As many of us woke up Saturday morning to the popping of rifle shots into the fog, it seemed appropriate to post this photo from the collection. Many in Queens County continue the yearly hunting rituals, however it is an activity that seems to be on the decline. Obviously the need to hunt for survival has drastically reduced in this modern age, but throughout Queens County history, the reliance on the abundance of nature for survival has been key to the growth and development of the region.
The above photograph, dated 4 October 1901, is of a group of hunters at Lac Vieux Desert, a lake in the United States divided between Gogebic County, Michigan, and Vilas County, Wisconsin. The photo is entitled, Lac Vieux Desert, and has an inscription that reads, “Uncle Judd, back row right”. Uncle Judd is Dr. Judson Hetherington (1866-1928), a member of the extensive Hetherington family of Codys, Queens County.
He was born at Codys, the son of Thomas Hetherington, a merchant and politician, and Violet D. Thorne. Judson studied medicine at the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College and Rush Medical College and in 1894 he married Anna H. Lancey, a Chicago area heiress. In 1906, he retired from medicine and returned to New Brunswick, building the estate pictured here, Hetherburton, on the Washademoak Lake.
Dr. Hetherington represented Queens County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1917 to 1925 as a Liberal. He served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1919 to 1920 and as Provincial Secretary-Treasurer (Minister of Finance) from 1921 to 1925, when he was defeated.
Anna Lancey Hetherington (1873-1959), was a collector of American Pressed Glass. She donated her collection to the New Brunswick Museum in 1951 and it is the feature of a virtual exhibition available at the New Brunswick Museum website: http://website.nbm-mnb.ca/Hetherington/intro.htm