Bryan, Alvin

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    Introduction
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    Talks about losing everything in a house fire in 1960, including treasured photographs, etc.
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    Father went back to Ireland in 1933 and returned with a black thorn walking stick.
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    Spinning wheel used to make yarn back in the day, up in the loft also lost in the fire, mat frames.
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    Rev. Dr. John Thomas Bryan was the smartest one. Many went to the States (Boston) to work. William Bryan was in real estate and built houses in the States. Mrs. Hubert Campbell (Alberton PE) has history of the family.
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    Why the Bryan's left Ireland - He married Amelia Evans (commoner) who was not in his class and he was disowned. He went to New York then to PEI. Talks about Bryan's wealth in Ireland. Bryan surname has not changed.
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    Talks about his father being a great storyteller. Discusses how his grandparents/parents met - tea party (Henry Bryan). Speaks about the picnic basket tradition 00:08:11-00:09:42.
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    Talks about Bryan family marriages, who they married and where they met. Talks about his father going to Boston and his job on the ice team.
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    Recalls the story of moving a house. The horses wouldn't budge until the priest came and joked that the devil was in it. At that moment some creature came out of the cellar and ran to the river. After that, the horses moved the house smoothly down the road.
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    Neighbours, the Bride family- many died from TB- thought they lived on a Fairy Path, which was why they moved the house. Recalls a story his father told him about the strange loud noises (like every dish in the cupboard broke) while visiting in the Bride house. There were no noises after the house was moved.
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    Tells of how he is very superstitious and tells what superstitions he follows/believes.
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    Saying grace before a meal. Bryan's were great storytellers, great entertainers, lots of laughter.
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    Speaks about the Parish belonging to Bloomfield. The Anglican Church has been there for a long time. Early local minister, Mr. Harper.
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    Clergyman were really important, times were hard, no one had any money. They just farmed and cleared land, lived. Speaks of local shipyard and store. Recalls Senator Yeo of Port Hill (landlord) giving cow to family in the fall and come back for it (and the calf it would have) in Spring. They would reap the milk for those few months (at the cost of feeding the cow).
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    Mention of the landlord [Woberton] who they bought the place from and his burial place.
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    Tells a story about John Bryan's son Hugh, and how his father told Hugh why it was better that they came to PEI instead of staying in New York. Speaks of local mischief- putting plows into trees. No arranged marriages. Ernest Bryan married girl from Summerside. William Bryan married girl from States.
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    Speaks about key superstition again and other superstitions. His father would not start anything on Friday. Would not do anything on Sunday (day of rest), including - no playing outside, picking beans, or digging potatoes.
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    Talks about the old lady, Mrs.Bryan. She was very religious and counted every word in the Bible. She contradicted the minister in the middle of his sermon during a Church service.
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    They did not believe in, or were scared by, ghost stories.
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    Discusses where the original house was built. The river acted as a highway. Talks about catching bears on PEI. Recalls a prank his dad pulled dressing up in a fur coat, pretending to be a a bear.
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    Recalls the story of Mrs. Rafferty, who went to buy some yeast to make bread. She go lost in the woods and was missing for a few days. Sawmill worker on the Western Road dreamt he knew where she was. He followed his dream and found her dead under a big pine tree.
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    Tape Ends