Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 293


Catherine Frances (Kincaid) Rines was born November 17, 1915 on her mother’s family farm in Leeds, Maine. Her father was a Baptist minister, and she spent her younger years living in various locations in the United States and Canada. She attended Houlton College in New York, majoring in vocal music and performance. Her education was interrupted by her father’s illness, as well as meeting her husband, Fred Rines. They married in 1940, and settled in Gardiner and had two children, Brian and Kincaid Rines. Catherine was Jane Muskie’s social secretary during Ed Muskie’s governorship from 1955 to 1958.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; being social secretary to Jane Muskie; Augusta social scene during 1950s; legislative sessions; legislative respect for Muskie; Blaine House; demands on Jane Muskie; Ed Muskie’s personality; birth of Jane Muskie’s children; Brian Rines; and Muskie as a statesman.

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.