Toward an oral history of Cape Ann. OH 1, CD 1-CD 2: Ray, Hjalmer A.


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann. OH 1, CD 1-CD 2: Ray, Hjalmer A.


Ray, Hjalmer A.

Brayton, Linda.

Masters, David.


[Gloucester, MA]: [Sawyer Free Library]




4 sound files

digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 1 Track 1
OH 1 Track 2
OH 1 Track 3
OH 1 Track 4

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.

Interviewers: Linda Brayton and David Masters.

CD1. Track 1. Immigration to USA by Mr. Ray's parents -- 2. Father's work in quarries, ice camps -- 3. Mr. Ray's work in quarries (1925-1930) -- 4. Rockport Granite Co. [products, location of some quarries] -- 5. Co-workers, description of hoisting operations -- 6. Parent's home towns, cooperation among Finnish people --7. Quarry work [changes in methods, air compressors, explosives]-- 8. Hazards of quarry work, accidents -- 9. Pay unions [strike in 1923] -- 10. Shipping [in connection with quarrying] -- 11. Stone-carving and stone-cutting -- 12. Stone cutting [continued] -- 13. Operations, crafts necessary [i.e. pattern-makers] -- 14. Other nationalities involved in quarrying -- 15. Social activity in Finnish community [Wainola Hall, athletics, baseball; Lanesville BBA's] -- 16. Early years [42 Langsford St., midwives] -- 17. Importance of church in Finnish community.

CD2. TRACKS: 1. Games -- 2. Names of quarries, types, scrap granite's uses, Lanes Cove, breakwaters -- 3. Modern methods of quarrying, changes -- 4. Types of finish on granite, how made -- 5. Quarry blacksmith -- 6. College education obtained, efforts of parents [re: citizenship, educating children, experience of learning two languages] -- 7. Sisu [Finnish values, character] -- 8. Russo-Finnish War [reactions and recollections] -- 9. Growing up in Lanesville [school, Wainola Hall] -- 10. Finnish traditions, culture [holidays, food, gardening, making household supplies, use of horses, curfew, etc.] -- 11. Finnish culture and heritage [language, poetry, architects, music] -- 12. Wainola Hall, Temperance Society -- 13. Rink Hall, Socialists -- 14. Publications, Raivaja -- 15. Cape Ann Tool Co., names of quarries, "motions" ; Demise of quarrying, especially Rockport Granite Co. -- 16. Finnish traditions, sauna.

The following names and terms are used in this interview: Nastoria, Paavo Harkyla, Nivala, Teuva, Alice Sherburne, Theresa Irwin, Wainola Hall, Tom Plourde, Adam's Pines, Rayne Adams, Silicosis, lighter, Leslie Buswell, Stillington Hall, peeny?, rip rap, Einar Maki, Blood Ledge Quarry, bull wheel, lumper, Percy Crowell, Jerry Hildonen, Kedler Maki, Doonsey Pedrotti, Lanesvill BBA's, Christian Bedders, Ellen Rowley, Rev. Samuel Henry Ronka, Aija hilia ilala silala, sauna, John T. Coggeshall, and Ellen Rowley. The following quarries are also mentioned: Barker's, Kenny's, Corsey's, Butman's, Karstunen's, Deep Hole, Valley Pit, Old Pit, and Blood Ledge. Mr. Hjalmer also speaks of his siblings John, Uno, Waino, George, and Viola.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and copied to compact disc.


Finnish Americans--Massachusetts --Gloucester.

Oral history--Massachusetts--Cape Ann.

Quarries and quarrying--Massachusetts--Gloucester.

Ann, Cape (Mass.)--History--Anecdotes.

Ann, Cape (Mass.)--Social life and customs.

Gloucester (Mass.)--Emigration and immigration.

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Ray, Hjalmer A., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann. OH 1, CD 1-CD 2: Ray, Hjalmer A.," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #6322, (accessed August 18, 2017).