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Eavesdropping educational for pair of young 'mice'

Gram told us the kitchen was out of bounds as the school trustees were meeting there tonight. She suggested we amuse ourselves on the verandah and to use the front door if we wanted to play upstairs.

    After about 15 minutes of sitting in the hammock, we became bored and decided to go up the front stairs then part way down the back stairs to the bedroom over the kitchen. We wanted to finish a jigsaw puzzle.

    We really did not intend to eavesdrop on the meeting but we wondered what the trustees would be discussing.

    Since the kitchen stove was not used in the summertime, we put our ear to the stovepipe and listened.

    The first order of business dealt with purchasing the winter's supply of wood and hiring someone to pile it in the woodshed that was attached to the school.

    Since spending money could mean an increase in the school taxes, a decision had to be made whether to paint the exterior or interior of the school but not both.

    One of the men had a message from his wife that suggested toilet tissue be purchased instead of using the Eaton's catalogue and that paper cone cups would be more sanitary than all of the students drinking from the same tin dipper. A vote was taken and no change was going to be made.

    Two teachers had sent in applications. The hiring of the teacher was high on the budget as a teacher with superior licences would need to be paid more than one with a second class licence.

    After the references were read, Gramp pushed for hiring the more expensive teacher, while the other trustees argued the teacher with the second class licence would cost less and do just fine.

    I whispered to Cliff that some of the trustees seemed to be real cheap skates.

    He burst out laughing.

    In trying to muffle his laughter, I reached to put my hand over his mouth but instead I hit the stove pipe and knocked it out of its elbow with a big crash.

Everything went quiet down in the kitchen until Gramp spoke loudly, "There must be mice upstairs. I'll settle with them after the meeting."

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Query 1806
Anthony Flower - Christian Visitor 1875-1876 - Chase: I am searching for copies of the Christian Visitor, December 1875 to January 1876 as artist, Anthony Flower died Dec. 9, 1875. Microfilm copies of this Baptist newspaper are not available for this period. Also seeking information on children of Mary (Flower) Chase 1835-1922 and William Henry Chase, 1835-1875. In particular information on their second daughter and youngest child, Margaret or Maggie Chase, born in 1876 or 1878. Her siblings include Arthur, Harley, Monty and Elizabeth Chase. Contact by email

Query 1807
Lingley - Murray - Stevenson: Gertrude Lingley married Major Hooper Murray in St. John County, New Brunswick on Dec. 24, 1869, before moving to Manitoba. She was born in Saint John, on March 30, 1852, and they had 10 children. Her mother was Eliza Stevenson, born in Saint John, and her father William Lingley was born in Sheffield, N.B., but I have no further information about them.

If anyone has any pertinent information about the family of Eliza Stevenson and William Lingley, I would appreciate hearing from them. Jerry Finnen, Waterloo, Ontario. E-mail

Query 1808
Lighthouses - I am trying to locate photographs of the 1876 lighthouse with attached dwelling on Pokemouche Island, the 1885 lighthouse at Stonehaven, and the 1879 lighthouse with attached dwelling at Richibucto Beach. These lighthouses are no longer standing. Information can be sent to

Query 1809
McIntosh: Brothers Robert and David McIntosh (never MacIntosh) farmed in the vicinity of Charlo airport, Restigouche County, New Brunswick in the late 1820s. They had moved from Pictou, Nova Scotia.

I am looking for descendants of Robert McIntosh, as David was a longtime bachelor. Contact Robert Hirsch by email

Query 1810
Williamson - Haviland - Nase: Benjamin Williamson married Mary Haviland in Saint John circa 1854.

I am requesting information on the ancestry of their parents. Benjamin Williamson immigrated to Canada about 1850 from England. Mary Haviland is the daughter of Isaac Haviland (his father Isaac was a Loyalist) and Elizabeth Nase (her father Henry was a Loyalist). Contact Gary Given, California by email

Query 1811
Munro: My uncle John Mcpherson Munro was born Sept. 4, 1911, in Glasgow, Scotland. He arrived in New Brunswick, March 1926 aged 14 as a Cossar boy farm worker. He died at aged 19, working as a lumberjack.

I am seeking a record of his death, burial place and information on the accident that took his life. Contact Anne Walker, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by email

Query 1812
Estey - Churchill: Jonathan Estey was probably born in Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick on July 6, 1817. Seeking documentation that his parents were Endicott Estey, born December, 1777, in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick and Hannah Churchill, born Feb. 14, 1781, in Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick. Contact Shirley DePaulo, CT, USA by email

Published Saturday August 20th, 2011 - TELEGRAPH - JOURNAL
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