Collections - MF 139 South Bristol Oral History Project
Number of Interviews: 10
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1997
Time period covered: twentieth century
Principal interviewers: Ellen Vincent
Finding aides: some transcripts/partial transcripts
Access restrictions: none
Description: This collection consists of 10 interviews for an exhibit, “Down on the Island, Up on the Main: A Recollected History of South Bristol, Maine,” assembled by Ellen Vincent, as well as newspaper and newsletter articles, exhibit text, plans for the exhibit, and exhibit text. The purpose of the exhibit was to display the heritage of coastal South Bristol.
3013 Afton “Junior” Ferrin, Jr., interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 18, 1997, in South Bristol, Maine. Ferrin talks about life in South Bristol; lobstering; changes in lobster traps; bait; fishing for mackerel and herring; sport vs. commercial fishing; striped bass; changes in fishing methods; mending nets; fishing boats and crew; transition from water transport to automobiles; products delivered by steamboat; products available in local grocery stores; economic and social changes; trawl lines for cod and pollock; gill nets; sculling vs. rowing; weather problems; boatbuilders; raising and shearing sheep; marketing urchins, clams; and digging clams to survive the Great Depression.
Transcript: 27 pages
Recording: C 2053 – C 2054
3014 Nellie McFarland Frey, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 4, 1997, in South Bristol, Maine. Frey discusses life in South Bristol; the post office; school; family history; social and recreational activities; Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star; holidays, especially Christmas; clothing and sewing; Ladies’ Aid Society; food and cooking; gardening; canning; homebrew beer and wine; rum running; Great Depression; raising chickens; toys; milk delivery; and iceboxes.
Index/Partial Transcript: 22 pages
Recording: C 2055 – C 2057
3015 Margaret Farrin House, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 31, 1997, at her home in South Bristol, Maine.
Recording: C 2058
3016 Nellie McFarland Frey and Margaret Farrin House, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 17, 1997, at Frey’s home in South Bristol, Maine.
Recording: C 2059 – C 2060
3017 William Arthur Kelsey, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 12, 1997, in South Bristol, Maine. Kelsey identifies and discusses photographs and postcards not included in the accession; changes in the town and its buildings over time; marketing fish; fishing boats; fishing nets and their maintenance; finding and buying old postcards and other memorabilia; Fourth of July; Christmas Cove; winter storms; Kelsey family history; and boat launchings in South Bristol.
Transcript: 151 pages
Recording: C 2061 – C 2064
3018 Frank Y. “Pete” McFarland, Jr., interviewed by Ellen Vincent, December 12, 1997, in Christmas Cove, Maine. His wife, Adele Rice McFarland, was also present. McFarland talks about working in a shipyard and as a boatbuilder; designing boats; caulking, methods and materials; boat launchings; stepping the mast; rigging; scalloping; scallop draggers; and the history of South Bristol and Christmas Cove.
Transcript: 31 pages
Recording: C 2065 – C 2067
3019 Mervin Rice, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 24, 1997, in South Bristol, Maine. Rice discusses newspaper clippings and photographs not included in accession; a chicken farmer; lobster bait; dousing; school; transport of goods and mail before automobiles; clamming; and the Damariscotta Fair.
Index/Partial Transcript: 15 pages
Recording: C 2068 – C 2070
3020 J. Douglas Thompson, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 19, 1997, in Belfast, Maine.. Thompson discusses photographs and newspaper articles not included in accession; history and inhabitants of Damariscotta, South Bristol, and Christmas Cove, Maine; changes in daily life during the 20th century; economic activities; changing buildings; and other aspects of local geography.
Index/Partial Transcript: 21 pages
Recording: C 2071 – C 2073
3021 Catherine Jordon Walker, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, October 23, November 3, and November 18, 1997, in Christmas Cove, Maine. Walker discusses old fashioned grocery stores; cookie varieties; going to school in a one-room schoolhouse; holidays; gardens; doctor’s visits; home remedies; childbirth at home; summer visitors; local libraries; and childhood reading.
Partial Transcript: 11 pages
Recording: C 2074 – C 2078
3022 Robert Kendall Woodward, interviewed by Ellen Vincent, November 11, and November 20, 1997, at his home in Walpole, Maine. Woodward talks about ice cutting and marketing; family history; transportation; school; changes in daily life during the 20th century; town meeting; his career as a personal secretary; mother’s cooking and dairying; farm tasks; neighboring; keeping goats; holidays; husking bees and other social activities.
Index/Partial Transcript: 13 pages
Recording: C 2079 – C 2081
3023 Information on the exhibit “Down on the Island, Up on the Main: A Recollected History of South Bristol, Maine,” assembled by Ellen Vincent, including newspaper and newsletter articles, exhibit text, plans for the exhibit, and exhibit text.