Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Carlson, Betty

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Carlson, Betty
  • Carlson, Betty, Interviewee
  • Brayton, Linda, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview: Mutala Sweden, Hull England, Liverpool England, The Baltic, Fall River, Person, Leonard Johnson's Quarry, Swedish Mission Church, Anna Swanson, Dr. Baker, Net and Twine, Fitzgibbons, Polyphemus, Milbrook Park, Redmen, Foresters of America, Ohrvel Carlson.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (7/20/1978).
  • TRACKS: Mrs. Carlson's background - growing up in Sweden, coming to U.S.A. at age of 18 - first impressions -- First employment - housework, coming to Rockport and making a home -- Sweden then and now, raising food, Swedish neighbors -- Employment found by Swedes - Mr. Carlson's work in quarries, becoming settlers - buying homes etc. -- When the quarries closed -- Rockport as it was during the peak of the granite industry -- During the peak of the granite industry (cont'd.) -- Strike - the beginning of the end -- Swedish people's contributions to Rockport, value systems, employment in tourism -- Tourism and summer people -- Spiran Lodge, Foresters of America (Redmen), sense of community amongst Swedish people, preserving the language, Sweden today -- Raising a family in U.S.A. -- Health care in Swedish community -- Swedish exhibition in Bicentennial celebration, need for preserving history of quarrying.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 07-20-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Carlson, Betty, Interviewee and Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Carlson, Betty,” Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass., accessed December 3, 2021,


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