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Page 16 - Hilda MacDonald and Glendyer Mills

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1975/12/1 (1152 reads)

mother's guidance they carried on the business* She was just a young women, you see. She'd only be the same age as her husband. He was just 41 when he died. People would come from all over Cape Breton, even from Newfoundland. And this was called The Dyer's Glen or Dan the Dyer's Glen. And grandfather just transposed the %?ords and named it Glendyer* I can remeraber the raills that ray father and his bro? thers operated* My grandfather never manufactured woolen goods* He just processed* you see* But his sons began manufacture. And so they built quite a large mill • one big building • and they didn't do any of these other things • grinding or sawing • they just went in for woolen manufacturing* Blankets, rugs, suitings* That mill was burned around 1880* And they rebuilt one which was operating until the works closed down, in 1913* Altogether, there'd be 25 or 30 people working here at one tirae. There were men with families, sorae unmarried men and quite a lot of unmarried wo? men who were weavers* The weaving was entirely mechanized* And oh, ves, there was a sound to it. All those machines. The mill was built on a sort of side hill* The looms were below the ground* On the first floor were the carding machines and the : III I : P! ?? lU I m :?? lit I Pi: I ill im I ': He f Is.: ??. lift 131 ' m II: * ill I i I II; M!lliiii;n lin ' III ? PI I m I IV? * ' :. '' III I lU f III I III I Samples of materials woven at Glendyer Mills* PURE WOOL VARKfS PEJ. SHEEP FARMERS'CO-OP P.O. 8cx I08 MOUNT S re WART PAINCE EDWARD ISLAND Genuine Down East Hospitality Keddy's Motor Inn 600 King's Road, Sy'taey, N.S. Phone 539-1140 • Telex 019-3517 SYDNEY SHIP SUPPLY cATf'tftner's Creed I believe a man's greatest posses? sion is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abun? dantly than farming. I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character. I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honor? able way a man can spend his days on this earth. I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy. • I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned, in no other way. I believe farming provides educa? tion for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and matu? rity in such a variety of ways. I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splen? dor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarat? ing sight of your land greening each spring. I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the fields your children grow tall in the sun, your whole fam? ily feel the pride that springs from their shared experience. I believe that by my toil I am giv? ing more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men. I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellowman, and by this standard I fear no judgment. I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he's lived. I believe in farming because it makes all this possible. Sydney and Port Hawkesbury
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