Mariah Pfeiffer

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Oral History

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Wendell Easter was born in Dixfield, Maine in 1926 and has spent his whole life in the Rumford area except for a short time in the service. Easter’s father worked various jobs, from running a ferry to working on a potato farm. Easter was one of six children in the family; he and his brothers helped their father with the ferry. After returning from the service, Easter bought a saw mill with his brother. They soon sold the mill, and Easter took a job at Rumford’s paper mill for thirty years. Easter is now retired, and he works for Rumford’s historical society.

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This interview covers Easter and family’s biographical information; the family’s experience river ferrying; Easter’s experience in Rumford’s paper mill: various jobs he held, applying for work, injuries, changes in technology, work ethic, changing ownership, and pension; Easter’s experience at school; Rumford’s Historical Society; and changes in downtown Rumford.

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