Item AAAB3454 - Edward and Eda Rowlands interview

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Edward and Eda Rowlands interview

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  • 1977-08 [date recorded] (Creation)

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One of thirteen oral history interviews with retired Cominco employees, recorded by students employed under the Young Canada Works Program in the summer of 1977.

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CALL NUMBER: T3146:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early Cominco-Trail history PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1950 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Rowlands: Welsh birth; came to Canada in 1924. Engineer in Trail machine shop; Herb Clark; Cominco men as civic officers; work at Warfield; heavy water plant in Second World War; pollution and fertilizers. Depression hours and wage; first impressions of Trail; description of slag piles. Rory McLaren; Pat Sullivan; Trail hospital; pollution and health; early buildings in Trail; social; life; radio; involvement in sports; Pete McIntyre; Brown; Caledonian Days; Blaylock and George Williamson playing tennis; the company choir and its leader, Gwyllym John. TRACK 2: Population; flowers; and vegetation of early Trail; work he enjoyed. George Murray; J.J. Buchanan; R.W. Diamond; Blaylock. Work spirit in early days of the company. Mrs. Eda May Rowlands (nee Randell) speaks; she came to Trail from Nelson in 1914; father worked in carpenter shop at Cominco; Trail in 1914; natural settings; Trail Creek; pollution; the fire in the summer of 1917 or 1918; sand storms. She taught school in Annable, Kerr Creek, Wynndel and Trail Central schools. Italians as stone workers in Trail. Social life in Trail; early stores; Lloyd Crowe was the manager of the company store; holidays.;

CALL NUMBER: T3146:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early Cominco-Trail history PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1950 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Sports in Trail; the old arena; the town butcher, Steve Matobitch. Raising their family in Trail. The Eleanor Hotel. [TRACK 2: blank?];

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Cominco Ltd., 1977-12-16


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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-181.

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A transcript of this interview is available in file T4245:0101 - 0102.

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Accession number(s): T3146

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speaker: Eda May Rowlands, speaker: Edward H. Rowlands, interviewer: Anne Reynolds

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