Courier columns – 30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires


Edited from the Saint Croix Courier, Week of Tuesday, March 19, 1991

Firefighters – Learn from burning a house

Little Ridge – Firefighters came from every part of Charlotte County to burn an unsafe house on Upper Little Ridge. And they learned a great deal.

Eldon Cumberland, head of the Western Charlotte Fire Department, helped organize the special practice session.

“We had eight departments taking part and about 60 firefighters working,” says Cumberland, “and we certainly did our best to learn from the opportunity.”

Departments taking part included Moores Mills, Oak Bay, Western Charlotte, St. Sephen, Lawrence Station, Deer Island, St. Andrews and Elmsville.

Cardiac Care Unit opened Monday

Saint John – Opening ceremonies were held Monday for the new $11.5 million provincial cardiac care unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Health and Community Services Minister Raymond Frenette told invited guests at the opening ceremonies the new bilingual service was the result of the efforts of many people across the province from those involved in the initial planning stages to the project’s volunteers, fundraisers and hospital staff.

Host E.M. championships – History visits Calais lanes

Calais – The St. Croix bowling club will be hosting the 68th edition of the Eastern Maine Bowling Championships April 3 through 6. St. Croix, who are the defending champions, has won the championship nine times over 67 years.

The Eastern Maine Bowling Tournament was formed in the winter of 1923 and was composed of four clubs which St. Croix hosted. The original four clubs were: St. Croix, Mooseleuk-Presque Isle, Elks Houlton and Meduxnekeag of Houlton. This was a one-day event.

Since 1923 the tournament has expanded to 10 teams with several being added and dropped over the years and now it takes four days to complete the tournament.

60 YEARS AGO – 1961

St. Stephen stays on Standard

St. Stephen area residents will not set their watches and clocks ahead one hour on April 1. That is, we will remain on Standard Time during the summer months. Tuesday night’s meeting of council decided to leave the clocks as they are after voting four to two in favour of remaining on Standard Time. For all intents and purposes, this will mean that virtually every other area of the province will be ONE HOUR AHEAD of us during the summer. The move to remain on Standard Time was made by Councillor Norman Holmes and seconded by Councillor Archie MacCready. The two dissenting votes were cast by councilors Paul Ingersoll and Vern Barr.

What cost to repair arena roof?

An investigation is being made to determine the cost of repairing the St. Andrews Arena. Spokesmen for the St. Andrews Arena Company Ltd. say repair estimates will be obtained from several steel companies with a view to reinforcing the arena roof. The Quonset-like structure, long a landmark in this area, was condemned recently by a Saint John consulting engineer. He found the laminated wooden arches which support the roof were sagging and unsafe during snow storms or periods of high winds. All activities in the 21-year-old building have been prohibited when snow is on the roof. Hill Brownrigg, president of the St. Andrews Arena Co. Ltd., which operated the arena, told The Courier this week a meeting of company members has been called for the first of next week. Mr. Brownrigg suggested the company would then seek some means of raising funds to restore the arena to proper condition. “Just now we haven’t got a cent,” he added.

90 YEARS AGO – 1931

The King Street business successfully carried on for many years under the firm name of Dinsmore Bros., which was recently taken over by Arthur Dinsmore and Howard Hannigan and the name changed to Dinsmore and Hannigan, was reopened on Saturday and enjoyed a large patronage on its first day under new management. The store will continue to carry the best in general hardware, paints, oils and similar lines. Arthur Dinsmore is a brother of the late W.A. Dinsmore who founded the business. Mr. Hannigan has recently taken up residence in Milltown.

Oak Bay – Maxwell’s hall was the scene of a happy gathering Friday evening when Miss Merla, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Maxwell, entertained about 28 young ladies at a birthday party.

120 YEARS AGO – 1901

While playing on the ice on the river at the Union two young boys, sons of Edward Enright and Vincent Casey, had a narrow escape from drowning. Chasing each other over the ice, they broke through a weak spot and would have been swept under the ice, as the current runs quite strong, had it not been for the timely arrival of Edmund Greenlaw.

Oak Bay – Mail ahoy! In fancy we see the mail stage of years ago trotting up to the post office. Distinctly in our mind’s eye do we see the open stage, and the spirited grey mare harnessed with a brown, that Joe used to drive. Listen, there he goes up Lilly Hill. Hear the wheels clatter over the stones, until lost in the woody dell. Yes, “Mail ahoy” is again heard at Oak Bay. Steam has given place to the crack of the whip to the whistle of the locomotive.

Joanne Mires has been working for The Saint Croix Courier since the fall of 1982, and began writing her 30 Years Ago column in 1994.