Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 229


Josephine Gaccetta was born in Rumford, Maine on August 26, 1931 to Dominic F. and Clorinda Gaccetta, both Italian immigrants. She worked as an assistant or as part of a campaign team in the offices of many Maine Democrats including Jim Oliver, Ken Curtis, and Edmund Muskie. She has an intimate knowledge of Rumford, both as the town she grew up in and how it has changed over the decades. She worked closely with many federal programs as they applied to Maine, such as HUD and other federal economic planning.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Rumford, Maine community; family background; Lucia Cormier; Gabriel Heatter; Muskie Memorial; Jim Oliver; pictures; Main Stein Song; Ken Curtis; politics today; Jim Longley; Wal-Mart; Clean Air Act; Democrats in Rumford; Harold McQuade; George Mitchell; and the vacuum cleaner story.

Use Restrictions

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.