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Collections - MF 033 Machias River Project

Number of Interviews: 19
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1986
Time period covered: early twentieth century
Principal interviewers: Edward D. Ives
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: This collection consists of nineteen interviews totaling approximately thirty-two hours conducted by Edward D. Ives in 1986 with men who worked in the woods and on the river drives along the Machias River. The project was a follow-up to the video From Stump to Ship. The informant list was derived from audience response to the presentation of From Stump to Ship in various Maine communities, including Ellsworth and Machias. This series of interviews was sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council as a part of the production of the video An Oral Historian’s Work.

1904 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 99 pp. Tapes: 2 and 1/2 hrs. approx. w/ trans. Interview and follow-up with Frank Dowling about his experiences working in the woods and on river drives along the Machias. Includes five pages of handwritten manuscript and sketches by Dowling and Ives. T1922, T1923 / C435

1905 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Irving Bangs about his experiences working in the woods along the Machias River. C234

1906 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 27 pp. Tape: 45 min. w/ trans. Interview with Orris McKeown about his one winter working in the woods as a road monkey. Also information on George Magoon, Wilbur Day. T1924

1907 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 258 pp. Tapes: 1 hr. and 20 min. w/ trans. Interview with Richard Gaddis, age 67, concerning his experiences as a woodsman and riverdriver along the Machias River, particularly in connection with the family lumbering and blueberry businesses. Other materials include account book for Gaddis Camps from 1920-1940, with occasional records beyond that; a daybook (“Memorandum”) for years 1906-1908; Machias Log Driving Co. records for 1855. P6146 – P6162 / T1925, T1926

1908 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Cutler. 159 pp. Tapes: 4 hrs. approx. w/ trans. Series of interviews with Newell Beam (c. 80) about his experiences working in the woods and on the drives along the Machias River. Also, two homemade cassettes of his storytelling and singing. Includes hand drawings and map. P6163 – P6166 / T1927, T1928, T1941 / C249, C235, C236

1909 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Jacksonville. Tapes: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with Maurice Berry about his experiences working in the woods along the Machias River. Includes collection of columns called “I Remember, I Remember” from the Machias Valley News and Observer, 1985. Reminiscences and notes of old times. T1929, T1930

1910 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 101 pp. Tapes: 3 hrs. w/ trans. Interview and follow-up with Francis Healey concerning his experiences working in the woods and on the drives along the Machias River for St. Regis Pulp and Paper. T1931, T1932 / C437, C438

1911 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 83 pp. Tapes: 2 hrs. w/ trans. Interview and follow-up with Robert Wright about his experiences with the drives on the Machias River, which he supervised in its last years. Also includes five pages of commentary, “Water Use on Machias River During 1968″, written by Robert Wright. C237, C238, C432

1912 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Jacksonville. 61 pp. Tapes: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with Clarence Berry in which he describes his experiences working in the woods and on the drives on the Machias River. Also includes photocopy of a page of drawings (headworks, fireplace and beanhole) and a three page description of a headworks written by Clarence Berry. T1933, T1934

1913 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Crawford. 93 pp. Tapes: 3 1/2 hrs. approx. w/ trans. Series of interviews with Adin McKeown in which he describes his experiences working in the woods and on the drives along the Machias River. Includes information on George Magoon and Wilbur Day. Also hand drawings illustrating the setting of dynamite. C239, C240, C247, C248

1923 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Franklin. 63 pp. Tapes: 1 3/4 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with Gilbert Andrews Sr. about the various jobs he had working in the Machias Lumber Co. sawmill. Includes one hand drawing. C242, C243

1924 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Harrington. 31 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Lowell Vose in which he talks about his experience as a river driver on the Machias in his youth. C244

1925 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Calais. 43 pp. Tapes: 1 hr. and 10 min. w/ trans. Interview with Philip Armstrong in which he describes what it was like working in the woods and on river drives along the Machias. C245, C246

1926 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Maxwell Gray about his work in the woods and on the river drives along the Machias. He also adds some notes about George Magoon and Wilbur Day. Also included is a four page story about George and Wilbur written by Gray. T1939

1927 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. 25 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Charles Cunningham about his experiences in the Machias Lumber Co. mill. He was a saw filer and he discusses his work. P6331 – P6334 / T1940

1929 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: South Princeton. 53 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Donald McLellan about his work in the woods in the Machias River region. Mr. McLellan has been an independent woodsman and operator since WWII and he describes the operations he has worked on. Also included are two articles from the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society Newsletter; one photocopied picture of the Dog Brook area; one roughly sketched map and one printed map of Pocomoonshine Lake. T1943

1930 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Machias. Tape: w/ trans. Interview with Francis Handy in which he describes and discusses photographs of Machias, Machias Lumber Co. and sawmill. P6167 – P6194, P6344 – P6354 / C436, C439

1937 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Bangor. 4 pp. Tape: 1 hr. Interview with Charles Dowling in which he describes his experiences on the Machias River drives and working in the woods. Also some talk of hunting and fishing. T1944

1942 Ives, Edward D. Machias Project: 1986. Maine: Grand Lake Stream. 48 pp. Tapes: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with Earl Bonness relating his experiences with woodswork and river drives along the Machias. C433, C434


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