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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Boat ramming during lobster boat races

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7. That was our third winter living on the mainland. I’m assuming that Mom was getting a little homesick for she wanted to spend a few days visiting with our former Pictou Island friends. On January 21 at 9 a.m., mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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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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Winter weather on Pictou Island 1954

Wednesday, March 2, 1954 was a nice fine 47 degrees Fahrenheit winter day. There was very little scattered ice in the strait and there was no snow on the ground. My father arose early that morning and went down to the beach on his tractor. The beach was an area where many Pictou Island fishermen...

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The way of life on Pictou Island

Emotions sometimes over take me as I recall and write about my memories of years while growing up on Pictou Island. Those times were the first 13 years of my life and I often think about the many Pictou Islanders I once knew who have since passed on. Money was not as flourishing during those...

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Pictou Island Christmas 1959

The weather during the month of December 1959 remained mild, middle to high 30s Fahrenheit, the wind blew hard from the south nearly every day and it rained a lot. Jimmie MacDonald and wife Viney were found deceased in their burnt out home on December 10. Consequently, over the next several days, Arnold MacMillan kept...

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A mail plane, a wedding and catalog deliveries …

I was very fortunate recently to have met with and discuss past memories of Pictou Island with Don MacNeil from Little Harbour. During 1946–1951, Don MacNeil and Colin Cantley flew the Pictou Island mail delivery. They operated their own two planes from Trenton airport for this service. One plane was a two seater powered by...

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Helicopter rescue, birth of sheep and an election year …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8th 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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