History is being preserved online in pictures -
rainy day meant, “make your own entertainment” as television, DVD
players, ipads and electronic games had not been heard of. Cliff and I
were in Gramp’s wagon barn, where he sat up on the front seat of the two
seater carriage, wearing an old top hat and pretended he was the
stagecoach driver. Since I was a passenger going from Saint John to
Sussex, I was in the seat behind him, dressed in a pair of Aunt Sadie’s
white cotton gloves, an old bonnet we had found in the attic, one of
Gram’s long aprons and I held an old valise on my knee.
allowing us to look back at Yesteryear
We heard a vehicle coming into the yard and through the cracks in the door, we saw it was some of Gramp’s kin.
As quick as a wink, we changed our personalities and became the visitors as we knew exactly how the visit would go.
First there would be exchanges of news of the families, the weather, the
crops and then a “Do you remember?” That comment always led to the box
of photo albums being dragged out.
I could not understand the reason the older generation wanted to relive
the past as all I thought about was the future and what I would do when I
Age has changed my way of thinking. I find myself dragging out the
albums and spending hours looking at pictures of years gone by. And it
seems whenever relatives or friends come to visit for one reason or
another, we end up looking at photographs of the past.
On the internet, we can view pictures that bring back memories of
buildings, and street scenes that are long gone or have been so changed,
that one would not recognize them.
Grant Kelly has placed
many of the photographs of the Saint John area, taken by Joe Michaud in
the 1950s and 1960s plus several from the Isaac Erb collection, and
other photographers, on line at http://www.facebook.com/VintagePhotoandFrame
where you can stand on top of the Admiral Beatty and view the
surrounding area; be in the crowd at the aftermath of "Streetcar Riot"
at Market Square, July 24, 1914 when Cars 71 and 84 were overturned;
admire the boys in Laws Bakery ball team of 1952; Girl Guides selling
cookies, on the steps of 274 Princess Street in 1952; "Herman Murphy
House" at 98 Coburg; CYO on the corner of Cliff and Waterloo in 1953;
The Byng Boys Club at 82 Milford Road in 1937; Aerial view of
Tuberculosis Hospital in East Saint John circa 1957; Willet's
blacksmith's shop at 46-48 Waterloo Street circa 1900; Beyea Farm on
Cottage Road; Robert Lawton farm on the Old Black River Road on April
1911; Animal Rescue League on St. David St., and many many more.
Ronald J. Jack has set up a blog site for “The Lost Valley” in Saint John at http://thelostvalley.blogspot.com/
where you will read many stories of activities, personalities and get a
chance to view photos of the area. For example there is a picture of
Nairn’s Lunch counter that catered to generations of kids at nearby
Dufferin and St. Peter’s Schools, as well as employees of New System
Laundry, which was just behind these buildings. Another one of interest
is Saint John Police Officer Greg Cusack, the first constable to patrol
the Rockwood Park area on horseback, with his horse Digger.
On the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website of Historical Images of New Brunswick http://archives.gnb.ca
you will find a database which contains 2,271 historical images of New
Brunswick such as: Dalhousie Grammar School exterior with students posed
in front circa 1890, Billings and Flemming Lumber Company at Elmwood,
Taymouth Railway Station circa1901, and Picnic on Cherry Hill in Harvey
Station - a wonderful find as names of individuals are given.
Thanks to those who had the
foresight to preserve and make available online the photos of
yesteryear, our history is being preserved in pictures - allowing us to
look back on the past.
Derby racers at the finish line, 1958. Courtenay Avenue, East Saint
John, with Richard Street intersection in rear ground. Photo by Joe
Michaud, from the collection of Vintage Photo and Frame Limited.
Downing - LeBlanc:
Interested in any information about Cyprien Downing (born 1834, died
possibly 1892-93), son of Francois Downing and Anne Le Blanc of Cap
Pele, New Brunswick. Brothers and sisters were Damien, Osithe,
Marguerite, Hippolite, Marine, Madeleine, Francoise, Suzanne and
Bibianne. Lived also in Moncton.
Contact: Amy McGuiggan, 467 Main Street, Hingham, MA., 02043, USA or email to email@example.com
Thomas M. Carson was born Nov. 15, 1845. His wife was Lavinia born Aug.
9, 1848. The Carson family was from Quaco (West Quaco), New Brunswick,
Canada. Possibly originally from Scotland. Sons names were Raymond,
Walter, Ira, Omar and Clarence. Seeking additional information on this
line? This is not the Thomas Brass Carson line.
Smith - McDonnell:
Henry Smith lived in St. Andrews in the 1851 Census He is listed as
Widower, a farmer, age is 80 and his birth about 1772. His son, Thomas
and his daughter-in-law, Julia McDonnell, is listed as well. I am
interested in learning when he immigrated from Ireland, where in Ireland
Henry came from, his wife's name, his date of death and place, as well
as information relative to the marriage of his son, Thomas and Julia.
Darling - Frazee - Fenwick:
Joseph Darling possibly born about 1768 in Southhampton, Nova Scotia
died 4 Feb 1843 in Studholm, Kings, Co., New Brunswick. He married
Abigail Frazee (1785-1832) and second wife was Mary Fenwick
(1789-1864). Joseph's father was John Darling born circa 1753 and died
20 Jan 1819 and is buried on the Matthew Fenwick Farm, Kings Co., N.B. I
seek information on his mother and other relatives.