Courier columns – 30 Years Ago with Joanne Mires

Edited from The Saint Croix Courier, week of Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1990

Big turnout at Cedar Mills

Pomeroy Ridge – Cedar Mills International Speedway got off to a start Saturday with the bleachers filled with people from both sides of the border and the pits filled with cars ready to race.

Cars came from Calais, Perry, St. Stephen, Saint John, Millville and Nackawic.

Islands in the tide: Barnes, Mowat and Nubble –

Islands set aside through Nature Trust of NB and Stewart

Barnes Island – Islands off Deer Island are being preserved by one individual for the future of us all.

Through Robert Stewart and the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, a non-government organization, this compact group of islands will be set aside because of their beauty, because of their unique ecology, and because of the vision of Stewart, the islands’ owner.

“There’s so much out on those islands which should be protected,” says Stewart. “I love to sea kayak and that’s how I first came across these islands. They are so rich in life, and so beautiful I wanted to do something about it. I don’t mind if people come, as they always have, but I want to keep the islands free of development or overuse.”


St. Andrews – Jean Flewelling, Mildred Marshall and Bertie Williamson attended the Eastern Star “Grand Family Exchange Night” held in Westville, N.S.

Lynnfield – Visitors at the home of Douglas and Mary Thornton were Marty Seeley and sons of Elm Park.

Upper Mills – Best wishes from all to Mrs. Beulah Babcock, who celebrated her 92nd birthday on Oct. 1.

60 YEARS AGO – 1960

Ted Williams postpones annual trip

Along with the announcement that renowned Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams will quit professional baseball, came word that he has cancelled his annual fishing trip to the Miramichi. Jack (Sock) Chisholm of Houlton told The Courier Williams postponed his fishing junket after Hurricane Donna wiped out his home in Florida. The place was apparently completely destroyed and will tie up the famed Boston slugger during his usual two-week vacation. Williams has spent many seasons on the Miramichi and usually passed through St. Stephen on his way north.

Officially open Oct. 13

Flakeboard plant now in full swing

Milltown’s newest industry, Flakeboard Company Ltd., swung into full production this week. Machinery was started and tuned up and the first test pieces of flakeboard run off September 16. The plant will operate on a three-shift a day basis with about 60 local men employed. Most of the help has already been hired at a basic wage of $1 per hour.

Talk of the Town

Donna’s score

A final tally by N.B. Telephone linemen shows Hurricane Donna put 4,800 phones out of service, which must have put more than one party line listener out of business.

90 YEARS AGO – 1930

A community Dollar Day event will be held Friday when the merchants of Calais and St. Stephen will join forces in a bargain festival that will last two days. In Calais 50 stores are taking part, while the St. Stephen merchants who will offer special bargains on these two days are: C.C. Grant, Oak Hall, A.C. Gregory, Reg. Ramsay, Thompson McNeill, Sanitary Meat and Fish Store, Thos. Lee, Franklin’s Grocery, Frank Littlefield, Vanstone Shoe Store, O.S. Whitlock, C.A. O’Brien, Buchanan Bros., Hill Bros., C.W. Hanley, Parker Grimmer, R.E. Hyslop, Smith’s Book Store and Fashion Frocks. Stores will be decorated for the occasion and honest-to-goodness bargains on every article in the stores will be offered. This is not an attempt to foist on the public a quantity of specially purchased merchandise, but a sincere price cut on the regular line of goods.

120 YEARS AGO – 1900

Alfred Towers has a crew of men repairing the Calais end of the Union Bridge. A few days ago the young daughter of James Tapley while attempting to cross on one of the stringers, fell into the river below and was rescued with difficulty by the workmen.

W.D. Simpson has sold his farm to Thomas Speedy of Brockway and J. Thomas, Harvey. The purchase includes the fine herd of Jersey cattle which there is no better in Canada. The new owners have taken possession and are continuing the well-established milk route. They are both experienced farmers and will doubtless meet with a large measure of success.