One by one the early settlers of this Island are passing away. Most of the men and women who wrestled with the stumps in the virgin wilderness are now sleeping in quiet country church yards. And with them now lies buried much valuable history. It is a pity that there have not been more rural historians to take down from their lips the simple but fascinating story of how they struggled and achieved. Something along this line has been done it is true, and it is not yet too late to do much more. For in almost every hamlet and village there still survives a solitary octogenarian, haunting the fireside in winter, basking in the sunlight in summer, the chief pleasure of whose declining years is to recount to youthful ears the story of a past life and of friends who have gone beyond the bourne. - excerpt from REMINISCENCES OF AN OCTOGENARIAN by Dugald Henry
For our Island Narratives Project we are focusing on interviewing senior citizens in the North Shore area, primarily Lot 24. This takes in the area from Stanley Bridge to Hunter River and all the communities in between. Our group consisted of Becky Murphy (Regional Coordinator), Shawn Gallant, Jason Roberge and Patrick Power (all Interns). Together we conducted interviews, which were either audio taped, transcribed or both. We also did secondary research on any topics brought up in our interviews, and collected pictures which can be viewed in the North Shore Digital Collection.
To better understand Lot 24, one must first understand how lots on PEI came to be. In 1767 the British Government divided PEI into lots. These lots were owned by proprietors who collected rent from their tenants. Because of low income and variables such as inclimate weather affecting tenants' crops, there was often little to no rent collected. This system was very ineffective and made life very hard for Islanders as they worked hard just to have enough to pay the proprietors rent, with no end in sight. In 1873 this land agreement was abolished when PEI joined Confederation on the condition that the proprietors/tenants system be scrapped. Lot numbers now are only used when referencing old maps or large areas on PEI.
Bienvenue à notre page web sur l'histoire de la Côte-Nord de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Sur ce site, vous trouverez des liens vers chaque communauté de la région contenant des informations et des images. La plupart des informations proviennent des entrevues menées avec les aînés qui ont bien voulu s'asseoir avec nous et ont partagé leurs histoires de vie. Cela a été une expérience enrichissante, amusante, et révélatrice pour notre groupe. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez l'apprentissage et les souvenirs pendant que nous prenons un peu de recul, pour voir cette belle région de la Côte-Nord telle qu'elle était autrefois.