Newell Beam interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, March 10-May 25, 1986, Cutler, Maine

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NA 1908 (local)
March 10 1986 (Date created)
May 21 1986 (Date created)
May 25 1986 (Date created)

Beam talks about his experiences working in the woods along the Machais River; breaking through heavy snow; a block of land owned by two companies; logging around Fifth Lake in the early 1920s; pay fluctuations and what the company provided; description of photographs; construction of camp buildings and beds; lice and ridding the camp of lice; superiority of selective cutting; camp life and recreation in the evenings; sings and recites “The Jam on Gerry’s Rock”; predominance of local workers; peeling pulpwood and hemlock; axes; number of logs the could be gotten from a tree; how to lead a tree; problem of trees getting caught in birches; crew composition; road maintenance; toilet facilities; games and tricks; special jobs in the camps; difference between single and double camps; hunting and poaching on Sundays; footwear; scaling logs; marking logs; using horses in the woods; Sunday recreation; scaling units; use of Lombards to haul logs; burning trees to create light; camp meals; and locations of lumber camps.

Creator and/or Contributor
Newell Beam (interviewee), Edward D Ives (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Logging (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Log driving--Maine (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Occupational Folklore (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Logging songs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Logging tools (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Lumber camps (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Poaching (crime) (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Storytelling (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Games (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Practical jokes (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Foodways (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Prohibition (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Temporal Coverage
1910 - 1986
Geographic Coverage
Pembroke Stream (Geonames)
Machias River (Geonames)
Peaked Mountain (Geonames)
Pembroke, Maine (Geonames)
Machias, Maine (Geonames)
Cutler, Maine (Geonames)
Breakneck Mountain (Geonames)
East Machias River (Geonames)
Fletcher Field (Geonames)
Wesley, Maine (Geonames)
Bangor, Maine (Geonames)
Peep Lake (Geonames)
Calais, Maine (Geonames)
Centerville, Maine (Geonames)
Whitneyville, Maine (Geonames)
West Branch Machias River (Geonames)
Dennysville, Maine (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Newell Beam (interviewee)
Edward D Ives (interviewer)
Related Subjects:
Robert Wright (subject)
Related Objects
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Merrit Wright with a horse team and piles of wood at Burnham Stream (East Machias River). The wood was going to be made into staves.