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Florence Ireland

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Linda Madden, a sophomore at the University of Maine at Orono, kind of fell into an interesting job this summer. When her S.P.E.D.Y. [Summer Program for Economically Disadvantaged Youth] supervisor asked if she'd rather interview old folks instead of wash desks, she said yes, even though she'd not the slightest notion of what-all it entailed. Being a bright and energetic young lady, with a more than average amount of perserverance, she set about learning how to interview, who to interview, and why. With only nine weeks in the program, she had to work fast, necessarily limiting her contacts and subjects. She decided that a quick look at her town (Lisbon Falls) through the memories of three lucid and cooperative citizens would yield what she needed. So she set about jogging their memories on such events as the fire of 1906 and flood of 1936, as well as the once-famous Cowing's Tavern, and of course collected all sorts of information about ice-cutting, snow rolling, and town dances in addition.


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