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Denis Blais Interview   

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Denis Blais was a long-time leader of the Textile Workers of America in Lewiston. He began as manager of the local area office and ended up as regional vice-president. Denis' father moved from Armargh, QC to Rhode Island, since the Quebec winters were too demanding on his health. When his father died in 1937, Denis went to work in a textile mill, where he was exposed to the conditions of workers, and convinced to join the local union. He went on to be a union recruiter and organizer in Rhode Island. Employed by the Union (TWUA-CIO), he was sent to Lewiston, Maine because of his bilingualism. In total, he spent 34 years working for the union.


          

Patricia Paré Camire Interview   

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Patricia Paré Camire was born in Lewiston in 1921. In this interview, she talks to her sister, Collection Coordinator Madeleine Roy about their family and Patricia's time as a boarder at the Ave Maria Convent in Sabattus while their father was 'out west' in Canada. Camire continues with life during the Great Depression, her service in the Army during the 1940s and her later careers.


          

Marcel Cloutier Interview   

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Marcel Cloutier was born (1939) and raised in Brunswick, Maine. Three generations of his family occupied the same house and his parents and grandparents all worked in the Cabot Mill in Brunswick. When that closed in 1954, the family relocated to Thomaston, Mass. Despite his father's wishes, Marcel left school at fifteen and went to work in a textile mill there. After numerous positions in Massacusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Marcel returned to Maine. At the time of the interview, in 1994, he was employed as a supervisor at the Bates Mill, in Lewiston, during the last decade of the Bates Manufacturing Company's operations in Lewiston. This intervew, recorded by Rosa Hamilton and Julie Hardacker, April 8, 1994, described Cloutier's work history, his reflections on the changing nature of the textile industry, and his attitude towards labor unions.


          

PHOTO: Waiting to shop   

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Lewiston Sun Journal Lewiston - Hodan Hade waits in front of Wards Neighborhood Market as the snow begins to fall in Lewiston on Thursday. Hade had to wait in line because only five customers are allowed in the store at one time because of the coronavirus pandemic. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal Comments are not available on this story. Send questions/comments to the editors. filed under: coronavirus, lewiston maine Related Stories Latest Articles National Sports Woods ready to play Masters and realizes it has to wait Sports Night lights at school fields across nation a 'sign of hope' Lewiston-Auburn Coronavirus may force Androscoggin County to hold off issuing bond Lewiston-Auburn PHOTO: Waiting to shop News Livermore Falls, Jay town officials meeting by teleconference
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