Butternut Ridge - Havelock

Our Proud Heritage 1809-1989

By the Havelock Women’s Institute

pring had finally sprung. For days we had been coaxing Mum to go with us to the pasture on the hill behind the church, to see the huge maple tree that we had tapped about three weeks ago. Cliff had bored four holes with Dad’s brace and bit, and hammered the metal spiles into the tree attaching the tin cans with rabbit wire. To our surprise, sap had been dripping steadily ever since  from all four spiles.

Since nearly all the snow had disappeared from the meadow, Mum felt it would be safe walking, so off we trudged. But we neglected to tell her that snow and ice still remained in the woods. I held on to her hand to prevent her from falling but just as we neared the big maple, she stepped on a patch of really hard snow and down she went.

Way back in 1812, the sons of Alida Alcha Price Keith pulled their mother on a hand sled to visit their father James Keith at his newly built sugar camp. He had received a grant of land  in the Havelock area that was well wooded with maples. The family lived in the sugar camp for some time.

James Price, a brother-in-law to James Keith settled nearby. The next to make the move from New Canaan to Butternut Ridge was George Webb Price, where he took up land on Price Brook, now known as the Ridge Brook, which he dammed. By 1814, he had built a saw mill powered by a water wheel.  Later he erected and operated a grist mill that was run by water carried in a “raceway” or sluice, from the pond, some distance away. In order to keep the wheel from freezing, water was used from the “Spa”, a mineral spring located nearby. By the way people came from near and far to get a jugful of this water, believing it to have qualities beneficial to health.

This is only one of the many stories that were researched and included in the Havelock Women’s Institute book, “Butternut Ridge - Havelock, Our Proud Heritage 1809-1989" that was published in 1990.

Of interest in the 140 page publication is the information provided on the blacksmith shops, mills, cheese factories, schools, shoe repair shops, lodges, tragedies, doctors, garages, post office, Lime Works, Cement Plant, Havelock Railroad, Hicks Woodworking, Match Factory, Mineral Springs, Saunders Store, Archie’s Hole, the founders of the Baptist Church in 1836 with the names of the ministers from 1836 to 1989, other churches, photos, listing of fires from 1886 - 1990, the last medicine man - Noel Lamquin, and the poem, “Havelock Then And Now” by Mary Keith.

Butternut Ridge - Havelock, Our Proud Heritage 1809-1989" is available at the Public Libraries in Moncton, Petitcodiac and Salisbury, UNB Library, Archives & Research Library of the New Brunswick Museum as well as at other research institutions in New Brunswick.
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Query 1154
Reed: John Ward Reed was born in Saint John circa 1836 to parents Ishmael and Alice Reed.  He was a mariner and captained the barque "Eleanora" in the seas north of Australia in the 1880's. Any information on his parents and siblings would be appreciated.
Sharon Mansell
PO Box 8381, Alice Springs
NT 0871, Australia.
E-mail sharonam@bigpond.com.

Query 1155
Kilpatrick - Hall - Collins: Alexander Kilpatrick (1847-1916) married Lovica Hall. They had a daughter Catherine (Katie) Kilpatrick (1895-1954) who married Freeman James Collins (1893-1968). Families were probably from the counties of Kings and Saint John.
56 MeadowBrook Drive
Beaver Bank, NS
Canada, B4G1E2.
E-mail jennifertanner@accesswave.ca.

Query 1156
Russell - Merrill: I am looking for information concerning my great-grandfather, Bernard Joseph Russell, the son of John and Emile Russell of Saint John, who was born circa 1884. He married Dorothy Merrill, Newburyport, Massachusetts about 1916. He died in October of 1931.  
B.D. Walters
803 N. 1st Street
Temple, TX
76501, USA.
E-mail  pbcodeman@sbcglobal.net.

Query 1157
Strang - Worrell: Information required on the family of William D. Strang and Leah Worrell who were married 27 Jan. 1827, in Saint John, New Brunswick.
James E. Dixon
Apt. 411, 55 Magazine Street
Saint John, NB  
Canada,  E2K 2S5
E-mail dxn@nbnet.nb.ca

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