Manuscripts/Mixed Material [James Dowling--Pittsfield]
NAME OF WORKER EDWARD WELCH
ADDRESS PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
SUBJECT LIVING LORE
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT JAMES DOWLING, PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
James Dowling is fifty-three years old, short, stocky and gray haired. His nose - bulbous and slightly red - is his outstanding feature. Due to an attack of typhoid when he was young, Mr. Dowling had to prop his right leg on a chair seat or rest it on the floor with his left leg dangling over the arm of a chair.
Mr. Dowling's father and mothere were of Irish descent, hard working and ambitious for their children. James was expected to “make good” and he was given as good an education as the family could afford. For years, he worked in the Crane Mill, but a hair trigger temper which he made little effort to control cost him his job.
Mr. Dowling tries to talk carefully and choses his words with deliberation. Occasionally he lapses and then tries hard to make amends, with bigger and better words.