Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Trefry, Irving

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Trefry, Irving
  • Trefry, Irving, Interviewee
  • Masters, David, Interviewer
  • 3 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:Smith Point, Yarmouth Nova Scotia, Colby's Yacht Yard, Brown's Yacht Yard, Breckenridge, General John Pershing, Livingstone medal, Hawthorne Inn, Hall Brothers, City og Gloucester, Verdun, Charlie Fred Wonson, Colonial Arms, The Cape Ann, Walter Dean,Archie Fenton,Niobe, Ames and Stacey
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):David Masters (6/19/1978).
  • TRACKS: CD 108: Born in 1891 on 15 Wiley Street in Rocky Neck -- Remembering the old engine house on Mt. Pleasant Ave, in Gloucester, the use of horses for the old fire engines is described -- Sailing parties from the Hawthorne Inn, Mr. Trefry used to help his father on these excursions -- Mr. Trefry talks about the livery and fishing businesses -- The boats from Gloucester to Boston in the old days - the City of Gloucester was a freight boat and the Cape Ann was a passenger boat -- The Colonial Arms fire of 1908 -- Mr. Trefry used to work at Archie Fenton's boatyard where the Great Republic was build -- Experience working with Austin Perry in 1916 -- The rest of this section is Mr. Trefry's description of his experiences in World War I, he describes the horrifying experience of being gassed during this struggle, I got away with it -- Discharged in the spring of 1919, he returns home to Rocky Neck for his old boss, Mr. Perry, house in which interview took place built 1924 -- Changes on the Neck, went four grades to school that is now the home and gallery of Emile Gruppe, Walter Buhler's old studio -- His view of the artists' contribution to Rocky Neck and to Gloucester in general -- He has lived on Rocky Neck virtually all of his life and now describes visual changes that have occurred on the Neck -- The causeway used to be stepping stones, electric cars used to run by the house -- More detailed descriptions of Rocky Neck in earlier days -- An awful lot of changes on the Neck -- CD109: Salt steamers from Sicily - changes in the building over the years -- Christian Science Center on Rocky Neck. (Disk 2 largely a description of all the changes that have taken place on rocky Neck over the years -- Used to cost 10 cents to take the ferry -- Comparisons made to other towns in the country.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 06-19-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Trefry, Irving, Interviewee and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Trefry, Irving,” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed December 5, 2020,


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