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A collection 73 separate accessions containing interviews with Mainers on a wide range of topics relating to life and work in the state of Maine, conducted 1972-1983 by Lynn Franklin, a journalist who specialized in cultural stories, occupational lore, life histories, and human interest stories. Of special interest are Franklin's interviews relating to lobstering, woods work, guides and canoe building, boats and boat building, and rural education. Franklin published Profiles of Maine in 1976 based on some of his interviews deposited in the Northeast Archives.
NA0900 Harold Gower, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, February 22, 1972, at Gower’s home on Beals Island, Maine. Gower, age 72, talks about his life as a master boat builder; moving from Nova Scotia; fishing for his dad from 14-21; building boat cabins; how he came to work for William Frost (a boat builder); Frost’s boat building; various boat designs; cost to build each model; taking in his young nephew (Dougie) and raising him; Dougie’s schooling; rebuilding his shop for Dougie; and what it takes to be a boat builder.
NA0901 Ossie Beal, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, February 2, 1972, at Beal’s home on Beals Island, Maine. Beal, president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, talks about issues concerning fishermen and the Association in Maine; lobbying attendance and dues; cooperative versus incorporated; various legal battles with State and Federal governments; the inability to set prices on lobsters; and affecting prices through “tie-up” versus striking.
NA0902 Clifton Lunt, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, March 14, 1974, in Frenchboro, Long Island, Maine. Lunt talks about his youth inside the fishing community in Frenchboro; his father Nelson P. Lunt; lobstering; types of fish: hake, cod, cusk, and salmon; getting “Dogged up”; various types of boats he has owned over the years; magnetic courses traveled that caused equipment failure; changes in lobstering business; working on steamboats; his service during WWI; using his boat to run mail; and how he convinced the governor of the need for buoys.
NA0903 Myles O’Reilly, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, November 13, 1973, on board the Portland pilot boat, Portland, Maine. O’Reilly talks about his youth; what life was like on Jewels Island; how his father had come to the island; being a deckhand for Captain Morrill at 14; how the school was small; majority religion was Seventh Day Adventist; doctors having to travel from other islands; how he worked a schooner and a dory; his time as a dory man; spending the other part of the year as a lobsterman; working his way up to pilot; what it is like to be a pilot boat captain; the unpredictable weather; how dangerous pilot work can be; his time in the merchant marines; and about his children.
NA0904 Mildred Young, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, August 8, 1974, in Cushing, Maine. Young, a retired rural school teacher, talks about her life on Isle Au Haut, Maine; her family; her first job teaching at “Pint Basin” at age 19 on the island; moving from school to school; teaching bookkeeping and penmanship; how the handkerchief game is played; visiting New York; and the how education has changed since her retirement in 1952.
NA0905 Bert McBernie, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, June 20, 1974, in Chesuncook, Maine. McBernie, a proprietor of the Chesuncook Hotel, talks about the early days of Chesuncook; Great Northern; Seboomook Dam; environment effects; the paper industry; humorous stories of how people come ill-equipped to camp; respect and disrespect of rules and property; his father’s work as a trapper; illegal trapping methods; how things have actually gotten worse in the region; decreasing gaming population (deer and moose); anti-social behavior of locals; increased crime; tips for dealing with bugs and tenting while camping.
NA0906 Rodger Jondreau, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 23, 1974, at Bill Pinkham’s camp near the St. John River in Northern Maine. Jondreau talks about work as woods foreman at Bill Pinkham’s camp: what it was like growing up and working with his father in the woods; being a foreman building roads; how the trade has changed; inexperience of younger workers; various job positions such as jobber, foreman, chopper, skidder, and trucker; equipment used: bucksaw, chainsaw, trucks, and winch; jobber: Bill Pinkham; training family versus strangers; less experience can lead to safety and equipment issues; the various effects on trees: worms, animals; experienced versus inexperienced choppers; and his family.
NA0907 Clyde Tagget, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 23, 1974, at Bill Pinkham’s camp along the St. John River in Northern Maine. Tagget talks about hauling logs from Bill Pinkham’s camp; the effects of weather conditions on the roads; weight of loads; overall cost of truck and equipment; length of time spent on trips; types of roads driven on and the dangers of; continuous truck maintenance; low pay rates for drivers; additional costs: insurance, registration, various taxes, and fuel; safety on the roads; cost of fixing damages from a wreck; different types of trucks; consequences of overweight trucks; and how Pinkham is a good employer to work for.
NA0908 Earl Pelletier, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 22, 1974, at Bill Pinkham’s camp near St. Francis, Maine. Franklin talks about the early years (1920s and 30s) of woodworking; what the camps were like; employees who worked at the camp; work week and year; shackers and pullers; types of equipment used: hacksaws, bucksaws, and later on, chainsaws; his father’s days as a lumberman and walking boss; getting paid; crews; how the logs were hauled out of the woods; tending to horses (repairing harnesses and shoeing); and the types of foods provided for workers.
NA0909 George Bress, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, July 22, 1974, at Bress’s deli in Portland, Maine. Bress, age 63, talks about his 40 years in the deli business; owning four stores; being married for 40 years; his children; the freshness of the products he provides; where they buy their meats and vegetables; the hours of operation; staff; his mother-in-law’s family recipes; how his property lease expiring in a year; not wanting to retire or relocate; the family’s bonds with the community; and his days as a handball champion in Maine.
NA0910 Dr. Willard H. Bunker, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, April 24, 1974, at Bunker’s home in York Harbor, Maine. Bunker discusses his life as a physician; growing up in Calais, Maine; his father’s life, carrying gravel and lumber, and as captain of the “Etta M. Barter”; his grandfather serving as a cook for captain Hiram Cook; how Bunker met his wife; his three children; his early practice and salary; traveling the county practicing medicine; what it was like to practice medicine around the Depression; unique ways people paid him for his services; different jobs he held as a doctor; his advanced degrees, honors, and recognitions; surgery; how medicine practices have changed; treating fishermen and lumbermen; child delivery; abortion practices; various types of injuries; his yacht; and what it takes to be a doctor.
NA0911 Morris Wing, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 16, 1974, Livermore Falls, Maine. Wing talks about his experiences as a woodsman: his 5 generations of family logging; how the Wing family arrived in Maine; how he started logging at age 9 peeling wood; his love of horses and working with them; being promoted to chopper at 14; learning from his father; hunting and fishing; hay collecting; equipment used in 1930s vs. 1950s/60s; working for Augusta Lumber Company as a clerk; “Blaine Files”; trucks versus horses; dangers of driving logs on the water; salary; lodging; types of food; canoeing; working for “Oz Fahey”; joining Woodland (International Paper Company) as a superintendent; becoming manager and establishing company policies; and his issues with conservationist and ecologists.
NA0912 Edgar Drisko, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, October, 1972, New Harbor, Maine. Drisko, age 41, talks about his 27 years as a lobster fisherman: growing up in Corea, Maine; fishing on Beals Island, Maine, later moved to New Harbor; types of boats: Dory, Pea-Pod, and Jonesport; working briefly as a truck driver; fishing for lobster, but also for clam and shrimp; worm business/sport fishing; competition between lobstermen; number of and types of traps; his views on state regulations; limiting (traps vs. licensing); newer trap designs and equipment; size of lobsters; importance of the female lobster; cost of running a boat; load capabilities.
NA0913 Samuel “Sonny” Wilson & his wife (no name provided), interviewed by Lynn Franklin, December 27, 1973, in Jackman, Maine. Wilson, age 92, and his wife provide details about Wilson’s life as woodsman, trapper, guide, and gold prospector: coming from Canada; working at a rock quarry at 13; woodworking in Spencer, ME; moving to Jackman, ME; fur trapping; animals trapped; number of traps, length of trap lines, and bait used; building roads at the lumber camp; river logging; gold prospecting (panhandling) on the Jordoir (Jordon?) River; Wilson’s family; his wife’s family; Canadian cattle drive into Maine; life at the lumber camps: type of food, hunting deer; canoeing; fishing; women in the camps; trappers overstepping their bounds; trapping equipment used; other jobs he has held. Wife talks about her family and coming over from Wales.
NA0914 Eddy Hagan, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September 26, 1973, in Jackman, Maine. Hagan, age 77, originally from Hinckley, Minnesota, talks about his life as a woodsman in Maine: his Irish/French heritage; his parents; “The Great Hinckley Fire of 1894”; various jobs he’s had: log scaler, woodsman, grocer, construction worker, ballplayer, horse driver, caretaker, and clerk; scaling; what a cord of wood consists of; meeting his wife and attending convent school; how, as a clerk, he ran a five man crew, provided medical care, and inventoried food; tools used; pay; type of food eaten; hard times for Canadian workers; playing cards and music; caring for horses; dealing with harsh winter weather; and hunting deer for food.
NA0915 Phil Nichols, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September 7, 1974, in Round Pond, Maine. Nichols, age 80, talks about building Friendship Sloop boats, starting in 1926: his first shop; changing to Friendship and Norwegian sloops (from Cats); working as a draftsman for Hyde Windlass Company; joining the Friendship Sloop Society; old-fashioned boat making; screws vs nails; his work during WWI; baseball games (locals vs summer folk); the type of wood used for his ships; Wilbur Morse; different boat models; his shop; how he developed his own models (based on Morse’s); details about boat construction; the differences between then and now (both in life and boat building); parts used; tools used; naming of his boats; how costs have changed.
NA0916 Captain Frank Hatciel Delano, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, February 6, 1974, at Delano’s home in Bucksport, Maine. Delano, age 92 (b. 1882), talks about his life as a fisherman; his childhood, family, and various shipping mates he encountered over the years; becoming a Doryman; shore fishing; navigating through various weather; types of pay and food received; types of fish; fishing on the Grand Banks; steam-boating in WWI; carrying cargo to various places: Scotland, Newfoundland (Bay of Bulls), Naples, and Africa; serving as a Liberty boat captain during WWII; various types of cargo carried; carrying coal; various ships he served on: Archilles (coal vessel), the Thomas Lawson, Gladiator, and Hiram Lowell; working as a captain, 2nd mate, and navigator; different ways of fishing; humorous stories; and various fishing stories.
NA0917 Nick Ranco and Delia Ranco, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September, 1973, at the Ranco’s home in Old Town, Maine. Couple talks about their Native American ancestry (Pemaquid/Pemeequida); how he raced canoes and won championships; meeting and marrying; two separate weddings; being an Indian; camping and hunting; how non-residents lack proper hunting skills; poling (steering); and details proper materials and techniques for canoe building.
NA0918 Armand Pomerleau, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, October 2, 1973, Jackman, Maine. Pomerleau talks about storekeeping.
NA0919 Clarence Sands, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, October 3, 1973, Stockholm, Maine. Sands talks about experiences as woodsman and guide.
NA0920 Farrell Lenfesty, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1973, Beals Island, Maine. Lenfesty talks about life as a lobsterman and preacher. Lenfesty one of the founders of the Maine Lobsterman’s Association and the Jonesport-Beals Co-op.
NA0921 Herbert Elwell, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1972, Spruce Head, Maine. Elwell, lobster buyer, talks about pound management, lobster fishing, weather signs, and superstitions.
NA0922 Lyman "Gus" Alley, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September 1971, Kittery, Maine. Alley talks about lobster fishing.
NA0923 Octave Pease, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, summer 1973, Jackman, Maine. Pease, a veteran woodsman and trapper, talks about hunting; trapping; and woods work.
NA0924 Bob Sparks, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, summer 1973, Ellsworth, Maine. Sparks talks about his attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon.
NA0925 Clyde Torrey, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Swans Island, Maine. Torrey, a local character, plays accordion and sings.
NA0926 Malcolm Durgin, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1973, Gorham, Maine. Durgin talks about gunsmithing.
NA0927 Mr. Fred Dahlgren & Mrs. Fred Dahlgren, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1973, Stockholm, Maine. The Dahlgrens talk about the Swedish settlements of Stockholm and New Sweden, Maine.
NA0928 Myron Smart, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September 18, 1973, Milo, Maine. Smart talks about his experiences as a Maine guide.
NA0929 Sara Aker, interviewed by Franklin, Lynn. Spring 1974. Maine: Eastport. Aker talks about her life and the efforts of Pittston Oil Company to acquire her land.
NA0930 George "Pete" Sawyer, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 25, 1974, Ashland, Maine. Sawyer talks about his life as a forest manager.
NA0931 Royal Lowell, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1972, Parnell, Maine. Lowell, grandson of master boat builder Will Frost, talks about building lobster boats.
NA0932 Richard Bruno, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1972, Newington, New Hampshire. Bruno talks about fiberglass lobster boats and his boat building firm, Bruno & Stillman Co.
NA0933 Freddy Lenfesty, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, summer 1972, Jonesport, Maine. Lenfesty, winner of the July 4th, 1972 World Champion Lobster Boat Race, talks about boat building.
NA0934 Guy Carver, Jr., interviewed by Lynn Franklin, summer 1972, Beals Island, Maine. Carver was the skipper of boat built by Freddy Lenfesty and winner of the 1972 World Champion Lobster Boat Race.
NA0935 Austin Hall, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, summer 1973, Jackman, Maine. Interview with Austin Hall about his experiences as a woodsman.
NA0936 Lucien Jandreau, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1974, St. Francis, Maine. Jandreau talks about being a skidder operator and woods worker at Bill Pinkham’s camp.
NA0937 Donnie Hopkins, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, North Gorham, Maine. Hopkins talks about being an auto mechanic and going into business for himself.
NA0938 Abby Gove, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Stonington, Maine. Interview with Mrs. Abby Gove about life on Eagle Island at the turn of the century.
NA0939 Wilbert Gove, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Stonington, Maine. Gove talks about life as a lobster fisherman, weir tender, trawlerman; growing up on coast.
NA0940 Andrew Gove, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, 1972, Stonington, Maine. Gove, son of Wilbert Gove, talks about life as a lobster fisherman.
NA0941 Keith Ames, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Matinicus Island, Maine. Ames talks about life as a lobster fisherman.
NA0942 Dr. Vincent Hartgen, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, UMaine Orono, Maine. Dr. Hartgen, Head of the Art Department at UMaine, talks about establishment of "Maine Artists" Gallery at Carnegie Hall, UM.
NA0943 Gooden Grant interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1972, Stonington, Maine. Grant, age 96, talks about his life as a lobster fisherman and life on Isle Au Haut.
NA0944 Walter Howe, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Camden, Maine. Howe talks about his life as a farmer from the late 1800’s to the present.
NA0945 Scott Doherty, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Doherty talks about dealing with summer people and the impact of tourism.
NA0946 Leighton Davis, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Davis, chief of police, talks about his job and the impact of tourism.
NA0947 E. W. Thurlow, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Augusta, Maine. Thurlow, president of Central Maine Power Company, talks about power companies and power.
NA0948 Avery Kelley, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1974, Jonesport, Maine. Kelley talks about his experiences on lobster smacks and as a fisherman.
NA0949 Frank Williams, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, East Boothbay, Maine. Williams talks about the real estate business and the influx of out-of-staters.
NA0950 Mrs. Parker H. Vincent, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Vincent talks about the gift shop she runs in Boothbay Harbor.
NA0951 Eva Peters, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Belfast, Maine. Peters talks about her life and work experiences in Belfast.
NA0952 Jim Thomas, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Thomas, fisheries research scientist, talks about changes in fisheries conservation on the Maine Coast.
NA0953 Susie Thompson, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, April 1973 and September 11, 1974, Cape Split, Maine. Also included: tape worksheet. Thompson talks about her life living on the Maine Coast.
NA0954 Ted Smith and Frank Simpson, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, South Portland, Maine. Smith and Simpson, salesmen at the Donnelly Sign Co., talk about billboards and the economic development of Maine.
NA0955 Betty Mooz, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Brunswick, Maine. Mooz, Bowdoin College chemistry researcher, talks about moving to Maine and buying a house.
NA0956 Dwayne Herrick, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Belfast, Maine. Herrick, manager of Maplewood Poultry, talks about the poultry company.
NA0957 Jim Verrill, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Searsport, Maine. Verrill, gift shop owner, talks about the possible construction of an atomic power plant on Sears Island.
NA0958 Richard Lund and Ronald Carter, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Wells, Maine. Lund and Carter, police chiefs of Old Orchard Beach and Wells, talk about the impact of tourism on the Town of Wells.
NA0959 Kenneth Weed, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Lincolnville Beach, Maine. Weed talks about his experience as a lobster fisherman.
NA0960 John Alfiero, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Portland, Maine. Alfiero, employee of the Harbor Fish Market, talks about the operation of a fish market and marketing lobsters.
NA0961 Lloyd Cushing, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Portland, Maine. Cushing, lobster fisherman, and Brackett, president of the Orr and Jennings Co. machine shop, talk about plans for the development of a lobster trap hauler/lander system.
NA0962 Phil Walters, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1974, Jay, Maine. Walters, bush pilot for International Paper Company, talks about experiences as a pilot.
NA0963 Paul Luke, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1973, East Boothbay, Maine. Luke, boat builder, talks about aluminum racing yachts.
NA0964 Ray Towne, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Hinckley, Maine. Towne talks about beekeeping.
NA0965 Vital Quellette, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, Brunswick, Maine. Quellette talks about his life as a woodsman and lumber contractor.
NA0966 Berenice Abbott, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, September 1972, Abbott Village, Maine. Abbott talks about her experiences as a professional photographer.
NA0967 Theodore McLain, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, 1973, Bremen, Long Island, Maine. McLain, boat builder, talks about life on Bremen, Long Island, lobster boat building and lobster fishing.
NA0968 Dr. Lyman Page, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, fall 1974, Saco, Maine. Dr. Page talks about the development of energy resources in Maine and the development of the Maine Coast.
NA1172 John Rossignol, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1977, Aroostook County, Maine. Rossignol talks about his life; experiences in World War II; work ethic; over a 60 year period.
NA1527 Nettie Mitchell, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, January 1976, Fayette, Maine. No Tape. Partial trans. Mitchell talks about her childhood; education; teaching experiences; family history.
NA1537 Lester Blodgett, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, spring 1981, Moscow, Maine. Blodgett talks about his life working in the woods.
NA1636 Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, interviewed by Lynn Franklin, winter 1983, Orono, Maine. Ives talks about his early life; education; college teaching experiences; interest in folklore and folk songs; work as Director of Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History and President of Northeast Folklore Society.
Lobstering, Fishing industry, Boatbuilding, Culture and tourism
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Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine, "MF081 Lynn Franklin Collection" (2020). Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Finding Aids. Number 25.