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George “Junior” Monk, Jr., interviewed by Stephen Ballew


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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


NA1081 George “Junior” Monk, Jr., interviewed by Stephen Ballew, November 3, 1976, Princeton, Maine. Monk talks about how much money he made working for Albert Merrill cutting wood on the Little Musquash Lake operation; Joe Clancy’s alcoholism; the food at camp; how lunch was served in the woods; being a cookee himself before WWII; raw eggs in coffee; and scaling.” See NF XVIII: “Suthin’.” Text: 7 pp. catalog and journal. Recording: mfc_na1081_t1104_01. Time: 61 minutes.

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Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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