Skip to main content

Rob Golding, interviewed by Thomas "Archie" Stewart


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.


  • 1959-2008

Conditions Governing Access

For digitized items free from access restrictions, we are working to upload this material (pdfs, mp3s, jpgs) for public access but it is an ongoing project. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, contact Special Collections (


From the Collection: 18 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


2007 Rob Golding, interviewed by Archie Stewart, 1961 - 1966. Text: 10 pp. of notes; 120 pp. transcript from April 21, 1961. Recording: mfc_na2007_c0494_01&02, mfc_na2007_c0495_01, mfc_na2007_t1971_01- mfc_na2007_t1986_02, mfc_na2007_audio001 2,200 minutes (37 hours) T 1971 April 21, 1961. Stewart begins by reading a letter he wrote to Golding, consoling him for his failing sight and hearing, and telling him of the help and pleasure he gave to others throughout his life as a Maine Guide and storyteller. Then Rob Golding discusses his family history and genealogy; family's move from Canada to Maine; his great-grandfather's experience as a trapper in the 1820s; compares to his own use of traps; stories about Trapper Golding (the great-grandfather); grandfather Robert's farm; Rob's brothers, Will and Jim, and the things they built, including a cannon and a steam engine; how Will drowned; Rob's school days in Perry and Louis Cove, Maine; bringing June bugs into church; farmer's first use of the telephone; sources of hay and fertilizer for nineteenth-century Maine farmers; farmer's fight with a ram; handling an appendicitis in Washington County before the railroad came; and serving in the army for the Spanish-American war in Maine, Savannah, and Cuba. T1979 May 7, 8, and 9, 1961. Golding discusses a match-selling scam; encounter with thieves in train station in Boston; automobile-related stories; fire in the woods and in a chimney; inexperienced ship's cook; Maine fishing boat captain gets shipwrecked in the West Indies and Labrador; and Stewart tells story about a practical joke played on Golding, involving hiring a woods cook to cook for their sporting party. Golding also talks about sardine cannery inspected by Pure.

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