Bill West's Blog – November 2010 Archive (6)

GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE CONCLUSION

In the final installment of excerpts from a 1975 interview,

GrandUncle Clarence recalls more about his life as a

logger in Oxford County, Maine.



Thanks once again to Alan Johnson for sharing the

interview with me. Alan is working on a book about the

region in Maine my West…

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GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE3

In this excerpt from the 1975 interview, GrandUncle Clarence

talks about water power and some of the aspects of logging

and lumber drives. I've seen some of those rafts of logs on

the rivers and lakes up in Maine and New Hampshire but

never knew just how much wood they could contain!…



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GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE5

GrandUncle Clarence led an interesting life. Here he talks

about blowing up a mountaintop and handling a team of

skittish horses.



And he was still a teenager at the time! :







“I was born March 17, 1895 in Cambridge, NH. I’m 80, and mister,…

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GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE4

In this installment, My granduncle Clarence P. West talks

about driving logs over the Azicohos Dam, and describes

how a wad of chewing tobacco saved his life:



“We used to sluice here, and when I started they had to

have 25 men on the sluice boom or they wouldn’t open it…

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GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE2

Here's more from the 1975 interview in Maine Profiles of my

Granduncle Clarence West by Lynne Franklin. In this excerpt

he talks about memories of P.C. Ripley's encounters with

game wardens and a school principal (the "school pa").

Clarence also recalls how he got his job at the Aziscohos

Dam with the…

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GRANDUNCLE CLARENCE REMEMBERS MORE1

Back in 2008 I did a series of posts in which I shared a

published interview with my granduncle Clarence P. West

as he looked back on his life. Recently Alan Johnson,

the area in Maine where my West ancestors lived, sent

me a copy of another interview with Clarence. This one…
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