Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 046


Frances McKnight was born on July 18 1921 in Rumford, Maine to Grace and Harry “Cliff” Rolfe. Her father was a supervisor at the Oxford Paper Company, and had a secure job during the Depression. Frances attended Bates College, graduating in the Class of 1943. She went back to Rumford to teach. After retirement she moved to Auburn, closer to her daughter and son-in- law, Barbara and Dick Trafton.

Scope and Content Note

The interview includes discussions of Oxford Paper Company; Rumford and the Depression; the Muskies of Rumford; Bates in the 1940s; Professor Zerby; religion in Rumford; the Trafton family; and Muskie’s contribution as an environmentalist.

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.