Thursday, April 12, 2018

Our House on Langford Road

This little bit of family history will be of interest only to our immediate family. This is the first house we bought in New Hampshire, and it was the place where we first lived our New England dream.

The photos shown here were taken of the house well after we lived there. The people who bought it from us painted it yellow--it was red with white trim during our time. We loved the wide-board pine floor in the dining room; the new owners took up the carpets all over the rest of the house, exposing all the rest of the beautiful pine floors. The lovely antique furniture shown in the pictures belonged to the owners after us.

For some reason, no one has stayed in this house for long. Several other families have taken ownership since these photos were taken.

When we moved in there was a huge maple tree on the front lawn, underplanted with violets and lily of the valley.  There was a very large magnolia tree growing in the sheltered "ell" formed by the house. A late spring snow storm took out half of it. I guess it didn't survive long after that.



This little area used to have a mountain laurel growing up the side of the house. Now there are irises. 





The paneling in the kitchen was added by the next owners.


This was the coziest kitchen with windows looking both east and west.


That door in the corner leads to "the secret pantry." In our day, there were bookshelves on the kitchen side of the door and you pulled the door open to reveal the hidden pantry. Our kitchen table was up against the windows. We used to listen to episodes of "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio while eating our baked bean and brown bread Saturday suppers. 


The dining room looks much the same as we knew it. It was in this room that I made a big discovery one cold November day not long after we had moved in. I had always thought that storm windows were kept in a barn and fastened on when winter came. There was no barn and there were no storm windows to be found in the garage. I longed for the day when we might be able to afford some new ones and be warm at last. Little did I realize that the whole house was outfitted with perfectly fine storm windows that slid up and out of the way during the summer. I well remember the aha! moment when I discovered ours! Within minutes, I had rushed around the whole house, sliding the storm windows down and sealing out the cold winter wind. It was a little bit embarrassing, but still a very satisfying day for me. We were so much warmer from then on!



The small front room. We bought a beautiful white Vermont Castings woodstove for it but, alas, moved out before we got a chance to hook it up. 


The downstairs bedroom and laundry room, just off the dining room. 


Behind these doors, the washer and dryer and, perhaps, something else lived. Whenever the doors were open our dogs and cats would sit in front of them and yowl at something unseen. Was this perhaps a little clue as to why no one lived in the house for very long?


Because this was a house built in the 1800s, we were lucky to have a single bathroom, I guess. However, it was downstairs and the bedrooms were upstairs. On the plus side, there was a fragrant mock orange bush outside the bathroom window where a mockingbird had a nest. Good smells and built-in birdsong!


Upstairs bedroom



This was one of my favorite rooms in the house. It was above the dining room, and what looks like a closet door leads to an attic over the kitchen ell--a secret room where I kept a rocking chair, a lamp, and some books next to the window. I love the red wallpaper in this room--it is printed with tiny flowers and I have looked through many a wallpaper sample book trying to find something like it. I'm grateful to have this photo to remember it by. 

The new owners put in these outdoor areas.


A new little barn

The outdoor improvements were all things we might have eventually done but, alas! Bill found that an antique 1770 colonial house on the other side of town was for sale and lost his heart to it. We left our sweet little Langford Road house and committed ourselves to years and years of home renovations, snakes in the bathroom, and yes, ghosts in the attic. You can read about it here: The House on High Street.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

John C. Tracy (1855-1937) Wrote a Book

John Colby Tracy's "Book" is a handwritten collection of Oromocto River, New Brunswick genealogies and historical stories produced between 1927 and the mid 1930s. It was donated to the New Brunswick Provincial Archives by his daughter, Lola Harrison, and has been transcribed in five parts the author of the blog, johnwood1946

The five parts can be found at:

1. https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/john-c-tracys-book-part-1-of-5/
2. https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/john-c-tracys-book-part-2-of-5/
3. https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/john-c-tracys-book-part-3-of-5/
4. https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/john-c-tracys-book-part-4-of-5/
5. https://johnwood1946.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/john-c-tracys-book-part-5-of-5/

I'm sure that this blog and the transcription of the book are filled with helpful information about my mother's New Brunswick family, relatives, and neighbors. Here are just the first hundred blog posts listed--there are a couple of hundred more. I'll be exploring the entire blog eventually.

  1. Saint John: From Nothing, to Become Canada’s Winter Port – Mar. 28, 2018
  2. Saint John, New Brunswick Churches in 1910 – Mar. 21, 2018
  3. Chief Making Among the Passamaquoddy Indians – Mar. 14, 2018
  4. Canoeing Down the Restigouche River in 1895 – Mar. 7, 2018
  5. Northern New Brunswick, Heaven on Earth – Feb. 28, 2018
  6. Indian Place Names From Around Passamaquoddy Bay – Feb. 21, 2018
  7. Alexander McNutt’s Accomplishments Went Well Beyond Maugerville – Feb. 14, 2018
  8. Albert County, New Brunswick, about 170 Years Ago – Feb. 7, 2018
  9. 1865: Rise in Support of this Mighty Project! The Confederation Debate – Jan. 31, 2018
  10. The Genesis of Prince Edward Island’s Distinctive Property Laws – Jan. 24, 2018
  11. Saint John’s ‘English Period’, 1758 to 1782 – Jan. 17, 2018
  12. Education in New Brunswick in 1837 – Jan. 10, 2018
  13. The Babcock Tragedy, a Story of Madness and Murder – Jan. 3, 2018
  14. Cape Breton, from about 1000 AD to the Mid-1600’s – Dec. 27, 2017
  15. Christmas as it was in Saint John, 1808 – Dec. 23, 2017
  16. The Saint John River, the Rhine of America – Dec. 20, 2017
  17. A Veiled Threat to Invade New Brunswick – Dec. 13, 2017
  18. A Few Weeks in 1755, the Expulsion of the Acadians Begins – Dec. 6, 2017
  19. The Magical Dancing Doll – Nov. 29, 2017
  20. Immigration to New Brunswick in 1832, and Lumber Mills – Nov. 22, 2017
  21. Harvey, New Brunswick, 1837 – Nov. 15, 2017
  22. On the Road to Responsible Government in New Brunswick – Nov. 8, 2017
  23. Through the Woods in the Dead of Winter; Fredericton to the Miramichi – Nov. 5, 2017
  24. Acadia in 1720, as Seen by Paul Mascerene – Oct. 25, 2017
  25. Nova Scotia’s Sham Government in 1720 – Oct. 18, 2017
  26. Three Short Wabanaki Thunder Stories – Oct. 11, 2017
  27. Stanley, N.B., Carved from the Wilderness – in a Hurry – Oct. 4, 2017
  28. Drunkenness Yearly More Common Amongst all Classes – Sept. 27, 2017
  29. John Cabot, London Superstar and Discoverer of Cape Breton – Sept. 20, 2017
  30. Nicolas Denys, the First Proprietor and Governor of all of the Gulf Coast of Acadia – Sept. 13, 2017
  31. Promoting New Brunswick in 1832 – Sept. 6, 2017
  32. A View of Acadian History, from 30,000 Feet – Aug. 30, 2017
  33. Nova Scotia During the Revolution, an American Perspective – Aug. 23, 2017
  34. The Many Trials of Richard Valpey of Yarmouth, and his Service to the American Cause During the Revolution – Aug. 16, 2017
  35. From Saint John to Annapolis Royal, Around the Bay of Fundy in 1787 – Aug. 9, 2017
  36. Nova Scotia in 1775: “Every Spot is Inhospitable and Frigid” – Aug. 2, 2017
  37. Notes About Edward Cornwallis, Who Has Been in the News Lately – July 26, 2017
  38. Starving, Fly-Bitten, and Lost in the Woods – July 19, 2017
  39. Saint John and Saint George, New Brunswick, in 1842 – July 12, 2017
  40. The Razing of Chignecto, and the Attack on Fort Nashwaak – July 5, 2017
  41. Captain Henry Mowat’s Account of the Battle on the Penobscot – June 28, 2017
  42. Voyage of the First Fleet of 1783, and the Settlement of Kingston by a Band of Loyalists – June 21, 2017
  43. 1,500 Dead in Saint John. The Cholera Epidemic of 1854 – June 14, 2017
  44. Fishing on the Nepisiquit River in the 1870’s – June 7, 2017
  45. The Clock at Fredericton City Hall – May 31, 2017
  46. Prohibition in Saint John in the 1920’s, an Exposé – May 24, 2017
  47. Boss Gibson’s First Railroad – May 17, 2017
  48. The New Brunswick Postal Service in 1856 – May 10, 2017
  49. Defending the ‘Worthless, Unsteady and Villainous’ Cutters of Wood – May 3, 2017
  50. Tossed by the Sea Into a Frozen Wilderness-1788 – Apr. 26, 2017
  51. The King of France Cannot Have Given You Our Land, Because it Was Not His – Apr. 19, 2017
  52. Bureaucracy and the Expulsion of the Acadians – Apr. 12, 2017
  53. From Pictou, Nova Scotia to Saint John, New Brunswick via Charlottetown and Shediac in 1867 – Apr. 5, 2017
  54. A Sunday EXTRA: No Meeting of Minds Between the Acadians and the British in 1717 – Apr. 2, 2017
  55. Grand Falls, New Brunswick in 1844 – A Vast Ocean of Trees – Mar. 29, 2017
  56. Shabby Streets, Decaying Houses, and Steep Plank Sidewalks. Saint John in 1874 – Mar. 22, 2017
  57. In the Beginning – Wabanaki Creation Stories – Mar. 15, 2017
  58. Pride versus Rascals and Villains in Saint John in 1791 – Mar. 8, 2017
  59. The Trent Affair – Mar. 1, 2017
  60. A Shocking Description of Anti-Confederates in Rural Nova Scotia in 1867 – Feb. 22, 2017
  61. Surveying Through the Wilderness in 1844 – Feb. 15, 2017
  62. At the Bend of the Petitcodiac in 1844: Moncton – Feb. 8, 2017
  63. Maria Rye and Her British Home Children – Feb. 1, 2017
  64. New Brunswick’s East Coast in 1832, Following the Miramichi Fire – Jan. 25, 2017
  65. Slavery in the Loyalist Era – Jan. 18, 2017
  66. Weather and the Seasons in Micmac Mythology – Jan. 11, 2017
  67. New Brunswick’s Roads in 1832: ‘Many paths are misnamed roads’. Jan. 7, 2017
  68. Nova Scotia and New England During the Revolution – Dec. 28, 2016
  69. A Holiday Special: Christmas as it Was in Saint John in 1808 – Dec. 23, 2016
  70. Expressions from Cuffer Down plus Signs and Omens – Dec. 21, 2016
  71. From Passamaquoddy to the Petitcodiac: What it Was Like in 1832 – Dec. 14, 2016
  72. Raymond Writes About the Lives and Customs of the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet People – Dec. 7, 2016
  73. The Governor’s House was an Outrage to Good Taste – Fredericton in 1832 – Nov. 30, 2016
  74. An Unparalleled and Abominable Deception – Nov. 23, 2016
  75. Not a Metropolis, but the Largest Town in the Province – Saint John in 1832 – Nov. 16, 2016
  76. Lumber Camp Life, and Game-Wardens Poaching Moose – Nov. 9, 2016
  77. Louisbourg: It Didn’t Have to Happen. It Just Didn’t Have to Happen – Nov. 2, 2016
  78. Let Us Consider the Lowly Seagull – Oct. 26, 2016
  79. 5 – David Kennedy Completes His Travels of 1876 in Halifax – Oct. 19, 2016
  80. 4 – David Kennedy’s Tour of Nova Scotia in 1876 – Oct. 12, 2016
  81. 3 – David Kennedy’s Tour of Newcastle, Chatham and Bathurst in 1876 – Oct. 5, 2016
  82. 2 – David Kennedy’s Visit to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1876 – Sept. 28, 2016
  83. 1 – David Kennedy’s Travels from Quebec City to New Brunswick in 1876 – Sept. 21, 2016 (This blog posting was lost on Sept. 28th. I decided not to re-post, since it would clutter my subscribers’ screens.)
  84. A Short History of Early English Nova Scotia – Sept. 14, 2016
  85. Fish Wardens Described as Useless Political Appointments – Sept. 7, 2016
  86. With Indian Guides in the Wilds of New Brunswick, 1862 – Aug. 31, 2016
  87. Blog post #300: Port Royal from 1604 to 1613. Of Heritage Value to all North Americans – Aug. 24, 2016
  88. Hunting Down the Last of the Old Growth Pine – Aug. 17, 2016
  89. Dr. James Robb – Aug. 10, 2016
  90. Peace Negotiations With Pierre Tomah on the Saint John River – Aug. 3, 2016
  91. Business Opportunities on Campobello Island – July 27, 2016
  92. A Pompous Captain on the Evils of Logging – July 20, 2016
  93. The Too-Easy Life of Nova Scotians Disproved – July 13, 2016
  94. Why Not to Marry a Nova Scotia Woman, and How to Make Maple Sugar – July 6, 2016
  95. The Bloody Assault on Fort Louisbourg in 1758 – June 29, 2016
  96. The Medical Men of Saint John in its First Half Century – June 22, 2016
  97. Henry Ketchum and the Chignecto Marine Transport Railway – June 15, 2016
  98. A War Journal from Majabidwaduce on the Penobscot – June 8, 2016
  99. Mi’kmaq Magic and Medicine – June 1, 2016
  100. Thomas Wood, and His Visit to the Saint John River in 1769 – May 25, 2016