Title

Interview with Carl Van Husen

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Date of Interview

6-22-2006

Duration of Audio File

0:42:24

Age

Born April 25, 1933; aged 76 at time of interview; died aged 81 on August 21, 2014

Gender

Male

Occupation/ Work History

Forestry manager. Bachelors in Forestry from Syracuse University. Worked for Scott Paper 1959 - 1992, worked then for several years for Sewall Company in Old Town, Maine.

Role

Management

Mill or Principal Employer

Scott Paper Company

Mill Location

Managed Southern Bingham Logging District for Scott Paper.

Keywords

Woodcutters Strike, Maine Labor History, Maine Paper Industry

Abstract

Van Husen describes Scott's logging operations in the Bingham area. Was responsible for company-hired loggers known as "company crews" of loggers, as opposed to independent contractors. Scott owned about 500,000 acres of woodlands in central Maine. Two key themes - the use of Canadian guest workers, some of whom had an informal wildcat strike in 1966, and, secondly, the early experiment of Scott's to use 4 Beloit mechanized harvester machines.

Comments

Very detailed on the problems with using the mechanized equipment, but also the ability to cut up to 25 percent of the company's Maine cuts of wood pulp. Scott pulp wood initially went to mills in Westbrook and Winslow, but later to the new Scott "S.D. Warren Division" mill in nearby Skowhegan/Hinckley, Maine, first opened in 1976.

Document Type

Interview

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