Andrew Anderson Sound recordings


History of these recordings.

Andrew Anderson’s voice was recorded by his son-in-law, Leonard Drury in 1956 when Andrew was 86 years old. They were made on a “wire recorder” originally and in the 1960’s later transferred to reel-to-reel tape which were passed on to Leonard’s son, Keith who transferred the recordings first to cassette tape, then to CD and finally to an mp3 for posting on the Drury family roots Internet site (  Virtually all of the recordings are here as originally recorded, though they are broken up into sections for easier access. The only changes made to the original recordings were a few cusswords Leonard had bleeped from the original wire recordings. The posted files are mp3 recordings… either right click them to save them and play later, or use whatever sound program your browser uses to play mp3 files. (It may take a while for buffering before your player begins.)


1. The recording beings with Leonard Drury’s short introduction in 1956 when he had set up his wire recorded without Andrew knowing it (he discovers it part way through and is more reluctant to talk then).   .  


2. Andrew was “bound out” beginning as an 11 or 12 year old child—loaned to a household who would feed him in exchange for his work, it didn’t turn out too well for him.   . 


3. Andrew tells a story of killing a pig while being bound out.   .



4. He tells of his father, Robert Anderson who fought in the Civil War, taken prisoner and imprisoned in Andersonville Prison in Georgia. His father told Andrew the “rebels” hauled bodies away to be buried that still had breath in them.  He also tells of the putrid water supply for the prison and how they prisoners uncovered the famous Providential Spring:  .   .  .



 5. I (Keith Drury) was 11 years old when this recording was made and I got to ask a question about moving out to his dream house—the one he built by himself for his family when he was in his 50’s and he told about moving out to the house and how it was the first and last time he drove a car.   .



6. Andrew was a master at entertaining people with poetry. As a child I memorized one of his favorites, “How patty stole the rope.  The recordings here had only one poem on it—the poem about a hard-drinking mason .  .





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