In preparing a book about houses in Regina, Saskatchewan built prior to 1914, Margaret Hryniuk and Meta Perry found that oral history interviews with present and former occupants were their best sources of information. They conducted interviews with members of many of the city's early prominent families, for the most part in professional and business circles. The following are some that are specifically mentioned: Bole; Barr; Thornton; Cruikshank; Corbett; Duncan; Gardiner; Hamilton; Hill; McPherson; Pettingell; Thompson; Bryant; Masons; Dawson; McKenzie; Brown; McCallum; Heffernan; Turgeon; Howe; McCauslin; McBeth; Balfour; Davis; Rowan; Sneath; Darke; Peart; and Martin.
Many different homes are talked about but those that are described in detail include: 2102 (now 2100) Scarth Street; 2244 Scarth Street; 2990, 3220, 3238, 3100 and 3118 Albert Street; 2530 College Avenue; 2164 Hamilton Street; 2605 Angus Boulevard; 2805 McCallum Avenue; and 281 Leopold Crescent.
Interviewees are as follows:
Pauline Andray (R-5648)
Elizabeth Ansley (R-5649)
Robert Millican Barr (R-5650; R-5651)
Maija Ruth Bismanis (R-5652; R-5653)
Marion Bowering (R-5654)
Elizabeth Cruickshank (R-5655; R-5656)
Denise Currie (R-5657)
Isabel C. Darke (R-5658)
J.A. Duncan (R5659; R-5660)
J. Wilf Gardiner (R-5661; R-5662)
George Hamilton (R-5663; R-5664)
W. Robert W. Hill (R-5665; R-5666; R-5667)
Stuart Lazear (R-5668)
John A. McKenzie (R-5669)
Iowa MacPherson (R-5670; R-5671)
Ethel Malone (R-5672)
Enid Mounteer (R-5673)
Florence Stuart Pettingell (R-5674)
Millie Pettingell (R-5674)
Marie Rigby (R-5675)
Muriel Rowan (R-5676 to R-5679)
Marian [Marion] Yingst (R-5680)
Summaries of the interviews are available.
Denise Currie was the owner of the house at 3220 Albert Street. She spoke of the interior fixtures and designs of the house and renovations which the Curries made and those completed previously by Ann James, former owner.
Isabel C. Darke was an early occupant of the house at 3238 Albert Street and the daughter of Dr. Corbett. She spoke of the house, life in it, entertainment, and other Regina families.
J. Wilf Gardiner was a former occupant of the house at 2530 College Avenue. He recalled details about its interior, life there, other Regina families and houses, the city's history, political situations, the influence of the Ku Klux Klan and the Regina Riot, 1935.
W. Robert W. Hill was an original occupant of the house at 2990 Albert Street. He described in detail the interior of the house and the grounds with anecdotes about life there, entertaining guests, social events, his family background and other Regina families.
Marion Yingst was an early occupant of the house at 3100 Albert Street. She recalled details about the interior design, the grounds and life there.
Ethel Malone and Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Barr spoke of the Bole family history and of other Regina families and homes.
Iowa MacPherson spoke of early social life among Regina's prominent families, her political involvement through her husband, Justice A.A. MacPherson, political associates, life in the house at 2164 Hamilton Street, and details about its interior and exterior.
Stuart Lazear spoke of the styles, trends and influences that were present in the architecture of many of Regina's early homes.
Enid Mounteer was an early occupant of the house at 2605 Angus Boulevard, Regina. She recalled details of its interior and grounds, life there and other families and houses near there.
John A. McKenzie spoke of some of the houses in built in Regina up to 1914, architects, suppliers and various techniques that were used.
Marie Rigby was an early occupant of the house at 2805 McCallum Avenue, Regina, and spoke of the interior of the house, renovations, the grounds and other early Regina families and homes.
Pauline Andray was the owner of 3118 Albert Street and she spoke of the house, its original state, renovations made by previous owners and themselves and descriptions of fixtures, wood trim and windows.
Elizabeth I. Ansley was an early occupant of the house at 281 Leopold Crescent. She described the house as it was in the 1920s, renovations which have been made, anecdotes relating to life there, her family background, especially concerning her father, Judge Harold Thompson, their hobbies such as mountain climbing and handicrafts, and their neighbours and friends.