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Maine Sends Relief

Bridgewater Bulletin, December 18,1917.

Augusta, Maine, December 7- Ten thousand heavy wool blankets, 1000 cot beds and a corps of staff and medical officers and assistants from the Penobscot County Committee on Public Safety are now on their way from Maine to Halifax and will reach there Saturday night. Governor Milliken tonight sent the following telegram to the governor-general of Canada, the governor of Nova Scotia, and the headquarters of the American Red Cross at Washington.

“The State of Maine is waiting word to send aid to Halifax. Several scores of doctors and several hundred nurses offer their services. An abundant supply of groceries is on hand. The State can furnish at once 400,000 square feet of beaver board, 10 tons of putty, 200,000 lights of glass, and 10,000 rolls of tarred paper and roofing paper. Crews and carpenters and other volunteer workers are ready for any emergency. On advices just received I am sending 2000 blankets and 1000 cots from the state military stores and 8000 other blankets from Bangor, with staff and medical officers and other assistants. Notify me of your other needs.”

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Memorial Service

Bridgewater Bulletin, November 27, 1917.

A memorial service for the following Bridgewater heroes fallen in battle will be held in the school auditorium on Sunday evening, December 2nd, at 8:30 o’clock. The names of the heroes are Carleton Bolivar, Robert Duff, Owen G. Dauphinee, William Daniels, Spurgeon Daniels, Howard Feindel, Arthur Godard, Lester Godfrey, Lawrence Lohnes, William Logan, Arthur Munroe, Pearl Sutherland, and Alexander Taylor.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Pte. Sydney Hallimore

Bridgewater Bulletin, May 15, 1917.

A telegram was received Tuesday morning at 9:30 stating that Pte. Sydney Hallimore, recently invalided home, with the loss of a leg, would arrive by train. Steps were at once taken for a suitable demonstration. The 69th. band was called together, autos and teams decorated, and the school children and citizens marched to the depot. Pte. Hallamore was escorted around the town and then dined with his pastor, Rev. B.D. Knott. The band rendered several choice selections at the parsonage. Mr. W.H.S. Zwicker with his Overland conveyed him in the afternoon to his home at New Cornwall. We extend our thanks to the conductor for his thoughtfulness in notifying the agent at the depot.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Letter From A Soldier

Bridgewater Bulletin, February 6, 1917.

The following letter has been received from Pte. R. H. Whynacht of Vogler’s Cove.

Somewhere in France, December 26, 1916.

Dear Father, Just a few lines to answer to your kind and welcome letter.

Yesterday was Christmas. I hope you had an enjoyable one. I know that I enjoyed mine as well as I ever did but in a very funny way and I am going to tell you just how the boys celebrated their Christmas. In the morning about ten o’clock some of the boys happened to look out of the trench and saw the Germans standing on top of their parapet – that is the top of the trench which is built of sandbags, which forms a wall along the trench – waving their hands for us to come over. When we saw them we got on top of our trench and waved our hands for them to come over to us, but they would not come, then we got down and started to walk over to them, and when they saw us coming they got down from their parapet and came to meet us. They came right up and shook hands with us. You could see them about a mile along the line, both our boys and the Germans shaking hands with each other. There was an officer and some of his men came right over to our trench. They had cigarettes and cigars. The officer could speak good English and so could some of the men. The officer gave our boys a German paper and it said in the paper that the war would be over by the middle of January. It looked funny to me to see anything like that. Tell Mother I received her letter but will write later. I sent her a Christmas present quite a few weeks ago. I suppose she has received it by this time if nothing has happened to it. I suppose Kenneth and Clifford are busy lobster fishing.

Well, father, I will bring my short letter to a close by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I still remain, Your loving son, Ray

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Accidently Wounded

Bridgewater Bulletin, Mahone Bay News, March 7, 1916.

Mrs. Bessie Veinot received a letter Tuesday from her son, Andrew, somewhere in France, notifying her of his being accidently wounded in the hand on February 8th. Private Veinot, in the performance of his duties as cook for a machine gun section, placed a handful of straw on the fire. A loaded cartridge, accidently dropped, was among the straw. The shell exploded and the bullet passed through his hand. Mrs. Veinot received an official telegram on Wednesday (one day after the letter) advising her of his admittance to No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance, February 8th.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Fairview Hotel

Bridgewater Bulletin, January 11, 1916.

Fairview Hotel, one of the most popular hostetries on the South Shore, was totally destroyed by fire early on the morning of January 9th. In one hour the big building was consumed with practically all its contents, in fact the occupants had to flee in their night apparel. The maids lost all their clothing, and one of them $30 in cash. Norman Rafuse, a commercial traveller, lost a sum of money and all his clothing except an overcoat. Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Davison lost a large amount of clothing, articles of value and jewelry. M. Ducoffe had furnished his own rooms, and this was devoured by the flames. A number of other guests lost all except what they escaped in.

Mr. and Mrs. Awalt and daughter escaped with their lives, and that is about all. The fire gained headway so rapidly owing to the wooden construction of the building, that, after attention was given to the saving of life, it was too late to save the contents. The loss to Mr. Awalt is very heavy, somewhere in the vicinity of $15,000, while the insurance is only $3,500 on the building and $1,000 on the furnishings.

The firemen and others did some strenuous work, with the weather at zero, but no wind. The residences of A.C. Barnaby and H.M. Pattillo nearby were not in imminent danger, but water had to be freely used to keep them from the flames. The barn and sample room building were saved by hard work.

Fairview Hotel originally was built by John L. Doyle, now of Sydney. It was acquired by Smith Bros. of Halifax and leased by F.W. Clark who conducted it for some years during which time additions were made to it. Later, when Mr. Clark moved to his present situation, W.E. Awalt and his brother, Cornelius, leased the premises, and later W.E. Awalt conducted it alone and made valuable additions and improvements.

The origin of the fire is not clear, but undoubtedly was due to an over-heated furnace.

Mr. and Mrs. Awalt are both ill from heavy colds, and they have the sympathy of the whole community on their heavy loss.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Town and Country News

Bridgewater Bulletin, September 14, 1915.

Nineteen recruits for the 64th. battalion were played to the station by the band on Monday afternoon. An immense crowd assembled to give the boys a send off. The recruits from outside town were given a dinner at the Eureka Hotel by the local recruiting committee. The names are : Miles Mahoney, Asaph Varner, Laurie Risser, Oberlin Hamm, Joshua Varner, Maurice Carver, Dean Lohnes, New Germany; Marcel Turner, Alex. Veinot, Oman Woodworth, Richard Woodworth, Simpson’s Corner; Carrol Mackay, Azzel Mackay, Stanley Section; Thomas Hammond, Ezra Eisener, Collin Eisener, Scarsdale; Charles Burns, Barss Corner; Harry Slauenwhite, Maplewood; Gordon McKean, Riversdale; Jas. V. Kaulback, Maplewood; Halton Dorey, Newburn.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Chester News

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 31, 1915.

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24th. and 25th.had been advertised for the annual Regatta of the Chester Yacht Club, but the weather man had other views on the subject. Tuesday morning proved foggy and showery so that the sports of the day had to be called off. The Chester Red Cross Society had planned to take advantage of the day by organizing a bevy of young girls to tag everyone in sight for the benefit of the Society. The following young ladies wore the Society badge and tagged with great success – Misses Marjorie Brookfield, Mary Wurtz, Rosaline Florence, Pearl MacDermott, Sue Mills, Hilda Harris, Maisie Freda, Florence Walsh, Ruth Hennigar, Merle Stanford, Margaret and Emma Robinson, Fanny Evans, Edna Zinck, Marion Smith, Gertrude Mills, Susie Church, Flora Manning and others. Through their united efforts, the sum of one hundred five dollars was added to the Red Cross Fund.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Methodist Camp Meeting

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 3, 1915.

The annual Methodist Camp Meeting was held at New Germany on Sunday, July 25, in the Pine Grove on the property of Isaac B. DeLong. The grove has been nicely arranged with seats, a platform to accomdate a large choir, and a band stand. The weather was ideal. A large congregation gathered at 10:30 when the Rev. Norman J. Ritcey of Middleton, delivered an inspiring sermon on the “Love of God.”

From two to three p.m. the New Germany Brass Band, under the able leadership of I.B. DeLong, splendidly rendered a number of patriotic selections. At three p.m. the patriotic service commenced. The congregation had grown to about six hundred. Mr. Ritcey delivered another excellent address, this time from the words,”Honour the King.” The sermon was original, thoughtful, and inspiring.

The evening service opened at seven p.m. with a large congregation present. The sermon delivered by Mr. Ritcey was a penetrating and heart-searching discourse based on the words,”Be sure your sins will find you out.”

Solos were rendered by Mrs. I.B. DeLong and Mrs. Eusteon Morton.

The Rev. Bert Cooper, a former pastor of the New Germany circuit, was also on the platform, and took part in the services.

These circuit rallys are an inspiration and much enjoyed by all who have the privilege of attending them.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Waterloo School, as written by Miss Louise Kaulback

Waterloo School Register, Miss Kaulback wrote this in 1914.

Names of Teachers and Dates since 1900- Miss Bessie M. Kedy, 1899-1900, Chelsea; Miss Florian Isabel Thompson, 1900-1901, Bridgewater; Miss Effie M. Rhodenizer, 1901-1902, Baker’s Settlement; Miss Lottie Haughn, 1902-1903, Lapland; Miss Minnie B. Wentzell, 1903-1904, Bridgewater; Miss Minnie B. Wentzell, 1904-1905, Bridgewater; Miss Minnie B. Wentzell, 1905-1906, Bridgewater; Miss Mary Bowers, 1906-1907, Lunenburg; Miss Nellie Heisler, 1908-1908, Lower Rosebay; Miss Elsie Fralic, 1908-1909, Pleasantville; Miss Beatrice Hebb, 1909-1910, Hebbville; Miss Bernice Bolivar, 1910-1911, Baker’s Settlement; Miss Florence Slaunwhite, 1911-1912, Conquerall Mills; Year 1912-1913, there was no school; Miss Louise Kaulback, 1913-1914, Bridgewater.

The library and twenty books were puchasesd during years 1907-1907, Miss Bowers being the teacher. Three books were presented to the library at different times. Then years 1911-1912 Miss Slaunwhite added twenty more books to it by proceeds of a school picnic, etc.

The school room was painted and a number of seats along the walls were removed during summer of 1913.

Mr. James Hirtle has been the faithful Secretary of the School Board for nearly twenty years, having assumed the office in 1894. Few men have had such a record. (Written at the end- Mr. Hirtle ended his secretaryship in 1922.)

The “C” grade is being taught for the first time since 1900 by teacher, L.M. Kaulback who is hired for six months here. The pupils are Mabel Wilda Hebb of Waterloo and Leda Frances Thompson of Lapland.

Waterloo school house is situated about in the centre of district. Some of the pupils have nearly three miles to come to school and can boast of having one of the finest school houses in the county of Lunenburg, outside of the town schools. The room is not overlarge and contains seats enough for all the children that can come to school.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse