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Robert Hartford Cram, interviewed by Alice Mary Pierce


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.


  • Creation: 1984-1988
  • Creation: 1992


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From the Collection: 36 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA3131 Robert Hartford Cram, interviewed by Alice Mary Pierce, October 15, 1986, Falmouth Foreside, Maine. Cram, born April 20, 1904, talks about his background and family; moving to Yarmouth; moving to Falmouth; taking trolley to Portland High School; working as a janitor; drafting in high school; home life growing up; his grandparents in Baldwin, ME; family genealogy burned; siblings; telephone; landscape school (Newark, New York); Jackson Perkins (nursery); working as a landscaper; built himself greenhouse; 1923 Model T Ford; Miss Payson; trolley; a normal day; Christmas; Armistice Day in 1918; grandchildren; Argus newspaper and the funnies; radio in 1940s; riding on the Admiral; Mrs. Tenney; Mrs. Hay; the Thaxters; the Hales; the Earnshaws in Delano Park; Mrs. Schlotterbeck; Allen Sterling; Skillins; Phillips Payson’s; Edith Dalton (his godmother). Text: information sheet; 28 pp. transcript. Recording: C 0993 2 hours.

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