Interview with Bill Butler
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William "Bill" Butler
Born July 31, 1920; aged 83 at time of interview, and died February 18, 2008.
Terra Haute, Indiana
Occupation/ Work History
He was trained as a metallurgical engineer (B.S. in Metallurgy from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, NY) and worked for the Curtis-Wright Corporation and as a technical writer for the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee during the 1940s. He moved to Maine and became a woodcutter in the 1950s. Was a leader of the Maine Woodsman’s Association and forestry conservation activist.
Mill or Principal Employer
Self-employed logging contractor
State of Maine
Woodcutters Strike, Maine Labor History, Maine Paper Industry
Butler was a key leader and founder of the Maine Woodmen's Association (MWA). The interview includes a description of working conditions for small logging contractors from the 1950s through the time of the 1975 strike. Butler also provides a detailed account of the 1975 strike itself.
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Interview with Bill Butler by Michael Hillard, July 27, 2004, Stories of Maine's Paper Plantation, Digital Maine, Maine's Economic Improvement Fund, Digital Commons, University of Southern Maine.