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Page 106 - With John J. and Sadie Theriault

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/1/1 (145 reads)

went to the factory?) Well, the first thing we'd have to do was do the work in the house. We had clothes to wash, we had two tubs and two washboards. We'd have to wash those clothes on tubs and washboards, carry the water from the river, put the wash out, tidy up the house, and help Mother all we could before we'd go to the factory. At 7 o'clock we went to the fac- Bell Buoy Restaurant SEAFOOD "Fresh from the Shoreline" mfy Steaks * Poultry * Sandwiches ''Luncheon Menu * Children's Menu Two Separate Dining Rooms * Fully Licensed Baddeck, N. 8. 295-2581 Nertz tory. And we didn't get home till 12, for dinner. Then at dinnertime it was as much as you could do again, before you'd go back again to work. (You mean work around the house.) As much as you could get done. As fast as you could go. Until we'd come back home in the evening. When the factory closed in the eve? ning we'd have supper. We used to have to carry the water from way up in the mountains - -that's drinking water, now. John; You wouldn't think a man who had that many girls would have to do much work. Sa? die: He couldn't do it, he was alone. He had to do-- 'cause my brother was only- -he wasn't well. And we just had to help him, that's all--we just had to. (So you'd bring the drinking water down like that.) We had to bring the water from the mountain; we had a little well dug up in the mountain. And a little pipe into it. Take the buckets up and fill them full of water. And at that time we used to--the red--I suppose, you often hear talk of red bushes. Like the bushes die, and they turn red. That's what we used to break off-- that's when we lived at White Point--we used to go up in the mountain and break armfuls of that and carry it dovfn. That'd be our kindlings for the morning, to make fires out of..:. (And now you've just done a day's work at the factory. Was that heavy work, or hard work, at all?) Well, it wasn't hard for us. It was tiresome. You stood on your feet all day. You were standing up all day. We were picking fine meat. (What does that mean?) That was picking the meat out of the (lobster) claws, and the arms where you break them there. We had a little, well, the proper little thing. You'd pick ope 24 HOUR SERVICE - 7 DAYS A WEEK 1430 George St. Sydney, N. S. 539-1538 X' 539-5623 • FAST FRIENDLY SERVICE • FEATURING LATEST MODEL CARS, TRUCKS, & 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES • LOCAL PICKUP and DELIVERY To Resen/e a Car Anywhere in the World CALL 7'%allA -800-263-0600 106 The #1 way to rent a car. WAYNE'S TRAINS MODEL RAILROADS • SUPPLIES GAUGE (N., HO., O.) • LIONEL OPEN: Mon-Sat: 10-5; Thur & Fri: 10-9 * (902) 849-0212 P. O. Box 531, GLACE BAY, N. 8. B1A 5V1 (Former Heavy Water Plant Site) Druker Insurance Charlotte St., Sydney 562-5504 Mayflower Mall 564-1818 WILL INSURE VIRTUALLY ANY CAR, HOUSE OR BUSINESS COMPARE RATES: YOU COULD SAVE Phone Toll Free 1-564-6000 BUDGET PLAN AVAILABLE IN EMERGENCY; Avvie Druker. F.I.I.C. 564-6615
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