Mil­lie Gam­ble Road hon­ours beloved Tryon teacher

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES - Diana Lariv­iere Ru­ral Tid­ings Diana Lariv­iere of Ar­gyle Shore is a free­lance writer and P.E.I. mar­riage com­mis­sioner. Her col­umn for The Guardian ap­pears in the news­pa­per on the last Satur­day of each month. She wel­comes com­ments, sug­gested top­ics for fut

As a re­sult of the re-align­ment of the Trans-Canada high­way in Tryon, a por­tion of the old high­way has been re­named Mil­lie Gam­ble Road.

Born in Al­ber­ton in 1887, Gam­ble be­gan teach­ing school in Tryon in 1904 at the age of 17; not an un­com­mon oc­cur­rence at that time.

While vis­it­ing her un­cle in Truro, Gam­ble was given a Ray No. 1 cam­era that with all its com­po­nent parts, which would have had the sub­stan­tial retail value of be­tween $57 and $69.

As a re­sult, she em­braced pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby. Un­til 1919 when she left for Win­nipeg to study nurs­ing, Gam­ble pho­tographed vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing about life in and around Tryon. She also be­came the com­mu­nity’s por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher, es­pe­cially for par­ents who wanted pho­tos of their chil­dren. Gam­ble even built a dark­room in her pantry to process the ever-ex­pand­ing num­ber of prints.

Gam­ble re­turned to P.E.I. in 1922, where she worked as a nurse un­til 1949. She died in 1986, just af­ter her 99th birth­day and was buried in the Tryon Peo­ple’s Ceme­tery.

In re­cent times, Gam­bles pho­to­graphs were fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion, Re­dis­cov­ery: Cana­dian Women Pho­tog­ra­phers 1841 - 1941, and in Cana­dian aca­demic jour­nals by Laura Jones. Dur­ing 1998-99, Mil­lie Gam­ble: Is­land Pho­tog­ra­pher, by Gil McEl­roy, was fea­tured at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Art Gallery and Mu­seum. Copies of the pho­to­graphs were pur­chased by a fam­ily mem­ber and do­nated to the North Tryon His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, where they re­main on dis­play at the Tryon Bap­tist Church. The orig­i­nals and neg­a­tives are held in the Pub­lic Ar­chives and Records Of­fice of P.E.I. We ac­knowl­edge our sources, the Tryon and Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The Bon­shaw Ceilidh is Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m. (storm date, Feb. 7). Per­form­ers in­clude Diane Adams Roche, Joyce Arse­nault, Vicki and Brendan Grif­fin, Herb MacDon­ald, Phil Pineau, Tony the Troubador and a sur­prise guest or two, with open stage time.

En­try is by do­na­tion. Pro­ceeds go to the up­keep of the Bon­shaw Hall. For in­for­ma­tion, call 902675-4093. The next ceilidh is Feb. 27.

South shore mem­bers of Spay Aid P.E.I. have an­other bot­tle drive fundraiser un­der­way, through to April 20. Call for bot­tle pickup or save and do­nate the money from bot­tle de­posits. For in­for­ma­tion, call Sheila at 902675-4347.

Come on out to the South Shore United Church (Route 10, Tryon), on Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. for a Con­cert of Love Songs: in­spi­ra­tional mu­sic with Phase II and Friends, Keila Gly­don and Jeanie Camp­bell. Ad­mis­sion is adults, $10. For tick­ets, call 902-8552885, 902-658-2324 or 902-6582863.

The South Shore Arts Coun­cil has a se­ries of work­shops sched­uled: a laugh­ter work­shop with Anne Put­nam, Feb. 6 (storm date, Feb. 7) and Ukrainian egg paint­ing, March 19, with Sylvia Ridg­way as well as a tiny book­let fam­ily heir­loom. For in­for­ma­tion, call 902-675-4282

Merry Pop-Ins has PD days in Fe­bru­ary, with the themes of Game Show Ga­lore & Fun N Fit­ness. Call 902-388-6250.

Heal­ing ses­sions con­tinue at the South Shore United Church (Route 10, Tryon) on Thurs­days in Fe­bru­ary. For in­for­ma­tion, call 902-658-2863.

The Cra­paud Curl­ing Club is host­ing a fun­spiel, Feb. 26 and 27. Call 902-658-2626 / 902-6582212.

The Vic­to­ria His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (VHA) has en­joyed a fun­filled year cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of lo­cal mem­o­ries, with a spe­cial fo­cus on the Vic­to­ria Theatre. The VHA en­cour­ages mem­ber­ship from ev­ery­one, both within and be­yond vil­lage bor­ders. Ad­mis­sion is $10, in­clud­ing VHA news­let­ters.

The South Shore Cham­ber of Com­merce met Jan. 26. Mem­bers en­joyed an in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion by guest speaker Han­nah Bell of the P.E.I. Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

The next meet­ing is at the Cra­paud Town Hall, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Speaker Blair Corkum will give a pre­sen­ta­tion on the timely topic of per­sonal and busi­ness tax tips.

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