Wilbert Henderson …

I spent and hour or so visiting with Wilbert Henderson and his lovely wife Della at their home in Seafoam on January 26th in 2003. That afternoon was spent reflecting back in time to some of Wilbert’s past years and he had my undivided attention. Wilbert reflected back to past years when he and Donnie...

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The winter of 1955-56

Winter set in early with about three inches of snow falling on Nov. 11, 1955. My father and Arnold MacMillan had been setting their smelt nets together in coves around the Merigomish area but had returned home to Pictou Island on November 12 because of the unstable weather. It was still blowing hard and was...

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The stranger

A few years after I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never...

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A Pictou Island funeral

There were approximately 150 people residing on Pictou Island during the years when I called Pictou Island my home. I had previously illustrated in a story how islanders supported each other. We shared our material items and assisted each other in many ways. If a wedding took place, we all celebrated. If a death occurred,...

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New teacher for Pictou Island school

The year was 1960 and Pictou Island residents were in search of a qualified school teacher to teach us children. Distinguished school teacher Dave Mackay and his family had just spent the past three years on the island and had served the islanders very well. It was now, however, time for the MacKay family to...

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Dangers of being a fisherman

The ice had left the Northumberland Strait during late March of 1958. Lobster season was able to begin as scheduled on April 30th. My father fished those years in his boat Slo-mo-Shun. Dad had built this 30-foot long open wooden boat on Pictou Island in 1951. My father powered this boat with a 289 cubic...

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The Pictou Island ‘White Woman’

I had previously written about how evenings on Pictou Island would sometimes be spent telling ghost stories. I had always considered a lot of my Pictou Island friends to be off a superstitious nature and anticipated that a lot of those ghost stories developed from a personal experience. One story which I vividly recall is...

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Cape Tormentine …

I’m going back in time to approximately 50-plus years ago. Lobsters were being fished in abundance and lobster factories along our shores were booming. My existence was perhaps just being considered about that time. I, however, have been talking to some highly respected people who remember those years as if they were only yesterday. There...

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2002 Pictou Lobster Carnival boat races

During past years, fishermen would often be the builder or participate in the building of their own wooden fishing boats. The fishing boats around these local waters were usually built with the design known as the round or barrel bottom. Those boats would be designed and built to a particular size and shape and unlike...

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The Bairds plus one

My parents and I left our longtime Pictou Island roots and moved to Central Caribou on September 2nd 1964. We were leaving behind a unique way of life and many adjustments lay ahead especially for a kid like me. I often think about those nights on Pictou Island when our lighting at night was obtained...

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