Reg "Dutch" Thompson Collection

Mr. Thompson currently has ~700 hours of field recordings stored on audio-cassette in his home, along with an additional ~100 hours recorded on video. This is surely one of the richest single troves of oral history in Eastern Canada – a treasure of both provincial and regional significance -- and Mr. Thompson has partnered with the UPEI Library to digitize this collection and make elements of it available on-line.


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Addie Hamm T1 [Tape One]
Addie Hamm T1 [Tape One]
Addie Hamm of Bunbury, PEI talks about growing up in the 1920s and 1930s. She and Dutch chat about her first memories when she and her younger brother had a funeral for a dead chicken, sending care packages to the wrong soldier, and "Indians" in Bunberry. Mrs. Hamm also touches on other topics such as her family name, trains, the Hillsborough River railroad bridge, slaughtering pigs, street cleaning in Chatlottetown, jams, strawberry picking, painting the family house using seaweed, molasses, nice dogs, socials, performing plays, concerts and care packages.
Addie Hamm T2 [Tape Two]
Addie Hamm T2 [Tape Two]
Addie talks about heavy robes called "buffaloes", trains getting stuck in the snow, stingy peppermint hoarding house guests, pack peddlers, Alice "The Squaw", her father's superstitions, covered wagons for school children, a birthday book, how a drunk driver hit a young school girl when she was young, fox farms, how chickadees are her favorite birds, how she detests blue-jays and her dogs that were so smart they could open and close the house doors.
Addie Hamm T3 [Tape Three]
Addie Hamm T3 [Tape Three]
Addie speaks about how the Haifax Explosion rattled her front door, good times at Irish wakes, her favorite jams, quilting as a past time, Catholic and Protestant relations in Bunbury, local train stations, marine hospitals, weavers, and how she learned tailoring and dressmaking in Charlottetown. Her love of the needle and thread started early in life because of dress making for her own dolls. She ends the tape talking about some great blankets she owns.
Addie Hamm T4 [Tape Four]
Addie Hamm T4 [Tape Four]
Addie talks about her mother's family, the Titanic, home children, molasses, travel, Sunday rules, mussel mud, the covered wagons, the drowning at Fullerton Marsh, school, strawberry farms, her hate for Christmas trees, and her love for farm life.
Agnes Sheehan and Peg
Agnes Sheehan and Peg
This interview is with Agnes Sheehan of Bear River, P.E.I and her daughter Peg McInnis. The interview begins with a discussion of the origins of the Bear River name and the old train station there. Agnes then goes on to tell about Dr. Gus MacDonald, her childhood, general stores, and school. She then talks about her family, farming, horses, and trading butter for groceries. Anges then tells about the birth of her children at home, the big snowstorm of 1923, and her uncle Joe dying while working in the fields. There is also mention of the Halifax Explosion, life in the 1930s, wakes and funerals, and trains.
Albert Murnaghan
Albert Murnaghan
This interview is with Albert Murnaghan of Stratford and Fort Augustus, P.E.I. In this interview Albert talks about growing up in Charlottetown, school, Market Square, coal, snowstorms, rum running, businesses in Charlottetown, murder, and the Harland.
Alden Birt
Alden Birt
This interview is with Alden James Birt of Charlottetown and Mt. Stewart, P.E.I. In this interview Alden talks about his work as a blacksmith and electrician, horses, school, his family, delivery men, coal, milkmen, Charlottetown, Market Square, the SS Harland, and rum running.
Alex MacGregor
Alex MacGregor
This is an interview with Alex MacGregor of Big Island, Nova Scotia. In this interview Alex talks about families and farms on Big Island, surrounding islands, fishing, crossing the ice, general stores, school, thrashing, milk and milk delivery, his mail route, cars and tractors, dances, and New Glasgow.
Alfred McGaughey
Alfred McGaughey
This is an interview with John "Alfred" McGaughey of Bonshaw, P.E.I. In this interview Alfred talks about lime kilns, his family property, the McGaughey family history, the ghost at Todd's Hollow, horses, farming, general stores, butter and cheese factories, mills, traveling to Charlottetown, church, wakes and funerals, working on a survey ship for the Coast Guard, sleighs, cars, radio, and airplanes.
Alkie MacCormack
Alkie MacCormack
This interview is with Ivan "Alkie" MacCormack of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Alkie begins by telling the origin of his nickname. He then talks about playing baseball, Lefty McAleer, and the longest game. He goes on to tell about his service in Italy and Holland during WWII and meeting up with his brother Ken and Lefty in WWII. Alkie then talks about work and what Charlottetown was like after the war, his family, and working on a fox ranch as a teenager. He then tells about liquor and rum running, old factories, and the Depression. He returns to the topic of baseball, and mentions foul language and lack of respect nowadays. He mentions the Ghiz family and other Lebanese immigrants, and finishes by talking about his personal life and what he would change if he could do it all over again.
Alvin Bryan T1 [Tape One]
Alvin Bryan T1 [Tape One]
In this interview, Geoff Lepage interviews Alvin Bryan of Foxley River. This interview talks about the life of the bryan family on Prince Edward Island, superstitions, ghost stories, the first road, black bears, customs and famous people in the bryan family.
Alvin MacSwain T1 [Tape One]
Alvin MacSwain T1 [Tape One]
This interview is with Alvin MacSwain of Peters Road, P.E.I. In this interview Alvin talks about his family and his ancestors, farming, the Peters Road community, home remedies, Dr. Lester Brehaut, school, and his service in the army during WWII.

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