If these walls could talk

Even though the weather still feels like late summer, the spirits of Queens County are still lurking around. With the addition of the Loomcrofters Studio to the grounds of the Tilley House and the developing heritage hub at that end of Front Street, some ghosts connected to the buildings between the Tilley House and Court House are some of the most interesting characters.

Hotel Dingee advertisment

Hotel Dingee advertisment

While the birthplace of Father of Confederation Samuel Leonard Tilley carries his family name to this day, did you know that after the Tilleys sold the house, it was used as a hotel? About 1884 the Simpson family converted the Tilley House into a hotel and then ten years later, sold the property to farmer William Black Dingee, who operated the “Hotel Dingee” or “Dingee Hotel”. It was during the hotel period that the rather plain looking Tilley House was gussied up with the addition of the long front veranda, the front dormer windows and also the addition of a long wing at the back (now replaced with a modern ell) that held several hotel rooms. We wonder if hotelier William Dingee made an appearance, which name would he prefer. One can guess.

Michelle Daigle as Annie Blanche Babbit Bulyea in 2015

Michelle Daigle as Annie Blanche Babbit Bulyea in 2015

A glimpse has also been seen of Annie Blanche Babbit, a visitor from the West and the daughter of Robert Thorne Babbit, the long-time registrar of wills and deeds for Queens County in the late 19th century.  Mr. RT Babbit worked out of the one storey brick building on Front Street which was built in 1847.  Did you know that Sir Leonard Tilley isn’t the only Lieutenant Governor to come from Queens County? In 1885 Annie Blanche married George Hedley Vicars Bulyea, also from Gagetown, and the couple headed westward to what is now Saskatchewan. A teacher by profession, GHV Bulyea entered politics in the 1890s and as a reward for his work in creating the province of Alberta, he was appointed its first Lieutenant Governor in 1905. The Honourable Mrs. Bulyea has been seen out on a walk in search of her father, to whom she wishes to extend an invitation to her husband’s investiture.  Look for the big hat… and big personality!

Have you ever gotten up from a nap and then gotten lost? This happens to Loyalist Daniel Babbit all of the time. In the 1790s Babbit was a leading member in the Anglican Church and the wider community, working as a blacksmith and farmer and had a family of at least 22 children with two wives. Despite his standing as a fine Anglican convert, there is an interesting part to Daniel Babbit’s story. His grave and those of his wives are missing! While the church records are clear about his burial in 1830, no stone remains and no oral history of location. The story is told that when the original church was torn down in 1880 to make way for the present, larger structure, the builders weren’t that concerned about some of the older graves close to the walls of the old building. With the enlargement, it is supposed that the graves of Daniel Babbit and his wives were built upon! Mr. Babbit regularly appears along Front Street looking for his final resting place.  He’s been known to visit the Tilley House between 2 and 3 am!

Wouldn’t it be nice if your reputation was so impressive that your friends would get together to purchase a colossal tombstone in your honour? That’s what happened to Samuel Hewlett Gilbert. Gilbert was a prominent MLA and is responsible for the construction of the canal at the head of Gagetown Creek. He was also the Grand Master of the New Brunswick Orange Lodge and when he died in 1864, his loyal NB Orange companions erected a beautiful white tombstone in his honour.  When the Gagetown Grammar School moved into a new building in 1870 (the present day Legion), the little one roomed schoolhouse became the local Orange Lodge Hall.

Mary Kingsley Tibbets, first woman graduate of the University of New Brunswick, was the first female principal of the Gagetown Grammar School from 1890 until 1894

Mary Kingsley Tibbets, first woman graduate of the University of New Brunswick, was the first female principal of the Gagetown Grammar School from 1890 until 1894

Last but not least, did you know that the first school in New Brunswick to have a woman as principal was in Gagetown? Mary Kingsley Tibbets, born in Nova Scotia and the first woman graduate of the University of New Brunswick, was the first female principal of the Gagetown Grammar School (present day Legion) from 1890 until 1894. Miss Tibbets moved on to Boston and became head of the English Department of the Hyde Park High School. In 1939 she received an honourary doctorate on the 50th anniversary of her UNB graduation. Despite a very busy schedule as the school year gets underway, Miss Tibbets often visits the site of her first classroom experiences, the old Gagetown Grammar School.

For more information about the above ghosts and the building with which they are associated, contact us at info@queenscountyheritage.com.

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Military Mystery and Wartime History

With the 100th anniversary of World War I being commemorated around the world, our ancestors with a military background sometimes their presence felt during the annual ghost walk.  Over the centuries the people of Queens County have been asked to make wartime sacrifices and they have always answered the call for crown and country.  In honour of all those who have served, fought, lost their lives or returned to tell their story, now and again soldiers and civilians, and their families, each of whom was intimately involved or had a brush with military conflict over the centuries, make a ghostly appearance in Queens County.

Some ghost stories are well known to us, others always need a little work.  But the research always turns up some interesting things that get our attention.

Bruce Thomson as the most pious, genial, useful, indulgent, affectionate, generous, gracious, fine, genteel, universally respected, intellectually superior, dignified and in death much regretted James Peters, Loyalist founder of the village of Gagetown greets visitors at the Tilley House in 2014

Bruce Thomson as the most pious, genial, useful, indulgent, affectionate, generous, gracious, fine, genteel, universally respected, intellectually superior, dignified and in death much regretted James Peters, Loyalist founder of the village of Gagetown greets visitors at the Tilley House in 2014

Did you know the first wife of the grandfather of one of Gagetown’s most prominent citizens ran away with a pirate?  That’s right.  The family of Loyalist James Peters largely ignored the story that the wife of his grandfather, Dr. Charles Peters, ran off with a pirate soon after they migrated to New York from England about 1700.  By 1702, the wife, Mary Kate, took up with the already married Giles Shelley, who was a close friend of Captain Kidd.  Shelley even provided for Mrs. Peters in his will, giving her 50 pounds per year “free from the control of her husband.”  The row eventually made it to court when Shelley’s scorned wife sued.  By 1710 Mary Kate had made a timely exit by dying, allowing her long suffering husband, Dr. Peters, to marry Mary Hewlett and found the branch of the family that descends to us.

Did you know that specialty motor boats and yachts were manufactured in Gagetown in the early 20th century?  Uh-huh, you bet.  Lieutenant Allen Otty, the older brother of Marianne Grey Otty, is well known to have written dozens of letters from the front during World War I and tragically lost his life at Passchendaele in 1917.  But before he went off to war in 1915, Allen Otty was a boat builder.  Photographs in the Otty Collection at the New Brunswick Museum show the interior and exterior of the boat shop – a large long building bordering present day Babbit Street, behind the Otty House.  Part of the shop remains as a private home.  The photos show Otty at work and others show completed boats: the Thistle, the Gladys, the Aloha.  A postcard, c. 1910, shows a team of horses pulling a large boat down to the wharf.  Undoubtedly this was one of Otty’s vessels as well.

Private Daniel Hayden, c. 1900

Private Daniel Hayden, c. 1900

Did you know that a Gagetown boy served in the South African War and World War I?  Daniel Stephen Hayden was born 25 December 1879, the son of Irishman Francis and Margaret Hayden.  Young Dan signed up to serve with the Canadian Dragoons during the Boer War with the rank of Private.  A photo in the QC Heritage collection shows a confident young soldier ready for adventure.  After his return from South Africa and the death of his father in 1904, Dan Hayden traveled west and was present in Edmonton the day Alberta became a province in 1905 – probably because his fellow Gagetowners, George Hedley Vicars Bulyea and his wife Annie Blanche Babbit, were the new Lieutenant-Governor and lady.  Hayden worked freight on the railroad and answered the call for duty once again during World War I, achieving the rank of Sergeant.  According to his 1916 attestation papers, he stood 5 feet 9 inches and had a clear complexion with hazel eyes and black hair.  Hayden survived the second conflict, married twice in the 1920s, had a family, was active in politics and community affairs in High Prairie, Alberta, and was a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Legion.  In 1960 he returned to Gagetown for a visit after an absence of 52 years, and died two years later in 1962.

Keep an eye out for these military ghosts.  For more information drop us a line at info@queenscountyheritage.com .

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Politics makes strange grave-fellows

Fall is usually prime election season.  Whether provincially or federally, supporting this party or that party, or watching the spectacle across the border every four years, politics always incites passion in Queens County.   Looking back over the past three centuries it is amazing to examine the names of those who have stood for Queens County:  from the “family compacts” of Peters, Johnstons and Gilberts to the intensity of the Moore and Jenkins campaigns to the more recent names of Blaney, Carr and Wetmore.  October is always ghost month in Queens County as well and now and again some interesting politicos make their appearance at our annual ghost walk and dessert theatre.

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public contract: Gagetown Canal, 29 May 1840

While the ghost walk is always fun and entertaining, all of the stories are based in reality and are inspired by actual events.  In researching the stories and people we always find some interesting tidbits.  We are sure they were all upstanding members of the community and no scandal of note has come down to us, but some facts got our attention.

Take the Honourable Thomas Gilbert for example.  For decades in the mid-19th century he campaigned for a canal to cross Grimross Neck that would allow steamboats to come up Gagetown Creek to the wharf and then continue to the main channel of the river instead of back tracking and going around the island.  A canal would also shave about 4 miles off the trip between Saint John and Fredericton, saving precious minutes.  The canal was eventually built in the 1860s after Gilbert died and remains to this day.  But guess whose property had to be purchased by the province to construct the canal?  You guessed it…. the Gilberts.

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Roseneath, c. 1940

Then take the case of the Johnston family.  Hugh Johnston Junior was born on Grimross Neck in 1790.  It is believed his parents were on their way to Fredericton when Hugh Junior made an unexpected appearance.  Years later, the Johnstons built a fine house in Gagetown called Roseneath, known to us the Loomcrofters house.  By this time, Hugh Junior was a prosperous businessman, serving in the legislature, but making his home in Saint John.  Hugh was married twice, first to the daughter of a provincial judge and York County MLA.  His second wife was Harriet Millidge, the daughter of a prominent Saint John politician for whom Millidgeville is named.  Harriet’s portrait is the fine oil in the gold frame that now graces the parlour in the Tilley House.  For Hugh and Harriet, caring for two large residences had its advantages:  fall, winters and springs in Saint John and summer excursions to the country.  There was an additional advantage as well, by owning upwards of 10,000 acres in Queens County, the Millidges could claim residency while Hugh Junior served as MLA for Queens even though their primary home was in Saint John.

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April Wilson as the ghost of Margaret Lister Peters, wife of James Peters, 2013

Today these things raise a few eyebrows and such juicy political gossip is rarely kept behind the scenes.  In the 18th and 19th centuries it was not as difficult, especially when the people in power were related to one another.  Fathers, sons, cousins and through judicious marriages by daughters, sons-in-law, all served in the legislature and on various committees and councils making for a happy family of decision makers.  This is most evident with the James Peters family.  Peters (1746-1820) himself was an MLA for twenty-five years and his sons: Valentine was a Queens County judge, Charles a New Brunswick Attorney General, James Jr a prominent businessman in Saint John, Thomas Horsefield a prominent lawyer in Chatham and married to the daughter of Samuel Cunard of the shipping line fame, Harry a Queens County MLA for whom Petersville was named, Benjamin Lester became mayor of Saint John, William became clerk of the legislature and finally the eldest child and only daughter, Sarah, was married to Thomas Wetmore, a Saint John MLA and later Attorney General of New Brunswick.  A legislative council meeting must have felt like a Sunday family dinner.

All of the above ghosts have made their appearance over the years.  As you pass by St. Johns Anglican Churchyard, Gagetown, you might want to keep an eye out.

For more information contact us at info@queenscountyheritage.com.

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Antiques Identification and Appraisal Clinic Coming to Chipman

Ever wondered if that old thing in the closet is worth anything? What is that thing Grandma kept in the cupboard? Why did Grandpa give me this thing? How is this old object used? When was it made? Who used it? Queens County Heritage and friends in Chipman can help you out!

Antiques Identification Clinic

Antiques Identification Clinic

On Saturday, 6 June, 10am to 4 pm Queens County Heritage in partnership with the Village of Chipman will be hosting an Antiques Identification and Appraisal Clinic at the Heritage Center, Chipman. Bring along your treasures for an evaluation by experts.   Three items may be evaluated for a charge of $15.

The experts include museum curators and antiques collectors, dealers and auctioneers.

“There is so much curiosity out there for heritage objects,” says QC Heritage Executive Director, Susan Shalala. “What is it? How was it used? Who used it? This is an opportunity for the public to share in the excitement of discovery that we experience every day as we research museum objects.”

These “Antiques Roadshow” type events are not unusual these days says QC Heritage President, Bruce Thomson, “We’ve done this type of event several times before and we are always thrilled to see the amazing and unusual items that come through the day. It is quite an education for us.”

And the appraisals? Thomson smiles and says, “For museums the value isn’t monetary. It is the story of the object, how and where it was used, who used it and when, that is important.” But people like to know the value of their items, he adds, “So we’ve brought in experts who can give people an idea of their treasures’ worth.”

Very large items are discouraged and those that are in poor condition, however Shalala says almost anything else is acceptable. “In the past we’ve had everything from fine ceramics to artworks to jewellery to tools to furniture and everything in between.”

Participants can set up their treasures on tables, chat and peruse the other treasures while the experts make the rounds. “While you might not speak to an expert immediately, the three or four experts are on the constant move around the room so it usually isn’t too long before you speak to someone,” explains Thomson.   He and Shalala will be keeping things organized. “A tiny bit of patience is required, but it is so interesting and fun we encourage people to come and stay for a while.”

Lunch and snacks will be available so come along and spend the day… you never know what you’ll see next!

For more information contact Queens County Heritage at 488-2483, info@queenscountyheritage.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/QCHeritage

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Gifts Fit for a Queen

Province’s Royal Gift Completed After Long And Exacting Work

(News clipping found in an order book, Loomcrofters Studio Collection, 23 October 1951)

Two Handwoven Motor Rugs To Be Presented By Premier

By Marianne Grey Otty

RCAF Tartan detail from the replica motor rug, 1951-1952

RCAF Tartan detail from the replica motor rug, 1951-1952

Gagetown, Oct. 23 – (Special)- The glancing shuttle of history wove a golden thread into the traditions of this old Loyalist-founded village of Gagetown today. This was the day on which The Loomcrofters put their last stitch into a pair of motor rugs, handwoven for England’s future Queen, Princess Elizabeth and her Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh which will be presented by Premier J.B. McNair at Fredericton Nov. 6.

Only those who have done intricate weaving can realize the difficulties of the happy task accomplished by Miss Patricia Jenkins and Miss Muriel G. Laurence in producing the two perfectly matched replicas of the coat of arms of New Brunswick which adorn the plain azure lining of the two rugs.

The tops, of Royal Canadian Air Force tartan, originated by the Loomcrofters themselves have been done by Miss Enid Inch. To her the weaving of this beautiful combination of azure, cardinal, cream (crossed out and corrected to white) and dark blue, is an old story, for she has woven over 3000 yards of this particular tartan without an error.

Commission By Premier

It was the first week in September that The Loomcrofters were commissioned by Premier McNair to make the two handwoven rugs as New Brunswick’s gift to the Royal visitors. The suggestion as to what form New Brunswick’s gift would take is credited by the premier to Hon. D.L. MacLaren, lieutenant governor of the province.

The Loomcrofters began this thrilling piece of work on Sept. 5, and now it is finished and awaiting its honored destiny as a gift “fit for a Princess.”

First to be done were the azure blue linings of finest wool. To weave the provincial coat of arms into this background was an undertaking which called for the highest degree of skill, to have copied the crest in needlepoint on a plain woven background would have been difficult enough.

Coat of Arms Used

Design process with sample of RCAF tartan and coat of arms

Design process with sample of RCAF tartan and coat of arms

To ensure absolute accuracy, the provincial coat of arms, which is kept in the vaults of the Legislative Buildings in Fredericton, was placed in the hands of the Loomcrofters for their use. An enlarged photograph was made of this, with the Royal crown placed above the coat of arms. The photograph was then traced on thin paper, to give an outline of the whole in the required size, 20 inches in depth from the top of the crown to the lower tip of the shield.

From the tracing, (handwritten note: Miss L. did this.) an enlarged chart was made on squared paper, somewhat resembling the patterns used for doing needlepoint. Using this chart, the number of stitches of each color required to produce in hand weaving a correct reproduction of New Brunswick’s Coat of Arms was worked out. A trial copy this was then woven in a width of azure blue wool; and after a few changes had been made, the actual work on the Royal rugs began.

After weaving the azure lining up to within 12 1-2 inches of the centre, the weave was changed to a double twill, and the difficult task of incorporating the coat of arms into the cloth was started. This part was made extraordinarily difficult because the pattern had to be put in from the back of the web. What the finished work was going to be like could only be ascertained by dividing the threads of the warp and holding a hand mirror underneath. However, when the web was removed from the loom not an error was found.

Replica motor rug, 1951-1952

Replica motor rug, 1951-1952

To add further to the difficulty of the work, the lengthwise of the coat of arms was placed across the centre of the rugs so that the crown would be upright when the rugs were laid across the Royal knees.

This caused many more changes of color in placing the threads in the design than if the coat of arms had been upright on the lengthwise of the robes.

All Threads Counted

Every thread woven into each coat of arms had to be counted one by one. While Miss Jenkins wove the coat of arms into the cloth, it was Miss Laurence’s part to sit beside her and call out the colors and the number of threads— “red, two threads; ruby, one thread; blue, 13 threads.” Hour after hour this went on. Proceeding at such a careful pace, only about one inch could be done across the rug in a day. The two estimate that it took 66 weaving hours to produce one crest. Their “day” in recent weeks has lasted from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

In the midst of this work, so weighted with importance and responsibility, the usual activities of the Loomcroft went on, – visitors were met, orders completed and parcels sent out; but hurried though their tension-filled hours were The Loomcrofters sent out word to the school children to come and weave a few threads each in the “Princess’s rug.”

The children came by the half-dozen, both boys and girls, eager to take advantage of the opportunity. “I made one of the lion’s whiskers!” exclaimed one little girl delightedly. This experience will be something for them to remember—a link between them and Canada’s Queen-to-be, for the rest of their lives. Former English women were among the fortunate older people who wove a bit of ermine, or put a jewel in the Royal crown, while The Loomcrofters guided each thread.

There are 14 shades in the coats of arms—three of green, for the sea; pearl gray for these jewels around the curves of the crown; two shades of grey for the ships and her sails; white for the ermine; black for emphasis in border, fur and dividing lines; red, ruby and emerald green for the Crown jewels; and three shades of gold in the British lion and the background. A rich effect has been produced.

The completed rugs, seven feet long and 40 inches wide, are finished with a deep, thick fringe, made by knotting the fringe from the tartan with that of the azure lining.

The presentation to Princess Elizabeth, November 1951

The presentation to Princess Elizabeth, November 1951, with Miss Jenkins and Miss Inch

It was early in October, 1944, that Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone, then governor-general of Canada, visited the Loomcrofters, and expressed delight in the quality and beauty of the handicrafts they saw there. Among the things they ordered was a tartan for Princess Margaret Rose. It was from a suggestion made by Princess Alice that the idea of the new and distinctive R.C.A.F tartan (handwritten note: in car rugs) was evolved. This tartan, registered in Edinburgh, became the official tartan of the R.C.A.F and was first used by Pipe Band No. 9, at Centralia, Ont.

When H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and her consort, the Duke of Edinburgh return to England with the Loomcrofter rugs from New Brunswick, we can be sure that Princess Alice will greet the work with the appreciation and understanding of an old friend.

For more information about the rugs or the Loomcrofters Studio Project, contact info@queenscountyheritage.com

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Art Under the Influence – Cheryl Bogart

In these days of Wiis, iPods and other high-tech gadgets of the 21st century it may have been impossible to find that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list.  Maybe a look back in time can provide some inspiration for next year or at least provide a distraction while your credit card bills start rolling in.

doll, c 1900, porcelain with ribbon and yarn, gift of Elizabeth Worden, 1975 (1975.51.67)

doll, c 1900
porcelain with ribbon and yarn
Gift of Elizabeth Worden, 1975 (1975.51.67)

In the collection of Queens County Heritage are a number of items that at one time or another were Christmas gifts.  How do we know?  Oral histories and family traditions accompany some objects when they are acquired, but often we are even luckier with an inscription or note attached.  Toys and children’s items are rare simply because they were given to be used and handed down from one child to the next, making longevity and preservation difficult.  Items associated with a particular date or person, are even more valuable.  The earliest items that could be classified as toys that we know to be Christmas gifts are a wagon, a book and two dolls.  A porcelain headed doll with a crocheted body was given to Edith by Mary C about 1900. The doll’s head is of German origin and originally would have had arms and legs; however sometime in the early 20th century, the crocheted body was created.  This body is a replacement.  The identity of Edith and Mary C is lost at the moment and shaking the donor’s family tree so far has not dislodged them, but the original gift tag accompanied the doll when it was donated in 1975.   Visitors to the Art Under the Influence exhibition will recall this doll as the inspiration for Cheryl Bogart’s painting, Tied Up.

Cheryl Bogart (born 1947), painting: Tied Up, 2004, watercolour on paper, purchased in honour of 25 years faithful service by Cheryl Bogart as Secretary, Board of Directors, Queens County Heritage, 1986-2011 (2011.15)

Cheryl Bogart (born 1947)
painting: Tied Up, 2004
watercolour on paper
Purchased in honour of 25 years faithful service by Cheryl Bogart as Secretary, Board of Directors, Queens County Heritage, 1986-2011 (2011.15)

In fact, the exhibition was developed and inspired by Cheryl Bogart’s 2004 painting of this doll.  It seemed to us the most vivid example of artists drawing their inspiration from a variety of sources – the landscape, the people around them, another artist, or an interesting object. QCH purchased this painting for the collection in 2011, in honour of Cheryl Bogart’s 25 years of faithful service as Secretary to the Board of Directors (1986-2011).

Trinity Gallery, Saint John, has described Cheryl as follows:

Cheryl Bogart was born in New Brunswick and continues to live here today. She is a self-taught artist, whose work has matured to a high level of technical excellence. Through the interplay of highly decorative detail and spare irony, a powerful message emerges from each painting which cannot be ignored. Bogart’s paintings have appeared in numerous exhibitions and competitions. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the University of Moncton and several private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“My Paintings are about the passage of time, the laughter, the beauty and sometimes, the despair of our lives. A writer has said that ‘Our lives go by like sparks flying’. I strive to catch bits of these brief and brilliant sparks and to paint them as they shower and disappear around me.” – C. Bogart

The vitality of the historical Queens County art community is clear and continues to this day.  From AG Hoit, Thomas MacDonald, Anthony Flower, Abraham Wood, Susan MacDonald, Caroline Slipp Gilbert, John Millidge, Annie Hewlett Deveber, Frank MacDonald, Morris Scovil, William West, Mary Pratt, Rhoda Chapman to Cheryl Bogart and dozens of other currently working and living in our region. As part of the exhibition, contemporary artist and artisans created their own masterpieces inspired by the historical work from the collection.  The overwhelming response showcased the strength of our arts community in the 21st century and continues the legacy of artistic excellence.

For more information about Art Under the Influence or any of the artists featured in this series, contact us at info@queenscountyheritage.com

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Art Under the Influence – Rhoda Chapman

Rhoda Chapman, drawing: The Country Store, 1980, pen and ink on paper, gift of Dr. James K. Chapman, 1997 (1997.70)

Rhoda Chapman
drawing: The Country Store, 1980
pen and ink on paper
Gift of Dr. James K. Chapman, 1997 (1997.70)

This drawing is one of a series prepared by Rhoda Chapman for her husband, Dr. James Chapman, for his book, River Boy.  The scene is of the Weston Store, the large stone store/building on Front Street, one of several in the village, and a gathering place for local gentlemen to chat, discuss politics, the price of lumber or potatoes, and so on.  For a young boy growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, it was the source of all knowledge!  Previously owned by the McKeague family, the stone building replaced a wooden structure that burned about 1917.

Mrs. Chapman’s drawings capture the heart of Dr. Chapman’s stories and provide us with a visual representation of his memories.  In an interesting coincidence, this work inspired one of the contemporary artists to create a work for Art Under the Influence.  Without any detailed background history of the work, Kim Stubbs felt drawn to the work: “I immediately feel comfort and a sense of belonging from this work. It portrays the close-knit community I feel today sitting with friends in the village of Gagetown.”  Stubbs in turn created a painting depicting the Old Boot Pub on Front Street, with various local characters sitting around discussing the events of contemporary Gagetown.  It was only when the painting appeared during the final installation that it was noted that the pub is the very same building as the Weston Store of Mrs. Chapman’s drawing!  How’s that for inspiration across multiple generations?!?

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