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Page 83 - With Jessie Morrison of Cape North - A Cape Breton to Alberta Pioneer

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1994/6/1 (132 reads)

gone alone because there were no rivers to cross. There were no physical hazards. And in those days there weren't any fences, and you could wander, at will, across the prair? ies. But later the fenc? es came. They used barbed wire. But they would go either to the Red Deer River which was thirty-five miles south or they would go to an? other area that was northeast, which is what my father did with Norman Stewart. And they cut small poplar trees to make fence posts. My father worked with Norman Stewart--this is the winter before Mother and I came--to cut poplar trees into fence posts. They left in a beautiful sunny day--it was win? ter- -Norman had his sleigh and team. They would have gone. I suppose, about twenty or twenty-five miles, something like that, northeast of the homestead. And while they were there a terrific blizzard blew up. And when the blizzard finally blew out it was very, very cold and they had to walk behind the team to keep warm. And my fa? ther wore out his overshoes, and he also got snowblind from the brightness of the sun. It didn't affect Norman but it did my father. And he had to walk behind the sleigh--with his hand on the box to keep direction. So on their way up they had camped overnight in a homesteader's shack, which was the custom. As I said, the doors Left: With her mother, Jessie on leave from the Halifax Military Hospital, December 1941. Right: Jessie (in white) serving at the Sydney Military Hospital, June 1942. were never locked. And they had food. And didn't they find a pair of overshoes that my father could wear! It was miraculous! And they finally got home.... DON'S FLOWERS Serving Port Hood, Judique, Inverness and Surrounding Areas P. O. Box 179, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. BOE 2V0 Telephone 625-2215 or 625-2717 DON'T MAKE A MOVE WITHOUT US! • LOCAL • LONG DISTANCE • OVERSEAS LARGE OR SMALL - WE MOVE IT ALL 'MOFFATT Moving & Storage SAFELY, EFFICIENTLY & INSURED CALL THE PROFESSIONALS • OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE Financing Available O. A. C. 30- to 90-Day Interest Free VISA I Mastercard on Long Distance FREE ESTIMATES 562-0222 80 MARINE DR., SYDPORT 'i' AUos Weekends & After Hours VAN LINES / AGENT 564-0963/562-1978 That'd be the early winter of 1912. And we came in June. But anyway, it was quite an experience to be alone on the prairies with an unfriendly dog.... (And B.C.: Be? fore Cow!) Before cow. Milk out of a can. which I was not used to. I never liked milk, much less milk out of a can. Oh. I never liked milk. Nothing could induce me to drink milk. And then this automobile CAPE CARE SERVICES Quality Personal Care ltd. _ AT unMC rkD IM urkCDiTAi v'.-J'' ~ AT HOME OR IN HOSPITAL ~ RN's . RN Supervised CNA's • Screened • Bonded • Insured Home Care Workers • Reasonable Rates FREE IN-HOME ASSESSMENT 282 George St., Sydney: 562-2444 ?? Port Hawkesbury: 625-1641 /" Serving All" 'Cape Bretony You're always welcome to come and enjoy the warni hospitality of Cape Breton Bed and Breakfasts - an island experience that goc s hand in hand with our unique and splendid scenery-. If ytxi appreciate the [-jersonal touch and all the comforts ofa home, then check into a Cape Breton B&B; on your island vacation. Cape Breton ' Island 1-800-565-9464 for ink)rmation
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