Adin R. McKeown, interviewed by Edward D. "Sandy" Ives, March 13-May 24, 1986, Crawford, Maine.

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NA 1913 (local)
March 13 1986 (Date created)
May 19 1986 (Date created)
May 24 1985 (Date created)

McKeown discusses his experiences working in the woods and on drives along the Machias River; founding of Sullivan’s lumber business; salvaging burnt timber; shared drives between Sullivan’s and Machias Lumber Company; towing log booms on lakes; playing baseball when wind was unfavorable; importance of dams and water levels; pay in the late 1910s; tasks of a road monkey; description of a camp on Love Lake; direction to fell trees; sizes of trees desired; using logs for transportation; sleeping accommodations; cork boots; learning to walk on logs; two-log cats as harder to work on than single logs; how to dynamite a logjam; Wilbur Day; capson [capstan?] rafts; not giving unsolicited advice to elders; brands of saws; early chain saws; scaler as unpopular figure; how he scaled logs; halfway houses en route to camps; responsibilities of rear crews; recreation and life in woods camps; how jams formed; and stations in trouble spots.

Creator and/or Contributor
Adin R. McKeown (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 tools (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Work clothes (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Generations (age groups) (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Lumber camps (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Wages (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Entertainment and recreation (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
circa 1850 - 1986
Geographic Coverage
Crawford, Maine (Geonames)
Machias River (Geonames)
Whitneyville, Maine (Geonames)
West Branch Machias River (Geonames)
East Machias River (Geonames)
Jacksonville, Maine (Geonames)
Orono, Maine (Geonames)
Machias, Maine (Geonames)
Clifford Lake (Geonames)
Calais, Maine (Geonames)
Springfield, Maine (Geonames)
Lead Mountain (Geonames)
Lincoln, Maine (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Adin R. McKeown (interviewee)
Edward D Ives (interviewer)
Related Objects
First page of the transcript for NA1913