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The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, August 28, 2019
1. The Gypsum Mine Marker
Inscription.   Father Pierre Fiset, Chéticamp parish priest, is generally recognized as being responsible for starting the gypsum mine in Chéticamp in 1907. When news broke that a prospector named Grandin had found gypsum in Chéticamp, Father Fiset lost no time in establishing the Great Northern Mining Company Ltd. Shares were issued at five cents each and were immediately purchased by Chéticamp residents as well as residents of the province of Québec, from where the Fisets originated.

In 1907, Father Fiset ordered the construction of a plaster-manufacturing mill, called Le moulin de la mine , at the foot of the mountains of Belle Marche, site of the gypsum quarry. The Grand Opening of the mine and mill operation was held on April 20, 1908. Father Fiset loaded the first gypsum stone into the crusher. The Fiset wharf, located behind the present-day Co-op store, was used to load the Amethyst, a steamboat purchased by Father Fiset with his own money. The sun had risen on a new people of Chéticamp who worked the mine for 10 cents an hour,20 cents if they had their own horse and cart.

C'est au Père Fiset, curé
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By Steve Stoessel
2. The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre Marker
de Chéticamp, que revient l'honneur et le mérite d'avoir lancé la première mine de plâtre de Chéticamp, en l'année 1907.

"Du plâtre dans le Petit Ple"
l'announce de la découverte de plâtre à Chéticamp, par un prospecteur nommé Grandin, le Père Fiset met aussitôt une compagnie sur pied, la Great Northern Mining Company Ltd. Il émet des actions à cinq cents, très populaires auprès des Chéticantains et des Québécois, ses compatriotes. Dès 1907, il fait construire une plâtrière appelée "le moulin de la mine", au des montagnes de Belle-Marche où se trouvait la carrière de gypse. On se servait du quai des Fiset, situé derrière l'actuel magasin Coop, pour y charger l'Améthyst, bateau à vapeur acheté par le Père Fiset avec ses propres deniers.

"Grandiose ouverture le 20 avril 1908"
Le Père Fiset dépose la premiére pierre de gypse dans le broyeur; un nouveau jour vient de se lever pour les Chéticantains qui travaillent à la mine pour un salaire de 10 cents l'heure, 20 cents avec cheval et charrette.
 
Location. 46° 37.792′ N, 61° 0.785′ W. Marker is in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, in Inverness County. Marker is on Cabot Trail just north of Barren Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chéticamp, Nova Scotia B0E 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 kilometers
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By Steve Stoessel
3. The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jeanne Dugas (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Canada War Memorial (approx. 14 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Gypsum Mine Lake. (Submitted on September 10, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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