Ruby M. Cusack
Twin Girls with
their Grandmother, Parents, and Twin Aunts.
ANNOUNCING BIRTH OF TWINS
Full Text Search in Daniel F
Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics
on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website 1784
Remembering the past
brings lots of memories but sometimes the years dim those
memories. That was the case when I received a request for the
recipe for Oatmeal Drink that the farmer depended on when
working in the hot hayfield or pitching hay into the back mow.
My friend Dot, who was a farmer’s wife, and is in her late
eighties, and her daughter Sharon knew this recipe off by
“Place 1/3 cup of oatmeal in a 500 ml Mason Jar along with 2
tablespoons of molasses and 2 pinches of ginger. Fill up the
bottle with cold water. One can add more molasses or ginger to
Dad spent many days in winter’s cold weather cutting blocks of
ice from Green’s Lake and packing them in sawdust. We were
very fortunate to have this ice house with ice for the ice box
in the hot days of summer. We chipped off pieces of ice to put
in the oatmeal drink in the gallon bottles to make the drink
very cold and refreshing. A blue enamel tin cup was kept with
the drink. All who were thirsty drank from the same cup,
including us kids.
As the years slip by, we older folk seem to unlock many
memories of the years gone by. September brings thoughts of
the one room school to many a retired teacher and how one year
at Normal School transformed a pupil into a teacher.
I was interested in knowing who might have been the students
from Titusville who were in Attendance at the Normal School,
Fredericton. I did a Full Text Search in Daniel F Johnson's
New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics on the Provincial
Archives of New Brunswick website 1784 to 1896 and found in
the Fredericton Evening Capital newspaper of January 5, 1886
listed: Maggie J. Barnes, Beatrice E. Duke, A. Fowler, Edward
M. Morrison, and Augusta A. Titus all of Titusville. My first
thought concerned their means of
Over the years many first year teachers who did not grow up in
a country setting were often quite surprised at the condition
of their boarding place that lacked indoor plumbing, and were
not use to making trips to the little building with a
catalogue instead of toilet tissue.
One plus was the delicious meals that were prepared by the
lady of the house.
Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics on
the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website 1784 to 1896,
provides lots of information on the churches, ministers,
industries etc. Fascinating news items can be found by doing
a Full-Text Search, such as by using "new" and "denmark"
and "church". For example, The Daily Telegraph, Saint John,
February 1, 1889: His honor the Lieutenant Governor has
granted licences to Rev. Neils M. Hansen, pastor of Episcopal
Church at New Denmark (Victoria Co.) and to Neils Christian
Hansen, pastor of Episcopal Church at Canning (Queens Co.) to
The Gleaner, Fredericton, February 10 1896: Rev. Charles E.
Maimaim and family, Nebraska, are in the city en route to New
Denmark (Victoria Co.), he having been appointed to the
pastorate church there.
I was quite surprised when I did a search for “twins” and
found many born in Nova Scotia but most puzzling was in the
July 4, 1893 issue of the Saint John Daily Telegraph: Born -
Santa Paula, California, June 22nd, wife of Rev. R. Logan,
twins, sons. Maybe some of our genealogy friends will know the
connection and share some information.
October 10, 1876, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph: Birth -
Carleton (St. John) Saturday morn., 7th inst., the wife of
Levi A. Theall, of twins.
August 31, 1886, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph. Birth - Old
Barns, N.S., 22nd inst., wife of Alexander Chisholm of twins,
boy and girl.
November 14, 1885, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph - Birth -
West River, P.E.I., 6th inst., wife of Donald McMillan, of
November 10, 1882, Saint John, Daily News - Birth - Apohaqui
(Kings Co.) 8th inst., wife of John E. Slipp, of twins.
January 6, 1872, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph. A
correspondent at Lower Prospect writing on New Year's Day
says: 'I have just resturned from a visit to Mrs. Countaway of
Turn's Bay, who presented her husband on Friday last with a
New Year's gift of four babies, three girls and a boy. Mrs. C.
tells me that she was ten years married and gave birth to 13
children. The first three single, the next three, twins each
time, and now four. Beat that if you can.' - Halifax
May 14 1895, Saint John, The Daily Telegraph: Birth -
Yamachiche, Quebec, May 4th, to the wife of Edouard Bellmare,
triplets, two daughters and a son. The mother is 31 years of
age and presented her husband with twins twice.
September 1, 1892, County Westmorland, Sackville, Chignecto
Post. On Sunday morn. last, Mrs. Edward McManaman, of
Saltsprings gave birth to two boys and one girl. This is the
third time in succession, Mrs. McManaman has had plural births
and on two previous occasions bearing twins.
February 16, 1893, County Kent, Richibucto, Review: Mrs.
Fidele Arsineau of Kingston (Kent Co.) has recently given
birth to twins, making 26 children of whom Mr. Arsineau is the
happy father. He was married twice.
January 15, 1877, Saint John, Daily News: Mr. Merritt of St.
Catharines, Ontario, who formerly lived in (St. John) city
writes to his relatives here that his wife has just presented
him with a second pair of twins, making five children in the
fruit of three years of wedded life.
When doing genealogical research, one is often surprised at
the source that is stumbled upon that leads one down a path of