Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 221


Clarence “Chubb” Clark was born in Millinocket, Maine in 1922. His parents were Canadian and they moved to Maine so that his father could work in the Great Northern Mill. After a few years, they moved to Aroostook County where they were able to survive the Depression through his father’s skills as a carpenter and a steady supply of potatoes. He graduated from Tufts University as a history major and taught history at Fort Fairfield High School for over twenty years. While teaching, he was an active member of the Democratic Party in Maine. He was Bill Hathaway’s campaign chairman in 1962 and 1964.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: first impressions of Muskie in 1954 and early indications of his interest in the environment; the Great Depression and its effects on Maine; the New Deal; men of that era and their service in World War II; Bill Hathaway; Mabel Desmond, state legislator; Hathaway's election in 1962; John Kennedy; Humphrey and Muskie in the 1968 presidential race: Chicago and campaigning; Ken Curtis; King Harvey, newspaper owner in Fort Fairfield; sugar beet industry and Fred Vahlsing; Elmer Violette; Marcella Violette; Dana Childs; Joe Freeman; Fort Fairfield vs. Presque Isle politics; Aroostook County politics; Floyd Harding; St. John Valley; Glen Manuel; John Baldacci; Angus King; Peter Kyros, Sr.; Stan Tupper; President Johnson's visit to Portland, Maine; Don Nicoll; and Chubb Clark's friendship with 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.