CGP Community Stories

Lucy Page, December 7, 1972

Title

Lucy Page, December 7, 1972

Subject

Hop industry
Agriculture
Otsego County
Blue mold

Description

Excerpt from 1972 interview of Lucy Page by Gary Ernest. Clip created for Spring 2017 Cooperstown Graduate Program Exhibition "Hop City Pickers" at the Fenimore Art Museum Research Library.

Creator

Gary Ernest

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York-College at Oneonta

Date

December 7,1972

Rights

Cooperstown Graduate Association

Format

audio/mp3

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

73-0008

Coverage

Otsego County

Interviewer

Lucy Page

Interviewee

Gary Ernest

Location

Cherry Valley, NY

Transcription

GE: What did your father do as a farmer?
LP: What did he do?
GE: What did he raise, as crops?
LP: Oh, he raised oats. Potatoes, mostly. Nice potato farm.
GE: Behind the house? I know where the property is, I’ve seen it.
LP: He used to raise it down below, and that’s all grown up to trees down there [laughing]. Beautiful place, over in the back lot. Used to raise…
GE: You ever raise hops?
LP: Oh, mercy. I guess so, till the blue mold struck ‘em. That’s the reason why hops went out. The blue mold eat ‘em all up. Used to have beautiful hops.
GE: It didn’t wipe him out, though. I mean, he could raise other crops? It didn’t ruin him financially?
LP: Oh, no. It didn’t hurt. He [went?] in potatoes, raising potatoes. Got good money from raising potatoes, I remember, at that time. ‘Course, not what the price of them are now, but. Things was different, way back. Things have gone up out of sight, now.

Original Format

Cassette Tape

Duration

01:47

Files

Collection

Citation

Gary Ernest, “Lucy Page, December 7, 1972,” CGP Community Stories, accessed October 18, 2017, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/285.