May 4 • 57M

205 - Florence Eland (The Village of Riverside Glen)

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Jenny Mitchell
A show that aims to give a platform for sharing ideas, perspectives and feelings in the wake of the Global COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews will feature local Guelphites as well as people living elsewhere around the world.

For this episode I interview Florence Eland, a resident at The Village of Riverside Glen. Born in Guelph in 1930, Florence has lived here her whole life, and today she shares some of that history with us - growing up between the country and the city out at Fife road, attending the MacDonald Consolidated School on the University grounds, helping out in the school's big gardens, putting on performances at Memorial Hall, and enjoying the annual picnic that saw the gathering of all the rural schools surrounding the city. Florence shares stories of the neighbouring strawberry farm and the Farmer's Dairy, the old pickle factory, her life as a secretary, coming from a family of thirteen children and raising six of her own. We're so grateful to Florence for giving us a glimpse into Guelph's past!

This interview was originally recorded on April 20th, 2022