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Cream Days on Story Net

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Joy Nugent lives in the rambling farmhouse that her great-grandfather built in 1854, a mile or so from the village of Kinnear's Mills.

 

 

 

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Cream Days

Recording Date:- 02-02-2013

Storyteller:- Joy Nugent

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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Joy Nugent lives in the rambling farmhouse that her great-grandfather built in 1854, a mile or so from the village of Kinnear's Mills.

"I got off as far as I could, but still the two hubs of our wagons met, and our horse jumped, and the whipple-tree broke and she ran down the hill."

Joy Nugent still lives in the rambling farmhouse that her great-grandfather Thompson built in 1854, a mile or so from the village of Kinnear's Mills. She was born here in 1923 and has called it home for all but two of her 90 years.

Growing up on Tweedside Farm, Joy remembers that her family depended on horses to work the fields. They kept ten cows, some sheep and pigs and a few hens. Once a week her father George Thompson would drive into the nearest town, Thetford Mines, to sell surplus eggs.
Country schools didn't offer formal studies beyond Grade 8, so Joy arranged for room and board in the village for Grades 9 and 10. At 17, she spent the school year living in Thetford Mines to complete Grade 11.

Joy's dream was to train as a nurse, but she recalls how terrified her mother seemed by the prospect. Caring for sick people would expose her to all manner of deadly infection. Her mother told her a cautionary tale about a young cousin from Maple Grove who had cared for a man with galloping consumption and who'd soon come down with the disease herself, and died. Joy settled for a career in education, enrolling at teacher's college in Montreal.

Joy tells StoryNet about her memories of life at Tweedside Farm, from childhood through motherhood, including how she and her future husband Murray met one day by accident when she was driving a wagon load of cream to the butter factory.

Recorded in Kinnear's Mills.