Interview of Angie Prudente
Angie Prudente being interviewed
by Carol Johnson in the presence of
daughters Eva Carr and Rose Koeler at Parkside, April 21, 1987. Mrs.
Prudente was born on
September 8, 1897 to Joe and Rose Rizzuto in Mongone, Italy near
Cosenza. She came to Canada in 1919 in her early twenties with an aunt.
She married her husband George in 1919 and had five children, Flora
born in 1919, Rose born in 1921, Steve born in 1923, Mike, birthdate
unknown, died at the age of seven from pneumonia and Eva born in
Johnson: Where did you come from?
Prudente: Southern Italy.
Do you know the name of the village where you were born?
Johnson: When were you born?
Johnson: Do you know
Prudente: September 8th
Johnson: What's your dad's
Prudente: My mother was Rose and my father was Joe.
dad came three or four times to Canada.
Johnson: When did you come to
Johnson: Did you come to Prince George?
Johnson: Who did your father work for?
Prudente: He was a
Johnson: Your father. Did he come to Canada?
Prudente: No. He
remained in Italy.
Eva: She's getting mixed up with her father and my
father. Mom, your dad, did he ever come to Canada at all?
Eva: That's our dad she's talking about.
Johnson: Your husband. What
was your husband's name?
Eva: Mom your mom and dad. They
never came to Canada did they?
Johnson: Did your father
ever come to Canada?
Johnson: Did he live here?
No they stayed in Italy.
Johnson: You married George?
Johnson: Were you married when you came over here?
was single. I married him over here.
Johnson: You married him over here.
Did you know him when you were in Italy?
Prudente: I don't know.
You came over here as a single girl.
Prudente: I came over with an aunt
Johnson: With an aunt.
Eva: That's Gabriel.
Prudente: I met him
Johnson: You were in your twenties when you came over.
Johnson: Why did you come over? Why did you come to
Prudente: Change of country. There were hard times in
Johnson: No jobs for ladies.
Prudente: No jobs. We worked for ten
cents a day.
Johnson: What did you do when you came to Canada?
nothing. I got married after one month.
Johnson: Then you started to
work like a horse.
Prudente: When I married him, he was a section
Johnson: For the CNR.
Johnson: How did you meet
your husband so fast?
Prudente: He says, "Do you want a guy t o marry
you?" My uncle said that ,
Johnson: Your uncle found George for
Prudente: I said “Why not tell that guy to come over here?" When I
say that, he says I am.
Johnson: Your uncle brought George.
Eva: I think
she's saying that's what George said to her himself.
Johnson: Is that
what George said to you?
Johnson: Was he a friend of your
Eva: Her uncle and aunt were the ones that had the
London Rooms, the Gabriels.
Johnson: Gabriels, right. That would be
Eva: What was old Mrs. Gabriel's first name, Mom?
Eva: What was her husband's name?
Where did you get married? In Prince George?
Johnson: In a
Prudente: In the Catholic Church, Father Kokoloa.
were married in 1919. Did you have a big wedding?
Prudente: There was nobody here.
Everybody was in Italy. I never had one present in my
Eva: Not one present when you got married.
That's terrible. Italian weddings are lots of presents.
drank lots of beer and lots of whiskey.
Johnson: Lots of beer, lots of
whiskey but no presents. Did you miss your family when you got
Prudente: Kind of.
Johnson: They were all in Italy and they
couldn't come for your wedding.
Prudente: No, we didn't have a
wedding. We had something to eat and drink.
Johnson: Did you have a
Prudente: We stayed in the Prince George Hotel.
was the Prince George Hotel like? How many rooms did it have?
Johnson: Not that big. Its quite big now.
Eva: The outside is the
Johnson: Was it that big then?
Prudente: It was the biggest
hotel in town.
Johnson: It was the only one, wasn't it?
Johnson: When did you get your own house?
Prudente: My house.
When did you move from the hotel? Where did you go from the
Prudente: In a trailer.
Eva: On the line.
Johnson: You were living in the bush when your husband was working on
the railway. How long did
you do that?
Prudente: I stayed five years.
Johnson: Five years in a
Prudente: In the station.
Johnson: Right in the
Eva: He was section foreman so they would have a place to
stay. Where were these places?
Johnson: Did you live at
Eva: Did you stay at Willow River, Mom?
Prudente: Yes, five
Prudente: Three times
Eva: Willow River
moved a lot. When you came off the Stations, where did you live? Where
did you move to when you got off the trains?
Prudente: In Prince
Johnson: Where did you live there?
Prudente: One week.
You didn't stay in Prince George very long?
Prudente: A month
When did you come back to Prince George to live?
Prudente: My uncle
gave me a room in a house.
Johnson: In a rooming house you
Prudente: My uncle built me a house.
Eva: Are you talking about the
Prudente: Europe Hotel
Johnson: Built the Europe Hotel and you
lived there in the hotel. That was your business. You looked after the
Prudente: I worked and everything in the hotel. Made beds
Johnson: Did the laundry? Did the dishes?
Prudente: Yes. At
that time there was no washing machine, nothing like that.
you use the wash board?
Prudente: Yes. It was small but I washed baby
clothes and diapers.
Johnson: When did you start having a
Prudente: After one month.
Johnson: When? I'm sorry. I didn't
Eva: After one month she got pregnant.
Johnson: Who was your
Prudente: Flora, in 1919.
Johnson: What month did
Johnson: Who was after Flora?
Prudente: Rose, in 1920._
Johnson: Then who?
Prudente: The boy, Mike.
Eva: When was Mike born Mom,
do you remember?
Johnson: Who came after
Prudente: Steve, two boys and two girls.
Eva: What about me?
You just happened along.
Eva: I was much later.
Prudente: Two boys and
two girls and then Eva.
Eva: Rose will be able to help us with the dates
maybe. For me, 1934.
Johnson: Steve was probably 1921 but we'll check
Eva: Flora, deceased; Steve, deceased; Mike,
Johnson: Do you know what years?
Eva: Flora died in 1966. Steve
died in 1966. Mike was only seven when he died.
Johnson: Did your
children go to school from the hotel? Where was the school for your
children? Do you know where the school was?
Eva: Where was the school
Johnson: Did you go to K.G.V.?
Johnson: Wasn't there another
annex called Baron Byng?
Rose: Yes, that was a high school. The first
school we went to was the Millar Edition up on Queensway. It's not
Johnson: From the hotel, you went all the way up there!
school. That's when we had winters.
Eva: Mom, when did you move into the
house on Fourth Avenue? When did you move out of the hotel into the big
Rose: We were going to K.G.V. then. We went to Miller Edition on
Queensway from the hotel until we were about grade four.
Johnson: Then when you moved to the other house on Fourth
Avenue, you went to K.G.V..
Rose: From there to Baron Byng. That was Fourth
Avenue, right where the Village Pandora is now. In fact, the Village
Pandora was our living room.
Johnson: Do you remember when you moved to
the house on Fourth Avenue?
Prudente: I don't remember.
Were you happy to move into a house?
Johnson: And get away
from doing all the hotel work.
Prudente: I still did it.
still did it. You just didn't live there. You didn't have the noise at
Rose: By that time, we did the work.
Johnson: Home from school and
over to the hotel.
Rose: Doing the laundry. There were no laundries to
start with. We had an ironer and washing machine. All the
clotheslines strung at the back (couldn't hear what she was saying)
We always did all the laundry, folded the sheets and ironed them in the
Johnson: You earned your keep. How did you wash the sheets before
you had the machine?
Prudente: Hand turned wringer.
Johnson: You had to
crank it by hand.
Rose: That was before the electric ones. I remember the
Johnson: Did you have a gas washing machine? You went
right to electric from the hand one.
Prudente: I can remember picking it
out of the sink, put it in the roller and roll it.
Johnson: After that,
did you get an electric washing machine?
Johnson: Were you
happy to get an electric washing machine?
Prudente: Yes, but lots of
Johnson: What kind of education did you have? Did you go to
school in Italy?
Prudente: Yes, but a small school.
Johnson: How old were
you when you stopped going to school?
Prudente: I started at six. I
didn't learn very much because we had to attend to the work. The work
came before school.
Johnson: Did you live on a farm?
Johnson: You had to do the housework and the water, and firewood.
Prudente: We worked, then go to school.
Johnson: What sort of things did
you learn in school? Did you learn reading, writing?
Johnson: Was it a convent?
Prudente: Sign your name.
Johnson: Did you
learn sewing, cooking, that sort of thing?
Prudente: I didn't learn that
much because I worked before I went to school.
Johnson: How old were you
when you stopped going to school?
Prudente: I worked all day.
What about the boys? Did the boys in your family go to school too? Did
you have brothers?
Rose: Two sisters
Johnson: In the early
days in Prince George, what did people do for entertainment? Did they
go to the Europe Hotel and drink beer?
Rose: No, I remember.
used to go to the corner and a bunch of girls would sit
Eva: That was in
Johnson: You would sing and dance. What about in Prince George?
What did you do for entertainment in Prince George?
Prudente: Not very
Johnson: You didn't have time with five kids and a hotel.
Prudente: I was tired all the time.
Rose: You used to go dancing with
Johnson: Where did you go dancing?
Prudente: At the hall at the
Prince George Hotel.
Rose: The old Princess Theatre at Brunswick that
used to be called the Princess Ball Room and all the social
Johnson: Did it have a flat floor?
Rose: Yes. That was a ball
room. There was another place on George Street where the Holiday Inn
is. It used to be called the Ritz Theatre. Between the two places,
the older sisters having long gowns because every dance was all long
gowns. I can remember playing with them as a kid after they got
Johnson: Whenever you went to a dance, it was a formal occasion?
Prudente: Sometimes there were house parties.
Johnson: A house
party wouldn't be so formal.
Rose: No. Prince George used to always host
a ski event.
Johnson: Can you tell me about the ski parties that they
had. Prince George used to have ski events.
Eva: Tell us about the ski
Johnson: Where did they do the ski jumping? Was that on
Connaught Hill where everything was held. I can remember as a little
Eva: When the ski jumpers came here, where did they ski?
Sometimes they went to Aleza Lake to. ski?
Eva: What about here
Johnson: Where did they ski in Prince George?
Rose: Where the park used to be. They had a big ski jump.
Over the edge of the hill.
Rose: When they landed, they landed where the
Civic Centre is now. It was that big of a jump. They had tournaments
here all the time. They came from Burns Lake, Smithers and around
Prudente: We had to feed the guys. I had to make hats for
Rose: She used to knit toques.
Johnson: Was that a souvenir
of the competition?
Rose: That used to be an event of
Johnson: Lots of important people coming into town for that.
Prudente: Yes. It was a long ski jump.
Rose: Just for a week. Instead of
Miss Prince George, they used to have the Ski Queen. All the girls that
were eligible would compete.
Johnson: Did the ski jumpers stay at the
Prudente: Yes, some did.
Johnson: Did they give you a
Rose: I think they did.
Prudente: Silver tray, a
coffee pot and tea pot.
Johnson: Was that because they liked your
Rose: You always had to cook spaghetti for it?
you cook lots of spaghetti?
Prudente: We had to feed them.
liked your spaghetti. You knew how to make good spaghetti.
Johnson: Were there lots of Italians in Prince George at that time?
Prudente: No, a bunch of Indians.
Johnson: Anybody else. You didn't have
an Italian Club. There wasn't a group of Italian people.
didn't like the place.
Johnson: You didn't like the place. Not at all
Prudente: There were no people here at all.
there any other Italian people?
Prudente: Not very
Johnson: Did you get together with the other Italian
Rose: Mrs. Barome, Mrs. Castino, Mrs. Gabrielle,
Zimmaros. There were about four or five families living here at that
Johnson: Were they all connected with the CNR too?
Eva: Mom, when
Mr. Zimmaro came and before he built the hotel and Mr.. Castino, Mr.
Barome, where did they work?
Prudente: They worked for the CNR.
Johnson: He was a labourer on the
Rose: That's all there was basically.
Johnson: They all worked
for the railway.
Prudente: There was Castino and Barome)
Rose: What about
Prudente: He worked with the CN too.
Rose: He worked with the
CN too. I think they all did.
Rose: Then they all
Johnson: How did the Italians manage to build
Prudente: At that time they were cheap.
Johnson: They were
cheap and they worked hard. They had their family to help. The children
stayed home and contributed until they got married.
Rose: Mind you that was getting on afterwards, but you stayed at home
and worked basically until it was time to go to school.
is why the businesses were able to build up. Family is cheap
Prudente: Rose got twenty five cents to dust the furniture.
Johnson: Did she do a good job?
Johnson: All the girls had
to work in the hotel.
Rose: Except Eva.
was too young.
Rose: Things were starting to pick up. She was the only one
that had a bicycle. We never had a bicycle.
Johnson: The pampered
younger child but you didn't get in on the Work end of it.
really, not that I recall. I used to help fold sheets and iron them and
get rides in them.
Rose: Not when she was born, when Gary
was born? You had a wicker buggy.
Prudente: You would take the baby all
the time, take them for a walk.
Rose: That's so I wouldn't have to do the
Johnson: You thought that was easier than doing laundry. I
can understand that. What did you do in the winter time? Did you
in a sled? It was probably worth it to your mother to get her out of
hair. We all know what that's like.
Rose: She had it easier between my
sister and we had to do everything. My Dad thought we shouldn't leave
home. There was nothing to do for young girls on Sundays so we used
to walk down to the Fraser bridge. The nicest cafe in town was the
Shasta cafe, next door to the Prince George. It was owned by Greek
people. My Dad would always go for a walk looking for my sister and l
our friends. He spotted us in this cafe having a coke. He
really embarrassed us. I can see him today with his hands in his
and saying, "What are you doing here? Why aren't you home helping your
mother with supper?" I felt like so. What was there to do on
Johnson: What was there to do?
Rose: Nothing. We could go
skating. There was an open air rink where the Fourth Avenue Mall is
now. That's where we went skating. We never went to dances unless we
went with friends. It was always the whole family.
Johnson: What about
house parties? Did the Italians get together for house parties, feast
days and that sort of thing?
Prudente: There were no parties. Everything
Johnson: Everything was work. You had a tough time. What
Prudente: We couldn't afford to party.
else was partying at Christmas so you were busy.
Prudente: Yes, we make
lots to eat.
Johnson: Did people come to your hotel to eat Christmas
Johnson: What kind of things did you feed them in
Rose: There wasn't a restaurant. We had a big dining room in
our house. She always had a lot of company.
Johnson: What did you cook
for your family and friends?
Prudente: Anything, turkey
Johnson: You did
cook turkey. You didn't stay with the Italian things?
Rose: We always had
spaghetti to. We used to make big Christmas cakes.
Prudente: Oh yes, we
used to make Christmas cakes.
Johnson: Great big ones.
Prudente: We used
to make three layers, a big one.
Johnson: A fruit cake. Did you make it a
long time ahead and let it.age? How did you keep the kids out of the
Prudente: They didn't touch.
Johnson: They were afraid of
you, were they?
Rose: Decorated too.
Johnson: Did you decorate
it? Were you artistic? Did you make it look pretty?
Prudente: Yes, we made
everything for Christmas.
Johnson: How long did you have to cook to get
ready for Christmas?
Prudente: About a week.
Johnson: You didn't have a
deep freeze then, except outside. It was cold outside. Did you freeze
Prudente: It was cold in those days, real cold.
Is the weather different now? Is it warmer now?
Prudente: It's warmer
now. There were thirty five below days.
Rose: It was colder than that,
fifty below sometimes.
Johnson: It really has changed though. Since I've
been here in '57, it has changed.
Prudente: People who worked in the
station had icicles.
Johnson: Very cold. Even in the station it would
be cold. How did you keep the hotel warm? What did you use for heat?
Prudente: Water and coal furnace.
Johnson: Did you have to look after
the furnace too or did your husband do that?
Prudente: We had to stoke it
and clean the ashes.
Johnson: You didn't have the garbage man coming by
once a week. Did you have to carry everything away to the dump?
Johnson: Where was the dump in those days?
Rose: I think the dump was
where the fairgrounds are now. It was wooden wagon with horses. I
Johnson: Did they have garbage collection.'
Rose: They came down
the alleys. Do you remember how they collected the garbage?
There was an old man.
Johnson: Did he come with the wagon and take the
garbage away or did you have to take it away?
Prudente: They took it
Rose: Remember the wagon with the two horses. They were such stinky
sight. They didn't know any better then. Didn't have anything
Johnson: When did you get a car?
Prudente: I didn't have a
Johnson: Did your husband get a car when you had the hotel?
Prudente: Yes, an old Ford.
Johnson: Do you remember when you got the
Prudente: I remember.
Johnson: Was it really exciting?
we used to take the car to pick up people from the train to bring them
to the hotel.
Johnson: Did you have a car before other people?
Prudente: Mr. Zimmaro had a hotel too.
Johnson: So he had a car. Normally people
didn't have cars.
Prudente: Not very many.
Johnson: Just the big
Prudente: We had to go end get somebody and bring them
Johnson: Ordinary people didn't have cars right away. Do
you remember when you got the car for the hotel?
Rose: Had you been in the
hotel very long when you got a car?
Prudente: About four or five
Johnson: How did you go to the station before? Did you have a
horse and cart?
Prudente: We didn't. We had to borrow money from people
to build the hotel.
Johnson: How did you get the people from the
station? Did they walk before you got the car?
Prudente: No, we bought it
at that time.
Johnson: You bought it when you built the hotel.
can remember my Dad going to the station. There would be Mr. Zimmaro
and my Dad parked side by side. They were sort of business rivals. One
would say Columbus Hotel. Dad would say Europe Hotel. Of course, the
passengers would go to whichever hotel they wanted.
Johnson: Was it
difficult with them both being Italian and being rivals in such a small
Rose: Mr. Zimmaro had a bigger hotel than we did. He always got a
bigger span of persons.
Eva: It was later also. The Europe Hotel was there
before the Columbus Hotel.
Johnson: Do you know when the Columbus Hotel
Rose: No, I don't.
Eva: Mom, when did Mr. Zimmaro build the
Prudente: Before us.
Eva: Before you?
How many rooms did you have in your hotel when you built it?
Johnson: Thirty rooms in your hotel. Who lived in the
hotel' Was it people who worked on the railroad? Who stayed in the
Johnson: They would come into town
Prudente: For fifty cents a night.
Johnson: Did you have to do their
laundry too, their clothes?
Johnson: Just the sheets and
Prudente: That's right, yes.
Johnson: Can you think of anything
that you would like to tell me that I haven't asked you about?
Eva: Is there anything else you want to tell Carol about
Prince George in the old days?
Prudente: Nothing at all, all
Johnson: All bush. When did it start to get bigger?
long ago, a little bit at a time.
Eva: Mom, did they have a First of
Prudente: Yes, and we had a good time.
Johnson: What did
Prudente: They had races. People come from the farm and the
Johnson: They had races. Did they have horse races?
Horses on the street.
Eva: Did they decorate things?
Prudente: They get
into their groups.
Johnson: Everybody decorated. Everybody got
Prudente: They go into the woods, cut the trees and nail them
in the sidewalk and make them look like the bush.
Johnson: So the
sidewalk looked like the bush. Even the big city was the bush.
put them on the telephone poles.
Johnson: Just for decoration.
Just for decoration, yes.
Johnson: You would hang the flag on the
Prudente: Yes, we had a good town.
Johnson: It sounds really
exciting. When did the canoe races start? They started pretty early,
Rose: That would have been in the park, the '50s probably.
Johnson: I thought they would have been longer than that.
Johnson: What stores were in Prince George when you first came
here? Where could you go shopping in Prince George?
Prudente: There was
only one store.
Johnson: One store. Was that a grocery store or
Prudente: One grocery store.
Rose: On George Street. You
know where that hairdressers used to be on Fifth Avenue. It used to be
a chinese restaurant, Assman's Grocery Store.
Johnson: Assmans were in
the grocery business.
Eva: Did they have a grocery store called Assman's,
Rose: It wasn't called Assman's. Assmans run it.
Assmans had a grocery store. Did they have a funeral parlor at the same
Rose: No, they had the funeral parlor later.
Prudente: The father
worked in the grocery store. The kids were old enough. They used to
deliver groceries with their little truck.
Johnson: Did you have to make
your own clothes? Could you buy clothes in the store?
Prudente: No, we
Johnson: When did they start to build up the sidewalks,
make everything look more like a modern city? When did they start to
the streets, do you remember?
Prudente: I remember that, it was quite
Johnson: It wasn't that long ago.
Rose: After the war.
Johnson: What was it like during the war?
Prudente: Nothing to
Johnson: Nothing to eat.
Prudente: Not enough.
Johnson: You couldn't
get meat or vegetables.
Prudente: One hundred and fifty grams a person.
Johnson: For meat.
Prudente: For everything.
Rose: We had
Prudente: One hundred and fifty grams for each.
Rose: Things were rationed.
Johnson: How long did that
Prudente: War time.
Johnson: What did you do to get extra food? Did
you get extra food from somewhere?
Prudente: My mother hide a little
behind the wooden (???)
Johnson: Did you eat wild meat. Did you eat moose
Prudente: Chicken sometimes. Rabbit.
Johnson: Did you eat
Prudente: Sometimes, we would get a big piece.
didn't have that on the ration cards, did they?
Did you have a garden?
Prudente: I had a little garden.
would help in the ration times. What kind of things did you grow in
Prudente: Everything, peas, carrots, potatoes.
Johnson: Did you
can things for the winter?
Prudente: Some (missed some conversation as
tape ran out)
Johnson: Not at the hotel. When you got onto Fourth Avenue,
did you have a garden?
Prudente: Yes, I had a garden when I was in the
Johnson: You had a garden when you were so busy with little
babies. That's hard work.
Johnson: Did you can things when
you were in the Station?
Prudente: Yes, go picking blueberries and
strawberries. Go in the bush and pick them up and make things.
Was it hard to get the jars to can? Were they very expensive?
No, nothing was expensive in those days.
Johnson: When you lived at the
Europe Hotel, you didn't have a garden so you had to buy everything
the grocery store.
Johnson: Were you happy to get a garden
Prudente: Yes, but I didn't have time for a garden.
Because you were still working at the hotel. Did the kids have to work
the garden too?
Prudente: No, they didn't know how to plant the
Johnson: You don't know how to plant the peas.
Rose: Don't you
remember the garden we used to have on Fourth Avenue? I took a cabbage
to the fair and got first prize.
Johnson: You must have had a good
Prudente: Yes, we had an empty lot.
Johnson: You used it all for
Prudente: Yes, even tomatoes.
Johnson: Did you get
Johnson: Did you have to protect them?
used to get warmer summers, long warm summers.
Eva: From about May to
Rose: We had a longer growing season.
Johnson: Colder winters and
longer growing seasons, that's interesting.
Rose: It was Thanksgiving
weekend and Dad was going to tar the roof. Of course, he made friends
with all the guys from the camp . In October it was eighteen
Johnson: That would really help the gardens.
You could grow more things than you can grow now. That's incredible.
When the troops were in Prince George, did you have lots of them down
at your hotel?
Eva: When the soldiers came to town during the war, did
you have lots of them at the hotel?
Eva: And lots of them
at the house.
Johnson: They liked your cooking, did they?
the soldiers came in the beer parlor.
Johnson: Did some of them come
home to your kitchen too?
Prudente: Yes, they had a camp by the
graveyard. There was a great big camp. They all came to the beer
parlor. Ten cents for a glass of beer.
Johnson: Can you think of
anything else I should know about?
Prudente: I work hard, raised the
kids and did my best. I rented the rooms. They all turned out.
I spank them. They make me mad.
Johnson: That's what moms are supposed to do. What happened to your
son, Mike, that died when he was
Prudente: I don't know. They think he had appendix. They said
they have to take it out right away but he didn't have appendix at all.
They went to the bush and ate saskatoons. They find that the berries
poisoned his system. They operated and he died.
Rose: I think he got
pneumonia and didn't have too much immunity.
Johnson: He got pneumonia
after the operation.
Johnson: Was it the appendix or did he eat
something he shouldn't have?
Eva: It's hard to say.
Johnson: What about
Steve? When did Steve die?
Prudente: Steve died at the end of May,
Johnson: Let's go from the first kids. What did Flora do? How old
was Flora when she left to get married?
Johnson: Did she work in the hotel until she got married?
Johnson: Who did she work for?
Rose: She worked in the Government Building and she also
worked for the Bank Manager at the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Eva: In the
beginning it was the Government Building.
Rose: It was Mr.
Johnson: Who was Flora's husband?
Prudente: A soldier, a
Rose: He was an Officer Lieutenant.
Johnson: What was his
Rose: Bert Wood.
Johnson: Did they live in Prince George?
Eva: No, he
was from New Brunswick.
Johnson: They just traveled wherever he was
Eva: They went back.
Eva: You were born in 1920,
weren't you Rose.
Rose: Don't make me a year older.
Johnson: 1921. Did you
work at the hotel until you got married?
Rose: No, I was a
Johnson: So you went to school.
Rose: In Vancouver.
How far did you go in school here?
Rose: Grade 11.
Johnson: Then you went
to Vancouver to be a hairdresser. You came back and worked here.
Too faint to hear what was being said)
Johnson: You thought that would
be easier. Who did you marry?
Rose: Don Koehler. He was from Kitchener Ontario. He is now deceased.
When did he die?
Rose: Five years this May. I was also divorced.
You were divorced. Did you marry again?
Eva: Flora was also
divorced and she married again.
Johnson: Who did she marry
Eva: Joe Green
Johnson: Did she come back here?
Rose: Yes, actually she did.
Johnson: Was Joe Green
Rose: He was at the time I guess. He was living here but he wasn't
Eva: Where does Mike fit in? Where was he born?
Do you know when Mike was born?
Eva: Steve would have been born.
thought he was thirteen years older than Steve but I might be
Eva: I'm thirteen years older.
Johnson: So he would have been
Johnson: Steve would have been born in '23.
Mike would have been born, do you remember when?
Rose: Was Mike two years
younger than Steve or one?
Rose: Mike was two years
Johnson: What did Steve die of?
Rose: He died of
Johnson: He was married to Sophie. Do you know her maiden
Johnson: And Eva is married to?
Johnson: You work at the hospital, public relations?