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Brighton I Remember


Brighton I Remember, is an ongoing series of videos depicting the lives residents of the Municipality of Brighton, Ontario who have lived in the area most if not all their lives. The videos are unscripted, and the subjects articulately relate their stories of social and historical significance to Brighton with viewers.

With a focus on carefully curated photos from their personal collection, augmented with resources from the Brighton Digital Archives library as applicable, the storytellers share vignettes of their life in Brighton, often resulting in accounts of similar experiences from different perspectives.

As a collection, the videos tell a story of our community, from those who witnessed its growth and helped shape it.

Florence Chatten

Born at the family homestead of Fogorig in Seymour Township, on the eastern edge of Trent Hills, Florence became a teacher and moved to Hilton when she married her beloved Roy in 1947.

She is an immensely treasured presence in the community, involved in various causes. She recently received recognition for 70 years of service to the Women’s Institute, has an equal number of years with the United Church Women, and is the author of Brighton Township, a book she wrote while in her late 80s, feeling the story of the township needed telling in more detail. She is a resource for historians and authors, and those simply wanting a visit with an old friend. As you’ll see in the video, tea and cookies are a sure thing.

Florence agreed to be our test subject for our series, Brighton, I Remember. The song she played on the piano for us that day has become the signature music for the series. We are honoured to present her stories to you.

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Marjorie Morgan

Marjorie Morgan talks about her life and the Carman Community.

Marjorie reminisces about growing up in Morganston and her marriage to Harold Morgan. She was a school teacher and very active in the Carman Community. Marjorie, along with her father Frank Goodrich, was honoured to be presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and she relates many details of that unforgettable day.

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John Stephens - Part 1

John Stephens - Part 1

John Stephens talks about spending all his summers at Presqu'ile Park.

John spent every summer at Presqu'ile Park in a cottage built by his grandfather. He even met his future wife Eleanor there. John also remembers the last time he ever saw his father, waving goodbye to him as he left for the war. The Park was a community to the residents offering them a wide range of activities and sports. Sadly, none of this remains today.

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Brighton I Remember - Stephens 1
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John Stephens - Part 2

John Stephens continues his story about summers at Presqu'ile Park.

The Pleasure Palace dance hall played a prominent role in John's youth. He also talks about his Aunt Renee's Tea Room and later business at the White House in town. After Presqu'ile became a Provincial Park, the Stephens' cottage was relocated to town and became an important building after the tornado tore through in 1973.

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Brighton I Remember - Stephens 2
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Art Heeney - Part 1

Art Heeney talks about growing up on the Experimental Farm in Smithfield.

Art's father, Blair Heeney, was appointed the Superintendent of the Experimental Farm in Smithfield in 1960 and the family moved there when Art was 10. He grew up on the farm in a very tight knit community of farm families. He talks about the purpose of the farm and the various activities that took place. He also relates numerous stories about the fun that he and the other children living there and some of the mischief they got into.

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Brighton I Remember - Heeney 1
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Art Heeney - Part 2

Art Heeney continues his story about growing up on the Experimental Farm.

Some of the resident children got jobs at the farm including his sister Beverly (McLean) who came to some fame through a photo taken for the publicity of fruit irradiation. He tells of the night of the big fire and his story about the inmate work program which was a success but for "one bad apple." Art concludes by bringing us up to date on his life and career and reflects on the joys of his boyhood on the farm.

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Brighton I Remember - Heeney 2
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Melba Pound - Part 1

Melba Pound reminisces about her life in Brighton.

Melba moved to Brighton to live with her grandparents so she could attend school. She participated in typical teenage activities such as gathering at the drugstore soda fountain, seeing movies as well as participating in drama productions. Mention is also made of the Brighton Fairgrounds and the little-known Gypsy Lane.

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BIR Melba Pound Part 1
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Melba Pound - Part 2

Melba continues her story by recalling the radio her grandparents had which was a great attraction to the neighbours. She talks about various jobs she had, most importantly that of a teacher. Especially watch for some archival footage of Melba directing her students in an exercise.

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BIR Melba Pound Part 2
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Melba Pound - The Plate

Melba tells a remarkable story about her husband Wilfred's way of cleverly letting his family in Brighton know of his wellbeing and whereabouts prior to being sent overseas during WWII.

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Melba Pound - The Plate
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