Football and Murder ball
(from an interview with Mr. Edgar Mudge )
"We were pretty much into, we used to call it football but actually
it was soccer. Football, we didn't know what touch football was, and we
used to play a game--I've heard it called since murder ball. It's sort of
like baseball. Instead of using the hard ball you'd use, you've seen those
sponge balls--the red and white kind of sponge-type balls and you'd just
belt that if you could. There were three bases and when you hit the ball,
if somebody could catch it, as the runner went from first, to second to
third and what have you, you would try to bean them. That's the way you
put them out. You hit them with the ball. Oh, it was a vicious kind of game--especially
if you hit the girls, boy. That was a lot of fun. Some of them weren't as
fast, and the guys would just love to . . . anyway. "
Tiddly and John Tick
(from an interview with Mr. Edgar Mudge)
"We used to play tiddly. Have you heard tell of that game? You put
a stick down and you would hit it. It would flip up and you would hit it
again. That's what we called it anyway. Okay. It was a stick about eight
inches long and you put it on a rock so it stuck up this way and you would
hit it with like a bat. And when you hit it here it would twirl up and as
it was twirling up you would try to hit it. It was a lot of fun. The typical
kinds of kids' games: group games. If you wanted to be alone or by yourself,
you'd play what we used to call John Tick.
It was something you see the kids playing with alleys and the ball and picking
up those little things. We would use a pocketknife and you would try to
stick it in the ground and of course you would take the knife and you would--off
your finger, and then it was off your elbow and off the top of your head.
Probably six or seven of the guys would be doing this and you'd have your
turn. You'd work your way up, getting more difficult each time, standing
on one leg or whatever. If you missed it or you didn't stick in the ground
it went to the next guy, and so on and so on."
In Hickman's Harbour since there weren't a lot of things to do in such
a small community, as many people as possible would pile in to a boat to
go to an island. Once at the island they would have a boil up and make a
day of it.
Excerpt from an interview with Mrs. Ruth Anthony.
" On the weekend you had to make our own fun. There was a movie
theatre. We lived very near the water and we would spend hours and hours
on the beach in the summer. When we got a little bit older and braver we
would go out in the rowboat even if we didn't know how to swim. Wintertime
we would go sliding and skating."
An excerpt from an interview with Mr. James Langor
"Most of the recreational activities
were things that as kids we created for ourselves. Because I lived apart
from the community, and lived pretty much alone, not close to neighbors,
a lot of the activities that I was involved in myself, would have been things
like wandering around the beaches, beachcombing and working around, my father
was a fisherman, working around the stage--working around, you know helping
out--getting in the way sometimes too--things like that.
"In terms of things that kids did, of course they played ball; they
played a type of ball, similar I guess to baseball, except that it was played
with a sponge ball, and you hit the ball not with a bat usually, but often
with your hand. They'd swing with their hand and hit it. And of course that
would be played recess times and lunch times and before school in the mornings
and after school in the afternoons--things like that. And of course cowboys
and Indians was quite a popular sport then too. We used to play that--there
was lots of room and space of course to play that because you could go outside
the school area and into the woods and bushes and things and have a great
time. So they were mostly things that you would create and do yourself.
It was a lot of fun."