Interview with Mrs. Cora Leach Mason, April 27, 1976.
J - When and where were you born?
C - I was born in Hancock County, Penobscot Maine, February 11, 1906.
J - Who was your father and when was he born?
C - My father was Buford Leach...he was born in Penobscot, Maine...August 2, 1880.
J - Ok, who was your mother and when was she born?
C - My mother was born in 1881, in Bucksport Maine, and her name was Charlotte Gray.
J - Do you know who your grandparents were?
C - I know who they were...I never, I never knew my grandparents on my father's side.
J - Ok, who were they?
J - Who were your brothers and sisters?
C - My brother, the first of the family, was named Shirley ... he was six years older than I and ... I have a sister three years older than I, Edith and a sister nine and one-half years younger, Ruby.
J - What was your family structure, I mean, who was living with whom?C - I didn't have any grandparents living grandparents, only a grandfather and he had his own home. But a lot of the families had
J - You once said you had a grandfather who spent time in Libby Prison during the Civil War.
C - My ah... on my father's side, yes, he enlisted in the Civil War at the very beginning and he served four years ... at the end he was in Libby Prison.
J - What was his name again?
C - Uriah Leach. We lived in the house he built after the civil war.
J - Do you know what rank he obtained or his unit?
C - No, I don't know too much about it.
J - What was the approximate population of Penobscot then?
C - About 200. It was just a very small town with one main road ... and a post office and a store.
J - What was the biggest business in Penobscot? What were most of the people employed doing?
C - Well, either in the brickyard or in the saw mill.
J - Were there any other important businesses.
C - No ... No
J - What was the main religion?
C - Ah ... Protestant. We just had two churches.
J - What were the churches?
C - One was a baptist and one was a methodist.
J - Which one did you go to?
C - I went to the methodist, everyone went, all the children went to Sunda School ... There was nothing to do ... you always went to church.
J - When did you start school?
C - ... five or six ... I went to a one room school, had one teacher, about 20 pupils ... had all grades.
J - What would that be, one through eight?
C - One through nine then. That was before they dropped the ninth grade.
J - What would students do after they finished the ninth grade?
C - Well, we had a high school.
J - Did you go there?
C - I didn't go to it, because we moved to the island.
J - When did you move to the island?
C - I moved to the island when I was 13 and went to high school there, ... my father had a gardner's job
J - What was the high school like in things like pupils, teachers, size?
C - The high school was small. It only had two teachers, two rooms. We did have a small lab for chemistry class. There wouldn't have been more than 20 students I guess.
J - And you went there for four years, and graduated, right?
C - Yes, I graduated.