Nine Million Worms and Counting for 90-year-old Digger



HANCOCK — Clive Preble of East Sullivan is a man of few words, a bit of a loner and an inspiration to worm diggers in the Downeast area. He just turned 90 and has been digging for 66 years.

 

Fellow bloodworm diggers gather around octogenarian Clive Preble for an early morning birthday party at Eastern Bait Co. in Hancock. —JACKIE WEAVER
Fellow bloodworm diggers gather around octogenarian Clive Preble for an early morning birthday party at Eastern Bait Co. in Hancock. —JACKIE WEAVER

“He doesn’t miss many tides,” said Stetson Everett, owner of Eastern Bait Co., who provided a birthday cake for Preble Sept. 25 when the diggers arrived at 7 a.m. to sell their worms. “I would take dependability over anything.”

Preble has been selling his worms to Eastern Bait ever since he began digging in the 1940s. He thought about going to work for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut following his service in World War II, but opted for a quiet life on the mudflats.

 

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