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Page 26 - Robt. Elmsley's "Early History of Baddeck"

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1986/6/1 (509 reads)

smoked lovely large trout at Middle River, as well as speared eels, made mast hooks, and oil tanks, baskets, keeled tubs, ox yokes, axe handles, quill boxes, pretty moccasins, bows and arrows, kites, toy canoes, staves, fish barrels, washtubs. Any wares not sold in Baddeck were conveyed to Little Bras d'Or or North Sydney by canoe. Dozens of can? oes skipped off to Boularderie Head and soon re? turned with proceeds. The King made annual visits in his warship to col? lect his dues, and anchored off Hart's wharf for days. There being no stores inside the Bras d'Or, the settlers could procure no supplies unless at Arichat or Gammell's, hence the necessity of going there by water, which was done by clubbing. The In? dians retreated in the fall to their reserves in Middle River, St. Peter's, and (word missing). The farmers in the country used to club together, procure a boat twice a year, and load their pro? duce, and proceed to Mr. Gammell's, Little Bras d'Or, who supplied them with every article re? quired. This applied to people from Whycocomagh as well as to those bordering on the lakes. It may be added that Gammell catered for North Sydney in? cluding miners. Anderson's first venture proved successful • the In? dian shallop (so-called) was loaded with oats, ta- ties, pork, and other produce, besides ten pounds in cash, and reached Sydney in the spring. On the 24th of March, 1840, at 4 p.m., Mr. William Keynock (head clerk) and Robert Elmsley arrived at Mutton Island (we came on the ice), afterwards called Duke of Kent Island, Duffus, and latterly Kidston's Island, on a tour of inspection, and found Charles J. Campbell in charge of the store. In April or May 1840, Mr. Campbell leased from Mr. Kidston a site for a store just opposite the is? land, on the point, just where Mr. Arnold resides, for one shilling and threepence a year. He erected a log house, or store, and fostered a big trade, to Gammell's loss (6) lake a break from yourdioresAvith Kentucky FHed Chicken! Kentucky Fried Chicken is a great reason for taking a break from any chores. Because its so convenient AKvays ready, you just pick it up. Add some of Colonel Sanders tasty salads and golden brown French fries, and you've got the [Perfect reason to interrupt your yard-work, basement cleaning or window washing! Kentucky Fried Chicken is economical, too. And its finger lickin... good chicken! 'Mtiidqi fried 'IhidttR GoodiMctefi! K@ituclgrEtiedGhicken CHICKEN CHALET LTD FIVE LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU: SYDNEY SHOPPING MALL CB. SHOPPING PLAZA, SYDNEY RIVER STERLING MALL, GLACE BAY BLOWERS ST., NORTH SYDNEY PLUMMER AVE., NEW WATERFORD (26) In 1844 he built a schooner--the Highlander--just on the point, and commenced mak? ing money--then, or short? ly after, he commenced cut? ting wood on a reserve claimed by Kidston, who was outwitted, and erected his present house. (Dr. Bethune: "That house was on the point down here, and it was the first house built in the village of Baddeck--certainly not the first house in Baddeck proper--Jonathan Jones's was that. The second house the Kidstons built there was standing till a- (7) bout 10 years ago • was town down. It had been a 3- story house, and they cut off the two top stories and made a one-story dwell? ing. And that's where the first school was in Bad- deck.") In April or May 1840, Mr. Anderson bought a quit? claim from a man in posses? sion of that property ad? joining McKillop's cottage (his land formed a part) for ten pounds--it was land bought by a sea cap? tain then loading timber, but who never returned nor was heard from--at the same time another captain bought a similar tract just east and adjoining Widow MacLean's land, and he too never came back to claim it, and Mr. MacLean found it convenient to add it to his estate. (8) Mr. Anderson built that house now adjoining McKil? lop's and did a large busi? ness for years. Robert
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