30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires – St. Gerard’s rugby team here for Canada Day


Edited from the Saint Croix Courier

Week of Wednesday, July 4, 1990

McAdam graduation

Graduation exercises of the McAdam High School were held in the high school auditorium on Wednesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. Mr. Joseph Fletcher, Chairman of the District 27 School Board, acted as chairman.

Greeting and congratulations were extended by the chairman, Mr. Fletcher, and by Austin C. Kelly, principal of the school.

Graduates taking part in the program were as follows: Class History, Tami Arsenault; Class Poem, Darcy Scott; Yearbook Presentation, Steven Kelly and Michael Thurlow; Class Song, Carlee Tapscott; Farewell to Graduates, Jennifer Blair; and Valedictory, Steven Kelly.

St. Stephen graduates 156

St. Stephen

The most important skills taught in high school are the abilities to learn and grow, claims Amreen Omar. She stressed these accomplishments over others during her Valedictory remarks at the St. Stephen High School graduation Thursday afternoon.

“With the ability to learn and grow, we are capable of journeying anywhere in our world,” the petite, dark-haired graduate told her audience.

Some 156 students graduated during the commencement exercises.

St. Gerard’s rugby team here for Canada Day

St. Stephen

An Irish rugby/field hockey team from St. Gerard’s School near Dublin, celebrated Canada Day here with players from St. Stephen High School.

The visiting Under 16 team arrived in St. Stephen Sunday afternoon and met players with the SSHS team in a friendly game at 4 p.m.

From the rugby game both teams went to a Town of St. Stephen hosted barbecue held in conjunction with Canada Day celebrations at Memorial Park. Following the meal they took a dip at the pool.


Rolling Dam

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Johnson and son Blair motored to Halifax, N.S., Monday, June 25, for decommissioning of the H.M.C.S. Saguenay on Tuesday, June 26.

St. Andrews

Annie Garnett, Carole McLean and Kay Walsh have returned from a wonderful four week holiday overseas.

Little Ridge

Several folks from the Ridge attended the 60th wedding anniversary party for Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dickinson which was held at Scotch Ridge last Sunday.

60 YEARS AGO – 1960

Campobello “stars” play roles in FDR story

A touch of Hollywood has been given to this Island’s villages as residents of each played roles in the film Sunrise at Campobello. A leading part went to Melvin Hilyard, who played the late Franklin D. Roosevelt as a stand-in for actor Ralph Bellamy in a scene depicting FDR on the Roosevelt sailboat Vereo filmed from the air by a helicopter. The original Vereo now is in a museum in the United Sates. Mr. Hilyard used a vessel from Head Harbour Island, where he is employed by Richard Bernard of New York. Similarly, Miss Mary Chute was a stand-in for Greer Garson as Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Wilson Newman of Wilson’s Beach. Miss Mary Fitzsimmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fitzsimmons of the Narrows, played Anna Roosevelt for Zina Bethune and the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Mitchell of Welshpool landed a role temporarily, as one of the sons of FDR. Mrs. Linnea Calder of North Road took the part of her mother, the late Mrs. Anna MacGowan, who worked for the Roosevelt family for many years.

Flemming government falls,

Liberals score county sweep

Charlotte County voters, in step with the electorate throughout most of New Brunswick, Monday, sent four Liberal candidates to the provincial Legislature. In so doing they removed from office three Progressive Conservatives and quenched the hopes of another. Elected to sit with the forthcoming Liberal government to be headed by Premier-Elect Louis J. Robichaud of Kent County were Kenneth Webber of St. Stephen, Henry G. Irwin of St. Andrews, Alfred Hawkins of Pennfield and Leon G. Small of Grand Manan. Down to defeat went Hon. Norman B. Buchanan of St. Stephen, Minister of Lands and Mines in the Flemming administration for eight years, Douglas Everett of St. Andrews, an MLA for the same length of time, Gale S. McLaughlin of Grand Manan, elected in 1956, and Aubrey Russell of New River, making his first bid in provincial politics.

90 YEARS AGO – 1930

A small number of local people who have been employed in Calais were refused admission this week because of violation of the contract labor provisions of the United States immigration laws and are now excluded from the United States.

While at work on the road Joseph Tourtilotte of Valley Road met with a painful injury to his ankle which will confine him to the house for some time to come. In some manner his horses, a spirited team, were frightened and jumped, the heavily loaded wagon passing over his ankles twice. The leg was put in a plaster cast and he is resting comfortably at present, Dr. Duston is in attendance.

120 YEARS AGO – 1900

Dominion Day in the Granite Town

St. George observes Canada’s Natal Day

Monday, the second inst., was a gala-day for St. George and the Dominion Day celebration was entered into by everybody. From the early morning, teams from Pennfield, Beaver Harbour, Black’s Harbour, Back Bay, Letete, Upper Mills and Digdeguash kept coming in until every stable was full.

Promptly at 10 o’clock the procession formed on Hay Scales square and proceeded round the big square, up Carleton street, over the Chapel hill to Dewar’s hill, where they turned and came in the great road to O’Brien’s corner, thence around the square to the start where they disbanded. To say that it was a success hardly expresses it.

St. Andrews

In a special edition of the Montreal Gazette, issued last Saturday, an illustrated article is published, dealing with the attractions of St. Andrews as a summer resort.

There is in process of erection by Robert Stevenson of St. Stephen and assistant workmen, in the rear of the Algonquin, and alongside of the laundry house, a tower sixty-five feet high to support a tank of seven thousand gallons capacity, into which water for the supply of the hotel will be forced from the pumping station. The elevation of the tank being higher than the hotel the water will flow into it by gravitation.