Lil Stoneman

Lil Stoneman (1895-1985) was born Lillian May Fidgett on the Isle of Wight, England. The family emigrated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1913. Her father had been a sail maker in England and had hoped to start a canvas cover business in Canada. However, he died 11 months later. Lil, who had earned an Oxford certificate in England, was able to use it to teach in Canada, so she went to work. She first taught in Harris, Saskatchewan, in a one-room school and then in Lenning, living with local families. In 1920 she married master painter Wilfred Herbert Stoneman (1881-1969). They took in boarders for a short time before moving to British Columbia in 1924. By then the local economy was already in a slump and by the early 1930’s they were forced onto relief. She became active in the unemployment movement, joined the Women’s Labour League, and worked many years as a community organizer.

Audio Interview [1979]

Description

Lil Stoneman discusses her early years in Saskatchewan as a school teacher, marriage, and eventual relocation to Vancouver, British Columbia; trying to survive on relief during the Depression; representing relief recipients; participating in the organizing on a local level, forming neighbourhood committees, block committees, halls and associations; joining the Women’s Labour League (later the Mothers’ Council) organizing for jobs, supporting unemployed struggles,  and fighting for birth control and decent allowances for soldiers’ wives during WWII; becoming secretary of the organization; the Battle of Ballantyne Pier.

Transcription

Full transcription: Stoneman, Lil

Title: [Lil Stoneman – 1/4]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Stoneman, Lil

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: 1979

Type: Audio recording

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Format: audio/mp3

Language: English

Identifier: OBJ_665_sideA_01

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: Simon Fraser University Archives. Sara Diamond fonds

Rights: Media provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use of this media must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.

Title: [Lil Stoneman – 2/4]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Stoneman, Lil

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: 1979

Type: Audio recording

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Format: audio/mp3

Language: English

Identifier: OBJ_665_sideB_01

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: Simon Fraser University Archives. Sara Diamond fonds

Rights: Media provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use of this media must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.

Title: [Lil Stoneman – 3/4]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Stoneman, Lil

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: 1979

Type: Audio recording

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Format: audio/mp3

Language: English

Identifier: OBJ_666_sideA_01

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: Simon Fraser University Archives. Sara Diamond fonds

Rights: Media provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use of this media must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.

Title: [Lil Stoneman – 4/4]

Creator: Diamond, Sara

Contributor: Stoneman, Lil

Subject: Women–Employment–British Columbia ; Women labor union members–British Columbia ; Women–Employment–British Columbia–History–20th century

Date Created: 1979

Type: Audio recording

Genre: Interviews

Extent: 1 audio cassette

Format: audio/mp3

Language: English

Identifier: OBJ_666_sideB_01

Is Part Of: Sara Diamond fonds

Series: Women’s Labour History Project

Source: Original Format: Simon Fraser University Archives. Sara Diamond fonds

Rights: Media provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use of this media must be obtained from the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archives.