Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 379


Bertha Yvonne (LeClair) Libby was born March 3, 1922 to Joseph and Florida LeClair, the seventh of twelve children. She attended St. Peter's Catholic School in Lewiston until the seventh grade. She was a waitress for many years at Steckino's Restaurant in downtown Lewiston and has vivid memories of serving Democratic politicians.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston, Maine in the 1920s and 1930s; Catholic organizations; the Great Depression in Lewiston; Lewiston Catholic schools; political change in Lewiston; Louis Jalbert; Little Canada in the 1940s; Lewiston's downtown; Steckino's restaurant; Ed Muskie's influence on the Lewiston area; childhood skating in Lewiston and Auburn; and the Nichols Tea Room.

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.