Fonds 96-008 - Oral histories : audio cassettes and transcript collection

Oral histories : audio cassettes and transcript collection

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Oral histories : audio cassettes and transcript collection

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  • 1974 (Creation)

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1 folder
3 audio cassettes

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This fonds consists of transcripts of interviews with Peterborough and area citizens concerning their perceptions of the social, cultural, and political aspects of life in Peterborough from the early 1900s to 1974. There are also three cassette tapes forming one interview with Lorna Cotton-Thomas.

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Two of the audio cassettes (sides 3 to 6) should not be used since the tape is brittle and fragile.

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This fonds consists of the raw interview data complied under the auspices of an "Opportunities for Youth" project. The interviews were organized by subject and excerpts were printed as a booklet entitled A Women's Chronicle. A copy of the booklet is available in the Trent Collection.

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1: Transcripts of interviews (click HERE for on-line transcriptions, provided through the kindness of Torsten Flyng)

pp.1-8: White, Margaret (Miss) - interview with Miss Margaret White re teaching school in Peterborough, Dr. Kenner, Depression, war, personal biographical information

pp.9-19: Heslip, (Miss) - interview with Miss Heslip of Armour Road re living conditions, Trent Canal construction, home life, handicrafts, Sunday School, working life and conditions, weather conditions

pp.19-22: Howland, Olive - interview with Olive Howland re employment, parity, education, WWII ration books

pp.23-27: Finlay, (Miss) - interview with Miss Finlay re sewing, music interests, invalid's experience, Grand Opera House

pp.28-32: Cotton-Thomas, Lorna - interview with Lorna Cotton- Thomas re Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, women and politics and community organizing in Depression, Robertson Davies, Douro CCF and religious attitudes

pp.33-43: Johnson, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Johnson of 791 Donegal St., July 26, 1974 re Depression, Canadian General Electric, Canada Packers and polluting of Little Lake, attitudes to English immigrants, Stoney Lake excursions

pp.43-46: Cotton-Thomas, Lorna - interview with Lorna Cotton- Thomas re Peterborough conservatism and patriotism, company unionism ( tapes of interview loose in box)

pp.46a-46b: Groombridge, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Groombridge re Peterborough after 1921, Independent Order of Foresters, family life

p.47: Pringle, (Miss) - interview with Miss Pringle of Extendicare re Turnbull's store and the roof falling in

p.48: Cadd, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Cadd of Extendicare re restaurants, Saturday nights

pp.49-51: Anonymous - interview with anonymous person of Anson House re immigration, CGE, WWI, house building

pp.51-52: Hamilton, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Hamilton re summer vacation, travelling

pp.52-61: Ferguson, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Ferguson of Balmoral Lodge re dressmaking, school days, ball playing accident, hat buying

pp.61-67: Carr, Annie - interview with Annie Carr re living conditions in Toronto during WWII, Royal York during WWII, marriage, coming to Peterborough (via Bancroft), food tickets, leaving home after WWI, working for Bell Telephone

pp.68-71: Walton, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Walton re employment at Ovaltine and Westclox, WWII, toy making, rations books, Depression

pp.71-72: Long, Eva (Miss) - interview with Miss Eva Long of Armour Road re Arbour Day, school

pp.72-80: O'Toole, (Mr.) - interview with Mr. O'Toole re school and play, the strap, Peterborough Lock Works, Trent Canal, WWI, St. John Ambulance, artificial respiration, saving his mother's life

pp.81-83: Reinhardt, Grace (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Grace Reinhardt of Fleming Place, Peterborough re living in Peterborough, summers on Stoney Lake, art and painting experience, WWI impressions (Note: Mrs. Reinhardt was born in Montreal in 1888 and was the step-daughter of E.D.M. Hall, a Peterborough lawyer)

pp.84-85: Finnie, Hazel (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Hazel Finnie of Anson House re farm life, making butter, threshing on farm

pp.85-86: Mills, (Major) - interview with Major Mills of Extendicare re bachelorhood, women's fashions, Army life, story of his birth, Cavan Blazers

p.87: Armour, Mabel (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Mabel Armour of Campbellford and Park St., Peterborough re WWI reminiscences

pp.88-89: Rutherford, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Rutherford of London St. re Depression, dressmaking and fashion, father building Market Hall

pp.89-93: Ridpath, Jean (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Jean Ridpath of Lakefield re Lakefield School, teachers, Lakefield lore, Strickland family supremacy and society, teaching school

pp.93-94: Hamilton, William (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. William Hamilton of Homewood Ave. re fur retail trade in Peterborough

pp.95-103: Cox, Gertrude & Musa - interview with Gertrude and Musa Cox re life in Peterborough after 1923, violinists in Peterborough, concerts, art in schools (Dr. Gatskill of Department of Education), Peterborough Little Theatre, Robertson Davies

pp.103-106: Merkowich's (The) - interview with the Merkowich's re emigrating experiences, East city pubs and breweries, street car line to Jackson Park, working at the canoe company, being fired and blacklisted

pp.106-116: Vivach, Irene - interview with Irene Vivach re Canadian Women's Army Corps reminiscences, Westclox employee, women in the army, WWII, war as barrier destroyer

pp.116-120: Pilling, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Pilling of King George Street re nursing in Peterborough after 1910, WWII effect on family, Peterborough compared to England

pp.121-126: Parnell, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Parnell of 406 Water St. re Peterborough Salvation Army, being brought up, coming to Peterborough from England, children, unemployment, caterpillars

pp.127-133: Anderson, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Anderson re Peterborough gymnasium around 1903, teaching at conservatory, kindergarten teaching, WWI, food prices in Depression

pp.134-137: Huffman, (Miss) - interview with Miss Huffman re teaching at Fairview School, Depression menus, skating on the swamp at Charlotte and Clonsilla

pp.137-147: Heideman, Anne - interview with Anne Heideman re Depression community services, wartime industries, relief lines, WWII women's activity, St. John's Ambulance, conscientious objectors, WWI and recycling efforts, food shortages, margarine as a substitute for butter

pp.148-154: McFarlane, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. McFarlane of Extendicare re farming life, electrification on the old Keene Road, Depression prices

pp.154-157: Shimer, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Shimer of Kingan Ave. re WWI isolation and receiving news late, working life, Depression hand-outs

pp.157-160: Shield, (Mr. and Mrs.) - interview with Mr. and Mrs. Shield re farming in Smith Township, Depression commodity prices, WWI, social life (Note: see also pp.170-171)

pp.161-168: Buck, Jean - interview with Dean Buck re teaching at Queen Mary and Central School

p.169: Roderick, Rita (cont'd)? - interview with Rita Roderick re searching for her brother

pp.170-171: Shield, (Mr. and Mrs.) (cont'd) - interview with Mr. and Mrs. Shield re social life, butter churning, chores on the farm

pp.172-176: Lashbrook, Dean (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Dean Lashbrook of Anson House re lost husband in WWI, trip to England, veteran's pension trouble with Canadian government, family problems

pp.177-182: Gavine, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Gavine of 170 London Street re her husband working for J.J. Turner, July 12 celebrations, housewife's reminiscences, father in carriage business

pp.182-183: Parnell, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Parnell of 406 Water St. re family upbringing, modern permissiveness

pp.184-188: Burgess, Verna - interview with Verna Burgess re teaching experience, Lakefield lore

pp.188-191: Yelland, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Yelland re permissiveness, Peterborough IODF, nursing experiences

pp.191-193: Weddle, Helen and Mrs. Hoope - interview with Helen Weddle and Mrs. Hoope re Nicholl's Hospital and supervising operating room

pp.193-195: Vivash, Irene - interview with Irene Vivash re reminiscences from Canadian Armed Corps (Air Force Women), records work in England

pp.195-196: Hooper, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Hooper re social life, housing problems, music in Peterborough, music matric course at P.C.V.S.

pp.197-199: ? - interview re Peterborough music, picnics at Chemong, teaching music

pp.199-207: Gilders, (Mr. and Mrs.) - interview with Mr. and Mrs. Gilders re domestic life, Putworth's bakery, Brock Street arena, recreation, Children's Aid Society work, Depression life, WWI, Quaker Oats fire of 1916

pp.207-208: Morton, (Mrs.) - interview with Mrs. Morton of Fairhaven, 1943 president of the local women's council, re association activities

pp.209-220 - interviewer's lists and summaries

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Three cassette tapes (60 minutes each) of interview with Lorna Cotton-Thomas.

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