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Blacksmith Notes

This article was given to me by Michael MacDonald. Note the spelling of the names at the end, all were Mc instead of Mac.

We the undersigned Blacksmiths of Richmond County and the Western section of Cape Breton County have agreed that after April 4th, 1912, the following prices will be charged for Horseshoeing and General Jobbing as follows:


Cart Tires

2 and 3 per set          $1.00 2 1-2 x 716 iron prepared $5.50
         4 per set 1.10 2 3-4 x -16 iron prepared 6.00
         5 per set 1.25 3 x 7-16 iron prepared 6.00
opened shoe prepared .50 Setting Buggy Tires 1.75
Bar shoes per pair .75 Setting Axles 2.00
Shoes not set, per set .65 1 in. short arm Axles, per set 5.00
Shoes sharpened, not set .25 1 1-8 short arm Axles, per set 5.50
Removing per set .50 1 1-4 short arm Axles, per set 6.00
Removing and calked .60 Shoeing Riding Sleigh 2.25
Hand-made shoes prepared 1.00             Wood Sleigh 2.00 to 2.50
Calking new shoes, per set .45 Ironing Jaunting Sleigh  
List of Tires Ironing Wood Sleigh  
1 x 1-4 round edge lite steel $5.25 New Hoes Each  
1 1-8 x 1-4 round edge lite steel 5.25 Hoes laid each .40
1 1-8 x 5-16 round edge lite steel 5.50 Plough Cloters, laid each .60
1 1-4 x 5-16 round edge lite steel 5.75    
1 x 5-16 round edge lite steel 5.50    
1 1-2 x 1-4 round edge lite steel 6.00    
1 1-4 x 3-8 round edge lite steel 6.00    
1 3-8 x 3-8 round edge lite steel 6.50    
1 1-2 x 3-8 round edge lite steel 6.50    
1 3-4 x 3-8 round edge lite steel 6.75    


Rod A MacDonald, Mount Auburn Angus M. McIsaac, St. Andrews Channel
John Cash, Irish Cove Malcolm Shaw, Mount Auburn
Neil McIntrye, Lock Lomond Mathew McDonald, Sterling
Dan D. McCuish, Salam Road Malcolm D. McLeod, Forchu
Hugh McDonald, Lake Uist D. A. McDonald, Forchu
D. W. Morrison, St. Peters William Ross, St. Peters
H. J. McLellan, Big Pond Centre Alex Urkuhard, Grad River

Old Bulletin Notes

Here are some of the information that is included in the bulletins from 1960 and 1961.

October 1960
Alter Boys' Duty List
October 23 -  8:00 Peter MacNeil and Harold MacKinnon
                9:30 Billy MacDonald and Stanley MacKinnon
October 30 - 8:00 Joseph MacInnis and Hugh Cash
                 9:30 Michael MacKinnon and Neil Gerrior
November 1 - 8:30 Hughie Campbell and Dannie Sutherland
                  - 7:00 George Gerrior and Terrry Gardiner (evening mass)
November 2 - 8:00 Terry Gardiner
                  - 8:30 John Oram and Michael MacKinnon
                  - 7:00 Neil Gerrior (evening mass)
November 4 - 7:00 John Hugh Johnston and Peter MacNeil (First Friday)
                6 - 8:00 Jimmie MacNeil and Hugh Cash
                   - 9:30 John Oram and Joseph MacNeil
November 13 - 8:00 John Richard Campbell and Hughie Campbell
                    - 9:30 Billy MacDonald and Blaise MacNeil


Ladies Duty List for Cleaning the Church
October 23 Mrs. Hector MacDonald and Mrs. Tommie MacNeil
  30 Mrs. Matt MacNeil and Mrs. Angus J. MacNeil
November 6 Mrs. Joseph Campbell and Mrs. John MacPhee
  13 Miss Clare MacLean and Mrs. William MacLean


January/February 1961
Meeting of the Director of the Johnstown Credit Union Feb 12 - 2:30pm
Payment of Dues for 1960 would be deeply appreciated and it would mean a lot to the parish financially. Out of the 50 who have made full or partial payment, 29 have paid $20.00, 7 paid $15.00, 10 - $10.00 and 4 less then $10.00. This is somewhat below other years. In any case do your best.
Religious Articles are to be found in the glass cupboard at the back of the church. These are available for your convenience and are for sale. The collection for the African Missions amounted to $42.00 with 47 contributors.
Don't Forget: To pray for Michael Campbell, a former parishioner who died in Toronto on Dec 11th.
  to say the second decade of the Rosary for the parish
  to read, the Catholic Press. Just don't take a paper home, be sure to read it.
  the cleaning of the church by the high school girls.
Parish Card Game. Give your support to these home games. It is also being neighborly and sociable. Card Games were sponsored by following, namely - Mr. and Mrs. Roddie MacNeil, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cash, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. MacNeil, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. John Poirier, Mr. Murdock Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Johnston and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cash.


February 1961
Radio League Series of talks on the theme "Christ the Leader" delivered by Reverend George L. Kane. CJFX - 12.30, CJCB - 9.30 on Sundays
Parish Card Game. Since the last issue of the parish bulletin the following people have sponsored card games: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. James MacDonald, and Mrs. Matilda McPherson. Please continue to give your support to these games as they are an important feature of our parish social life as well as providing financial support. If you have not sponsored a game, see the lady in charge of the games in your district.
Please keep in mind the parish pulp contract. Don't forget to put in a cord for the parish
Don't forget to pray for James A. Campbell who died in Sydney
  to pray for the sick and infirm of the parish
  to pray for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the parish
  to read the Casket or Sunday Visitor each Sunday
  that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and complete abstinence


March 1961
Parish Pulp: Do not forget your cord of pulp for the parish. The pulp you thus give is really to yourself, for as you support your parish, you are helping yourself. So put in that extra cord for the parish and you will never regret it.
Short Letter to My Parishioners:

Dear Friends in Christ: In the first monthly bulletin that was put out there was written the following: "The bulletin can be a means of drawing us closer to the Sacred Heart and of strengthening the bonds of charity and good will towards one another in the parish. This is the hope and prayer of its editor." I trust that the bulletin helped in some measure to achieve this spirit of unity  and charity throughout our parish. For unless we have charity for one another, the true parish spirit is lacking. May each individual make a determined and preserving effort to strengthen this bond of unity.

And I take this occasion to express my thanks to Almighty God for the five years that I have been your Parish Priest. I hope and pray that they have brought you and me closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Blessed Mother.

I am most grateful to you all for you wonderful support and co-operation in all that we have endeavored to do. Without that good will, little would have been accomplished. I ask you to continue to give this support o my successor, Father Ronald MacLean.

May each of you ever grow in the love of Christ, increasing the life of grace in your souls. Make frequent and regular use of the sacraments.

Finally, in your charity, I ask you to remember me in your prayers so that I may fulfill my duties for the greater honor and glory of God, and for the good of the souls entrusted to me. In leaving as your pastor, you have the assurance of my prayers for your parish and all within it.

God bless you always.

F.  A. Morley, P.P.

Red Islands Mutual Telephone Company

Minutes November 16, 1936
Officers for the Year 1936- 1937
President -  James Johnston, Red Islands


Dan A. MacLeod, Loch Lomond
Secretary/Treasurer G. J. MacLean, PP. Johnstown
Manager       G. J. MacLean, PP. Johnstown
Board of Directors John A. MacDonald, Irish Cove
  Joseph MacNeil, Johnstown
  John M. MacNeil, Red Islands
                  Ambrose MacIsaac, Hay Cove
                  Dan N. MacLeod, Loch Lomond
  John Langley, Salmon River
               Rod J. MacNeil
Auditors              Ambrose MacIsaac, Hay Cove
  Colin Campbell, Johnstown


Minutes of Directors Meeting.

The first meeting of the new board of directors, elected at the 1936 Annual Meeting  of the Shareholders of the Red Islands Mutual Telephone Co., held at Soldier's Cove School House on November 16th, convened at the Glebe House, Johnstown, being called by the Pres. and Secy, on Thursday Evening, November 26th at the hour of 7 o'clock.

The President and chairman of the board, James Johnston, was in the chair and opened the meeting at 7:30. He indicated in a general way the scope and nature of the business for consideration and called upon the Secry to review the telephone situation as obtained at the present time. After appealing for a united front from the directors and their strong concerted action in order to effectively rehabilitate the Red Islands Tel Co. The Secty read considerable correspondence, highlights of which were: 1: No Company By-laws existed or were filed with the Provincial Secretary, 2: The Company was in arrears for the annual deposit of 1933, 1934 and 1935. With 1936 due on December 31 next, the sum or $374, would be required presently in order to gain good standing and a connection with the Maritime Tel and Co. 3: The sum of $4.75 only was outstanding again the Company by the Maritime. As far as could be ascertained those were all the bill against the Company. 4: $324.77 was to the Credit of the Co in Reserve Funds and $191.32 held by James Johnston (previous Secty) on current account. 5: The board refused to entertain the suggestion of the Secty that either the 3 arrears of deposits be waived, or a fourth withdrawal of $250, be allowed. 6: The Company was advised that The Western Union was negotiating with the Govt Tel Service for the sale of its Cable and that at the Canal at St. Peters and suggested that in as much as there were extra cores in the Cable that we could rent a core from this Company.

I: The first matter of business was the consideration and establishment of a complete list of Shareholders of the Company. Previous lists were examined and amended as far as the knowledge of the present directors allowed.

II: With respect to replacing poles now broken, it was decided, in considering immediate repairs required to the line, that Joseph McNeil's offer of taking his truck and a group of men over the line on Monday or Tuesday (Nov 30. Dec 1) be accepted. The Secty advised that the two poles required in the immediate vicinity could probably be obtained from the Big Pond Company. Rod MacNeil offered to secure a sufficient number of black spruce polls to meet requirements of Soldiers Cove and Salmon River to St. Peters. It was estimated that a total of 6 or 7 polls in all would be required. For future efficiency it was decided to divide the line into three districts 1: Irish Cove to Tom's Brook, with John M. MacNeil in charge. 2: Tom's Brooke to Barra Head with Angus MacDonald in charge. 3: Barra Head to St. Peters Canal with John Langley in charge. These men were to be asked by the Secty for their consent.

III: On the question of financing the arrears of deposits, in the event of the board not being amenable to named representations made by the Secty and others asked to cooperate, it was decided, after much discussion that a levy of six dollars be charged to all Box Holders and no connection was to be made by the Company until this amount was paid. In the event of the Board acceding to the Secty's request, the free would be reduced to $5.00.

IV: In compliance with a request by the Secty for the sake of his personal convenience, it was decided to withdraw accounts from the Royal Bank at St. Peters and place them in the Bank of Montreal at Sydney, moved by Ambrose MacIsaac and seconded by Joe MacNeil, passed.

V: No manager having been appointed at the annual meeting a motion was offered by John A. MacDonald and seconded by Rod MacNeil that the  G.J. MacLean be also appointed manager, passed unanimously.

VI: No auditors having been appointee at the Annual Meeting, it was moved by John A. MacDonald and seconded by Joseph MacNeil that Ambrose MacIsaac and Collie Campbell be appointed auditors for the insuring year.

VII: The board next directed its attention to the matter of preparing Fall Rates and By-Laws for the Shareholders approved at a meeting to be called at a convenient date. A tentative set was drawn up with the assistance of a general set amended to meet local consideration.

VIII: Tolls agreed upon were the following

a: All local calls on behalf of Box Holders - no charge,

b: Local calls by non shareholders but residents within territory served by the Company - charge $.05 per call.

c: Local calls by non shareholder and non residents within ten mile radius - charge $.10, outside ten miles radius $.15 per call

d: Long distance calls passing through St. Peters Central $.25.

e: Passing through Irish Cove Central but not through East Bay Central $.05

f: Passing through East Bay Central $.25 plus Prov and Fed Taxes.

Bills should be sent out by Secty bi-annually, and Box Holders to make returns of collections to Secty monthly.

IX: Owing to the cost of making transpositions required in a double circuit it was decided for the present time to use only on circuit out, that Box Holders should be connected to local circuit, this circuit being connected at both Irish Cove and St. Peters Centrals.

There being no further business the Board adjourned at 11:30pm, same day.

The following Directors were in attendance

Pres: James Johnston

Secty Tres: G. J. MacLean

                 Rod MacNeil, Soldiers Cove

                  John A. MacDonald, Irish Cove

                  Joseph MacNeil, Johnsown

                  John M. MacNeil, Red Islands

                  Ambrose MacIsaac, Hay Cove

Vice Pres: D. A. MacLeod, Loch Lomond, Dan N. MacLeod, Loch Lomond and John Langley, Salmon River were absent.

Geo J. MacLean, Secty Tres.