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Western Folklore


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Berkeley, California

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Lawrence Gorman, "The Man Who Makes the Songs," was born in Trout River, Lot Thirteen, on the west end of Prince Edward Island in 1846. As a young man he worked on his father's farm, in the many shipyards along the Bideford and Trout Rivers, as a fisherman, and as a hand in the lobster factories along the shore from Cape Wolfe to Miminigash. Up to about 1885 (age forty), he spent many of his winters in the lumberwoods and his springs on the river drives, mostly along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. Then he would usually return to "The Island" in the summer. About 1885 he moved permanently to Ellsworth, Maine, bought a house there, was twice married, and worked in the woods and on the drives along the Union River. In the early 19oo's he moved to South Brewer, Maine, just across the Penobscot from the great lumber port of Bangor. Here he worked mostly as a yard hand for the Eastern Corporation, a paper mill. He died in Brewer in 1917 and now lies buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor.

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Ives, E. D. (1960). The Life and Work of Larry Gorman : A Preliminary Report. Western Folklore, 19(1) 17-23.

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