By: Chantal Deveau
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Land was deeded on March 29,1926 for the Pembroke Community hall, with construction starting shortly after.  Over the years this building has been a focal point for the citizens of Pembroke, where many happy hours have been spent, including the School Reunion. 

C.P. Allen Dairy Farm 1800's- Later Victor Cushing's farm 


Newspaper Clipping

Our well paid school teachers of this day and age should find the following of much interest for it is a copy from the original,  belonging to Mrs. Lloyd Bain, Pembroke, Yarmouth County, the former Gertrude Moore, native of  Waverley, Halifax County, who, as a young woman, was a school teacher. The following was the formal aggreement  signed by Mrs. Moore to teach school:   Memorandum of Agreement made and entered into the 30th day of August, 1915, A.D, between Gertrude Moore, a duly licensed teacher of the “D” Class, of the first part, and Judson Dauphinee, Nehemiah Dorey and Isaac Dauphinee, Trustees of School Section, No. 6 in the District of West Halifax, of the second part: 

DILIGENTLY - Faithfully

The said Gertrude Moore on her part, in consideration of the below mentioned agreement by the parties of the second part, hereby covenants and agrees with the said Judson Dauphinee, Nehemiah Dorey and Isaac Dauphinee, trustees as aforesaid and their  successors, in office, diligently and faithfully to teach a public school in the said section under the authority of the said trustees and their successors in office, during the school year ending July next. 

$150.00 A YEAR

And the said trustees and their successors in office on their part covenant and agree with the said Gertrude Moore, teacher as aforesaid, to pay the said Gertrude Moore, out of the school funds under their control, at the rate of ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR IN EQUAL INSTALMENTS QUARTERLY. And it is further mutually agreed that both parties to this agreement shall be in all respects subject to the provisions of the school law and the regulations made under its authority by the Council of Public Instruction.

Pembroke Road looking north
Did you know that there was a candy-factory in Pembroke? It operated in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Porter brothers, Clifford and Bernard,  moved here and brought their candy making equipment and started making candy. The two homes that we think of as Violet Allens’s were then site of the factory.  Many former students of the Pembroke School can recall the kindness of the Porter family and the treats they would give out at recess and lunch time. Some students remember helping them "stick” suckers as well as turning the crank for the machines to turn out the candy. Chocolates, old-fashioned hard mixture, humbugs and the famous ribbon candy were some of the candies made. The equipment for making the ribbon candy was used in the Yarmouth Candy Co. factory in Port Maitland until it closed not too long ago. After moving to Hebron from Pembroke,  Clifford Porter taught the owner, Dwight Ollenberger,  the special technique of making ribbon candy. This candy is welcomed all over the world by former Yarmouthians and it all was part of Pembroke history. 

At Cranberry Head several shafts were sunk and a crusher erected to treat gold ore from the Cream Pot mine near the shoreline.  Discovered in 1868, intermittent work was done on the vein until the 1890’s. Prospectors' dreams continue to exist in the 20th century with the occasional prospector seeking his fortune and as recently as May 1997 gold dust was located. 

School pupils at back Shore.


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