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In Memoriam -
Maggie Bensen
What We Did
What We Did: Part 1
What We Did: Part 2
What We Did: Part 3
What We Did: Part 4
What We learned
Moving People
Moving Freight
Moving the River
Oral History
Barre Historical
Barre Elementary
and Middle School

Barre Community History Project -

What We Did: Part 3: Oral History

After receiving lessons on video production, the class took an oral history from the grandfather of one of the class members. He had worked on the different railways that ran through Depot Square.

He did many different jobs: including laying track, switchman, engineer, and conductor.
oral history photo

Video Clip: Introducing Bob (MPEG 1.5MB)

Working on the railway in Barre City in 1982.
conductor photo train photo switch photo
He told the students about his first day at work at age 17 and about some of his earliest recollections of riding on a hand car.