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Page 54 - Edith Pelley, William Davis's Daughter

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/6/1 (236 reads)

cause they said there was enough money left in the fund. They were only giving her $50 a month, the last going off. But there was enough left to pay her funeral expenses, so they paid it. She died up here, you know, Guysborough. Died at my place. Then we took her down home. (What do you tell your children and grand? children about your father. Bill Davis? Do they ask a lot of questions?) Well, they follow up everything. If they can get down to a parade or anything, they go.... (Is Davis Day important to you yet?) Well, no. Because as far as I'm concerned we're not going to forget our father and mother anyway. If they don't have a parade or anything, we'll always remember that day. 'Cause we saw everything. And we know what we had to go through. So it wouldn't make any difference to me if they never had a parade. But it was my brother Bob that got this miners' square, Davis's Square, down in New Waterford. And they got the Davis's Memorial, the headstone in the square, and all the little plaques outside. And at Christmas, they keep the Christmas lights all around the monument, and they keep them lit all winter. The town does that. (That must be very comforting to you to know that.) Yeah. It is, in a way. I don't know. One time they used to form--a body 539-4413 539-4415 "GOOD DEALS ON GOOD CARS!" Located on the Sydney - Glace Bay Highway 1/2 mile before U.C.C.B. YOUDE S ERVE THE VERY BEST 562-3139 Edith Pelley, and the sketch of her father William Davis of miners would form up at the ballfield, and march from there to the church, and have a church service, then march from the church to the graveyard. So then, after they built the Davis Day Square, they all go to the church. And they have the ser? vice, and then they parade from there up to the monument. (Would you like to see them return to the way they used to do it?) No. It was too long a walk. 'Cause it must have been 5, 6 miles. So it was too long a walk. But if I ever go down--every time I go down, I always go to the graveyard. That's the first place I go to when I get into New Waterford, is the grave. And we used to go up every summer, cut the grass, plant flowers. And then they told us we couldn't have a fence around the grave, after they got the machines. We had a little wire fence right around the grave, and a gate onto it. We had to remove it. 12 Meadow St. Sydney, Nova Scotia "Baking bread the Polish way since 1929" Good Eating Bon Appetit Smacznego Bakers of the "perfect" diet breads, our white Italian, Lite and Dark ryes have "no" added sugar, "no" fats, and "no" preservatives Specializing in superb tasting Sicilian style Old Country pan pizza, using wholesome tomatoes, natural spices, and parmesan cheese which has half the calories of fatty mozzarella type pizzas ?? Baking In a 17th century brick oven and original recipes are the secret to our superior quali- ty international breads and rolls which are all preservative free i We warmly welcome you to visit us in Whitney Pier YOU DESERVE THE VERY BEST But they k'-ep the graveyard looking nice. My brother John built his home right back of the graveyard. He could stand on the back step and look over at my father and mother's grave. Then he sold the place and moved out to the States. But when he died, they brought him to Springhill. He was al? ways telling my grandmother, my fa? ther's mother, "I want to be buried alongside of you." So brother Bob went and bought a lot up in Spring? hill, and got perpetual care. And this is where Tom is buried. And his wife is buried out in the States. (How old are you, Edith?) Me, I'll be 73 in January. So I'm only young yet! Our thanks to Norman MacKinnon of Inverness and Guysborough, who interviewed Edith Pelley. He used the Information as part of his Grade 9 Maritimes Studies class. He also worked with a Grade 7 class at Guysbo? rough High School in developing the photographs.
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