Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Erkkila, Sulo


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Erkkila, Sulo


Erkkila, Sulo Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 31 Part 1
OH 31 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer:Linda Brayton(4/11/1978)

TRACKS:1. Mr. Erkkila's family background -- 2. The Finnish sauna, a family business -- 3. Learning English in school -- 4. Working in the quarries, mother's employment -- 5. Raising food for the family, hard work done by women, no longer any dairy farms on Cape Ann -- 6. Finnish music, Mr. Erkkila's musical background -- 7. Finnish dances, costumes -- 8. Immigration, dates, stonecutter's consumption -- 9. Groups that immigrated to area, Temperance Society, Lutherans, Socialists -- 10. Rink Hall, Workingmen's Hall (New Hall) -- 11. Family learned Finnish, trip to Finland -- 12. Sports in Lanesville, dance halls -- 13. Finnish names, meanings, Finnish language classes, end of Waino Band -- 14. Socialists in Lanesville and Rockport -- 15. The Finnish family structure, saunas -- 16. Finnish bakeries, grocery store.

The following names and terms were used in this interview: Kalasjari, Sikkakyla, Hautamaki, Cheves, Miss Rowley, Muna, Barry, MacNerny, Leonard Johnson, Pulkka, Fitxgibbons, Poole, Helsinki, Dr. Pomeroy (Herb), Young's farm, Ahola, Rowe, George Einar Ray, Waino Band, Sylvester Ahola, Andrew Jacobson, Miss Sherburne, Miss Hayden, Rockport Band, Wainola Hall, Finn hops, Bay View Brotherhood, Puuko, Pulli.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Finnish Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.

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

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Erkkila, Sulo Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Erkkila, Sulo," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7636, (accessed August 21, 2017).