Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Korpi, John and Iiri


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Korpi, John and Iiri


Korpi, John Interviewee.;Iiri, John Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 48 Part 1
OH 48 Part 2

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

TRACKS: 1. Mrs. Korpi's background, her parents' employment, learning English -- 2. Finnish people in Rockport, church, halls and social activity -- 3.Bands and music, earning money as children, blueberrying in the sil past, gardening and farming -- 4.Church services, halls and social activity, politics and rivalry between gangs of kids, athletic associations, growing up then and now -- 5.Mr. Korpi's experience in schools here, first jobs in U.S.A. railroad, Cape Ann Tool Co., etc. -- 6.Work with contractor and at Straitsmouth Inn, fire at Straitsmouth Inn -- 7.Fire at Straitsmouth Inn (cont'd) -- 8.Quota slowed rush of immigrants, churches closed down, Swedish churches, schools -- 9.The Old Stone House (kivi house) a boarding house for Finnish immigrants -- 10.Finnish publications -- 11.Schools and teachers that were involved with Finnish children, raising a family on Cape Ann compared to Finland -- 12.Finnish foods -- 13.Witch House in Rockport, Old Castle house in Pigeon Cove -- 14.Celebrations and holidays, Midsummer Festival: Scandinavian celebration, is Finnish Scandinavian?

The following names and terms were used in this interview: Universal Coat , Forest St., Squam Hill, Valon Leimo, Kivi House, Ida Johnson, Raivaja, American Uutiset, Jenny Niemi, Ellen Jolliko, Babson farm quarry, Everett Wilkinson, Nisu, Rus kryynin pyro, Lipiakala, Lutefisk, Gefiltefish, Williams family, sil pasti (Finnish pronunciation not translation of sheep pasture.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


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

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

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Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Korpi, John Interviewee.;Iiri, John Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Korpi, John and Iiri," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7653, (accessed August 17, 2017).