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A crayon enlargement of a gentleman in his horse drawn buggy,
based on a photograph, that was probably taken circa 1905.
Seeking information to identify this man.

Viewing From Home - the Treasures in Museums

It felt like Spring was just around the corner as we walked home from school.

This was certainly a drastic change from last week when it seemed like forty below followed by the worst storm of the winter.

When Cliff and I came into the kitchen, Mum and Dad  were huddled over a sample book that Gord had brought them from a wallpaper store on Main Street.

They were not arguing but the discussion was nearing that point. Dad chose the wallpaper with the red geranium flower pots for the kitchen, while mum wanted the ivy pattern.

It seemed these few days of sunny warmer weather had awaken the house cleaning ideas which could mean a problem for our Saturday plans of coasting. Sure enough it did.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, Mum decided to get a head start on the “Spring Clean” by removing everything from a drawer or trunk and putting in new paper liners. In the process she would make note if repairs or painting was needed and she planned to throw out things she had been hoarding for years.

Sometimes this job turned out to be a walk down Memory Lane for her.

Getting organized for summer genealogical research and reviewing notes for a walk down the family memory lane is a great project for February and March when the winds are howling and the blustering snow is blowing. Furthermore much of this can be done from the warmth of home - just sit down at your computer.

Check out 100 Hidden Histories: at the Kings County Museum.

The members of the 1926 Hampton Consolidated School Graduating Class signed their name on the back of their crest.
-Elizabeth Roberts Ross
-Otta Bernice McAvity
-James Arthur Melick
-John Leonard Fowler
-John Henry Crabbe
-Phyllis Mary Kenney
-Mary Ethel Lena Dempster
-Mildred Irene Raymond
-Joseph Harvey Bell
-Ronald Suthard Spragg
-Paul Ewart McMulkin

Their class motto was "Finem Respice”.

The crest  was made by one of the graduates and signed, John H. Crabbe, H.C.S., '26.

The Kings County Museum has two of the 1.3 million “Dead Man’s Penny” that were sent to the next-of-kin. These two were for Lionel Wellington Nutter and Percy Leonard Robertson, both local Kings County men who died in World War 1. To learn more about the “Dead Man’s Penny”, go to

Some of the other artifacts in the 100 Hidden Histories include; an eel spear, an ear trumpet that was most likely used in the 1800s and perhaps into the 1900s - the forerunner of a hearing aid, a rug beatera moustache cupa knitting whiska sextant,  darning eggs, a washing stick and the list goes on.

Community Stories: Oral Histories of  Kings County include an interview with   Daniel Keith who talks about his childhood growing up in Butternut Ridge now Havelock and his family genealogy,  Vivian Patriquen shares stories about her life in Norton,  Cecil Scullion and Chester McMackin have unique stories about living in the jailer's quarters of the Kings County Gaol in the early 1950s, 95-year-old   Lillian Anderson  remembers details of growing up in rural Kings County, Frank & Patricia Vanderlaan speak of their memories of the German occupation of Holland,  Garnet Boyd relates details of the commercial striped bass fishery that took place on the Belleisle Bay and  George Sharp's relives his memories of life in Kings County over the last 86 years.

On the New Brunswick Museum Virtual Tours at view:

1) The Construction of the   CUTTY SARK and the WAR MONCTON/  which  documents the construction of the two cargo vessels from the laying of their keels to their launches.

 2) Spend some time viewing the Wolastoqiyik, Mi'kmaq and Passamaquoddy: First Nations Cultures in Atlantic Canada  For more than a century and a half, the New Brunswick Museum has collected examples of fine and decorative art as well as written documentation relating to the presence of these three aboriginal groups.

3) The Great Fire of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1877   destroyed 80 hectares (200 hundred acres) and 1612 structures including eight churches, six banks, fourteen hotels, eleven schooners and four woodboats in just over a nine-hour period. Nearly all the public buildings, the principal retail establishments, lawyers' offices and all but two printing firms were burned in the inferno. To make matters worse, less than one fourth of the $28 million in losses was covered by insurance. Nineteen people died as a direct  result of the fire and there were an undetermined number of injuries.

4) Double Vision: New Brunswick Stereographs 1865-1880  Double Vision: New Brunswick Stereographs 1865-1880  provides a look at many locations such as:
1] Reversing Falls Suspension Bridge and Lunatic Asylum, Saint John, New Brunswick.
 2] St. Paul's Anglican Church, Rothesay, New Brunswick.
3] Group at Little Falls, Madawaska River, Madawaska County, New Brunswick - 23 July 1879. 
4] Inner Harbour, Quaco, St. Martin's, New Brunswick.
5] Gibson's Church, St. Mary's, York County, New Brunswick and 6] John Boyer's House, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick - c. 1875

On  William Francis Ganong's/  field trips around the province of  New Brunswick, he took many photographs as memory aids of his long, and often arduous, canoe trips.

The Search  Art, History & Photography is an online collection in a searchable database of artworks, historical objects and photographs from the permanent collection of the New Brunswick Museum. Each database record includes information about an object and when available, and an image.

Also, from the computer, one can search the  Database of the Archives and Research Library. This archival collection of the New Brunswick Museum consists of business records, personal papers and ephemera relating to the economic, social, legal, military, religious and political aspects of life in New Brunswick, with a nineteenth century emphasis.

On the website, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick  you are able to search 3,312,330 names from 36 databases in one place by using the Federated Database. There are lots of other topics to browse.   

The website of the New Brunswick Agricultural Museum  in Sussex brings the farmer and his wife to visit us to show this generation their way of life through photographs of such things as Homemade Penny-Farthing Bicycle, Ash Pung Sleigh, Wooded Water Pipes, Blueberry Winnower, Washing Machine and views of the Kitchen, Bedroom and Living Room. What you see on the website is like the tip of the iceberg - lots more to see when summer comes and you can make a visit.

Pay no attention to the howling wind as you explore from home, the treasures in a Museum or search for the records that give information on a relative who was connected to New Brunswick.

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