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Page 18 - A Visit with Max Basque, Whycocomagh

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/2/1 (392 reads)

she took two of the youngest with her-- first to New Brunswick and then to Matthi- asport and ended up in at Gilford, Maine. And both girls got married there in time. And my mother went over there, 1921. Well, the jobs were getting pretty scarce. They had finished the pavement, and there were very few Indians left in Millview. We went to Cape Breton--me and my father and my older brother Richard. And we still had that little house--or my father still had that little house--in Whycocomagh. And the old barn, and a shed. And at least we had lots of apples, because of all those trees! And my father, we went to Malagawatch. There were quite a few families there, In? dians there, that stayed there--I mean, they lived there. James Noel Joe, we stayed with him--he had a pretty nice house. Him and my father, they were raking oysters. Celebrate the Summer in Cape Breton County! Participate in the Many Events County Communities Have Lined Up for You!' CANADA DAY Special Events Mira Gala: June 30 - July 7 Port Morien Beach Party: July 8 Big Pond Anniversary Concert Celebrations: July 16 - 23 Seaview Junior Golf Tournament: July 20 Donkin Band Anniversary Celebrations: July 21 -23 Marion Bridge Road Race: July 29 Marion Bridge Community Fair: September 9 Marion Bridge Blueberry Festival: September 10 Day Camps and Activity Afternoons and Fun Vans! Swim and Tennis Programs throughout the County! Beach Parties • Community Fairs Flower Shows • Food Festivals Community Picnics Reunions Sports Events • Craft Shows... • ?mmti' ??Sl'@ '??DS For a free brochure and more details on County Days '89, contact: CAPE BRETON COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT 865 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6W2 TELEPHONE: 564-5541 exL 110 FAX: 564-1871 Oh, as I might mention, 1920 we moved to Whycocomagh for a little while. And there was quite a crew raking oysters at Little Narrows. But we moved--there were 4 camps there--my Uncle Gabriel's--wigwam, tarpa? per wigwam--and my father's. And Levi Pou? lette- -he died only a few years ago.... And Levi Poulette's parents, they were really old people. They weren't there to rake, they just wanted to be there with the crowd. They were raking oysters. They got $2 a barrel, delivered at the wharf. And I suppose a barrel was just a regular- sized barrel. But, $2. And my father used to rake all day. I remember he used to get up awful early in the morning. When the rest of us would get up, my father'd be out there, and John Sylliboy--that's Uncle Gabriel's son. And we'd have to put in long days if we wanted to get that barrel --rake all day for that barrel. And then row it across to where the little wharf is now, the ferry, for their $2. And I remem? ber the man kicking because one of the barrels--oh, several times--"Oh, you've got to get more in there." 'Cause they Whale Cruises CHETICAMP Scenic 3-Hour Boat Tours * June to October 3 Times a Day in July & August Contact Capt. Bill Crawford. Cheticamp Boat Tours, Box 10, Grand Etang, Nova Scotia B0E1L0 (902)224-3376 Joe's Warehouse The Food Emporium Cape Breton's Largest and Finest Restaurant Specializing in Aged Prime Cuts of Roast Beef and Steaks and One of the Most Unique Salad Bars In the Maritimes ICABARET/ Live Entertainment Nightly! 424 Chariotte Street 539-6686 539-0408 RESTAURANT LOUNGE D BANQUET FACILITIES AVAILABLE D
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