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Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Billy Munch Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen

Billy Munch, 44, was a full-time fisherman, one of Erie’s highliners. In addition to fishing, he also ran Munch Fish Company, which his father had started more than half a century before the Pennsylvania Legislature brought it all to an end.  After the state took his gill nets, Munch, of course, wanted to remain on the water and in the fish business.

Robert Fritchey Erie, PA New Moon Press
Jerry Mathers Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen

Jerry Mathers was one of eight remaining commercial fishermen working out of the port of Erie, Pennsylvania, when state legislators in 1994 outlawed the use of gill nets.

Robert Fritchey , Erie, PA New Moon Press
Jimmy Milewski Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen

Jimmy Milewski was one of Erie’s last fishermen. Milewski’s father had worked in the town’s steel mills and boiler shops; he also netted fish from the lake’s waters during the spring run. Jimmy, 55, learned to fish on his father’s boat as a kid. Later, he bought his own boat and, like his dad, both fished and worked for a wage.

Robert Fritchey Erie, PA New Moon Press