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The speaker is an 80-year-old White woman with an unknown education from Brattleboro, Vermont; she was recorded in 1967.



County: Windham
State: VT

Commentary:
The oldest town in Vermont, Brattleboro lies along the Connecticut River and has a present-day population of around 12,000. By the mid-1800s, it was home to textile, paper, and flour mills, as well as factories and machine shops. After becoming connected to the Vermont & Massachusetts Railroad and the Vermont Valley Railroad, Brattleboro profited from the trade and transport of grain, lumber, turpentine, and other commodities. In this segment the speaker shares stories about panther sightings in the area.
Inf: ???Course there???s been quite a lot of joking about the Vermont panther. Ah and, uh, there was a while the papers, some, didn???t believe there was a panther, but, um, there was one killed probably eighty years ago [FW: Oh really?], uh, not too far from the farm. They made a, they had a posse that time, went out and they killed him. And I heard Mr. _____, one, uh, where was a little boy at the time, telling about it. Tell, uh, tell, he told me about it and then he, he told the story at the Windham County Historical Society meeting one time [FW: Uh-huh]. ???Course he???s been dead quite a while.

FW: They, they believed him, then?

Inf: Oh, yes [FW: Uh-huh]. And, uh, well, that one was killed and stuffed. And I understand that it???s down in the Museum of Natural History in Boston now [FW: Oh], by (xx), I???m not sure, I??? [FW: Uh-huh.] But I can remember that when I was a little girl, he was stuffed in, in the, um, building where we used to get grain. Uh [Laughter], he was??? And I had a picture of him somewhere, but I don???t know where that is. And he was certainly an ugly-looking customer.

FW: It must have been scary to a child to go into a place and see a panther there.

Inf: Uh [Laughter], yes. Uh, then um, my n-niece saw one several years ago, she was very sure, jumped over the fence and crossed the road and over the other side, said it was this sort of a tawny animal with a long tail, cat-like, slinky motion, you know [FW: Uh-huh]. And she???s pretty level-headed. She, and there???ve been others reported seeing them that I???m sure [FW: Uh-huh] wouldn???t have known a panther. They???re not very frequent [FW: No].

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