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MF 004 Aroostook Oral History Project

Number of Accessions: 127
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1971-1972
Time period covered: 19th and 20th centuries
Principal interviewers: Helen K. Atchison
Finding Aides: catalogs
Access Restrictions: none
Description: Aroostook Oral History Project. 1971-1972. Project conducted under the auspices of the Cary Library in Houlton, Maine, which resulted in a collection of 119 cassettes, totaling 73 hours, with interviews of more than 150 people covering a wide range of topics; i.e., early county history, early farming and machinery, the Aroostook War, railroading, lumbering, potato farming, maple sugar making, folksongs, folklore, folk medicine, politics, town meetings, cross-border migration, smuggling, Indians, sporting camps, schools and schooling, tall tales, superstitions, and many other aspects of the county’s cultural heritage. Tapes in French (20) and Swedish (2) have not been abstracted and have only brief descriptions of contents; a general index for the collection by subject and town is available in house. This collection was put into public domain by the Cary Library (Houlton, Maine).

 

1654 Charlotte Lenentine Melvin, donated by Helen K. Atchison. One cassette tape recorded by Melvin. Melvin talks about the history of Aroostook County; general factors controlling historical development; process of settlement; international rivalry – U. S. and British Provinces; boundary controversy; effects of the Webster-Ashburton treaty on Aroostook County. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0038 / CD 0218.

2826 Solomon Saucier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972, Fort Kent. Conducted in French. Brief index. Saucier talks about his life as a farmer, lumberman, and railroad worker; Ben Marquis’ lumber works; information about the Allagash, farming, barn-building, lumbering, the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, maple sugar making and whiskey making. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0039 / CD 0219 French.

2827 Joseph St. Germain, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. St. Germain, of Wallagrass, ME, talks about his life lumbering and road-building; Great Northern Paper Co.; grindstone roads; building the Wallagrass bridge; the origin of the name Wallagrass; and a discussion of how Patten became known as a lumber capital; information regarding pulpwood operations; Stacyville; a description of living quarters during log drives. Note on cover states that it is a good source on all phases of lumbering in Aroostook and Penobscot counties. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0040 / CD 0220 French.

2828 Michel Fournier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972, Edmunston, Maine. Conducted in French. Brief index. Fournier talks about his life; farming; churning; the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; the Canadian Pacific Railroad; lumbering, the U. S. post office; folk medicine; and superstitions. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0041 (Side 1) / CD 0221 French.

2829 Orvila Saucier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Saucier, of Eagle Lake, talks about her life; farming; potato harvesting; flour mills; lumbering and the origin of new Canada; information about sheep herding and railroads. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0042 / CD 0223 French.

2830 Charles Cote and Firman Daigle, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Cote and Daigle, of Edmunston, talk about their lives; maple syrup making; doctors and medicines they employed; farming; land clearing; religion; and a song by Mrs. Charles Cote. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0043, CD 0224 French.

2831 Onezime Cyr, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Cyr, of Fort Kent, talks about log house construction; social life; a smoke house; salting meat; candle making; dyeing wool; home remedies; shoe making; schools; harvesting crops; and early prices on commodities. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0044, CD 0225 French.

2832 Eugene Beaulieu and Edgar St. Pierre, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Beaulieu and St. Pierre, of Fort Kent, talk about schools; travel; lumberman’s wages; outdoor ovens; blacksmithing; farming; maple syrup operations; schooling; women’s activities; home brew; and New Year’s celebrations. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0045, CD 0226 – CD 0227 French.

2833 Theophile Freeman, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Freeman, of Fort Kent, talks about farming; cattle and sheep raising; the origin of Soldier Pont; taking the train there in 1912; the settlement of the area; the Irish potato famine; the first school at Wallagrass Road; the first church at Wallagrass in 1887; Father Demarch; amusement; home brew & whiskey making; maple syrup operation; Doctors Sirois and Page; the first airplane; and life c. 1972. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0046, CD 0228 French.

2834 Fedime Morin, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Morin, of Madawaska, talks about being a law enforcement officer; early law enforcement history; prohibition and early jails; anecdotes of his long career; and advances in equipment. There is no side 2. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0047, CD 0229 French.

2835 Dan Cyr, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Cyr, of Madawaska, talks about life as a housewife; birth; wedding and funeral customs; amusements; and making maple syrup. There is no side 2. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0048, CD 0330 French.

2836 Mr. Rene Guerette, Mrs. Rene Guerette, Mr. Louis Cyr, and Mrs. Louis Cyr, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Both interviews conducted in French. Brief index. The Guerrettes, of Madawaska, talk about farming; butchering; soap making; French foods; education and church life. Text: brief index for the Guerrette interview, no transcript or index for the Cyr interview. Recording: C 0049, S 0001, S 0002, CD 0331 – CD 0332 French.

2837 Leonie Albert, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Albert, of Madawaska, talks about St. David’s Parish; education; amusements; religious customs; food; household arts; and crafts. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0050, CD 0333 French.

2838 Alice Hebert Daigle and Alma Hebert, interviewed by Helen K. Atchinson, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Daigle and Hebert, of Madawaska, talk about schools in Madawaska by districts; teaching experiences; and the Acadian Cross at St. David. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0051, CD 0334, CD 0420 French.

2839 Alice Hebert Daigle and Alma Hebert, interviewed by Helen K. Atchinson, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Daigle and Hebert, of Madawaska, talk about all aspects of 38 years of teaching in Madawaska schools; curriculum; wages; education requirements, etc. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0051, CD 0420 French.

2840 Raymond Daigle, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, October 2, 1972, Madawaska, Maine. Conducted in French. Daigle talks about the St. Basile ferry; first auto in Madawaska; ferry boats; Allagash; Fort Kent; Frenchville; Madawaska; St. David; Grand Isle; Van Buren; Flanger and its uses; personal narrative. Recording: C 0052, CD 0421 French.

2841 Tom Dufour, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, October 2, 1972, Madawaska, Maine. Conducted in French. Brief index. Dufour talks about the history of the Dufour family; origin of name; Violette Brook; Acadian expulsion; Indian encounters; Story of Fort Kent trust company; Madawaska Branch. Text: Brief index. Recording: C 0053, CD 0422 French.

2842 Xavier Dufour, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972, Madawaska, Maine. Conducted in French. Brief index. Dufour talks about the tannery in Van Buren for shoe making; schools and schooling; superstitions; childbirth at home; and home remedies. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0054, CD 0423 French.

2843 Felix Dufour, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, 1972, Madawaska, Maine. Conducted in French. Brief index. Dufour talks about amusements; fishing; church in St. David; a personal narrative; schools; maple syrup making; home remedies; lumbering along the Allagash. Text: Brief index. Recording: C 0054, CD 0424 French.

2844 Rose Lajoie, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Lajoie, of Van Buren, talks about life on the farm, and a personal narrative. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0055, CD 0425 French.

2845 Antoine Lebel, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Lebel, of Van Buren, talks about personal background; lumbering; log drives; planting and harvesting wheat; potatoes; ferry boats; a shingle mill; a starch factory; and horse racing. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0056 / CD 0426 French.

2846 Isadore Dumont and Earnest Soucy, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Dumont and Soucy, of Van Buren, talk about the Cyr plantation; settling of Madore Road; a personal narrative; including information about school life; amusements; home crafts; holiday celebrations; a personal narrative; information about a raspberry factory; stores in the area. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0057, CD 0427 – CD 0428 French.

2847 Euphemie Dubay, Margarita Dubay (and her sister), Mr. William Paradis, and Mrs. William Paradis, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. The Dubays and the Paradis, of Van Buren, talk about their lives; an Indian story; Margarita’s song about potato picking; discussion about 69 years of marriage; farming; automobiles; amusements; homemade toys; and shoemaking. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0058, CD 0429-0430 French.

2848 Flora C. S. St. Pierre and Margaret Walsh, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. St. Pierre and Walsh, of Van Buren, talk about their lives; early telephone service; farm life; a lumber camp; raising 21 children; all aspects of homemaking; cooking; knitting; a personal narrative about being the chief operator of New England Telephone Co. in 1911; World War I; the armistice message received and sent to Washington; and comments on Van Buren. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0059, CD 0431 – CD 0432 French.

2849 Euphemie Daigle Oulette, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French with some English. Oulette, of Van Buren, talks about farming; schooling; household duties; sheep and wool processing; spinning and frolics. Recording: C 0060, CD 0433 French with some English.

2850 Mrs. Remi Daigle and Isaac Harris, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French. Brief index. Daigle and Harris, of Van Buren, potato planting and harvesting; house furnishings; amusements; Christmas celebrations; a blacksmith shop; cleaning wool; description of Van Buren in 1910; the Hamlin Lumber mills; the St. John Lumber Co.; the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; the ferry crossing on St. John; automobiles; and the Keegan house. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0061, CD 0434 – CD 0435 French.

2851 Christian Albert, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in French, Brief index. Albert, of Van Buren, talks about being a river pilot on the St. Lawrence; education of a doctor; the flu epidemic of 1918; information about Mrs. Michaud; Albert’s pharmacy; doctor’s fees and means of payments; and ice house operations. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0062, CD 0436 French.

2852 Henry C. Anderson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in Swedish. Brief index. Anderson, of New Sweden, talks about the history of the colonization of New Sweden by 51 Swedes from Gothenburg, Sweden in 1887; names of settlers and activities of the first two years; social life; and Christmas celebrations. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0063, CD 0437 Swedish.

2853 Annie Lindsten, Georgie Lindsten, Elsie Soderberg, and Fritz Anderson, circa 1971-1972. Conducted in Swedish. Brief index. The Lindstens, of Westmanland, Soderberg, of New Sweden, and Anderson, of Stockholm, talk about childhood and youth in Stockholm/New Sweden area; Lebanon Days (now New Sweden); farming; farm life; education; social life and customs; church history; and Christmas tradition. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0064, CD 0438, CD 0439 Swedish.

2854 Henry Anderson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Anderson, of New Sweden, talks about history of original settlers; recruitment of Swedes into region; original crops planted; development of town; anniversary celebrations discussion; town characters; fires in the community in the 1880-90s; schooling in the same period; introduction of different technologies into the area; mills; the B&A branch in the region; social activities; reasons for Swedes coming to Maine; and his descendants. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0065, CD 0440.

2855 Fritz Anderson and Lilly Anderson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Andersons, of Stockholm, talk about history of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; lumbering activities and mills; “California Settlement”; history of mills; the Great Depression; schools and schooling; farming and farm machinery; social life; and ice cutting. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0066, CD 0441 – 0442.

2856 Mrs. E. Anderson, Mrs. A. Fogelin, and Mrs. E. Soderberg, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Anderson, Fogelin, and Soderberg, of Stockholm, three daughters of early Swedish settlers, discuss their family origins; early life in New Sweden and Stockholm; women’s work on farms; the Great Depression and its effects; bringing up families; social life; the community welfare organization; illnesses and remedies; recipes; and Christmas cooking. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0067, CD 0443.

2857 Mr. George Nelson and Mrs. George Nelson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Nelsons, of Stockholm, talk about stories of family origins; the Stockholm Lumber Company; the effects of World War I on the region; the flu epidemic; raising a family in the period; Stockholm in 1919 – prosperity; fires and firefighting; and the first automobiles in the area. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0068, CD 0444.

2858 Axel Tall, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Tall, of Stockholm, discusses his family’s background; schooling; East Jemptland; teaching in Stockholm and Caribou; changes in the educational system over time; his father’s employment; mills; log hauling; farming; and a comparison of the welfare state between its inception and the 1970s. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0069, CD 0445.

2859 Gussie Beaulier and Lyle Gardner, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Beaulier and Gardner, of Ashland, talk about stories of log cutting and log drives; wood operations; mechanics of the drive; work day on the drive; big Sheridan mills; towns of Stetson and Blanchard; tales from the log drives (extensive lumbering vocabulary used); stories; poems; and songs from the late 1800s, early 1900s – no original or local material. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0070, CD 0446 – 0447.

2860 Katherine Coffin, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Coffin, of Ashland, discusses her early life; a Ricker classical instrument; musical training; lumbering business; the first cars in the region; dentists; drugstores; and social life. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0071, CD 0448 – 0449.

2861 Climena Sylvester and Benton Craig, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Sylvester and Craig, of Ashland, talk about the history of Ashland and of Grange Number 247; history of the local potato house and potato shipping; early memories of hand operations before electricity; the first potato and reefer cars; gradual technological improvements; the process of shipping to Searsport and Boston; and recent developments in the town’s history. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0072, CD 0450 – 0451.

2862 Lyle Gardner, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Gardner, of Ashland, talks about the history of the local cheese factory circa 1880; the location of Carter Brook; a description of the building; toting; a description of tasks; horses; tote wagons; tote sleds; the Ashland lumber company; camp life; and sings a song. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0073, CD 0452.

2863 Joseph Theriault and Mr. Clukey, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Theriault and Clukey, of Ashland, discuss the history of the Sheridan Mills settlement; the establishment of the mill community of Sheridan; bootlegging; wages at the mill; shipping lumber; the livery stable; railroad-tie making; building up the Ashland branch of the Bangor and Aroostook railroad; Russians and “Pollacks” (Polish) as laborers; Walter Brenan – a woodsman at Oxbow Flats; guiding; and a blacksmith shop. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0074, CD 0453.

2864 Ora Daggett and Georgie Orcutt, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Daggett, of Portage, discusses the Lombard Steam Log hauler including a general description of its use; anecdotes;, and lumbering. Orcutt, of Ashland, talks about his experiences as a telephone operator; working for the Independent Telephone Company in 1906 and the Aroostook Telephone Company.
Recording: C 0075, CD 0454 – 0455.

2865 Mac Beaulier, Leo Michaud, and Dana Rafford, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Tape contains a series of barn dance, square dance, and popular music songs from the 1920s onward, performed by Beaulier, guitar; Michaud, banjo; and Rafford, fiddle. Recording: C 0076, CD 0456.

2866 Delta Ellis and Climena Sylvester, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Ellis, of Ashland, Maine, discusses the history of Ashland and the Advent Christian church. Sylvester, of Ashland, Maine, talks about the history of Union and Congregational church. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0077, CD 0457 – 0458.

2867 Reverand George Plante, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Plante, of Ashland, Maine, discusses Catholic churches in the Ashland area; missions in Ashland, Sheridan, and Portage; the first parish attempt in 1889 and second attempt in 1900; the parish founded in Sheridan in 1902; the church at Frenchville; difficulties in the 1930s; and developments in the community between the 1960s and 1970s. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0078, CD 0459.

2868 Elizabeth M. Rafford, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Rafford, of Ashland, Maine, talks about early Ashland school; the Wrightville school in Sheridan and its subsequent certification; a description of a one room classroom; the Doak School on Maridis Road between 1917-1919; social gatherings in Wrightville; the Doak school districts; and the economic hardships of the region. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0079, CD 0460.

2869 George C. Sawyer and Frank W. Howes, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Sawyer, of Ashland, Maine, discusses the Hayden murder and the lynching of Jim Cullin in Mapleton. Howes, a team driver in Oxbow, talks about early farms and farm sites on the road between Oxbow and Knowles Corner; the California Road of 1849; and the story of the name and history of the road. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0080, CD 0461.

2870 George Young and Fred Coffin, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Young, of Ashland, Maine, discusses recollections of his youth; the grist mill; early telephone services in Ashland; a visit from woodsmen; early churches; early roads and conditions; and early lumbering companies and conditions. Coffin, of Ashland, Maine, talks about the history of the Ashland Library; building the railroad; lumber and work trains; passenger service at Fort Kent; and station agents. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0081, CD 0461 – 0462.

2871 Ira McNally, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. McNally, of Ashland, Maine, talks about guiding: cooking in wood camps; guiding on Machias Lake in 1912; a typical day; including license costs and guiding fees; cooking in wood camps and on drives; the Ashland Mill Company circa 1916; menus; animals; and cook and cookee chores. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0082, CD 0464.

2872 Ira McNally, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. McNally, of Ashland, Maine, discusses the old Ashland Livery stables; a general description of stables and activities; the Ashland blacksmith shop and blacksmithing; the Ashland race track; sulkey racing; racing on the ice; hog butchering; and whiskey making. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0083, CD 0465.

2873 Mr. Alonzo Keaton and Mrs. Alonzo Keaton, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Keatons, of Caribou, Maine, discuss life in a lumber camp; the ferry across the St. John River; the establishment of a customs office; lumbering; Christmas in the woods; log drives; an alcohol plant in Caribou; hunting; and the Realty mill. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0084, CD 0466.

2874 Donated by Helen K. Atchison and collected by Susan Collins for a school assignment. A tape-recorded collection of French customs and folklore of Caribou Maine: French folksongs; frolics; seasonal customs; superstitions; religious observations; and legends based on historical fact. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0085, CD 0467.

2875 W. F. Howard, Ruth Howard, and Earl Dow, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Howards, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, talk about early railroads; the Bangor and Aroostook line; the early railroad and telegraph services; and duties of the station master. Dow, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses his father’s experiences as a fireman; his own experiences as a freight handler, a clerk, and an auditor. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0086, CD 0468 – 0469.

2876 Mrs. Olive Stevens Johnston, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Johnston, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses the “Stevensville” settlement in Fort Fairfield; family mills; housing; electricity; and water systems. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0087, CD 0470.

2877 Edward Johnston, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Johnston, of Easton and Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses the history of potato farming and potato handling industry; the background and development of the growing and handling of potatoes in potato houses; the introduction of farm machinery; different varieties of potatoes; early potato handling techniques; the effects of railroads on farming; and modern improvements to the region. Text: 8 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0088, CD 0471 30 minutes.

2878 Rommy Haines, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Haines, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, talks about reading from the diary of James Thurlough; the early county commissioner; the Aroostook Valley Starch company; Danes in Fort Fairfield; agriculture; sawmills; the Plymouth grant and early settlers; early schools; communicable diseases; poverty; covered bridges; and a school fire. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0089, CD 0472.

2879 Lewis Ayoob and Lester Parker, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Ayoob, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses Syrians in the Fort Fairfield town band; the arrival of Syrians in the region; itinerant peddlers; foods; and funeral customs. Parker, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, talks about his history with the town band; a general history of the town band; dance playing and locations and different occasions; and the location of the old band stand. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0090, CD 0473 – 0474.

2880 Rommy L. Haines, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Recording of folklore poems of Fort Fairfield, Maine. Brief index. Tape includes the “Maiden’s Sacrifice” by Dr. James Hanay – of Maliseet folklore, and “Riverside Cemetery” a poem by Chandler Cushman Harvey, owner and editor of the Fort Fairfield Review (1902-1940), and “Kingdom of Pines”, a poem by George F. Ashby. Haines, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses the Maple Grove settlement; a history of the Haines family; the first school and first church; Quakers in the region; the Bangor-Aroostook Railroad; and the potato industry. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0091, CD 0475 – 0476.

2881 Rose Trask Johnston and Pearl Trask Robinson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Johnston and Robinson, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discuss farm life and personal reminiscences. Text: 17 pp. single spaced transcript [page 1 appears to be missing]. Recording: C 0092, CD 0477 1 hour.

2882 Hazel H. Cushman and Mary Towle Kimball, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cushman, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, discusses the history of J. Wingate Haines and the Quaker Maple Grove clay; a Civil War letter from Daniel Haines to his brother Fred; a story of Fred’s invention of the first horse-drawn cultivator; marketing potatoes; a letter from the Lewiston Weekly dated Sept. 5, 1906 by the Agricultural editor; and a portrait of six prosperous farms. Kimball, of Fort Fairfield, Maine, talks about Mary Estes Towles’ genealogy; letters by Mary Estes Towles to her grandmother dated in 1888 and her aunt Mrs. Elmira Tibbetts from 1889; and excerpts from a cookbook compiled in 1888, which included recipes and household hints. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0093, CD 0478 – 0479.

2883 Zella Carson Cogswell, Ike Carson, Marion French, and James Bernard, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cogswell, Carson, and French, of Fort Fairfield, discuss the Carson family background; Wellington House – the first frame house; shops and buildings in the early 1920s; circus days; Marion’s story about the Aroostook War with biographical details of Warren Johnson; a reading of a draft call of February 28, 1839; and local sketches from Presque Isle – the Loyal Sunrise – June 7, 1865. Bernard, of Fort Fairfield, talks about a history of Aroostook county from Stewart Holbrook on the B & A; the forest boundary controversy; and the results of the Aroostook war.
Text: 2 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0094, CD 0480 – 0481.

2884 Carl Rasmussen, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Rasmussen, of Fort Fairfield, talks about his early life in New Denmark, New Brunswick; potato growing in Aroostook circa 1904; wages in the period; working at a smokehouse and granary; storage; pressing; the sale of hay; barn raising; and the potato industry between 1905 and 1910. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0095, CD 0482.

2885 Belone Pelletier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Pelletier, of Fort Kent, discusses his childhood experiences; working as a cookee in a lumber camp; cookee stories; the logistics of log transportation; how to make coal; drives around Fort Kent; how goods were transported into the woods; the ethnic makeup of crews; logging stories; stories relating to his marriage, discussion of different lumber companies; and the town layout. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0096, CD 0483.

2886 Belone Pelletier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Pelletier, of Fort Kent, talks about a grist mill; music at lumber camps; early stories in the region; introduction of cars in Fort Kent; the use of animals for lumbering camps; experiences on the drive as a cookee; and this history of lumbering corporations in relation to St. John. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0097, CD 0484.

2887 Tom Pelletier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Pelletier, of Allagash, discusses lumbering and boating on the Allagash; the origin of Dickey; a description of a steam log hauler; the origin of the name Allagash; the origin of the Allagash Pelletier family; the origin of Knicker brook; the ferry on the Allagash in the summers; Governer Sewell; schools in the area; a general narrative on householding; a description of a bateaux; and J. T. Michaud of the Michaud farm. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0098, CD 0485.

2888 Tom Pelletier, Aaron Jackson, and Rosie Jackson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Pelletier, of Allagash, discusses Native Americans and their artifacts; the end of lumbering and the Temiscouata railroad; Indian burial grounds; and the ice dam and a 13 day flood. The Jacksons, of St. Francis, talk about the Allagash cave; Grand Falls; Horse race rapids. Interview also contains a bear story told by Mrs. Jackson and a song by Mrs. Jackson learned 75 years beforehand. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0099, CD 0486 – 0487.

2889 Aaron Jackson and Rosie Jackson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Jacksons, of St. Francis, discuss log drives; life in the lumbering camps; the “Corporation”; Ed Pond; the inventor of booms; and Big Rapids. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0100, CD 0488.

2890 Aaron Jackson and Rosie Jackson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Jacksons, of St. Francis, discuss rivermen and guides; the flood of 1893 and its effects on the area; weather comparisons; education; and canoe making. Also includes songs by the Jacksons. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0101, CD 0489 – 0490.

2891 Jim Connors, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Connors, of St. Francis and Allagash, discusses a guided tour up the Allagash river; the St. Francis and St. John Rivers as boundary rivers; tales of “Old Tom Gardner”; a famous guide; Connors, New Brunswick; the Temiscouata railroad; reminiscences of daily life in earlier years; food; remedies; knitting; and other daily chores and habits. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0102, CD 0491.

2892 Jim Connors, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Connors, of St. Francis and Allagash, talks about hunting and fishing along the St. John River Valley; a poetry reading of “The Bells of St. Michele” by Drummond and “Spring Riches” by Catherine Shelley; growing up in Allagash and St. Francis; family background; pine lumbering and logging days; and present-day logging practices. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0103, CD 0492.

2893 John Lewis Page, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Page, of Fort Kent, talks about an old footbridge; personal material; the first doctor in Fort Kent (Dr. Sirois); the family owned footbridge across the St. John River; activities concerned with the bridge; smuggling and the custom official; and an animal cemetery. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0104, CD 0493.

2894 Edith Kelly, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Kelly, of Allagash, discusses well digging in the Allagash; the quality of clay produced from drilling for pottery; and how the discovery of the clay led to a career in making and selling pottery – Alla Ware Pottery. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0105, CD 0494.

2895 Sophie Pinette Brown, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, of Fort Kent, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Brown talks about teaching at age 13 in 1886 in the back settlements of Fort Kent and Eagle Lake; the difficulties of teaching French-Canadian children with English textbooks; and her brother-in-law John’s career as an early surveyor of Fort Kent. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0106, CD 0495.

2896 Eva McBriety, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. McBriety, a daughter of the first white child born in Allagash, talks about her life; women’s work; housewifery; social events; and winters cooking at lumber camps. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0107, CD 0496.

2897 Patricia Desjardin, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Desjardin, of Fort Kent, discusses the Fort Kent Mill Company – its organization and purposes; Niles and Tom S. Pinkham; owners circa 1919; logging and log drives; flour mills; river rights; and the Pinkham businesses. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0108, CD 0497.

2898 Fred Putnam, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Putnam, of Houlton, talks about farm equipment from 1897; the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; the Birdseye-Snyder Pea operation of the 1950s; lumber mills; transportation in the early 1900s; more information about the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; transporting potatoes to Houlton; agricultural fairs; winter recreation; farm life in 1900; barn raising; and Sockalexis (Cleveland Indians). Text: brief index. Recording: C 0109, CD 0498.

2899 Fred Putnam, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Putnam, of Houlton, talks about farm equipment; the Houlton race tracks fair associations; the Houlton Agriculture Society (circa 1898); the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; the Houlton Foundry; horse dealers; horse trading; the first car in the region and reaction from the horses to it; medical service; electricity; Albert A. Burleigh and the B&A; the Unitarian church history; the Ricker Classical institute; and town meetings.
Text: brief index. Recording: C 0110, CD 0499.

2900 Mrs. Stella Oliver, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Oliver, of Houlton, discusses her family background; living and cooking in a lumber camp; personal experiences with horses; a comparison of life in earlier years versus the 1970s; horse contests; state children; and senior citizens. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0111, CD 0500.

2901 Asael Logan, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Logan, of Houlton, talks about his family background; river drives along the East Branch and the Penobscot; woods equipment; lumbering procedures; log riding; an Indian story about Johnny Daylight; Martin Emerson of Island Falls; a “Hulling Machine” along the East Branch; wages; step dancing; a poem by Fred Logan titled “The Penobcot Lumber woods”; and George Knox stories. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0112, CD 0501.

2902 Asael Logan, Don McAtee, and Eric Richards, circa 1971-1972. Logan, on fiddle, McAtee, on guitar, and Richards, of Houlton, play typical square and country music with comments on well known fiddlers in the area: Claire Lake and Clifford Lockhart; callers Ambrose O’Donnell and Lawrence Carmichael of Monticello – a fiddle maker; the songs: “Wreck at Altoona” and “Haste to the Wedding”; and a comparison with southern style fiddling. Recording: C 0113, CD 0502.

2903 William Cumming, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cumming, of Houlton, discusses his work as a weather observer since 1915; official observer for the area since 1935; weather records; peculiarities in the Houlton area related to the weather; and the use of charts in lawsuits, road building, and such. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0114, CD 0503.

2904 William Cumming, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cumming, of Houlton, talks about his career as a druggist starting as an apprentice in 1910 – his duties & wages; the standardization of drugs; the “tough end” between 1910-1920; patent medicines; home medicines; doctors’ attitudes; store prescriptions; narcotics, aspirin; the quack “Montana Harry”; horse medicines; the names of doctors and dentists between 1910-1940; “Put” Bennett & Linneus; and rat control. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0115, CD 0504.

2905 William Cumming, George Cumming, and William Jordan, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cummings and Jordan, of Houlton, discuss a trip to Mount Katahdin – reasons for the trip; the Togue pond camps; the Depot camp along Sandy Stream; the Basin Pond Camp; Chimney Pond; Governor Brewster’s registration book; meeting an Appalachian mountain club member from Boston, the South Peak; the Knife Edge; Ponoma Peak; the Dudley Trail; other climbs; black flies; and fly dope. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0116, CD 0505.

2906 Bruce Campbell, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Cambell, of Houlton, traces the route of the Great Houlton fire of 1902; identifies residences; and businesses lost. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0117, CD 0506.

2907 Lydia Trask Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972, in Houlton, Maine. Brief index. They talk about the genealogical backgrounds of the members of a DAR chapter in a small New England town. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0118, CD 0507.

2908 Albin V. Larson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Larson, of Houlton, discusses his Swedish family background; industries in Stockholm; mill work hours and responsibilities; Atlas Plywood in Stockholm; Greenville, and Houlton; Atlas and Huber of Patten; and Larson’s Plywood Barrels. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0119, CD 0508.

2909 Dr. Lore A. Rogers, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Rogers, of Patten, Maine, discusses his early recollections from childhood to college; medical facilities; women’s work; recreation; early lumbering and lumbering procedures; the beginnings of lumberman’s museum; and a description of area characters and tales. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0120, CD 0509.

2910 Mrs. Louise McLeod, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. McLeod, of Limestone, Maine, includes readings from an autograph book that came from Sibley, Iowa, to Limestone between 1880 and 1883. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0121, CD 0510.

2911 Elden Tapley, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Tapley, of Madawaska, Maine, discusses the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; the international bridge; a story of Robert Connors; railroads; the first automobile; and World War I. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0122, CD 0511.

2912 Alvey Dubois and Geraldine Chasse, recorded by Helen K. Atchison. Recording of Madawaska Centennial of 1969 Pageant with lyrics and music. Narrated by Dubois and Chasse and contains information about the Maliseets (Malecites); Acadians; The Aroostook War; Mt. Carmel Chapel; the first town meeting; the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; education; the finale and credits. RESTRICTED. Text: 1 pp. index. Recording: C 0123, CD 0512.

2913 Bernadette Mayhew, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Mayhew, of Madawaska, Maine, discusses transportation, specifically crossing the river in a basket; social customs; the convent in St. Agatha; smuggling; the daughters of Isabella; a church history; automobiles; and hotels in the area. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0124, CD 0513.

2914 Ernest Chasse, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Chasse, of Madawaska, Maine, discusses the background of the Chasse family (Acadian); farming equipment and methods; both old and new; roads; St. David’s Parish; the Madawaska Historical Society; and loading and inspecting potatoes. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0125, CD 0514.

2915 Mrs. Geraldine Chasse, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Chasse, of Madawaska, Maine, reads of articles of the Madawaska Historical Society and discusses the events leading to the Aroostook War; Donald Fraser of the Fraser Paper Company; Peter Keegan; Patrick Theriault; French missionaries; and the Mt. Carmel church. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0126, CD 0515.

2916 Mrs. Geraldine Chasse, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, of Madawaska, Maine, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Chasse reads articles from the Madawaska Historical Society and discusses the USS Madawaska; fiddleheads; holiday customs; carding wool; Albert Bakery; recreation; the St. Agatha Parish; the First Church bell; the International Bridge; and the Maliseet Legend of Melobiannah. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0127, CD 0516.

2917 Mrs. Frances Levasseur, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Levasseur, of Madawaska, talks about the founders of Madawaska; the First Acadian convention in 1910; the wooden cross in St. David’s; Native Americans and bark canoes; household arts; customs and religion; the great famine of 1797; and household affairs. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0128, CD 0517.

2918 Franklin S. Cunningham, interviewed by A. Stimpson, circa 1971-1972, donated by Helen K. Atchison. Brief index. Cunningham, of Presque Isle, talks about his lifetime in education; his personal background; early teaching in Mapleton; teaching and being principal of high school in Presque Isle; normal schools; country schools; the development of Presque Isle into a city; the town band and concerts; traveling shows; and the rewards of a long career. Text: 1 pp. brief index, 10 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0129, CD 0518 30 minutes.

2919 Murray Murphy, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Murphy, of Presque Isle, talks about work as a woodsman; his life activities; early contact with the woods; arrowheads and pottery; building of railroads; recreational camps; Native American remains; the “Tragedy of the St. John River” a poem on a Mohawk attack; forestry service; great fires; early firefighting equipment; and his father’s farm in Ashland. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0130, CD 0519.

2920 Augusta Christie, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Christie, of Presque Isle, a Maine State Legislator, talks about her experiences as a teacher, a farmer’s wife, and a legislator; her family background in Ashland; school days in a one-room schoolhouse; her business career; early political activities; Depression years; World War II years; and comments on her legislative career. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0131, CD 0520.

2921 Dorothy Dingwall, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Dingwall, of Presque Isle, talks about the Army Base in Presque Isle during WWII – the reasons for the base; kinds of planes; the role of the base on the Atlantic run to Europe; the Arctic Rescue team; hospitals for the wounded; prisoners of war; visiting V.I.P.s; a comparison with Vietnam antiwar attitudes; and the building of the Limestone base. Text: brief index, 2 pp. single spaced transcript. Recording: C 0132, CD 0521 20 minutes.

2922 Avis Dudley, interviewed by A. Stimpson, circa 1971-1972, donated by Helen K. Atchison. Brief index. Dudley, of Mapleton, talks about life in Castle Hill and Mapleton; early school days; the David Dudley store; the Cullin Murder and lynching; early Mapleton memories; horses; a visit to a lumber camp; life as a farmer between 1918 to the 1960s; Depression years; the Dudley Homestead restaurant; and the Northern Maine fair in the 1920s. Text: 1 pp. brief index, 10 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0133, CD 0522 20 minutes.

2923 Harold Glidden, interviewed by A. Stimpson, circa 1971-1972, donated by Helen K. Atchison. Brief index. Glidden, of Presque Isle, discusses the story of WABM (radio) and WAGM (television) from the beginning in 1931 in Mars Hill up through 1972; includes radio stations in Mars Hill, Houlton, and Presque Isle. Text: brief index, 4 pp. single spaced transcript. Recording: C 0134, CD 0523 30 minutes.

2924 Charles Watson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Watson, of Van Buren, tells a story about the Civil War in Calais; discusses bottling works; his brother’s grocery store; stores on Main Street; and an earthquake in October 1924. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0135, CD 0524.

2925 Ernest Soucy, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Soucy, of Van Buren, talks about his life as a storekeeper; the establishment of a department store in 1941; general description of all areas of storekeeping; La Croix mill; chapel eddy siding; modernization in storekeeping; sports in Van Buren; ice racing; the tannery; farming; and a raspberry factory. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0136, CD 0525.

2926 Everett Dionne, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Dionne, of Van Buren, discusses shingle making; Cutler’s mills; ferries and crossings; the Violettes’ camps; the Van Buren circuit; and French “Spite Songs” by Michael Thibodeau. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0137, CD 0526.

2927 Mathilda Derosier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Derosier, of Van Buren, talks about life on the farm; a walking trip to Old Town; and information about a black plaque or the black plague. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0137, CD 0527.

2928 Farrells and Michauds, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Farrells and Michauds of Van Buren talk about Acadian and Irish families living along the St. John River; a genealogy of the Farrell and Michaud families. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0138 (side 1), CD 0528.

2929 Elmer Violette, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Violette, of Van Buren, discusses the history of the Violette family from the Acadian settlement in 1785 to present; the sawmill on Violette brook. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0138 (side 2), CD 0529.

2930 Mr. Leo Poirier, Sr. and Mrs. Leo Poirier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. The Poiriers, of Van Buren, discuss a Van Buren town meeting from 1916 or 1917; Joe B. Herron; the Price brothers mill; the ferry slip locations on the St. John river; the international bridge at Fort Kent; and French songs sung by Mrs. Poirier. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0139, CD 0530.

2931 Marcella Belanger Violette, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Violette, of Van Buren, discusses the history of the St. John River valley and Acadians from approximately 1787 to 1911; the northeastern boundary controversy; the role of the church; education; and different types of French spoken in the area. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0140, CD 0531.

2932 Mrs. James Franck, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Mrs. Franck, of Van Buren, talks about life as a game warden’s wife; winter amusements; and traveling by the Bangor and Aroostook railroad. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0141 (side 1), CD 0532.

2933 Mary Jane Michaud, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Michaud, of Van Buren, discusses schools and school teaching. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: C 0141 (side 2), CD 0533.

2934 Mildred Smith Gagnon, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Gagnon, of Van Buren, discusses biographical data on Peter Charles Keegan from the early 1900s; St. Mary’s College; Thomas Smith; the superintendent of schools; lumber mills; army service for 17.5 years; and her two terms in the state legislature. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0142, CD 0534.

2935 Gerald Gagnon, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Gagnon, of Van Buren, talks about the legend about Robert E. Lee; Powers Creek; the Gagnon genealogy; and tales told to him by his grandfather. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0143 (side 1), CD 0535.

2936 Henrietta Dionne, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. Brief index. Dionne, of Van Buren, discusses a housewife’s activities; Christmas; bridal shower and wedding traditions; gardening; soap and lard making; and schooling. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0143 (side 2), CD 0536.

2937 Mrs. Frances Levasseur, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Levasseur, of Van Buren, talks about the Honorable John Rice Frank; the Van Buren school choir; French songs common to the valley; and a Madawaska territory song. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0144, CD 0537.

2938 Justina P. Marquis, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Marquis, of Van Buren, discusses the genealogies of the Marquis and Michaud families; the history of Van Buren; town officials; church affairs; and the Violette homestead. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0145, CD 0538.

2939 Sister Bertha Duperry, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Duperry, of Van Buren, a history of the Keegan post office between 1907-1971 and Charles Keegan; a history of the Duperry family; the railroad from Bangor to St. John River; Europeans and North American Company controversy; Van Buren history quiz; a short report on potato houses by a sixth grader; an article from the Portland Sunday Telegram from November 6, 1955; a centenary of the Diocese of Portland; and St. Daigle’s parish. Text: brief index. Recordings: C 0146, CD 0539.

2940 Martha Cyr, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Cyr, of Van Buren, discusses the Cyr genealogy; schooling at the Good Shepherd Convent in 1900; open air studies – astronomy; violinmaking; maple sugar making; and “spring tonic.” Text: brief index. Recording: C 0147, CD 0540.

2941 Everett Cary, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Cary, of Washburn, discusses his memories of Washburn; education; fires; ferries; a bridge; farming; the Aroostook Valley Railroad; the Ku Klux Klan; and recreation. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0148, CD 0541.

2942 Blanche Price, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Price, of Washburn, talks about the Aroostook Valley Railroad; World War I; World War II; and mills in the area. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0149, CD 0547.

2943 Helen Haines and Arthur Plissey, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Haines and Plissey, of Washburn, ME, discuss schooling in Washburn and in general in 1921; school transportation and early roads; school curriculum; sports; planting; the Veneer mill; and fires in Washburn in 1924-25. Text: 10 pp. single spaced transcript, page 1 appears to be missing. Recording: C 0150, CD 0548 45 minutes.

2944 Alta Munson and Earl Munson, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. The Munsons, of Washburn, talk about Tommy Patterson; silent movies; fires; the ferry from Aroostook Valley Park to Washburn; and Crouseville. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0151, CD 0549.

2945 Myrtle Smith, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Smith, of Washburn, discusses the history of Washburn (highlights); the Washburn Library; newspapers; education; the Aroostook Valley Railroad; craftsmen; blacksmiths; dressmakers; itinerant peddlers; religious services; socials; and recreation. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0152, CD 0550.

2946 Autice Jardine, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Jardine, of Washburn, talks about the Canadian Pacific Railroad which was built to compete with Bangor and Aroostook Railroad; an excursion to Boston on Washington’s birthday on the B&A. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0153, CD 0551.

2947 Myrtle Jardine and Larry Wilcox, recorded by Helen K. Atchison. Jardine reads a term paper by Wilcox on the history of Washburn. Text: 1 pp. index. Recording: C 0154, CD 0552.

2948 Axie Fox, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Fox, of Washburn, discusses the history of Wade; schools; and a Stanley Steamer. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0155, CD 0553.

2949 Evelyn Flewelling, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Flewelling, of Crouseville, discusses the history of Crouseville; a log drive; the advent Christian church; and education. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0156 (side 1), CD 0554.

2950 Carol Blackstone, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-72. Brief index. Blackstone, of Perham, discusses the history of Perham; the Baptist church; schools; railroads; mills; the maple sugar industry; and professional men, including politicians, doctors, and ministers. Text: brief index. Recording: C 0156 (side 2), CD 0555.

3270 Mr. Dennis Cyr, Mrs. Dennis Cyr, and Mrs. Michel Fournier, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, Edmunston. The Cyrs and Fournier talk about education; farming; social life; homemaking; superstition; and Indians. Conducted in French. Recording: C 0041 (Side 2), CD 0222 French.


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