Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 134


Anna O. (Blodgett) McPherson was born May 5, 1915 in Brandon, Vermont where she grew up. Her father was a machine designer. Her parents were not politically active. She went to Boston to attend Forsythe Dental School to be a dental technician. During WWII, she worked in W.H. Nichols defense plant and tested supercharger pumps for airplanes. When the war was over, she attended classes at American University in Washington, DC. She and her husband moved to Augusta, Maine in 1946. In 1980 she went to San Miguel in Mexico to attend art school. She worked for the IRS part time, and for the legislative offices at the State House, as a secretary for Dana Childs, and later as an executive secretary for Ed Schlick.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Brandon, Vermont; Ed Schlick; working in Dana Child’s office; working in Emilien Levesque’s office; Louis Jalbert; Peter Kyros, Sr.; Tom Delahanty; Dick McMahon; Marjorie Hutchinson; Muskie’s temper; Jefferson-Jackson Dinner; Ken Curtis; and perceptions of Ed Muskie.

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.