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Collections - MF 012 Lumberman’s Life Collection

Number of Interviews: 54
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1969-1988
Time period covered: 1900s-1980s
Principal interviewers: various
Finding Aides: brief indexes and transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: This collection was created in May 2002. It brings 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.

545 Joy, William. (FO 107) Fall 1969. Maine: Ellsworth, Veazie. 41 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Charles Joy and Martha Davis about woodsmen’s life ways; information about Dingbat Prouty, river driver. T284

552 Currier, David. (FO 2) Spring 1970. Maine: Bangor. 15 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Mrs. James Shea about woman’s experiences in Aroostook County lumbering area. T285

561 Grover Cleveland Field, Clyde Willard, Lester Cole, and Raymond Olmstead interviewed by Bodwell, Dorothy. (FO 191) Spring 1970. Maine: Dexter, Garland, Cambridge, Portland. 34 pp. ms. Stories and anecdotes of lumbering in Maine; songs; photos of lumbering operations, P1067 – P1080 / T285

568 Milton, Jeanne. (FO 134) Spring 1970. Maine: Caribou. 43 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Harry Harold Dyer, retired lumberman: his life as recorded and written by his granddaughter. (See also NA 581). T288 – T289

571 Hubbard, Linda. (FO 191) Spring 1970. Maine: Greenville. 82 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Volney and Lee Roberts. Study of lumbering and river driving operations in the Moosehead Lake area during the early 1900’s. T290

575 Mitchell, Rhoda. (FO 107) Fall 1970. Maine: Carthage. 118 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ trans. Three interviews with retired woodsman Asa Flagg (b. 1898), recorded for a course in folklore by Rhoda Mitchell in Carthage, Maine, in October and November, 1970. Accession includes a cassette tape [missing in May, 1999], a paper describing the fieldwork, and transcripts of the interviews. Interview covers a wide range of topics including 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 other topics. Flagg sings “Guy Reed,” “Floyd Collins,” and “Lumberman’s Alphabet.” T299

577 MacFarland, Lynn. (FO 107) Fall 1970. Maine: Dixfield. 128 pp. Tape: 2 1/2 hrs. w/ trans. Three interviews with retired woodsman Carroll C. Noyes (b. 1890), recorded for a course in folklore by Lynn MacFarland in Dixfield, Maine in October and November, 1970. Accession includes a cassette tape [missing in May, 1999], a paper describing the fieldwork, and transcripts of the interviews, which cover a wide range of topics including: 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, words and music notation for an untitled song about “the dirty old cook and the lousy cookee.” P776 – P784 / T303

578 McVetty, Susan. (FO 191) Spring 1970. N. H.: Berlin. 20 pp. ms. Dan Murray, an old woodsman; folk hero anecdotes; Dan’s life style; old woodsmen’s operations.

579 Shirley, Lillian. (FO 191) Spring 1970. Maine: Argyle. 97 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ trans. Life of Ernest Kennedy, retired woodsman; photos, P1017 – P1020 / T304

580 Bonsall, William. (FO 107) Fall 1970. Maine: Bangor. 67 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ trans. Life of Arnold Hall, retired lumberman; conversation about the life and times of Hall as a lumberman, the camp social life; the Depression. T305

581 Milton, Jeanne. (FO 107) Fall 1970. Maine: Caribou. 81 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ trans. Life of Harry Dyer, retired lumberman. P1014 – P1016 / T306 – T307

593 Dickinson, Clyde. Spring 1971. 15 pp., plus original ms. Handwritten account of “Life in a Lumbercamp, 1880-1881,” by Charles Dickinson, Woodstock, N. B., sent to Jeanne Milton in response to a request for information about lumbercamp life.

621 Shirley, Lillian. (FO 107) Fall 1970. Maine: Old Town. 151 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ trans. Life of John Sharpe, retired woodsman. Discusses setting up camp, icing roads, meals, recreation, home remedies, river driving, wood carving, ghost stories. T339 – T340

626 MacFarland, Lynn. (FO 197) Spring 1971. Maine: Weld, Farmington. 113 pp. Tape: 2 1/2 hrs. w/ trans. Two interviews with Roland Snowman, retired river driver; also one interview with Russell Nutting, retired teamster. T346

639 Gauvin, Paul. (FO 2) Summer, 1971. Maine: Greenville. 13 pp. ms. Stories about boarding houses around Moosehead and the woodsmen who lived in them.

697 Edgerly, Linda. (FO 107) Fall 1971. Maine: Orono. 97 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Andrew Chase about his life as a woodsman. T412 – T413

698 Swidrowski, Rita. (FO 107) Summer 1972. Maine: Milford. 105 pp. Tape: 6 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Frank Carey, 85, about his experiences as a woodsman. T414 – T416

702 Coates, Norma. (FO 107) Fall 1971. Maine: Bangor. 121 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Frederick Burke about his experiences as a woodsman. T424 – T425

704 Allen, Jill. (FO 107) Fall 1971. Maine: Stratton, Carrabassett. 96 pp. Tape: 2 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Harold Tague, 85, and Kenneth Packard, 60, about their experiences as woodsmen. T428 – T430

706 Ireland, Florence. July 1972. Maine: Machias. 20 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Harold Stuart about working in the woods around 1900-1910 in the Ellsworth and Machias area. T432

707 Ireland, Florence. July 1972. Maine: Machias. 20 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ trans. Interview with William Hudson about his experiences in the lumberwoods. T433

716 Lello, Jayne. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Rowland. Tape: 6 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Series of interviews with Alfred Bernard, Sr. about woods work. T465 – T472

718 Burbank, Sarah. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Old Town. Tape: 6 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Series of interviews with Emile Leavitt, 80, about his work in the woods. T502 – T507

719 Dauphinee, Sue. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Bangor. 110 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Series of interviews with Victor Bushey about work in the woods. T508 – T510

720 Gallant, Larry. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Glenburn. 98 pp. Tspe: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Series of interviews with Benjamin Cole about work in the woods; photos, P380 – P387 / T511 – T514

721 Hartman, Beth. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Bangor. 118 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Series of interviews with John Colbath about work in the woods. T515 – T518

722 MacDonald, Scott. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Farmington. 111 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Series of interviews with Guy Kershner about work in the woods; photos, P392—P393 / T519 – T522

723 Ohlhorst, Lynn. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Howland. 118 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Series of interviews with William Briggs, 79, about his work in the woods. T523 – T526

724 Peck, John. (FO 107) Fall 1972. Maine: Bangor. 37 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ partial trans. Interviews with Ed Oliver and Dan McCrae about work in the woods. T527 – T528

738 Ireland, Florence. August 1970. Maine: Bangor. 17 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Grover Swett about the early International Workers of the World and woods work in Maine. T555

791 Cook, Ralph. (FO 107) Fall 1973. Maine: Winn. 131 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & partial trans. Interview with Walter Scott about the North Lincoln sorting gap; photos, P488, P504 / T687 – T692

797 Cook, Ralph. Fall 1973. Maine: Medway. 7 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interviews with Lester Twist about log driving around 1903. T711

800 Violette, Bobbie. (FO 198) Spring 1974. Maine: Madawaska. 57 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. (English) & transcript (French & English). Interview with Leo Poirier about family & life history, scaling in the woods. T718 – T719

801 Madore, Peggy (FO 198) Spring 1974. Maine: Van Buren. 105 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. (English) & transcript (French). Interview with Willard Jalbert about lumbering in the early 20th century, biography. T720 – T721

803 Michaud, Maxine. (HY 10) Summer 1973. Maine: St. Agatha. 138 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ brief cat. (English) & transcript (French). Interview with Maxine Michaud about his life as a lumberman. T725 – T727

837 Madore, Peggy. (FO 198) Spring & Fall 1974. Maine: Van Buren. 36 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. (English) & transcript (French). Interview with Armand Dumond, lumberman, about woods work. T758

838 Violette, Bobbie. (FO 198) Fall 1974. Maine: Van Buren. 36 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. (English) & transcript (French). Interview with Leon St. Jean about his experiences as a lumberman. T759

1077 Bean, Ronald. (AY 197) Summer 1976. Maine: Topsfield, Lambert Lake. 18 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interview with George Bagley about his life working in the woods as a teamster; recollections of George Magoon and Amos Noyes. T1098 – T1100

1083 Dam, Bessie. Spring 1975. Maine: Burlington. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat & trans. Interview with Thomas Hurd about woods work and his life history. T1106

1102 Maffucci, Marilyn. Fall 1976. Maine: Lucerne. 24 pp. No Tape. Brief cat. & trans. Interview with Vernon Annis about lumbercamp life in a camp near Princeton, Maine: 1921-1924.

1104 Gordon, Christine. Summer 1976. Maine: Winn. 7 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Accession consists of a cassette tape containing an interview with Walter Scott, age 84, (recorded for a course in folklore?) by Christine Gordon at Scott’s home in Winn, Maine, August 12, 1976. Topics include 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; cant dogs; camp food; wages; Indian stories; Indian burials of disease (Diphtheria) victims; bean hole beans; a woman camp cook, etc. T1128 – T1129 / C1713 / CD0025 – CD0026

1108 McKenna, Peter. April 1975. Maine: Weld. 30 pp. No Tape. Partial trans. Interview with Thomas Skolfield about working on the log drives on the Swift River and Webb River at the turn of the century. P937 – P968

1110 Lynn, John. 1976. 14 pp. ms. 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. S100.12 – S100.l6 / Sl01.9 – S101.12 / S102.8 – S102.12 / S104.9 / S106.5 / S107.8

1177 Brooks, Joan. Spring 1978. Maine: Aurora / Amherst. 12 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs w/ brief cat. Comments on woods operation run by John D. Faulkner, lunch conversation with crew, work sounds. T1239

1384 Richard, Stephen. (AY 198) Summer 1980. Maine: Rangeley. 167 pp. Tape: 5 hrs. w/ cats. 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. 31 pp. of handwritten logging camp recipes. T1518 – T1520, T1527 – T1528

1387 Richard, Stephen. (AY 198) Summer 1980. Maine: Phillips. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with William Richard about his work in the woods; early years in Canada; Henry Meilleux stories. T1525

1388 Richard, Stephen. (AY 198) Summer 1980. Maine: Rangeley. 25 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Rodney Richard, Sr. about his work in the woods and logging from 1940’s to the present. T1526

1971 Trefethen, Christina. (AY 322) Spring 1987. Maine: Chester. 40 pp. Tape: 1 hr. approx. w/ trans. 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. C466

1972 Trefethen, Christina. (AY 322) Spring 1987. Maine: Chester. 33 pp. Tape: 45 min. approx. w/ trans. Interview with Gladys Morrison regarding 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. C467

1987 Coleman, Joseph. (AY 322) Spring 1987. Maine: Augusta. 12 pp. ms. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. Paper based on an interview with Louis Coleman about his life as a logger, hunter and all around woodsman. C470

2141 Sarna, Red. Fall 1979. Maine: Augusta. Trans. only. 18 pp. 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.

2142 Svedberg, Roger W. Fall 1989. Trans only. 18 pp. A model of a river pier made by Arthur A. York of Howland, who had been employed as a river driver.

2195 Chaney, Michael. Summer 1990. Maine: Old Orchard Beach. 8pp. Tape: 30 minutes with catalog. 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. P4873 – 4908 / P5024 – P5026 / P5029 – P5032 / C746

2225 Black, Joseph. Spring 1988. Nova Scotia: Victoria County. 65pp. Manuscript. 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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