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Yarmouth County couple marking 75 years of marriage

Annie and Charlie Muise in their Tusket home, getting ready to mark their 75th wedding anniversary.
Annie and Charlie Muise in their Tusket home, getting ready to mark their 75th wedding anniversary.

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Charlie and Annie Muise have been married for half as long as Canada has been a country.

While July 1 was the nation’s 150th birthday, the Muises will mark their 75th wedding anniversary July 13.

The Yarmouth County couple, who live in Tusket, say they have no big celebration planned but will mark the occasion with their family. The Muises have eight children, 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Annie, a native of Sluice Point, says she remembers well the day she married Charlie, who was from Hubbard’s Point. He was in the army at the time, stationed in Halifax.

Charlie and Annie Muise as they looked on their wedding day.

“We got married at seven o’clock in the morning (in Amirault’s Hill),” Annie recalled. “There was a wedding at eight o’clock that morning and the priest said ‘if you want to get married, you have get married at seven.’ It was foggy, but in the afternoon the sun came out and it was really nice.”

It was a double wedding. Annie’s brother Augustin (who is deceased) got married at the same time.

Annie and Charlie had met at a dance in Amirault’s Hill. For a while after that, Annie worked in Hubbard’s Point, but Charlie also recalls riding his bicycle to Sluice Point to see her.

Just three months or so after the wedding, Charlie headed overseas to serve his country. He returned three years and a couple of months later, on New Year’s Day 1946. He arrived back in Canada on the ship Duchess of Bedford.

“We were late getting in because we got into a big storm and we had to stop in Newfoundland and stay there until the weather quieted down a bit,” Charlie said. “They called it the ‘rocking duchess.’”

Annie recalls going to Halifax to meet him.

“I didn’t know if I was going to know him after three years,” he said.

The couple eventually settled in Tusket. Charlie held various jobs throughout his working life, including one at Yarmouth’s cotton mill, although his doctor told him to leave there because the place was making him sick. He had a couple of six-month stints in Goose Bay, worked 12 years at the 7-Up bottling plant in Yarmouth and later worked for the department of highways.

He and Annie have lived in their Tusket house for 70 years. They’re both 95.

“I still plant a garden and do my own repair work, what I can do,” Charlie said. “I’ve kept active.”

Nancy Hutchinson, one of the Muises’ eight children, says her mother still makes rappie pie and jam.

Hutchinson and two of her siblings live in Hebron. All of the Muises’ children are between Yarmouth County and Halifax. They range from 56 to 70 years of age.

The Muises have someone come in a couple of mornings a week to help with housework, but otherwise they manage to take care of themselves, Charlie said.

He and his wife were asked if they had any advice for young people on how to make a marriage work.

“I think you have to be faithful, for one thing, and keep God in your life,” Annie said.

Disagreements are bound to happen, Charlie said. He and Annie might have argued once in a while, but they always settled it.

“A hug and a kiss and you settle it,” he said.

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