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New Brunswick Magazine

 Can anyone name this lady from a family in Saint John County, New Brunswick?

Gramp’s Carriage Shed housed not only wagons and horse drawn carriages but all kinds of things that were too good to be thrown out.

In this building we could escape reality and be anything we wanted to be. An old hat, a long coat and kid gloves took us to another world.

My make-believe reins and horse had been trotting all the way to town. I had become tired of this game when a small wooden foot locker at the very back of the shed, caught my eye.

We crawled over and under many things until we reached it and then pulled it out where the sun was shining.

It was disappointing to open it and find it was filled with neatly folded copies of not only the Kings County Record but many other newspapers as well as magazines, when we were hoping there to be some treasures.

We carried it to the house and left it on the stoop while calling for the adults to come look. Taking it into the house was not an option as it could be a hiding place for insects and little grey creatures.

The papers seemed very old to us but proved to be a treasure trove to the grown ups as they read and discussed the articles of years ago.

I have a few copies of  The New Brunswick Magazine. This week, I discovered there were many issues from July 1898 to May 1905 that were Published in Saint John, N.B. and can be read on

I learned many things, such as the Germain Street Methodist Church, which stood at the corner of Germain and Horsefield streets, was the first place of worship in Saint John to be lighted with gas on January 3, 1847.

The keel of a steam ferry boat to ply on the harbour of Saint John was laid in Carleton on December 8, 1838 with the first master being Nehemiah Vail who died, February 12, 1842 at age 43.

The coroner stone of St. Ann’s Chapel in Fredericton was laid on May 30, 1846.

The road from Maguadavic to Lepreau, a part of the main highway and mail route between Saint John and the United States was completed through the wilderness and made passable for teams in October of 1827. Col. Wyer was the supervisor and Rankin & Hinston were the contractors.

Workmen began digging for the foundation of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum in Saint John in September of 1846, at which date there were more than 90 patients in the old Asylum on Leinster Street.

The St. John Mechanics Institute was established in 1838. The early meetings were held at the St. John Hotel.

The St. John fish market opened in 1838.

Gas for illumination was first used in Saint John in September of 1845.

Some other articles from issues of the New Brunswick Magazine include: The Acadian Melansons, Sir John Campbell Allen, The Ashburton Treaty, At Portland Point, The Babcock Tragedy, The Year of the Fever, A Shipyard Fire, A Misplaced Genius, Kemble Manor, Loss of the Royal Tar, A Story of Two Soldiers, and the list continues.

The many topics on provides me with more treasures on many different topics and even has “search”capabilities.

“The Serials collection includes a wide range of dailies, weeklies, specialized journals and mass-market magazines, as well as city directories and annual reports from churches, schools, corporations and much more.”

“Specialized publications include trade or industry journals as well as many men’s, women’s, student’s and children’s popular magazines. Early periodicals are an invaluable source of information for researchers in all fields, as they offer a remarkable record of thought and opinion on diverse issues. Lavishly-illustrated journals open a captivating window onto early Canadian society and culture through their articles, advertisements, cartoons, drawings and photographs.”

I found “A Story of Two Soldiers” to be quite interesting. It seems on the Marsh Road, past Fernhill Cemetery in East Saint John, there was an interesting house, almost considered to be a mansion in its day. Two of the owners were Hon. Hugh Johnston and Barton Powlett Wallop. In the autumn of 1853 some surveyors were running lines. They stopped to rest and discovered the bones of two skeletons. Of interest were some metal buttons with one showing the number “101". This meant the soldiers were members of the 101 regiment.

Some investigating at that time brought information that the regiment had left Saint John in 1809, two men had deserted and their names were crossed off the muster roll.

As many stories and facts are tucked away in old newspapers and local magazines, one never knows what may be found when looking through them. The internet has brought these tales right into our homes where hours can be spent reading. provided me with many more treasures on many different topics and even has “search”capabilities. Amazing to find so much information that was written a century ago that can be so interesting to us.

Many genealogy researchers can tell you how important it is to put the name on all photos. The lady in this photograph is not named but was probably from a family in Saint John County of New Brunswick. Can anyone help this researcher identify this lady? If so send me a message at

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