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  Hoisted Up!
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I can still remember the sound of motorboat engines as they slowly steamed up and down the shore off Cape Bonavista. This was very busy and very rich fishing ground during that period from the early 1900s to the time of the
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Gordon Mifflin
Snow Lake, MB

 

 
   
 
Newfie picnic
My daughters and sons turn up their noses at so much food. I never hesitate to try new dishes. I have told my story to my children but they are not impressed.
When I was ten my Father, mother, and sister traveled to the land of my mother's birth - Newfoundland, St John's , Mouse Island. Without WWII, I wouldn't be here. My father was in the Coast Guard and met my mother in
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Jim Bertolino
Riverton, Illinois

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Click to comment or view a larger image   Brigus Gullies in 1955

Brigus Gullies in 1955

In the early 1900s my Smith ancestors owned a fleet of fishing schooners and a merchant business in the town of Brigus. They owned a summer property ( The Farm) at Brigus Gullies, a short distance from
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John Cornick
Halifax, Nova Scotia



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Click to comment or view a larger image   Octagon Red and White Grocery in 1954

Octagon Red & White Grocery in 1954

I found this old picture in my files. It was taken in 1954, and is of the Octagon Red & White Grocery, located on the Topsail Highway at Octagon Pond. The Red and White
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John Cornick
Halifax, Nova Scotia



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Smallwood, Diefenbaker and the Queen of England
In the late 1920s, cars and radios began to appear in our town of Grand Bank. Our family's first radio was equipped with earphones and only one person at a time could listen to it. It was powered by a pack of large, round screw terminal batteries. Later, when main line electric power came along, we became proud owners of a Philco cabinet radio with a loud speaker. It was on this radio that we
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General Bill Carr
Kanata, ON

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Grocery Shopping Seventy Years Ago
Grocery Shopping Seventy Years Ago

Unlike today, back in the 1940s people in St. John's would stock up with groceries in the Fall to last all winter. Today with groceries readily available all winter shopping habits are far different, and daily shopping is more the norm. I recently came across a Fall shopping list below prepared for my Mother in Law, Mrs Ernest Shute of St. John's, sometime in the 1940s. The order was
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John Cornick
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Sounds From Millertown, Beside Red Indian Lake
Church bells ringing on Sunday morning, people gathering to hear Mrs. Osmond singing as everybody listened quietly. After church a handful of us gathered for a walk to the drinking pond. Peace & tranquility. Then wind comes up, the frogs are croaking. The ducks flutter off noisily.

Grey jays being fed whiskey-soaked bread by loggers. Grey jay or whiskey Jack were known as the souls of departed loggers. Their squeals echoed through the
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Mr Percy Elliott
Oshawa, ON

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A Bowl of Porridge
As we hurry and scurry through our daily life, caught up in our numerous tasks, we often neglect to reach out the hand of friendship to our neighbours or complete strangers we meet along our way.

Sometimes we are just too busy to offer the companionship of a meal, often because we feel what we have is not special enough. Often when I think about this I reflect on my sister, and the
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Stella Hollett

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