July 1957 letter to Cyrus Eaton from villagers in Pugwash and presentation of painting; the frame was made from wood of oldest house on the Gulf Shore, approx 125 years old. The painting hangs in The Lobster Factory, next to Thinkers Lodge.
Cyrus Eaton was a person too overwhelming to contemplate. His decisions were of import to the world. Yet he met the people of Pugwash as complete equals.
One remembers the year 1957 when the big International Conference shook the people of Pugwash to action.
Leona MacLeod completed a painting of lobsters traps on Pugwash wharf and a 98 year old Charlie Teed presented this wonderful painting to Cyrus Eaton. The event was at Ivan Purdy's cottage West Pugwash where the populace gathered for a cook-out. Cyrus Eaton introduced Anne Jone; in six months they married.
Cyrus Eaton monumental figure in the financial and diplomatic world has many books and reams of print written about him, and rightly so; Charlie Teed, the imposing figure making the presentation that day could have recited enough tales that day to fill a huge book of Lore; but no one thought to listen and record. Now it is too late.
The Start Weekly, Toronto, did an article on "The Thinkers Conference" in 1960 and fortunately featured a good picture of Charlie Teed and his Walrus mustache.
The Star quoted Charlie as saying, "I was a grown man when Eaton came through 70 years ago. I called him Cy then and I see no reason to change now. He doesn't want war and he is doing his best to avoid it. He's a real gentleman." [from Lore of North Cumberland by Harry Brown and Others --published by The North Cumberland Historical Society; Publication No. 9 -- 1982]