O'Brien, Walter

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    Introduction (starts at 0:32)
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    Recalls that his father [John O'Brien] was born in 1864. His mother was Scottish (Isabelle McDonald). Walter was born in 1902 in Bristol, PEI. Only Walter and his sister are still alive [at time of interview]. His father fished and farmed. Tells the story of his father's accident that left him with one hand. Many of the family went to the states, one was in real estate business but the stock market crash 1929 ended his career.
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    Walter had two girls and a boy; one daughter in Toronto, one daughter in Halifax, and one son in the Department of Highways. Walter went to United States, but came back in 1930 to work at the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper.
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    Talks about a scrapbook he has, and mentions his grandfather died in 1912. Does not know much about his grandfather.
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    Discusses Irish and Scottish relationships. Remembers people speaking Gaelic. Mentions that Dr. Burke's father, Wilfred Burke, came from from Ireland and knows Gaelic.
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    Mentions letters from Ireland, by people who read his newspaper column.
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    Discusses Walter's parents, traveling on horse and wagon. Speaks of couples meeting at old fashioned dances.
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    Recalls the old dances, with women in long dresses and men with beards. Swing and step dancing, reels, taking each other home by horse and wagon or horse and sleigh. (Courting in the rain). Remembers old fashioned country picnics and suppers. Says that the Irish-Scottish got along at social gatherings. Mentions Mr. Pendergast, and Mr.Simpson.
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    Tells the story about his father and a fight.
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    Discusses fishing farming, and his grandfather's work as a blacksmith. He made ironwork for ships, shoes for horses, fisherman hooks. One son took over family blacksmith business, making horse carts, and getting paid twenty fives cents.
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    Recalls there was no funeral homes, and hardly any doctors. Babies were born without the assistance of a doctors. John Murphy was the undertaker. Remembers wakes in the home. Tells a funny story about the pronunciation of Murphy. Recalls that vets called horse doctors. Mentions a wood hauling trolley, liquor, dances, relationships, and birth control.
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    Recalls school with one teacher for grades 1-12, and no more than 2 teachers per school. Remembers teacher using a stick to enforce school discipline.
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    Speaks of doctors and clergymen. Remembers Doctor McDonald; his parents came from Scotland. The doctor's fee for a baby was $5.00 and other medical fees, $2.00. Medicine often cost about thirty to forty cents. Many of the women made medicine from tree bark. Only one doctor, no specialists or referrals at that time.
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    Talks about farming, using horses, no farm equipment, and doing things by hand. Speaks of fishing for lobsters and herring. They wore cheaper clothing, churned butter by hand, picked blueberries, and made money off the land.
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    Mentions that his grandfather built the home in Bristol. His sister is in the home in Bristol; she was a school teacher at the Morrell High School.