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During the summer months of the 1950s and early 60s, many people from far away places would visit with relatives and friends on Pictou Island. One such family was Sidney and Delta Hooper from Digby. His parents, Lester and Bell Hooper, raised Sidney on Pictou Island. Delta Thurbur was an eye-catching young schoolteacher who taught […]

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Ferry boats and storms …

I wrote this story approximately 17 years ago and much has changed over those years … My grandfather Elias Turple twin brother Charles ran the Pictou Island Ferry Service from the island to the mainland during the early years off the 1900s. Charles Turple’s first boat used for this ferry service was called DOT. That […]

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Slap shots and stealing apples …

Just east of the wharf on Pictou Island lies the home of Edward and Mary Rankin. This large house displays the fine architectural talents of past Pictou Islanders. That house was constructed from lumber sawed and taken from the woods on Pictou Island by Laughlin Rankin. Laughlin was Edward’s father and he passed away in […]

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Cookhouses provided virtual smorgasbord of eats

During the 1960s, one-room community schools in Nova Scotia – including the one on Pictou Island – were in the process of closing their doors. Many Pictou Islanders didn’t want their children leaving their homes alone and moving to the mainland to attend the larger schools. Several Island families began to leave their roots on […]

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A wedding, a tractor and a telephone: Pictou Island in 1954

PICTOU ISLAND 1954 A very mild winter occurred 1954. There was no snow anywhere on the ground for the month of February. Pictou Island’s only dirt road was nothing but mud. March 3rd was a sunny, calm day and my father sailed his boat, The Slo-Mo-Shun, from Pictou Island right up Pictou harbor and tied […]

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