Courier columns – 30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires – In 1990 Calais votes against new airport funding


Edited from the Saint Croix Courier, the week of Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1990

Fire hall opened

St. Andrews – The new $450,000 Sir James Dunn Fire Station was officially opened at ceremonies here Monday, Oct. 29 – which was Sir James’ birthday.

Emcee for the event was Deputy Mayor David Bartlett who said that the Sir James Dunn Foundation had been assisting the town since 1959 when the first fire truck was provided and now the town was receiving a fire station to take them into the 21st century.

Jack McQuinn of Precision Management of Saint John, who constructed the new facility, then presented the keys to Bob Thompson, who was representing the Foundation.

Calais votes against new airport funding

Calais – After discussion by Calais Council members it did not take long to unanimously vote against a new airport system as proposed by the Machias Airport Committee.

The recommendation by the committee was a county-wide system of airports be established to provide a reliable and consistent funding base to safeguard the existence and most beneficial use of the airfields in Washington County.

Navigation course

Grand Manan – A new innovation at Grand Manan High School is the adoption of a Marine Navigation Course, teaching the basics of navigation, chart work, rules of the road, weather and other subjects pertaining to the operation of a fishing boat or herring carrier. There are ten students from grades 10 and 12 enrolled in the course, which is a first for the province of New Brunswick in this connection. The course is designed to teach basics to those students who plan to enter the fishing industry on completion of high school and should provide a plus for them.


Back Bay – Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leslie on their 57th anniversary on Thanksgiving.

St. George – Shawn McFarlane of Fredericton spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McFarlane.

St. Andrews – Marjorie Price has returned from a six week holiday to the British Isles.

60 YEARS AGO – 1960

Grocer renovates

Jack Reid, the friendly Milltown grocer, commenced renovations on his Main Street store this week. New shelves and additional counter space will soon emerge from under the carpenter’s saw and hammer. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual.

Fishway done

The fishway through Salmon Falls at Milltown has been completed and the first water run through it. Reports indicate the salmon elevator only awaits its official opening which is scheduled for later this fall. Arthur Cogswell is foreman at the fishway and Bill Scott and John Donahue are assistants.

Milltown talent show wows youngsters

Jene Wood of local television fame graced the Assembly Hall of the Milltown school Friday evening when she was mistress of ceremonies at the talent show presented by Ray Davis, music instructor on the Border. Miss Wood, with her husband Bill Stewart, motored from Saint John to be present at the show and made a big hit with the children and audience in the Assembly Hall. Her charm with the young performers won the hearts of all.

90 YEARS AGO – 1930

Engineer Lamb of the Federal Department of Public Works in Saint John was in town yesterday securing information as to cost of dredging a deeper channel leading up to the former Dominion Fertilizer Co.’s wharf, now owned by Willis Dresser. Two fertilizer companies, the Davison Chemical Co., an American concern, and a large Canadian fertilizer company are both anxious to secure Mr. Dresser’s plant if they can get ocean-going vessels in to the wharf.

A.D. Ganong announced to The Courier last evening that an appropriation of approximately $3,300 had been made by Federal Government for repairs to the breakwater at Woodward’s Cove, Grand Manan. The work will be undertaken immediately and entirely by Island men. It was also announced that work would commence immediately on a new customs house at Milltown. The structure will cost $5,500 and will have modern accommodations for the customs and immigration departments. Contractor H.A. Nesbitt will be in charge.

120 YEARS AGO – 1900

Great damage has been done to bridges and property in this place by the recent heavy rain and great rise of water. Never before was the water known to be so high on the Magaguadavic. Nearly all the bridges that were not swept away entirely were badly damaged and a great number of residents from Bonny River to Second Falls had to leave their houses or move to the second storey on account of the flood.

Lepreau – Pie socials seem to be the order of the day in this direction, as we have had calls to make pies for no less than three in as many weeks. All proved successful in a financial point and will enable the teachers of the three schools, New River, Lepreau and Little Lepreau, to get blackboards and other things very much needed.