Hickey, Kathy

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    Kathy recall writing the parish history and mentions the different families in Indian River district, her original school district. It was mostly a Scottish settlement.
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    Early settlers, farmers and fishers, settled along the river as there was no roads.
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    Speaks of the religion of the early Scottish families. They were Catholic, no Protestants among them.
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    Talks about dances as the main source of entertainment.
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    Speaks about musicians Chuck Robert MacLellan, Charlie Tuplin (who died in WW II), Jim Bearstone (Barstow?) and Charlie Woodside. Kathy was the organist at Indian River Church for 55 years. She started playing at age 14 "or so". Kathy's father sung in the church and played for the morning and evening Mass. He went from alter boy, to choir member, to choir master. He was born in Clermont PEI; his parents came from Ireland, Cork area.
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    Does not recall any Irish stories that were passed down and does not think that the Irish people were very superstitious. Recalls the Scottish being faithful church goers.
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    Speaks of the Hickey family in Indian River settlement.
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    SIDE A ends
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    Discusses the local church and at one time one hundred families attended. Mass would be held twice on Sundays. The families that came would be big families, as many as 15 children.
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    Recalls difficulties of getting to church during the winter with the large snow banks. The church was financed by people in the community and helped with its construction, with two principle carpenters. Kathy is concerned about the present physical state of the church.
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    Discusses problems betweens the Scots and the Irish, but notes that it was not on the scale of the Belfast riot.
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    Recalls that many from the local native population camped around the shore and no one was concerned about it.
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    Speaks about drinking and fighting. People were scarce in Indian River so disputes weren't a great issue. Drinking was seen as an overloaded pastime.
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    Mentions a little book she has read which discusses a lot of the early families.
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    Discusses her family on her father's side, the Driscoll's of Clermont. There were fourteen in the family.
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    Speaks about the amount of large families in the area, and farming as the main occupation accross Prince Edward Island. Kathy's family was also in the farming business.
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    SIDE B ends