago to care for her father, who died in 1984. She rejoined Moody Church of Chicago, which she had belonged to as a girl




Scope and Content

Esther L. Filkin was interviewed by Bob Shuster on May 21, 2004, at her apartment in Wheaton, Illinois. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1921-1932, with a few words about the early 1980s.

T1 ( 93 minutes). Her family’s involvement with the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle; exodus of musicians from Moody Church to the Tabernacle; playing piccolo solos as the age of nine; emphasis at the Tabernacle on missions as opposed to an impressive building; the enclosed nursery; Paul Rader easily distracted during his preaching; physical layout of the Tabernacle; the sound systems and recording systems; offices, studios and other rooms off the main auditorium; twelve hour weekly broadcasts on Sundays; how people traveled to the Tabernacle; crowds drawn by the radio program; Rader’s preaching style; her father Andrew’s conversion under Billy Sunday; Mel Trotter; Rader preaching on the story of Naaman; emphasis on missions at the Tabernacle; Clarence Jones and HCJB; Peter Deyneka; independent missionaries supported by the Tabernacle; A. M. Johnson; the Sunday School; two completely different services at the Tabernacle every Sunday; different attitudes at the Moody Church and the Tabernacle about instrumental music; the music program at the Tabernacle [brief break in the recording]; no jazz; a typical service; the evangelistic invitation; the origins of the Tabernacle’s radio ministry using the city radio station; the hard work of the volunteer Tabernacle broadcasts; the summer camp in Michigan; listening to the radio on a hand-made crystal set; reason for Rader leaving the Tabernacle; becoming a dressmaker in Hollywood; black people at the Tabernacle; W. B. Hogg; Gerald B. Winrod; other Tabernacle activities; street preaching; personality of Clarence Jones; Lance Latham; Ralph Rader; Luke Rader; memories of the Tabernacle; Torrey M. Johnson; Andrew Wyzenbeek; other members of the Wyzenbeek family; Rader’s prayers for the family; family devotions in three languages; her father as a music teacher; working in her father’s engineering office; taking care of her father in his nineties

Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Esther L. Filkin in May 2004.

Accession: 04-27 
July 21, 2009
Bob Shuster


LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 04-27
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.

 #

R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates

T1

C

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93

2

Oral history interview of Filkin by Bob Shuster

May 21, 2004




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