Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Anna

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Anna
  • Persson, Anna, Interviewee
  • Brayton, Linda, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview: Mrs. Stolpe, Democrat Wagon, Swedish Methodist, Swedish Lutheran, Mr. McInnis, Mrs. Florence Lilja, Mr. Paul F. Lundberg, Motion, Harold Clark, Sheep Pasture, Gunnar Beqvist, Nils Tobiason, Bishop Hill, Nils Holgerson, Barbara Erkkila, Dr. Baker, Eric Anderson, Axel Anderson, August Olson, Pastor Harold, Walter Johnson, Alfred Johnson, Vasa Order Scanning ock enighet, Truth and Unity, Var Glad, Midsommerfest, Smorgasbor, Pigeon Cove Circle, John Erickson, John Steen, Emil Steen, Benjamin Swanson, Hilmar Larson, Svenska Nyheter, Svea Nordstjemen, Orebro Sweden, Hakan Olssen, Mrs. Ellsworth Brown, Martha Saville, Dr. Rowley, Fred Robinson.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (7/17/1978).
  • TRACKS: Mrs. Persson's background, mid-wives in Rockport, Swedish Sunday School - Swedish churches, speaking Swedish -- Mrs. Persson's father (J. Leonard Johnson), begins quarry business -- Spiran Lodge - founded in 1906 by J. Leonard Johnson, Mrs. Persson's long association with Spiran Lodge, what makes Spiran Lodge work? -- Varglad dance group, celebrations and traditions, Mrs. Persson's work with Pigeon Cove Circle -- Swedish churches, Swedish visitors to Rockport -- Growing up in Rockport - the Swedish community, Swedish immigrants' adjustments to the U.S.A. -- Quarry workers, Mrs. Persson's work for J. Leonard Johnson quarry. J. Leonard Johnson builds up his business - years of paying employees -- Building up business (cont'd.) -- Swedish speaking children in school, learning English -- The History of the Blue Velvet Quilt of Spiran Lodge, crafts, celebrations and traditions (Christmas fair) Swedish Fourth of July floats -- Film on granite quarries by Dr. Baker -- Community leadership, Swedish publications, Martha Saville teaches Swedish, chartered tour to Sweden -- Quarries, (cont'd.).
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 07-17-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Persson, Anna, Interviewee and Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Persson, Anna,” Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass., accessed August 17, 2022,


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