Lake Annis
Yarmouth Nova Scotia Canada
Lake Annis History by Jim Vickery in 1963.
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 Among the teachers who taught in take Annis are the names of Dorothy Jain, Annie Murphy, Seddie Crosby, Lillian Hewey, Cora Wile, Jessie Tinkbam, Dorothy Vickery, Ethel Wetmore, Stella Sabean, Vivian Wyman, M12.dred Cook, Miriam Durkee, Bob Clark and a Mrs. Doone. In Mrs. Doone’s year there were 35 pupils and she bad to teach all the grades.

The building is now owned by Everett Killam who is taking it down for the lumber that may be found useful. At present the property belongs to James Hubley.

Mr. Cossar donated the land on which the school was built but the deed was not given to the trustees until shortly before he died.

There was a school renovating program in Frank Day’s time when the big window was put in on the south side of the school. That was after 1932.

One of the collaborators of this sketch, was a member of a working party under Harry Swan as boss carpenter, who put down a new floor one summer during the vacation.


The Community Han was built in 1938 through the efforts of the Lekewood Community Club composed of the local young people of that time. For several years it was used for square dances, pie socials and other functions and served as a meeting place for all the young people. It has not been used since 1950 and remains closed.

NO. 42

This house also mentioned in the page on the railway, was originally built in 1878 as a railway storehouse. It was used in this capacity for a year and then purchased by the Clarke in 1879, often referred to as the Joe Clark house. Joe had a daughter Della who was married to a man by the name of Stinger. They bad a daughter Mary, a rather large girl who is well remembered by some of the younger generation at take Lnnis. Mary always took care of the father and mother until they passed away.

In 1924 the house and farm was sold to the Hubleys, the wife Ethel being the daughter of Fred and laura Jones.

Barns and outbuildings have been added from time to time and the property operated as a farm. The son James, now acting as head of the family, is well known to the Lake Annis residents.

A couple of years ago James, in preparing the evening meal, let the knife slip while he was cutting a piece of barn and it went through his thin cotton shirt and cut a gash in his abdomen. To use his own expression his “guts started to come out”, so stoically he reached for his mother’s needle and thread, which were on the kitchen shelf and “just sewed the edges together”, then calmly drove himself to the Doctor in Ohiq. Strangely enough he apparently suffered no ill effects.

Fred Jones came from Wales on a ship to Port Clyde, N. S. He was tired of sailing and got himself a job at Dave Saunder’ s mill. For a short time he lived in the station at Norwood and in 1896 built a new home close to the railway track and just back of the school. This is shown as No.43 on the sketch.

He was married to Laura Cossar the same year that he built his house and they bad three children, Florence who became Mrs. Killam mother of Everett; William, and Ethel who is Mrs. Hubley and lives in No.42.

Mr. Jones died in 1929 having been head of the railway section crew in the Lake Annis section for a nunber of years. Mrs. Jones who lived to be 93, passed away in 1955. She had a wonderful memory and much of the information in this sketch was passed on to her grandson Everett Killam, who in turn has given it to the collaborators of this volumn.

The house has remained in the family being now occupied by Everett Killam, a grandson, his mother Florence having passed away in 1945

Mr. Jones besides being boss of the section gang, did some farming which is still carried on by Everett, who is the foreman of the “Lake Annis Construction Co . which installs mail-boxes etc.


What do people do at Lake Annis? This question has often been asked and nevar has anyone said they found time hanging heavy on their hands - there is never enough time to walk in the woods, boat on the lake, fish in the streams, and work in the garden; not to mention visiting with friends and neighbours.

Early in the history of this resort, before the days of T.V. and Radio, the young people as well as the older ones, provided their own entertainment in the form of musicals and skits. The piano off the old Castilina, which was in “Orchard House" or Castilian Hall as it was called later, was well used. In the old log book were kept many of the programs for the impromptu concerts — here are two of the entries:— 

Wednesday — June 12, 1895.
Instrumental Solo
Vocal Solo
Instrumental Solo
Vocal Solo
Soprano Solo
- Listen to the Mocking
- A Rose
- Fire Ball Gallop
- The Volunteer Organist Refreshments
- Pasquinada
- Dreams
- Italian Song
- Mrs. J. H. Killam
- Mrs. W. C. McKinnon
- Mrs. Wilson & Mrs. Killam
- Mrs. F. H. Wilson
-Mrs. J. H. Killam
- Mrs. W. C. McKinnon

Chorus — The Angels are looking on me.

Note: The musical passed off very successfully, the preformers being showered with flowers. There were 150 invitations issued but on account of the darnrness only 4 managed to get here !!

September 29th, 1908

The event of the Golden Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Johnson and Silver Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Killam was celebrated all day with appropriate programs, poems suitable for the occasion were read as well as letters from absent friends and members of the family. In the evening the following numbers were given with great pleasure to all present:

1.Piano Duet Song
4.Character Song in Costume
6.Illustration of Hypnotism
1."La Balladine”
2.School Days
3.Highland Fling
5.My Shadow
7.Afraid to go Home in the Dark
1.Mrs. Killaan & Mrs. Hatfield.
2.Misses. Carminita, Gladys Johnson & Miss. Perle Hatfield
3.Miss. Perle Hatfield
4.Mrs. Sham. F. Johnson
5.Miss. Gladys Johnson
6.Col. Lewis M. Johnson & Chas. F. Johnson,
7.Misses. Johnson & Hatfield

The evening entertainment closed with games in which all took part.

Another entry — July 1st, 1908, mentions ‘a lovely evening at Orchard House”
- when a quartetto comprised of Miss. Nellie Killam — Soprano, Edger Vickery — Mandolin, Hubert Vickery — Violin, Eric Burrefl - Tena, entertained a house party. Mrs. J. Ktllam and Hubert Vickery played duets on the piano and vaudeville specialties were presented by Douglas Killam ( humorist); “Pecan” - Percy Cann gave an address which was enjoyed by all.

Such programs to which everyone was expected to contribute, provided fun for all and much latent talent was discovered.

The Yarmouth Herald reports at some length on an evening musicale held at Sunnyside on Sunday evening, August 5th 1928, speaking of the artists in most glowing terms • The program was published in full —

I • Beethoven - Sonato, Opus 28 (Pastorale Sonata)
II. Schubert (a) Hark! Hark! the lark (Seranade from Shakespeare’s Cymbelire
(b) Du Bist die Ruh
Mr. Vaka Miss. Vickery with Mr. Vaka. accompanying on the piano.
III. (a McDowell — To a Wild Rose 
b Mylarnski - Mazurka
a) Oley Speaks — Sylvia
Miss.Guest with Miss. Cairn accompanying
IV. (a) Ayland - Deep in My Heart a Into lay Hid
(b) Cyril Scott — Lullaby
(a) Rasbaah — Trees (Joyce Kilmer's Poem)
(d) Comin' Thro’ the Rye
Mrs. Frank Cain with Mr. Veka at the piano
V.Kreisler — Liebesfreud
Chopin — Prelude in E Minor
Rachmaninoff — Humoresque
Miss. Olive Cann at the piano
VI. (a) Godard — Chanson de Florian (in French)
(b) Masseyet — Elogie (in French)
Miss. Vickery, Mr. Vaka at the piano.

Miriam Guest of Yarmouth is well remembered for her fine work on the violin, Mrs. Frank Cain, a sister-in-law of Sadie Green, had her home in Newark, NJ. and was on a visit to lake Annis. Katharine Vickory, Olive Cann Perry and Paul Vaka are still summer visitors.

The Herald speaks of this Musicale as the first of a series held on Sunday evenings • The second, a week later was held in Castilian Hall and the third on August 19th, at the summer home of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas McLeod.

In later years more formal musicales were given at Sunnyside when Mary Winchester, an accomplished musician, entertained the residents. One summer she had a number of pupils who gave a recital at Olive Perry’ s.

Many a “sing-song” has been hold at various homes or around a little portable organ in the Hawey’s Grove. Sunday night was a favourite time for a good hymn sing.

Many outdoor Church Services were held in the yard of the E.J. Vickery’s when the minister for the lake George circuit would conduct the service. One summer Ministers from Yarmouth came for the services which were attended by about 50 or 60 people who were enthusiastic about Church Meetings out-of-doors. The old benches from Wesley Church in Yarmouth proved useful, and other benches were brought from the Community Hall to seat the congregation.

For many years various groups of young people came to lake Anriis for house parties. The Killam cottage was often filled with friends of Lydia and Camber, George and Mabel; Douglas and Nellie, and later there were groups of young people at the Lewis Cottage. Henry with his pals and Esther and Adaline with their particular friends. Then the never to be forgotten group, with Douglas Wyman, Ruth Lewis, Bernice Bere and Herbie McLeod, sometimes known as the Gang, for they were full of capers. Janet Crowell, Bee Lyman, Katharine Vickery, Harriet Hill, Tommy Kirk, Dorothy Blacka&r, Ted Chipman and others held many a gay party at Lake Annis.

Recently there have been Community Picnic Suppers which have proved very popular; held at the larger homes when the weather was bad. Two most successful Flower Shows have recently been held. These flower shows were not for perfect bloom but for display of imaginative arrangements and we have found many artists in our midst. Speaking of Artists — Lake Annis has been the rendezvous of Artists. Mabel Dry’s Studio is well known; and wany people have come here to paint. Sadie Green, Esther and Clem, and Bill Crowell as well as Barbara Crowell have exhibited their paintings; and in earlier days Miss Sadie Allen.

Now a younger generation is growing up and in 10 nere years there will be another gay group of young cottagers to stir up some excitement. It is doubtful however if they will make villages out of twigs and build tree houses in this faster moving era.

While on the subject of entertainment one might mention more active forms which have had their day in the community; the dirt tennis court and baseball field at Camp Mooswa. The grass tennis court on the lawn in front of the McGray house with it’s tall wire backstop. The dirt court built by the MacLeods at the corner of the station road on the site formerly occupied by Dave Saunder ‘a store before it ws moved across the road. The tennis court that the MacLeods had near the railway track on their road from the main highway to their cottage, No.38. Both the Killams and the MacLeods croquet lawns which were used when the game was popular. Quoits was also played in various locations as the spirit moved.


We may be using the word rather loooely but as some of it certainly rhymes it may be the correct word.

Apparently in the early days it was quite customary for visitors before leaving, to write in the cottage log book. Often it was in verse. These are from the Killam log which is probably the most complete in the village.

March 1903 — by W. D. Ross.

When days are cheerless
When nights are cold,
When hearts are fearless
When none feel old;
‘Tis then we turn with willing feet
And find a happy calm retreat,
At Annis take and Killam’s Home,
Where weary business men may come.
August 1903 — this is the first of a full page of rhymes, each verse dealing with a member of the party. In this case it no doubt refers to Pat Jolly who was a friend of Camber Killam and possibly George.
‘Tis an awfully jolly party
That is gathered here today.
We’d all wish to live forever
If up here we all could stay.

September 1905 — this might have been by Vic Burrell — no confirmation

A is for take Annis this exquisite abode.
B is for Betty who lives oter the road.
C is for Camber who makes eyes at his wife,
D is for Dora who smiles allher life,
S is for ‘Evil Eye’ (we’d like to see more).
F is for the fun we all adore.
G is for Gardner who always comes late,
H ii for Harry whom we all find “first rate”
I is for the eyes we make all around.
S is for the jolly times we have, I’ll be bound.
K is for the Killams the best in the Jand,
L is for Lovers lane, where everybody gets who can.
M is for the old married folks here,
N is for the new ones married this year.
0 is for the “ohs” we’re compelled to say
(P) when some People wish us a kindly good day.
Q is for the Quiet Sunday everyone enjoys.
R is for the racket we blame on the boys.
S is for Somebody (?) I don’t think I will 
for T is for “Toddie” the lucky “de-vil”.
U is for the universal delight
V we take on the verandah swings, day and night.
W is for the wistful eyes we make
Y when back to Yarmouth our way we take
Z is for Zebra from the books we borrow, but it is Zagging steps we take to go home on the morrow
SIGNED “ME”            
There are many others some of which are very clever periphases of well-known poems.

So that the credit for writing original verse will not go entirely to the older generation, here is a poem by Webster Culver, husband of Beatrice Lyman (grandchild of S. A. Crowell), which is part of a lengthy write-up given to the take Annie Flower Show in August of 1963.

Lake Annis is aflame to-day 
Bedecked with flowers in her hair
She makes her bow as in a play.
Think not of worldly pomp we pray;
Seek not the fev’rish marts of trade
Our cup is full, drink deep to-day.
lake Annis is a pleasant place
Where friendly chat, and homespun joy
The furrowed brow of care erase.
Reflected in her quiet deep
The azure skies of Scotia meet.
In fond embrace a tryst to keep.
The waves caress her wooded shore,
While gentle winds a balm bestow,
A gift sublime from Nature’s store.
The birds their twilight errands ply
As distant sounds their imress leave,
The trees their nightly vigil keep
While stars look down from world: unknown
To spy upon a world asleep.

Apparently the Flower Show was a great success and it night be as well to quote further from the newspaper wbil the clipping is available.

In spite of thunder and lightening, and a heavy downpour of rain, the flower Show was held, not in the Crowell’ s Patio as planned, but on the veranda at the Goudey-Manuge home.

There were 30 exhibits from 13 homes. These were not necessarily displays of perfect blooms, but arrangements to illustrate captions, quotations, names of books, songs, movies etc.

The variety of excellence of the displays this year made it very difficult for the judges to come to any decision, but finally after dividing the classes for men, women and children, the displays were judged on the basis of beauty and originality.

The article goes on to describe many of the exhibits and ends up by saying that plans are already underway for something on a larger scale next year.

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