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Ivan Daigle, interviewed by Dona Brotz


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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


NA1079 Ivan Daigle, interviewed by Dona Brotz, November 13, 1976, Lee, Maine. Daigle talks about starting to work in lumber camps in 1934, when he was 29 years old; working for Grover Morrison before the Little Musquash Lake operation; the layout of the Little Musquash camp; Jim McKinnon; the scalers on the job; logging teams; log cutting competitions; how the camps have changed over the years; the Hovel; and dinner etiquette at camp. The transcript includes a rough sketch of the Hovel and a rough sketch of the first chain saws seen in the logging camps. See NF XVIII: “Suthin’.” Text: 9 pp. catalog, notes. Recording: (T 1102) Time: 1.25 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