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Collections - MF 016 “Deering Lumber Company” Interviews

Number of Interviews: 14
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1980
Time period covered: 1920-1960
Principal interviewers: Michael Chaney
Finding Aides: brief indexes
Access Restrictions: none

Description: The collection consists of fourteen interviews with employees of the Deering Lumber Company in Biddeford, Maine, by Michael Chaney in the summer of 1980. This project led to the publication of “White Pine on the Saco: An Oral History of River Driving in Southern Maine” (Northeast Folklore XXIX: 1990). Interviewees discussed local history; Indian lore of the Saco River Valley; 1947 fire; river drives on the Saco River; working as a scaler; river drives on the Saco River; Frank Brown, who was a boss for the Deering Lumber Company; working as yard and mill foreman; working as a trucker; working as a sawyer and mill foreman; working in the sawmill; and working as a salesman for the company from the 1950s to the 1970s.

1401 Chaney, Michael. Summer 1980. Maine: Hollis Center. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Clyde Smith about local history; Indian lore of the Saco River Valley; 1947 fire; family history. Deering Lumber Project. T1540

1402 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Biddeford Pool. 56 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Interviews with Joseph G. Deering about the river drives on the Saco River; the Deering Lumber Company. Photos, P4873 – P4877, P5026. Deering Lumber Project. T1541 – T1542

1403 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Cornish. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Ken Blaney about his work for the Joseph Deering Lumber Company as a scaler. Photos, P4875 – P4876, P4879, P5026, P5029. Deering Lumber Project. T1543

1404 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Fryeburg. 43 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cats. Interviews with Leo Bell about his work in the woods and on the Saco River for the Deering Lumber Company. Photos, P4874 – P4878, P4882, P4885 – P4886, P4890. Deering Lumber Project. T1544, T1552

1405 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Cornish. 45 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cats. Interviews with Ed Burrill about his life on the Saco River as a river driver for the Deering Lumber Company. Photos, P4874 – P4878, P4880 – P4881, P4885 – P4886, P5024 – P5026. Deering Lumber Project. T1545, T1556

1406 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: West Buxton. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Clarence Brown about river drives on the Saco River; his father, Frank Brown, who was a boss for the Deering Lumber Company. Photos, P4877, P4887. Deering Lumber Project. T1546

1407 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Saco. 83 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cats. Interviews with Charlie Foran about working for the Deering Lumber company as yard and mill foreman. Deering Lumber Project. T1547, T1558

1423 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Lovell. 16 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Ralston Bennett about working for the Deering Lumber Company as a trucker. Deering Lumber Project. T1551

1424 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Lovell. 26 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Roy Smith about his work as a river driver for the Deering Lumber Company. Photos, P4873, P4875, P4877 – P4878, P4880 – P4881, P4884 – P4885, P4887, P5029 – P5030. Deering Lumber Project. T1552

1425 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Lovell. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Robert Littlefield about his work as a river driver on the Saco River. T1554 / CD 0828

1426 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Fryeburg. 21 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Chester Leonard about work as a sawyer and mill foreman for the Deering Lumber Company. Deering Lumber Project. T1555

1427 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1980. Maine: Saco. 29 pp. Collection of 43 photographs, news clippings, and other written material pertaining to Joseph G. Deering & Son Lumber Manufacturers and the Saco River Driving Company; see photos, P4873 – P4908, P5024 – P5026, P5029 – P5032. Deering Lumber Project.

2010 Chaney, Michael P. Deering Lumber Project: 1987. New Hampshire: Sanbornville. 86 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hr. approx. w/cat. Interview with Ralph Morin about his work in the sawmill at the Deering Lumber Co., Biddeford, Maine. Also, description of Morin’s work as a salesman for the company in the 1950′s-60′s, and his work in the 1970′s in the retail department. Other material includes letter to E. D. Ives, list of interviewees with additional info., maps of layout of plant, 43 photocopied photos on file at NAFOH. See NA 1401-1407, 1423-1426. P4873 – P4908 / C497

2194 Chaney, Michael. Fall 1989. Maine: Saco. 5pp. Tape: 30 minutes with catalog. Interview with Phyllis F. Deschambeault about her work for J.G. Deering & Son and Deering Lumber Company since the 1940’s. P4873 – 4908, P5024 – 5026, P5029 – 5032. (see NA 2195) C745

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