Page 41 - Annie Battiste: a Mi'Kmaq Family History
ISSUE : Issue 64
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1993/8/1
She then quit her job and went home. John worked here and there, but never in a steady job. Eleanor's husband Bil? ly was an astute man who realized that Annie should have had disabil? ity insu? rance while she was recuperating; however, the priest had paid her without having given her any benefits such as unemploy? ment insurance and income tax. Their re? turn to talk to the priest about Internal Revenue and employment benefits ended in a yelling match and the end of Annie's con? tact with the priests. Eventually, Annie received a check from the priest for the amount he should have put to her unemploy? ment insurance benefits, which Billy in? sisted was hers and need not be turned over to taxation. John had taken all their worldly goods to Canada, which he stored in the basement of his sister Isabel's house. Some items he sold for needed living money while he was there. Meanwhile, he pushed for a house for himself and his family who, he assured the band government, would return as soon as it was built. Meanwhile Annie found a job within walking distance of Minot Street at the Keystone Company, a factory that supposedly made cameras but behind doors actually were making missiles and bomb parts for the war in Vietnam. Annie worked all day and re? turned home at 4 p.m. John tried to find various kinds of odd jobs in the Boston area, but instead found more people to drink with and more places to drink. It was not long before the patterns began again of his drinking and harassing her for money for drink. She found several ways to cope with this. Sometimes she stayed with her daughter down? stairs, or she would take the buses to visit various friends in Boston. There were more places to go in Boston, to run away from John un? til he sobered up and she would go home again. Her daughter Marie had transferred to a university in Farmington, Maine, and was home frequently to help her cope with the weeks she was in misery. Annie looked forward to her daughter's coming home and she cooked her favourite meals of beans and fresh bread. And when Marie had a vacation, she cooked and cleaned and made the house Cooperative Artisanale Wk'' Acadian Restaurant/ Acadian Museum V p. O. Box 98, Cheticamp, NS BOE IHO (902) 224-2170 Experience Acadian Traditions • Featuring the world famous Cheticannp hand-hooked rugs • Local crafts and souvenirs for all tastes • Taste and enjoy various Acadian foods in our Licensed Dining Roonn: Chicken Fricot • Meat Pies • Chowder & Fish Dishes • Homemade Dessert • Recommended in Where to Eat in Canada; member Taste of Nova Scotia • Visit our Acadian Museum • Hooking, spinning & weaving demonstrations • Open every day to welcome you, May 1st - October 15th EXPLORE SYDNEY'S PAST ST. PATRICK'S MUSEUM • 87 ESPLANADE • is ' OPEN: Mid-June to Labour Day 9:30 - 5:30 Daily CAPE BRETON CENTRE FOR HERITAGE & SCIENCE • 225 GEORGE STREET* (OPEN YEAR ROUND) Summer: Mid-June to Labour Day 10-4 Mon-Sat Operated by the Old Sydney Society For information call (902) 539-1572 JOST HOUSE • 54 CHARLOTTE STREET • (OPEN YEAR ROUND) Summer: 10-4 Mon-Sat For information call (902) 539-0355 COSSIT HOUSE • 75 CHARLOTTE STREET • OPEN: June 1 to October 15 9:30 - 5:30 Mon-Sat 1:00 - 5:30 Sunday A branch museum of the Nova Scotia Museum Complex - -.
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