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J. Herbert Comins, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This is an arbitrary collection of accessions created in June 2014 containing interviews that focus on hunting, trapping, poaching, and recreational fishing. There are 123 series in NAFOH that relate to the topic, but 18 belong solely to this collection.


  • Creation: 1959-2008

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From the Collection: 18 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


1038 J. Herbert Comins, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks, April 25, 1976, Eddington, Maine. Comins talks about living in the same house he was born in; being a tree farmer; owning a dairy farm; his family history; serving three terms in the State Legislature; attending the school in East Eddington; driving the school team while in high school; how much of the food he ate was raised by his family; Thursday, market day; hunting; how they kept the meat; The Young Ladies Sociable; putting on plays; sewing circles; the local newspapers; getting and keeping ice; types of wagons his family owned; epidemics; mortuary practices; his wedding; town meetings; forecasting the weather; river travel; living through the Depression; and what Christmas was like in the early 1900s. Text: 31 page transcript (42 pp. total). Recording: T 1051 70 minutes total.

Repository Details

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