Interview of Walter Probert conducted by Warren Sommer. Interviews took place on July 21, July 26 and July 27 2011. There were 4 cassettes donated.
SR-258.1 (CD 1)
Track 1: Walter discusses how he got his name and his family history. Born in Glen Valley and Nickname was Buck. Parents history is also discussed. His father came from England to join brother.
Track 2: Walter talks about the people on neighbouring properties to his fathers farm. Leafs, McMillans, Corducks. Land was given to soldier settlers.
Track 3: Walter describes the East Langley school and Community Hall. He describes how close the community was. The role of the church and community hall in the community. Talks about events that took place at the community hall such as plays. Also describes local store.
Track 4: Talks about going to Glenn Valley school and describes it. Talks about his time there and what it was like.
Track 5: Walter talks about the roads in Langley. Their condition. Most were gravel but well kept. Describes how Harvey Kane took mail to Maple Ridge.
Track 6: Konrok family was well off. They did not look down on other people though. Had one of the large old houses. Class system in Langley. Natives on football team and natives around Langley.
Track 7: Walter describes his family house and the land it was on. Preserving produce from the garden.
Track 8: How prevelant meat was around his house. Who lived on the family farm and what the house was like. What the sleeping arrangments were. Describes plumbing situation.
Track 9: How hard the depression hit Langley. Hobos and tramps around and what it was like. How they acted.
Track 10: Walter describes station house. Milk would be picked up there and cans would be dropped off.
Track 11: Talks about how his father had transport. Father had a truck. Was a fisherman and owned a boat which he docked in east Langley.
Track 12: Glen Valley school. Describes interior and exterior. Teachers and the high turnover rate. Had to go to Fort Langley school for a year.
Track 13: Walter talks about what it was like going to Langley High School. Principal was Manzer. He also discusses his parents attitude towards education. Father used to take him out fishing.
SR-258.2 (CD 2)
Track 1: Walter talks about the King and Queen visiting Fort Langley. He describes his first fishing boat. The war starting. Japanese fishermen in Steveston and the Whites' view of them.
Track 2: WWII is discussed. Walter talks baout if he saw it coming. He graduated highschool right before the war started.
Track 3: Fished for the first 2 years after graduating. He fished by himself. He describes the different types of fish and the seasons he caught them in.
Track 4: How the war affected his career path. Enlisted in Vancouver. Parents reaction to him enlisting. Him and his brother went into the army.
Track 5: What happened after he nelisted. Went to basic training then advanced. He describes his trip over to Europe from Vancouver.
Track 6: Walter discusses his training in Europe and what they were taught.
Track 7: The responsibilites of the Canadian army service core.
Track 8: Walter talks about being billeted in mansions in Europe.
Track 9: Walter talks about the British soldiers and how the Canadian men viewed them.
Track 10: Walter talks about how he would spend his days of leave. Llicensed premises in the army.
Track 11 Walter talks about the raid on Dieppe and how much information they recieved. The west's view of Hitler. How much information they got of major events. If they knew what was happening in the Nazi camps.
Track 12: Walter describes how the common people viewed war heros and politicial figures of the time.
Track 13: D day and how Walter went in a later wave of soldiers. Didn't get to continental Europe till the 22nd.
SR-258.3 (CD 3)
Track 1: Walter's first duties after landing in Europe was moving bodies after D day. Afterwards his job was to transport materials. walter describes the types of material he would transport and the convoys he would work on.
Track 2: Advancing into Germany during the war and the later years of war.
Track 3: Walter was in Holdenburg when the war ended. The soldiers and German peoples reaction to the end of the war.
Track 4: Walter talks about the day the war ended.
Track 5: How the german people treated the Ally soldiers.
Track 6: Walter volunteered to go to Japan after the war in Europe was over.
Track 7: Walter desscribes the soldiers coming home to Langley.
Track 8: After the war he went back into fishing.
Track 9: Walter discusses maintaining a boat in Langley. Where he got gas. How much money one could make from fishing. What types of fish he caught.
Track 10: Walter talks about going fishing for months at a time. WOuld often leave in May and be back in December. Talks about provisions and how he would get them.
Track 11: Talks aboutthe changing prices of fish and how that affected him. The canneries would come to them and pick up fish in the ocean. Talks about hte processs of payment.
Track 12: Walter talks about his wife and kids. Mary Tapp of Langley. had 3 children. He goes on to discuss poachers and the government's involvment in fishing. How the government would handle poachers and what the poachers did.
SR 258.4 (CD 4)
Track 1: Walter talks about the changin prices of fish. His father was the leader of the union that changed the price of fish to weight. He also talks about sea lions and the trouble they cause.
Track 2: Walter talks about getting new boats over the years.
Track 3: Walter talks about fishing by himself for many years. Finally hired a deck hand in the 70s. Wife had her own boat. Would often go fishing with him.
Track 4: Walter describes how navigation on the sea has changed over time. Describes different methods and how charts have stayed the same.
Track 5: Walter talks about the wharfs in Langley. Describes the different ones and talks about the Government Wharf.
Track 6: Fishermen unions and the different ones over time. Their role and why htere was one if all were self employed.
Track 7: Walters states his view on sports fishermen.
Track 8: Homer Stevens and communism and the fishermen union.
Track 9: Walter describes how area licensing caused problems and how it affected him. He goes into detail about the different licenses and how this affected selling the fish.
Track 10: Walter states his views on fish farms and the dangers associated with them.
Track 11: Walter retired in 1987 and he gave license to his family and sold another one he owned.