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Yarmouth Guest Book  Volume #122  - Aug 1 to Dec 31    2010

Date: 8/1/2010
Name: Michelle Clarke
Location: NJ
E-Mail: alphaomega08873@yahoo.com

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.


Date: 8/4/2010
Name: Ron Melanson
Location: Greenwood,NS
E-Mail: ron.melanson@ns.sympatico.ca

Comments: Look for some of my old friends from Yarmouth,;
Ed Smith , Robert Goudy , Bobby Grant , Sandra Cottreau , Louise   ,Paula Doucette,

Date: 8/7/2010
Name: Loretta Francis Hurlburt
Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
E-Mail: autumnnites@hotmail.com

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.

Date: 6/21/2010 
  Name: George Goodwin 
  Location: Newport South Wales UK 
  E-Mail: goerge.goodwin@sky.com 

  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 

Date: 8/7/2010
Name: David Surette
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
E-Mail: djsurette@earthlink.net

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,

Date: 8/10/2010
Name: kathryntedford
Location: saintjohnnewbrunswick

Comments: thank you for the history,my father is from yarmouth area william randplph tedfrod born 1909

Date: 8/14/2010
Name: Bill
Location: Boudreau
E-Mail: wjb@flash.net

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.

Date: 8/17/2010
Name: Bill MacPherson
Location: Tittle Rd, Surette's Island, N
E-Mail: wildbillmacpherson@hotmail.com

Comments: Nice to see the history. 


Date: 8/17/2010
Name: Brian Ellis
Location: Massachusetts USA
E-Mail: brianellis36@comcast.net

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

Date: 8/21/2010
Name: Henry Simon Muise
Location: Sudbury, ontario, Canada
E-Mail: hankmuise@hotmail.com

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 it.

Date: 8/24/2010
Name: Ken Patterson
Location: Port Angeles, Washington
E-Mail: artfromken@hotmail.com

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!


Date: 8/26/2010
Name: Donna Durham
Location: Medford, Ma.  USA
E-Mail: bullrpd@aol.com 


Date: 8/31/2010
Name: Robert Wood
Location: Kemptville ON
E-Mail: rwood@cdnsafetytraining.ca

Comments: Going to be in the area next week. Thought I would pop around to see how the other Kemptvilleites live.

Date: 8/31/2010
Name: marsha gustafson
Location: framingham ma
E-Mail: marshag@smoc.org

Comments: how beautiful!  wish i lived there.
my grandmother might have been born there, just trying to find out....thx much

Date: 9/2/2010
Name: Alex Tann
Location: London, England
E-Mail: alex_tann@hotmail.com

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. 

Date: 9/5/2010
Name: cheryl chase
Location: port charlotte florida
E-Mail: chaseflahomes@comcast.net


Date: 9/5/2010
Name: Margaret Traintinger
Location: Nipigon Ontario
E-Mail: traintingers@shaw.ca

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. 

Date: 9/6/2010
Name: jack
Location: smith
E-Mail: iejack@hotmail.com

Comments: get a move on with this site!

Date: 9/6/2010
Name: Darryl Pettipas
Location: Halifax
E-Mail: darrylp@hfx.eastlink.ca

Comments: Excellent site and idea. Amazing amount of work.  Definately will be enjoyed by many. Thanks.

Date: 9/7/2010
Name: Heather Brittain
Location: Forest Glen
E-Mail: guitarbabe41@hotmial.com

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

Date: 9/15/2010
Name: Mekala Wood
Location: Pinkneys Point
E-Mail: Mekalawood@gmail.com

Comments: Hello  my name is mekala wood and ive lived in pinkneys point all my life, god i love it here.

Date: 9/16/2010
Name: Lisa Monique Surette-Beardsley
Location: Kahalu'u, Hawai'i
E-Mail: Quarian@aol.com

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.

Date: 9/16/2010
Name: Mary Hanf (Mullen)
Location: Sable River, Shelburne Co., NS
E-Mail: m.hanf@hotmail.com


Date: 9/17/2010
Name: Ed. Smith
Location: Calgary, Alberta
E-Mail: ewsmith45@shaw.ca

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 including Amazon.com

   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

webmaster comment;
copy and paste   The Writes of Ed Smith  in google search
I think you will like what what you read.

Date: 9/21/2010
Name: Bill Boudreau
Location: Oklahoma City
E-Mail: billboudreau@flash.net



Date: 9/21/2010
Name: sharron seidel
Location: nanaimo,b,c


Date: 9/27/2010
Name: Pat
Location: Vancouver
E-Mail: pbritten@shaw.ca

Comments: Interested in Britten family history, images.

Date: 9/30/2010
Name: Marie
Location: pei

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

Date: 10/1/2010
Name: John S. deDoming
E-Mail: Johnsde@aol.com

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.

Sincerely yours
John S. deDoming

Date: 10/3/2010
Name: marie
Location: pei

Comments: More about CHARLESVILLE NS. 
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:


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 land. 

``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 officials. 

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 of Rotterdam. 

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. 


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 brief stay. 

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 and drinks. 

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 plan. 

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. 
(source http://jameskeller.ca/cp_refugees.html)

Date: 10/5/2010
Name: Jennifer Ball
Location: Moncton NB
E-Mail: ashke1@rogers.com

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.

Date: 10/6/2010
Name: marie
Location: pei

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.

Date: 10/7/2010
Name: Robert Francis Surette
Location: Morrisville Pennsylvania
E-Mail: bobbysurette@yahoo.com

Comments: my  father  John  Robert  Surette  was  born  in  Yarmouth  on  September 8, 1920

any  info  or  relatives  please  contact

Date: 10/9/2010


Date: 10/9/2010
Name: Suzanne Surette Whiteside
Location: Hyannis, MA
E-Mail: whiteside2000@comcast.net

Granddaughter of Melanie & Jean Michael Surette

Date: 10/10/2010
Name: Landry Major (Mauger)
Location: Los Angeles
E-Mail: landry.major@att.net

Comments: I am hoping to bring my son next summer to visit the family farm and the beautiful land of my Dad.

Date: 10/16/2010
Name: Kathleen Hallahan-Surette
Location: Malden Ma 02148
E-Mail: Hallahan.Kathy@gmail.com


Date: 10/17/2010
Name: nancy Hamm Knox
Location: Dartmouth N.S
E-Mail: nknox@eastlink.ca

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

Date: 10/21/2010
Name: George Fraser
Location: Alder Point (Brighton, ON)
E-Mail: caperfca@sympatico.ca

Comments: Most impressive - great pictures.
Lot of fine work in putting this site together.
Thanks for the tour.


Date: 10/21/2010
Name: Marie
Location: pei

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 house.   More........

Date: 10/22/2010
Name: Stuart Hartley Hurlbert
Location: San Diego, California
E-Mail: shurlbert@sunstroke.sdsu.edu

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...

More later.


Date: 5/29/2009 
Name: marie 

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...

Date: 10/23/2010
Name: roger nickerson
Location: brighton on
E-Mail: roger_nickerson@yahoo.co


Date: 10/25/2010
Name: dale jenkins
Location: vancouver b.c.
E-Mail: dale.jenkins@hotmail.com

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 s.t.dale.jenkins@hotmail.com or call 778.319.2118

Date: 10/28/2010
Name: Samantha Hiller
Location: Tucson Az
E-Mail: foxbear2@yahoo.com

Comments: Nice info.

Date: 10/28/2010
E-Mail: roger_nickerson@yahoo.com


Date: 10/31/2010
Name: carl
Location: vancouver
E-Mail: sennocarlayahoo.ca

Comments: teresa hicks send me your email address would love to talk to you
its been years.

Date: 11/1/2010
Name: Ron Ringhofer
Location: Chicago, Illinois
E-Mail: ronringhoffer@yahoo.com


Date: 11/2/2010
Name: Florence Newell (Whitehouse)
Location: Stoney Creek. On
E-Mail: floathome@sympatico.ca

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

ate: 11/9/2010
Name: marie
Location: pei

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

The Flood   Latest pictures on Yarmouth Flooding via Yarmouth Vanguard.

Date: 11/9/2010
Name: Dave Rhyno
Location: Lower Wedgeport
E-Mail: david.rhyno@ns.sympatico.ca

Comments: Beautiful place, wish i could live there. Married Jennifer Raynard, daughter of Danold and Carol Raynard

Date: 11/13/2010
Name: jim lynch
Location: lakeport,michigan
E-Mail: lynchjim65@yahoo.com

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

Date: 11/15/2010
Name: Dorothy Doucette
Location: Dorchester.Ontario
E-Mail: harrywust@rogers.ca

Comments: My Grandfather Adolph Doucette always loved to visit your area. I look forward to coming by next summer when I come home.  Dorothy

Date: 11/15/2010
Name: Dean Edward Surrett
Location: Leicester N.C. USA
E-Mail: judge102680@hotmail.com

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!!.....

Date: 11/15/2010
Name: Allan Jones
Location: Kelowna  B.C,
E-Mail: aljones1@shaw.ca

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.
(thank you)

Date: 11/16/2010
Name: Royal Chadwick
Location: Los Gatos, California
E-Mail: royalandsylvia@comcast.net

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.

Date: 11/16/2010
Name: dave
Location: barrie ont
E-Mail: david.hatfield@sympatico.ca

Comments: Sharron Seidel, would your husbands name be Horst? if so i would love to hear from you guys.


Date: 11/22/2010
Location: Digby n.s.
E-Mail: louis-dugas@hotmail.com

Comments: Hi folks, looking for a picture of the old South Ohio train station. 
Also of interest would be pictures of any other train station in Yarmouth County.
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, (21-11-2010)
    If this is not the right location for this request, would you be kind enough to forward to the proper place. Thank you. Louis Dugas.

Date: 11/23/2010
Name: pauline mullen
Location: ontario
E-Mail: PaulineMullen4@gmail.com

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. 

Date: 11/24/2010
Name: Charles Carleton
Location: Louisiana
E-Mail: arnp97@hotmail.com


Date: 12/2/2010
Name: Ruth Roberts
Location: Forest Glen Yar , CO N.S.
E-Mail: ruthwayne@hotmail.com


Date: 12/5/2010
Name: Nancy Scott
Location: Enumclaw, WA
E-Mail: nlea2@yahoo.com


Date: 12/6/2010
Name: Teresa
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
E-Mail: teresamsalamone@aol.com

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.

Date: 12/6/2010
Name: joseph muise
Location: yarmouth nova scotia
E-Mail: joe.and.joyce@hotmail.com


Date: 12/8/2010
Name: jennifer surette
Location: kentville nova scotia
E-Mail: jenniferlynnsur@hotmail.com


Date: 12/9/2010
Name: Malcolm Surette
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
E-Mail: malsur@videotron.ca

Originally from Yarmouth County, now retired in Gatineau, Quebec, full-time artist.  Inspiration taken from Nova Scotia and rural Quebec.  See my website, at:  www.artaupluriel.ca/malcolmsurette


Date: 12/9/2010
Name: Carol-lynn
Location: Toronto
E-Mail: clb58@hotmail.com

Comments: beautiful !!!!

Date: 12/12/2010
Name: nelson allen
Location: Elliot Lake ON
E-Mail: nallen@persona.ca


Date: 12/15/2010
Name: Dot Vallillee
Location: Yarmouth, NS
E-Mail: dotvallillee@eastlink.ca

Comments: http://yarmouth250.com/

check out this site.  Great celebrations coming next year.

Date: 12/16/2010
Name: dcsendru
Location: Russia
E-Mail: daletrans@yandex.ru

Comments: MESSAGE

Date: 12/16/2010
Name: gail kippenberger conway
Location: lorain ohio
E-Mail: gailconway@hotmail.com

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.  Thanks.

Date: 12/16/2010
Name: Marie
Location: pei

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!

Date: 12/19/2010
Name: Ed. Smith
Location: Calgary, Alberta
E-Mail: ewsmith45@shaw.ca

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
                                     E.W. Smith

               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 New Year.


Date: 12/21/2010
Name: Linda Temple
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
E-Mail: jhtemple@rogers.com

Comments: Looking for the Travis family of yarmouth.Nova Scotia

Date: 12/22/2010
Name: Dot Vallillee
Location: Nova Scotia canada
E-Mail: dotvallillee@eastlink.ca

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 a-watching TV.
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!

Date: 12/23/2010
Name: paul francis
E-Mail: pdfran@mts.net

Comments: BORN in yarmouth in 1942 FATHERS NAME WAS GERALD FRANCIS

Date: 12/25/2010
Name: lawrence nadeau
Location: aurora nebraska
E-Mail: larryandmillie@hamilton.net

Comments: Trying to contact Joanne GURMAN hAMILTON oN

(looks like she loged in just after you)

Date: 12/25/2010
Name: Joanne Gurman
Location: Hamilton
E-Mail: craftymeema@yahoo.ca

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

Date: 12/25/2010
Name: Ray  d'Entremont
Location: Saint John, NB
E-Mail: neumannu87@gmail.com

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'!

Ray                     Reply to:      neumannu87@gmail.com

Date: 12/26/2010
Name: Mary Durant
Location: Del Bonita, Alberta
E-Mail: mrydrnt@yahoo.ca

Comments: Hello, 

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 the area. 

Best Regards,
Mary Durant

Date: 12/26/2010
Name: Paul lech
Location: Redcliffe Queensland Australia
E-Mail: paulsd1@live.com.au

Comments: Thanks for the great site, it was really Helpfull!





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