Ann Marie (Kopacz) Meile Memories

Ann Marie (Kopacz) Meile and her family actually lived in the building from 1959 to 1963 and later next door.

Joan Kelley, the LHC Oral Historian writes:The workmanship in that building was magnificent. Fortunately we have Ann Marie Meile's oral history. Her parents ran the bar, and at one point the growing family lived in the building. The children even put the baby on the dumbwaiter at one point! Ann Marie's mother lives next door now.

In her oral history Ann Marie describes the interior and the events that occurred there. (The oral history is about a 1 hour long mp3. You can download it to your PC or mp3 player, usually by right-clicking on the link and selecting 'save target as...". Your browser may be setup so it streams to it before it has downloaded just by clicking on the link, but you'll have more control over playback, pausing, etc. if you download to your PC and then play the file. It's a 13MB file, so it could take a while to download.)

The Eagle-Tribune has recently published a story by Mark Vogler, who interviews Ann Marie Meile and her mother, Marilyn Kopacz. They talk about the Turn Hall's impact on the life of their family.


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