Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wonson, Carlton.

Title:

Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wonson, Carlton.

Creator:

Wonson, Carlton Interviewee.;Ray, Martin Interviewer.

Publisher:

[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library

Date:

1978

Description:

4 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 45 Part 1
OH 45 Part 2
OH 45 Part 3
OH 45 Part 4

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer: Martin Ray (5/2/1978).

TRACKS: CD67: 1. Development of State Fish Pier -- 2. Rival site advocates, private ventures, 1930-31, Mr. Wonson's role as private counsel for Five Pound Island site -- 3. Description of Five Pound Island -- 4. Method of filling Pier site -- 5. Conflict between public funding and private corporation -- 6. Financial difficulties -- 7. Political role of Weston U. Friend -- 8. Reorganization as public institution, public funding -- 9. Construction of Pier and facilities, quality of fill -- 10. Turnover ceremony, management responsibilities, early fiscal dilemma -- 11. Lack of tenants proposition of John Ryan to underwrite Pier expenses and assume control of entire Pier, our benefactor -- 12. Original leases advantageous to tenant -- 13. Interests of John Ryan -- 14. Pier becomes self-sustaining, revision of leases -- 15. Initial skepticism of waterfront industries, eventual role of Pier in bringing fresh fish industry from Boston to Gloucester -- 16. John Ryan takes it off our hands -- 17. Original support from independent vessel owners -- 18. Conversion of stalls originally designed for saltfish processing to secure tenants for fresh fish business -- 19. Effect of Depression and changing tastes on fishing industry -- 20. Site selection process, contrasts with Urban Renewal Program, disinclination then to tear down existing facilities. CD68: 1. Description and acquisition of Five Pound Island -- 2. Boon of government assistance to Gloucester -- 3. Trends in philosophy and policy of Pier, difficulties stemming from political changes to Board -- 4. Wharf policy of Pier, operation of fish dehydration business -- 5. Pier users predominately from out of Gloucester -- 6. Freighters at Pier -- 7. Fuel facilities, accommodation of vessels, raison d'etre -- 8. Lack of wharf space in Gloucester -- 9. Ethnic groups in fishing -- 10. Fisherman's Institute -- 11. Changes in fishing industry -- 12. Government involvement in fisheries.

Some names and terms used in this interview: State Fish Pier , Mayor Weston U. Friend, Lipman Marine Co., William T. Gamage, Clarence Birdseye, Five Pound Island, Dr. Elmer Babson, John Ryan, Salt fish dinner, John T. Wonson & Sons, Urban Renewal, Everett Jodrey, Father of the fish gear, R.D. Lederer Co., vendors of fish gear, Henry F. Long, Mass. Comm. Of Taxation, Mr. Phillips, President of LePage's, Glue and Gloucester National Bank.;The following names and terms were used in this interview: State Fish Pier, Mayor Weston U. Friend, Lipman Marine Co., William T. Gamage, Clarence Birdseye, Five Pound Island, Dr. Elmer Babson, John Ryan, Salt fish dinner, John T. Wonson & Sons, Urban Renewal, Everett Jodrey, Father of the fish gear, R.D. Lederer Co., vendors of fish gear, Henry F. Long, Mass. Comm. Of Taxation, Mr. Phillips, President of LePage's Glue and Gloucester National Bank, Joseph Tibbets and Five Pound Island Fisherman's cooperation,Lipman Marine Co., dehyde plant, Quincy Market Co., Portuguee Hill, George Perkins' pasture.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.

Subject:

Fisheries -- 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 :

Wonson, Carlton Interviewee.;Ray, Martin Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wonson, Carlton.," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7650, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/7650 (accessed October 23, 2014).