Monday fire destroys sawmill

Edited from the Saint Croix Courier
Week of Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1987

The Valley Road sawmill, owned by the St. Stephen Fence Company, was destroyed by fire late Monday night and is a “total loss,” according to company vice-president Stephen Crabbe.
Crabbe said yesterday the loss of the sawmill will “directly affect” the employment of 20 people at the mill. It does not take into account indirect jobs that will be lost in the woods cutting cedar for the mill.
He estimated the dollar loss for the 16-year-old sawmill at about $900,000. The mill processed about four million board feet of cedar a year into fence posts and pickets.
St. Stephen Fire Chief Charles Denyer said his department responded to the fire call at 11:15 p.m. Monday with two pumpers. They were on the scene until about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, with upwards of 20 firefighters from the department. As well, fire departments from Moores Mills, Oak Bay, Lawrence Station and Western Charlotte arrived to help fight the blaze.

Turner shakes hands in shiretown
ST. ANDREWS – It was the beginning of the heat wave Saturday, and Water Street was packed with tourists, jostling the locals for position on the sidewalks, as they made their way from shop to shop.
Many passed Liberal Leader John Turner on the sidewalk, but it was obvious they were in their own worlds and Turner’s casual sports jacket and fuscia polo shirt did not attract attention. Those who were a little more attentive saw the mini-entourage, and small pack of reporters and photographers trailing in Turner’s wake, and knew something special was happening. And there were still others who sensed the presence of a powerful man and were drawn to him.
Turner was in town to shake a few hands, but more importantly, he got away from national politics for a couple of days, to spend some time at his family home in Bayside.
“I love it here,” Turner said, as he paused to talk with reporters on the wharf. He appeared more relaxed than he does on television.
“To know every second or third person on the main street isn’t bad… No one has to force me to come down here.”

Vets monument will stay put
CALAIS – A decision made last month by city council, to move the monument in the Milltown park to the veterans’ lot at the cemetery, was rescinded at Thursday’s meeting.
The monument has been vandalized frequently since it was erected in 1969. In early July, members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars requested permission to relocate the monument in hopes of protecting it from further abuse. Due to citizen opposition to the move, the National Guard refused to move the monument, not wishing to get involved in the controversy.

Grand Manan – A birthday luncheon was held at The Compass Rose Inn on July 31 in honour of Miss Hazel Gilmore of North Head, who says she is “39 years and holding!” School chums Helen Bass, Marie Thomas, Frances Fleet, Eleanor Green, Olive Russell, Nellie Flagg, Audrey Ingalls and Esther Marshall were in attendance.

Little Ridge – A large crowd attended the 50th anniversary party held at the Scotch Ridge Hall for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pomeroy.

Waweig – Fred C. Hawthorne of Moncton and son Gordon of Fredericton called on relatives and friends here.

60 YEARS AGO – 1957
At Scotch Ridge, hundreds attend gala country “field day”
An estimated 2,000 people attended the third annual Scotch Ridge field day, sponsored by the Meet Your Neighbour Men’s Club, last Thursday afternoon and evening. Supper was served to over 800 and proceeds, as yet undetermined, will be divided equally between the Scotch Ridge, Pomeroy Ridge, Upper Little Ridge and Lower Little Ridge United churches.

Moose music – Travel to and from the mainland in the Quoddy area is not confined to human beings. Occasionally deer and moose make the trip across L’Etete Passage or from Deer Island Point to Eastport.
Last week a moose made its appearance at Lambert’s Cove and later was seen on the ferry road at Deer Island Point. Mrs. Frank Hooper of Cummings Cove reported that she was in her yard one day and heard hoofbeats on the ferry highway. At first she thought her brother’s horse had escaped from the field as she saw an animal approaching, but as it passed she saw it had antlers and was ambling along at a slow gait.

90 YEARS AGO – 1927
Fuel in abundance

An English fuel expert makes the prediction that within seven years Canada will be independent of both American and British coal because of a patented process which will turn Canadian coal dust, ignite and even peat, into fuel fit for domestic and industrial purposes.

Milltown – Frank Dawson has opened a shoe repairing shop in the Hong Lee store on Pleasant Street and requests that the people of Milltown keep him to work. Patronize home industry. Don’t take those shoes out of town for repairs. There is need of a shop in town, so help to keep it here.

120 YEARS AGO – 1897
The Oak Bay creamery has been running nine weeks. It started with thirteen patrons, which has since increased to twenty-two. It has received up to date 85,479 pounds of milk, or an average of 1,357 pounds per day, which is a very small showing with dairy butter at 12 cents per pound. The local market for cheese is good, not a May or a June cheese is on hand and it has not sold for less than 10 cents yet. One local dealer takes about 300 pounds of butter per week to supply the summer hotel trade at St. Andrews and the islands, for which he pays the patrons 20 cents per pound.

Contractor McVay is putting the last strokes of work on the new public wharf. The slip will be completed tomorrow and the wharf handed over to the town on Saturday or Monday. It is a creditable job and gives this town the best wharf on the river.