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Catalog Number 2015.026.001
Object Name Recording
Scope & Content Oral history interview of Josephine Cosman.

Interviewed by Cliff Schultz, member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, and Sandy Denninger,Curator of the Elk Grove Historical Museum, on June 12, 2008. Interview conducted at the school house building of the Elk Grove Historical Museum located at 399 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove, IL. Interview length 91 m 25 sec. Collection includes audio recording, transcript, and digital image.

Digital image: 2015.026.003
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Notes JOSEPHINE COSMAN Interview Part One

00:00:00 Josephine's birth in Michigan and then the family moved to Itasca. Father built the the home. She took the train and attended Bensenville High School.

00:05:03 Her best memory of high school was her band teacher and the band contests they
competed in for her four years. There is an anecdote of her father disciplining her
when she was about nine years old.

00:10:30 Josephine attends school and attends church outings that her future husband, Elmer Cosman attends. She works in Chicago They begin dating after high school. They enjoyed visiting the amusement park, Riverview in Chicago.

00:15:05She recalls friends. She talks about their farm (they rented) on Arlington Heights (State) Road at Oakton Avenue. She marries and continues working in Chicago.
Her children attend Higgins School at Higgins, Landmeier and Elmhurst Road.

00:20:23Josephine recalls a mobile home park or trailer park along Higgins Road. She talks about Shayne's Ballroom on Higgins Road and dancing with her friends there.
She mentions the creation of Cosman Lake and her daughter talked about ice skating.

00:25:10She talks about Elmer taking the church groups on sleigh rides. She recalls the
six boys in the Cosman family and mentions a cousin that has old photos. The boys
enjoyed playing silly tricks on one another. She talks about the farm and selling the
eggs from their chickens.

00:30:30 There is a discussion of where the Cosman and Bierman farms that were located on Cosman Road and Biesterfield Road.

00:35:13She talks about being tenant farmers at two locations before ending up on
their grandfather's farm on Cosman Road. Elmer raised cattle for the beef rather than dairy cows.

00:40:55They talk about the sale of their farm to either the developer (Centex) and Mr. Hodlmair or the Forest Preserve. Then a short discourse about the pipe organ
the family donated to the museum and its journey before being donated.

00:46:16Josephine talks about a friend she met in Arizona and also ran into her here in Elk Grove.

00:50:37Josephine and her daughter talk about candling eggs, laundry day with lye soap and using the old wringer type washers.

00:55:25Josephine and her daughter discuss quilting and a quilt that was given to her Grandmother Lillian (Bierman) Cosman in 1937 from her Sunday School class.


00:00:00Josephine & her daughter, Marylou talk about the farm they moved to along Randall Road in 1999, describing where it was located, the eventual need to sell because of its increasing value and the accompanying higher taxes. Marylou and Josephine
talk about an old "pie saver", wooden cabinet that came from Elmer's grandparent's
home. Marylou inherited this family "heirloom".
00:05:10They talk about the restoration of the pie saver and about getting a large family portrait taken. Josephine's son, Bruce, was also very interested in keeping documents
and memorabilia of the family.

00:10:26They talk about Dena Scharringhausen Cosman, Elmer's grandmother and the family. They describe the cultural family habits at that time of visiting other relatives on Sundays and how the "times have changed" and possibly why.

00:15:10Josephine talks about her son's friend, Danny Romoski and their building a tree house. She talks about visiting a relative in Farmer City, Illinois driving in their old
Model-T car.

00:20:00 There is a discussion of Dena Scharringhausen Cosman (Elmer's grandmother) and other Scharringhausens that Josephine knew from attending Box Elder School
for a short time. She recalled Stella and Marge Scharringhausen that also attended
the same school.

00:25:13They look at the picture of Biesterfield School and identified Elmer and a few
others in the picture. She recalls Elmer talking about corporal punishment that was
used when students misbehaved.

00:29:21They continue discussion of the photos.

END OF PART TWO of the interview
Source Elk Grove Historical Museum