MF 131 Dell Turner / John T. Meader Collection
Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History: MF 131 Dell Turner / John T. Meader Collection
Number of accessions: 9
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1980-1982
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: John T. Meader
Finding aides: full transcripts
Access restrictions: none
Description: A series of interviews conducted by John T. Meader with his grandfather, Dell Turner, and others about Dell Turner. Begun as a class project in Sandy Ives’s Maine and the Maritimes Folklore class at the University of Maine and continued in his Fieldwork in Folklore and Oral History class, this series is the basis for Dell Turner: The Stories of His Life. Northeast Folklore XXVII: 1988.
NA1327 Dell Turner, interviewed by John Meader for AY 122, spring 1980, Fairfield, Maine. 171 pp. Tape: 5 hrs. w/ cats. Series of interviews with Turner about his life, woods cooking, lumber camps, farming, fishing stories. Text: 56 pp. oral autobiography of Turner. Recording: T 1448 – T 1450. Photos: P 4662 – P 4667. T 1448: Topics covered include leaving home at age 9 and becoming a hobo; the hobo lifestyle; learning to cook at Spencer Mountain; building outhouses; tending hogs; pay; learning to cook; cooking in Patten; riding the tramway; log driving on the Roach River and Chamberlain Lake; working with Bill Russell, Archie McDonald, Lewy McDonald, Tom Kelly, Al McNeil, Lester Turner, Earl McNeil-Neil, George Turner; potato farming on the Christly Farm in Aroostook County. Fishing with Maurice Libby on Duck Lake, Mud Brook, Coldstream, Wilson Pond, among others; staying at Nugent’s camp on Chamberlain Lake; Chamberlain Farm; baking fish on Stragely Lake; saltwater fishing; sea sickness. T 1449: Topics covered include his service in the United States Army during World War I at the age of 21; fighting at Ginney Ridge, France, and getting injured; being sent home injured to Camp Davis outside of Boston; the flu epidemic at Camp Devans; being drafted; finding his uncle while traveling in Scotland; working for his second cousin George Turner in Mapleton; meeting his future wife Crystal in 1922; working with horses; a barn fire. Barn fire; working with horses; working for Lewly Turner; the death of Lewly Turner; working for John Washburn on his ice cart in Fairfield; traditional medicine and a woman healer; birthmarks. T 1450: Topics covered include working for Guilford Carter in Mapleton on his potato farm; Guilford Carter’s attempted suicide; cooking in a logging camp; bean hole beans; teaching a head cookee; cooking at a sawmill in Masardis on the Blackwater; working for Cooboth and Anderson near Haystack Mountain; working at 9-14 [possibly T9-R14]; log haulers; G-poles; tag chains.
NA1397 Chrystal Turner, interviewed by John Meader for Ay 125, fall 1980, Fairfield, Maine. 47 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Turner talks about her husband, Dell Turner; her family; spiritualist meetings; the KKK. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1534, T 1696 2 hours.
NA1398 Joyce Meader, interviewed by John Meader AY 125, fall 1980, Fairfield, Maine. 51 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Meader talks about her father, Dell Turner; spiritualist meetings. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1535, T 1697 2 hours.
NA1399 Mary Pearl McEachern, interviewed by John Meader AY 125, fall 1980, Bangor, Maine. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. McEachern talks about her brother, Dell Turner; his early years; moving to Maine from New Brunswick; home life. Text: catalog. Recording: T 1537 1 hour.
NA1528 By John Meader for AY 124, 1981. 33 pp. ms. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ trans. Paper titled “How Limited Must a Transcript Be?” Text: 31 pp. paper and transcript. Recording: T 1627 1/2 hour.
NA1543 Michael Meader, interviewed by John Meader for AY 198, fall 1981, Fairfield, Maine. 30 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Meader talks about his grandfather, Dell Turner. Text: 27 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1643 1 hour.
NA1544 Glen Meader, interviewed by John Meader for AY 198, fall 1981, Fairfield, Maine. 31 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. G. Meader about his father-in-law, Dell Turner. Text: 28 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1644 1 hour.
NA1545 Daryl Buck, interviewed by John T. Meader for AY 198, fall 1981, Fairfield, Maine. 21 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Buck talks about Dell Turner. Text: 18 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1645 1 hour.
NA1565 Earl Doody, interviewed by John T. Meader, winter 1982, Fairfield, Maine. 22 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Doody talks about Dell Turner’s life views and stories. Text: 19 pp. catalog. Recording: T 1666 1 hour.