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Gilberte Desrochers Beaulé (b. Lewiston, c.1935) talks to her nephew, Claude Bergeron, about her father, Adelbert Desrochers, who was a strike-breaker in the Auburn Shoe Strike of 1937, growing up in the Great Depression, and family life in her early years. Also present for the interview is the interviewer's mother, Beaulé's sister, Jeanine Desrochers Bergeron.
Claire Bouffard Chase, born in Winooski, Vt. and of French-Canadian descent, talks about her family, in particular her grandmother, mother and father, and the World War II experiences of her brother, Clem. She relates stories she heard as a child, talks about being raised to be self-sufficient and discusses her father's life philosophy. Most interesting are her stories about a healing tradition in the family that borders on the mysterious and mystical, where certain family members could take away pain (and Claire's warts) by the power of suggestion, and how this tradition was passed on in a very strict code of secrecy. Kim Chase conducts the interview.
Lucille West, 80, talks with Kim Chase in French and English about growing up on farms in Canada and in North Troy, Vermont. In French she talks with Kim about various French songs. In English Lucille relates how her family came to move to Vermont when she was 10, and the adjustments she had to make in learning new ways and a new language, English. She also talks about celebrating Christmas in Vermont, which her family had never done before in Canada, home health remedies, foods eaten, how her mother became blind when Lucille was only 4, and other family stories. Lucille and Kim switch between French and English but there is enough in English for the non-French speaker to understand.
Robert Pontbriant, of French-Canadian descent, talks with Kim Chase about how his parents came to Winooski, Vt. from Canada. He relates many other family stories including soirées and the singing and dancing that went along with those gatherings. In particular he talks about the ability of certain family members and friends to be able to take the pain away from burns and to stop bleeding (side 3) by using a "power" or "gift" of faith healing. Also discussed are: trapping, foods, his blindness due to an inherited disease, farming, and more family stories and memories.