Murphy, Ernestine

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    Introduction
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    Talks about heirlooms from Ireland: a round kitchen table from the 1840's and a platform rocker from the 1830-1840's, that belonged to her great grandfather. She has no letters, dairies or written pieces from that time.
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    Ernestine has a family tree and written material on the Murphy ancestors and Stewart ancestors (her great grandfather's chair came from the Stewart side of the family). Ernestine speaks of her house, built around 1959. The original house was built by Matthew Murphy, but it no longer stands. It was originally down by the shore.The present house was built by Matthew Murphy's son. Matthew was a life-long farmer.
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    Recalls life being settled around the church and the one room school. Remembers Father Croken, the priest while she was growing up in Fort Augustus.
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    Speaks of role models in the community: priest the school teacher, and older residents in the district.
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    Talks about family customs- celebrating Christmas with the family. Went to mass on Christmas day and opened gifts. The whole family always side evening prayers together, with the rosary, before bedtime.
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    Telling of ghost stories was a popular pastime; stories of strange lights and "forerunners". She recalls her mother's story of a strange apparition. Mike Murphy, the neighbour, used to borrow their horse. One evening when he brought it back Ernestine's mother saw a blue/white light shimmer around the horses feet and then follow Mike as he hung up the harness. Mike did not see it. A week later, with the horse partly unharnessed in the stable, they found Mike dead outside the barn. Strange lights were often seen as forerunners of someone's impending death. Remembers walking across the fields and across the 'crick' during Holy Week.
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    Speaks about her maternal grandfather who owned a thrashing mill. Discusses how the thrasher mill worked and what it looked like and how travelling was part of the job.
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    Discusses courting. Mentions that maternal grandfather lived in Iona. Recalls that her mom's uncle was married to her dad's aunt in Waterboro, Maine. Ernestine's parents lived 6 miles apart in Fort Augustus so they met as neighbours.
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    Talks of prominent family member Ronald Murphy, a Monsignor in Newfoundland; also a doctor Murphy in Newfoundland. On her side of the family Ernestine mentions priests.
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    Talks about the dances in the community. Fights at the dances. Retaliation from the fights causing her to be cautious.
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    Recalls school dances and fights during dances. Most people in her district were Irish with one district of Scottish people in Glenfinnan. Everybody mingled regardless of heritage. Recalls a barn-building with all the neighbours coming to assist.
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