Item AAAB3945 - Adelaide Treasure interview

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Adelaide Treasure interview

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  • 1979-09-09 [date recorded] (Creation)

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RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-09-09 SUMMARY: Adelaide Treasure was born in 1896 in McGregor, Manitoba, the youngest of 10 children. She discusses the family's move to Kelowna when she was about 2 years old. Her eldest sister Gertrude had moved t;o Kelowna to work for the wealthy Stirling family there, and married a foreman named Henry Birch. Her father found work as a carpenter building homes in Kelowna. At about age 6 her family moved to Cal;gary in expectation of a economic boom. After a year of no gains and a cold winter the family returned to Peachland. She discusses the first Christmas tree the family had when she was about 8 or 9 yea;rs old, and hanging stocking over the fireplace. Wrapping a bone for a present for their terrier and putting it on the tree. Spending Christmas with other little girls on the Miller's ranch way up in ;the mountains. An appearance by Santa Claus with horses wearing antlers and a sleigh with bells. Her father's injuries and move near Penticton. Being married in Vancouver at age 18 in 1915. Her brothe;r Frank leaving for the First World War, being wounded and living a long life. Her brother Arthur dying in WWI from a sniper shot to the spine. Spanish influenza infecting the family, her husband Pete;r almost succumbing to it, her son Dick having it at age three and neighbours who helped them survive. Separating from her husband about 1930, and moving to a big house and renting rooms so she could ;take care of her three children. Christmas during the Depression; always had a tree; Dick bringing home a puppy. Never going on relief. Finding ways to ensure her children never went without.;

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Rich Mole, 1979-12


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  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-210.

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  • Use Restriction: For private and educational use only. Not for broadcast or commercial use without permission of the B.C. Archives.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Recorded as research for "Seasons Greetings from British Columbia's Past", Sound Heritage Series no. 29.

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Accession number(s): T3552

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speaker: Adelaide Treasure, interviewer: Rich Mole

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