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The Carleton Sentinel, The Dispatch and The Press Newspapers were published
in the Town of Woodstock, N.B.

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Found Dead on the Newburg Road

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Jan 17, 1913:
An inquest as to the
death of Charles Cummingham, who was found dead on the Newburg road Thursday, held by Cornoner Lindsay, was completed Saturday morning.
Patrick Montague, Harry McElroy, Robert McElhinney and Leverett McElhinney all gave evidence which tend to show that
deceased had fallen off his sled, probably while asleep, and had been dragged some distance causing his head to come in contact with the road, and badly bruised. Dr. Sprague testified that in his opinion deceased fell off the sled and was either hurt badly or got under the team and died from exposure.
The jury returned the following verdict:
From the evidence presented, we the jury find that the said
Charles Cunningham, Junior, came to his death by accidentally falling from his sled while on the way to his home at South Newbridge, on the evening of January 9th, instant, that he was dragged under the sled for a considerable distance and that severe bruises and exposure caused his death, Woodstock, N.B., January 11th. 1913.
Besides his parents,
deceased is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Frank P. Gallagher, Stacia and Katie, and three brothers, Joseph, Thomas and Harry. The funeral which was very largely attended, as he was a man having very many friends, was held on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. After services in the church, conducted by Rev. Fr. Bradley, the burial was made in the Newburg cemetery.

Mrs. Stairs Meets Terrible Death
Rushed to Hospital but Dies
Without Recovering Consciousness
Animal Apparently Tired Out Made Sudden Charge
and Knocked Woman Down-Was On Her Way Home at the Time
Awful Death Saddens Whole Community

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Sept. 25, 1914
The tragic death of Mrs. Charles Stairs who was gored by a steer on Monday has deeply stirred the whole community. She passed away Tuesday morning, at the hospital, without regaining consciousness.
From accounts given it would appear that Fraser Richardson, a well knowm and respected resident of Upper Brighton was driving some cattle to town where they had been sold; it being a very warm day one of the animals laid down in the road appartently too tired to get along any further, Mr. Richardson left it to get a team to haul it the rest of the distance. While he was away Mrs. Stairs passed on the way to her home and in going by the animal it made a sudden charge and knocked her down, and fracturing her skull and goring her frightfully about the body. Mrs. O. R. Estey who lived near where the accident occurred went to the door and seeing Mrs. Stairs lying on the road went to her assistance. The steer was still near the injured woman and in a ugly mood. Mrs. Estey then went to her home, telephoned for Dr. Rankin, who arrived promptly on the scene. He at once placed Mrs. Stairs in his automobile and rushed her to the hospital. Everything possible was done for the patient but all to no avail.
The deceased lady was in her 66th year and was well known and respected in the community in which she lived and her violent death was a great shock to her relatives and friends.
She is survived by her husband and two sons, Chester of Lynn, Mass., and Stuart, of Caribou, Me. One daughter, Mrs. James Bragdon, of Boies, Idaho. John Cronkite, of Northampton, is a brother.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Frank Orchard offciating. Interment was in the Grafton cemetery. the pall bearers were C.B. Snow, Fred Sharpe, Elizah Bradgon and Cook Hall.

Boston Divorce
Woodstock Pair

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Nov. 1st. 1912
Boston, Oct. 24
--A divorce was granted to a Woodstock (N.B.) couple by the court.
Amanda J. Johnston and John J. McLean Johnston were married in Woodstock in September, 1890, and came to Boston five years ago. They lived together for some time until husband went to British Columbia. The libellant testified that her husband used to swear at her, and frequently told her to get out, that he did not want her any longer and he also threatened to kill her. Johnston was a street railway conductor.

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper March 25, 1893

With our horse trainer, Johnnie Flemming, there is no need of having unruley horses or colte. If your horse has any ailments of any kind, give our Vet. George Prichard a call, as he is now in the business.

John Johnston, while crossing the railroad track with a load of bark, got stuck on the rails, and while the train came along and immediately removed his load off the track; fortunately he was able to get his team out of the way. Little damage was done, except to the sled.

Another one of our old inhabitants has gone to try the realities of another world, namely Mr. Thomas Kirkpatrick, who lived to the good o'd age of 87 years.
Some of our divines prophesied that
Richmond would furnish fifteen for the tomb this year;
nine or ten of that number have already gone.

East Florenceville High School 1936
Principal G.B.Mackenzie
D.S. McLennan
D.M. Bishop(f)
A.L. Lewis
Y.A. Boyer(f)
E.R. Cullins
G.P. Fowler
H.A. McIsaac
D.J. Blackie
P.S. Lloyd
F.F. Estabrooks
C. Fraser(f)
R.J. Trafford
K. Foster(f)
C.D. Burnham


Servicemen: World War 1
Ralph Wiley-killed in action
Earle Whitehouse
George Harvey
George Bevan-presumed killed in action

Servicemen:World War 2
Ernest Anderson...Attle Boyd...Ralph Boyd...Herbert Bradley...John Bradley-killed in action...Paul Branscombe...
Frank Condren...Claude Corey...Victor Crabbe-killed in action...Walter Fisher...Bruce Harvey...Chalmers Harvey
...Albert Hovey...Claude Hovey...Frank Hughes...Harold Hughes...Vincent Lunnie...Douglas Olmstead...
Edward Olmstead...Zemro Alexander White...Clifton Wiley.

Nellie Anderson...Jennie Currie...Gaynell Hartley...Bertha Hemphill...Martha Jamieson...Katie Skinner...
Ada Smith...Jennifer White...Elizabeth Wiley...Isabel Wiley...Mabel Wiley

Ina Campbell...Katharine Crabbe...Florence Crawford...Carolyn Hartley...Isabelle Hovey...Ferne Wiley...Barbara Wilson...Catherine Wilson...Isabella Wilson

Judson Corey, Jr...Jack McKenzie...Malcolm McKenzie...Wilfred McKenzie
Taken from History Of Argyle & Vicinity
by Annie Currie Dyer & Herbert Bradley

Sad Tragedy at Johnville
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Oct.28, 1899

The people of Johnville are mourning over the dreadful tragedy which occurred there early on Monday morning. An old man by the name of James Sweeney was burned to death in his own home. He was 74 years old, a native of Tyrone County, Ireland and came to Johnville 34 years ago. At the time of the fire everyone was in bed.
Mrs. Sweeney heard the crackling fire and, seeing smoke, gave the alarm to her husband, son and grandson who were the only persons in the house at that time. They all got up and the son, rushing the others to the front door,
started into the kitchen to see the amount of damage done. He found the smoke coming from the shed and opening that door out poured the smoke and fire so that the son had trouble in escaping by the opposite door. The son then started saving the contents of the other rooms and did not think but all hands were safe. However, after a short while, the father was missed and the search was made everywhere for him, but he could not be found, and it was not till the side of the house fell in that his whereabouts was known. There lying across the stove hearth was the burning shape of the poor man 's body. After the fire cooled off, the remains were gathered together and made but a small amount to be buried. It is thought that after the son had pushed the father, who was almost cripple, to the door and turned to go back, the father, seeing his nakeness, started after him to get his pants and some money which he had, but but when the son opened the shed door and fire and smoke chased him out, it also smothered the old man who, being very lame, fell onto the stove and never made an outcry, but between the smoke and fall was powerless and made a sorrowful feast for the flames.
The fire, probably, occurred from an ash barrel in the shed, where ashes had been dumped the morning before, and the same barrel has taken fire several times before, but always noticed in time. Coroner Commins visited the scene and heard the stories but decided that there was no cause for an inquest.

Rev. D. J. Gallagher Dead
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper Nov.4, 1899

Rev D J Gallagher pastor at Silver Falls, St. John, died on Monday morning of typhoid fever, aged 31 years.
Father Gallagher was born at Johnville in this county and was son of Chas E Gallagher. The mother and a sister of deceased was with him when he died. Beside his parents he is survived by five brothers and two sisters.
The body was taken by train on Tuesday to Bath and the funeral was on Thursday at Johnville.
Deceased was educated at Memramcook and at the Grand Seminaries at Quebec and Montreal; was ordained priest in 1894.

Fatal Accident
(By Telephone)
Bristol, Oct 25, 1899

Carleton Sentinel Newspaper, Oct.28, 1899.
A man named
McKenzie age about 35, who was stopping at Hector McIntosh's about four miles up the Glassville road, went out shooting yesterday afternoon. As he did not return that night, a party went out to look for him and found him shot dead. Coroner Welsh went to the place this morning to hold an inquest.
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper, Nov.4, 1899.
The jury summoned by Coroner Welsh to hold an inquest on the body of
Alex McKenzie, found dead in the woods near Glassville, on the 26th. ult. found a verdict of death by suicide. It appears that deceased had tied the gun to a tree and fastened a string to a trigger which he pulled.
The shot went through the heart. About $60 in cash was found upon his person, and a bank book showed that he had $500 in the bank.
He had been a British soldier and had served under Wolsley.


David Jones probably built more buildings in the village than any other man. He was a builder, Justice of the Peace, School Teacher, General Store Keeper.
Ransford Giberson was a carpenter, at times even built his own mouldings and windows by hand.
A man prominent in village work at the beginning of this century was
Mr. Joe Curtis. For many years he was active in school business, the Curtis Road named for his family and he ran a large farm on that highway.
The Phillips family in Bristol:
Edwin Phillips operated a general store. His son Alva Phillips continued the store for some years until he sold it to Otis Dingee years ago, who ran the store and in addition operated a garage.
Charles Phillips, brother of Edwin, ran a store just above the railway crossing. Later he ran a hotel and livery stable. His son Winnie Phillips continued the store and at different times had a general store and a hardware store in another building.
Mr. Winnie Phillips was a very progressive man. Until 1916 there were no electric lights in the village. All used kerosene lamps and lanterns. Winnie Phillips bought a stationary gasoline engine a belt driven generator and made his own electricity to light his store. It worked so well he also lit his home, the Baptist Church and the Hall.
Mrs. Barton Rogers lived in a log camp , five children born, lost one child by Diphtheria, it was known as " putrefied Sore Throat."
Mr. Michael Welch was one of the biggest lumberman, lived in the village, his mill at Foreston.
Dr. Marcus Atkinson, besides his practise as a doctor he became an M.P., his funeral largest seen there at that time.
Dr. G. W. Somerville came to Bristol in 1896, he gave 40 years of service to the people of this area. He had several driving horses before 1915 and one convenyance he used a lot was a two horse buggy. In 1936 he died leaving his widow and 10 children. His wife also established a record for the village for she was 101 years old at her death.
Mr. Edgar Marich came in 1913 to work in the Bank of Commerce. He was active in village life until his death.
Allan McLean was a blacksmith. He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian church in the village.
Dr. Donald Somerville, graduated in 1925 as Doctor of Dental Surgery, practised for 50 years.
Miss Ethel Bell a dressmaker and Sunday School Teacher.
Meed family moved to Bristol from Geary, Sunbury Co. in 1884. Charles Meed had a shoe shop as a side line he pulled teeth for 10 cents.
Excerpts taken from an article about Bristol , written by Marcus E. Meed.


The first Post Office was opened in 1863. Some of the postmasters were a Mr. Laverty, W. H. Murchie, Eugene Smith, Ernest Griffin, Kennth McElroy, Mrs. Hayden Anderson.
Mrs. William Sharpe kept a Millinery store. She made and sold ladies hats.
There were three shoe stores in the village. One of them was operated by
George Austin, a cobbler who made and sold his own shoes.
A Mr. Ferguson had a tub factory. He made washtubs, butter tubs, and any kind of wooden tub you might need.
Allan MacElroy began the first saw mill which was taken over by P.O. Rankin and subsequently by Sawyer and McAdam. The mill closed in 1896.
A saw mill was built by James Murchie and Son ( an uncle of W.H. "Billy" Muurchie) in 1868, destroyed by fire in 1870, rebuilt in 1871, and abandoned in 1915.
Archie Murchland operated a saw mill for a number of years until 1945 when the last operator was Otto Gray.
Arthur Smith of Canterbury was the last to operate a mill in Benton, which was on the site of the old tannery around 1953.
The first tannery, one of the largest in Canada, built in 1859 by Samuel Arscott and Company of London, Ontario, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1880.
first frame house in Benton was erected as a boarding house for the mill workers in 1855.
The railroad reaching and going beyond Benton in 1862. At this time
Benton was known as Rankins Mill. A passenger service, four trains per day, two each way, was established which travelled daily, except Sundays. The last passenger train left Benton October 26, 1963, following one hundred years of service. The station was closed November 5, 1965, and subsequently demolished. The Bolger family worked as section men, with the next two generations as conductors, telegraph operators, and brakemen.


UnVeiling the Soldiers' Monument
Jacksonville, N.B.

The Woodstock Press, May 25, 1920.

Considering the very busy time for the farmers, quite a large number were present at the unveiling of the Monument erected at Jacksonville, Carleton County, May 24th, to the memory of the gallant men who gave up their lives in the great war of 1914-18.
The monument is placed at the turn of the road leading to Waterville and is grey granite; the site is well chosen on the east side of the road, and will attract the attention of Travellers. On the side next to the road are the following inscriptions:

Harry W. Havens, 26th Battalion, killed Nov. 6th, 1917, Passchendale, age 30 years.
Clarence E. Havens, 8th Battery, killed Sept. 30, 1916 near Albert Somme, aged 24 years.
John W. Judkins, 48th Battery, killed October 9th, 1916, near Albert Somme, aged 22 years.
Charles S. True, 7th Battery, wounded at Cambrai September 2nd, 1918, died September 4th at Inchy, aged 24 years.
On the east end is the inscription to the memory of Daniel P. Whalen, 10th Battery, died of wounds at Corcellette, October 2nd, 1916, aged 20 years.
On the west end is the inscription to the memory of Percy Townsend, 10th Battery, killed at Amiens, August 10th, 1918, aged 20 years.

The meeting was presided over by the Rev. Mr. Fenwick, and the speakers were Hon. F. B. Carvell, T. C. L. Ketchum Esq., Rev. Mr. Harrison, who all made suitable remarks for the occasion

German Gun for Town
The Woodstock Press, July 22, 1920.

T. W. Caldwell, member for Carleton-Victoria, finding that there was a number of war trophies consisting of field guns, machine guns, shells, etc., to be distributed among the various towns of Canada, made application for a field gun for Woodstock, and, although the supply was limited, he was fortunate enough to secure a field gun for Woodstock, which will be very appropriate to go with the splendid monument to be erected of the fallen heroes of Carleton County, on the county lot in Woodstock.

Fisher School Woodstock
Grade 1 1920
Names of 16 students for Perfect Attendance
Enrolled 54

Gertrude Macquarie
Norah Macquarie
Muriel Mair
Irene Colwell
Alice Welch
Mary Montgomery
Virginia Tompkins
Annie Wort
Louise Hammond
Helen Fitzsimons
Perry McIntyre
Wallace Stairs
Robert Stevenson
Charlie Lenehan
Everett Black
Howard Ackland

The Press Newspaper June 15 1920

Sad Death of Bert Gardner
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper
July 2, 1920

The Community heard with the deepest regret of the death of Bert Gardner at Edmundston on Monday. He was assisting some of the brakemen when the engine bumped into the car and he was thrown between the tender and the car, wheels passing over his body. He was almost instantly killed. Mr. Gardner entered the employ of the C P R when a young man and by close application to his duties was rapidly advanced to an engineer.
He is survived by his wife and four small children.
The funeral was held Wednesday under the auspices of the I O O F, and was very largely attended. Rev Samuel Howard and Rev Harry Harrison officiating.
The pall bearers were: Thos. Baker, Harry Stevens, Phillip Saunders, Coles Vanwart, Maurice Craig, Wm King. Interment was in the Methodist cemetery.

List of Letters
Remaining in the Woodstock Post Office
March 15th, 1856

Henery S Bulyoa
Catherine Crawford
Emma C. Clements
Andrew Connor
James Clark
Ronald Campbell
John Cluff
Samuel Crawford
G. Cochan
Edward II. Degrass
Robert Doak
Nathaniel Fletcher
Anthopy Fitzpatrick
Father S Golding
Henry S Grant
Mellssa Gerow
John Ham
A. C. Hammond
Stephen Jennings
Williams Johnston
Timothy Murphy
Ellen Malony
John May
John Martin
H. M'Leod
A. McArthur
Eliznbeth M'Lean
Edward M'Daid
Marin Nites
Andrew Nichols
Sarah Perkins
William Ross
Mallory Raymond
J McNeil
Adelaide Stewart
John Smith
Tolford & Co.
Anron Tompkins
John Watson
Samuel Watson
James Whitney

Vocational School Graduates
July 2, 1920
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper

Home Making
Laura Banks, Florenceville
Helen McCain
Bertie Graham, Hartland
Mary McPhail, Woodstock
Helena Smith
Typewriting and Stenography
Geneva Clark, Woodstock
Dorothy Mooers
Marion Marsten
Vera Walden, St. Andrews
Clara Dalling, Bellville
Laura Banks, Florenceville
Beatrice Tompkins, Hartland
The following received certificates in Typewriting and Stenography:
Ruth McManus, Woodstock
Annie Brown

The Press Newspaper
December 28, 1908

Our blacksmiths, James Carr and David Dykeman are kept very busy, owing to so much icy roads.
David Hipwell from Woodstock has been in this place on a business trip.

Central Waterville:
Asa Cole
has quit traping and gone to the woods.
Peter McElwain wears a valuable jacket, one his grandfather used to wear and says he can't afford to get another.
Wilmot Lewis had a big law suit this fall; he hopes to gain the day.
Dick Fex is looking for work and hoping he won't find it.
Wat Stairs is delivering White Rose Oil; he says this oil is the best going ; he says he intends to out sell George Bartlett; fetch on your cans, for the White Rose Oil


The Press Newspaper
March 4, 1907

Benton Ridge:
Melvin McElroy lost a very valuable horse last week.
Perley A. Graham, son of Robert Graham, will leave in a few days for Fredericton where he will attend business college.
Robert Hemphill has a horse that can go seven miles in ten minutes .
Hubbard Williams and sons are making their fortune getting timber and logs this winter.
The Kinney Bros. have returned from the woods and the Budrow boys.
Meta Slater contemplates going to Boston to work at the millinery trade.
David Kennedy an aged resident of this place died six o'clock in the morning on Feb. 21.
Charles Nicholson is very sick at the home of A J Slater, he has slow fever.
Andrew Bustard has a very sore leg, he has had the Doctor two or three times.
Danville Siding :
Frank P. Gallagher, Newburg Junction, has returned from Monticello, Me., on account of illness.
Mrs. John Hourihan left to attend the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Daniel Rice who died at her home in Centreville.
funeral of Master Archy Sparrow, aged five, second son of Mr.&Mrs.Walter Sparrow, passed through here on Tuesday last remains being interred in the Pembroke cemetery.
Springfield :
John D. Porter is the oldest man we have in our place, he is 88 years old this month.
We are pleased to hear that
G. W. Rogers is able to be out again, he has been laid up with a sore throat.
Feb. 23rd was
Mrs. Thos McBride's 80th birthday.
Mrs. J C Watt was called to Fort Fairfield last week owing to the death of her mother Mrs. Armstrong.
engagement is announced of Miss Lillian Mott, eldest daughter of Mr.&Mrs. George A Nevers of Grafton to William Montgomeay of the same place. The marriage will take place at five o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, March 27, at the home of Mr.&Mrs. Nevers.

The County Council
Annual Meeting, Jan. 12th, 1864.
Council met this day: present the following members:

Woodstock--Dibblee and Hartley.
Richmond--Kilburn and Kirk.
Northampton--Clowes and Shea.
Wakefield--Gallop and Kearney.
Brighton--Shaw and Stickey.
Wicklow--Lloyd and McCain
Simonds--Merritt and Scholey.
Aberdeen--Farley and Simpson.
Kent--Ahern and Bell.
Peel--Hartley and Tompkins.
Anthony Kearney was duly elected Warden, and Hugh McLean, Sec-Treas.
Carleton Sentinel Jan 16, 1864.

Carleton County High School Graduating Class

June 27th.

Edith P Dalling
Margaret N Dibblee
Pearl R. McKinney
Mary K. Porter
Jean C. Sprague
Burdett W Harmon
R. Pearly Hartley
Reginald M McLean
J Chesley Stevens

Press Newspaper Woodstock July 1

The Dispatch Newspaper

Arthur Grey, the Woodstock haberdasher, opened on Main St., in March and at once captured a large trade. He has acquired the reputation of keeping in stock the finest lines of all those things a young man needs in order to be called well dressed or dressed at all, infact . Mr. Grey has made it his business to get the patronage of the young men by keeping on his shelves the newest, the nobbiest and best goods. Hats and caps, collars and cuffs, neckties, linen shirts, underwear and ready made clothing are some of the lines that he is all right on.


Wallace W. Hay is one of the best known men in town and county. He always wears a beaver hat, and doesn't know the feel of any other kind of head piece. He is one of the well known dry goods firm of Hugh Hay & Son. Mr. Hay has taken quite an interest in political and Municipal affairs. Last year Mr. Hay was unanimously nominated for the office of Mayor at a citizen's meeting, and was elected without opposition. It is more than likely that he will have a second term.

Lines on the death of John Bunting :

On the banks of Eel River.
On a cold November day
John Bunting lay down
To die and pray.

With a dog for a companion
The wind howling round
Beside a cedar stump
His body was found.

He roamed threw the woods
All day haunted by fears
But he was not a man
To shed woman's tears.

When he thought his home
He never more would see
Oh God how could such a thing be
With no one to see him die but thee,

In a churchyard lot
There is a vacant spot
In a little mound
The body of John Bunting may be found.

R B.

The Press newspaper, Woodstock, Febuary 4, 1907.

First Class to Graduate

Graduating Exercises of the First Class of Nurses from Woodstock Hospital was a success.
The opera house was fairly well filled with friends of the Hospital, on Friday evening, when the first class of nurses from the Carleton County Hospital. The following three clever young ladies have taken the entire course and were presented with their diplomas :-

Miss Alice Pearl Mitchell
Miss Rebecca McBeth Gamble
Miss Annie Isabella Gillis

At 8:30 the seven white robed nurses entered the opera house amid applause and occupied the front seat. On the stage were his Worship Mayor Munroe, who was chairman, Revds Dr. Kierstead, R. G. Folton, H.G. Allder, A. H. Kearney, Drs. Kierstead, Sprague and Ranklin, Judge Carleton, U S Consul Denison, W.B. Belyea and others.
The Press Oct. 7, 1907 --Mayor Munroe, Hon. John L. Carleton and Dr.W.D. Rankin Addresses ; Musical Program were written up in the newspaper.

First Telephone

H.V. Dalling, Watchmaker and Jeweller, was the maker of the first telephone to be used in Woodstock. In 1886, this mechanical genuis made and installed two telephones: one in his store, the other in his residence. It was purely a private telephone exchange for the use of himself, wife and family. The wire was strung on trees from his home on Connell Street. But it's success soon became known to the Bell Telephone Company of Canada, who sent a representative to Woodstock to make an investigation. Mr. Dalling was threatened with a law suit for infringing on the Company's patent. But a compromise was reached. The Bell Company opened a small exchange in Mr. Dalling's store, using a twenty line switchboard and Bell instruments, with the Woodstock innovator as agent and manager.

Seven Suits of Clothes per Week

Mr. Simon McLeod- Whose establishment is on Main Street, and who commenced business in 1876. Mr. McLeod was one of the unfortunates burnt out in May last. He then occupied a shop in Mr. Hayden's building. Immediately after the fire he put up a building of his own on a site a little further up the street, suitably arranged for his present business. His store is 17 1/2 x 50 feet and upstairs his workroom is the same size. The amount of capital invested is $1,500; that is what we call permanent capital. Numbers of hands employed, 10; wages paid, $125 per month, or $1,500 per annum. The annual quantity of material used by Mr. McLeod approximated to 4500 yards of cloth, and trimmings to the value of about $1,876, the total probable value being say $7,500. The products of this establishment are about seven suits of clothes per week, or 364 per annum. Mr. McLeod runs two sewing machines. He also, keeps on hand a large and varied assortment of imported ready-made clothing, furnishing goods, & c. Carleton Sentinel 1878.

New Building

Mr. J.C. Cole, was one of many who lost heavily in the fire of May last. Not stopping to mourn over the inevitable, Mr. Cole pretty soon commenced to rebuild on his old site. Connell Street, and he now occupies his new quarters, from which, we hope he may never again be chased by fire. Mr. Cole's new building is of brick, two storeys, 40 x 55 feet. The ornamentation is neat, and with the black mortar used in laying the brick gives the structures an attractive appearance. There is a cellar, divided into two compartments, under the whole building. On the ground flat are two stores, each 18 x 53 feet, with 12 feet ceilings, and a hall with stairs leading to the second storey. The stores are plainly but neatly finished, well adapted for the grocery or provision trade. Mr. Cole occupies the east one, the other, we learned is to be fitted up by Mr. D. Groves as a Temperance Restaurant. The upper flat contains a hall 38 x 38 feet, with 12 feet ceilings, with two committee rooms, and a small room , entered by the stairs from the store below. The Hall, with the two rooms mentioned, have been leased by the Woodstock Temperance Reform Club, who purposes it will answer well. The whole building is heated from a furance in the cellar. The mechanics employed in its construction were J T. Lawrence, architect; Michael Kelly, Masonry; P. Scully, carpentering: S. H. Wade, painting.
Carleton Sentinel Jan 26 1878.

Forgot Their promise

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Arnold, blacksmiths, have forgotten their promise to furnish us with their figures.
Carleton Sentinel Jan 26 1878.

Blacksmith Shop

R.S. Piper- Established himself in business here in 1874. He was burned out in last spring fire and lost largely without insurance. His new blacksmith shop a very neat and well appointd one is on Harvey Street. Amount of capital invested 400. Number of hands employed (he works at the forge himself) 1. Wages per month $36, or $432 per year. Value of raw material used, $490 annually. The chief item of his business is horse shoeing and the aggregate in value of the work done amounts to about #1500 per annum. Carleton Sentinel Jan 26 1878.

Horse Shoeing

John Kerrigan- In a little shop"round the corner" near Mr. Ryan's establishment, is Mr. John Kerrigan's shop, where for a quarter of a century at least, he has devoted himself to the business of Horse Shoeing, working constantly himself, at which he is an expert of widely established reputation.
Among of capital invested, $800. Number of hands employed 1. Wages $26 per month, or $312 per annum.
Raw material used-iron and steel, 3 tons; coal 3 tons; horse nails, 400 lbs.
The number of horses fully shod is 1200 annually. Carleton Sentinel Jan 26,1878.

Notable Industry Blacksmithing

P. Ryan's-Mr. P. Ryan's establishment, at the Lower Corner, is has been for many years well known. He has been in business some 30 years, and during that time has at some periods manufactured extensively. The natural law by which business some 30 years ago, and during that time has at some periods manufactured extensively. The natural law by which business seeks centralization has greatly affected the Lower Corner; the business has to a great extent moved to Woodstock proper. Mr. Ryan has now invested in his present business $1,000. Number of hands employed 2. Wages paid, $60 per month, or $720 per annum. The value of raw material used in, iron, steel, bolts, &c., is some 1,000 annually, iron work generally, amount in value to say $2,500.
Mr. Ryan devotes a good deal of attention to sources of revenue outside of his blacksmith business.
Jan 26, 1878. Carleton Sentinel


Woodstock, Carleton sentinel, January 26, 1878.
Mr.Wm. Hamilton- Established himself here as tinsmith in 1858 and lost building and stock in last spring's fire. He immediately rebuilt on the former site, Main Street, and now occupies a large and convenient shop and wareroom.
Amount of capital invested, $1,600. Number of hands employed, 2 boys. Wages, $328 per year. Raw material used, in value $800.
Value of article manufactured per annum $1,600. Carleton Sentinel Jan 26 1878.

Starts his own Business

J. McAffee- having graduating from the establishment of Small & Fisher as a master workman in "tin", commenced business for himself in 1872. He was burnt out and lost heavily in the big fire. He erected a brick-cased building on Main Street, on the site of Small & Fisher former building, and has a fine shop and wareroom.
Amount of capital invested, $1,700. Number of hands employed 3. Wages, $64 per month, or $786 per year. raw material used- Tin 75 boxes; sheet iron, 8 tons; galvanized iron, 1 ton; wire 1,300 lbs; Russia iron, 1,000 lbs.;trimmings and stamped ware, $200; all equal in value $1,746.
The annual value of the products of this establishment is $8,500.Carleton Sentinel Jan 26 1878.


Carleton Sentinel Newspaper 1947, Jan1

Three Carleton County men died early Monday afternoon in one of the worst railway-automotive accidents in this district in years, when their car was crushed by a north bound train at a crossing about a mile from Bristol. The men, George Pryor,77 of Williamstown; Percy Pryor, 52 of Williamstown; and Isaac Gallagher 54, of East Centreville, were struck down when their car was within a few yards of its destination.With the death of the three prominent Carleton County men, the death toll from railway accidents was brought to five in the two fatalities in less than a month near Bristol.On May 6, two trainmen were killed when a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train was derailed near that village. No witnesses were believed to have observed the tragedy which occurred as the sedan turned from the main highway into the driveway of the home of S.N. Banks. The train, the St. Stephen-Edmonston express, struck the car with terrific impart. As the car crossed the railway tracks which intersect the drive, the express roared through, shattering the vehicle completely. The victims were thrown from the car and landed within a few feet of each other, 75 feet away.

Hit Side-on

Hit almost side-on by the train engine, the car was crumpled along the track and left a pile of twisted wreckage beside the railway. Percy Pryor, owner of the car, was believed to have been driving when the tragedy took place at approximately 1:50 p.m. With his father, George Pryor, and Mr. Gallagher he was en route to confer with Mr. Banks, a business associate. Investigators said the main highway and railroad run parallel and that a clear view of the crossing and approaching trains is possible. Although there were no known witnesses, neighbours heard the crash and raced to the scene. Dr. Thomas E. Nugent of Bath, coroner, was called to the scene with Corporal C.R. Prime of the East Florenceville detachment R.C.M.P. While R.C.M.P. and C.P.R. investigators immediately commenced a probe of the fatality, the bodies were taken to the Britton Funeral Home at Hartland. Engineer Thomas Smith of St.Stephen, and Conductor Robert Nixon, also of St. Stephen, were the train crew. It was reported the train was approximately 30 minutes behind schedule at the time. A coroner jury was enpanneled at Bristol on Monday afternoon and an inquest was set for Friday. Members of the jury are Marcus Meed, William K. Davis, Pearl Green, David Rogers, Max Rogers, Guy Welch and Dewey Kinney. The three victims had been scheduled to meet with Mr. Banks on the holiday to discuss the opening Tuesday of the Carleton Co-Operative Creamery in Bristol, of which they were directors. Percy Pryor was secretary-treasurer of the Carleton County Co-Operative. With Mr. Gallagher, who was a prominent farmer, the Pryor were leading figures in establishment of the creamery first such co-operative organization in the northern part of the county.

Recognized as an outstanding Holstein cattle breeder, Mr. Gallagher was one of the county leading farmers. He is survived by his wife, the former May Gunter of Fredericton, two daughters, Marion of Ottawa and Mary at Fredericton, two sons John of Guelph, Ont., and Charles at home. There are also two sisters Mrs. G.W. Densmore of St.George and Mrs.Frank Perley of Bangor,Me. And a brother John of Montreal.

George Pryor was pre-deceased 16 years ago by his wife, the former Emma Nelson of Waterville. Howard Pryor of Williamstown is a brother and there is one sister, Mrs. Littie Tapley of Bristol.

His son, Percy Pryor is survived by his widow, who was formerly Beatrice Anderson of Williamstown: two daughters , Mrs. Francis Perkins of Chipman and Mrs. Jake Legere of Centreville, and three sons, Lee of Williamstowns, Blair of Ottawa and John at home.
Courtesy of
Duane E. Crabtree.

Horse Breaks Away

May 30-Henry Crabb, South Richmond ,Carleton County,
1 June 1881 D.T. Woodstock,
met with a sad accident last Monday in the town of Houlton ,Maine.
4 June, 1881, Saturday, Carleton Sentinel Newspaper.

Mr. Crabb, of Debec, met with a serious accident, at Houlton, Thursday of last week.
His horse becoming frightened ran away, throwing him out upon his head. When picked up he was unconscious, and lay in that state for some hours. Finally he was restored to consciousness and on Saturday, he was taken home where, we believe, he still suffers much from his injuries.


Around 1820-1830, immigrants arrived from Ireland and settled in Newburg.
Martin Hale, Peter Gallagher, William Monahan, John Martin, James and George Frame, Frank Montague, Charles Cunningham, John McGuire, Frank McCarron, and others.

Newburg's C. P. R. Station , Late 1800's
Demolished in 1908.

In the photo is the Family of Patrick and Kate Owens.
Standing: Agnes, Ada, Mother Kate, Dick and Annie,
Sitting on the right: Minnie and Lizzie, other people waiting for the Train.
Patrick Owen was the Section Forman and his son Dick, was the Telegraph Operator -Station Agent
Tom and Ellen Hannigan lived in this building after it was closed by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Section hands used to eat their lunch in this building at the time Tom and Ellen lived here.




At the Court House in Woodstock, on Saturday, the 7 day of August next, between the hours of 12 and 5, o'clock, P.M. ALL the right. Title and interest which JOHN CRABB has, and had at the time of filing a memorial of judgement. Of in and to all that certain tract or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the parish of Richmond, County of Carleton, known as part of Lot No. Nine in the fourth teir of lots in South Richmond, granted to John Crabb, and bounded as follows: On the north by land owned and occupied by William Crabb; on the west by, land owned and occupied by Kirkpatrich, on the south by land owned and occupied by John Wills; on the east by part of said Lot No. Nine, now owned and occupied by James Malone-containing one hundred and twenty acres more or less- the having been taken by execution issued out of Supreme Court against said John Crabb.

Woodstock Jan26,1858 JOHN F. W. WINSLOW, Sheriff.

Military Settlement Survey

To Mr George Morehouse
Deputy Surveyor~

Pursuant to the Order in Council of the 2nd of May last directing that the Block of Land between Presque Isle and the Great Falls and lying on both sides of the River Saint John be appropriated for the settlements of disbanded Troops.
I am directed by His Excellency the Lieut Governor to cause the vacant land in the said block to be surveyed and laid out into Lots or parcels - you are therefore hereby required and directed to proceed without loss of time and execute that Duty with all possible expedition, in which you will adhere to the following Instructions.

1st. You will procure the requisite number of Assistants for Chain Bearers and Axe Men & not exceeding five in the whole on the lowest Wages that you can agree for bearing in mind that a Ration of Provisions will be allowed to each man.

2nd. You will also procure a Canoe to attend you, either by purchase or hire - as you may judge most expedient.

3rd.You will lay out into lots of forty rods front at right angles to their sides all the vacant unimproved land that you may find fit for cultivation on each side of the River Saint John in the district above described not exceeding 300 lots in the whole, the Survey to commence on the East side at the Sicktahawk River and on the West side about one mile above the discharge of that River - see annexed plan No. 1. also the plans No. 2. No. 3. No. 4. No. 5. which shew all the Grants and Surveys already made in the said extent.

4th. For such persons as you may find already settled and improving and have Families you may lay out Lots of 300 acres with ninety rods front, and for such single men of age as you may find settled and improving you may lay out lots of 200 acres with 60 rods front, which surveys must be made at their own expence (sic) and placed in their true positions on the general plan of your survey.

5th. On the 4th. of September 1801 an allotment was made to Neville Bernard for himself and his tribe of Melicete Indians on the East Side of the River Saint John, begining opposite to the Tobique Rock and running up Stream until it comes opposite to the Mouth of the Restock [Aroostock?] River, you must therefore lay out the same accordingly and lay it down on your plan - the side lines to be arranged East and no encroachment to be made thereon.

6th.In the progress of your survey you must pass over any tracts of land that you may (on carefull examination) find unfit for cultivation, the fronts of such tracts must be surveyed and measured, so as to enable you to place them on your plan and to continue a general plan of the river.

7th.The lots must be regularly numbered and marked upwards on each side of the River Saint John commencing with No. 1 on the East side and No. 1 on the West side - the side lines must be ranged East on the East side and West on the West side, and three trees marked, or three durable marks placed on each line not less than 12 rods asunder - you must note and report the quality of each lot as near as you can estimate.

8th. As the expence (sic) of this Survey will be defrayed by Government you must keep a regular daily Journal noting down the duty of Service performed each day - to be vouched by oath if required - and return a copy thereof to me with your report.
And you will make due return hereon with all possible speed to any Office annexing the requisite plan to a Scale of forty chains per Inch and returning this warrant.

Given under my hand this 4th
Day of July in the year 1817.
Geo Sproule
Surveyor General
Warrant of Survey to Mr Geo Morehouse Deputy Surveyor for Disbanded Officers and Men between Preque Isle and the Great Falls.

Norman DeMerchant came across the above document hidden in the back of a Primary Letter book of the Surveyor General. What he finds odd about this document is its date in relation to the date of the letter book. The letter book is located at PANB, RS637 1a.Primary Letter books 1. 1785-1789.
The above Warrant of Survey is for the Military Settlements in Carleton County in July of 1817, immediately after the disbanding of the regiments which saw action in the War of 1812.
He wonders why this warrant was written in the back of this particular Letter Book with information pertaining to
1785-1789? This was the original "warrant of survey" for the Military Settlements in York County, (now Carleton and Victoria). He has taken a photocopy and transcribed it for the interest of everyone.
Courtesy of
Norman DeMerchant.

The Carleton County Vocational School
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Class of 1934

Class Motto: "Let Me Be A Friend To Man"........Class Colors: Purple and Gold
Class President,
Alexander Pert; Vice-Pres. Doris True; Secretary, Thelma Hetherington

Agnes Babkirk* ..............Pauline Jewett.....................Lyla Barrow
Stena Bird .......................Louise Kerr........................Marion Brown
Elsie Brewer ..................Verna Kinney...................... Elsie Campbell
Lillian Brody*.................Marion Lutz........................ .Madeline McFarlane
Irma Clark.......................Madeline McBride................Cora Kitchen
Lillian Clark ...................Hazel McElhinney*............. . Katherine Lowney
Kathleen DeWitt.............Vera Meehan..................... ...Beatrice McCloskey*
Jeanne Emery..................Ruth Melville...................... ..Foncie McGrath
Glenna Gardiner..............Marion Monteith................. .Alice Morey
Marion Graham*.............Nancy Peabody*................ ..Florence Rees
Marie Hayden* ...............Etta Shaw* ..........................Doris True
Thelma Hetherington*.....Mary Watson*......................Ruth Wort
.........................................Ruth Webb.............................................
Bryant Bragdon................Charles Montgomery...........Douglas Bagley
Orville Dalling...................Alexander Pert.................... Thomas Everett
Lewis Demerchant............William Stevenson*..............Harold Hall
Donald Dunbar..................Linwood Tapley..................Harold Thompson
Robert Folkins.............................................................Alexander Wilson*
* With Honors
PRIZES: Agriculture..... 1st year, Oswald Williams
.........................................2nd year, Alexander Wilson
..............Homemaking ...................Beatrice McCloskey
General Proficiency........Thelma Hetherington
English............................Hazel McElhinney
Shorthand.......................Etta Shaw
Bookkeeping..................Nancy Peabody

Marriage Announcement's

John Kenney of the Parish of Wicklow in the County of Carlton and Sarah Crabb of the Parish of Northesk, County of Northumberland, were married by Licence, this third day of December One Thousand Eight-Hundred and Thirty-five by me   James Souter, Min of NewCastle
This marriage was duly solemnized between us      John Kiney    Sarah Crabb
In the presence of James Whitney, Ruth Ann Whitney.  Filed in May 1836.
Northumberland Co. Marriage Cert., 1831-39, shelf 52, cert. #1902.
  Chatham Gleaner, January 5, 1836:
Married by the Rev. James Souter, A.M., Mr. John Kenney of the Parish of Wicklow, County of Carleton, to Miss Sarah Crabbe of the Parish of Northesk.
Courtesy of Duane Crabtree . 


BROOKS / DYER - Hartland, Jan. 8th 1928.
A quiet wedding took place at Bath,NB on Dec. 23 (1927) when Rev. G.A. GIBERSON united in marriage Mr. Dana BROOKS of Bath and Miss Dora DYER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard DYER of Bristol, NB.
Telegraph Journal - Evening Times Globe Courtesy of  Suzanne Lisson

Cogswell/Crabb-19 July 1856
Carleton Sentintal newspaper
6 inst., Baptist Chapel, Simonds (Carleton Co.) By Rev. Wm. Harris,
Wm. Cogswell and Miss Elizabeth Crabb both of Wicklow.

LEWIS / MULLEN - Digby, NS, Oct 15th ,1928.
A very pretty wedding was solemnized on Wednesday Sept. 26th (1928) at the home of Mr. and Mrs. MULLEN of Woodstock, when their daughter Amy Marie became the bride of Russell Lee LEWIS , of Danvers, Digby County. The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. GORDON in the presence of about 60 guests. The bride was becomingly gowned in a dress of white crepe de chene with veil and orange blossoms. Both bride and groom were unattended. Following the ceremony refreshments were served, after which the happy couple motored to Danvers where they will reside.
Telegraph Journal - Evening Times Globe Courtesy of  Suzanne Lisson

McGuire--Crabb- 1919,
Carleton Sentinel Newspaper
On June 11, a pretty wedding took place at the Parish Church at Debec, when Rev.Father McLaughlan united in Holy Bonds of Matermony, Miss Jane(Jennie)Crabb and Mr. James McGuire. The bride was becomingly dressed in a suit of blue silk with bridal veil and hat to match. She was attended by Miss O'Donnell and Harold McGuire was best man. A reception was held at the bride's home where a large number of relatives and friends extended congratulations for a long and happy partnership. Many pretty and costly presents were received. The bride is a niece of John Murray Keefe, a barrister, Grand Falls. Mr. and Mrs. McGuire took a short trip to Boston and New York. On their return they will reside on Connell Street, Woodstock.


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