JACKSON, Elva E. Fivescore and More. As told to her by her father, Frank E. Jackson. (North Sydney,, Nova Scotia : Milford R. Jackson, 1987). First Edition. "Printed by Sentinel Printing Ltd., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia". Pp. (6),7-125,(3), including a 14-page central of b&w photos. 8vo (140 x 217 mm), photo-illustrated green cardcovers, lettered in white.
Elva Ethel Jackson (1909-1986).
Tennyson, Cape Bretoniana 3723.
A look at a life and small business and pasttimes in Sydney, Cape Breton.
"Frank E. Jackson, who narrowly escaped death by diphtheria in 1887, grew up at Upper North Sydney on the farm of his father who had a meat and grocery business in town. From the age of six on Saturdays hew drove a horse and wagon for house-to-house delivery. Here is a picture of a business before there was a railway in Cape Breton.
There is a description of some of the almost-forgotten industries in the area and the slow pace of life of that day. A harvest excursion in 1903 is vividly remembered, as are the horse and buggy days before he bought the first Chevrolet in town.
As Collector of Customs in North Sydney through the Prohibition era, and the custodian of all the contraband seized by Customs Preventive Officers and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he has a fund of stories.
It is a rare privilege to see life of the past one hundred years through the eyes of one, in his hundred and third year, who still retains a keen memory." - from rear cover.
1. First Memories; 2. Father's Store; 3. Father and Poor People'; 4. Maggie Boutilier; 5. At Home in the 1890s; 6. School Days; 7. At Upper North Sydney and Around Town; 8. Grandmother Moore's Farm [at George's River]; 9. Early Trips; 10. A Harvest Excursion [to Carman, Manitoba]; 11. Manitoba Again; 12. Marriage, Homes and Family; 13. Poultry; 14. Customs and Excise - Department of National Revenue; 15. First Cars; 16. Radio; 17. Curling; 18. Fishing; 19. Hunting; 20. My Family; 21. Since 1950.
Light crease to spine, lightly rubbed, else very good. 50.00