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Grover Morrison, interviewed by Joan Brooks


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Ten interviews totaling 23 hours conducted for a course at University of Maine taught by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives in 1976 about a pulpwood operation at Little Musquash Lake run by Grover Morrison. This project included the publication of Northeast Folklore: “Suthin,” XVIII. These interviews were the basis of “Suthin:” It’s the Opposite of Nothin’: An Oral History of Grover Morrison’s Wood’s Operation at Little Musquash Lake, 1945-1947 (Northeast Folklore XVIII: 1977 ). Collection includes the text of the poem, “Suthin’”; other poems; information about daily work in the woods and with the portable sawmill; life in the woods camp; and notes, letters, sketches, and journals from the class’s field trip to Little Musquash Lake.


  • Creation: 1976


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From the Collection: 12 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA1071 Grover Morrison, interviewed by Joan Brooks, October 9 and October 29, 1976, in Lincoln, Maine. Interviews about poem “Suthin’” and related woods operation at Little Musquash Lake, 1945-1946. Morrison talks about putting a road up around Matagamon Lake in order to farm the lumber there for Diamond Match Company; building lumber camps; getting snowed in at Trout Brook Farm; the meaning of the poem, “Suthin’;” where many of the surviving workers of his woods operation are living now; his house burning down in 1960; his first job working for his father and Great Northern in 1913; being sent to Bangor to recruit men for the Great Northern job; learning to pole logs or river drive; managing a logging camp; and songs that were sung in the camp. Morrison talks of scouting the forest for the Diamond Match job; the layout of the Diamond Match logging camp; how the rationing of World War II affected the camp; his relationship with boss, Clifford Cheney; how cook, Mac McKinzie lost his job in the camp; recruiting farmers from Aroostook County as teamsters; a day in the life of the camp; problems with excessive alcohol consumption at the mill; and machines he invented to help the work go faster. These interviews formed the basis for NF XVIII: “Suthin’.” Text: 69 pp. detailed catalog and notes. Recording: T 1083 - T 1088. Time: 4 hours. Photographs: P00928 – P00935, P02340 - P02343.

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