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Goldie Averill, interviewed by Dona Brotz


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

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


NA1075 Goldie Averill, interviewed by Dona Brotz, November 2, 1976, Brewer, Maine. Averille talks about being the only woman in the Little Musquash Lake operation; working as a cook with her husband, Blaine; the kitchen set up at the camp; the type of food she and her husband would make for the loggers; and after-dinner activities. The transcript includes an ingredient list for Blaine’s Molasses Filled Cookies, a sketch of the double loading stoves they had in the kitchen, and a sketch of the men’s camp. See NF XVIII: “Suthin’.” Text: 6 pp. notes, catalog, recipe. Recording: T 1096. Time: 1/2 hour. Photos: P00928 – P00935

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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