There’s no place like home …

I reflect back in time to when Jack and Mary Rankin lived in their big yellow house close to the East end of Pictou Island. Jack Rankin (1882-1965) was born on Pictou Island. Jack was a brother to Lauchie, George, Hughie and  Sister Kate Rankin. Lauchie married Katie MacKenzie from Pictou Landing and they had […]

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Caught … in a trap

My memory has me recalling those times when I, as a small boy, would sail to and from my home on Pictou Island with my parents. During those earlier years, my father had the 30-foot boat named Slo-Mo-Shun which he had built himself in 1951. This sleek boat powered by a 289 cubic inch V-8 […]

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Cupid stikes

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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