Item AAAB4442 - Ian McLeod interview

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Ian McLeod interview

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  • 1979-08 [date recorded] (Creation)

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Interviews recorded as research for Bossin's book "Settling Clayoquot" (Sound Heritage Series no. 33).

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CALL NUMBER: T3878:0054a SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Tofino-Clayoquot : Ian McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Bob Bossin, Ian McLeod discusses his background: uncle was on police force in Glasgow, came to Canada and joined provincial police, stationed in Tofino; father came out to Tofino in 1912; father fought in WW I, but came back to Tofino after; married in Scotland, brought wife and family over to Tofino a few years later; climate was nicer in 1920s and '30s than now; father became captain of the life boat units; description of his uncle Ewing's character and life; uncle's relations with Native people. Describes why liquor started to become a problem for Native people. Uncle Ewing was much more jolly than his father. Uncle Murdo was a fishing inspector in the area. Differences between fishing then and now. Used to be many Japanese fishermen in the Tofino area. Learned trolling from Japanese fishers. Intricacies of trolling. Ian had good relationship with Japanese. More on fishing etiquette. Signs used by fishermen. TRACK 2: Weather signals when fishing in the; pre-WW II years. Differences in fishing in the '30s and now. Japanese evacuation after Pearl Harbour. Post-war attempts to stop Japanese from returning to Tofino. Bill McKay -- local character who drank a lot. Bill Spittle -- eccentric man. Lord Willingdon anecdote. CALL NUMBER: T3878:0054b SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Tofino-Clayoquot : Ian McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Bob Bossin, Ian McLeod discusses: his religious father; family worship on Sundays as a child; father only drank once a year (or so); Scottish women could not make cakes as well as the Norwegian women; his uncle won property on Clarket Island through a bet with Mr. Dolly; May 24th parties at Clarket Island -- sports, singing, Native and white people participated; the Leach murder. Describes his job in WW II with the navy where he had to go into the homes of Japanese families that had been evacuated and look for suspicious items. Anecdote about killing a cougar in the water in 1952. [TRACK 2: blank?]

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Bob Bossin, 1981-09-09


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  • Partial transcript on file.
  • Reference cassette copy (T3878:0054.1 & 0054.2) available in container 000443-242.

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  • Copying Restriction: None
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  • Copyright Status: Copyright assigned to B.C. Archives by Bob Bossin, 1982-04-07.

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Excerpts from this interview appeared in "Settling Clayoquot", Sound Heritage Series no. 33.

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Accession number(s): T3878

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speaker: Ian McLeod, interviewer: Bob Bossin

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