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My parents immigrated from Northern Ireland to Winnipeg in the summer of 1927. I was born in November 1928. I was an only child. It was the start of the depression years and jobs were scarce. As a 4 year old I remember riding the streetcar downtown with my mother. If I behaved while she shopped at Eaton’s she would take me to the Woolworths store and buy me a 10 cent toy! By 1933 my father couldn’t obtain any kind of work in the city, so we moved to a vacant farm about 100 miles west of Winnipeg in the district of Keyes. My parents, city slickers, knew absolutely nothing about farming but we survived. I attended a one room school. One teacher taught all the subjects from grade one to 10. There were never more than 20 to 25 kids in the whole school. We had no radio for 3 years, no car for 7 years, no electricity for 16 , no telephone for 10 and never did have running water or plumbing. In 1954, I left the farm at the age of 25. I became employed by Winnipeg Transit for the next 38 years. The girl I had been dating also moved to Winnipeg and we were married in 1955. We have 2 married daughters, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. I retired August 1st 1992 after 38 years driving streetcars, trolley buses, and diesel buses, was the last streetcar employee to retire. From badge 825 to badge 1.


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