Name: Michelle Clarke
Comments: I am searching information re Blacks in Yarmouth and
Halifax, Nova Scotia. My grandmother was born in Yarmouth
in the 1800's and I would like to know some history.
Name: Ron Melanson
Comments: Look for some of my old friends from Yarmouth,;
Ed Smith , Robert Goudy , Bobby Grant , Sandra Cottreau , Louise
Name: Loretta Francis Hurlburt
Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Comments: I would like to congratulate the creator of this very informative
site. I would also like to say thank you as I personally have met up with
old friends due to this site. I hope this site remains up and running for
a very long time. Excellent work!
While perusing over the different comments I came across a posting
from a gentleman, George Goodwin of Newport, South Wales,
UK. He is interested in his relatives from Argyle, Yarmouth County. I have
some information re said families. If he would like to contact me, I'd
be very happy to pass on what I have..... I am into genealogy which I find
very interesting and time consuming.
Name: George Goodwin
Location: Newport South Wales UK
Comments: My Grandfather was a Morton who lived in Argyle and was a fishman,he
died when I was a little boy. I do not know his first name,
he was my Mother Father. His wife's surname was Pierce and she was of irish
decent. I would be greatful for any information to do with
my grandparents. your's sincerely george goodwin
Name: David Surette
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Comments: Hi I am David, son of Robert & Angela Surette. "Bobbie"
as he is called on the island is currently married to Julie also on the
Island. Hope all is well and looking forward to visiting soon.
Best and Kindest Reggards,
Comments: thank you for the history,my father is from yarmouth area
william randplph tedfrod born 1909
Comments: Good morning:
My grandmother, on my mother's side was a Lavin from Yarmouyh,
Nova Scotia. I don't know much about her because my mother was adopted
when she was a baby. Does anyone have information on the Lavins? Please
email if you do. I now live in Oklahoma City, USA.
Name: Bill MacPherson
Location: Tittle Rd, Surette's Island, N
Comments: Nice to see the history.
Name: Brian Ellis
Location: Massachusetts USA
Comments: I am traveling to Yarmouth on Sep 4th 2010 in hopes of tracking
down my descendants.
I have found an Edmund Ellis born in 1809, he lived in Port Maitland.
He is my third-great-grandfather. A cemetary marker shows he is the son
of "Benjamin" and Benjamin is the son of "John".
In Massachusetts a "John Ellis" (who was a loyalist)left in appx
1795 with his family, no children names are listed. I am trying to make
the connection to John Ellis who was born in Rochester Mass in 1746 as
the person who went to Nova Scotia in appx 1795.
If anyone could help direct me to where I could find records, I would
greatly appreciate it.
Also looking for any descendants of these people.
Many Thanks, Brian Ellis
Yarmouth County Historical Society
Name: Henry Simon Muise
Location: Sudbury, ontario, Canada
Comments: I am searching for information on my mother's birthplace.
Her maiden name is Helen Mary Comeau, (Muise) daughter of Edmund
Joseph Comeau from Cheggogin. Her death certificate mentions Dorchester
Ma.,USA, however, there is no record of this. I was wondering if this was
her proper birthplace, or if anyone would know what it is. I would appreciate
any feedback. Thanks to the great people of Nova Scotia. I really miss
Name: Ken Patterson
Location: Port Angeles, Washington
Comments: I noticed someone mentioned the name Nate Bain. I am
68 years old, and still remember that man. He was in charge of a
summer boy's camp near Yarmouth where I spent a week as a kid, and Mr.
Bain was wonderful. He is my fondest memory of that long-ago summer!
Name: Donna Durham
Location: Medford, Ma. USA
Name: Robert Wood
Location: Kemptville ON
Comments: Going to be in the area next week. Thought I would pop around
to see how the other Kemptvilleites live.
Name: marsha gustafson
Location: framingham ma
Comments: how beautiful! wish i lived there.
my grandmother might have been born there, just trying to find out....thx
Name: Alex Tann
Location: London, England
Comments: I was told about this site by Marie herself who was
the mother of a pen-pal back in 1973. John unfortunately died an untimely
death but many years later I tried and succeeded in tracking Marie still
living in PEI and we have been in touch by email on and off. I like
this site (what I have seen of it) and will return for more. I like
delving into the past.
Name: cheryl chase
Location: port charlotte florida
Name: Margaret Traintinger
Location: Nipigon Ontario
Comments: Hello. My parents were from Nova Scotia. My mom
was born and raised in Wedgeport; (Leblanc/Boudreau/Doucett families);
I still have first cousins living in Wedgeport; and only hope that I can
visit once again very soon. The last time I visited Wedgeport was
unfortunately at my grandmothers funeral in 1978. My father was born
and raised in Liverpool. Both my parents have recently passed away;
and they missed their home. I know my mother missed her family. Wedgeport
is a wonderful community; and I hope I am fortunate to visit soon (just
for her). Thank you.
Comments: get a move on with this site!
Name: Darryl Pettipas
Comments: Excellent site and idea. Amazing amount of work. Definately
will be enjoyed by many. Thanks.
Name: Heather Brittain
Location: Forest Glen
Comments: I have lived here most of my life , now that Im in my forties
I appreciate it even more the peacefulness, too bad our lakes have become
poluted and unfit to swim in. Hopefully a fix is sooon started
Name: Mekala Wood
Location: Pinkneys Point
Comments: Hello my name is mekala wood and ive lived in pinkneys
point all my life, god i love it here.
Name: Lisa Monique Surette-Beardsley
Location: Kahalu'u, Hawai'i
Comments: I am looking for help on my geneology. My mother is Elizabeth
(Betty) Theresa Surette and her parents were Pierre (Peter) Surette
and Marguerite (Margarite) Mary Melanson who lived in Pleasant Lake. I
know that I have relatives on Surette's Island but only remember one name,
Pauline... If anyone knows anything about my family I would be so happy
to hear from you.
Name: Mary Hanf (Mullen)
Location: Sable River, Shelburne Co., NS
Name: Ed. Smith
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Comments: Hi There:
Ed. Smith, here. ‘Just a note to anyone interested, I have
just published a book through AuthorHouse entitled, The Writes Of
E.W. Smith. It can be obtained in most Chapters’ bookstores
in Canada and The United States or on any number of net addresses
I came back to Yarmouth in 2001 with the intentions of
spending the rest of my years in the place that I care about most. My home
town. But, as the old adage goes, the best laid plans of mice and
men … When I reached the age of sixty, I had to leave to find financial
sanity. I’m sure many have found themselves in that situation at
one time or another. Well, I came to Calgary and my fortunes turned
around. Several more of my sets of lyrics have been set to music
and recorded by my friend, Dominic D’Arcy and after all these years, my
poetry is published in book form. Good things happen if you don’t
abandon the dream.
I thank you in advance for those of you who choose to purchase
my book and I hope, with all my heart, that you enjoy the contents that
I chose to include.
Still a proud Yarmouthian
and paste The Writes of Ed Smith in google search
think you will like what what you read.
Name: Bill Boudreau
Location: Oklahoma City
WEDGEPORT INSPIRED CD:
Name: sharron seidel
Comments: Interested in Britten family history, images.
Comments: Thank you for taking us through beautiful Charlesville, Shelburne
County on a bright and sunny day! I love viewing all those tidy homes
with their familiar greenery, especially the natural-looking areas with
rocks and lupins, and also stirring pictures of the deep blue harbour waters.
It reminds me of our many trips home to the East Pubnicos when we slowed
down driving through all the villages from Barrington up to Pubnico, and
from there to the new highway to our big and wonderful Town of Yarmouth!
I remember one girl named McComiskey in our school at Lr East Pubnico (in
1946, just after the War) who lived in Charlesville, and I often wondered
which house her family had lived in. Thanks for the great memories! marie
Name: John S. deDoming
Comments: I am interested in doing some research
on the Island. Is there anybody there that can help with research on St.
Mary,s or Port Royal.
John S. deDoming
Comments: More about CHARLESVILLE
Thank you for the pictures of Charlesville. Whenever we drive
through the village of Charlesville it reminds me of a wonderful news story
from July 12, 1987. From this story I learned so much about people whose
homes were familiar looking, but whose inhabitants I had never met, families
I could only wonder about, that is, until the following wonderful news
story --written by a James Keller-- told everything about their inate goodness
and generosity, their humanity, their loving concern for their fellow man.
Since that 1987 story was told, each drive through Charlesville has been
all the more special because of the people who live in those tidy homes
--and I can almost taste PEANUTBUTTER! Webmaster, if I am allowed that
much space, I would like to add a copy of the Story by James Keller as
I found it on the Internet:
SIKH REFUGEES WHO LANDED
N.S. BEACH 20 YEARS AGO
SETTLED ACROSS CANADA
by James Keller
HALIFAX -- Many swam to shore,
others simply grabbed onto anything that would float.
Hungry, thirsty and exhausted
from spending nearly three weeks crossing the Atlantic in a cramped cargo
freighter, 173 South Asian refugees -- mostly Sikhs -- stunned locals and
sparked a frenzy of interest across the country when they appeared along
a secluded Nova Scotia beach 20 years ago.
Paul Sandhu, who was just
22 years old at the time, says much of the group doubted they would actually
make it to Canada until they were dropped in the water near the tiny fishing
village of Charlesville in the early hours of July 12, 1987.
``We're eating every 24 hours
a little rice, not enough drinking water, we couldn't take showers, we
had no clothes or beds, one blanket for four guys,'' recalls Sandhu, who
lives with his family in Brampton, Ont., and owns a motel.
``We don't know if we'd get
there or not ... and we don't know where we are going.''
They spent much of their
time on the ship in a five-metre-deep hold, which had a grill-covered hole
on the floor for human waste. The hold was later found smelling of garbage
and littered with torn and abandoned clothing, papers, toiletries, playing
cards and foreign newspapers, all left behind when the group headed for
``It was dark,'' says Sandhu,
adding it took 15 minutes to get everyone off the ship. ``We knew it was
not too far from the land and we just swam, but not everybody. We made
stuff (that would float) that could come off the ship.''
After reaching the shore,
they were first met by confused locals and then the RCMP. Their next stop
was a nearby fire hall, before the refugees were bused to a military base
in Halifax to be checked over by doctors and interviewed by immigration
Eventually, they were released
and given work permits while the federal government assessed their claims,
which were all successful. Most settled in Vancouver and Toronto, and started
new careers and families.
But 20 years ago, their futures
were less certain.
Most of the 172 men and one
woman had already left their native India to escape persecution for their
religious beliefs. Sandhu, who had been living in Germany for more than
a year, says the European countries where they were seeking refuge appeared
unwilling to let them stay for much longer.
So rather than face the possibility
of being deported to India, they paid as much as US$5,000 each to board
the Amelie, a 59-metre Chilean-registered cargo ship, near the Dutch port
The smugglers who brought
the refugees to Nova Scotia told them someone would pick them up, but whoever
was supposed to meet them never showed up, says Sandhu. They had no idea
where they were, and one of the refugees reportedly asked for a taxi to
take them to Toronto.
[I ESPECIALLY LOVE THIS NEXT
In Charlesville, news of
the group's arrival quickly spread through the small community, with some
locals offering to take them in for the night or feed them during their
Rosalie Stoddard became something
of a celebrity after she organized breakfast for the new arrivals at the
fire hall in nearby Woods Harbour.
Stoddard, who worked in the
hall's kitchen at the time, recalls the group arriving on school buses
and filing in to sit at a collection of tables. A few had some cuts and
bruises from their journey, she says, but otherwise were in good shape.
``They were hungry and they
were really thirsty,'' says Stoddard.
``We knew it was going to
be hours before they ever got to Halifax, so we just decided to feed them.
We knew they would probably be vegetarian, and we figured peanut butter
and jam -- they could probably eat that.''
Stoddard says the large group
talked among themselves but said very little to anyone else. Few spoke
any English. They were orderly, very calm and even helped prepare the food
The meal of peanut butter
sandwiches -- along with Kool-Aid and tea -- earned Stoddard the nickname
``the peanut butter lady,'' and she says the whole affair has left a permanent
mark on the area.
``I don't think it will ever
be forgotten,'' says Stoddard, adding that some of the refugees have returned
to visit several times since they first arrived. ``It's part of our history.''
The arrival of the Sikhs
amplified a national debate over immigration reform. Then-prime minister
Brian Mulroney recalled Parliament weeks after the refugees arrived to
tackle revised laws designed to tighten the system.
Legislation passed in the
House of Commons a year later gave the federal government new powers to
quickly assess cases and turn false claimants away.
However, if a similar group
arrived today, the final outcome would likely be very similar, says Immigration
Department spokesman Jon Stone.
Stone, who was also the department's
spokesman when the Sikhs arrived in 1987, said procedures are better defined
and there are some new structures in place to help evaluate immigration
claims more quickly, but the basics haven't changed.
``An outsider's view of things
would not see much difference in the actual process,'' says Stone. ``Essentially,
if the Amelie was to arrive today under the same circumstances as 20 years
ago, more or less the same thing would happen. Should they be found to
not represent a risk or danger to the public, in theory they could be granted
temporary work permits.''
Stone added that while it
has long been reported that 174 refugees arrived at Charleswood 20 years
ago, the correct figure is 173.
Several people were convicted
in connection with the smuggling plot, including Rolf Nygren, then 47,
who was sentenced to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine for orchestrating
The Amelie was seized by
the RCMP a day after dropping off the refugees. It was sold to a Nova Scotia
businessman two years later.
Name: Jennifer Ball
Location: Moncton NB
Comments: I was born in Yarmouth in 1946 and me and my family moved
to Montreal in the early 1950's. Just about every year after that we visited
my grandmother on Prince St. up until 1980. I just couldn't manage to get
down there too often after that. A lot has changed since I was in
Yarmouth last...I plan to visit my aunt Barbara and uncle Bill next year
if all goes well. I am very proud of my family heritage...my grandfather
was Laurie Smith, founder of CJLS radio station, and am very
proud of my hometown Yarmouth.
Comments: I just finished reading on the 'Net' a few sample poems from
the Writes of E.W. Smith, and oh, did I enjoy those few that are
there! Every word touched my heart, especially the one with such vivid
images of people in church, and then I had to smile a lot as I read Smith's
wonderful lines about (himself) the Sheik of Newfoundland! I hope to see
many more of his poems, and I'd wish the same for everyone who wants to
read something beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Webmaster,
and thank you E.W. Smith.
Name: Robert Francis Surette
Location: Morrisville Pennsylvania
Comments: my father John Robert Surette
was born in Yarmouth on September 8, 1920
any info or relatives please contact
Name: JOHN MARK REDING
Location: NASHVILLE TN USA
Comments: HI I'M THE GRANDSON OF JOHN WAKELING
Name: Suzanne Surette Whiteside
Location: Hyannis, MA
Granddaughter of Melanie & Jean Michael Surette
Name: Landry Major (Mauger)
Location: Los Angeles
Comments: I am hoping to bring my son next summer to visit the family
farm and the beautiful land of my Dad.
Name: Kathleen Hallahan-Surette
Location: Malden Ma 02148
Name: nancy Hamm Knox
Location: Dartmouth N.S
Comments: So nice reading Marie's stories of Sand Beach as that
is where my ancesters originated. They were Hatfields who originally settled
in Tusket then moved to Sand Beach. Great to hear of my great Aunt May
and Aunt Winnie Rogers and their candy making. I spent a lot of
time with them and I still remember their wonderful sugar cookies as well
as the candy.
Was fun to see my cousin Mary Wyman's picture in the picture of the
Sand Beach school of 1940.
My Great Great grandfather built the" Haunted House" and lived
in with his family when not at Sea.My mother was married in that house
when it belonged to Ken and Marion Veinot in the 1970's .Her second marriage.She
was Catherine Hatfield Moores Hamm and Married James MacRae at that time.
My Great Grandfather Abraham Hatfield and his wife Annie lived
in Sand Beach with their Children ,Elsie Perry Hatfield Moores was my grandmother.My
Great grandfather did not like the Sea and was a carpenter who built several
homes in Yarmouth. Nancy
Name: George Fraser
Location: Alder Point (Brighton, ON)
Comments: Most impressive - great pictures.
Lot of fine work in putting this site together.
Thanks for the tour.
Comments: October 21, 2010
The little girl closest to my age who lived nearby was Mary Wyman. At
the time, she was living diagonally across the road, slightly up the road
from our house. She lived with her parents, two brothers and two
sisters in a big house, wonderful to explore, and she and I did that a
few times. There was the big back part and a palatial front part to the
Name: Stuart Hartley Hurlbert
Location: San Diego, California
Comments: James Hartley Hurlbert was born in Kemptville 3 Dec 1858.
Got tired of lumbering and signed on a ship to see the world. Got so seasick
between Halifax and Boston, he jumped ship and became a bouncer in a carnival.
He's my great granddaddy and I'm starting up again some genealogical
work on all the family lines I began 15 years ago...
MEMORIES OF SAND BEACH IN 1930s
Comments: From 1934 to May 1941 our family lived in the lovely Horton
house in Sand Beach, and now I want to relate a few memories of neighbours
we had at that time. I've already mentioned the friendly Cosman family
next door. Down from them was Tracy Goodwin and his wife who was
a Knowles. More...
Name: roger nickerson
Location: brighton on
Name: dale jenkins
Location: vancouver b.c.
Comments: Hi lived in yarmouth most of my life,now in vancouver.lots
of work here.lived south end and plymouth now vancouver 7years.mis looking
for arrowheads tusketfalls,and duck hunting tusket river,clams at snackplace
water email@example.com or call 778.319.2118
Name: Samantha Hiller
Location: Tucson Az
Comments: Nice info.
Name: ROGER NICKERSON
Location: BRIGHTON ON
Comments: teresa hicks send me your email address would love to talk
its been years.
Name: Ron Ringhofer
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Name: Florence Newell (Whitehouse)
Location: Stoney Creek. On
Comments: I moved to Hebron at the age of 5 and lived on the Ohio Rd.
just up from the railway tracks a little ways until I got married and moved
away. Went to Hebron two room school. Have good memories of the community.
Would love to see some pictures from there
Comments: Dear Friends in Yarmouth and county, My heart goes out
to you during these days of deluge. We got lots of rain up here on the
island --and are still getting more right now, but nothing like you dear
people received. When I heard the name Quinan in the news, my heart went
straight there to those people who were so kind and hospitable to my husband
and me when we spent a week there, way down by the water in a borrowed
camper. I was driving to Tusket and Pubnico researching genealogy and family
stories and so on, so Quinan was our beautiful place of repose at the end
of each day.
I must say it was challenging to drive that summer evening through Quinan
in thick fog after having spent too many hours enjoyable with more of our
dear cousins in Pubnico. A gentleman Mountie stopped me as I inched my
way through the fog. I suppose he noticed our PEI plates and then our gray
hair, so he asked me why I was driving so slowly, explaining that it could
be dangerous for anyone driving behind us at normal speed, so I was glad
to have his advice on defensive driving. I daid I'm trying to find the
short cut into Quinan, and he replied that was not a very good idea in
this case. He asked me if I knew the road in from Tusket and of course
I did, haviing done taht route often during daylight. He generously
offered to lead me to Tusket and put me on the little winding and hilly
road to Quinan, and we again inched our way right down to water's edge
where there were one or two other camper trailers. We were so glad to have
arrived safely and had a great sleep. Next day we visited people in Quinan,
the cemetery (prayed at the grave of former teacher Lawrence Doucette)
and we met the parish priest out in the yard --he had a black cat-- and
then visited a Doucette family at the beginning of the Quinan Road, admiring
the Tusket River just down from their lovely home. Great memories,
so when the ATV news mentioned Quinan, you can imagine all the wonderful
thoughts that surfaced and my silent prayer for all Yarmouth county in
the heavy and persistent rain of early November, 2010. God bless
you all, marie
Flood Latest pictures on Yarmouth Flooding via Yarmouth
Name: Dave Rhyno
Location: Lower Wedgeport
Comments: Beautiful place, wish i could live there. Married Jennifer
Raynard, daughter of Danold and Carol Raynard
Name: jim lynch
Comments: to whom it may cocern. as you can see by my address i live
in michigan.I became quite intrested in Nova Scotia because of Loran
Fevens. I find your country beautiful and intresting.I hope to
vist and meet Loran Fevens.I have been listening to his Sentimental Journey
show for about 5 yrs.via the internet.
thank you for you time. Jim Lynch...
Loran Fevens. on CJLS
Name: Dorothy Doucette
Comments: My Grandfather Adolph Doucette always loved to visit your
area. I look forward to coming by next summer when I come home. Dorothy
Name: Dean Edward Surrett
Location: Leicester N.C. USA
Comments: I have been to Nova Scotis twice and I love it
and feel at home there. Now I know why, it is a part of me!!.....
Name: Allan Jones
Location: Kelowna B.C,
Comments: I lived in the home that Fred Jones built and attended
Lake Annis School in 1948. My father, William Jones, moved to
western Canada after the First World War. He passed away July,1962.
My family appreciates viewing the history of Lake Annis.
Name: Royal Chadwick
Location: Los Gatos, California
Comments: I attended Camp Moosewa during the summers
of 1936 and 1937. I grew up in Belmont, Mass. Mrs. George Cain
(Mater) was a very good friend of my mother and grandmother. The
Cain's lived very close to us. I did
not know Vic very well as he lived in the Virginia area and was active
in selling school cirricula to private schools in that area. Carroll,
who was called Gint, was one of my teachers in Junior High School.
Mater and Pater passed many years ago. Gint did
have a son who is a few years younger that me, but I have no idea where
he resides. (I am now 82.
I would be interested in having contact with other Mooswa fellows
or friends of the Cains.
Location: barrie ont
Comments: Sharron Seidel, would your husbands name be Horst? if so i
would love to hear from you guys.
Name: LOUIS DUGAS
Location: Digby n.s.
Comments: Hi folks, looking for a picture of the old South Ohio train
Also of interest would be pictures of any other train station in Yarmouth
When I was growing, back in the fifties, my grandfather, Francois
Saulnier torn down the old station which had become surplus to the
DAR. I remember going there to get loads of used lumber from the station.
I was possibly 10 years old at the time. I was to the site this pass Sunday,
If this is not the right location for this request,
would you be kind enough to forward to the proper place. Thank you. Louis
Name: pauline mullen
Comments: i am a granddaughter of Charlie Mullen. I was so excited to
see these stories. I remember the area very well and always loved it. George
Cossar was my great great grandfather. If there is more info or pictures
I would love to no about them.
Name: Charles Carleton
Name: Ruth Roberts
Location: Forest Glen Yar , CO N.S.
Name: Nancy Scott
Location: Enumclaw, WA
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Comments: I received this e-mail, except it says that the shark was
caught in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland, and that the Dawn
Rider comes out of a yacht club in Essex, Maryland. I thought it was strange
that the phone number on the crane wasn't local, so I googled it, and confirmed
that it wasn't true.
Name: joseph muise
Location: yarmouth nova scotia
Name: jennifer surette
Location: kentville nova scotia
Name: Malcolm Surette
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Originally from Yarmouth County, now retired in Gatineau, Quebec, full-time
artist. Inspiration taken from Nova Scotia and rural Quebec.
See my website, at:
Comments: beautiful !!!!
Name: nelson allen
Location: Elliot Lake ON
Name: Dot Vallillee
Location: Yarmouth, NS
check out this site. Great celebrations coming next year.
Name: gail kippenberger conway
Location: lorain ohio
Comments: My mother was Annabelle Fenton, her mom was Laura Crosby,
her dad was George Fenton, brother of William Fenton and Annie Fenton.
I would love to talk to Fenton Relatives in Yarmouth. I spent the
first 9 years of my life in Yarmouth each summer visiting my grandparents
along with my mother. I would love to connect with Fenton's in the
area. My husband and I live in Ohio now but we would love some kind
of a reunion in Yarmouth. Names and addresses would be nice.
Comments: Greetings to all! For the past several years I am able to
feel closeer to the people of Yarmouth, not only in fond memories, but
also, and especially while doing our Christmas baking. For this I am grateful
to my late sister, Eileen, and to her friends, guardians and coaches in
the Yarmouth Special Olympics. One year they put out a lovely cookbook,
and every year I use some of the recipes from that very fine book. There
is a cake with raisins and I use that as basis for a fruit cake, adding
whatever I have in the cupboard that's suitable. There are some really
great recipes in that book and it's such a neat and handy little recipe
book. Best of all, they are from Yarmouth and counties. Thank you all!
Name: Ed. Smith
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Comments: Hi Folks:
Well, it seems that Amazon.com ran out of my books until next
month. Now, that sounds like a good thing! I sure want to thank all who
took the time to purchase my book (The Writes Of E.W. Smith) and to read
it. I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the read.
Here's a little Christmas wish to all. Oh ... how I miss Yarmouth
at this time of year ...
A Message From Santa
Up north, near the Pole, one dark Christmas Eve
Santa was getting all ready to leave.
His sleigh was all packed. It was loaded with toys
Of all shapes and all sizes for girls and for boys.
The reindeer were sprayed with a magic, so fair,
That it gave them the strength to soar high in the air.
And, leading the pack, at the head of the team
Was Rudolph, the reindeer … his nose all a’beam.
He looked at the others, it seemed, one by one
Confirming: All’s ready … the trek has begun.
Santa said, Rudolph … are we ready to go?
In a flash they were off through the light falling snow.
From rooftop to rooftop. Through chimney, through door.
O’er prairie and mountain. Through mainland and shore.
So quickly they moved. ‘Twas a sight to behold.
And, all while we slept, snug and warm from the cold.
Poor Santa. His cheeks and his nose were all turning red
As the cold, northern wind blew his beard ‘round his head.
He worked and he slaved ‘til the first light of dawn
And, before we awoke … he was finished and gone!
But, the message he wrote was quite clear, nonetheless …
Merry Christmas, my friends. Good luck and God bless.
All the very best for a great Christmas and a fabulous
Name: Linda Temple
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Comments: Looking for the Travis family of yarmouth.Nova Scotia
Name: Dot Vallillee
Location: Nova Scotia canada
Comments: Here's a cute Christmas story to share!
‘Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch, The pond was
froze over & so was the branch.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule. The kids were all home
on vacation from school,
And happier young folks you never did see, just all sprawled around
Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock, there came a surprise that
gave them a shock! The power went off, the TV went dead!
When Grandpa came in from out in the shed with an armload of wood,
the house was all dark. "Just what I expected," they heard him remark.
"Them power line wires must be down from the snow. Seems sorter like
times on the ranch long ago."
"I'll hunt up some candles," said Mom. "With their light, And the fireplace,
I reckon we'll make out all right."
The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom. Then Grandpa came back
from a trip to his room, uncased his old fiddle & started to play that
old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.
Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew both Pop & the kids
were all singing it, too.
They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night," Their eyes all
a-shine in the ruddy firelight.
They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth, and Pop read
a passage from God's Book of Truth.
They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe, The youngsters
agreed 'twas a fine Christmas Eve.
Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn And when the kids wakened,
the power was on.
"The Power Company sure got the line repaired quick," Said Grandpa
- & no one suspected his trick.
Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun, He had pulled the
main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!
Name: paul francis
Location: WINNIPEG MANITOBA
Comments: BORN in yarmouth in 1942 FATHERS NAME WAS GERALD FRANCIS
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Name: Joanne Gurman
Comments: I just finished reading stories about Wyman Road, Sand Beach
and enjoyed it very much. I was surprised to see an old school picture
and my father and uncle are in it. I have no pictures of him as a
child and this was wonderful to see.
Name: Ray d'Entremont
Location: Saint John, NB
Comments: 1-I remember you Sandy! You used to play drums & joined
the US forces.
2-Looking for any info on Marjorie Catherine Allen of Kellys Cove.
What was her husband's full name? Did she have children? Who were her parents
and grandparents and which village were they from? What was her maiden
name and her mother's maiden name? Any info would be appreciated.
3-I too love Yarmouth. It always makes me smile going, and sad leavin'!
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Name: Mary Durant
Location: Del Bonita, Alberta
My mother, Virginia Hope Durant nee Morton was born and raised
near Kemptville, Nova Scotia. In 2011 I would like to come down and visit
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Location: Redcliffe Queensland Australia
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