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Number of Interviews: 12

Dates when interviews were conducted: March 30 and 31, 2010

Time period covered: last half of 20th century to 2010

Principal interviewers: Pauleena MacDougall, Cindy Merrill, Kyle Kernan, Andrew Catalina

Finding aides: transcripts and lists

Access restrictions:  none

Description: Twelve interviews with the employees of the Stinson Sardine plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, March 30 and 31, 2010.  These interviews were conducted a couple of weeks before the plant closed on April 18, 2010 during the work day.  The Stinson Sardine plant was the last sardine canning plant in the state of Maine.  Included with this accession are notes by Pauleena MacDougall regarding the people the interviewers spoke with as well as job descriptions.  Also part of this collection are a documentary, a slide show, photographs, and a collection of poems “Sardine Songs, Herring Hymns.”

3658 List of interviews with the employees of the Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, ME. March 30 and 31, 2010.  Included are a description of 2 slide shows and a list with descriptions of photographs taken by Bill Kuykendall at Stinson.

3662 Penny Beal interviewed by Cindy Merrill on March 31, 2010, at the Stinson Cannery in Prospect Harbor, Maine.  Beal talks about different jobs found at the cannery; duties of a block feeder; taught how to read a can by Richard Davis and Kathy Won; introduction of new technology such as the printer; printer’s impact on labor and production; pay role; code system for labeling cans. Transcript: 6 pp. Recording: CD2176   10 min

3663 Donna Eckland interviewed by Kyle Kernan on March 31, 2010, in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Eckland talks about her responsibilities as a cutter at the Stinson Cannery; traditions of the factory; close-knit bond of workers; other relatives who worked at the cannery; basic day of a worker; incident with seagulls. Transcript: 6 pp. Recording: CD2177   9 min.

3664 Gail Smith interviewed by Kyle Kernan on March 31, 2010 in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Smith talks about working as an assistant supervisor at Stinson Seafood Company; duties as a block feeder; duties as quality controller in the sealing room; daily routine of a factory worker; growing up with the factory as a part of her life; bond of factory workers; social aspects of work; fires that destroyed the old factory May 8, 1968; memories of the old factory. Transcript: 9 pp. Recording: CD2178   13 min.

3665 Lela Anderson interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall on March 30, 2010 at the Stinson Sardine Cannery in Prospect Harbor, Maine.  Anderson talks about working at the Stinson Cannery for 53 years; cutting sardines with scissors; reasons for not retiring; aftermath of the fire of the old factory; her family; packing with cooked fish; reaching a million cans; working in quality control; being friends with Nancy Harrington; injuries at the factory; pranks. Transcript: 12 pp. Recording: CD2179  20 min.

3666 Betty Faulkingham interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall on March 30, 2010 in Prospect Harbor, Maine.  Faulkingham talks about working at the Stinson Sardine Company for 43 years; working in the shipping department, in the casing department, and in the sealing room; working as fish packer with scissors; working with family members; working at the old and new factories with Nancy Harrington, Myrtress Harrington, and Lela Anderson; humorous stories and pranks at the factory; injury of Dallas Pennellton. Transcript: 8 pp. Recording:  CD2180   10 min.

3667 Arlene Hartford interviewed by Cindy Merrill and Pauleena MacDougall on March 31, 2010 at the Stinson Seafood Factory in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Hartford talks about her experiences working as a packer, in quality control, and switch gauge operator; pranks; number of workers; accidents; leniency of smoking at work; reasons for not retiring; husband’s work at Stinson. Transcript: 7 pp. Recording: CD2181   12 min.

3668 Myrtress Harrington interviewed by Cindy Merrill and Pauleena MacDougall on March 31, 2010 in Prospect Harbor, Maine.  Harrington talks about working as a fish packer at the Stinson Seafood Company; losing scissors in the chum hole; working with cooked fish; automation at the factory; relationship to Nancy Harrington; reasons for not retiring; being an EMT for 19 years; stories of the factory. Transcript: 6 pp. Recording: CD2182   9 min.

3669 Nancy Harrington and Josie Cowell interviewed by Andrew Catalina and an unknown interviewer on March 30 and 31, 2010 in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Harrington and Cowell talk about working at the Stinson Seafood Company; living in Milbridge; working as partners; working with other partners such as Evelyn; being widows; education; children; driving the carpool bus for workers;  plans for work after the factory closes; working nearly all jobs available such as packing and sealing; typical work day; fire of the old factory;  working at a fish factory in Wyman. Transcript: 16 pp. Recording: CD2183-2184   32 min.

3671 Peter Colson interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall, March 30, 2010 at the Stinson Cannery in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Colson talks about working at the Stinson Sardine Company; closing of the Bath and Belfast plants; Will Colson; running retorts; various positions; aftermath of the fire; purse seining; Richard Claim; Woodmen Harris; Bumble Bee; Conner’s Brothers. Transcript: 11 pp. Recording: CD2185  16 min.

3672 Rose Davis interviewed by Cindy Merrill and Pauleena MacDougall on March 31, 2010 at the Stinson Seafood Factory in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Davis talks about working as a packer at the Stinson Seafood Company; factory in Bath; physical harm experienced by factory packers; reasons not to retire; apprehensive feelings towards the closing of the factory; her religious thoughts regarding the future. Transcript: 5 pp. Recording: CD2186  8 min.

3687 Alton West interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall in May 2010 at the Stinson Cannery in Prospect Harbor, Maine.  West talks about being the purchaser of herring for the Stinson Seafood Cannery; the institution of management; migration of herring; four ways of capturing herring; herring in Point Judith of Rhode Island and Cape May; regulations of herring fishing; Blacks Harbor facility owned by Bumble Bee; fish quotas; biographical information; other employment; working at the University of Maine; MariTech Incorporated; oyster agriculture; promotion given by Charlie Stinson; working in the cutting room, as a supervisor, second shift plant manager, and primary fish buyer; Dick Clinging bought the factory and ended second shift; byproduct program; changes in the factory. Transcript: 18 pp. Recording: CD2256  37 min.

3745 “Sardine Songs, Herring Hymns.”  A collection of poems collected and posted on the Internet by Gary Lawless from February 13 to May 14, 2010 on the occasion of the closing of the Stinson Seafood sardine packing plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine. 6 pp.

3803 “Fond Memories” and “Stories of a Lifetime,” a slide show with audio project (11 min) dated May 3, 2010 for Bill Kuykendall”s Documentary Photo & Audio class (NMD 301/CMJ 361) at the University of Maine’s New Media Department.  Photographs by Cindy Merrill and Bill Kuykendall; audio by Cindy Merrill and Pauleena MacDougall.  Workers who participated in the project are Betty Faulkingham, Lela Anderson, Myrtress Harrington, Arlene Hartford, Penny Beal, and Rose Davis.

3804 “End of the Line: Stinson Seafood: The Last Sardine Cannery in America,” a slide show with music.

3805 “Visit to the Sardine Cannery, March 30 and 31, 2010,” by Pauleena MacDougall.  5 pp. CD contains text of “Visit to the Sardine Cannery” and 96 photographs by Bill Kuykendall with description of each photograph (list incomplete, ends with photograph 80).


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