Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 294


Jacqueline (Boucher) Letendre was born October 21, 1923 in Lewiston, Maine. Her father, Jean Charles Boucher, was originally from Quebec Province, Canada and immigrated at age 5 in April 1900. He was a general contractor, and mayor of Lewiston from 1943 to 1944, and a contemporary of Ed Muskie. He also served in the Maine house and senate. Her mother was a homemaker and also involved in social and political functions. Letendre had 10 siblings and was the second eldest. She attended Lewiston High School and graduated from Bates College in 1956 after working for 11 years. She attended Bryn Mawr graduate school and then transferred to Simmons. After her father died, she moved back to Maine. She worked for both St. Mary’s Hospital and the State of Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Richelieu Club; Jean Charles Boucher and his career; Lewiston City Charter in 1939; Lewiston mayoral election between Pa Gould and Jean Charles Boucher; WAFU French radio station; Franco-American influence in Lewiston in 1920s, 1930s and 1940s; Great Depression in Lewiston; and Bates College 1952 to 1956.

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.