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Collection 602 Oral History Interview with Esther L. Filkin

Identifier: CN 602

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Esther L. (Wyzenbeek) Filkin (1911-2007) in which she describes childhood memories of Paul Rader and the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, especially its efforts in evangelism, its music program and radio ministry; and memories of her father, Andrew Wyzenbeek. Other figures discussed include Clarence Jones, Torrey Johnson, Peter Deyneka, and Ralph and Luke Rader. The time period covered by the interview is 1911 to 1984.

Esther L. Filkin was interviewed by Bob Shuster on May 21, 2004 at her apartment in Wheaton, Illinois


  • Created: 2004

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Esther L. (Wyzenbeek) Filkin

Birth: May 19, 1911, in Ottumwa, Iowa

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


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


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


1.00 Audio Tape

93 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

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

Collection 602 Oral History Interview with Esther L. Filkin
Bob Shuster
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US