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East End Streets on Story Net

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Montreal's East End district was booming in the years following the close of the Second World War.

 

 

 

 

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East End Streets

Recording Date:- 05-11-2012

Storyteller:- Kevin O'Donnell

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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Montreal's East End district was booming in the years following the close of the Second World War.


"I remember when he came home at night, his hands would be cracked and sometimes bleeding."

Montreal's East End district was booming in the years following the close of the Second World War.

Workers and tradesmen hired in the nearby shipyards and railroad shops supported thousands of growing families. Vacant apartments were scarce.

Though most East Enders spoke French, the district was also home to a large number of English-speaking families, including a community of mixed Irish and Scottish ancestry centered around St. Dominic's Parish.

Tom O'Donnell was a painter by trade whose job at Provincial Tramways was to help keep the company's fleet of passenger buses in good repair. It was hard, physical work that brought him into contact daily with noxious fumes and chemicals. But it put food on the table and paid the rent.

Kevin O'Donnell talks to StoryNet about growing up on St. Zotique and DeLormier streets in the 1940s and 50s, and his memory of the family's fateful first car trip together.

Recorded in Montreal, Qc.