A big man on an island of big men

I was very fortunate to have met Hilton McCully from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Hilton had taught school on Pictou Island 1944-46 and provided me with old newspaper clipping from that era. The following is taken in part from an article written by Roland H. Sherwood for The Pictou Advocate 1952 and is entitled, Lobster Fisherman...

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The marriage of Alvin MacLean and Lois MacCallum

Alvin MacLean arrived on Pictou Island with his entrance into this world in 1929. Born on Pictou Island, he was one of five children born to J. Hector MacLean “Long John” and wife Maggie. Alvin attended the little one-room school on the island and grew up in the company of a little girl named Lois...

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My brother-in-law, Scott

My brother-in-law Scott, son to late Ernest and Hazel Falconer was raised on Caribou Island. His home was on a farm that was situated along the south portion of Caribou Island. Their long driveway protruded through the woods and connected onto Caribou Island’s only dirt road. Scott calls to mind when the Caribou Island School...

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Visiting our island

First snow of 1966 occurred on January 7th. 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 21st at 9 am, mother flew to Pictou Island from Trenton airport...

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New Year’s Eve 1959 …

This is a follow up to my last story of Pictou Island Christmas 1959. Our island Christmas concert on that Tuesday evening was appreciated by all. It was a special event just having the older scholars home for the holidays. That winter storm on Tuesday, December 22nd 1959 was one that will go down in...

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Golden wheat fields and fun on the island …

I recently viewed an areal picture of Pictou Island dated 1954 and was stunned at the amount of visible cleared land comparing to today. The picture brought back memories of beautiful fields of grain, wheat or hay grown for all island farms. Those many fertile fields are now covered with trees, brush or weeds. All...

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All about Scotsburn …

Some eight miles east of the Town of Pictou lies the picturesque village of Scotsburn. This petite village lies in the heart of a fine farming district. A pleasing appearance of Scotsburn comes from the attractive properties with their well-kept lawns and gardens. Over the years, thriving industries have developed within and around the village...

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Odd weather patterns on Pictou Island

Winter set in early with about three inches of snow falling on Nov. 11th 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 12th because of the unstable weather. It was still blowing hard and was...

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Pictou Bar Lighthouse

I recall as a small boy the many, many times during the late 1950s when I would be sailing with my parents to and from Pictou Island and going past the magnificent structure known as the Pictou Bar Lighthouse. During those years there was a dwelling for the light keeper and his family to live...

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My early Christmas years …

The Christmas season is once again quickly drawing upon us. I can’t help but reminisce about the changes and meanings that have taken place over the past number of years. I recall my past Christmases as a child on Pictou Island and all the excitement that lingered around we island kids during the months up...

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