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My name is Molly Garth. I was born on the lst of January, 1900,
My earliest recollection is when I was about four years old, and
I saw a motor car. It was in the buggy days - the horse and buggy
days. The first time I heard a motor car and the first time I saw
it - that was a thrill. (Laughs) Oh yes, I'll never forget that
- what it looked like (laughs) and the speed it went at. And I saw
a plane land in the harbour - another early recollection.
remember the earthquake of 1907. I've never forgotten that. It destroyed
Port Royale and Kingston. You could hear the things in the cupboards
shaking and rattling. I remember that vividly. And a hurricane.
That was frightening too - more so than the earthquake. (Laughs).
I was just three years old, but I remember that. You could see the
trees, you know. (Laughs). 1903.
I got married very early. I got married when I was 17. And I had
eight children, so there was no travelling (laughs). Four girls
and four boys. I enjoyed it, bringing up my children. Women stayed
at home with their children. And for a woman to go and start working
- it was a shock: to know she could leave her children to go to
buy material things.
Life was simpler then - much, much, much simpler.
My son that's here now - he went to the War; he went to the last
War. My son came to me and said: "Mum, I'm going to volunteer".
He was just about 19. I said: "If that's what you want, dear." It
was hard. But that's what he wanted. And I wouldn't deprive him
first time I travelled on a plane, I was 49. Oh, my husband was
terrified when I got on the plane for the first time. (Laughs).
He was terrified. Not until this day - I'm not frightened of a plane.
I'll go on it any time. If I'm to die there, I'll die there. (Laughs).
I'm never frightened of a plane.
husband died in '52. And then my children sponsored me to go to
the States. At the same time, my children in England sponsored me
to come up to visit with them. The places that I've travelled to
have been beautiful, and the people that we met wonderful. And the
children have been so lovely, and in touch all the time. A blessing
- God's blessing.
have 53 great-grandchildren; seven great-great; 28 grands. I have
taken pictures with the fifth generation.
None of my friends are alive. And when I was having children, they
would say to me: "You're following the Bible. You're having your
quiver full of them. We're not having more than three, though."
(Laughs). "You're following the Bible, having so many children."
(Laughs). Great times, great times.
people that make the world go round, you know: the love that they
give out and let flow towards you. And if you can give it back to
others, it makes the world a better place to live in. It does.
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