Milford Lab Oral Histories

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    Principal Investigator:
    Walter Blogoslawski
  • Collection of oral histories about the history and mission of the NEFSC Milford Lab in Milford, Connecticut.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
James Salce and John Sherwin Milford Lab Oral Histories

"That was all back-breaking hard labor ... every time you’d squeeze that line – I had forearms that looked like Popeye, for God's sake." -- John F. Sherwin

Walter Blogoslawski Milford, CT NEFSC Milford Lab
Walter Blogoslawski Milford Lab Oral Histories

Interview with scientist Walter Blogoslawski, born February 8, 1943, of the NEFSC's Milford Lab in Milford, CT.  Blogoslawski describes his education and entry into science as well as his research focus on bacterial pathogens in shellfish.

Maribeth Stewart Milford, CT NEFSC Milford Lab
Michael Broadway Milford Lab Oral Histories

Interview with Michael "Hollywood" Broadway of New Orleans. A professional oyster shucker by trade, Broadway speaks about his experiences in the industry.

Walter Blogoslawski New Orleans, LA NEFSC Milford Lab
Anton Christen Milford Lab Oral Histories

Interview with Anton Christen of the Union Oyster House in Boston.

 

Walter Blogoslawski Boston, MA NEFSC Milford Lab
Dave Relyea and Joe Zahtila Milford Lab Oral Histories

Joe Zahtila and Dave Relyea are two significant figures in the history of the Frank M. Flower shellfish hatchery in Bayville, Long Island. Joe Zahtila began his tenure at the hatchery in the 1960s, starting as a hatchery technician responsible for general maintenance and working with shellfish. Over time, he evolved into a key player in the hatchery's operations, contributing to the development of new methods for growing shellfish, particularly oysters and clams. Dave Relyea started at the hatchery a bit earlier, in 1964.

Walter Blogoslawski Bayville, NY NEFSC Milford Lab
Jeremiah Relyea Milford Lab Oral Histories

Interview with Jeremiah Relyea of the Frank M. Flower Shellfish Hatchery in Bayville, New York.  Interview contains information on aquaculture practices.

Walter Blogoslawski Bayville, NY NEFSC Milford Lab
Edwin Rhodes Milford Lab Oral Histories

Interview with Edwin Rhodes (born February 1943) who began working at the Milford Lab in 1959 at the age of 14. Interview contains information on his career with NMFS, Long Island Oyster Farms, and the NFI Crab Council.

Walter Blogoslawski Milford, CT NEFSC Milford Lab