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Jean Hope (nee Berry)' s oral history interview conducted by Warren Sommer on 24 Apr. 2007, 8 May 2007, 29 May 2007.
4 audio cassette; 8 cds (SR-230.1, 230.2, 230.3, 230.4, 230.5, 230.6, 230.7, 230.8).
24 Apr., 8 May, 29 May 2007.
SR-230.1 is a recording of an interview with Jean Hope (nee Berry), conducted by Warren Sommer.
Track 1 - Introduction of tape. Discussion of the date and place of Jean's birth as well as the births of her siblings.
Track 2 - Discussion of Jean's parents, their birth and family.
Track 3 - Discussion of Jean's memories of her Berry grandparents and visiting their house.
Track 4 - Discussion of the importance of education in the Berry family. Discussion of the politics of education in Langley during the '30s and '40s and '70s.
Track 5 - Discussion of the interior of Jean's grandmother's house. Mention of the rooms and furnishings.
Track 6 - Discussion of formality amongst Jean's mother's friends.
Track 7-8 - Discussion returns to grandmother's house. Mention of indoor plumbing and bathrooms in the house. Mention of electricity in the house. Mention of heating Jean's family home. Mention of Chub being quarantined for the mumps.
Track 9 - Discussion of hired men and women within the family. Mention of Chinese and Sikh labourers.
Track 10 - Discussion returns to grandmother's house, regarding the décor of Jean's grandparents house. Mention of later renovations.
Track 11 - Discussion of Jean's maternal grandparents, the Lakings and her mother's family.
Track 12 - Discussion of Jean's limited knowledge of the Coulter and Berry Store. Mention of Mrs. Coulter.
Track 13 - Discussion of Jean's memories of Murrayville, description of the Five Corners and the shops in the area.
Track 14 - Discussion of Jean's memories of Langley Prairie. Mention of shops and buildings in the area and Saturday night shopping.
Track 15 - Discussion of Jean's memories of trips to New Westminister for the dentist and occasional shopping trips. Mention of memories of trips to Vancouver for shopping over New Westminster.
Track 16 - Discussion of the Depression, memories of clothing and eating what was raised on the farm.
Track 17 - Discussion of the Berry family automobile and using it for Saturday night community dances.
Track 18 - Discussion of Jean's sense of social hierarchy within Langley being on the basis of what you do with your life, rather than what you have.
SR-230.2 is a recording of the continued interview with Jean Hope (nee Berry), conducted by Warren Sommer.
Track 1 - Discussion of Jean's limited knowledge of the Interurban and major right of ways and roads in the Langley area.
Track 2 - Discussion of Jean's playmates and the games they played. Mention of birthdays, the Sharon United Mission Band and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Martin , also tennis and a pool table at the Berry home.
Track 3 - Discussion of Jean's knowledge of places off limits at Langley Praire. Discussion of the Berry family being teetotal and the United Church being a dry church.
Track 4 - Discussion of card games, bridge, being played at the Berry home.
Track 5 - Discussion of Jean's grandmother Berry coming from a Mennonite background and visits from Mennonite family members.
Track 6 - Discussion of Jean's elementary school experiences at Murrayville. Mention of teachers, subjects taught, the lack of knowledge of learning disabilities and dicipline.
Track 7 - Discussion of Jean growing up being involved in house work over barn work.
Track 8 - Discussion of a typical day's work at the Berry house.
Track 9 - Discussion of the Sabbath at the Berry house. Mention of Betty Luchelle's (sp?) story.
Track 10 - Discussion of Jean's memories of the farm year. Mention of the root cellar, summer harvesting, threshing, and feeding the crew.
Track 11 - Discussion of the Langley Cold Storage and the storage of food at the Berry house. Mention of the consumption of fish.
Track 12 - Discussion of the Berry's kitchen garden. Mention of the fruit, vegetables and flowers grown and mention of canning and storing food.
Track 13 - Discussion of Jean's impression of the division of labour on the Berry family farm.
Track 14 - Discussion of the Great Depression and the change in education within the Berry family and the lack of cash money.
SR-230.3 is a recording of the continued interview with Jean Hope (nee Berry), conducted by Warren Sommer.
Track 1 - Discussion of Jean's limited knowledge of tramps and vagrants, bartering and relief camps.
Track 2 - Discussion of the weather in Langley when Jean was younger.
Track 3 - Discussion of the fun of summer holiday, trips to White Rock and church picnics.
Track 4 - Discussion of the expectation of attending church and sunday school. Mention of church groups, the Mission Band, Young Peoples and Canadian Girls in Training. Mention of Catholics.
Track 5 - Discussion of the Jean's memories and experiences at the Langley Fall Fair and the P.N.E.
Track 6 - Discussion of Jean's memories and experiences at May Day. Discussion of patriotic feelings towards Canada and loyal feelings towards Britain. Mention of the limited celebration for Dominion Day.
Track 7-8 - Discussion of Jean's activities as a teenager and the community dances. Mention of the roller rink. Discussion of the music played at the dances and returning home after the dances.
Track 9 - Discussion of Jean's consciousness of popular culture in the 1940's. Mention of movies, radio, fashion, makeup, and jewellery.
Track 10 - Discussion of Jean's memories of services offered in Langley. Mention of the library, the police department, fire department, and sale of alcohol.
Track 11 - Discussion of paved roads in Langley.
Track 12 - Discussion of garbage disposal by the Berry's. Mention of the Belmont Dump in South Langley.
Track 13 - Discussion of Jean taking on a summer job at the family farm.
Track 14 - Discussion of Jean's impression of knowing people in Langley.
Track 15 - Discussion of the Pioneer's Association and Jean's parents being members.
Track 16 - Discussion of Jean's memories of wedding and funerals at Langley, specifically those held at the United Church.
Track 17 - Discussion of Jean's memories of high school. Memories of subjects taught. Discussion of Jean's later education at senior matriculation and Normal School. Mention of boarding during education and working while married.
Track 18 - Discussion of Jean's memories of quarantines when mumps broke out at the Berry house.
SR-230.4 is a recording of the continued interview with Jean Hope (nee Berry), conducted by Warren Sommer.
Track 1 - Discussion of Jean's memories of polio and diphtheria. Discussion of doctor visits. Mention of Jean having her tonsils removed.
Track 2 - Discussion of Jean's graduation from high school, graduation from normal school. Mention of teaching outside of the valley.
Track 3 - Discussion of Jean's memories of the Royal Visit of 1939.
Track 4 - Discussion of Jean's limited knowledge of the rise of Hitler and Mussolini.
Track 5 - Discussion of Jean's knowledge of the First World War.
Track 6 - Discussion of the Second World War. Mention of Jean's experience with the Japanese, and the Hagelstein's. Discussion of Jean's brother Bill joining the war. Discussion of the war's impact on the community, mention of blackout curtains, and air raid drills at school. Discussion of the celebrations at the end of the war.
Track 7 - Discussions of the career opportunities for women. Mention of Ellen Monahan at the bank and Jean starting out as a teacher.
Track 8 - Discussion of travelling to Europe with Isobel Rogers in 1953 and later teaching at Caracas, Venezuela from 1956-1958.
Track 9-10 - Discussion of Jean's wedding to Phil Hope at the Sharon United Church. Mention of Jean's honeymoon and their parents honeymoon's. Discussion of living on the farm, having children and returning to work. Mention of Jean's sons continuing to farm their father's land.
Track 11 - Discussion of Jean's memories of the 1948 flood of Langley.
Track 12 - Discussion of Jean's impression of politics and development of Langley.
Berry House (and Barn)
See Also: Belmont Farm
Berry, Gordon (Chub)
Gordon Berry was born June 21, 1928 to Harry and Vera Berry. He married a woman named Fran, and they had two daughters, Sharon and Leanne. Gordon died April 8, 2002.
Berry, Harold "Harry" Sterne
Harold "Harry" Sterne Berry was born in Langley on 17 August, 1901 to John Walter Berry and Lydia Bowman. He married Vera Evelyn Laking (1902-1979) on 19 October, 1922, in Vancouver. They had 6 children, including Gordon (Chub), Helen, Ted, Dick, Bill and Jean. Harold died on 4 December, 1980. Harry Berry was a farmer on Belmont Dairy Farm, and lived in only two houses his whole life.
Berry, John Walter, 1868-1943
John Walter Berry was born on December 18, 1869 in Bruce County, Ontario to parents William Berry and Susanah (Sterne) Berry. In 1890 he married Lydia Bowman of Mannheim, Ontario. They had 7 children: Edith (b. 1891), Edward (b. 1894), William (b. 1900), Harold (b. 1901), Anne (b. 1903), John (b. 1905), and Thomas (b. 1910). John moved his family to Langley in 1897 to help long-time friend David Moss Coulter open a general store. The pair opened two stores, one in Murrayville (managed by Berry) and one in Fort Langley (managed by Coulter). In 1904 John sold his store to Hugh A. MacDonald. During the time he owned the store, John purchased a 135 acre price of land and went on to build a successful dairy farm (Belmont). In 1910 he helped form the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association. John was a prominent Langley citizen. He served as Municipal Clerk in the Township of Langley from 1899-1909, as Chairman of the Langley School Board from 1912-1936, and as MLA for the Delta Riding (which consisted of Delta, Surrey and Langley) from 1928-1932. He also served as an auctioneer and valuator. John died at his home on Old Yale Road after a lengthy illness on September 5, 1943 at the age of 74. He is buried in the Murrayville Cemetery.
See Also: Coulter & Berry Store
Term Source: The Langley Story, pg. 249 (Waite) ; From Prairie to City, p. 85 (Sommer).
Berry, Lydia (nee Bowman), 1866-1948
Lydia Berry (nee Bowman) was born in Ontario on 7 October, 1867. She married John Walter Berry in 1890, and they had seven children: two sons died during World War I. She died on April 20, 1948.
Term Source: Comparison of 1990 and counting, pg5 (MacKinnon), and HPC Record (BERRY-1), The Langley Story pg.
Berry, Vera Evelyn (nee Laking)
Vera Evelyn Laking was born in New Westminster on 24 February, 1902. She married Harold Sterne Berry on October 17, 1922. They had six children: Helen Evelyn, William John, Richard Sterne, Gordon Harry, Jean Anne, and Edward Laking. Vera died on August 11, 1979.
Term Source: Sears List of Subject Headings (16th. Ed.)
Five Corners - Murrayville
Five Corners intersection is where five roads all meet at one point in Murrayville. The streets are Old Yale Road, 48 Avenue; and 216 street. Paul Murray chose to homestead here in 1874 and after the Yale road was completed, Murray's son, Billy, built a hotel here to cater to travelers passing through on their way to the Interior. This was the first permanent building in the settlement that came to be known as Murray's Corners. In 1889 the brush was cleared for the construction of the first church in the area, Sharon Presbyterian Church. Further developments occurred rapidly, and Murray's Corners became one of the most important settlements in Langley. The settlement grew up as a service area for travelers and for the local agricultural community. Now called Murrayville, it retains a number of early buildings from all eras of it development, from the earliest church and hotel (1880's), to later farmhouses and barns (1900's to 1910's) , a school; and early suburban residence (1910's), and a later store, church and community hall (1920's to 1930's). This concentration of heritage buildings is a significant community resource, and remains as an important reminder of an earlier way of life in Langley. Today this heritage precinct is still centred on the Five Corners intersection, which remains the heart of the Murrayville community.
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