Grover Cleveland Field, Clyde Willard, Lester Cole, and Raymond Olmstead, interviewed by Dorothy Bodwell, spring 1970.

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NA 0561 (local)
March 21 - June 20 1970 (Date created)

The accession is a paper dealing with anecdotes about Maine lumber camps. Field discusses working with his dad near Caribou, Maine; women in lumber camps; his first woods job in 1912; and snub warps. Willard, talks about a day in the life of a lumberman; sleeping conditions; the American Thread camp; scalers; Clarence Arno, a man who died on the job; Polish saunas; mealtimes. Cole discusses being a river driver in the early 1900s; accidents; song lyrics for “Jam on Gerry’s Rock” and “Peter Amberly”; lice infestations. Olmsted talks about his father, Wendell Olmsted (b.1877), stories Wendell told about lumber camps; widow makers; Native Americans who worked in the camps; use of dynamite. Also included: photocopy of measurements of the Upper St. John Log Driving Co.’s limits from mouth of Allagash to listed place.

Creator and/or Contributor
Clyde Willard (interviewee), Raymond Olmstead (interviewee), Dorothy Bodwell (interviewer)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Women (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Lumber camps (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Farm life (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Logging (forestry) (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Logging tools (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Foodways (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Intercultural relations (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Logging accidents (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Occupational folklore (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Log driving--Maine (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Logging songs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Folk beliefs (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
circa 1880 - 1970
Geographic Coverage
Caribou, Maine (Geonames)
Garland, Maine (Geonames)
Cambridge, Maine (Geonames)
Dexter, Maine (Geonames)
Ashland, Maine (Geonames)
Parkman, Maine (Geonames)
Greenville, Maine (Geonames)
Moscow, Maine (Geonames)
Lake View Plantation, Maine (Geonames)
Sebec, Maine (Geonames)
Old Town, Maine (Geonames)
Ripogenus Dam (Geonames)
West Branch Penobscot River (Geonames)
West Branch Pleasant River (Geonames)
Willimantic, Maine (Geonames)
Passadumkeag River (Geonames)
Van Buren, Maine (Geonames)
Related Entities:
Clyde Willard (interviewee)
Raymond Olmstead (interviewee)
Dorothy Bodwell (interviewer)
Related Objects
Taken in the early 1940s on the St. John River. Mr. Field told the interviewer that the sled looked like the one he'd used.