Frank Dowling, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy Ives," March 8 and October 3, 1986, Machias, Maine.

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NA 1904 (local)
March 8 1986 (Date created)
October 3 1986 (Date created)

Dowling discusses his experiences working in the woods and on river drives along the Machias; work for the Machias Lumber Company in the early 1900s; running logs down Third Lake; supper while running logs and description of a baker; definitions of log-running terminology; seeing Haley’s Comet in 1910; importance of releasing correct amount of water from dams; hemlock bark used to tan leather; camp life and lice; service along the Maginot Line during WWI; gambling in lumber camps; crew composition; importance of advanced preparation; role of a key log in a jam; construction and use of cats; capstan rafts; seasonal patterns of a lumberman’s work; nineteenth century practice of being paid in company store credit; lumbermen’s wages; woodcutting tools; a knotter’s job; leaving a flat stump; job of the undercutter; job of the sawyers; description of trivoy/travois; making a capstan; role of the wind in moving logs on water; feelings the lumbermen had for the company; working logs through narrow passages; whittling; and deflecting logs away from bends.

Creator and/or Contributor
Frank Dowling (interviewee), Edward D Ives (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Logging (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Log driving--Maine (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Maginot Line (France) (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Lumber camps (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Occupational Folklore (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Labor relations (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
1908 - 1986
Geographic Coverage
Machias River (Geonames)
Whitneyville, Maine (Geonames)
Machias, Maine (Geonames)
Saint Croix River (Geonames)
Dennys River (Geonames)
East Machias River (Geonames)
Narraguagus River (Geonames)
Cherry Tree Mountain (-)
Bangor, Maine (Geonames)
France (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Frank Dowling (interviewee)
Edward D Ives (interviewer)
Related Objects
First page of the transcript for NA 1904