File 3 - Antoinette Godin; Phil Reader

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Antoinette Godin; Phil Reader

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CA SWM RG3-005-2-3

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  • August 19, 1999 (Creation)
    Godin, Antoinette
  • August 27, 1999 (Creation)
    Reader family

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1 file textual records, 1 cassette tape [sound recording]

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Antoinette Godin arrived in The Pas in 1931. Her family owned Godin’s Bakery.

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Joseph Reader and his bride were among a group of English clergymen brought to Canada to assist in the education of the First Nations of the Northwest Territories. Joseph Reader was one for four witnesses to the signing of Treaty at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Joseph Reader was transferred from Touchwood Hills, Saskatchewan, where he had worked as a missionary, to The Pas in 1878. A second son was born en route, while travelling aboard a steamer, S.S. Northcote, for which the child was named. Upon arriving in The Pas, Joseph Reader and his family took up residence in the mission house beside the church, now Devon Park. For the next three years Joseph Reader served as a missionary to The Pas, before resigning. He was appointed ‘Indian Agent of The Pas Agency’; an office he held for fourteen years. Despite resigning from missionary life, Joseph Reader continued his efforts to educate the First Nations. He arranged to have a printing press shipped to Oonikup (at Reader Lake), he copied out Cree syllables for the manufacture of a special font, and when it all arrived, father and sons spent years setting type, printing and binding booklets, almanacs, hymns, portions of the Bible and school lessons in the Cree syllabic. Joseph Reader died in February of 1928. (Source: The Pas: Gateway to the North, 1983, pgs. 399 – 402)
Phillip Boyd Reader was born August 6, 1914 at Gordon’s Reserve near Punnichy, Saskatchewan to Emily May and Northcote Reader. The family later moved to Reader Lake near The Pas where Phil spent several years hunting and trapping. He married Dorothy Viola Parkinson in the early 1930s and they lived in Flin Flon until 1941 when they moved their family to The Pas. Phil worked for The Pas Lumber Company from 1941 to 1943 and joined the Air Force as an Air Gunner during World War II. After the war he joined the Game Branch as a Conservation Officer for The Pas and was in charge of registered trap lines. From 1950 to 1952 he worked for the Department of Indian Affairs as Fur Supervisor, and then was self-employed at his sawmill at Reader Lake. From 1975 to his retirement in 1979 he worked for Manitoba Forest Industries at The Pas. (Source: The Pas: Gateway to Northern Manitoba, 1983, pp. 402 – 404)

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Consists of one cassette tape (PA99.2.3), one oral history summary for the tape, and two transcripts – one for the interview with Antoinette Godin conducted by Trevor Allen and one for the interview with Phil Reader conducted by Krista Cooke. Topics covered in the interview with Antoinette Godin includes Frechette’s Dairy, Godin’s Bakery, appliances, World War II, home conveniences, fishing, and childhood. Topics covered in the interview with Phil Reader include the Dog Derby, treatment of animals, Shorty Russick, Emile St. Godard, Fur Queens, crime in The Pas, the Chief of Police, smoking, moose hunting, trapping, and Toby (famous sled dog).

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Sam Waller Museum

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Created June 5, 2012

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