Collection MHCA0041 - Ernest J. Steele collection

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Ernest J. Steele collection

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  • 2001 (Creation)

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28 pages of textual records
1 audiocassette

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Ernest J. Steele (1918-2002) grew up with five brothers and four sisters on Notre Dame Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island. His father, John Steele, had a barbershop on Water Street and his grandfather, John Steele, Sr., had served as a policeman in the town. Ernest, known as “Ern,” served overseas from 1940-1945 in the Second World War. Upon his return he worked for thirty-five years with the Canadian National ferry service between Borden, PEI and Cape Tormentine, NB. At the time of his retirement he was Chief Steward.

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Mr. Steele loaned the papers for photocopying in December 2001. The audiocassette was made by archivist Fred Horne who interviewed him on 6 December 2001.

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The collection consists of twenty-four photocopied pages including handwritten notes by Mr. Steele about his memories of boyhood and the war years, a list of captains serving on the CN ferries during his employment, a list of members of the Crystal Sisters hockey team, a typewritten account of James "Stork" Gillis, and a typewritten list of Summerside policemen from 1876-1969. The four original sheets consist of one page written by Mr. Steele about the guns in Memorial Park and three pages of notes taken by Fred Horne during a December 2001 talk with Mr. Steele. The audiocassette in the collection contains a sixty-minute interview.

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  • English

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MacNaught History Centre and Archives

Accession 001.45.80

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