News­pa­per­man glimpses The ‘Twin Towns’ – Part 7

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - Clay­ton Bil­lard Twin Town His­tory

Story of “Twin Towns} by V. J. Par­sons

Chais­son’s Restau­rant is a mod­ern build­ing of re­cent con­struc­tion which houses an up-to-date restau­rant with five cu­bi­cles and a shop counter in the front sec­tion and a dance hall at the rear.

The build­ing, which is of two sto­ries, mea­sures sixty feet in length by thirty feet in width. It is owned and op­er­ated by Nathan Chais­son, an en­ter­pris­ing young busi­ness­man who, as the say­ing goes, seems to have “what it takes”. Although only in his early twen­ties, Mr Chais­son has shown con­sid­er­able abil­ity in the plan­ning of his restau­rant and dance hall. The hall, which is at the rear of the restau­rant, mea­sures thirty feet square and has a splen­did hard­wood floor. Ranged along the sides of the room are ten ta­bles that pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for forty peo­ple. At the time of my visit plans were be­ing fi­nal­ized for the in­stal­la­tion of a ‘juke box” for his dance hall pa­trons. Meals are served in the restau­rant and to­bacco, cig­a­rettes and soft drinks are sold at the shop counter. Cater­ing for club ban­quets and other spe­cial par­ties is a spe­cial fea­ture of this es­tab­lish­ment. The up­per story of the build­ing con­tains liv­ing quar­ters.

Si­t­u­ated on the bor­der­line of the Twin Towns is the Bank of Nova Sco­tia. This branch was opened in 1912. Its present man­ager is Ken­neth L. Crow­ley, a na­tive of Western Bay, who en­tered the bank­ing ser­vice of Chan­nel in Oc­to­ber 1940. His wife is from Nova Sco­tia and they have one child. The other mem­bers of the staff are Miss Lil­lian L. Herridge of Chan­nel, ledger -keeper, and Wal­ter J. Ray­mond, of Catalina.

As we leave the Bank of Nova Sco­tia to en­ter Chan­nel, we shall con­tinue along the road, pass­ing sev­eral small stores on the way, in­clud­ing the Twin Towns Co-op­er­a­tive Store, un­til we reach the premises of Ge­orge Bat­tiste and Com­pany, a firm that boasts of an up-to-date gen­eral store, to­gether with ex­ten­sive fishery oper­a­tions in­clud­ing a fil­let­ing plant for cod­fish and the han­dling of fresh hal­ibut in win­ter, with fa­cil­i­ties for pick­ling fish dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son. This firm is headed by Ge­orge Bat­tiste, who started as a fish­er­man in 1914, con­tin­u­ing un­til 1919 when he set up busi­ness on shore and be­came sup­plier for a small group of fish­er­men.

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