Mariah Pfeiffer

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Oral History

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The Additon family moved to Leeds, Maine in 1790 and established a farm. Errol Additon did not grow up on the farm, but he and his family have owned land on it for the last 40 years. Additon is one of three Town Selectmen for Leeds.

Scope and Content Note

This interview covers dam politics and policy: raising and lowering water levels, flowage rights, flooding, and dam control of the Androscoggin Lake; recreating on the River: the obstacle of pollution and initiatives to promote river recreation; sources of pollution; environmental interventions: oxygen pumping and ATV clubs; potential oral history contacts; the use of the river for transportation; Additon family farming; bridge planning in Turner and Leeds; Additon’s work as a selectman; the region’s economic prospects; electrification of the region; Additon family history; the state’s impact on river issues; and Senator John Nutting’s political career.

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Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.