Life and work of AIlce Nancy (Bowen) Crooks

Description of Life in Skerry and of The Bowen Mill in the early 20th Century, NY and the ownership and operation of the Malone Lumber Company, 1920-1968 Malone, NY

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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