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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 (to view video click here >>
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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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Brighton I Remember - Stephens 1
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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 2
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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 - Heeney 1
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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 2
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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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BIR Melba Pound Part 1
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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 2
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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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Melba Pound - The Plate
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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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BIR Mark Scanlon - Part 1
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Mark Scanlon - Part 1

Mark Scanlon is a second generation pharmacist living in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Here we introduce the 3rd and 4th generation of Scanlon pharmacists.

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BIR Mark Scanlon - Part 2
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Mark Scanlon - Part 2

Mark Scanlon is a second generation pharmacist living in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Here we introduce the 3rd and 4th generation of Scanlon pharmacists.

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BIR Rose Ellery - Part 1
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Rose Ellery - Part 1

Lifelong resident Rose (Cheer) Ellery talks about growing up in Brighton where she also attended both public and high school. Rose has been involved in numerous groups including St. Paul's Anglican Church, the Rebekahs and most notably, a member of Municipal Council for many years. She helped establish Brighton Applefest and led it as it grew into a major event.

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BIR Rose Ellery - Part 2
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Rose Ellery - Part 2

Take a tour of Brighton's past with Rose Ellery whose recollection of businesses and buildings is quite remarkable. Find out which businesses used to be in buildings you still may frequent today. You'll be sure to learn something you didn't know!

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BIR Kay Craig - Part 1
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Kay Craig - Part 1

Kathleen (Kay) Craig recalls her childhood in Brighton Township living on her family's farm. She attended school locally and completed high school before attending Nursing School in Toronto. Kay's future husband, Harold Craig, took her on their first date to the Presqu'ile Dance Pavilion, a very popular venue in its time. Kay and Harold were married and soon had a growing family of four children. They lived in Belleville but summers were spent at their cottage in Presqu'ile. There were many happy times especially on the water where they boated and water skied.

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BIR Kay Craig - Part 2
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Kay Craig - Part 2

Continuing her reminiscences of their Presqu'ile cottage, Kay relates two very frightening stories of mishaps near the Government Dock. In both cases, her husband Harold and her son David were quick to lend assistance resulting in the saving of several lives.

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BIR Carole Ring - Part 1
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Carole Ring - Part 1

Carole is a life-long resident of Brighton Township living in the same home she was born in. She talks about her ancestors, the Rouses and the Reddicks, who settled the land and farmed it, primarily as apple farmers. She continues with stories about farming and farm life including the old tradition of the shivaree. Note the quilt on the chair she is sitting on--it was made by her grandmother.

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BIR Carole Ring - Part 2
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Carole Ring - Part 2

Carole continues her story of growing up on the farm, helping her father but also getting into many adventures with her sister and her friend. She tells a story from her book "In Gentler Times--Childhood Stores". She concludes by introducing you to eight generations of her family who have lived on their land.

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BIR Mary Tadman - Part 1
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Mary Tadman - Part 1

Mary talks about growing up in Gosport as part of the Quick family. The fishing industry was extremely important and provided livelihoods for many families. Even the children could occasionally earn money picking smelt. Mary walked to school until the actions of her father got school busses for the Gosport kids. She also talks about the Dance Pavilion on Presqu'ile.

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BIR Mary Tadman - Part 2
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Mary Tadman - Part 2

Mary talks about the fishing industry in Gosport and her role in contributing to her family's business by taking phone calls and writing labels. Fish from Gosport were shipped all over the world and Mary tells a story about that. She also describes the types of nets used.

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BIR Mary Tadman - Part 3
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Mary Tadman - Part 3

Mary remembers the dangers of fishing and tells the sad story of the loss of her brother. She describes the types of boats that were used for different fishing purposes. Finally, she reflects on the life lesions she learned living in the small community of Gosport.

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BIR Joe McMullen - Part 1
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Joe McMullen - Part 1

Retired teacher Joe McMullen talks about how he started his career in teaching after graduating from East Northumberland Secondary School. He attended Teacher's College in Peterborough and landed his first teaching job which included not only academics but music. A highlight of his career was when Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson raised the new Canadian flag at Joe's school. Joe accompanied the students' singing of O Canada on his coronet.

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BIR Joe McMullen - Part 2
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Joe McMullen - Part 2

Joe began teaching at Brighton Public School which allowed him to work in his home town. He soon became qualified to teach Special Education and did so for the next 27 years both at Brighton Public School and at Spring Valley. He found this aspect of teaching to be very rewarding and he taught Special Education until his retirement in 1995.

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