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LF – Leo Farrell

KP – Curator Ken Perlman

LF: Farmed all my life except a few years. I farmed up through the 1940s. You know, I was pretty lucky. You’re not in a hurry are you?

KP: No.

I was fairly lucky you know. Times was bad in the 30s and 40s, and you couldn't buy a job in Summerside like you could today. There’s all kinds of jobs in Summerside [today] if you want to work. The only place you could get to work [then] was for farmers for a dollar a day like stukin' grain, hoein’ turnpips or somethin’ like that, threshin' or pitchin' hay. Oh, you might get a few days shinglin’ some place. But you’d still only get a dollar a day and two meals. But I was very lucky, I'd be playin’ at the halls and get anywhere from two dollars and a half to three dollars, eh. Sometimes, I got 3 dollars down at Traveller's Rest in Sherbrooke. Sometimes they'd come up, I'd play from 9 till 1. At one o’clock some feller would come up pretty well loaded and he'd give me another dollar if I played for another hour. I wouldn't turn it down B that's a days work! So I always had money, So I was fairly lucky.