Transportation by Land

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An excerpt taken from an interview with Mrs. Ruth Anthony:

"In St. Anthony very few people had cars. In the early, early years people used dog team in the winter. In the summer people used boats or walked. The first car my family had was the one I bought in 1967. It was walk or stay home. There was no train the train didn't come up the Northern Peninsula. I was married before I ever took the train. Then it was with my beaver group. We drove out to Holyrood and brought the kids in on the Newfie Bullet in to St. John's. So that was my first train ride."

 

From an interview with Mr. Edgar Mudge:

"One of my first trips to Corner Brook I went in the back of a pickup truck on gravel roads. When we got there we looked like snowbirds because we were so dusted over.

"We hooked this guy who was going to the first community. He had a horse and sleigh. We couldn't get on because the going was so bad but he could take our suitcases. I was fortunate also in that there was a guy going in the same direction as I was. So we left the next morning from this guy's--we stayed with him that night. We knew we were going that way, and that's about it. So you had to follow the coastline. Anywhere where you thought you might take a chance, you went into the woods to cut off points, like long points that might go out a mile out into the bay. You cut across hoping you'd come out the other side. If not, you'd have to backtrack and then go out around.

"When I got there, fortunately his uncle was there in a snowmobile. Not the kind of snowmobile that you're thinking about where two people sit on it and you just rev it up and go. This was a big housed-in snowmobile that could take about thirty people. With the porthole windows in the side. Bombardier made them. They had a big motor on the back and a big track and two skis. It was like a truck kind of thing only it could go over snow because it had big tracks on it and skis. You could get inside and it was cold enough to freeze you of course. He was there with one of those. Oh, man, it looked so good. So we got in that and we were off."

 

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