Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Swan, Carl

Title:

Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Swan, Carl

Creator:

Swan, Carl Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.

Publisher:

[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library

Date:

1978

Description:

2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

Listen now:
OH 65 Part 1
OH 65 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (5/30/1978).

TRACKS:Mr. Swan's background -- Reasons that many people immigrated to Rockport, beginnings of granite industry on Cape Ann -- Different ethnic groups settled in different sections of town, churches -- Adjustments made by Swedish immigrants - language, etc. -- Swedish immigrants became quickly established and improved their situations, description of difficult work conditions in granite industry -- Frugality - living off the land, responsibilities held by the children - chores, making paving blocks to supplement income -- Strikes in the granite industry, closing down of quarries - possible reasons, the breakwater in Sandy Bay -- Offspring of Swedish immigrants - a great many made good -- Offspring of immigrants (cont'd.) - apparent ambition plus natural ability, Mr. Swan's experience working to gain an education, working in the land of opportunity -- Mr. Swan lectures on Cape Ann history, etc., the entire U.S. Navy in Rockport - the white fleet -- The May Walk of the Village Improvement Society.

The following names and terms were used in this interview:John Swan, Drumlin, P-Grow, Steens, Alfred Johnson, Charles Johnson, George A. Tarr School,Herman Lawson, motions, Breakwater Construction Co.,Nehimiah Knowlton, Paddy Hill, Norsrands, Halvins, Walter Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Peter Lilja, Lilja's Pit, Rogers Pros., Grammy Rowe, Major John Rowe, Gustafsons, Johnson, Edith Dean Johnson, Charles Carlberg, John Ericson, Johnson's Pit,Rockport Granite Company.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.

Subject:

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

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

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Swan, Carl Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Swan, Carl," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7668, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/7668 (accessed July 28, 2014).