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Name of Student: Chloe Kenney-Beaver

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Ecum Secum

Name of Interviewee: Katherine Levy, 14 years old.

Information:  Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia

“I spoke to my cousin, Katherine Levy, 14, who lives in New Chester, Ecum Secum.

Ecum Secum, a community along the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia first became populated in the 1770s by Loyalists from Europe. It used to be known as Ekemsagen, and Ecum Secum derived from the Mikmaq language, which means Red House or Red Bank. Schools and churches began opening in the mid-late eighteen-hundreds, and gold was discovered there in the 1860s. The total gold recovered was 1276 ounces, and mining work was stopped in 1907, although after that, surface work and prospecting continued.

A popular geological formation in Ecum Secum, is the rock beach. The community is strongly tied to the fishing industry, especially lobsters and crabs.

In 1956, the population of Ecum Secum was about 450 people.”

Name of Student: Mitchell Jewers

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Mitchell Bay

Name of Interviewee: Phillip Hartling


Mitchell Bay is located on the west side of Ecum Secum. It was probably named after the early settlers. Henry Pye was settled on 200 acres of land at “Ekemsigam” by 1817, at which time he asked for a grant. He received a grant for 200 acres at what became Mitchell Bay on August 12, 1834. Samuel Bernard and Thomas Worthey also received 100 acre grants here in 1857.

An interesting story about Mitchell Bay is one that tells of the bell and the stained glass windows at the Anglican Church in Mitchell Bay. They were gifts from a parish in west London and the shipping cost to bring them over from England to Mitchell Bay was only $20.

Fishing is the primary industry in Mitchell Bay.

Necum Teuch (pronounced nee-comm-taw),  a Mi’Kmaq name for Moose River is a small rural community on the eastern shore of the Nova Scotia on Highway # 7. The community is famous for the lifelike scarecrows created by Angela Smith Geddes, author of children’s books, including “The Scarecrows of Necum Teuch”, “Necum Teuch Notes”, “The Shadow People”, and several others.

On Dec. 29, 1955, a special meeting was held with the ratepayers of School Section #35 in the Necum Teuch School. The purpose of the meeting was to make a decision to see if the school should be given to the community to be used as a community centre. Then in 1959, Book 1643 Pg. 74 the deed states that the property was to be given to the Anglican Church of Canada to be used as a place for the community to use as a hall. Standing not far from the schoolhouse is St. John Baptist[sic] Church of England that was consecrated on Oct. 20, 1895. Prior to the church being built church services were held in the nearby schoolhouse. Surrounding the church are the headstones of many former inhabitants who have left their mark on the small community. The community was originally named for the Smith family as they were one of the first families to settle in the area. In some documents, the Necum Teuch  community, is referred to as Smith’s Cove.

From Halifax County NECUM TEUCH: Halifax County
This settlement is located about sixteen miles north-east of Sheet Harbour. The name is probably a corrupted version of the Indian name Noogoomkeak. “soft sand place”. Variations of the name went: Nekum Tough. Nicumteau. Necum Tach. Nicamtau. etc. John Smith, Sr. purchased 900 acres of land here in 1803 from John George Dunn and immediately settled thereon. His sons, John, George, and Jacob received grants of land here in 1824. In 1827 there were eight families here.
Mr. Burnett was schoolmaster in two school-houses in this district in July. 1843.
A Postal Way Office was established in 1855. Fishing and limited farming are the basic industries. The population in 1956 was 98.

From the Nova Scotia Archives

Name of Student: Morgan Cameron

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Moser River

Name of Interviewee: James Cameron


Moser River was once called Necum Teuch River, but was changed after the Moser family received land grants and settled there. The Native name was Noogoomkeak, meaning soft, sand place. Henry Moser Sr. and his wife, Hannah, came to Nova Scotia from Luxemburg and Holland, about 1751 and were settled on the river by 1809. He received grants of land there n 1809 or 1813. He was a direct descendant of the Protestants who settled in Lunenburg county in the mid – 1700’s.

Moser River was mainly a fishing, farming and shipbuilding community in the early and mid-nineteenth century. Towards the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, several lumber and sawmills such as Moser River Lumber Company, Albion Lumber Company, and Necum Teuch Lumber Company were built in the Moser River area.

In 1911, the village had a postal and money order office, five stores, two hotels, Baptist and Presbyterian churches, connections with a stage coach and a weekly steamer to Halifax, telephone service, saw and planning mills, and extensive lumbering operations, as well as private residences. Today’s distinctive landmarks would include a store, a post office, a small elementary school, and a small lumber operation. Electrical power came to Moser River in 1941.

My Great Aunt Jenny was the first telephone operator in Moser River. She had the switchboard in her house on Englehutt Road where she directed every phone call made in the Moser River area. The phones were called a party line, which meant that anyone could pick up their phones in their homes and listen in to your conversations. Each phone had a special ring so you would know if the call was for you or not.


Name of Student: Daniel Rutledge

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Moosehead

Name of Interviewee: Delbert Owen


“The Golden Age of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia lasted from 1880 to the first decade of the 1900’s when gold mines were established at Harrigan Cove, Ecum Secum, Moosehead, and inland from Port Dufferin.

Gold was discovered at Moosehead in 1872. The mine operated at the turn of the century, in 1910 and the last half of the 1930’s yielding only 471 ounces of gold.

The four villages were greatly affected by the gold mines and declined in prosperity after their closures, resulting in the emigration of the local people in search of work.

Some say that the top part of Moosehead Hill is the only cell phone reception on this part of the Shore. At the bottom of the hill is the Moosehead Beach. Here, a certain moss can be seen that only can be found in one other part of the world – on the African Coast. Moosehead Moss, rich in nutrients, has been used here for centuries as a natural organic fertilizer. You’ll often know you’re in Moosehead, even in the dark, by the strong aroma of this unique moss. Just off of the shore, the island with the sheer cliff face on its western end is Ship Island. It was once the location of a lumber mill.

Moosehead is the location of another abandoned gold mine, where walking can be treacherous. Watch for old shafts in the small quartz beach area at the end of Moosehead Road.

Moosehead got its name because there is a rock in the water that looks somewhat like a moose head.”

Name of Student: Kelsey Levy

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Harrigan Cove

Name of Interviewee: Keith Levy, 46 years old


The village was originally known for fishing. There were two lobster factories in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. One was on Shiers Cove Point and there was one on Turner’s Island.

This area on charts is known as the Bay of Islands.

My Grandfather told me a story of some of the very first settlers that had received a land grant, such as many others had of this certain time frame (not sure of the date). Their family name was Atkins. They landed here by boat  in the fall at an island in the east end of the community known as Atkins Island. The first winter they lived under their sailboat in a cove on the west side of the island. The following spring they bought property on the main land, known today as Atkins Point, from another grantee. This land was much more suitable for their needs of fishing and farming.

There is a monument of the original Atkins to this very day on the property.

This story was told to Keith Levy by his Grandfather Henry Milton Rudolph, my Great Grandfather.


  • Noodakwade – Mi’kmaq for “the seal hunting place”



Name of Student: Nick Harris

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Port Dufferin

Name of Interviewee: Lonnie Jewers


The person I interviewed was Lonnie Jewers, a 46 year old man from Ecum Secum who lives in Port Dufferin now.

Port Dufferin was originally named Salmon River, but later changed its name to Port Dufferin by an act of Parliament for the Marquis of Dufferin in 1899. It was also a port for a ship called the S.S. Dufferin in the early 1900s.

Port Dufferin was mostly known for their port for the S.S. Dufferin. Today, it’s a small village mostly known for its pizzeria.

A distinctive landmark in Port Dufferin would be the old gold mine on Dufferin Road.

There is a story about an old ship called the Strathacona that had caught fire and sunk off Smileys Point Road in Port Dufferin. Although the ship sunk, nobody was killed.


Name of Student: Hilary Ackert

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Dufferin Mines

Name of Interviewee: Jean Martin, 75 years old


“I interviewed my Grandmother Jean Martin. She is seventy-five years old. When she was young she lived in Barkhouse Settlement which is close to Dufferin Mines.

Today there is nothing much in Dufferin Mines just trees, dirt, grass and an empty mine. But back in the day when it was a thriving place, men used to work in the mine. They were mining for gold. Jean said that her father worked in the gold mine in the 1920’s to 1930’s. Back then there was a little school and some houses. The main landmark and what Dufferin Mines is known for is the gold mine. Jean said she and her family used to go and fish down by the river or go and pick berries. Jean was very young when she lived there so she doesn’t remember any stories about the place.”




Beaver Harbour

  • Kobetawemoode meaning “beaver harbour” in Mi’kmaq there is a myth that Gloosecap threw one of the large rocks at a beaver
  • The French named it “Havre du Caster” meaning beaver harbour
  • 1846 a lighthouse was erected it was 35 feet high with a lantern on the roof, it is gone now
  • there is a lighthouse still standing on an island in Beaver Harbour
  • 1974 a cable station was built and a cable connects Beaver Harbour to Cornwall, England
  • There is a wind turbine there now
  • 1826 the first ship was built named the Regatta
  • there was farming in Beaver Harbour as well as a school and a church which was demolished in 1973
  • At the government wharf the O.K. Service ship would pick up the lobsters.


Name of Student: Kaleigh Stevens

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Sheet Harbour Passage

Name of Interviewee: Penny and Parker Stevens


“I interviewed my parents Penny and Parker Stevens. They live in Sheet Harbour. They said that the greenhouse has been up since the 1970’s. It is the oldest greenhouse in Nova Scotia, maybe even in Canada. Also, there is a lighthouse in Sheet Harbour Passage. It is pretty old.

In the ocean in front of my house, ships used to go through the ocean. The ships still come through sometimes and go to the wharf in Sheet Harbour.

They don’t know anything else about it.”


Name of Student: Lindsay Levy

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Sober Island

Name of Interviewee: Trevor Levy


Q: How did the Village get its name?

A: The Island got its name because everyone that lived on the Island was always drunk. The only thing that was sober about the Island was the Island itself.

Q: What is the village known for?

A: The Island is well known for fishing. Also, there was quite a bit of hunting. There’s actually, also, an oyster farm still on it.

Q: Are there any distinctive landmarks or geological formations that make the village distinct?

A: I think the fact that it’s an island is quite distinct.


Q: Are there any stories passed down about the village?

A: Well, one Halloween night there was a bunch of kids playing on the bridge. They decided to take rope and tie it to each side of the bridge and watch the cars drive by and break it. But this one night, a man driving a motorcycle drove over the bridge. When he drove over it he drove through the rope, the rope cut his head off and his head tumbled off of the bridge into the water. Nobody ever found it. Now they say that some nights when you go to the bridge, if you look over into the water you can see his eyes staring at you.”


Name of Student: Brooklyn Connors

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Watt Section

Name of Interviewee: Carol Martin


  1. Name of the person interviewed, how old they are, and where they lived.

I interviewed Carol Martin who is my Grandmother. She is 64 years old and she used to live in Port Dufferin before she was married.

  1. How did Watt Section get its name?

Watt Section got its name by the Watt family. They were one of the first settlers to claim this land a couple of hundred years ago.

  1. What is Watt Section known for?

Watt Section was known for ship building, the sawmill, boot legging, rum running and salmon and regular fishing.

  1. What are some landmarks or geological formations?

Some landmarks in Watt Section are the school house (which was tore down), post office (tore down, as well), the Brooke’s Side Hall (still in use), and the Legion (still in use). Our new “landmark” is the wind mill.

  1. Are there any stories about Watt Section?

There used to be three stores in Watt Section. Esther Jollymore owned a small grocery store, John and Gladys Verge owned the White Rose which was a garage, gas station and grocery store, and Elorda and Howard Verge owned a grocery store, too.

There were also three captains: Herbert Martin, Charles Martin (my Grandfather’s father), and Charles George, who built and sold different boats. Charles Martin also had a hennery; he sold chickens and eggs.

Floris Scott had the post office in her house after Clair and Blanche Josey gave it up. The old post office used to be by the Smelt Brook.

Overview of Watt Section

Watt Section was known for the shipbuilding industry which was a large part of the Eastern Shore in the “early days”. Settlers worked as shipbuilders, loggers, farmers or fishermen.

Fishermen salted some of their catches and used it as bait for the next set, or exported to other nearby ports as food. Most common fish were mackerel, herring, cod, haddock, and halibut; fishermen also fished for lobster and crab. During the summer, fishermen started working around 4:30 am – 5:00 am. They’d row or sail to their fishing ground and handline cod, haddock and halibut, set nets for mackerel and herring, and set pots for lobster and crab, plus whatever nets and traps were out there before they’d have to bring them in and take whatever’s in them out. Later, when they’d return home, they’d have to clean nets and traps, bait handlines, and clean and put away their catch. In the winter time, fishermen would either go offshore on the larger fishing boats or go into the woods as fur trappers or woodsmen. Some of them stayed away for weeks or months from home leaving the women and children to look after the household.

In the 1940’s, the one room school had one teacher who taught 75 students from grades primary to eleven.


Name of Student: Chelsea Josey

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Malay Falls

Name of Interviewee: Phyllis Martin


Q: “What is your name and how old are you?”

A: “My name is Phyllis Martin and I’m  77 years old.”

Q: “How did the village get its name?”

A: “The power plant was built in 1922. People from Lewiston moved here and their names were Malay. There were already falls here, so they combined the name Malay with falls to get Malay Falls.”

Q: “What is the village known for?”

A: “Malay Falls is known for the power plant.”

Q: “Are there any distinctive landmarks or geological formations that make the village distinctive?”

A: “Besides the power plant, there’s the gold mines that were in Lochaber Mines, and the big clothespin factory that was in Lewiston.”

Q: “Are there any stories about the place or person that have been passed down that are memorable?”

A: “No, there are no stories that I know of.”


Lochaber Mines

  • Lewiston peg factory was close by and it produced clothes pegs, shoe pegs and wooden bottle caps
  • 1825 a sawmill was built
  • one of the oldest gold districts in NS, the mines ran from 1867 to the early 1900’s


Name of Student: Daniel Kenney

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Sheet Harbour

Name of Interviewee: A. Kenney


My Grandfather didn’t remember too much, but when I asked him, he told me that around 1945-1950, there was a big forest fire; it burnt all the way to Watt Section where he lived, causing him to move out. The fire burned down the saw mill, located by where the camp ground is today.

In 1971, the West River falls flooded, and the big pulp mill that was there was washed away. Now, there’s a museum and he’s pretty sure it was washed out as well.

Between 1952 and 1955, they built the East River Bridge, just before the green one was there; there was an older smaller one underneath.

There used to be old phones that you had to crank before you called and talked to the operator. When you called, there were party lines, so other people in other houses could pick up and listen to what you were talking about.

Back then, not everyone had a car, so they delivered the groceries in trucks, house to house. You could get candy 3 for a penny, or 5 cent chocolate bars. The better ones were 10 cents.

There used to be a school there, but the tank is there now. The theatre stopped in the late 60’s, the police station was across the street from the liquor store, and when his dad was a kid, you didn’t have to drive for your driving test, you just got it.


Name of Student: Leah MacBain

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Marinette

Name of Interviewee: Jason Josey, 36 years old.


“How did the village get its name?

A school teacher from Marinette, Wisconsin names the community after his hometown in the U.S. while teaching in the one room school house that was here.

What is the village known for?

Marinette is known for its black flies, bears, deer, and coyotes. They’re everywhere! Many generations also worked in forestry, fishing, trapping and hunting which were used in supporting families.

Are there any distinctive landmarks or geological formations that make this village distinctive?

This is the highest elevation in the area. It is almost 700 feet above sea level. There is a church bell and commemorative stone marking St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, which was established in 1948, and then demolished in 1988. The community also had a one room school house from approximately the early 1900s to 1963. Marinette has a fire tower that has been here for over 50 years and is still in use today. Also, there is a weather station and communications tower that exists next to the fire tower.

Are there any stories that had been passed down about this place?

Years ago, the Currie homestead was a Native trading post. I live in a 200 year old home with my family and my daughters are the sixth generation, on the Currie side, to live in this house. My Grandfather’s generation often spoke of having to hide the young children in the attic of the house from the Gypsies, who would reportedly take children to use as performers/labourers in their troupes when they were traveling through the community.”


Name of Student: Jamie Dorey

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Beaver Dam

Name of Interviewee: Carla Asprey, 45 years old.


Jamie: “What is your name and how old are you?”

Carla: “ My name is Carla Asprey and I am 45 years old.”

Jamie: “Where do you live?”

Carla: “I live in Beaver Dam.”

Jamie: “Are there any important geological formations in Beaver Dam?”

Carla: “No, there are not.”

Jamie: “What is Beaver Dam known for?”

Carla: “Beaver Dam is known for great fishing and lots of bugs.”

Jamie: “Are there any stories passed down?”

Carla: “Back in the day, most of Beaver Dam was all farm land that was farmed by the Natives. Their last name was Paul and they had a son who passed away from Pneumonia. His body had to be taken all the way to Sheet Harbour by horse and buggy and it took hours to get there. These people, by the way, would be ancestors of yours.”

Name of Student: Janay Power

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Mushaboom

Name of Interviewee: Rosemary Boutilier, 79 years old.


“My interview was for Mushaboom, and I interviewed a lady named Rosemary Boutilier. She is 79 years of age, born in Mushaboom among 11 other children. Her parents were Reuben and Myrene Power. She was the middle child. Rosemary was a teacher and lived away from Mushaboom for 33 years teaching in Alberta, Ukraine, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and even Mushaboom, 1953-1954. She was married with no children. Her husband died 5 years ago. She is now living in Mushaboom.

Mushaboom is an Indian name for a pile of hair. Before that  Mushaboom was called Wind Chelsea Bay. It is known for fishing. Mushaboom used to have a store called Carl Field’s Store. There also used to be a post office and a school. St. Paul’s Church was built with wood from Mushaboom. The stories that are told about Mushaboom are ghost stories. The fishermen didn’t wear any color gloves, only white. The colored ones were bad luck.”



Name of Student: Courtney Cameron

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Spry Bay

Name of Interviewee: Sherry-Lee Holley


“An Anglican church was opened in 1868. It was named St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. There was also a school built in 1851, but it was burned down in 1860. The school was then replaced in 1864, but that school was burnt in the 1900s. After that, the East Ship Harbour School was opened in 1954. The post office was established in Spry Bay in 1860.

The population in 1956 was 124.


The name of the person I interviewed is Sherry-Lee Holley. She is 49 years old. She lives in Spry Bay. She does not know how does Spry Bay got its name. The village is known for fishing.  The distinctive land mark is Taylor’s Head Beach.”


Name of Student: Janine Hawes

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Spry Harbour

Name of Interviewee: Florence Cameron, born February 19th, 1921, 90 years old.


“Mrs. Cameron was born and raised in the village of Spry Harbour. When Mrs. Cameron (Josey) got married to her husband, the late Cecil Cameron, he moved to the next community up, going west, called Pope’s Harbour.  Mr. Cameron had passed just a few years back. She is still living in Pope’s Harbour, on Fern Hill.

Mrs. Cameron was interviewed over the telephone; my Grandmother and Florence have known each other for quite a few years, so Ada Hawes (My Grandmother) spoke to Florence on the telephone while I took notes on her information.

Spry Harbour got its name simply from the similarity to Spry Bay; one was a bay, which was suitable for Spry Bay, and same for Spry Harbour except it was a harbour, so the same name of ”Spry” was used for both communities.

The village of Spry Harbour is known for a lobster factory, the location being where my Great Uncle Stuart Hawes along the harbour, there was also a government wharf down behind where Reg Mason lives, with a building on it for Ship Margaret to store the supplies.

Over 200 years ago, there was an Indian village by the Bay Bridges. Many years ago, there was a road from down by the Bay Bridges called the “Branch Road” that people travelled on with horses to deliver mail as far as Mooseland on horseback. The trail “Branch Road” is still used today for 4-wheeling mostly.

People that lived in the village of Spry Harbour years ago made a living by fishing, farm work and woods work. The person I interviewed was told all about the lobster factory, by her parents, which is what made the village of Spry Harbour.

One piece of information on a landmark in Spry Harbour is now the St. Andrew’s Church Hall, formerly an elementary school  that went by the name of Harbour View School, Grade Primary to Six. When the school shut down, the building was closed for quite a few years, but is now being used, and has been used for a few years back now for penny auctions, potluck suppers, bake sales, etc. Card parties are held there every Monday night for something for the citizens of Spry Harbour to do weekly. It was established in 1961.

Another important piece of Spry Harbour would be that the Billy Bilong Memorial Park. There, there was once an Adam’s Hall, referring to the Spry Harbour Atom’s Club; the club participated in doing dances, planning, going away for weekends, and things like that around the 1970’s. In dedication of Billy Bilong and the Atom’s Hall/Atom’s Club, there was a baseball field constructed in the year of 1961. It was named the Billy Bilong Memorial Park. The men used to have a team in the 1960’s – 1970’s, and the park is still used today for Women’s League in Orthodox, or is used as a community ball park.

One other very important piece for Spry Harbour for the past 63 years is the family company, Hawes Trucking & Excavating Limited. It is a trucking and excavation company that was constructed in the year 1948. The creator of this still existing family business was the late Wallace Hawes, who passed away in the year of 2000. He left the business behind for a few of his children to continue. The wife of the late Wallace Hawes, Ada (Kenney) Hawes is now the owner, age 77. Son Jerry Hawes (My father) is the manager. It has been and is continuing to be a very successful business.”

One last piece of a strong landmark in Spry Harbour would be the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, which was established in the year 1891.



Name of Student: Sadie Cunningham

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Pope’s Harbour

Name of Interviewee: Scott Cunningham


For my interview, I interviewed my father, Scott Cunningham. Although he has not lived here his whole life, he still had quite a bit of information on Pope’s Harbour that he shared with me. First, I asked him why it was named Pope’s Harbour. He said that many people believe it was named Pope’s Harbour because when there were boats sailing in the harbour, they saw a rock from the water that resembled a pope’s hat.

I asked him what other interesting things he could tell me about Pope’s Harbour. He said that on Gerrard’s Island in 1922, there used to be 30 people living there. There was also a car and a small road going from one end of the island to the other.

Name of Student: Reuben Palm

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Mooseland

Name of Interviewee: Lynn MacDermott


Mooseland is a little rural community in the Musqudoboit area of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Nova Scotia, on the Mooseland Road, 68km east of Halifax. The area is known to have deposits of gold and is the site of the first gold discovery in Nova Scotia.

Mooseland consists of 99 people for the small area.  Total land area in Mooseland is 326.57 km2 .

The founders of Mooseland were the Icelandic Memorials in 1875. The first two families that settled in Mooseland were the Erlendsonns and the Gudbrandeurs. The people were the ones that created the log cabins and made them able to survive the winter time weather. The name was founded because of the over population of the moose! Another person who was important was Brynjólfur Brynjólfsson


Name of Student: Jacob Boutilier

School: Duncan MacMillan High School

Chosen Community: Tangier

Name of Interviewee: Parker Cooper, 72 years old.


Q: “Where do you live?”

A: “Tangier, on Cooper’s Road.”

Q: “How did the village get its name?”

A: ”Tangier either got its name from a ship wreck or after the Moroccan seaport of Tangiers.

Q: “What is the village known for?”

A: “Gold and gold mining.”

Q: “Is there a distinctive landmark?”

A: “There is Prince Alfred Arch.”

Q: “Are there any stories about Tangier?”

A: “At Coastal Adventures, there is a “bottomless lake”.  There is a story that, a long time ago, there was an old man that went across the lake called Bullrush Lake. He was taking his horses across in the winter. They were working horses. They went across the lake and the horses went through to the very bottom of the lake. They could not see them, so that’s why they called it a bottomless lake.”



East Ship Harbour

George Lewis Monk was born December 17, 1876 in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia. He was the son of lumberman James Richard Monk and Sabina (Weeks) Monk. As a young man he worked for Hill & French Lumber Company in Ship Harbour and subsequently opened his own store in Ship Harbour around 1896. The Marine Highway Historical Society’s compilation, The Gull’s Cry, references an 1899 news article mentioning George Monk as clearing away a site for a new store. He married Mary Edith Robertson on January 2, 1901 at Christ Church in Dartmouth and together they had a daughter, Marcia, in 1903. In addition to a general store, George L. Monk also operated three lumber camps, a mill, and a cookhouse. In the 1930s and 1940s, when there was a demand for pulpwood, he sold pulp to various foreign buyers including the United States, Germany, and Norway. He worked as a lumber and general merchant for over fifty years, however, business declined after the war and the store was closed in the early 1950s. George L. Monk died January 24, 1959 and is buried at St. Stephen’s cemetery, Ship Harbour.

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