The Origin of Pitchnut Discovered?

This morning I called an 85-year old man, Albert Brunelle, (the uncle of my brother's neighbor's friend) who presently lives in Connecticut, but was born and grew up in Coaticook, Quebec. He remembers a man named Scalabrini in St. Hermenegilde, Quebec (just north of Vermont) who built and sold pitchnut boards in the 1920's. Albert says that Scalabrini had been building the games since 1900, at least. Albert's family played the game for decades and Albert built his own boards after moving to Connecticut. I'm planning to drive up to St. Hermenegilde in October or November to see if I can find any games up there. Albert said that he did not know my grandfather or his cousin, Harvey Martineau, who were avid pitchnut players. My grandparents grew up outside Sherbrooke, which is within an hour's drive of Coaticook and St. Hermenegilde.

Albert verified that each player has 10 pieces (he played with wooden checkers) and they fit tightly against the screws (11 pieces form a ring that is too large). I'll have to call him again to find out the details of the rules that he used.