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An assembled series of accessions created in May 2002 to bring together interviews that focus on lumbering, woods work, and river drives that are not associated with specific projects. Many were previously assigned to the Maine/Maritime Folklore Collection, the General Collection, or those of individual interviewees or collectors.
NA0545 Charles W. Joy, Martha Davis, Maude Goggins, Frieda Hillgrove, Edward Murphy, and William Silsby, interviewed by Joy, fall 1969, Ellsworth and Veazie, Maine. Joy, Davis, Goggins, Hillgrove, Murphy, Silsby talks about “key figures”: Roderick MacDonald, Joe Tosh, Dan Donovan, and Freeman Archer; shipping in Ellsworth; picnic as a child; origins of Cork Hill in Ellsworth; rivalry between Bar Harbor and Ellsworth; salmon in Union River; Larry Gorman; mills, wages; Protestant and Catholics; dining at lumber camps; poplar trees not used to build lumber camps because Christ was crucified on a poplar cross; Edgar “Dingbat” Prouty; Prouty family tree.
NA0552 Mrs. James Shea, interviewed by David Currier, March 14, 1970, Bangor, Maine. Shea talks about going to her father’s lumber camp in Oxbow, Maine, as a little girl; riding in a pung to the camp; the wangan; ghost stories told by men in the camp; buying and selling spruce gum; the cook and cookee in the camp; lumbercamp songs; meeting up with her father’s river drive; superstitions; strange phenomena; and the poem or song, “The Preacher and the Bear.”
NA0561 Grover Cleveland Field, Clyde Willard, Lester Cole, and Raymond Olmstead, interviewed by Dorothy Bodwell, spring 1970. The accession is a paper dealing with anecdotes about Maine lumber camps. Field discusses working with his dad near Caribou, Maine; women in lumber camps; his first woods job in 1912; and snub warps. Willard, talks about a day in the life of a lumberman; sleeping conditions; the American Thread camp; scalers; Clarence Arno, a man who died on the job; Polish saunas; mealtimes. Cole discusses being a river driver in the early 1900s; accidents; song lyrics for “Jam on Gerry’s Rock” and “Peter Amberly”; lice infestations. Olmsted talks about his father, Wendell Olmsted (b.1877), stories Wendell told about lumber camps; widow makers; Native Americans who worked in the camps; use of dynamite. Also included: photocopy of measurements of the Upper St. John Log Driving Co.’s limits from mouth of Allagash to listed place.
NA0568 Harry Harold Dyer, interviewed by Jeanne Milton, April 1, 1970, Caribou, Maine. Dyer, retired lumberman, his life as recorded and written by his granddaughter, discusses woods work in the early twentieth century; working for the Fraser Lumber Company; description of a lumber camp; walking to work; progression of the cutting; ice carts to ice roads; his responsibilities at age 14; hauling yards; labor-saving techniques; making a gum book; salt pork for lunch; sings “Johnny Doyle” and “The Bloody Waterloo;” and plays harmonica and trots the feet, “Devil’s Dream,” “Money Musk,” “Casey Jones,” and “Yankee Doodle.”
NA0571 Volney Roberts and Lee Roberts, interviewed by Linda Hubbard, March 31-April 14, 1970, Greenville, Maine.
V. Roberts discusses lumbering in the Moosehead Lake area in the early 1900s; how he got involved in lumbering in 1904; driving a six-oxen team; various jobs he had in the early 1900s; lumber camp food; a day’s schedule at a lumber camp in Soldier Town; camp furnishings; entertainment in the form of singing and pranks; getting to the site in Soldier Town and the path the logs took down river; purchasing food in bulk; his grandmother’s traditional medicines; process of moving felled trees; tools used in the woods; eating lunch in the woods; estimating how much timber a lot would produce; bringing supplies into camp in the winter; caulk shoes for river driving; his case of blood poisoning and the long trip to visit a doctor; a log-hauling tractor c. 1920; making roads with a tractor; Cooper Brook trestle; comparative hygiene of Polish and Frenchmen; and the mechanization of logging with steam haulers and telephones to coordinate.
L. Roberts discusses logging on Prong Pond Mountain beginning in 1935; use of par-buckles; setup of the camp; ethnic variety of workers; advantages of not shaving; lumber camp food; driving the tote-wagon; sleeping arrangements in the camp; lice and measures to avoid them; observations on Polish dealings with lice; responsibilities of a sled-tender; skidded yards versus piled logs; a fatal accident with a skidded yard; use of a snub-warp on steep roads; ram-downs and an accident on one; a day’s schedule; taking care of his horses; blacksmith work; pay; pranks; swinging a yard; icing roads; kinds of sleds – swing-dingles, tote-sleds, and woods pungs; britchen harnesses and belly-lifters for his horses; never touching another man’s equipment; troublemakers visiting camp; his horses falling through the ice; salted codfish; the old logging method as conserving and not wasteful; the new method of logging as wasteful and destructive; and his concern for the future of northern Maine.
NA0575 Asa Flagg, interviewed by Rhoda Mitchell, October & November 1970, Carthage, Maine. Accession includes a cassette tape with the three interviews, a paper describing the fieldwork, and transcripts of the interviews. Flagg, a retired woodsman (b. 1898), talks about lumber camps; Sunday pastimes; cooks and cookees; getting hired; oxen and horses; singing and music; log jams; sorting; yarding; skidding; sluicing; meals; ax handles; Christmas; card playing and other entertainment; weather and frostbite; outhouses; the dingle; getting paid; camp facilities; hunting; nicknames; fighting; transportation; tools; the wangan; teams and teamsters; sleds and harnesses; swampers; marking logs; scalers and scaling; blacksmiths; scraping roads; conditions; fiddling; dancing; and sings “Guy Reed,” “Floyd Collins” and “Lumberman’s Alphabet.”
NA0577 Carroll C. Noyes, interviewed by Lynn MacFarland, October and November, 1970, Dixfield, Maine. Noyes, a retired woodsman (b. 1890), talks about cooks and cookees; food; clothing; lumber camps; parbuckling; sorting logs with a sorting gap; gum books; wages; skidding; river camps; river driving; games; booms; road monkeys; sleds; the wangan; log marks; horses; and other topics. Also included are recipes for gingerbread and carrot cake, photos of the “True Corliss” engine in Stratton, words to a song “Charming Sally Anne,” a drawing and diagram of a lumber camp, a clipping about Mr. and Mrs. Noyes, and words and music notation for an untitled song about “the dirty old cook and the lousy cookee....”
NA0578 Dan Murray, interviewed by Susan McVetty, spring 1970. Murray, an old woodsman, talks about folk hero anecdotes; Dan’s life style; old woodsmen’s operations.
NA0579 Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Lillian Shirley, fall 1970, Argyle, Maine. Kennedy, a retired woodsman, talks about his life.
NA0580 Arnold Hall, interviewed by William Bonsall, October-December of 1970, Bangor, Maine. Hall, a retired lumberman, talks about his life; work as a lumberman; the camp social life; the Depression. RESTRICTED.
NA0581 Harry Dyer, interviewed by Jeanne Milton, October and November 1970, Caribou, Maine. Dyer, a retired lumberman, talks about his life.
NA0593 Clyde Dickinson, mailed to Jeanne Milton, March 1971, Woodstock, New Brunswick. Paper titled: "Life in a Lumbercamp, 1880-1881," and was sent to Milton by Dickinson in response to a request for information about lumbercamp life.
NA0621 John Sharpe, interviewed by Lillian Shirley, fall 1970, Old Town, Maine. Sharpe, a retired woodsman, talks about setting up camp; icing roads; meals; recreation; home remedies; river driving; wood carving; ghost stories.
NA0626 Roland Snowman and Russell Nutting, interviewed by Lynn MacFarland, spring of 1971, Weld and Farmington, Maine. Accession consists of two interviews with Snowman and one interview with Nutting. Snowman, a retired river driver, talks about his life. Nutting, a retired teamster, talks about his life.
NA0639 Paul Gauvin, summer, 1971, Greenville, Maine. Paper deals with stories about boarding houses around Moosehead and the woodsmen who lived in them.
NA0697 Andrew Chase, interviewed by Linda Edgerly, October and December 1971, Orono, Maine. Interviews with Andrew Chase about his life as a woodsman.
NA0698 Frank Carey, interviewed by Rita Swidrowski, fall 1971, Milford, Maine. Carey, 85, talks about his experiences as a woodsman.
NA0702 Frederick Burke, interviewed by Norma Coates, fall 1971, Bangor, Maine. Burke talks about his experiences as a woodsman.
NA0704 Harold Tague and Kenneth Packard, interviewed by Jill Allen, fall 1971, Stratton and Carrabassett, Maine. Tague, 85, and Packard, 60, talk about their experiences as woodsmen.
NA0706 Harold Stuart, interviewed by Florence Ireland July 15, 1972, Machias, Maine. Stuart talks about working in the woods around 1900-1910 in the Ellsworth and Machias area.
NA0707 William Hudson, interviewed by Florence Ireland, July 15, 1972, Machias, Maine. Hudson talks about the lumber industry in Maine during the early twentieth century; organization of labor, housing and regulations/restrictions of laborers; who (race, nationality, gender, etc.) was employed in the industry; and personal experiences of Hudson while employed in Maine.
NA0716 Alfred Bernard, Sr., interviewed by Jayne Lello, Howland, Maine. Series of interviews with Bernard, Sr. about woodswork.
NA0717 Bean, Wayne, Fall 1972. Maine: Topsfield. Series of interviews with Ralph Thornton, 87, about local history of Topsfield, woods work and river work, songs, stories; brief biographical sketch of Thornton. See NF XIV: Me and Fannie : the oral autobiography of Ralph Thornton of Topsfield, Me. / edited by Wayne Reuel Bean.
NA0718 Emile Leavitt, interviewed by Sarah Burbank, fall and winter 1972, Old Town, Maine. Series of interviews with Leavitt, 80, about his work in the woods.
NA0719 Victor Bushey, interviewed by Sue Dauphinee, October to December 1972, Bangor, Maine. Series of interviews with Bushey about work in the woods.
NA0720 Benjamin Cole, interviewed by Larry Gallant, October and November 1972, Glenburn, Maine. Series of interviews with Cole about work in the woods.
NA0721 John Colbath, interviewed by Beth Hartman, winter 1972, Bangor, Maine. Series of interviews with Colbath about work in the woods.
NA0722 Guy Kershner, interviewed by Scott MacDonald, fall 1972, Farmington, Maine. Series of interviews with Kershner about work in the woods.
NA0723 William Briggs, interviewed by Lynn Ohlhorst, October 19 and 28, 1972, Howland, Maine. Series of interviews with Briggs, 79, about his work in the woods.
NA0724 Dan McCrae and Ed Oliver, interviewed by John Peck, October and November 1972, Bangor, Maine. Oliver and McCrae talk about work in the woods.
NA0738 Grover Swett, interviewed by Florence Ireland, August 21, 1970, Bangor, Maine. Swett talks about the early Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and woods work in Maine.
NA0791 Walter Scott, interviewed by Ralph Cook, November 5, 1973, Winn, Maine. Scott talks about the North Lincoln sorting gap.
NA0797 Lester Twist, interviewed by Ralph Cook, December 7, 1973, Medway, Maine. Twist talks about log driving around 1903. Also included: personal correspondence.
NA0800 Leo Poirier, interviewed by Bobbie Violette, February 20 and 23, 1974, Madawaska, Maine. Poirier talks about about family; life history; scaling in the woods. Recording in French.
NA0801 Willard Jalbert, interviewed by Peggy Madore, February 19 and 21, 1974, Van Buren, Maine. Jalbert talks about lumbering in the early 20th century; biography. Recording in French.
NA0803 Maxine Michaud, interviewed by Maxine Michaud (Maxine Michaud interviews his grandfather by the same name), St. Agatha, Maine. Michaud talks about his life as a lumberman. Also included: personal correspondence.
NA0837 Armand Dumond, interviewed by Peggy Madore, September 2, 1974, Van Buren, Maine. Dumond, a lumberman, talks about woods work. Recorded in French.
NA0838 Leon St. Jean, interviewed by Bobbie Violette, September 1, 1974, Van Buren, Maine. St. Jean talks about his experiences as a lumberman. Recorded in French.
NA1077 George Bagley, interviewed by Ronald Bean, July 15, 21, and 22, 1976, at the home of Earl Grass.
July 15, 1976 Bagley talks about jobs he held when he was young; his first job working in the woods; learning how to drive horses; the horses he owned throughout his life; where horses could be sold when they became too old; where horses were purchased; horse medicine; and hauling logs as a teamster.
July 21, 1976 Bagley talks about local ghost stories; Oat Taylor, owner of the general store; bootleggers; hunting; transportation before the advent of automobiles; Sam Rubin, the local peddler; music and dances of his era; his family; what school was like when
July 22, 1976 Bagley talks about Amos Noyes and his singing ability; Noyes’ friend, Matt Noble; and going to the motion picture theaters.
NA1083 Thomas Hurd, interviewed by Bessie Dam, April 27, 1975, Burlington, Maine. Hurd talks about getting hired to do woods work by Rufe Page; having to walk to his first job; lugging huge lunches out into the woods for the men on the job; how lunch was served; the only woman in the camp; how often he was paid at those early jobs; the wangan; smoking tobacco; becoming a foreman subcontractor; having to fire workers for not cutting enough; what kind of men he looked for in hiring; tools Hurd used for woodcutting; river-driving; pick-poles; cant-dogs; yarding; using dynamite to break up log jams; and sleeping arrangements on the river-drive.
NA1102 Vernon Annis, interviewed by Marilyn Maffucci, fall 1976, Lucerne, Maine. Annis talks about lumber camp life in a camp near Princeton, Maine: 1921-1924.
NA1104 Walter Scott, interviewed by Christine Gordon, August 12, 1976, at Scott’s home in Winn, Maine. Scott, age 84, talks about river driving on the Mattawamkeag and Penobscot Rivers beginning around 1908; booming operations; anecdotes of woods work and lumber camp life; reference to gum books; “rips” (rough water and rocks) called the “Slewgundy Heaters;” Skaterrack Boom; Molunkus Brook; “sleepers” (sunken cedar logs used for railroad ties?); a suicide; river driver grave sites; the Rice Farm; French singers; Russell Stream; riding logs; Fay and Ascha Gordon (stole a violin from a burned schoolhouse); Penobscot County boundary dispute; Sunken Bridge; camp dogs; camp food; wages; Indian stories; Indian burials of disease (Diphtheria) victims; bean hole beans; a woman camp cook, etc.
NA1108 McKenna, Peter. April 1975. Maine: Weld. Interview with Thomas Skolfield about working on the log drives on the Swift River and Webb River at the turn of the century.
NA1110 By John Lynn, 1976. Accession includes a copy of an article by Lynn, "Reconstructing a Maine Lumbercamp of 1900: The Diorama as a Historical Medium," Forest History, 20 (October, 1976), 191-202; slides of lumbercamp diorama he constructed.
NA1177 Brooks, Joan. Spring 1978. Maine: Aurora / Amherst. Comments on woods operation run by John D. Faulkner, lunch conversation with crew, work sounds.
NA1384 Richard, Stephen. Summer 1980. Maine: Rangeley. Series of interviews with Erroll "John" Haley about early logging; booming logs on Rangeley Lake; working for Brown Co.; recollections of the Kempton Lumber Co.; camp life; cooking and foodways.
NA1387 Richard, Stephen. Summer 1980. Maine: Phillips. Interview with William Richard about his work in the woods; early years in Canada; Henry Meilleux stories.
NA1388 Richard, Stephen. Summer 1980. Maine: Rangeley. Interview with Rodney Richard, Sr. about his work in the woods and logging from 1940’s to the present.
NA1971 Trefethen, Christina. Spring 1987. Maine: Chester. Interview with Tina and Ivan Daigle regarding Tina's daily living experiences while her husband worked in the woods during the winter, and what it was like for women living in woods camps that consisted primarily of men. Includes several photocopied photographs.
NA1972 Trefethen, Christina. Spring 1987. Maine: Chester. Interview with Gladys Morrison reguarding her experiences as a wife and mother, married to a woods working man. Also, she describes what it was like being a woman living in woods camps.
NA1987 Coleman, Joseph. Spring 1987. Maine: Augusta. Paper based on an interview with Louis Coleman about his life as a logger, hunter and all around woodsman.
NA2141 Sarna, Red. Fall 1979. Maine: Augusta. Morris Wings talks in 1979 before the American Pulpwood Association staff meeting in which he talks about working on drives as a clerk for the Augusta Lumber Company, typical camp life, recreation, first use of chain saws to cut wood for the A.L.C., etc.
NA2142 Svedberg, Roger W. Fall 1989. A model of a river pier made by Arthur A. York of Howland, who had been employed as a river driver.
NA2195 Chaney, Michael. Summer 1990. Maine: Old Orchard Beach. Interview with Alan Coker about his work as a manager for the Biddeford Diamond Match Company lumber yard and retail store, beginning the mid-1950’s. See NA 2194.
NA2225 Black, Joseph. Spring 1988. Nova Scotia: Victoria County. Paper entitled, “Pulpwood Operations at Murray, Victoria County, Cape Breton” which documents the history of the North River Lumber Company at Murray.
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A series of 20 accessions featuring interviews done by Stephen Cole and Linda Gifford (1982-1983) documenting cranberry growing in southeastern Massachusetts. Permission from Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections required for copying or quoting for publication.
NA1645 Mary Peterson Simpson, interviewed by Stephen Cole and Linda Gifford, fall 1982, Harwich, MA. Simpson talks about the cranberry bogs and businesses in the Carver, Mass, area. RESTRICTED.
NA1646 Richard Kiernan, interviewed by Stephen Cole, winter 1983, Wareham, MA. Kiernan, foreman for A. D. Makepeace Co., talks about the cranberry growing business in Wareham, Mass, area. RESTRICTED.
NA1647 Augusta Carleton Jillson, Annie Carleton Lloyd, and Amy Carleton, interviewed by Stephen Cole, winter 1983, East Sandwich, MA. Jillson, 90, Lloyd, 88, and Carleton, 82, talk about their father’s old-time cranberry business in East Sandwich. RESTRICTED.
NA1648 Doris Gomes, interviewed by Linda Gifford, winter 1983, Marion, MA. Gomes talks about experiences of a Cape Verdean woman picking cranberries in the 1940s and 50s. RESTRICTED.
NA1649 Ernest D. Howe, interviewed by Stephen Cole, winter 1983, Wareham, MA. Howe, 75, talks about his lifetime work for the A. D. Makepeace Co. making cranberry scoops & boxes, building sand jalopies, repairing picking machines, and overseeing screen-houses and canning plants. RESTRICTED.
NA1650 Katherine Ryder and Malcolm Ryder, interviewed by Stephen Cole, winter 1983, Cotuit, MA. Ryder, 87, talks about their cranberry growing business in the Cotuit area; changes in technology and marketing. RESTRICTED.
NA1651 Robert C. Hammond, interviewed by Stephen Cole, winter 1983, East Wareham, MA. Hammond, 71, director of the Fuller-Hammond Co., talks about the cranberry growing business, and competition between cranberry marketing cooperatives. RESTRICTED.
NA1652 Antone Jesus, interviewed by Stephen Cole and Linda Gifford, winter 1983, Onset, MA. Jesus, 92, talks about being a worker and bog foreman for the Fuller-Hammond Co. for sixty years; shipping out on a New Bedford whaler, c. 1900. RESTRICTED.
NA1659 William E. Crowell, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, Dennis, MA. Crowell, 79, talks about owning and managing cranberry bogs on Cape Cod and in the Wareham area; the early years of the cranberry industry; Cape Cod life in the last century. RESTRICTED.
NA1660 Lawrence Cole and Ruth Cole, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, North Carver, MA. The Coles talk about owning and running a cranberry growing business: recounts history of his family who supplied shooks, barrels and boxes to growers over several generations; tales of growers and growing in the past. RESTRICTED.
NA1661 Edward B. Garside, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, Plymouth, MA. Garside was the author of a 1938 novel, Cranberry Red, which depicts the hardships faced by the largely Cape Verdean bog laborers and the discrimination they endure. RESTRICTED.
NA1662 Wilho and Lillian Harju, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, West Carver, MA. The Harjus, of Finnish descent, talk about owning and running a small cranberry business. Mrs. Harju discusses her life as a bog worker ;along side' her husband; Mr. Harju, his collection of cranberry memorabilia.
NA1663 W. Marland Rounsvilie, interviewed by Stephen Cole. Spring 1983, Nantucket, MA. Rounsvilie talks about his work for the Cranberry Experiment Station in Wareham, Mass, and as manager of the bogs for the Nantucket Cranberry Co. in the late thirties. RESTRICTED.
NA1664 Ellen Stillman, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, Hanson, MA. Stillman talks about her work as vice president of advertising for the Ocean Spray Cranberry Co. in the 1940s and ‘50s. RESTRICTED.
NA1665 Maurice B. Makepeace, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, Wareham, MA. Makepeace, 76, treasurer of the A. D. Makepeace Co., talks about the financial workings of this large family cranberry business. RESTRICTED.
NA1666 Phillip Brackett, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, Cotuit, MA. Brackett talks about his small, old-time Cape Cod cranberry growing business. RESTRICTED.
NA1767 Eunice Bailey and Jennie (Bailey) Shaw, interviewed by Stephen Cole, spring 1983, South Carver, MA. Bailey and Shaw talk about the Bailey Company which made equipment for the cranberry industry. RESTRICTED.
NA1768 Gilbert T. Beaten, interviewed by Stephen Cole, summer 1983, Buzzard’s Bay, MA. G. Beaten talks about the John J. Beaton Distributing Agency, the largest independent growers and shippers of cranberries in the region. RESTRICTED.
NA1769 Vincent Pina and Beatrice Pina, interviewed by Stephen Cole, fall 1983, Marion, MA. The Pinas talk about seasonal work on the cranberry bogs and life in general in the Cape Verdean community. RESTRICTED.
NA1770 Leonard F. Vanderhoop, Sr., interviewed by Stephen Cole, fall 1983. Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Vanderhoop talks about the traditional harvest of cranberries carried out on Gay Head by the Wampanoags. RESTRICTED.
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A series of student interviews done for Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ class focused on the Curran Family Homestead, a living history museum in Orrington, Maine. Interview topics include: memories of Alfred, Eddie, and Catherine Curran; dairy farming in East Orrington during the first half of the twentieth century; MA Crook and Sons Hillside Dairy; relationship between the Kimball family and the Currans; swimming in the Fields Pond in the summer; tobogganing on the Curran property in the winter; a genealogy of the Curran family; growing up in Orrington and spending time on the Curran farm; daily management of the farm; food preparation during the winter; an ice house; farm livestock; making alcohol during prohibition; working on the Curran farm; Alfred’s younger years; farming practices; life in Orrington in the early part of the 1900s; the layout of East Orrington in the 1920s-1930s; East Orrington’s saw mill; and the Audubon Society.
NA2441 Elizabeth Cook, interviewed by Tosca DeVito, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Cook talks about dairy farming in East Orrington during the first half of the twentieth century; MA Crook and Sons Hillside Dairy.
NA2442 Joanne Kimball, interviewed by Tosca DeVito, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Kimball talks about the relationship between the Kimball family and the Currans; swimming in the Fields Pond in the summer; and tobogganing on the Curran property in the winter.
NA2443 Dickie Crawford, interviewed by Megan Foreman, fall 1996, Holden, Maine. Crawford, who lived next door to the Curran family since 1945, talks about playing as a boy in the barn and swimming in Field’s Pond with other children in the area.
NA2444 Joann Wicks and Eulalia Harriman, interviewed by Megan Foreman, fall 1996, Maine. Wicks, Bangor, talks about her childhood playing in the Curran family farm; shares a genealogy her husband made on the Curran family. Also included are three copies of photographs of the Curran farm and Curran family members. Accession also includes notes from an unrecorded conversation with Harriman, in Orrington, Maine. Harriman talks about growing up in Orrington and spending time on the Curran farm.
NA2446 Carolyn Clark, Mary C. Fernald, and Lawrence D. Fernald, interviewed by Dena Winslow York, fall 1996, Hampden, Maine. Clark and the Fernalds talk about information and genealogy relating to the Curran family; the daily management of the farm. See NA 2447 for first interview with Carolyn Clark.
NA2447 Carolyn Clark, interviewed by Dena Winslow York, fall 1996, Hampden, Maine. Clark talks about her memories growing up next to the Curran farm; stories about everyday life on the farm and Alfred Curran.
NA2448 Sherman Hinks, interviewed by Shawna Chesto, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Hinks talks about his life living near the Curran farm and working there; food preparation during the winter; an ice house; farm livestock; and Alfred and Catherine Curran. Included also are 12 original photographs taken by the interviewer and a diagram of tools drawn by the interviewee. See NA 2449 for follow up interview with Sherman Hinks.
NA2449 Sherman Hinks, interviewed by Shawna Chesto, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Follow up interview from NA 2448 of Hinks. Hinks talks about life on the farm during the winter and education for farm boys at the turn of the century. See NA 2448 for journal and catalog, photographs and drawing.
NA2450 Brian and Anna MacLeod, interviewed by Shawna Chesto, fall 1996, Brewer, Maine. The MacLeods talk about making alcohol during prohibition and their relationship with the Curran family.
NA2451 Michael Goodman, interviewed by Nancy Dudley, fall 1996 Bangor, Maine. Goodman, whose family had a camp on Field’s Pond and spent every summer there during the 1940s-1980s, talks about his relationship with the recollections of Alfred and Catherine Curran.
NA2452 Nancy Raich, interviewed by Nancy Dudley, fall 1996, Thorndike, Maine. Raich talks about her time as a "handy hand" for Alfred and Catherine Curran until their deaths; anecdotes about life on the farm and of Alfred’s younger years.
NA2453 Benjamin Goldberg and Bennett Steward, interviewed by Nancy Dudley, fall 1996, East Orrington, Maine. Interview mainly with Goldberg and some with Steward. Goldberg talks about his youth following Alfred Curran around the Curran farm; farming practices; where things were on the Curran farm.
NA2454 Abigail Williamson, interviewed by Barbara Sumner, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Williamson talks about life in Orrington in the early part of the 1900s; the layout of East Orrington in the 1920s-1930s; her relationships with her neighbors; her role during World War II; East Orrington’s sawmill and dairy farming.
NA2455 Jim Kearns and George Chapman, interviewed by Robin Fre, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Kearns and Chapman talks about life on the Curran farm; how they felt about Catherine Curran and her brothers Alfred and Eddie; their feelings regarding the Audubon Society.
NA2456 Nancy Raich, interviewed by Melissa Johnson, fall 1996, Unity, Maine. Raich talks about her time as a handy hand on the Curran farm; her chores around the farm; and stories about Alfred Curran’s youth.
NA2457 Evans Hart, interviewed by Angela Hebert, fall 1996, Orrington, Maine. Hart talks about his memories of the Curran family and farm and his own life stories.
NA2458 Florence Smith, interviewed by Angela Hebert, fall 1996, Bangor, Maine. In two interviews, Smith talks about the Curran family and farm; her relationship with the Currans; what they were like; and what the farm was like.
NA2459 Morris Cronkits and Lucille Cronkits, interviewed by Brandon Portwine, fall 1996, Brewer, Maine. The Cronkits talk about Alfred and Catherine Curran in their later years and their own lives.
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A project undertaken by Michael Chaney in the summer of 1980 which led to the publication of White Pine on the Saco: An Oral History of River Driving in Southern Maine (Northeast Folklore XXIX: 1990). Collection consists of fourteen interviews with employees of the Deering Lumber Company.
NA1401 Clyde Smith, interviewed by Michael Chaney, summer 1980, Hollis Center, Maine. Smith talks about local history; Indian lore of the Saco River Valley; 1947 fire; family history. Deering Lumber Project.
NA1402 Joseph G. Deering, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Biddeford Pool, Maine. Deering talks about the river drives on the Saco River; the Deering Lumber Company.
NA1403 Ken Blaney, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Cornish, Maine. Blaney talks about his work for the Joseph Deering Lumber Company as a scaler.
NA1404 Leo Bell, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Fryeburg, Maine. Bell talks about his work in the woods and on the Saco River for the Deering Lumber Company.
NA1405 Ed Burrill, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Cornish, Maine. Burrill talks about his life on the Saco River as a river driver for the Deering Lumber Company.
NA1406 Clarence Brown, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, West Buxton, Maine. Brown talks about river drives on the Saco River; his father, Frank Brown, who was a boss for the Deering Lumber Company. Text: catalog.
NA1407 Charlie Foran, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Saco, Maine. Foran talks about working for the Deering Lumber company as yard and mill foreman.
NA1423 Ralston Bennett, interviewed by Michael Chaney, November 17, 1980, Lovell, Maine. Mrs. Bennett was also present. Bennett talks about working as a trucker for the Deering Lumber Company; starting to haul logs for Deering in November 1940; landing the logs on the river bank for the drive; working to haul sawn lumber from portable mills in the woods to Biddeford; finished working for Deering in 1956.
NA1424 Roy Smith, interviewed by Michael Chaney, November 18, 1980, Lovell Town Dump, Lovell, Maine. Smith talks about his work on the river as a river driver and in the woods as a cutter for Jos. G. Deering & Sons; working for A.C. Cunningham; driving on the last river drive in 1943.
NA1425 Robert Littlefield, interviewed by Michael Chaney, November 18, 1980, his home, Lovell, Maine. Littlefield talks about his work as a river driver on the Saco River: working on the drive 1920-1925 and in 1934; men he worked with; places on the river; details about drive and sluicing; boarding houses; tally of lumber in various mills, including Diamond and Brown; working for Deering Lumber Company on the river; two artifacts he has: a Saco River Rule and a spruce gumbook made in 1877 by Mrs. Littlefield’s grandfather.
NA1426 Chester “Chet” Leonard, interviewed by Michael Chaney, November 18, 1980, Fryeburg, Maine. Also present: Mrs. Leonard. Leonard talks about his work as a sawyer and portable mill foreman for the Diamond, Deering Lumber Company, and Clark mills; his father, who was a sawyer; beginning work in a mill in New Hampshire in 1933, where he worked for Ellery Clark for 10 years; working at the Clark Mill in Hollis Center, run by nephews of Clark; the fires in the area that put the mill out of business; taking a job in the early 1950s as a portable mill foreman for a Deering portable mill in Lovell for six months; portable mills; job at the Diamond finishing mill in Fryeburg.
NA1427 By Michael Chaney, fall 1980, Saco, Maine. Collection of 43 photographs, news clippings, and other written material pertaining to Joseph G. Deering & Son Lumber Manufacturers and the Saco River Driving Company.
NA2010 Ralph Morin, interviewed by Michael P. Chaney, 1987, Sanbornville, New Hampshire. Morin talks about his work in the sawmill at the Deering Lumber Co., Biddeford, Maine, his work as a salesman for the company in the 1950s - 1960s; his work in the 1970s in the retail department. Other material includes letter to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, list of interviewees with additional info, maps of layout of plant, 43 photocopied photos on file at NAFOH.
NA2194 Phyllis F. Deschambeault, interviewed by Michael Chaney, fall 1989, Saco, Maine. Deschambeault talks about her work for J. G. Deering & Son and Deering Lumber Company since the 1940s.
Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
Collection consists of video tapes (150 hours approx.) produced by Don DePoy, founder of F. O. L. K., Inc. (Focus On Local Knowledge) "a nonprofit Maine based corporation dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional music." Tapes contain raw footage and edited masters for a series of TV programs titled "Mainely Bluegrass" broadcast on Maine Public Television in 1996. Footage features music groups taped at the Breakneck Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Crawford, Maine (1994) and the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Sydney, Maine (1995).
Artists include Evergreen, the Stevens Family, Sassygrass, Bluegrass Supply Company, the Gibson Brothers, the Sandy River Ramblers, Smokey Greene, Eddie Poirier and the Bluegrass Four, Simon St. Pierre, Kenny Baker and Josh Graves, the Lewis Family, Shady Creek, Yodelin’ Slim Clark and others. Also, a series of tapes for a program called “Women and the Franco-American Experience” featuring a concert of Franco-American music presented at the University of Maine with groups Psaltery, Jete Le Po, and Souterie.