A Short History of Carleton County
Not only had Jack Frost been doing his best to give us
lots of cold weather but one snowstorm after another piled up high
drifts of snow.
When we heard the train whistle blow from several miles away, we knew a
welcome spell of soft weather was here, which brought visitors who were
suffering from cabin fever.
The men talked of winters past and lumbering camps where they had worked
and as usual some lumber camp pictures were brought out and passed
I could almost hear the sound of the bells on the horses as they trudged
through the logging roads with loads of hand chopped logs.
One visitor spoke very softly. I thought he said, “The novel for the horses came first.”
Immediately, I visualized a cartoon of those big horses wearing reading
glasses and I took to giggling but a stern look from Gramp clammed me
up. (For the readers not familiar with lumber camps - the shed for the
horses was called a hovel)
It seemed full stomachs kept the men happy so it was very important for
the boss to choose a good cook who could prepare pancakes, bacon, fried
eggs, homemade bread and a strong cup of tea for the early morning
Dad held up a group picture of men attired in their lumbering clothes
standing in front of the tar paper covered building. He pointed to a
fellow wearing a white apron who was a fill-in for the regular cook who
had taken ill and had to go home. This new guy was one of the best pie
making cooks that ever crossed the threshold of the camp kitchen but he
brought more than his culinary skills.
After his arrival, the men soon found themselves to be very itchy and
came to the conclusion that since it was winter time the red bites where
not from black flies or mosquitoes but from lice.
I could just see all those men sitting around the stove in the evenings,
trying to scratch through their long underwear and maybe using a narrow
piece of kindling to reach their backs. I took to laughing, with tears
running down my cheeks. I could not stop, no matter how hard I tried.
Gramp reprimanded me that I was being very rude and to skedaddle.
I didn’t have a clue what he was telling me to do but I quickly left the kitchen.
If I had lived in Carleton County, I would have probably heard the story
of the naming of Skedaddle Ridge as a good many of the early settlers
in the early 1860s “skidaddled” from Maine across the border to avoid
draft into the American Civil War.
In 1922, T. C. L. Ketchum compiled A Short History of Carleton County, New Brunswick “undertaking to place before the public some impressions and facts of Carleton County and, incidentally
of Victoria and Madawaska to establish a guide post here and there,
which, with the copious matter already published might aid someone in
the future with an inclination to local history in the larger task of
editing a complete history of the county.”
Many interesting incidents are mentioned in this publication - such as:
In 1836, the Woodstock and Fredericton Stage Coach company was formed,
to run from the Court House at Upper Woodstock with stopping not less
than five minutes at some convenient place on the north side of the
Meduxnakeag Creek. The stage carried passengers, parcels and letters. It
cost seven pence for a letter from Fredericton with cash on delivery -
the receiver paid the postage not the sender.
In 1840 the first step was taken in the formation of the Carleton County
Agricultural Society. The man elected to be president was Richard
Iron was mined in Jacksonville at Iron Ore Hill and brought to Woodstock
where an extensive smelting plant was operated at first by a group of
Saint John people.
Frank Sharp will be remembered for his work in the development of apple culture.
To the early settler or pioneer, Hartland was at the mouth of the
Becaguimic generally shortened to the mouth of the Guimic which meant
salmon bed. The grantee was William Orser, who came from New York. His
first wife was Mary Blake said to have been the first female white child
born on the St. John River.
One of the earliest settlers of the parish of Wicklow was John Antworth.
Carleton County GenWeb at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbcarlet/
gives information and links to many topic of interest such as: Seventy
years of New Brunswick Life by William Thomas Baird, The Founding of
Woodstock, Carleton County Act 1831-32, the Birth of Carleton County,
and Tappan Adney who was married to Minnie Bell Sharp (1865-1937) of
Woodstock, NB in 1899. She conducted the Woodstock School of Music for
many years, and ran for Federal office in 1919.
By spending time reading A Short History of Carleton County and browsing http://nb.canadagenweb.org/ many guide posts will be found for the New Brunswick researcher.
The book can be read online at https://archive.org/stream/shorthistoryofca00ketcuoft#page/n5/mode/2up
A copy of the book may be for sale at http://www.rubycusack.com/Book-Ketchum.html
Alexander - Craig - McGier - Keith:
My family album has a photo inscribed Robert Alexander, St. Andrews, NB.
According to Greenock Presbyterian Church records, Robert was one of
two witnesses to the marriage of Margaret Alexander and Moses Craig, 29
Nov 1859. I need to know the relationship between Margaret and
Robert. Moses A. Craig, was born 1837 in Chamcook, St. Andrews, the son
of David Craig and Phebe McGier. The newly wedded Craigs settled in
Calais, Maine and are in the census of 1860 and 1870. Moses lived
briefly in Lowell, MA and is listed there as a widower in the 1880
census. He moved back to Calais and married Catherine 'Jane' Rogers
Keith in 1881. I am seeking information on a fire at the home of a Moses
Craig in Calais on May 13, 1877 which involved a "serious
accident". Did Margaret die in the fire?
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