Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Church of Scotland, Coleman - FOR SALE

     I was surprised to see this church listed for sale today in the Penny Saver, Alberton for $39,9000.  Definately not the future the MacKay siblings of Milo pictured when they thought they were leaving their near seven figure bequeath to this church.  Apparently the wording of the Will unintentionally saw the money go to the head of the Church of Scotland and not locally.  As a United Church minister commented, "the wording in a will has often seen bequeaths go where they were not intended".
    Here's photos I took in September 2012.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Matthews House, Alberton

     It's a wintry blustery day here in Alberton - just took a drive around town and snapped a couple photos of the old Matthews House at the end of Elder Street facing west.
     For a number of year Mr. & Mrs. Hebert Matthews operated a turkey farm here beginning in 1939 until 1966.  By8the early 1950s it was reputed to be the largest turkey farm in the Maritime Provinces with a capacity of as many as 10,000 mature birds.  At its peak 72,000 day-old pouts were sold in one year.  They had incubators with a capacity to hatch 10,000 eggs in one hatch.  Info. from...Footprints on the Sands of Time: A History of Alberton.
    Mrs. Matthews was Bertha Carruthers of Carleton.  The Matthews had two children, Gordon and Barbara.  Bertha went to P.W.C. and taught at Tryon, Carleton and Alberton.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

1854 R.T. Holman Homestead, Summerside - will it be demolished or preserved?

     There has been much talk on the Island this week with news the owners of the historic R.T. Holman house have applied for a demolition permit from the City of Summerside.  They have owned the house for 15 years and now have it for sale, however, with no interest from potential buyers, they have decided to keep their options open by applying for a demolition permit.  The large property on Summer Street, across from City Hall, is located in the downtown where a vacant lot is more valuable to developers than a lot with an historic home on it.  The owners would prefer to see the house preserved!
     The following are photos I took of the Holman House on Oct. 26, 2012.

      The following are a variety of articles and links to information about the house.

Palmer Road Parish Church

     A few weeks ago I went to see Ricky Ellis (carpenter & painter from West Point) at Palmer Road Parish Church in western Prince Edward Island - he was putting on eaves troughs, his final job following a couple of years of exterior restorations and painting.  
     As noted previous in this blog, Immaculate Conception Palmer Road is the largest wooden church on Prince Edward Island and seats about 1,000 people.
    Below, first is a photo of the church I took of the church in the summer of 2014 - following are photos I took on November 26, 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Revd Canon Robert C. Tuck - PEI Architectural Historian dies

    The following obituary appears on the Guardian Newspaper's website today:
     Peacefully at the Mount on Monday, November 16, 2015 of The Reverend Canon Robert C. Tuck of Charlottetown, age 88 years. Beloved husband of Catherine (Greene). Loving father of Beth (Tuck) (Jonathan) Eayrs and Alan. Foster parent to Rick (Barbara) Rayner and Helen Rayner. Grandpa to Sylvia and Edith Eayrs, Isabel MacLellan and Ivan Morse. Brother of Mary Tuck Corelli and Barbara McAndrew. Also survived by sister-in-law Barbara Tuck and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by grandson Frederick Eayrs and brother The Reverend Edward Tuck. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral from St. Peter's Cathedral on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment in St. Peter's Cathedral Anglican Cemetery. If so desired, memorials to St. Peter's Cathedral would be appreciated. Visiting at All Souls' Chapel, St. Peter's Cathedral on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com.

     CBC PEI website also reports the passing of CanonTuck...
     A pillar of the Anglican church in P.E.I., Canon Robert Tuck, has died in Charlottetown at the age of 88.  His son, musician Alan Tuck, said his father died early Monday morning of old age after suffering from dementia.  Robert Tuck was a great-nephew of William Critchlow Harris, a prolific Island architect of the late 1800s. 
"He brought attention and regard to William Harris that had been pretty much been lacking," said Alan Tuck.  Tuck authored Gothic Dreams: the Life and Times of a Canadian Architect William Critchlow Harris, as well as Churches of Nova Scotia, and co-authored Heritage Houses of Prince Edward Island.
He also released two collections of his editorial cartoons, which appeared originally in the Journal Pioneer newspaper and the Eastern Graphic, and wrote and spoke extensively about Island architecture, religion, and history. Tuck was born in in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in 1927, graduated from Dalhousie University with an arts degree, then trained for the Anglican priesthood at St Michael's College in Wales before being ordained in 1954. He married his wife Catherine in 1959 and had two children, Al and Beth, as well as two foster children, Rick and Helen Rayner. He served at churches in Nova Scotia before working at St. Mary's in Summerside from 1964 to 1975 and was priest in charge of King's County for 1975 through 1993. He was also a Canon of St. Peter's Church in Charlottetown.  Following in his great-uncle's footsteps, Tuck also designed churches he had built for Anglican use in Montague and Souris. He received recognition for his historical scholarship with awards from the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation and the Canadian Historical Association, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of King's College in Halifax. He is survived by his wife Catherine, sisters Barbara MacAndrew and Mary Corelli, children Alan and Elizabeth, and grandchildren Edith & Sylvia Eayrs, Isabel MacLellan, and Ivan Morse.
     Below are images of the books Canon Tuck published / co-published ( images come from www.amazon.ca website ).

     Canon Tuck was an artist and cartoonist.  Many may recall his political cartoons in the 1970s.  Over the years he produced a large collection of sketches of Island historic buildings - below is an example of an article he wrote and illustrated about the Town of Alberton which appeared in "The Island Magazine" No. 24, Fall/Winter 1988.   Bob Tuck penned 13 articles for the Island Magazine.   

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fredericton Train Station - Demolished

     The demolish of the old Fredericton Train Station took place recently - it was expected as the it has been in ruins for quite some time.  Below are photos I took on May 5, 2014.
     For further information on the station see previous post...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Old Homestead on Sou-west River

     I tagged along with a friend the other day as he went to the shore to get seaweed to bank his house.  Here's an old homestead near the river - it appears to be used seasonally.
     The 1928 Cumin's Atlas of Prince Edward Island shows this property owned by Walford McEwen with 130 acres; Silver Fox; married to Kate Campbell.
     The Meacham's 1880 Atlas of Prince Edward Island show this property belonging to Thos Reid with 210 acres - it shows a house roughly in the location of this house - it's probably this house as the style would date to that period.

Elmsdale United Church & former Manse

     I took this photo of the Elmsdale United Church on Monday - it is one of six churches that makes up the Alberton Elmsdale Pastoral Charge - United Church of Canada.
     The Elmsdale United Church (formerly Elmsdale Presbyterian Church) was built in 1884 - construction was under the supervision of Thomas Henderson. 
     The church is located at 39948 Western Road (Rte. 2) in Elmsdale, P.E.I.
     Above;  the former Elmsdale United Church Manse, built in 1927 - it was sold in 1972 to Merrill Wallace.   This house is situated directly across the road from the church.
     Above information comes from "Goin to the Corner: A History of Elmsdale, Elmsdale West and Brockton." Volume 1: The Community.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Unhappy Wife - Door Knobs - Great Fire

     When I saw this 1920 photo of Belmont House come up on Earles Picture Restoration page on Facebook I thought I'd post the story below from the book, "Sketches of Old St. Eleanors" 1973.
     Belmont House on St. Peter’s Rd in East Royalty/Charlottetown is reputed to be similar to the one burned down, but is not identical.
* * * * * * * * * *
A Fascinating Story as told by William R. Brennan.
“I know not the truth as it may be - I only know the tale as it was told to me.”
            A Col. Compton of England married a young lady, she was said to be the most beautiful girl in all the land.  When the Col. Received a grant of land in Prince Edward Island, there was much persuasion to induce his lovely wife to leave her native land to come to a new country to live.
            She at last promised her husband that if he would first come and build her a fine home, completely furnished, that she would come with him to settle in the new land.  When everything was in readiness they sailed for Prince Edward Island.
            After crossing the Atlantic and sailing through the Gulf of Richmond Bay, they anchored their vessel off the shores of North St. Eleanor’s.  The young couple walked together from the shore through the fields some distance to their new dwelling.  HE was indeed proud to show her this new home with beautiful furnishing, some of which came from England and some from New England.
            He showed her through the downstairs going from room to room and then they inspected the upstairs.  After everything has been explored the two went outdoors to view the garden and surroundings, and when this was done, he asked his beautiful wife how she liked her new home.  She replied, “The only thing I like about the place are the doorknobs.”
            The Col. then turned, went into the house, removed all the doorknobs , tied them in a string bag, returned to the outdoors, handed his wife the bag with knobs, then immediately he set fire to the new dwelling and all the furnishings.
            That winter they lived in Bedeque and suffered many hardships in the long cold winter.  They were compelled to sell some of the family jewellery to buy the necessities of life.

Charming Churches Christmas Festival - brilliant!!

This article appeared on the Journal-Pioneer website today...
Christmas festival breathes new life into P.E.I. churches
Desiree Anstey / Journal Pioneer / Published on November 06, 2015
© Google Street View / St. Mark's Anglican Church in Kensngton
Festival in Charming Churches is an all-new Christmas-themed storytelling and music event taking place in architecturally and acoustically remarkable churches over three weekends in late November and early December. “We intend to make this such a special event that we feel folks will travel from away to see and hear uplifting, as well as, poignant sights and sounds of the season,” said creator Ray Brow. “Shops, restaurants and accommodations on P.E.I. rarely get visitors in November but with the variety of shows and experimental events there should be something to draw persons of all ages...and the net benefit is an important cause.”  The not-for-profit fundraiser will feature 18 shows provincewide with the goal of contributing to the Syrian refugee crisis campaign, as well as, providing a measure of support for local churches.  “This is a way every Islander can do a small part in raising money for the Syrian refugees,” said Brow.  The idea was sparked from the award-winning Festival of Small Halls.  Historic St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kensington is hosting a children’s show scheduled on December 6.  The event is associated with the ‘Festival in Charming Churches’ and will also coincide with a Santa Parade. singers, songwriters, fiddlers and storytellers back to their roots, in charming rural settings.  “After years of running the Festival of Small Halls I realized there were additional largely unknown community treasures across the Island that needed to be discovered just as the halls were back in 2008.”  Before the Festival in Charming Churches officially kicks off, associated events will pave the way.  Brow explained that Georgetown is leading the pack with a "Black Tie Affair" fundraiser - the first of its kind.  Georgetown Baptist congregation volunteers are acting as servers.  All the food, meal preparation and prizes have been donated by businesses and members of the surrounding community.  A talented storyteller or two will regale the crowd and fine music will enhance the evening,” he said.  The Black Tie Affair is scheduled on Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., and has three beneficiaries.  Tickets are $55 with the proceeds to be split between Playhouse, Destination Georgetown (volunteer community group working to better Georgetown’s future) and $5 of each ticket to the Syrian Refugee Relief.  Brow hopes the festival will grow into a new Christmas tradition and annually support a charitable cause, and provide a measure of support for Island churches.  “We want to bring more smiles to faces across the province second only to Santa’s Christmas Eve visit. However, the Christmas themed marketing will only be launched the day after Remembrance Day out of respect for our veterans.”
For more information on the event visit: