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Page 22 - Sam Glode: Travels of a Micmac

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1983/12/1 (2572 reads)
 

a few blankets on it, and some pots and tools and such-like. We had an old piece of sail canvas which made a lean-to at night and in rainy weather. We were weeks on the way. Near the villages my mother would make a few baskets and sell them to buy food. We stopped at Allendale a long time" making and selling baskets, and fish? ing, and so on. We stopped at Jordan Falls quite awhile, camping by the old road through the Nine Mile Woods. We lived at Shelburne five years. We made ax handles, mast hoops, and baskets, and sold them in Shelburne town. And we hunted and fished, of course. About 1892 my family decided to move to Lu? nenburg, so we packed up and went by road, taking our stuff on the old handcart. We went by way of Petite Riviere, and crossed over the LaHave.River on the ferry from West LaHave. It was a sailboat big enough to carry an ox wagon. We camped about a mile outside Lunenburg on the road to Bridgewater. My father's uncle, from Shu- benacadie, was camping there too. When the cool weather began in the fall, he moved back to Shubenacadie, and our family moved back to Milton, Queens County. I began to work in the lumber mills and camps. I worked first for old Eldredge Min- ard in his sawmill at Potanocr, on the Mer? sey River. Then I worked for Will Ford, who had a sawmill on the other side of the river at Potanoc. From then on I worked pretty steadily, lumbering and river-driv? ing. In 1905 I went to Milford, Annapolis County, working as a guide to sportsmen at Del Thomas's hotel. (Note: This was the A Gift to Last BOOKS During any season a book is a companion, a source of information or a thoughtful gift. The Nova Scotia Government Bookstore may have something special for you in its wide range of Government publications and maps. - "Nova Scotia Book of Days" ... a calendar of Nova Scotia history. Contains over 1000 events and the dates on which they occurred. Illustrated. Cloth $10.00, Paper $6.00 "Nova Scotia Seafood Cookery" ... Enjoy this selection of fine recipes from Nova Scotia, Canada and the world that feature fish and seafood from our waters. $14.95 "Micmac Quillwork" ... A profusely illustrated and fascinating study of Micmac Indian porcupine quill decoration from 1600 to 1950. Cloth $24.95 lund and Physiography of Nova ,. The definitive work. Cloth $20.00, Paper >c Department of Government Services Government Bookstore 1597 Hollls street PO Box 637 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J2T3 Write or phone for your copy of the Bookstore catalogue. Tel:(902) 424-7580 Milford House, a famous headquarters for hunters and anglers near the headwaters of the Mersey River--THR.) The winters after that I spent usually in Milton. I had married Louisa Francis, daughter of Steve and Katie Francis, on Sunday, the first of July, 1900. Father Egan married us in the Catholic church at Liverpool. All the Indians were there. We had a big feed at our house, and everybody had a good time. My wife died in 1905, leaving me with a son named Louis. That was how I went to work for Del Thomas. I got along fine with the sportsmen at Mil? ford. They were mostly Americans. In the spring of 1906 I took a notion to go down to Newfoundland and visit my cous? in John Glode. He came from around Cale? donia, Queens County. An American firm had hired him and some other Nova Scotia men to go logging up in Newfoundland, and he had married a white girl there. I went by train to North Sydney, then I took the steamer to Port-aux-Basques, then I went on the Newfoundland railway to Noah's Arm. (Note: He means Norris Arm--THR.) That was where John lived. It is- near Bishop's Falls. John persuaded me to go log-driving with him and a gang on a stream called Great Rattlin',' which flows into the Exploits River. Most of the men were from Nova Sco? tia, a lot from around Queens and Lunen? burg Counties. The logging foreman was a Maedonald from New Germany, N. S. There were lots of caribou in that country. They used to travel in big herds, going south in autumn and coming back north in the spring. They made deep paths where they travelled. I remember one day I was tending channel in the river. (Note: He means he was posted at a place where the logs were running, and his job was to fend off, with a pike-pole, any log that"showed a tendency to lodge on the bank--THR.) ujnnDLvn 70 Clean, Comfortable Units with A/C & Cable Colour TV Major Credit Cards Accepted Toll Free Reservations 1-800-561-0000 We take pride in the "CROMARTY ROOM"...Cape Breton's original home of fine dining in Sydney, Nova Scotia. We offer the very best of tender aged meats and fresh seafoods from the Atlantic, served in traditional Cape Breton style. Enjoy our Island hospitality as you view picturesque Sydney Harbour and the scenic village of Westmount from our dining patio. ALL YEAR ROUND SERVICE fuiRnPLvnl ,, . .. ' luiflnPLvnl VfelcomeHometo I 100 Kings Road iaiamf'ixxm '''' Kings Road Sydney, Nova Scotia WANDLYN Sydney, Nova Scotia BIP 6J7 539-3700 BIP 6J7 539-3700
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