Ruby M. Cusack
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
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
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
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
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
The many topics on http://online.canadiana.ca/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org