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Eva O. (Curtis) Bowering, interviewed by Barbara Switzer


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

A series of 51 interviews about the history of Portland, Maine with index and partial and full transcripts. The Victoria Society, fall 1992. Interviews concerning life in Portland during the 1930s to the 1940s, most interviewees are 75 years old or older.


  • 1984-1988
  • 1992


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From the Collection: 36 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA3125 Eva O. (Curtis) Bowering, interviewed by Barbara Switzer, April 3, 1984, at Eva’s home in Sebago Lake. Bowering, born on December 25, 1908, talks about sea captain grandfather’s days at sea; grandmother’s hard life in Harpswell; singing hymns in evenings; mother; maternal grandfather (bookkeeper for Portland-Rochester Railroad Company); Scotland, England, and Belgium; neighborhood growing up; Baby and cherry tree; Harry Marr (Portland’s Fire Chief); neighborhood Catholics, Jews, Protestants, blacks, and Italians; Howard Reiche; Reiche piano-playing; Reiche wife; Laura Knudsen; her father a policeman; mother’s church and politics; Principal Parmenter; Munjoy Hill stables; Riverton Park; Riverton Belt Line canoeing; Munjoy Hill’s July 4th; Halloween pranks; carman’s strike 1916; Clarence Skinner Whiskey; the Observatory; hobos; Walnut and Eastern Promenade Reservoir break; Maggie McCary; Charles Holden; Peaks Island; telephone operator; fishing; gardening; the ferry. Text: 3 pp. index; 12 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0985 90 minutes.

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