Category: The White Fence

The White Fence, issue #74

SEPTEMBER 2016 Editorial Dear friends, This is a special treat! History is best told by those who were there and lived it. This is one of those noteworthy occasions. The following are personal reminiscences of Sackville in the form of original typescripts discovered by Rhianna Edwards. Two women wrote of their memories of Sackville spanning… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #73

MAY 2016 Editorial Dear friends, The Tantramar Marshes: the namesake of a vast wetland first transformed centuries ago by the hand of man into arable agricultural land. I first visited the “high marsh” of Sackville back in 1972 on a field trip with Dr. Hinrich Harries of the Biology Department, Mount Allison University, as part… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #72

FEBRUARY 2016 Editorial The creation and building of an early log house was not an easy task; and once the basic log house was built, families had to live through nature’s vagaries and unpredictable behaviour through all four seasons of the year. See how our ancestors managed to undertake that first step of settlement, from… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #71

January 2016 Editorial Dear friends, This is a very special issue of The White Fence, one with news that helps to ensure our long-term future. But it contains both sad and good news. The sad news is that we have lost a valued friend and contributor; the good news lies in this late friend’s legacy… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #70

November 2015 Editorial Dear friends, Lest we forget. William Kinnear, Albert Carter and Carl Brown were there for us when it counted. We are here today to remember their actions, and those of countless others, with our profound gratitude. Mark Holton and Brent Wilson remind us of “Willie’s” and Albert’s bravery and youthful exuberances as… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #69

October 2015 Editorial Dear friends, So Rhianna Edwards found an old ad … That single find resulted in a most fascinating explosion of information once it got into the hands of Eugene Goodrich! See below for an exciting tale of taverns, inns and hotels that once graced the Tantramar landscape from the now-extinct community of… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #68

May 2015 Editorial Dear friends, The following article about Sackville’s first frame house, researched and written by Paul Bogaard, is probably best described as a case of investigative reporting. I think that the CBC would be proud to include this fascinating story into one of its detailed investigative reports. History does not always sit there,… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #67

April 2015 Editorial Dear friends, Nature gives but also takes back. As a boy growing up in Edmundston, my grandmother used to fill me with stories of grandfather fishing the Two-Mile Brook near our house on the edge of town. Consequently, I spent many hours along that little brook for a “trout-feed” for granny to… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #66

February 2015 Editorial Dear friends, This issue of the newsletter deals with the Golden Age of Sail that extended from circa 1850 to the early 1900s. The Tantramar area was at the heart of this noteworthy period. Shipbuilding at the Boultenhouse and Purdy shipyards in Sackville and Westcock was a major industry during the Golden… Continue reading…

The White Fence, issue #65

December 2014 Editorial Dear friends, In today’s world, we are entertained (on a daily basis for many) by television, radio, Netflix and whatever the Internet can bring to our computer desktops. We are not often left wanting for entertainment. But in the 1880s, following long days of hard work, where could interesting and stimulating entertainment… Continue reading…