The winter of 1958 …

The fall season of 1957 was very mild and there was no snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Enough snow fell on January 3, 1958 to turn the ground white but it melted over the next few days. It remained mild with still no ice in the Northumberland Strait. Bert MacLean from Pictou made...

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Three bags full …

Being the oldest of us four kids, my oldest sister Rita often made it a priority to be the first one to rise on many mornings. She made early morning rising a priority for she felt that she had to be the first to check on the farm animals especially when the lambs were being...

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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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Pictou Islanders and religion …

Religion had always been an important part in the lives of Pictou Islanders. The first settlers in 1814 honoured the Sabbath in their homes. In the middle 1850s, the Islanders built their first school. Religious services were then held in this structure along with Sunday school. There were approximately 30families on Pictou Island in 1909....

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