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Edward and Delia: 1909

Edward and Delia: 1909

April 1909. Phenix, Rhode Island. "Edward St. Germain and sister Delia. She has been working in Phoenix Mill for eight months. He works also. They cannot speak English." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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They cannot speak English

But their French was probably not bad. Quebecers flooded into New England at one time and having heard their surnames being mangled by tin-eared Yankees probably gave up trying to learn the local doggerel. Pelleteer for Pelt-ee-aye (Pelletier) is a common one surviving to this day.

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