Murphy, Tina

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    Introduction
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    Speaks of her early life, starting school at four years old. Remembers her teachers and that she was the only Catholic on Church Road, and the only Catholic in her school. Discusses school subjects and early childhood, moving to town, and her college certificates in bookkeeping, typing and shorthand.
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    Relates stories about moving to Boston with her sister and her sister's baby, and finding a job in Boston. Tina lied about her age to get a job in a kitchen at a mental institution; she changed jobs in the institution and became a seamstress and eventually trained to be a nurse at the mental institution. She worked 12 hours days, and became an RN. Eventually she became Chief Supervisor. Talks about medical advancements.
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    Talks about coming back to PEI. Mentions she does not know much about Ireland. Her father came from Newfoundland as an infant, and her mother was also from Newfoundland.
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    Talks about Church Road, buying land, clearing 100 acres of land, planting potatoes for the winter, and animals on the farm. Her mother kept hens, and father kept horses.
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    Discusses a brother's education: Prince of Wales College, St Dunstan's University, Mount Allison University. Her brother, Will, was a carpenter in California (he never came back to PEI); he made a violin and played it. He also built houses.
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    Recalls that her father spoke about the Irish having hard times, but they were very happy. Tina was eight years younger than her sister [Mary Alice] and so she was alone most of the time, not many people to play with. She liked working outdoors with her father. Tina's sister was Mary Alice. She lived in Concord Massachusetts, with a husband and five children.
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    Tina's father came to Prince Edward Island as an infant. He worked in the States for awhile. Recalls seven or eight families that settled on Church Road, and theirs was the only Irish family on the road.
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    Irish relationships were good. Tina's father got along with everybody. He was a good neighbour. Many of their neighbours were Scottish. Tina speaks of Mrs. Jean ?
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    Tells the story about winning a school penmanship contest, with an elaborate certificate. When school got out a bully put her head into the snow and her certificate was damaged. Recalls being bullied, perhaps because she was the only Catholic. Remembers a boy wrapped a dead snake around her shoulders. She would head home as fast as she could go to avoid being bullied.
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    Says that she likes to drive by the old homestead on Church Road. It was bought and turned into a hall. Tina remembers the beautiful home orchard: apples, crab apples, cherries, plums, gooseberries, and rows of currant bushes. Remembers that if she picked the currants well she would be allowed to drive the horse when they went to the store. It was seven miles to nearest store in St. Peter's.
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    Remembers her father and her brother Will playing the fiddle well. She wanted to play but was discouraged. Tina loved to dance. Her father was a step-dancer. Recalls company coming to visit on Saturdays and Sundays. Remembers the athletic field (with horseshoes and a high jump area) and her father and Will being athletic. Says that her grandparents did not live on the Church Road, they lived on the next road over, Milburn Road. Tina loved visiting her grandparents on her mother's side. She adored her Uncle Bill and remembers staying with her aunt and uncle for a few days. She never knew her paternal grandparents.
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    Remembers having a big school card for learning with the capitol letters and small letters. Tina was a good speller at a young age. Recalls her mother knitting; she had a loom upstairs. She would take white cloth up east for dyeing. After a week they retrieved the dyed cloth and Tina's mother made a fine suit for her father. Her mother crocheted with beautiful edgings. She was a good sewer and Tina had lovely homemade dresses, jackets and knee high stockings. She was the best dressed kid in school.
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    Recollects her mother baking on old fashioned stoves, 85 years ago. Speaks of how her mother tested the stove temperature. Recalls old fashioned tea parties, with dancing platforms for square dancing, square dancing. Tina's father made a stand for her mother's decorated three tiered cakes.