Cass Trahey’s Philadelphia

Cass (Trahey) Haldis was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA to parents from Conception Harbour, Newfoundland who immigrated to the USA to be iron workers as teenagers during the sky scraper building boom in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York at the beginning of the last century. She only returned to Newfoundland in retirement to explore her family history and as she says, with a distinct south Philly accent, “find a sense of where you came from.” Seeking that sense of where you came from is a common theme with many we talked with in our travels in the Newfoundland diaspora over the years. Check out Cass’s interview video.


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