AND NEW NEWSPAPERS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
It was a long cold winter with little
visiting from relatives. This Saturday showed a break in the
weather with warm sunshine, dripping eaves and melting snow.
Aunt Sadie was sure there would be company for supper so she
prepared a large potato scallop, a corn scallop and a big
crock of beans along with tea biscuits.
Grampís brother came calling and they did lots of
Ages of relatives and friends were discussed. Gramp grumbled
that there was something wrong with the Math as he was much
too young to be turning sixty-five next month. With a
chuckle his brother remarked maybe the earth is rotating
Time certainly flies and startling changes get made.
Way back in the 1960s, Harold and I would often skip supper
and rush uptown to the Library to ask for an old newspaper
to look at. Great finds jumped out at us. We came home with
hands covered with black ink. But most important, we had
notes copied carefully on many local events and obituaries
of those who had gone before us.
It wasnít many years until we could read the newspapers on
microfilm and even print out copies at the Library.
Today, things have really changed. We can now sit at home
and search on the computer the archives of the Brunswick
News group of newspapers. All we need is a subscription to
access them. Details can be found at
For example, there are 15,000 issues of the Daily Telegraph
online starting on January 2, 1874 up to July 14, 1923
waiting to be searched. I found in the October 5, 1876 issue
that Dr. P. D. Trask, M.D. - Natural Physician could be
consulted at rooms in the Continental Hotel on the North
side of King Square in St. John which includes lots of
details of the gentleman.
On the same page there is an advertisement for Mme.
Carittesís Board and Day School for young ladies on the
Corner of Carmarthen and Orange Streets in St. John. Private
lessons also given in Latin, French, German, Pianoforte and
Vocal Music, Drawing and Water Colors, Painting, etc.
Unpaid Taxes were a problem to some folk in 1915 as the
Saint John Standard of Oct, 7 listed the properties that
were being sold at Chubbís Corner. One being 50 acres on
Second Lake, Parish of Simonds belonging to the estate of
Bernard Haggerty and R. T. Carr for non payment of $7.79
Some of the other New Brunswick newspapers filled with
38,206 issues of the Daily Gleaner beginning Nov. 25, 1889
to the present.
11,204 issues of Times & Transcript from Jan. 3, 1983.
14,369 issues of Daily Times from Aug 13,1877 to June 30,
29,400 issues of Telegraph Journal from Jul. 16, 1923 to the
In the Daily Telegraph of March 11, 1901, it is written of a
pleasant day spent at the home of Capt. George Seely, of
Lancaster Heights where his father Mr. Linnus Seely
celebrated his 93rd Birthday. He told many stories that had
been related to him by his father who came with the
Mum was always concerned about anything toxic being stored
on the shelves in the pantry. In 1935 the Telegraph Journal
published an article that really interested me and it
explained the reason for her concern. It seems her mother
made pancakes for supper. She had poor eyesight and mistook
a paper bag of arsenate of lead for buckwheat flour when
mixing the ingredients. Both of my grandparents along with
the family dog became ill. Dr. Leatherbarrow was contacted
to make a house call and fortunately their lives were saved.
Being able to do a word search gives the opportunity to find
a relative or person of interest in so many different
Much information is found in Obituaries that are filled with
detail. They often lead us to discover relative connections
that otherwise would be difficult to locate. The predeceased
relative as well as the living ones that are mentioned,
along with place of birth, motherís maiden name and even
employment provide us with genealogical facts.
Quite often membership is given in fraternal organizations
and graduates from different educational institutions.
I must confess, household chores go undone as I sit at the
computer reading page after page of newspapers of the past.
Just not enough hours in my day. Best of all, this New
Brunswick information is available at any hour of the day or
night by having an online subscription to the Brunswick News
group of newspapers.