McKenna optimistic about future

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, March 2, 1988

ST. STEPHEN – Still fresh from his landslide election victory last October, Premier Frank McKenna exuded energy and determination as he spent a day in Charlotte County. McKenna came here Friday for no special reason, other than to touch base with Charlotte County residents, “as many of them as possible,” he said during a visit to the Courier. He spent the morning in the St. George area, spoke at a St. Stephen-Milltown Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and toured the St. Andrews area in the afternoon.

Tunaville residents remove barricade

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BLACKS HARBOUR – A makeshift barricade blocking half the roadway on the lower end of Wellington Road in Tunaville has been removed by local residents in return for promises of action from the village council. The residents met with council during a special meeting last Thursday night and agreed to remove the barricade if council would look into emergency funding for improving the road. Council passed a motion to contact Transportation Minister Sheldon Lee and local MLA Eric Allaby in an effort to see what kind of money in the form of emergency funds is available to fix the road.

John’s Place honoured

John’s Place on the Bay Road was a recent winner of a Canadian Tourist Ambassador certificate presented by the federal government for Canadians displaying outstanding hospitality to visitors. John Dixon and his restaurant were nominated for the award by Margaret A. McLaughlin of Windham, Me., for what she felt was a special effort to make visitors enjoy their stay in Canada.


BACK BAY – Mr. John Benney of Youngs Cove Road spent a few days in Back Bay and St. George, guest of his mother and other friends.

ST. GEORGE – Mabel Conley and Connie Bradford entertained Connie’s mother with a surprise 81st birthday party on Feb. 14 at the senior citizens building in Blacks Harbour.

POMEROY RIDGE – Mrs. Phyllis Libby, Scotch Ridge, called on Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dickinson.

60 YEARS AGO – 1958

St. George Shorts – Crews tear down railway bridge

The Canadian Pacific Railway bridge at the Canal district is being dismantled. Winslow Webb of the bridge and building department of CPR is in charge of the demolition work. The steel structure was built by the Dominion Bridge Company about 1925, replacing a wooden bridge designed and built by the late Robert John Austin.

News around Grand Manan

Local caviar?

Reports of sturgeon catches in the Bay of Fundy are becoming more and more common this winter. This fresh water species, ordinarily found in rivers – St. John is a good example – has been taken before in previous times but apparently not in the quantity or frequency experienced this season. The average run goes at over 40 pounds, actually lightweight for full grown sturgeon – fish weighing well over 100 pounds being not uncommon. Roe from this fish is an important source of “Russian” caviar. It may be that this is another opportunity to work up competition with the imperialists behind the iron curtain.

90 YEARS AGO – 1928

While time has shown that the Canadian Pacific Railway is not very liable to look with favour upon suggestions from St. Stephen regarding the erection of a new station, it would appear as though the almost total destruction of the Johnson block a few days ago would afford an ideal location for such a building. With an opportunity for track entrance in the rear and with the front part of the building on the street level where ticket, telegraph and express offices could all be conveniently combined, the situation would be, from the public’s standpoint at least, desirable in every way. The greatest single fire loss this town has suffered since the F.E. Rose fire about 15 years ago occurred Sunday morning when the Johnson block on Water St. was badly gutted. The night policeman discovered smoke pouring from the building and rang in an alarm about four a.m. A general alarm brought all four departments and due to the lack of wind at the time the frame of the big building was saved. Downstairs, Joseph Handy’s barber shop suffered only by water and smoke but premises occupied by D. O’Brien, plumber, James Loney, barber, Miss Helen Grimmer, beauty parlor, and Roy Berry, were badly damaged. The Gaiety hall on the second floor was badly burned and the Masonic hall on the top floor must be entirely renovated. The origin of the fire is still a mystery. It is understood the building, valued at over $20,000, was insured for about $15,000.

120 YEARS AGO – 1898

Oak Hill is being lighted by the Auer gas lamp instead of the electric arc light formerly used. Six small hogs and a lot of excellent butter made a load of farm produce which was brought to town on Saturday last by Edwell Emerson of Rollingdam. The hogs weighed 718 pounds and sold at six cents a pound cash. The sale of his butter made his total cash receipts amount to over $50.