Ruby M. Cusack
of the Past” - The Historical Writings of Lower Millstream
"Echoes of the Past -
From the Millstream and Surrounding Areas"
P644-20 Panoramic view of Lower Millstream
The road was full of turns, pot holes
and had few homes. I was surprised when we came
around a corner to see a group of small houses
covered with tar paper. Several children were
playing in the yard surrounded by dogs, both big
Mum had been wanting a white Spitz and
spotted one among the group. Dad stopped the car
and backed up. I was right behind him when he
approached a woman with a small child hanging on
Dad inquired if she would sell the white
Spitz and if so for how much? She quickly replied,
“Fifty cents.” Dad put his hand in his pocket and
pulled out a total of thirty-five cents in change.
The woman said, “That will do.”
She picked her up and put her in the back seat of
the car. The dog quickly jumped up on the back
window, contented as could be.
Once we arrived home, Mum insisted her
dog, which she named “Betty” be given a bath. Once
the tub was filled with warm water, Betty jumped
in, placed her front feet on the rim and waited to
We quickly realized she had been well
trained and remembered many things from her former
home, wherever it may have been.
Horace Macaulay relates in his 2003
publication “Reflections of the Past” - The
Historical Writings of Lower Millstream, of his
father bringing from Boston an Alsatian dog, who
was very bright, that he purchased from a Breeder
in that city. He was named King and became the
protector and playmate of the children but his
best friend was their father.
It seems all country kids grew up with
dogs as their playmates and memories of them are
kept alive in books and stories written many years
after the sad loss of the faithful friends.
We owe a thank you to Horace Macaulay
and others who took the time to compose a history
of places like Millstream. It is from these
writings, the next generations will learn of the
past. Learn of such events as ice cutting and
packing the ice cakes in sawdust long before
electric refrigerators were part of the household.
It is said the Millstream Creamery stored around
4000 ice cakes each year,
The many photographs in this book bring
to life what the homes, barns, farms, schools, and
churches looked like - beautiful windows to the
days of yesteryear.
As one looks at the faces of those who
lived in this area, one gets a feeling of knowing
Mrs. W. W. McAuley submitted some facts
to the June 27, 1924 Kings County Record including
the following, “One of the members of New
Brunswick’s first Executive Council was Col.
Gilfred Studholme. Records in the Crown Land
Office, Fredericton, show that in June 1784, Col.
Studholme and five associates were granted a tract
of land situate, lying and being in the county of
Sunbury in His Majesty’s Province of Nova Scotia
containing five thousand acres. Four are named,
James Hays, Thomas Harper, John Burgess and
William McLeod. The tract of land was called
Studville. Col Studholme made his home, lived and
was buried at what is now called Fox Hill. Ghost
stories and treasure hunting have attracted many
to the area of his final resting place.
In 1854, Lower Millstream had a great
disaster with the arrival of the big freshet.
In 1984 the New Brunswick Bicentennial
Commission sponsored the publishing of "Echoes of
the Past - From the Millstream and Surrounding
Areas" a journey to a valley in Kings
County. This book is also filled with memories of
the early settlers, the struggle to survive,
churches, schools, industries and land ownership.
Thomas Musgrove came from Durham,
England in 1795 and was one of the pioneers who
settled along the Lower Millstream Valley.
Matthew Fenwick left his home in England
and came to Nova Scotia in the 1770s and in 1801
he came up the Kennebecasis River and settled on
the Millstream where he received an eight hundred
I was quite surprised to find out Bob
Nolan born Robert Clarence Nobles, April 1, 1908
in New Brunswick, as a child lived quite near
Millstream. When he grew up he performed with Roy
Rogers in the Sons of the Pioneers.
In my younger days, the Millstream
Creamery sent a truck throughout Kings County to
pick up cans of cream that were usually kept cool
in a spring. By the way, their cheese was a
favourite of many.
Some fellows were fortunate to get the
job of keeping snow on the floor of a covered
bridge to make it easier for a team of horses to
pull a load of logs.
Being able to make and repair was an
important job for all to learn. The wooden tool
box contained files, punches, rasps, wooden
planes, a brace and bit, a draw knife, chisels and
many other wooden tools plus those that were made
in the blacksmith shop.
A boy knew he was on the road to being a
man when he was allowed to carry a jack knife.
Hours were spent whittling. By the way, many a
country boy is still carrying a jack knife in his
pocket when he is in his eighties.
Lower Millstream is one of those
communities that has lots of facts to learn about.
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