Looking Back


Edited from the Saint Croix Courier Week of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1986

Canada Employment Centre manager Bren Fagan thinks the unemployed tuna plant workers should explore all the options for their future but some former Star-Kist Canada Ltd. employees want only one – the reopening of the Bayside plant.

About 150 plant workers showed up for the Sunday afternoon meeting called by the United Food and commercial workers Union Local 1288P with representatives of the St. Stephen Canada Employment Centre on hand to provide information to the workers, most of whom are faced with losing their unemployment benefits over the next few months.

More layoffs at plant
The skeleton staff at the Star-Kist Canada Ltd. plant has been reduced by another 15 employees and relations between the company and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans appear to be disintegrating again.

The workers got lay-off notices from Star-Kist general manager Gerald Clay last week and their last day of work was Friday, leaving now only about 17 people at the idle tuna processing plant which employed 400 whent it shut down in October of last year.

New wing dedicated Wauklehegan marks 10th year
Friends and family joined residents of the Wauklehegan Manor here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the manor and dedicate a new wing to the memory of W. Hollie Lister, at ceremonies Saturday.

To commemorate the anniversary, residents planted a Colorado blue spruce. Robert Lankin, the most senior resident of the manor at 98 years old, and Frank Perley, one of the first residents of the manor, were on hand for the ceremony, with Lankin taking the shovel in hand.

Christopher Cline of St. Andrews spent a few days with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cline.

Oak Hill
Mrs. Everett Hannan and Mrs. Philip Haley accompanied by their husbands attended a meeting of the retired Teachers’ Association recently on Deer Island.

Tower Hill
Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Johnson on their 60th wedding anniversary.

60 YEARS AGO – 1956

October’s best
The Canadian Jersey Cattle Club announces at Toronto that a cow, Brownlane Susan, owned by Sterling Brown and Sons of Harvey Station, led all Canadian Jersey yearlings in October with a milk production of 7,542 pounds and a butter-fat output of 394 pounds.

More pupils
Joseph J. Healey, manager of the Milltown textile mill store, announces that the sewing class, which is being conducted at the store, is open for more members. Anyone wishing to avail themselves of the opportunity to learn to sew is welcome.

This teacher a good shot
Grand Manan
Mrs. Seton Ellingwood of Seal Cove has been included in the list of lucky deer hunters this fall. She shot a plump doe near the back of the island last weekend, her second kill in a number of years of hunting. Her sister and hunting companion, Mrs. Ronald Ellingwood, dressed the venison and the two enthusiasts are quite happy over the whole trip.

90 YEARS AGO – 1926

A football game between the St. Stephen Intermediates and the “Hop” Corbett “Ironmen”, was the attraction in Milltown on the gridiron Thanksgiving afternoon, ending in a 6 to 6 game.

St. Stephen had: C. McAleenan, B. Charters, halfbacks; quarter back; E. Clark, B. Crawford, ends; H. Gleason, A. McNamara, tackles; G. Coffey, center; J. McAleenan, A. Coffey, guards.

The Ironmen for Milltown were: C. Dougherty, D. Corbett, halfbacks; W. Daley, fullback; George Purcell, quarterback; J. Fishwick, R. McIntee, ends; centers; H. Eagan, J. Gayton, J. Gephard, tackles; J. Sweeney, B. Porter, guards; referee, Bill McIntosh; linesmen, Leo Bresnahan, Chas. Godfrey.

On Thursday of last week, when Robert Middlemiss of St. Stephen was on his hunting trip, while filling his pipe and not thinking, one of the largest moose that has been seen for years was so close that the animal only butted Mr. Middlemiss’s shoulder. This did not startle Robert as he is a great marksman, and with one shot brought the large moose to the ground. It is presumed that this is the oldest moose of all, as the spread of its horns was 74 inches.

120 YEARS AGO – 1896

A white deer is reported as one of the curiosities recently observed by huntsmen in the vicinity of Grand Lake Stream.

The wharves on both sides of the river are now loaded with lumber. Jas. Murchie & Sons have on hand three million feet; H.F. Eaton’s Sons, three million feet; F.H. Todd’s Sons, two million feet, and A.H. Sawyer, one million feet. If the expected boom follows the election of Tuesday, freight rates should advance rapidly.