History of Sackville
Before we went to bed on Friday evening, Mum had told us not to expect a hot breakfast the next morning as she wasn’t going to be putting a fire on in the kitchen stove until a later hour. Cliff and I knew this meant pipe-cleaning day was at hand.
After a breakfast of puffed wheat and cold milk, we hurried outside in time to see Gord walking from the pasture, carrying the top of a spruce tree.
I whispered to Cliff, “October is a bit early to be cutting a Christmas tree.”
We watched as Dad tied a rope to this small tree and attached a small weight. He climbed the ladder to the peak of the roof next to the chimney and dropped the tree down the flue and pulled it back up. This manoeuver was repeated several times until he was certain all the soot had been brushed from the sides of the chimney.
Next he went into the house and removed the stove pipes and carried them outside and shook and hammered them until they were as clean as a whistle. While he was doing this Mum scraped the soot from the stove pipe opening in the flue.
The Enterprise kitchen stove was the next to be cleaned. A long handled scrapper was used to remove all the ashes from under the stove covers as well as under the oven and then the tin box that held the ashes was taken outside to be emptied.
Dad seemed to be making a very careful examination of the lining of the fire box and requested a flashlight.
He turned to Mum and told her there would be an unexpected expense this Fall as new liners for the firebox as well as a new grate would need to be ordered from the Enterprise Factory in Sackville.
By the way the Enterprise Foundry was started in Sackville in 1872, by Captain R. M. Dixon. At the time of his death in 1874, the property was purchased by W. S. Fisher, a wealthy Hardware merchant of Saint John, who developed it, until it became one of the most successful stove foundries in Canada.
Sackville has a very interesting history. It was first settled by the French. In consequence of the Proclamation of Governor Lawrence, dated 12th of October, 1758, offering free grants of lands, right of worship, in 1761, twenty-five families from Rhode Island arrived in a vessel and settled on the vacated French farms in the Sackville area.
“The List of the Subscribers for the Township Lying on Tantramar River in about 1760 represented by Benjamin Thurber, Cyprian Sterry and Edmund Jincks from Providence in Rhode Island” gives many names, such as: Olney, Wheat, Burr, Tower, Luther, Tripp, Bucklin and others. It is not known if all those who subscribed came to this country or if they did come and were dissatisfied and thus returned to the colonies.
The first town meeting or meeting of the committee for Sackville township took place on 20th July, 1762. It was held at the house of Mrs. Charity Bishop, who kept an inn at Fort Cumberland. There were present Captain John Huston, Doctor John Jencks, Joshua Sprague, Valentine Estabrooks, William Maxwell and Joshua Winslow. Captain Houston was made chairman and Ichabod Comstock, clerk.
In 1934, Dr. W. C. Milner, Historian and former Archivist compiled a detailed History of Sackville, New Brunswick. Three reprints of his work have been done, the latest being in 1994.
Some Chapter headings are, French Occupation, English Settlement, Tantramar Settlement, Inhabitants 1876, Yorkshire Settlers, Provincial Settlements, Sackville in 1777, The Public Schools and Teachers, Churches, Mount Allison, The Graveyards, Mills and Shipbuilding, The Port of Sackville, Old Time Business, The Marshes, Marriages, Statistics which includes an 1826 list of farmers who received a bounty in grain, Old Soldiers and their widows living in Westmorland who served in the American War and the Honor Roll of World War I.
The sixty page chapter on ‘Some of the Pioneer Families’ is a book in itself as detailed genealogical and biographical information is given on Joseph Avard, Hon. Charles F. Allison, Atkinson men, Thomas Anderson, Thomas Ayer, Barnes family, William Black, Senator A. E. Botsford, Amos Botsford, Judge William Botsford, Edward Bowes, Thomas Bowser, George Bulmer, Michael Burk, Jonathan Burnham, John R. Cahill, Ronald Campbell, Thomas Carter, William Carnforth, Squire Rufus Cole, Col. Joshua Chandler, Hon. William Crane, George and Richard Dobson, Charles Dixon, Estabrooks, Captain Evander Evans, Fawcett Brothers, Fisher, Harper, Thomas Herritt, Hicks, Humphrey, Lawrence, Ogden, Mark Patton, Eliphalet Reed, Rogers brothers, Charles Seaman, James Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Richard Thompson, Tolar and John Thompson, Upham family, Jonathan Ward, Captain Richard Wilson and the Wood family.
Reading the pages of the History of Sackville will fan the flames of desire to learn more about the interesting past of this area of New Brunswick.
In the Sackville Tribune Post, ‘Tantramar Flashback’ by Bill Hamilton takes an informative and entertaining look at the history and people of that region. You can read his columns at http://www.tantramar.com/columns/. I enjoyed reading about the Missaguash Ghost, History In A Grocery Bag: The Mysterious Mary Cannon, the "Remarkable" Career of Dr. Clarence Webster and Murder On The Marsh - William Fawcett.
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