Full audio file. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 1 - Introduction. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 2 - Fishing; hook-and-line for herring gill nets for perch, some herring,. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 3 - 1918 best year for fishing. Caught 250 lbs. herring in one day hook-and-line. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 4 - Describes use of gill nets. Left fish in nets one week before hauling in. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 5 - 17 or 18 years old when he began fishing; fished with his brother. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 6- Occupational history; farming, shipyards, carpentry work. Hired out to help out fishermen; the Peltiers and Robillards. Paid $ 1.50 per day in ca. 1918. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 7 - Owned 15-20 gill nets. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 8 - Didn't use pound nets because it's "a bigger job fishing pound nets." Tape 1, Side 1, Part 9 - His jobs on the ice; chopping holes in ice, pulling nets in, taking fish out when lifted. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 10 - Shipped fish to depot in Maplewood; tagged and put in boxes. No market in Green Bay, mainly in Chicago. In 1924-25 market opened up in Green Bay. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 11 - Fishing "interesting," "cold". Tape 1, Side 1, Part 12 - Running a farm and fishing. Did chores in morning; arrived home at 5:00 to do chores at night; milked and fed cows, fed horses. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 13 - Farming was more important economically than fishing. Fishing considered a sideline. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 14 - Depression years. No price on milk, cattle, pigs. Raised wheat, oats, rye, barley and hay at that time. Milked ca. 15 cows, hauled to cheese factor. Got 10 [cents] per lb. for fish (perch and herring). Fishing of same importance at other times. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 15 - Difficult times on ice-makeshift bridges to get across cracks in ice. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 16 - Did no summer fishing. Most in area fished gill nets, some had pound, too. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 17 - Robillards, Peltiers and LaViolettes main fishing families. Fishermen from Suamico, Oconto set nets on this side of the Bay.. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 18 - Smelts; dip nets used in Sugar Creek. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 19 - Felt there were few regulations; license required for net fishing only. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 20 - No fishing organizations; "everyone worked on his own." Tape 1, Side 1, Part 21 - Why quit fishing; getting older, found other jobs. Stopped in 1930. Her family's fishing experience is related. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 22 - Didn't sell many fish directly to local people. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 23 - Smoking fish. Smokehouse on property. Built of brick--old wooden one caught fire from grease and burned. Describes process; soak in brine overnight. Smoking itself takes 3 hrs. per 100 fish. Taste best when warm. In 1920-21 did most smoking; more fish. Smoked ca. once a week; everytime nets in. Used maple or apple wood. Fish then could keep for about 2 weeks. Pickled herring and smelt. Most people in area had smokehouses; also smoked pork and salted it; built fire every day for a week until it was smoked. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 24 - Ate one or two meals of fish per week. Her family ate it every day. Her mother smoked the fish in the family. Mrs. Macaux doesn't smoke fish herself; never learned from her mother. Tape 1, Side 1, Part 25. End.
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