Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.6

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Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.6


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laundry appliances







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Kozakov, Serhiy


Margel, Joan

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5.4 Interview with Joan Margel (née Bayers) 1.6 2004-091-0726 18:29 U2 Local Cultures purchasing farming material culture dwellings outbuildings cellars laundry appliances schools selling Margel, Joan Kozakov, Serhiy mp3 2004-091-0726.mp3 0 Other audio English 0 Building Practices, Housing, and Layout 1. Comments about differences in house building practices between different nationalities. 2. Interior decoration. 3. Layout, number of rooms. 4. How was the house heated? 5. Tell me about your cellar under the house? Joan continues to talk about the houses in the community, noting that they were all made of logs and plaster. She says that the English made their houses differently from the Ukrainians, Lithuanians, and Indigenous people. She talks about interviewing Tom Parks, who learned how to build a log house from the Ukrainians. She says that her Babka had big ferns for corsages and red geraniums, and lived in a two room house. Joan says that larger and/or richer families began to live in houses with more rooms/more floors. She notes that keeping flowers indoors year round is significant, and shows that the log houses never got too cold for the plants. Her house's heating system was only a stove, and she says that they knew it was bed time when they started to get cold. Joan also mentions that nothing ever froze in the cellar because it was right in the middle of the house. They stored vegetables like potatoes and turnips, and their food was jarred. She says that across the creek families had an upstairs or attic used for sleeping and storage. She talks about her mother and father's clothing. 53.550, -113.469 12 Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Joan Margel for the Alberta Women's Memory Project Joan Margel fonds 484 Food Shopping and Local Stores 1. What food and dry goods did your family purchase at the store? Joan talks about a box that her family would buy from the store that had flour and sugar. She says that her mother made her own soap using lard. Her family bought prunes, dried apples, and raisins. They bought a pound of tobacco and matches for her father, and luxe face soap for everyone. She says that her mother had to be sure that there was salt and pepper. They also needed tea, coffee, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Joan mentions that if they ran out of something they would ask a neighbour. 767 Laundry, Clothes Shopping, and School Supplies 1. How did you do laundry? 2. Did you ever order clothes from catalogues? (e.g., Eaton’s). When? What did you order? 3. Comments about school supplies. Joan talks about her mother using bluing liquid to make the laundry and diapers whiter. She says that they did not buy clothes from the stores, but ordered it from catalogues. In her experience, the women had to buy clothes and the men would only grocery shop. Sometimes her father would buy popcorn as a treat, which would come with a toy. She also talks about collecting images from boxes of Shredded Wheat. Joan says that when she got pencils they would have to be sharpened with a knife. They talk about how she used ink and pens, but there were no ballpoint pens. She mentions that when she was a teacher in Windsor, there was a big argument about whether ballpoint pens should be allowed in schools or not. Joan talks about scribblers, and says that they changed when she got to grade four. Her father had to go into town to get school supplies. 1001 Buying and Selling in the Community 1. Comments about Watkins and Rowley men coming to the community to sell things. 2. Comments about Mr. George Didow and buying a sowing machine from him. Joan says that in the summer, spring, and fall, the Watkins man and the Rowley man would come around. She says they sold vanillas, banana-flavoured food, and more. She says someone else named Mr. Didow would come around selling things as well, and she mentions that the men used wagons and came from far away. Because of that, they didn't come around often, but she remembers someone selling ribbons. Joan talks about how Mr. Didow was originally from Verenchanka, and he was an entrepreneur who sold sewing machines to the local women. She mentions that her mother bought one of the machines. 48.546, 25.741 12 Locality: Verenchanka, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine No transcript. audio 0



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