30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires: Peace Watch draws crowd of 150 people

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier

Week of Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1991

Peace Watch draws crowd of 150 people

St. Stephen

Concerned individuals throughout Canada and the United States gathered in groups over the weekend to promote the cause of peace in the Middle East.

In St. Stephen, singing “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,” over 150 men and women from both sides of the border met to support one another in two Peace Watches, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

“It was a non-denominational, cross-border meeting to show our concern with the breakdown of the talks in Geneva and the prospects of war,” says Joan Jones, one of the organizers.

Gala dinner will benefit Kidney Fdn.

St. Andrews

Friends of the Kidney Foundation in St. Andrews held a Gala Benefit dinner and silent auction at the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews recently. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sweeney, parents of St. Stephen’s own Donald Sweeney of the Boston Bruins, were honorary patrons for the evening.

Throughout the evening, draws were made for door prizes and items of the silent auction were “called”. High bidder for the evening’s prime prize of an NHL hockey jersey, donated by Don Sweeney, was Ben Imrie. The jersey was signed by all of the Boston Bruins players.


Grand Manan

Robert Linton, Cameron Thomas, Ted Wilson and Dennis Ingersoll motored to Saint Leonard on Wednesday, Jan. 9, representing the Grand Manan Branch No. 44 of the Royal Canadian Legion at a seniors curling bonspiel.

Rolling Dam

Audrey Newell was a dinner guest New Year’s Day of Mr. and Mrs. George Tuddenham at St. David Ridge.

Lambertville, Lambert’s Cove

Mrs. Dorothy Tuck was the guest of her niece, Mrs. Charlotte Brown in Leonardville on Christmas day.

60 YEARS AGO – 1961

Salary increase granted

A raise in wages retroactive to January 1 is in store for town employees as a result of a meeting of the Milltown Town Council this week. Councillor Alfred Nickson said during his eight-year term in office this was the first time to his knowledge that town employees had been given an increase. Mayor Ralph Eagan, in listing the increases, said the town clerk would now receive $3,000 annually, street commissioner $2,800, town marshall $2,800, driver $2,600 and the street crew $2,600. Casual labor rates would be increased from .85 cents to one dollar hourly, Mayor Eagan said. Firemen were the topic of a heated discussion following the adoption of the above rates after the mayor said Council’s plan for the fire department was to grant them an increase of 10 per cent of their present pay. Councillor Nickson thought this unfair and said the present wage is far below the normal. “They should at least be brought up to their previous rate of $170,” he said. The motion for bringing the wages up to the normal $170 was defeated 4-2 and motion for adoption of the 10 per cent plan passed by a similar count.

Milltown locals TV appearance

Karen Lee and Eugene Boles will appear on the Jene Wood show Time for Juniors tonight, Thursday, over CHSJ-TV at 7 p.m. These youngsters were among the winners in the talent show which was put on by Ray Davis in the assembly hall of the local school early this fall when Jene Wood was mistress of ceremonies. Karen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Lee, plays the accordion and Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boles, plays the piano. The children will motor to Saint John with Mr. and Mrs. Boles.

90 YEARS AGO – 1931

An unusually large audience attended the annual children’s carnival at the St. Croix Rink Friday evening. Norrine and Juliet Crawford, Donald and Frank Duston won first and second prizes for best combinations. Best individual costumes were won by Betty Budd and Jack McNamara. The door prize was won by George Crompton.

From a General Motors ad: New Low Prices for new Chevrolet Six: The standard Roadster, $610; the Coach, $695; the standard Sedan, $820; the special Sedan, $840.

120 YEARS AGO – 1901

Another installment of our old-fashioned winter came on Saturday when about 18 inches of snow fell. It was very light and accompanied by winds to form drifts.

An accident occurred at Ganong Bros. candy factory Tuesday when a new chocolate machine was being placed and some alterations to the cold storage plant became necessary. Daniel O’Brien was attending to the plumbing when in some way a pipe valve was opened and he received a blast of ammonia gas in the face. A severe burn resulted.