Transcript: People of Ontario - Bert & Joe - The Pee Dee Train | Jul 17, 1990

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Black and white pictures of people working by the trains appear on screen. Next, a caption reads “People of Ontario.”

Two men sit down in a garden on a sunny day.

The caption changes to “Bert Sitch. Hymers, Ontario” and then to “Joe Webb. Hymers, Ontario.”

Joe is in his late seventies, with short white hair. He’s clean-shaven and wears glasses, a beige jacket over a green plaid shirt and a black cap. Bert is in his seventies. He’s bald and clean-shaven. He wears glasses, a patterned white cardigan with details in brown. Matching brown trousers and a dark green shirt.

Bert says I THINK MOST PEOPLE
THEY HAVE HEARD OF IT.
IF THEY HAVEN'T DONE,
THEY'VE MISSED SOME GREAT
STORIES AND THAT IS ABOUT
THE OLD PEE DEE RAILWAY.
PORT ARTHUR DULUTH
AND WESTERN.
PEE DEE, P DOUBLE E,
D DOUBLE E,
THAT'S WHAT IT
WAS CALLED.
IT LEFT PORT ARTHUR
WHEN IT COULD.
AND IT ARRIVED AT
ITS DESTINATION
WHEN IT GOT THERE.
IN OTHER WORDS, TIME
SCHEDULE DIDN'T MEAN
A THING TO IT, BUT IT
WAS A REAL INSTITUTION.
IT WAS A FAITHFUL
OLD TRAIN.
THEY DID MANY,
MANY THINGS,
THE TRAIN CREW DID MANY
THINGS FOR THE SETTLERS.
THIS IS THE EARLY PART
OF THE SETTLEMENT HERE.
AND BROUGHT IN SUPPLIES FOR
THEM AND TOOK THEIR LUMBER
AND THEIR LOGS AND THEIR
PULPWOOD AND ALL THIS KIND
OF STUFF INTO TOWN.
BUT SHE WAS GENERALLY
THREE TIMES A WEEK
SHE WAS OFF THE
TRACKS SOMEPLACE.
HALF THE TIME HALFWAY
INTO THE WHITEFISH RIVER.
AND SHE WAS A
REAL CHARACTER,
A REAL INSTITUTION
THE PEEDEE WAS.
I REMEMBER ONE TIME,
PEEDEE WAS ON ITS WAY
BACK TO TOWN FROM
NORTH LAKE.
IT USED TO COME UP ONE
DAY AND GO BACK THE NEXT.
STOPPED OVERNIGHT
IN NORTH LAKE.
AND IT GENERALLY
STOPPED HERE AT HYMERS
ON THE WAY WEST AND
AGAIN ON THE WAY EAST
AND HAD A NOONDAY LUNCH,
IF THEY GOT THERE THAT DAY.

As Bert speaks, Joe looks at him and listens silently.

Bert continues
SOMETIMES IT WAS THE NEXT
DAY BEFORE THEY GOT THERE.
BUT REGARDLESS, THIS LADY
GOT ON IT AT NORTH LAKE
AND ABOUT THE TIME SHE WAS
PAST HYMERS AND GETTING
AROUND DOWN TOWARDS THE
STANLEY AREA, WHICH
IS ABOUT NINE MILES
EAST OF HERE,
SHE SAID TO THE CONDUCTOR,
SHE SAID, “HOW SOON IS THIS
TRAIN GOING TO
GET INTO TOWN?
WE'RE LATE, YOU KNOW,
WE'RE WAY OFF SCHEDULE.”
“OH,” HE SAID, “DON'T
WORRY ABOUT IT, LADY,
IT'LL GET INTO TOWN.”
SO THEY WENT A FEW MILES
FARTHER AND SHE GOT
AFTER THE CONDUCTOR
AGAIN, SHE SAID,
“HOW SOON IS THIS GOING
TO GET INTO TOWN?”
HE SAID, “WHAT'RE
YOU WORRIED ABOUT?”
WELL, SHE SAID,
“I'M PREGNANT.
I'M GOING TO
HAVE A BABY.”
“WELL,” HE SAID, “LADY,
YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE GOT
ON THIS TRAIN IF YOU'RE
IN THAT CONDITION.”
SHE SAID, “I WASN'T
IN THAT CONDITION
WHEN I GOT ON HERE.”
THAT'S HOW IT GOT
OVERTIME SOMETIMES.

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The end credits roll.

Editor, Jim Crewe.

Producer and director, Inge Johnson.

A production of TV Ontario.

Copyright. The Ontario Authority. 1990.

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