Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Jim Ross

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 003


Edmund S. Muskie’s sisters, Irene and Lucy were born in Rumford, Maine on January 26, 1912 and April 5, 1916 respectively. Their father, Stephen Muskie, was a tailor who emigrated from Poland. Their mother was a homemaker originally from Buffalo, New York. Both sisters went to St. Stephen’s High School and attended a Catholic church. Irene married a Chaisson at the age of twenty-three. She worked in a mill as a lab technician for eleven years. At the time of the interview, she resided in Rumford. Lucy married a Paradis at the age of twenty-eight. She went to hairdressing school and worked in a salon in Rumford. At the time of the interview, she lived in West Brewer, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: their life throughout high school; family recollections and traditions; social relations in Maine; Rumford; and the Great Depression.

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.