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Helen Beal

Galen Koch interviews Helen Beal, a retiree, at her Jonesport home. The interview touches on aspects of Beal’s life growing up and working in Milo, as well as her current home in Jonesport which she moved to with her husband Buzz in the 1980s. Beal’s jobs—including working at a shirt factory, at a shoe factory, as a blueberry harvester, and a wreath-maker—are discussed, as well as her and her late husband’s hobby of making an impressive model railroad, which has gained media attention as a unique local attraction.






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Suggested citation: Beal, Helen, The First Coast 2018 Oral History Interview, (October 2018), by Galen Koch, 20 pages, Maine Sound and Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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