Reflecting on a past century

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By Eric McMurray/Journal Pioneer

A lot can change in 100 years, just ask Evelyn Peters.

Evelyn Peters shows the plaque she received from Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart.

Peters, who is celebrating a milestone birthday of 100 on Wednesday, continues to keep busy.

‘You gotta do your house work and clean up. It just keeps you going,” she says.

She’s not even thinking about the big day.

Peters grew up in Egmont Bay and moved to Summerside when she was 14, where she has lived for the past 86 years.

While living in Egmont Bay, she spoke French.

“The (people who spoke) French wouldn’t learn English, so we had to learn French.”

Peters then worked a variety of jobs with her final job at the Summerside Legion, which she worked at until she was 95.

She was married in the 1940s and while her husband died in 1971, Peters has continued to stay busy each day.

She makes her own meals and is very independent.

Peters also bakes meat pies during the holidays, with a memorized recipe This past December she made eight for family and friends.

Christmases have changed over the years for Peters. A goose dinner is now a chicken dinner and a small china doll is now a bunch of presents underneath the Christmas tree.

“We couldn’t afford (many gifts). We had oranges, apples, nuts, animal candy and that was it.”

One thing that hasn’t changed in the last century is the plum pudding.

Peters has seen many other changes in the past century, including the change from horses and buggies to cars, as well as the change of laundry practices when dryers first came out, although she still hangs her clothing out to dry.

She doesn’t like to use dryers, she said.

Peters was given a plaque by Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart on Feb. 8, at a surprise early birthday party. More than 85 people attended the event to congratulate her on the milestone birthday.

Geographic location: Egmont Bay, Summerside

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