Mariah Pfeiffer

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Oral History

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Robert Treamer grew up on Carroll Street in Berlin, New Hampshire. Treamer’s father worked as a mason in Berlin and Treamer’s brothers worked in the Brown Company Mill. Treamer grew up fishing and playing around the Androscoggin north of Berlin. He worked on the river as a young man and then worked as a mason in Berlin for the Brown Company Mill for sixty years. Treamer continues odd masonry jobs in retirement. His two children are both in college.

Scope and Content Note

This interview covers Treamer’s childhood activities: hide and seek, fishing on log jams, and neighborhood games; process and practices of river work; Treamer’s experience in various jobs: mason, log drive hand, and woodcutter; ice harvesting; fishing: fish stocking and family fishing trips upriver; travel; change and loss in Berlin; the clean water act; the impact of the mill’s closing; mill work: working conditions, the role of the union, and pranks; community in Berlin; local bridges; the act of remembering river work; and Treamer’s children: their occupations and their relationship to Treamer.

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