Oral History

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Mary Eastwood

Eastwood worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Kennedy years and attended a reception at the White House two days before the assassination. A distinguished feminist, she was later a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Recorded September 17, 2010.

Ms. Eastwood passed away on October 10, 2015.

Robert Edison

A teacher and administrator with the Dallas Independent School District for more than forty years, Edison was a student in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1963. After moving to Dallas in 1971, he became locally active with the NAACP and the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House. Recorded October 18, 2018.

Longe Edwards

Six years old in 1963, Edwards saw the presidential party arrive at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth on November 21, 1963. A brief interview with him ran in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the following day. In the early 1990s, as the audio-visual manager at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, he coordinated with Oliver Stone for access during the filming of JFK (1991). Recorded March 12, 2010.

Carolyn Edwards

Edwards was a student at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at the time of the assassination. She got married on December 28, 1963. Recorded June 28, 2019.

Dr. Harryette Ehrhardt

A longtime human rights activist in Dallas, Ehrhardt served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1995 to 2002. She was an English professor at Southern Methodist University in 1963 and was later a principal in the Dallas Independent School District during desegregation. Recorded June 3, 2019.

Charles Eisemann

An officer in the U.S. Army in 1963, Eisemann was stationed in Germany at the time of the assassination. As Officer of the Day on November 23, 1963, he relayed coded orders while his base was at high alert. Recorded February 26, 2014.

Leah Rae Elewitz

A tenth-grade Kennedy supporter living near Houston, Texas, in 1963, Elewitz responded to the assassination by compiling an extensive scrapbook of the event. She maintained this effort for nine years and donated her volumes to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Recorded March 21, 2012.

Dorothy G. Elliott

A local music teacher in 1963, Elliott wrote a choral piece, “A City Mourns (for John F. Kennedy),” shortly after the assassination. It was never performed publicly, but a copy of the sheet music was sent to Mrs. Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2011.

Ms. Elliott passed away on February 14, 2017.

Stavis “Steve” Ellis Family

Widow Juanita, children Michael, Steve, and Patricia, and granddaughter Stefany share stories and memories of the late Dallas police sergeant Stavis “Steve” Ellis, a lead motorcycle officer in the Kennedy motorcade. Ellis heard shots fired in Dealey Plaza and was at Parkland Hospital before escorting Lyndon Johnson back to Love Field.  Previously Ellis served as motorcycle escort to John F. Kennedy during his 1960 and 1962 visits to Dallas. Recorded February 23, 2009.

Ms. Juanita Ellis passed away on November 17, 2011.

Dr. Jerry Elrod

As minister of Lake June Methodist Church in Dallas in 1963, Elrod held a memorial service for President Kennedy on the evening of the assassination. When he was a student at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, he was well acquainted with both the Rev. Bill Holmes, who preached a controversial sermon following the Kennedy assassination, and the Rev. Bill McElvaney, who became a vocal Vietnam War critic in 1967. Recorded May 1 and July 11, 2007.

Dr. Elrod passed away on February 8, 2015.

Charles R. Elwonger

A Dallas police patrolman in 1963, Elwonger was assigned to the entrance to Dallas Love Field and remained at his post from before Air Force One’s arrival until after its departure later that afternoon with the newly sworn-in president. Recorded May 5, 2003.

Nat Emery

A U.S. Marine stationed at the barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, D.C., Emery participated in the funeral services for President Kennedy. Recorded December 5, 2009.

Charles Emery

Emery was standing with a friend along Elm Street on the west side of the Triple Underpass when the assassination took place. In the immediate aftermath, he walked through Dealey Plaza towards the entrance to the Texas School Book Depository. Recorded January 10, 2017.

Lincoln Endelman

A longtime researcher with the PerkinElmer Corporation, Endelman helped establish the national and international industry standards for motion pictures and television still in use today. For more than two decades, he worked closely with Kodak engineer Roland Zavada, who later authenticated the Abraham Zapruder film and other assassination photographic evidence. Recorded July 16, 2015.

Mr. Endelman passed away on March 2, 2017.

Linda Engelking

Engelking was a Dallas seventh grader in 1963. On the morning of the assassination, her parents saw the Kennedy motorcade on its way to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. Recorded May 14, 2018.

Peter Engels

A German native born in 1967, Engels is a longtime admirer of President Kennedy. He founded and maintains the German history website, “John F. Kennedy: The Infoportal for the 35th President of the United States.” He was interviewed with his friend, Kennedy collector Peter Klages. Recorded June 7, 2017.

Jonnie England

An Oak Cliff native, England and a high school classmate saw the Kennedy motorcade on Main Street. She later wrote CBS commentator Eric Sevareid an angry letter concerning negative remarks he made about Dallas in the aftermath. Recorded February 20, 1998, and August 7, 2013.

Jim English

An engineer for KRLD-TV, English was at the Trade Mart, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas police headquarters on November 22, 1963. On Sunday, he was operating the studio camera that captured Oswald’s shooting. During the Jack Ruby trial in 1964, he operated the pool camera during the announcement of the verdict. Recorded April 14, 2006.

Mr. English passed away on October 13, 2011.

John Epps

Epps, a Dallas police officer from 1960 to 1969, was on vacation during the weekend of the Kennedy assassination.  In addition to being acquainted with Jack Ruby, he worked with J.D. Tippit and knew many of the officers involved in the investigation. Recorded July 6, 2016.

Mr. Epps passed away on May 28, 2019.

Edward Jay Epstein

A significant assassination researcher and author in the 1960s and 1970s, Epstein wrote Inquest (1966), Counterplot (1968) and Legend (1978). He was also one of the last people to speak with George de Mohrenschildt before his controversial death. Recorded April 14, 2004.

Karen Ertl

Ertl was a seventh grader at St. Augustine Grammar School in Chicago in 1963. Inspired in part by President Kennedy, she became politically and socially active and worked twenty-seven years in the civil service. Recorded July 9, 2020.

J. Elke Ertle

A native of Germany, Ertle was an eyewitness to President Kennedy’s historic speech in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. She turned eighteen on the day before the assassination. Ertle later moved to the United States and wrote a book about her early life, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom (2013). Recorded May 6, 2013, and June 6 and June 7, 2014.

Ruben Esquivel

Currently a member of the Dallas County Historical Foundation’s board of directors, Esquivel was a native Cuban who fled his homeland when Fidel Castro came to power. Recorded September 15 and October 29, 2000.

Tom Evans

Fifteen years old in 1963, Evans lived in the University Park area of Dallas. On Sunday, November 24, he and his sister were driving through Dealey Plaza when the Oswald shooting occurred. Recorded May 7, 2010.

Walter Evans

The news editor at WFAA Radio in 1963, Evans was at the Dallas Trade Mart, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas Love Field on the day of the assassination. Ironically, as a young man, he worked three summers for the Texas School Book Depository Company. Recorded October 12, 1994, and December 11, 2013.

Mr. Evans passed away on July 24, 2018.

James Ewell

A police reporter at The Dallas Morning News in 1963, Ewell covered the president’s arrival at Dallas Love Field. Following the assassination, he was in Dealey Plaza, at the Tippit shooting scene, and inside the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff during the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. Recorded December 14, 1993, November 1, 2013, and January 31, 2014.