Alice (Bowen) Crooks

29/08/2011

Alice Bowen Crooks was an avid horsewoman

ALICE NANCY (BOWEN) CROOKS

b. 1901- d. 1976 

Tape Nos.  2, 3, 4, 5, 6   Tracks 1 & 2 (no tape 1)

CDS: 095-2 to 095-6

Interviewed by:  W. J. Langlois and R.H. McGowan            August 24, 1970 

Topic:  Life in Skerry, NY and The Bowen Mill in the early 20th Century and Malone Lumber Company, 1920-1968  Malone, NY

TAPE 2

Track 1         FCRTR-095-2-A                                                                                                           7

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Alice Bowen Crooks and her husband Barry Crooks - 1952

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 Growing up in Skerry in the 1900’s/1910’s; family life; clothing; transportation; The Bowen Mill; L. Cass Bowen; winter logging; camp life.

Track 2          FCRTR-095-2-B                                                                                                          28

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 Description of the
Bowen Mill, Skerry, NY; River pollution; kiln drying lumber; description of mill buildings; steam power; milling machinery; attitudes towards logging.

TAPE 3

Track 1                 FCRTR-095-3-A                                                                                                 49

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The Bowen Mill & Bowen store Skerry NY; store wares and food; clothing; prices of goods and thegiving of store credit.

 Track 2                FCRTR-095-3-B                                                                                          71

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 Life in Skerry early20th Century;  Skerry butter factory; cheese production; arrival of electricity to Skerry in 1918; family farm and livestock; school life.

TAPE 4

Track 1            FCRTR-095-4-A                                                                                                       93

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Reynolds Bros buy Bowen Mill;  Malone Lumber Company  building construction; railroad transportation; effects of the Great Depression and Second World War on business; minimum wage.

Track 2            FCRTR-095-4-B                                                                                                      113

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 Malone Lumber Company, Milling accidents;upgrades to the mill in the 1950’s and 1960’s; building of a new planing mill; office work; wages; advertisements.

TAPE 5

Track 1                FCRTR-095-5-A                                                                                                132

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 Malone Lumber Company Purchasing raw lumber from farmers; milling machinery; implementation of protective tariffs on raw timber out of Canada in the 1930’s.

Track 2               FCRTR-095-5-B                                                                                                    150

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 Malone Lumber Company, Making flooring; different types of wood used in building construction; paint; milladvertisement and business slogans.

TAPE 6                                                                                                              166

Track 1                FCRTR-095-6-A                                                                                                                                                                     

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Malone Lumber Company, Mill prosperity; contract work; employee discounts; mahogany paneling; log imports from Canada.

Track 2                  FCRTR-095-6-B                                                                                                 188

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Malone Lumber Company, Reduction of land value; milling competition; description of Mrs.Crooks’ father L. Cass Bowen; closing of the lumber company in 1968.

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