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Port Morien in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Morien Businesses of the Past

 
 
Morien Businesses of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 21, 2019
1. Morien Businesses of the Past Marker
Inscription.  Joseph Talmage (J.T.) Irwin purchased a parcel of land in 1917 on the south side of Breakwater Street, with the intention of building an all-purpose store. He operated it for several years. At his death in 1934, his wife, Charlotte, and their daughter and son-in-law, continued the business until the late 1940s. The leading store in Port Morien, it offered a combination of dry goods and groceries. Deliveries were made in the area by horse and wagon. One of the prominent inside workers was Joe Owens, a well-known citizen of Port Morien, who later ran his own store. In 1919, Mr. Irwin sent a contribution to the Halifax Herald to help support underprivileged children. His contribution led to the establishment of Rainbow Haven, which existed for many years after his death.

About 1922, a four-storey store was built at the corner of Breakwater and Main St. by P.J. Leslie's, a dry goods operation selling lumber from a storage yard located adjacent to St. John's Church. The store was located on this site. There were a number of apartments located in the building. Shores Chain Stores operated in the building for a period of time. Johnny Prendergast
Marker detail: Landry's Store, later site of Hopper's store, was on the corner of Breakwater & Main image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Landry's Store, later site of Hopper's store, was on the corner of Breakwater & Main
purchased the store in the 1940s and dealt in groceries and dry goods. He had a lunch counter and an ice cream parlour. The post office was also located here. Arthur Bray later purchased the building, and he and his family operated the business until the early 1980s. The building was torn down in 1988.

The Landrys operated a store on the corner of Breakwater and Main. They sold the business to Alfred Trenholm. Ed Peters acquired the business, and he sold it to the Shore family, who owned a local chain of stores. Apartments were located on the second floor of this building. They had previously been located in the O.J. Spencer store a few hundred meters from here on Main Street.

In the late 1960's, Hopper MacLeod, who managed the store at the time, purchased the operation. His family continued to run the store after his death in 2000.

Directly behind this store, on Breakwater Street, the Modern Clothing store did a thriving business for about 20 years until the late 1960's. It was owned by Hopper MacLeod and Harold Wadden, and operated on a daily basis by Mr. Wadden. He also had a barber shop there and sold insurance.

Across the town square, on the opposite side of Main Street, there was once a cobbler shop and later a grocery store. Across Breakwater Street from this site, on the same side of Main Street, was a very large building known as MacArel's
Marker detail: Workers in front of the Port Morien Cheap Store during a sale image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Workers in front of the Port Morien Cheap Store during a sale
store. It later housed Danny MacAulay's morgue and funeral home. Mr. MacAulay also had a forge on Breakwater Street. The businesses closed upon his death in 1944.

The MacRury Store was located next to the MacArel store on Main Street. It included the post office, and after being rented to Andrew Satton, was purchased by Cyril Barro Sr. His store was part of the Lucky Dollar Chain. Upon his retirement, his son Cyril Jr. ran the business.

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1. Landry's Store, later the site of Hopper's store, was on the corner of Breakwater and Main St.
2. McArel's Store — later MacAulay's Funeral Home, it was torn down in the late 50's.
3. The Modern Cooperative was managed by Arthur Bray.
4. Interior Photo of the Port Morien Cheap Store. Over the years the counter on the left served as the grocery counter.
5. Workers in front of the Port Morien Cheap Store during a sale. JT Irwin is pictured second from the right. Next to Mr. Irwin is Clyde Spencer.
6. Shore's store. This store became Hopper's store. Still in the family, it is now a one-storey building.
7. This store was operated by the Barro Family. Mr. Barro replaced the original structure in the 1950s. The store closed in 1991.
8. Arthur Bray's store in the 1970s, formerly P.J. Leslie's.
9. Maclnnis'
Marker detail: Maclnnis' Store was a general store dealing in groceries and dry goods image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Maclnnis' Store was a general store dealing in groceries and dry goods
Store, which operated on the corner of Cliff and Main, was a general store dealing in groceries and dry goods. It was torn down in the 1950s.
 
Erected by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
 
Location. 46° 8.01′ N, 59° 52.366′ W. Marker is in Port Morien, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Marker is at the intersection of Marconi Trail (Nova Scotia Route 255) and Breakwater Street, on the right when traveling north on Marconi Trail. Marker is located in a roadside interpretive plaza at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Morien, Nova Scotia B1B 1A8, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morien Institutions (here, next to this marker); Morien's Legacy (here, next to this marker); Flint Island Light Station (approx. half a kilometer away); Gowrie and North Atlantic Collieries (approx. half a kilometer away); The Fishery in Port Morien (approx. half a kilometer away); Morien Bay (approx. half a kilometer away); First Boy Scout Troop in North America (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The First Coal Workings in North America (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Morien.
 
Related markers.
Morien Businesses of the Past Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 21, 2019
5. Morien Businesses of the Past Marker (wide view)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Port Morien Interpretive Walking Tour
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Morien Businesses of the Past Marker<br>(<i>on left side of interpretive plaza</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 21, 2019
6. Morien Businesses of the Past Marker
(on left side of interpretive plaza)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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