Vermont Folklife Center - Digital Archive

Browse Items for 'O’Donnell, Helen (Interviewee) ' (19 total)


Sound Recording Content Interview: Side A: Aging. The need to stay busy when retired. His pension. His reasons for still keeping livestock. 'It's something to do.' Shares opinions of local shop keepers. Side B: Kenneth and Helen discuss maple…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Discusses marriage, age. Prices and increasing costs. Taxes and schooling. Class issues in Vermont--divide between farmers and white collar workers. Describes how he paid off farm in 1940s and vowed never to…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Government regulation. Maple sugaring. Changes in the timing of the maple sugaring season--it ends earlier than it used to. Used to run until May, now it runs until April. Describes carrying full sap buckets and…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Kenneth and Helen O'Donnell. Discuss deer hunting, tells several good deer hunting stories. Household water supply from wells and springs. Logging firewood and pulp. Wool industry in Vermont. Labor unions. Cotton…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Kenneth dicusses hard times, state jobs and economic problems. Discusses the impact of the Great Depression on his generation. Frugality. Describes how he helped people during the Great Depression and how his farm…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Kenneth discusses livestock and challenges of raisng livestock. Discusses problems with animals after birth, differences between individual animals. Dog attacks on livestock and deer. Gardens. Flowers. Presence of…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Helen discusses the division of labor on the farm. Talks about her feelings about animal slaughter, taxes and land and hers and Kenneth's different degrees of attachment to the farm. Kenneth discribes his…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Helen discusses a late night telephone call they recieved and her suspicions as to who made it--a local man who is in the hospital in Boston. Richard explains his fear of late night phone calls. Kenneth discusses…


Sound Recording Content Interview: Kenneth discusses cars he's owned, neighbors who trapped a large mud turtle, turtle fishing in Italy, and the South Family and North Family Shaker communtites. His father worked for the the North Family Shakers as…


Sound Recording ContentInterview: Kenneth describes relationships between neighbors regarding right of way, property, water and electricity. Maple syrup, sugar on snow. Tapping beech and birch trees as a source of utility water. Discusses tapping…


Sound Recording ContentInterview: Discusses pickup trucks, cars, automotive repairs, number of gasoline stations in Chelsea in the past. Taxes. Houses and the condition of houses and barns. Chimney fires. Reusing old bricks to build chimmeys. Family…


Sound Recording Content Interview: land use and ownership, right of way, placing electric and telephone lines across property, taxes, farm loans


Sound Recording ContentAmbient: Kenneth in barn showing calf. Interview: Sightings of panthers (aka cougar or catamount), lynx, coydogs, weasles, shotguns, deer hunting, posting, weather, Thanksgiving, game consumption--racoon, skunk.


Sound Recording ContentInterview: Kenneth and Helen discuss cooking, his health, mechanical problems with tractors, automobiles, winter weather, death, Christmas, Vermont ski industry, traverse sleds, skiing, snow plowing. Proverb: 'Green Christmas,…


Sound Recording ContentAmbient: automobile (Jeep), car door opening/closing, footsteps, loading vegetables (squash) into jeep. Interview: Brick asks questions about the car. Kenneth O'Donell discusses the economics of vegetable farming.


Sound Recording Content Ambient: Helen and Kenneth O'Donnell picking beans from their garden. Near the end of the recording, Richard Brick asks some questions about crops.


Sound Recording ContentAmbient: Helen and Kenneth O'Donnell picking squash from their garden and placing them into metal pails.


Sound Recording ContentAmbient: Farm sounds. Livestock bell, automobile, hinges, footsteps. Helen and Kenneth O'Donnell calling livestock. Pigs.