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Lumber camps -- Maine

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:

Alex Rouleau, interviewed by Mary Beth O'Conner

 Series
Abstract Alex Rouleau, interviewed by Mary Beth O’Conner for FO 107, November 30, 1973, Old Town, Maine. Rouleau talks about the Argyle log-sorting boom on the Penobscot River; living conditions; leisure activities (gathering spruce gum, fishing, swimming, games); meals; stray logs; wages; Nebraska and Pea Cove booms; log jams; tools; rigging; beats; jobber’s marks; Rex Buzzell; Walter Buzzell; Gene Mann; Billy Mann. The interview is part of a project that led to an issue of Northeast Folklore, XVII:...
Dates: 1973-1975

Alfonse Martin and David Seymour, interviewed by Mary Beth O'Conner

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Abstract Alfonse Martin and David Seymour, interviewed by Mary Beth O’Conner for FO 107, October 1 and 8 and November 7, 1973, Old Town, Maine. Martin and Seymour talk about log-sorting booms on the Penobscot River, especially Argyle Boom; river drives; Penobscot Lumber Association (PLA); logging company marks used for sorting logs at the boom; construction and operation of boom; various jobs related to sorting and rafting the logs; tool and equipment used; living conditions for workers; other booms...
Dates: 1973-1975

Alonzo Keaton, Sr. and Edith (Jandreau) Keaton, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison

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Abstract 2873 Alonzo Keaton, Sr. and Edith (Jandreau) Keaton, interviewed by Helen K. Atchison, circa 1971-1972. The Keatons, of Caribou, Maine, discuss life in a lumber camp; the ferry across the St. John River; the establishment of a customs office; lumbering; Christmas in the woods; log drives; an alcohol plant in Caribou; hunting; and the Realty mill. Text: 1 pp. brief index. Recording: mfc_na2873_c0084_01, mfc_na2873_c0084_02 53 minutes
Dates: 1959-2008

Asa Flagg, interviewed by Rhoda Mitchell

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Abstract 0575 Asa Flagg, inteviewed by Rhoda Mitchell for FO 107, October and November 1970, Carthage, Maine. Accession includes a cassette tape with the three interviews, a paper describing the fieldwork, and transcripts of the interviews. Flagg, a retired woodsman (b. 1898), talks about lumber camps; Sunday pastimes; cooks and cookees; getting hired; oxen and horses; singing and music; log jams; sorting; yarding; skidding; sluicing; meals; ax handles; Christmas; card playing and other entertainment;...
Dates: 1959-2008

Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks

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Abstract 1037 Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks, April 10, 1976, Eddington, Maine. Grover talks about knowing the people who drove the stage along the Airline (now route 9); getting married in 1930; how the Airline used to go over Chick Hill; poaching; working in his father’s mill; the first automobile; working to build the road around Chick Hill; working in a lumber camp; songs sung in the camp and at home; the Grange Hall in Amherst; his father; people who owned stills during...
Dates: 1984

Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks

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Abstract 1037 Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks, April 10, 1976, Eddington, Maine. Grover talks about knowing the people who drove the stage along the Airline (now route 9); getting married in 1930; how the Airline used to go over Chick Hill; poaching; working in his father’s mill; the first automobile; working to build the road around Chick Hill; working in a lumber camp; songs sung in the camp and at home; the Grange Hall in Amherst; his father; people who owned stills during...
Dates: 1959-2008

Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks

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Abstract 1037 Clarence Grover, interviewed by Jack Beard and Joan Brooks, April 10, 1976, Eddington, Maine. Grover talks about knowing the people who drove the stage along the Airline (now route 9); getting married in 1930; how the Airline used to go over Chick Hill; poaching; working in his father’s mill; the first automobile; working to build the road around Chick Hill; working in a lumber camp; songs sung in the camp and at home; the Grange Hall in Amherst; his father; people who owned stills during...
Dates: 1976

Emile Leavitt, interviewed by Mark LaFond

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Abstract Emile Leavitt, interviewed by Mark LaFond for FO 107, October 25, 1973, Old Town, Maine. Leavitt talks about the Argyle log-sorting boom on the Penobscot River; construction of boom piers; checking, rafting, dropping off and other aspects of boom operation; use of wedges in assembling rafts; use of pickeroon; swings; the back way drive; meals and living conditions; Pea Cove and Nebraska booms; his work building dams for Great Northern Paper Co. The interviews are part of a project that led to...
Dates: 1973-1975

Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Ann Pierter and Bessie Dam

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Abstract Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Ann Pierter & Bessie Dam for AY 198, May 4, 1976, Argyle, Maine. Kennedy talks about on the log-sorting booms on the Penobscot River. Topics covered include checking, prize logs, the stray raft, boom stick, scaling and marking logs, wintering logs, shingling logs, jail booms, the “high mark,” Pea Cove Boom, rafting logs, Mexico Boom. Interview was part of a project that led to the issue of Northeast Folklore, XVII: "Argyle Boom."
Dates: 1973-1975

Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives and members of the Fall 1973 Class of FO 107

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Abstract Leon Bussell, Emile Leavitt, Ernest Kennedy, Stephen “Rex” Buzzell, interviewed by class of FO 107, November 8, 1973, November 15, 1973, November 20, 1973, and November 27, 1973 (respectively) Room B South Stevens Hall, UMaine, Orono, Maine. During the interviews, there was a model of Argyle Boom on the table, tools of the trade, maps, aerial photographs, and a number of Archives photographs available for the respondents to comment on. Bussell, Leavitt, Kennedy, and Buzzell talk about the...
Dates: 1973-1975

Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Kenneth Whitney

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Abstract Ernest Kennedy, interviewed by Ken Whitney for FO 107, October and November, 1973; by Susan Tibbetts for AY 125, November, 1975; by Elizabeth Warner and Cindy Lamb for AY 125, October, 1975. Kennedy talks about the Argyle log-sorting boom on the Penobscot River; jobs such as checkers, runners; tools such as hookaroons, jiggers; method of tying joints to buoy; marks and prize (unmarked)logs; spring floods and jams; bosses Isaac Mann, Alonzo Mann, Wallace Drake, Walter Buzzell, Stephen Buzzell,...
Dates: 1973-1975

Felix Cote, interviewed by Mark LaFond

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Abstract Felix Cote, interviewed by Mark LaFond for FO 107, October 6, 1973. Cote talks about log-sorting booms on the Penobscot Rive; the Pea Cove and Argyle booms; marks logging companies put on their logs; prize or unmarked logs; the sorting operation; rafting logs; working conditions; Penobscot Lumber Association (PLA); living conditions and recreation; origins of boom names. Also included: two diagrams. The interview is part of a project that led to an issue of Northeast Folklore, XVII: “Argyle...
Dates: 1973-1975

Frances Robinson Mitchell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MF099
Scope and Contents Items donated by Frances Robinson Mitchell, including an essay for her children about her grandfather, her time in the Marine Corps in WWII, and woods work.
Dates: 1996 - 1998

Francis Healy, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract 1910 Francis Healy, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, March 11 and October 3, 1986, Machias, Maine. Healy discusses his work in the woods and drives along the Machias River for St. Regis Pulp and Paper; camping out during river drives; blowing up a dam beavers had added to; the ‘Driving Rock’ which was used to tell when the water level was good for driving logs; using 300 pick-poles a season; 100 men working the drive; uselessness of young inexperienced men; road maintenance; building a...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1986

George Bagley, interviewed by Ronald Bean

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Abstract 1077 George Bagley, interviewed by Ronald Bean, July 15, 21, and 22, 1976, at the home of Earl Grass. Text: 15 pp. detailed catalog. Recordings: T 1098 - T 1100 / CD 1038 - CD 1042. July 15, 1976 Bagley talks about jobs he held when he was young; his first job working in the woods; learning how to drive horses; the horses he owned throughout his life; where horses could be sold when they became too old; where horses were purchased; horse medicine; and hauling logs as a teamster. Text: 6 pp....
Dates: 1959-2008

George Knox, interviewed by Joan Brooks

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Abstract 1039 George Knox, interviewed by Joan Brooks, May 7, 1976, Holden, Maine. Knox talks about moving to Eddington, Maine, in 1902; raising their own meat; Frank Davis, a local market hunter; the route the old Airline r oad took; peddling in Bangor; trapping; poaching; Cal Graves; moose meat; going to dances; card games; what weddings were like; Halloween pranks; dowsing; weather lore; working in the woods; camp songs; men who made up songs in the area; working as a river driver; working for Great...
Dates: 1984

Grattan McHugh, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract NA2539. Grattan McHugh, age 60, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives at the McHugh home in Tignish, P.E.I., August 25, 1965. With them is Stephen Ives. Background includes talk and rustling from the kitchen. Mr. McHugh sings some Joe Scott songs. "Howard Carey (mf167_1.1_ives065.03&065.04_cd082_016), McHugh learned from Burt Provost. "Benjamin Deane," (mf167_1.1_ives065.03&065.04_cd082_017) also learned from Burt Provost. Ives' notes on the visit are recorded in his "Field Diary, Aug....
Dates: Majority of material found within 1955-1970

Harry Harold Dyer, interviewed by Jeanne Milton

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Abstract NA0568 Harry Harold Dyer, interviewed by Jeanne Milton, April 1, 1970, Caribou, Maine. Dyer, retired lumberman, his life as recorded and written by his granddaughter, discusses woods work in the early twentieth century; working for the Fraser Lumber Company; description of a lumber camp; walking to work; progression of the cutting; ice carts to ice roads; his responsibilities at age 14; hauling yards; labor-saving techniques; making a gum book; salt pork for lunch; sings “Johnny Doyle” and...
Dates: 1960s-2001

Harry Twitchell, interviewed by Leslie "Dusty" Carr

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Abstract Harry Twitchell, interviewed by Leslie “Dusty” Carr for FO 107, October 26, 29, November 27, 1973; by Lucinda Lamb and Elizabeth Warner for AY 125, November 14, 1975, Greenbush, Maine. Twitchell talks about the Argyle log-sorting boom on the Penobscot River; tools and techniques for rafting, checking, and sorting logs; dropping off; swings; Sunkhaze Rips; Pea Cove; Nebraska boom; Cow Island; White Squaw Island; Birch Island; building piers; hanging the boom; the boom house, meals and living...
Dates: 1973-1975

J. Kenneth LaFlamme, interviewed by Ralph Cook

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Abstract J. Kenneth LaFlamme, interviewed by Ralph Cook for FO 107, October 10, 1973, Hancock, Maine. LaFlamme talks about the Argyle log-sorting boom on the Penobscot River; his work at age 12 and 13 on the boom rafting logs; PLA; bosses; pay; lice and wet clothes; cook house and bunk house; music. Accession also includes correspondence and handwritten notes from LaFlamme. The interview is part of a project that led to an issue of Northeast Folklore, XVII: “Argyle Boom.”
Dates: 1973-1975

Joe Walsh, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract NA2539. Joseph "Joe" Walsh interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, September 1, 1965 at Morell Rear, P.E.I. Also present Bobby and Stephen Ives. The sound of rambunctious child or children running around can be heard in the background. Walsh perfoms his version of Joe Scott's ballad, "Howard Carey" (mf167_1.1_ives065.11&12_cd087_13) that he learned from Tom Keith in P.E.I. a school teacher who worked on the railroad and was killed in a train wreck. Walsh explains where in the song he "got it...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1955-1970

John Morrison, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract NA2539. John Morrison, age 53, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, August 30, 1965 at Morrison's home in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Also present, Mrs. John Morrison, the couple's son and two of his young children who can be heard playing. Pet parakeets also singing. Morrison sings a couple verses of his version of "Howard Carey" (mf167_1.1_ives065.07&065.08_cd084_13) and explains how he makes an active effort to remember the song. Morrison is originally from Conway but worked "around the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1955-1970

John O'Connor, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract NA2539. John O'Connor interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, August 31, 1965 at Hope River, P.E.I., Canada. (See NA2539, p. 25). Also present in the room, Mrs. O'Connor and Stephen Ives. O'Connor begins by singing the Joe Scott ballad, "Howard Carey" (mf167_1.1_ives065.11&12_cd087_02) that he learned in 1919. O'Connor performs "The Plain Golden Band" (mf167_1.1_ives065.11&12_cd087_04) that he learned from Gabriel Warren in the 1920s. O'Connor performs "The Boys of the Island"...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1955-1970

John R. Dignam, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract NA2539. John R. Dignan, age 83, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, August 24, 1965 at Howland, P.E.I., Canada. Dignan talks about meeting Joe Scott around 1902 when Dignan was 19-years-old during his "first and only experience" working in the woods. Dignan was working with Tom Tracey's crew at the Wentwork [?] location on the Androscoggin River near the New Hampshire border. Joe Scott showed up at the camp selling his songs for 10-cents a piece. Dignan bought three or four of the songs....
Dates: Majority of material found within 1955-1970

Ledger (1919-1921)

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1010-sc
Abstract Ledger of a store in northern Maine.
Dates: September 11, 1919-1921

Leon Bussell, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives and members of the Fall 1973 Class of FO 107

 Series
Abstract Leon Bussell, Emile Leavitt, Ernest Kennedy, Stephen “Rex” Buzzell, interviewed by class of FO 107, November 8, 1973, November 15, 1973, November 20, 1973, and November 27, 1973 (respectively) Room B South Stevens Hall, UMaine, Orono, Maine. During the interviews, there was a model of Argyle Boom on the table, tools of the trade, maps, aerial photographs, and a number of Archives photographs available for the respondents to comment on. Bussell, Leavitt, Kennedy, and Buzzell talk about the...
Dates: 1973-1975

Logging Operations in Maine Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 1720-sc
Abstract Photographs taken by an unidentified photographer of logging operations in various areas of Maine.
Dates: circa 1920

Lowell Vose, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract 1924 Lowell Vose, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, May 18, 1986, Harrington, Maine. Vose discusses his driving experience on the Machias River; hiring on with the Machias Lumber Company and walking upriver; location of the Main River camp; working in the rear; two-log rafts; moving logs in booms on lakes; clothing and getting wet; camping along the river at night; predominance of local men, including Indians (Native Americans); his brief time working in the mill; specific jobs in the...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1986

Marenia Sibley, interviewed by Bessie Dam

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Abstract 1084 Marenia Sibley, interviewed by Bessie Dam, April 20, 1975, Lincoln, Maine. Sibley talks about cooking for woodmen at her Uncle's home; snow shoeing to school in winter; spinning and knitting; cooking in a logging camp; camping trips; meeting her future husband, courting, and honeymoon vacation; working as a tax collector and treasurer for 10 years; working in a sardine cannery; and "blue cross parties" to raise money during World War II. Text: 40 pp.
Dates: 1959-2008

Maurice Berry, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives

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Abstract 1909 Maurice Berry, interviewed by Edward D. “Sandy” Ives, March 11, 1986, East Machias, Maine. Berry talks about his experiences working in the woods along the Machias River; his father’s cork boots; use of water carts to keep roads iced; stories of Wilbur Day; description of a staddle of hay; woods camp recreation; peeling hemlock; working the water cart; skidding roads; pisaghees and Johnny-jump-ups; how Blasphemy Swamp got its name; and stories about George Magoon. Also included: collection...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1986