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Collections - MF 097 Frank Spizuoco Dexter Town History Collection

Number of Interviews: 4 (2 people)

Dates when interviews were conducted:  1963, 1964, 1965, 1970

Time period covered:  late 19th and first half of 20th century

Principal interviewers:  Frank Spizuoco

Finding Aides: no transcripts

Access Restrictions:  none

Description: Interviews conducted by Frank Spizuoco from 1963 to 1970 of 2 residents of Dexter, Maine.  Albert “Bert” Call, a retired Dexter photographer, talks about local history and about his working life before and after moving to Dexter, Maine in 1886, and Erma Bentley, a long-time resident of Dexter, records her memories about early Dexter residents and town history.

567 Erma Bentley interviewed by Frank Spizuoco on March 19, 1970 in Dexter, ME. For class (FO 191) Spring 1970.  Humorous anecdotes told by Erma Bentley recorded by Frank Spizuoco at Dexter, Maine, March 19, 1970. Accession includes a report written by Spizuoco in conjunction with a course in folklore taken at the University of Maine, but does not include any recordings although the material was apparently taped.  The report presents information about the primary informant, Mrs. Bentley, and relates her stories about local characters near Dexter, Maine around the turn of the 20th century, including Tom Bickell, William Pooler, John Toner, Charles Favor, Old Man Hodgkins, Ed Dexter, George Brawn, Bement, Frank Tait, Ed Fifield, Steve Haynes, Benny Beals, Uncle Dave Henkins, Deacon Glass, Hiram Clapp.  The report contains several black and white photos of Erma Bentley and her brother-in-law, Albert “Bert” Call. Manuscript: 15 pp.

2015 Spizuoco, Frank.  Spring 1963.  Maine: Dexter.  5 pp.  Tape: 1 3/4 hrs. approx.  Interview with retired Dexter photographer Albert L. Call, age 97, in which he talks about local history. Includes personal anecdotes about Mr. Call witnessing the test firings of the Maxim gun and about the Baron Bank cashier murder which occurred in Dexter in 1889. Also, an article written mostly by Spizuoco about Call which appeared in Maine Line, a publication of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. T1987

2016 Spizuoco, Frank.  Spring 1964.  Maine: Dexter.  2 pp.  Tape: 2 hrs. approx.  Tape reel containing two interviews with retired photographer Albert “Bert” Call (age 98) and Mrs. Erma Bentley (age 86) about the history of Dexter, Maine.  First interview with retired photographer, Albert L. Call and Erma Bentley about the history of Dexter, Maine, recorded by Frank Spizuoco at Mrs. Bentley’s home in Dexter, March 28, 1964.  Second interview with Albert Call, recorded by Spizuoco August 5, 1964.  Interviews include amusing anecdotes about Dexter citizens, a poem about Dexter people, and information about the nineteenth century Baron Bank cashier murder. T1988.1 – T1988.2

2017 Spizuoco, Frank.  Spring 1965.  Maine: Dexter.  2 pp.  Tape: 2 hrs.  Continuation of a series of taped interviews with retired photographer, Albert L. Call (age 98), in which he talks about his working life before and after moving to Dexter, Maine in 1886.  Interview recorded by Frank Spizuoco at Dexter, Maine in March, 1965.  Tape also documents a planning meeting held to propose strategies and legal issues relating to the formation of the Dexter Historical Society. T1989

2018 Spizuoco, Frank. Spring 1965.  Maine: Dexter.  2 pp.  Tape: 45 min. approx.  Tape recorded interview with Erma Bentley about early Dexter history and citizens, recorded by Frank Spizuoco at Dexter, Maine, March 21, 1965. T1990

2019 Spizuoco, Frank. Spring 1970.  Maine: Dexter.  2 pp.  Tape: 1/2 hr.  A second taped interview with Mrs. Erma Bentley about local town characters and history of Dexter, recorded by Frank Spizuoco at Dexter, Maine, March 21, 1965. T1991


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