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Page 10 - Stories from the Clyburn Valley

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1988/8/1 (316 reads)

logs, and they built a cabin, 24 by 20. And made 3 rooms in it. Dirt floor. And chinked all with moss and everything. And we lived quite comfortable there for about 2 1/2 years. And that brought it up to 1935. And then my father cut down a lot of heavy timber, and had them sawed up in the mill over at North Ingonish. And he built a 6-room house. And then the log cabin was taken down, and all the logs were taken over and sawed up to build a 2-storey barn. But then, national park started (1936). And, I think (my parents) had the idea that the 4 older ones--well, 6 by then--should get a better schooling up around New Water? ford. So they decided to move (back to New Waterford). Leona Dunphy: You jump from 1935 to moving back to New Waterford. It was the life we had (in the Clyburn Valley)--those years in between--it was paradise. It was paradise. And I mean, we were so poor that it was.... Tom: There were no fishing regulations, really. You were allowed to catch 20 trout a person. And you could go out before breakfast and you could come back with 10 big trout like that. (That's a foot and a Cedar House Bakery and Restaurant 674-2929 OPEN DAILY FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER bread - scones - oatcakes - cookies - pies TRANS-CANADA HWY NEAR SEAL ISLAND BRIDGE half.) Well, I caught one that was 18 inch? es long, on the 17th of May, 1936. And we used to climb up at Young's Pool and Mac? Neil Pool--the trees came out over the wa? ter- -and we'd climb up a tree there and see who could count the most salmon. They were in like logs. In the Clyburn. Leona: In the pool. But life up there, it was--like, where the golf course is now--we lived just below swinging bridge. Tom: The 9th Green. Leona: And it was back in under the mountain, in the lee of the mountain, where the house was. The tract.... Tom: That ran--not a very long strip, I suppose it was 500 feet wide. But it ran right up the hill and in- I Island Crafts 1 The Talent of Cape Breton Cape Knitters Is but One Example of Excellence at Island Crafts Old-Fashioned Charm Is Our Trademark VISIT OUR STORE AND SEE THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF TREASURES Fishermanknit Sweaters - Kitchen Accessories Designer Moiiair Sweaters - Clan Crests Hats & Scarves for Every Age Group - Cooklx)oks Intricate Designs in Pottery - Hand Appliqued Quilts Ruffled Cushions - Wide Selection of Baby Items The Mad Potters Collection - Boats in Bottles A Good Selection of Local Literature The list is endless! Treat vourself to ISLAND CRAFTS. Wholesale: full line of souvenirs The Focus of Your Visit fo Cape Breton, in Downtown Sydney OPEN YEAR ROUND: MONDAY TO SATURDAY, 9 TO 5; FRIDAY, 9 TO 9 539-6474 329 Charlotte Street, Sydney 564-5527 A project of the Industrial Development Division of the Cape Breton Development Corporation Un project de la Division du developpement industriel de la society de ddveloppement du Cap-Breton
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