Doris Calder Oral History
The Doris Calder Oral History fond contains records of interviews that Doris Calder conducted with Kingston Peninsula residents. These interviews document oral histories of the region and provide the research material for her book All Our Born Days: A Lively History of New Brunswick's Kingston Peninsula.
All Our Born Days
Percheron Press, 1984
Percheron Press, 1984
From the back cover:
"Doris Calder is a lifelong resident of the Kingston peninsula. Born at Grey's Mills, she attended the one-room school at Long Reach for eight years, and graduated from Macdonald Consolidated School at Kingston in 1959. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University in 1963, sand a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1964, she and her husband, John, lived for a year each in Toronto, Northern Ireland, and Botswana, before returning to her childhood home, where they and their three children have resided since.
Doris has a deep affection for the Kingston Peninsula and its people, and has long been interested in telling their story. In preparation for this book, she spent several years researching written material, interviewing older residents, and visiting sites that were important to the early settlers. The daughter of Gordon and Ethel Patterson, Doris' ancestors include: Edmund and Jane Price, who preceded the loyalists and farmed at Greenwich at the head of Long Reach; David and Sarah Pickett, who were with the first group of Kingston Loyalists; and Thomas and Ellen Patterson, who came from Ireland in 1841 and settled near Oak Point."
A Fascinating Story
Doris Calder gave a wonderful presentation at our Saturday Speaker's series, sharing her knowledge of Grey's Mills.
Listen to one of the many stories she shared with us during the course of her presentation. This story involves the First World War, internment camps, a man on the run, and passing mention of a very well known Russian revolutionary.
This particular story demonstrates some of the ways that the history of the Peninsula intersects with the larger currents of world history.
Doris's presentation can be viewed in full at the Kingston Peninsula Heritage archive, at the John Fisher Memorial Museum. Please make an appointment with us to come see it!
The Doris Calder Oral History collection includes interviews with the following people:
Mary Catherine “Kay” (Hickey) Barlow
Gladys Vida Lucella (MacDougall) Bostwick
Myrtle Maria (Holder) Burnham
Edna Gertrude (Waddell) Cochrane & William Harvey Cochrane
Ida Harding (Marshall) Coffey
Maurice “Morris” Kingston Coffey
Robert Wesley “Bob” Cosman
Maisie Willington (Pitt) Currie, Lucie Melita (Pitt) Worden, & Eva Marjorie (Pitt) Miller
James Gordon “Jim” Edwards
Helen Augusta (Williams) Flewelling
Mildred Ellen (Gorham) Redmore & Zaidee Vivian (Gorham) Williams
Stanwood Brittain “Stan” Gorham & Blanche Marion (Long) Gorham
Hartley Emerson McAlary
Gladys Marjorie (Henderson) Titus & James "Gordon" Henderson
Louise Everett (Peters) Holder
Dr. Albert Theodore Leatherbarrow
Joseph Leonard Linton
John Frederick “Fred” Long
Russell E. McCleery
Ethel Muriel Meritt
Eva Marjorie (Pitt) Miller & Robert “Bob” Miller
Addie Helen Murphy
Charles Duffy Northrup, Melva Isabella (Moore) Roberts, & Lucy Louise (Paddock) McPherson
Barbara Helena Northrup & Marguerite Agnes (Northrup) Watts
George "Gordon" Patterson
Ida May (Patterson) Wakeling
Ida May Patterson & Helen Louise (Patterson) Regan
Ella May (Pitt) Reed
Zetta Theresa Fern Rodgers
William Robert “Bill” Roper
Vera Florence May Rosetta (Carter) Shamper
Albert M. Sleep & Alice Elizabeth (Donnelly) Sleep
Claude Arthur Stewart & Agnes Gertrude (Gilliland) Stewart
Albert Willard Thompson
Lorne Kenneth Waddell & Doris Mabel (Hall) Waddell
James “Jim” Walton
Agnes Elizabeth (Miller) White & Marjorie H. (Dickson) Miller
Lena Mary Victoria (White) Linton & Agnes Elizabeth (Miller) White
Zaidee Vivian (Gorham) Williams
Robert Marshall Wood, George Thomas Frederick Wood, & Elmina Augusta “Gussie” Wood
Bessie (Holder) Crosby
Bruce Hansom Williams
Hazel May Puddington & William Ellis Puddington
Harold Hazen Kierstead & Ruby Winifred (Hunt) Kierstead