Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Johnson, Oscar and Greta.

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Johnson, Oscar and Greta.
  • Johnson, Oscar, Interviewee
  • Johnson, Greta Interviewee
  • Brayton, Linda, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview: Ysted , Hollan, Connelly Bros., Massachusetts Knitting Mills, Gov. Herter, Fisher's Island, Mrs. Aster (widow of Jacob Aster), Whitney, Ivar Iovkvist, Karl Persson, Holgerson, Lundberg, Karlson, August Olson, Persson, Swanson, Ericson, Vasa order, Leonard Johnson's quarry, Polka, Hambo, Providence Granite Co., Schottische, Svea, Nordstjernan, Lumping, Edwin Land.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer: Brayton, Linda(5/2/1978).
  • TRACKS: 1. Mrs. Johnson's background and reasons for coming to U.S.A., Mr. Johnson's background, financing the trip, immigration laws, the trip over - Mrs. Johnson -- 2. Return to Sweden and subsequent decision to make U.S.A. home, establishing a home on Pigeon Hill3 - Immigrants' expectations of U.S.A., employment - Mrs. Johnson's jobs with wealthy families, learning English -- 4. Coming to Cape Ann, Mr. Johnson's employment, the trip over Mr. Johnson -- 5. Swedish people on Cape Ann, churches, cooperation, gardening and animal husbandry, etc., holidays Christmas Eve, traditional foods6 - Raising a family, children learned to earn extra money, schools7 - The Johnsons' neighborhood, Pigeon Hill St., Ericson's store, the Company store, credit, Leonard Johnson's quarry -- 8. Adjustments to U.S.A., Sweden today - progress -- 9. Sweden today (cont'd.), new ideas for rubbish disposal, Disneyland10 - Reasons for Swedish immigration and reasons it essentially stopped, Sweden compared to Cape Ann11 - Social activity, music and dancing, crafts, Swedish publications, visits to Sweden -- 12. Mr. Johnson's work at Gorton's -- 13. Relations between various ethnic groups, etc. Mr. Johnson's experiences in Boston boarding house -- 14. many immigrants were employed in wealthy homes, Mrs. Johnson's experiences, a chauffeur driven 16 cylinder Cadillac, the summer home and the winter home, changing attitudes, etc.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 05-02-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Johnson, Oscar, Interviewee, Johnson, Greta Interviewee, and Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Johnson, Oscar and Greta.,” Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass., accessed May 16, 2022,


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