Lita Therrien Interview
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- Naomi Balla-Boudreau, Interviewer
Pam Charron, Interviewer
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- This Audio interview was recorded in the home of Lita Therrien on February 17, 2005 and discusses her McIsaac and Pellerin ancestors in Bissett Creek.
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- February 17, 2005
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- Late 1800s Early to Mid 1900s
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Head, Clara and Maria Public Library
- McIsaac Family Name
- Verbal Story Telling
- Mary McIsaac’s People
- Lived in little nomadic groups
- Priests broken promises to John
- Lumbering in Bissett’s underway in late 1800s. Family squats at Big Bissett.
- Family Survives big fires
- Saved the family cow but had to be given as payment for a shack to live in.
- Native way, woman did all the “dirty” chores.
- Mary Snowshoed out, packed pelts and caught the train, “the Local”, and would go trade furs in Mattawa for supplies.
- Railway was being built in area around 1882 after that.
- Then moved to “Jardines”, Bissett Depot. Stayed in shack.
- John McIsaac died on Bronson property.
- How many kids Mary and John had. Living 9.
- Chartrands, Morins, Therriens, stayed local…all related to McIsaac’s.
- Mary’s people lived in this particular village always leery of the “others”.
- the “others” another tribe, 1830s.
- John was a Cree.
- Lemual Tooley was married to Lita’s grandmothers sister.
- Social aspect of the family life.
- Pellerin’s Great-Grandfather came from Joliette Quebec
- who spoke French and who spoke English?
- Who could read or write?
- Great Grandfather Pellerin was a Raftsman.
- Lachine Rapids, “did the trade thing”.
- Swisha important point on the River. Had to portage, there were supplies there etc.
- Would Pray, had a “little church” not a building but a spot that they used to pray.
- Stayed at Swisha and married a Moore from Moore lake.
- In Rolph township, Pellerin Farm.
- Lita’s grandfather (white beards son) also a River man and Road work
- Building of the Hwy in 1930s brought Pellerin to the area.
- Out of their marriage came Lita’s mom and uncle Willie.
- Grandpa had work on the River in Summer time
- In winter they lived on Ontario Side of the River
- Home births and Midwives.
- Native Herbal knowledge passed on by Mary McIsaac
- Train at 7 am and be back 11 pm at night from Mattawa.
- people used to claim land by squatting on it.
- Beginning of Depot Farm.
- The Impact of the Dam late 1940s.
- Big families Sheedy’s, Pichettes, Pellerins, Jones (oil Painting), McIsaac’s, Florence, Mr Planding (Oil Painting)( don’t know where he came from or where he went), Tooley’s (had service station and store), Clouthiers, Pichettes, Girous(?), always a family in the section house, Chamberlains.
- Technology change, lumbering got
phased out, train station moved with the
switch to diesel. Therefore big population
- First Bissett school house. Lita’s mother went tot hat school in 1919, and the school had been there for a couple of years.
- Bissett Road. Location of old Pembroke Mattawa road (HWY 17) before the flood.