Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Karl


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Karl


Persson, Karl Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 57 Part 1
OH 57 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (5/16/1978).

TRACKS:Mr. Persson's background, his island home in Sweden, his trip to the 1923, immigration laws differed with different classes of travel, overcoming language difficulties -- Reasons for coming to Cape Ann, quarrying and stone work and other employment on Cape Ann,in Maine, New Yor, etc. -- Settling down on Cape Ann, owning and managing the Leonard Johnson Quarry, reasons this was the last quarry to operate in the area -- The Lane's Cove Breakwater, problem of rebuilding after the Blizzard of '78 -- Reasons for Swedish emigration, conditions in Sweden, the granite industry in Sweden -- Rockport Granite Compan's closing in 1929, controlling interests changed in 1926 -- Sweden's current financial problems lead to lack of immigrants to Sweden, Sweden as trend setter, visits to Sweden including trip by Rockport grooup -- Big strike , company store, Erickson' store -- Steerage section, hardships immigrants faced when crossing the Atlantic, Swedish communities in U.S.A. -- Financing homes, life styles, working conditions in Sweden and Rockport -- Hard times in Sweden during World War I, reasons for emigration from Sweden -- Social activity in Swedish community, lodges and churches, Rockport Swedish Glee Club, Swedish publications -- Outstanding community members, The Swedish king, Finnish quarry workers were excellent workers.

The following names and terms were used in this interview:Woodbury Hill Quarry, Anna Johnson, Zorn, Carl Swan, Spiran Lodge, Nordstjernan, Rockport Swedish Glee Club, Mr.s Johnson, Leonard Johnson Quarry, Harry and Louie Rogers, Ericson's Store, Wainola Band, Vinal Haven, Mayor MacInnis, Bill Taylor, Sheep pasture, Svea, John Maki.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Swedish Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.;Quarries and quarrying -- Massachusetts -- Rockport.

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

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Persson, Karl Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Karl," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7662, (accessed August 24, 2017).