Friday, March 29, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
In the early 1970's Stompin' Tom bought the old Skinner's Pond School (No. 19) and opened it as a museum about the school and his life's story. Over the years it fell in to disrepair - a local group offered to take over the operations of it and with some help from government kept it going until a dispute between Tom and a neighbour saw it closed for good.
Skinner's Pond School. The school was opened between 1859 and 1860. At the time it was an Acadian school. First teacher listed (1780): Alice Hughes. Information cf. Some Historical and Biographical Notes of the Community (Parish) of Palmer Road. Compiled by Members of the Community School. 1973. St. Louis, P.E.I. Page 18. Also from this book, pages 29-30. Stompin' Tom Connors. Tom Connors was not born on the Island, but he is the adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Aylward of Skinner's Pond. Tom has once been named as the top folk and country singer of the year in Canada. During the summer of 1972, in a brief ceremony in Charlottetown, Premier Alex Campbell named him the Province's Good Will Ambassador as a token of recognition of the efforts Tom has made both on a national and an international level in the promoting of his adopted province. Tom has purchased the old school at Skinner's Pond and plans to turn it into a sort of historical showcase. He has had the school completely renovated, and has had erected on the school grounds a small monument with a plaque which was placed during the official opening in June 1973.
In the 1990's CBC P.E.I. did two stories on Stompin' Tom's visit to the Island - his tour to Summerside, a tour of the schoolhouse and UPEI presenting him with an honorary degree - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2013/03/07/pei-stompin-tom-connors-memories-584.html
I grew up about 10 miles from Skinner's Pond and would occasionally travel the shore road through Skinner's Pond. On the old school property Stompin' Tom had his truck on display in the yard - the truck he used to travel/tour Canada. I remember it sat there for years and became very dilapidated!
Below is a plaque which can be observed on the front yard of the schoolhouse.
Skinners Pond: Adjacent to Northumberland Strait, Lot 1. Said to be names for a captain shipwrecked there. Also said to be derived from etang des Peaux, "skin pond". In Bayfield 1847. Wyld 1845 Stephens Inlet. 4 mi W of Tignish in Lot 1. PO 1856-1861 and 1867-1914.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Summerside. 193 Fitzroy Street, proposed MacLennan-Hunt House.
W. C. Harris, 1876. Acc33466/HF73.102
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Here's a few photos I took this morning at 8am. I've seen the water go over the bridge / dam only twice in the 17 years I've lived here.
Note the water level is at the window sill of the lower windows of the mill.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The tall, intelligent Charlottetown resident’s bow ties simply serve as punctuation to his standoffish public persona.
Holman concedes his trademark attention-garnering ties are purely an affectation — just another way to separate him from the masses.
“I’ve always liked the look of bow ties because they make me look different,’’ he said.
Well-known heritage activist Catherine Hennessey seems to relish sizing up a man she considers marvelous for his many achievements and maddening for his consistently off putting manner.
“Just the walk of him, you can tell that there’s an arrogance there that you have to deal with,’’ said Hennessey.
“And I sometimes bring him bread to buy his affection. You have to buy his affection.’’
Still, Hennessey is clearly in awe of Holman’s talents as a writer (she thinks he is a great one) and as a speaker (very impressive on this front as well, she notes).
Then, of course, there is Holman’s impressive run with the province, first as provincial archivist and director of libraries and then for the past 13 years as director of culture, heritage and libraries.
CLICK HERE FOR SOME QUICK FACTS ABOUT HARRY HOLMAN
He was responsible for arts and heritage policy and programs of the government of Prince Edward Island. He oversaw the Heritage Places Initiative Program for P.E.I., which now leads the country in the number of places listed on the Canadian Register of Heritage Places per capita.
He drafted provincial Heritage Places Protection Act, Archives Act, and Archaeology Act.
For years, he managed a full range of archives and library services through a network of community-based information centres and online applications.
He boasts of culling together an array of valuable information that had been haphazardly scattered in different locations into a centralized “one-stop shopping’’ for everything from land records to legal records, and from government documents to genealogical documents.
Holman, who at 65 is set to retire April 8, grew up in Charlottetown with a tremendous interest in history. His maternal grandmother, he recalls fondly, would talk to him “about what used to be here.’’
Holman says he was honoured to be able to soak up the personal history of people across P.E.I. as he listened in on conversation after conversation around kitchen tables. In his adult years, he would continue his “eavesdropping on our past,’’ then share his observations through writings and presentations and provide advice and recommendations to ministers, deputy ministers, Executive Council office and the Treasury Board.
“I think there is an innate interest in our past,’’ he said.
“We have,’’ he added, “a healthy cultural environment in P.E.I.’’
During his days of being a not terribly athletic youth who liked to read and hike, Holman was often left to his own creative devices.
He was one of six boys in a family that grew by another five children after his father remarried a couple years following the death of Holman’s mother when Harry was only 12.
His late father was prominent businessman Alan H. Holman, who was the last to work in the family business R.T. Holman Ltd. department store. Harry says his father dissuaded all of his sons to try to carry on in a family business in which the future did not appear bright. None would go on to pursue a career in retail.
Harry says he and his brothers were far from coddled, noting that his father was not at all involved in his life or that of his brothers.
“I think it made me somewhat independent,’’ he said.
“Like my dad,’’ he added, “I think I don’t suffer fools gladly.’’
It took some time for Harry to put his finger on what he would do with his life. He went to five different universities before finally getting a degree.
“I waffled around for a long time,’’ he said.
Theatre grabbed his attention early on with his most memorable role being Tom Wingfield in a production of The Glass Menagerie at the Prince of Wales College.
He would later go to school at Ottawa Carleton where he performed on stage with Canadian actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd. While Aykroyd went on to enjoy great success on television and the big screen, Holman turned to the past to make his mark.
After earning a law degree, the closest he came to legal work was working with the federal government where he administered departmental responsibilities under federal access and privacy legislation.
He convinced his wife, Brenda Brady, to leave her job as chief librarian at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa to return to their native P.E.I. so he could take on the role as provincial archivist and director of libraries with the Government of P.E.I., a job he held from 1989 to 1999 before moving up to the position as director of culture, heritage and libraries for the next 13 years.
“The whole heritage business is a complication,’’ noted Hennessey.
“It’s built so much on emotion and love and everybody thinks that everything they have is very precious. Harry has to come down with the hard hand some time and say ‘yes, it’s good, but it’s not that precious. There’s 2,500 spinning wheels out there.’’’
Retirement next month certainly will not see Holman sitting idle. He plans to continue doing a considerable amount of writing, including commissioned work and maintaining web sites on sailing.
Boats will gleefully consume a good deal of Holman’s time as well. He has a great passion for sailing his 20-foot boat. He also builds small boats having already constructed seven dinghies and dory boats to date.
Holman likes to dive into murder mysteries and books about “every day things,’’ like a book he read a while back called “The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance.’’
He acknowledged that the book is not run-of-the-mill. Then again, neither is Holman.
Here are a few tidbits about Harry Holman:
• Married to Brenda Brady. The couple has a daughter, Constance, who is studying cognitive sciences at McGill University.
• He has five brothers, including Guardian columnist Alan Holman, as well as James, John, David and Philip. He also has four stepsisters and a late stepbrother.
• He has written extensively, but certainly not exclusively, for The Island Magazine with articles including The Belfast Riot and The Island’s First Brewery.
• His professional memberships and associations include the National Advisory Board of the Osgood Society for Canadian Legal History, board member of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, member of the Heritage Canada Foundation and associate member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Weekly Recorder - Tuesday, 4 February 1812Below are images showing hand-split lathes in the walls of a Dorchester Street house under restoration. You can see how a house like that of Mrs. Bagnalls would be quickly consumed by fire - the dry lathes would burn like kindling!
On Wednesday night last between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock, the house of Mrs. Bagnall was discovered to be on fire, and in a short time it increased with such rapidity as seemed to defy all exertions to extinguish it, but the weather being calm and the alarm soon spreading a great number of persons collected from the Garrison and the Town, whose exertions under the direction of a few persons of distinction (amongst whom were Captain Shore and J.F. Holland, Esq. one of the Fire-Wards for the town) it was got the better of, and in a few minutes afterwards was entirely quenched.
The activity and regularity shewn, by the inhabitants of this place on this as well as on prior occasions of the same kind, may have been equalled but have never been exceeded. The small engine, the private property of Mr. Bremner, was the only one which appeared on the spot, and was of great utility at this time as it has at been at many others, those belonging to the public were froze up in their houses and out of order.
It may be proper to mention here, as a caution to others, that this fire originated from the fixture of a stove in a partition which was so placed for the purpose of warming two rooms--both rooms being leans to or additions to a former building.--The Partitions took fire from the top and side of the stove and communicated up through the lathes and plaster of the walls and burst out under the eve of the former building; notwithstanding the fire caught in this manner there is scarcely any appearance of its effects, in the rooms where the stove stood. The damage sustained is only to be seen in the destruction of the upper floor and roof of the new building and the whole of that side of the wall of the original house to which this lean to was attached.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
100 years ago today Charlottetown's majestic cathedral destroyed by fire
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Many local people know this house as the home of Dr. David Richardson who operated his dental office from the house between 1989-1992.
See previous post on this blog -
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The write-up about this house offers many fascinating topics to be explored -
"A house at Burton, showing intricate detail in the carving. The house at present is only a shell. Jeremiah Dalton lived here, one of the most musical persons on the Island. In days gone by there existed a small book store. The old cupboards and some books are still there. There is a pretty Palladian window in the front and upstairs the bannisters are double on either side."
1863 Lake Map shows the following homesteads: J. Dalton Sr.; P. Dalton; M. Dalton; John Dalton Jr.; J. Dalton all located along the shore in Lot 7/Burton.
Meacham's 1880 Atlas of Prince Edward Island shows the following homesteads: Maurice Dalton 50 Ac; William Dalton 50 Ac; Peter Dalton 100 Ac; Michael Dalton 100 Ac + 130 Ac; Mrs. Patrick Dalton 75 Ac; John Dalton 75 Ac. The shore road passed through all these farms which border on the shoreline. Peter Dalton had Bear Pond on his property which emptied to the Northumberland Strait where Theo. Wright had a Grist and Carding Mill. In the Patron's Directory at the back of Meacham's Atlas it lists Michael Dalton as a Cabinet Maker and Farmer, date of settlement 1836, nativity PEI; and also William Dalton, Farmer, date of settlement 1852, nativity PEI.
Cumin's 1928 Atlas of Prince Edward Island lists the following Daltons still on the farms noted above: Wilfred Dalton; Orville Dalton; Jerry Dalton; Ambrose Dalton; John Dalton Estate; and Joe Dalton.
I have all the descendant info on Jeremiah but I am looking to find some info from the roots in Ireland of these 2 brothers.
Above cf. http://www.islandlives.ca/fedora/repository/ilives%3A508300/TEI/Annotated%20TEI.xml
According to L'Impartial of 1899 Patrick Dalton came from Lot 7 to Nail Pond in about 1829. It also states that he and his wife Margaret McCarthy had several children. They were: Patrick, John, Catherine, Margaret, Thomas, Michael, Hanora and Charles. The latter was the only one living in Tignish in 1899. He was to become Lieutenant-Governor of the Province in later life. He was born at Norway, Tignish June 9, 1850, became Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island November 29, 1930 and died in office in 1933. He is buried at the present Roman Catholic cemetery in Tignish.
Patrick Dalton (Senior) was a farmer by occupation and owned 109 acres of land at Norway. The Norway Post Office was located in the Patrick Dalton homestead, based on the 1880 Meacham's Atlas. When Charles Dalton moved to Tignish in 1887 he sold the land to Thomas (Tommy) Keough. The land was then owned by his brother, Alonzo Keough, who in turn passed it on to his son Walcott. The latter's nephew John is the present owner. All the original Dalton buildings there have been destroyed and have gone into oblivion. Patrick Dalton and his wife both died at 84 years of age, the former in 1890 and the latter in 1885. Both are interred in the present Roman Catholic cemetery in Tignish. Cousins of Sir Charles Dalton were Russell and Clarence Dalton. Although both married and had children, they left us no male Dalton lineage living in our area at present.