John Costigan, interviewed by Jack Beard
Scope and Contents
The Argyle Boom Collection consists of approximately seventy-five hours of tape recorded interviews (now digitized). The interviews deal with Argyle Boom, which was one of several locations at which logs that had been cut upriver and floated or “driven” down the Penobscot River were sorted before being sent on to the lumber mills in Old Town, Orono, Veazie, Bangor, and Brewer, Maine, from approximately 1900 to 1930. The material includes interviews with people who had worked on the boom and essays on various aspects of boom construction and operation and the daily lives of the workers.
- Creation: 1973-1975
- From the Collection: Ives, Edward D. (Interviewer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
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From the Collection: 31 items
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
John Costigan, interviewed by Jack Beard for AY 198, April 14, 1976, Costigan, Maine. Costigan talks about the log-sorting booms on the Penobscot River; rafting; sacking; tools, especially sacking dogs; use of horses to sack or twitch logs; marks; the last drive on Sunkhaze Stream; operations around Chamberlain and Telos Lakes; diagrams of sacking dogs. Interview was part of a project that led to the issue of Northeast Folklore, XVII: “Argyle Boom.”
Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States