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Collections - MF 015 Curran Family Homestead Project

Number of Interviews: 19
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1996
Time period covered: early to mid-twentieth century
Principal interviewers: Tosca DeVito, Megan Foreman, Dena Winslow York, Shawna Chesto, NAncy Dudley, Barbara Sumner, Robin Fre, Melissa Johnson, Angela Herbert, Brandon Portwine
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: 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 1900’s; the layout of East Orrington in the 1920’s – 1930’s; East Orrington’s saw mill; and the Audubon Society.

2441 DeVito, Tosca. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 23pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Elizabeth Cook regarding dairy farming in East Orrington during the first half of the twentieth century. Focused on MA Crook and Sons Hillside Dairy. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1522.

2442 DeVito, Tosca. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 23pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Joanne Kimball regarding 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. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1523.

2443 Foreman, Megan. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Holden. 30pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Dickie Crawford who lived next door to the Curran family since 1945. Stories of playing as a boy in the barn and swimming in Field’s Pond with other children in the area. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1524.

2444 Foreman, Megan. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Bangor. 23pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Joann Wicks regarding her childhood playing on the Curran family farm. Ms. Wicks also shared a genealogy her husband has made on the Curran family. Curran Family Homestead Project. Also included are three copies of photographs of the Curran farm and Curran family members. C1525.

2445 Foreman, Megan. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 3pp. See NA 2444 for journal and photographs from unrecorded conversation with Eulalia Harriman. Stories about growing up in Orrington and spending time on the Curran farm. Curran Family Homestead Project.

2446 Winslow York, Dena. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Hampden. 57pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Carolyn Clark, Mary C. Fernald and Lawrence D. Fernald regarding information and genealogy of the Curran family. The daily management of the farm is also discussed. Curran Family Homestead Project. See NA 2447 for first interview with Carolyn Clark. C1526.

2447 Winslow York, Dena. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Hampden. 52pp. Tape: 2 w/ transcript. Interview with Carolyn Clark regarding her memories growing up next to the Curran farm. Stories about everyday life on the farm and Alfred Curran. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1527 & C1528.

2448 Chesto, Shawna. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 26pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Sherman Hinks regarding his life living near the Curran farm and working there. Descriptions of 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. Curran Family Homestead Project. See NA 2449 for follow up interview with Sherman Hinks. C1529 / P7766 – P7777.

2449 Chesto, Shawna. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 11pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Follow up interview from NA 2448 of Sherman Hinks. Stories 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. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1529.

2450 Chesto, Shawna. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Brewer. 25pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Brian and Anna MacLeod regarding making alcohol during prohibition and their relationship with the Curran family. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1531.

2451 Dudley, Nancy. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Bangor. 17pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Michael Goodman regarding his relationship with the recollections of Alfred and Catherine Curran. His family had a camp on Field’s Pond and they spent every summer there during the 1940’s – 1980’s. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1532.

2452 Dudley, Nancy. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Thorndike. 15pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Nancy Raich regarding her time as a “handy hand” for Alfred and Catherine Curran until their deaths. Many anecdotes about life on the farm and of Alfred’s younger years. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1533.

2453 Dudley, Nancy. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: East Orrington. 36pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview mainly with Benjamin Goldberg and some with Bennett Steward. Mr. Goldberg talked about his youth following Alfred Curran around the Curran farm. He discusses farming practices and talks about where things were on the Curran farm. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1534.

2454 Sumner, Barbara. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 24pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Abigail Williamson regarding life in Orrington in the early part of the 1900’s, the layout of East Orrington in the 1920’s – 1930’s, her relationships with her neighbors, her role during World War II, East Orrington’s saw mill and dairy farming. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1535.

2455 Fre, Robin. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 62pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Jim Kearns and George Chapman about life on the Curran farm, how they felt about Catherine Curran and her brothers Alfred and Eddie. They also talked about their feelings regarding the Audubon Society. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1536.

2456 Johnson, Melissa. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Unity. 24pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Nancy Raich regarding her time as a handy hand on the Curran farm, her chores around the farm and stories about Alfred Curran’s youth. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1537.

2457 Hebert, Angela. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Orrington. 18pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Evans Hart regarding his memories of the Curran family and farm and his own life stories. Curran Family Homestead Farm. C1538.

2458 Hebert, Angela. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Bangor. 29pp. Tape: 2 w/ transcript. Two interviews with Florence Smith regarding the Curran family and farm, her relationship with the Currans, what they were like and what the farm was like. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1539 & C1540.

2459 Portwine, Brandon. (AY 425) Fall 1996. Maine: Brewer. 32pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Morris and Lucille Cronkits regarding Alfred and Catherine Curran in their later years and also information on the interviewee’s lives. Curran Family Homestead Project. C1541.


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