Alice Bisson-Barnes Interview
Alice Bisson was born in Lewiston in 1945 to Joseph Felix Theodore "Ted" Bisson and Gertrude Thiel Bisson, the last of sixteen children. She recorded two interviews with the Franco-American Collection.
In the first interview, Alice talks about her father, Ted Bisson (b.1900), who immigrated to the United States from Chartierville, QC in 1918, with his family, after the death of his father. While the rest of his family were employed in Lewiston's textile industry, Ted worked as a pastry chef at the Court Square Restaurant, in Auburn. He catered the opening of St Mary's Church in 1928.
In 1933, he operated a boarding house which had initially been purchased by his brother Louis, on Middle Street, in Lewiston. In 1938 he opened the Middle Street Diner next door, and operated that until 1946, when he sold the diner and opened the Maple Inn on Main Street, Lewiston.
Also included: transcript and photograph.
In the photograph: Ted Bisson, Court Square Restaurant, Auburn, 1919.
Bisson, Barnes, Religion, family life, food, immigration, race, historiography, Oral History, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine
Interviews and Lectures Collection, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries.
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