Dorothea (Mrs. Fred) Smith, interviewed by Joyce Butler
Scope and Contents
The “Wildfire Loose” Collection consists of a series of 37 interviews conducted by Joyce Butler in preparation for her book of the same title about the fires in Maine in October 1947. Donated in 1979.
- Butler, Joyce (Person)
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From the Collection: 37 items
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
1245 Dorothea (Mrs. Fred) Smith, interviewed by Joyce Butler, January 13, 1977, Goose Rocks Beach, Maine. Smith talks about the fire of 1947 in Goose Rocks Beach; how the fire sounded; taking refuge in a neighbor’s house; annoyance that effort was concentrated on saving a farm; thieves and looters; animals fleeing towards the water; fear that her daughter was lost when in fact she was safely asleep elsewhere; the neighbor reunited with his dog; Elliot O’Hara’s art studio losses; National Guard trying to keep sightseers and looters away; what parts of Goose Rocks Beach burned; lack of awareness that such a disaster could happen; cases of arson; what her house looked like after it burned; and the trend of insufficient insurance.
- Arson Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Goose Rocks Beach -- Kennebunkport -- Maine Subject Source: Local sources
- Insurance Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Looters Subject Source: Local sources
- Maine. National Guard
- Natural disasters Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Spectators Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Wildfires Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Smith, Dorothea (Flagg), 1903-1988 (Person)
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