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Wedding
Calder – Graham

  The Baptist Church, Eel River Lake, was the scene of a pretty wedding when Rev Theodore Smith of Meductic united in marriage in a double ring ceremony Marie Darlene Graham, daughter of Mr and Mrs Haarold Graham of Eel River Lake, and Lic. Theodore Allan Calder, son of Mrs Linnea Calder and the late Mr Russell Calder of Welshpool, Campobello Island.
    The church was decorated with an arch of roses and evergreen and vases of summer flowers, and the guest pews were marked with white satin ribbons and roses. Mrs G. Willard Grant played the wedding music and Miss Brenda Smith, guest soloist, sang "The Lord's Prayer" prior to the ceremony and "I Love You Truly" during the signing of the register.
    The bride given in marriage by her father, wore a floor-length gown of white lace and net over satin, with fitted lace bodice and matching bolero with long sleeves extending to points over the hands, and sequin-trimmed Peter Pan collar, a bouffant skirt with deep net flounce outlined by diamond patterned irresident sequins. Her long veil fell from a tiara of orange blossoms and she carried a white bible centered with three red roses and white satin streamers with rosebuds.
    The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs Floyd Johnson, as matron of honor. She wore a floor length gown of daffodil yellow net over taffeta with matching flower headdress and gloves, and carried a nose gay of yellow and rose carnations.
    The bridesmaids were the misses Sherrill Graham and Diane Wood, sister and niece of the bride. Miss Graham was wearing a gown of pale blue net over taffeta with matching stole, headdress and gloves, and Miss Wood a gown of blue net and lace over taffeta with lace bolero, and matching headdress and gloves. Both carried nosegays of carnations.
    Little Miss Raelene Graham, flower girl was wearing blue and white and carried a silver basket of irises. Valerie Johnson and Cecily Graham were train-bearers, and wore dresses of pink and blue, respectively, with matching headdresses.
    The groom was attended by Glendon Graham, and the ushers were Laurel Graham and Hollis Wood.
    Mrs Graham, mother of the bride, was wearing a sheath of teal blue with small matching jacket, pink accessories, and a corsage of rose carnations.
    The groom's mother, Mrs Calder, was wearing a white nylon dress figured with black, black and white accessories, and a corsage of pale pink carnations.
    Guests attending from distant points were from Toronto, Campobello, Fredericton, Juniper, Houlton and Woodstock.
Obituary
Nettie Veysey

Houlton Me. [1982] — Funeral services were held at the Dunn Funeral Home for Nettie M. Veysey, wife of the late George R. Veysey.
    Born at North Lake, York County, on April 10, 1899, she was a daughter of the late Peter C. and Susie L (Howe) Lutz.
    She is survived by one sister, Mrs Orrin (Alice) Dickison of Oshawa, Ont.; a brother-in-law, Hiram Veysey; and 13 nephews and nieces.
    Mrs Veysey died at the Houlton Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Green Mountain Baptist Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Ruth. Interment at the Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton.
Obituary
Mary Elizabeth Fish

The funeral was held at the Green Mountain Baptist Church for Mrs Mary Elizabeth Fish, of Green Mountain. Rev. Maynard LaKing officiated, assisted by Rev. Darrell Chase and Rev. Wade Brewer..
    Mrs Fish was born at Kirkland, 80 years ago, a daughter of the late James and Annie (Greer) Arbo. She was a member of the Green Mountain Baptist Church. She was the widow of Charles Fish Sr. Her death occurred at the Carleton Memorial Hospital in Woodstock..
    Surviving are nine daughters: Mrs Merrill Graham (Lydia), Mrs Albert Harvey (Phyllis), both of Frest City; Mrs Edward Grondin (Ethel), of Moose Jaw; Mrs Helen Davidson of Woodstock; Mrs Richard Gaskin (Kathleen), and Mrs Arnold Veysey (Myrna) of Fosterville; Mrs Leslie Boone (Lois) of Canterbury; Mrs Carl Gavel (Nadine, of Nackewic; and Mrs Wayne Wood (Carlene) of Prince William; a son, Charles Fish of Fosterville; a sister, Mrs Edna Spooner of Natick, Mass.; 49 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews..
    Pallbearers were Andrew Fish, Dwayne Boone, Garland Veysey, Ronald Fish, Sheldon Gavel and Gregory Harvey, all grandsons of Mrs Fish..
    Burial was in the Fosterville upper cemetery.
Key to Long Life

[1980] — Over 230 well-wishers gathered at the Fosterville Elementary school on April 12, to honor Mrs Florence Foster on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
    A retired school teacher, Mrs Foster welcomed several former pupils. She obtained her education quite differently from today's teachers, such as her grandson, Leonard Foster, who will graduate within weeks from the University of New Brunswick with his teaching degree; or her daughter, Alice Graham, who also received a Bachelor of Education to teach.
    One of nine children born to Thomas and Catherine McNerlin of Maxwell, Mrs Foster was born and raised on the farm which her father hacked out of the forest with an axe and elbow grease. As a child she often walked miles to the next dirstrict to attend classes because some schools were closed during winter months or for whole terms. Most of the teachers only had a local licence without formal training.
    Yet in 1907, Mrs Foster managed to go to Fredericton to attend Normal School. She left school again at the age of 17 to support herself by teaching. After three terms of teaching, she returned to Fredericton and graduated from Normal School in June, 1910. (Note: the Normal School later became Teacher's College and was located on Queen Street at York across from the City Hall. Today it houses the Courts.)
    After graduating, she held teaching psitions in various New Brunswick schools. In 1918 she was granted a U.S. Maine licence for seven years. She returned to teach in the Pemberton Ridge/Green Mountain area where she met and married Elias Foster, the local blacksmith, and 13th child of a blacksmith.
    Although starting her family at the age of 35, she gave birth to five healthy children in the following ten years. She did not again teach until 1950 when she had as her students the children of former pupils in many cases. When she retired in 1957 at the age of 67 her teaching career had spanned 50 years.
    For many years Mrs Foster served as organist, treasurer, superintendent and Sunday School teacher of the Green Mountain Baptist church. Although her sight for reading is poor, she still teaches an Adult Bible Class making use of an excellent memory of bible verses memorized in her youth.
    The old Foster homestead at Green Mountain (long past its centenarian mark), where her late husband and five children were born, is still her home. She enjoys visiting close friends and family. Alert and able to care for all her own needs she can still whip up a batch of cookies or put out a wash with ease.

Present at the party were her three sons, Gordon, Green Mountain (Note: with whom Flossie lived), Marvin, North Lake, Curtis, Canterbury and one daughter, Kathryn, Canterbury. Another daughter, Mary Alice Graham, Winnipeg, was unable to attend because of illness, but sent flowers and a message.
    Mrs Foster has 17 grandchildren and all except Douglas and Brian Graham, Winnipeg, and Capt Boyd Foster, currently on course in BC, were able to attend.
    Guests arrived from 2 until 9 p.m. and Mrs Foster remained in attendance the full time greeting each arrival personally. It was a memorable day.
Obituary
Harold C. Graham

[1977] — Funeral services were held at the Fosterville United Baptist Church for Harold C. Graham of Eel River Lake. Dr. Henry Allaby officiated at the service. Burial was in the Fosterville lower cemetery.
    Mr Graham was born at Eel River Lake, a son of the late Clarence and Adelaide (Gould) Graham. He farmed for most of his life. Mr Graham was a member of the United Baptist church. His death occurred at the Carleton Memorial Hospital. at the age of 68 years.
    Mr Graham is survived by his wife, the former Grace Greer; six daughters, Mrs Forbes Barr (Joyce), Burlington, Ont.; Mrs Floyd Johnson (Lona) Canterbury; Mrs Theodore Calder (Marie), Campobello Island; Mrs Thomas Kinney (Sherrill), Mrs Reginald Fredericks (Cecily) and Mrs Bruce Currie (Raelene), all of Fredericton; and five sons: Larry, Barry, Ont.; Keith, Keswick, Ont.; Dennis, London, Ont.; Glendon and Wayne, both of Fredericton; and a sister, Mrs Wesley Kinney (Pearl) of Houlton, Me.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews..
    Pallbearers were grandsons, Dennis Graham, Brett Graham, Andrew Graham, Steven Johnson, Chris Barr and Perry Bull.
Family Left Homeless


Forest City [1981] — A family of three may have been able to save more of their belongings in a Sunday morning fire if telephone service in the area was working.
    Mrs Doris Graham said that by the time she was able to contact the Canterbury Volunteer fire department it was too late to save their 100-year old home.
    "Of course the phones were out and have been off and on for the last four months", said Mrs Graham. "If you need an ambulance down here, I don't know what you would do."
    She said had the fire fighters been able to get to Forest city sonner they might have been able to get more belongings from the burning, wood-frame, eight room house. While the house was insured, the contents were not.
    "My daughter, Tina, must of had $700 to $800 worth of Fisher toys over the years. All that's gone", she said. "but I guess we should be thankful a life wasn't taken."
    She said she and her husband, a buyer and seller of lumber for a firm had just arisen when the fire broke out.
    "I heard a noise upstairs like someone bumping into something. Paul went to the head of the stairs and said, 'My God, it's a fire. If you have any money, get it and get out'."
    She said she had to drive to a neighbor's house to use the phone but finding the house locked had to return to her mother-in-law's to call the fire department about 40 miles away. Several firefighters answered the alarm but the house was destroyed before they arrived. Cause of the fire is unknown.
    Mrs Graham said they will all live at her mother-in-law's trailer until they can find new accomodations. She said friends and neighbors are rallying to help them but until then they really have little room for clothing and furniture.
    "It doesn't sink in until the next day or so but you stop and think you have nothing", she said.
    Forest City is a small community on the Canada-United States border 55 miles southwest of Woodstock.
    Chuck Ash, Woodstock Division manager for NBTel said the company is in the process of improving telephone service in Forest City. Mr Ash said there are now new circuits into the remote community for its 32 customers. He said work has already begun to expand the service to 11 circuits but the project delayed by last summer telephone worker's strike. The completion date of January 30 has been pushed to the end of May.
    Most Forest City residents are on a 10-party line.
Obituary
Elizabeth M Harvey

[1983] — A funeral service was held at the Forest City United Baptist Church for Mrs Elizabeth M Harvey of Pemberton Ridge, N.B. Rev. Peter Douglass officated at the service. The church choir sang the hymns Under His Wings and How Great Thou Art.
    Mrs Harvey was born in England on February 6, 1892. Her death occurred at the Carleton Memorial Hospital on January 31, 1983. She was a member of the United Baptist Church and a life member of the Women's Missionary Society.
    She is survived by a daughter, Mrs Murray Broad (Edith) of Debec. A son, Gordon, of Pemberton Ridge, N.B. A sister, Mrs Ellis Graham (Jennie) of Forest City, N.B. Twenty-one grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
    Mrs Harvey was predeceased by her husband, Lancaster, in 1963, She was predeceased by three daughters, Mrs Hazel Guy in 1926, Alice Harvey in 1962, and Mrs Henrietta DeMerchant in 1980; two sons, Albert in 1980 and George in 1973.
    Pallbearers were Eldon Rideout, Dale Cronkite, Richard DeMerchant, Chester DeMerchant, Maurice Farrell and Maurice Cropley. Interment took place in the Forest City Cemetery.
Graham's Note Their 50th Anniversary

[1978] — Attending the observance of their 50th wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs Melzie Graham of Forest City, N.B., were Mr and Mrs Peter Sides, son Timothy and daughter Paula of Sherman Mills, Mr and Mrs John Anderson, laurie and Johnny McCarthy, Lorrie Anderson and Terry Anderson of Oakfield, Mrs Williard Pipes and daughter Mary of Island Falls..
    Mrs Graham, the former Marguerite Dunphy , daughter of Mr and Mrs Boardman Dunphy of Island Falls, was born in Island Falls and attended schools there..
    The Graham's have a son Paul, of Forest City, and a daughter, Mrs Winona Hawkes of Woodstock. They have 11 grandchilden and 10 great grandchildren, and all were present but the oldest grandson..
    Open house was held in the afternoon of Sept 24 and the honored couple was greeted by many friends and relatives. They received many gifts and tehre was a money tree..
    Refreshments wre served by the granddaughters and the guest book was circulated by Paulette Graham.
Boone Reunion

[1979] — Friends and relatives of the late William and Lenora Boone gathered at the Orange hall in Fosterville for the annual Boone reunion, at which time a surprise fiftieth wedding anniversary party was celebrated in honor of Claude and Margaret Tomilson, youngest daughter of the family.
    Gifts, cards and a money tree were presented to the couple along with a prettily decorated anniversary cake donated by Arlington Boone, eldest son of the family.
    A total of 56 people were in attendance, from Halifax in N.S., Houlton,, East Hodgdon, Eddington and Orient in Maine; Fredericton, Woodstock, CAnterbury, Forest City and Green Mountain in New Brunswick.
    Mrs Alice Gilpatrick, who attend the bride at her wedding, was also present at the reunion. Mrs Sylvia Graham circulated the guest book. Games and prizes were enjoyed by the children.
    The oldest member, Mrs Florence Foster and Mrs Inez Lounder (relatives who have faithfully attended the Boone Reunion since its organization) and the youngest member, two and a half month old Melissa Bye, great-granddaughter of Fred and Dorothy Boone, each received U.S. silver dollars donated by Ralph Tomilson.
    The highlight of the afternoon celebration was the performance of a mock wedding, written and composed by Mrs Florence Dickison and under the direction of Mrs Warden Boone.
    The participants were dressed in hillbilly fashion, Muriel Boone as the parson, walked in a dignified manner, dressed hight hat and boots, baggy suit and a large flowing red and white bolka-dot tie. The bride, played by Mary (Boone) Hebert, came tripping in, waving a fan, to the strains of "Here Comes The Bride" played by Fred Boone on his harmonica. He gave the bride away. She was dressed in an old-fashioned flowered dress wrapped profusely in wide ribbons, with a white net veil plied with breadths of ribbon and wearing striped knee socks. She carried a bouquet of wild flowers.
    Warden Boone acted as the groom with brother Dell as best man, both identically dressed in one strap bib-overalls, wearing wigs and old hats. The tearful bride played by Evelyn (Boone) Jack was attired in a flowered dress, wide brimmed hat and carrying a huge basket of wild flowers. The flower girl, played by Linda Perry, came last dressed in a short skirt, carrying wild flowers, walking in her bare feet and sucking her thumb. After a lengthy lecture in hillbilly dialect by the parson the hilariously funny vows were repeated. Ed Hebert ended the ceremony by singing "Silver Threads Among the Gold" aqmid rice throwing and applause the bridal party left the hall.
    At this point Claude and Margaret arose and thanked everyone for an enjoyable anniversary party. Arlington Boone offered prayer and a picnic lunch was set out.
    Due to ill health, eldest daughter Hattie (Boone) VEysey and son Basil Boone were not present, leaving three of the original family and their descendents in attendance.
Obituary
Florence A Foster

[1983] — Mrs Florence Ada (McNerlin) Foster, 92, widow of Elias Foster, died unexpectedly at the home of her daughter in Canterbury on Jan. 28, 1983.
    Born at Maxwell, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Kate) McNerlin (nee Slater) of Maxwell. She begin teaching school at 17, and after three terms returned to Fredericton for more education where she graduated from Normal School in 1910. When she retired from teaching in 1957 at the age of 67, her career had covered a span of 50 years.
    She was a member of the Green Mountain United Baptist Church all her married life, and served as a bible teacher and organist during that time. She lived at Green Mountain the last 57 years of her life except for periods spent with her daughter in Canterbury, where she died suddenly. She remained mentally and physically alert and active until her death.
    Mrs Foster is survived by three sons, Gordon of Green Mountain, Marvin of North Lake and Curtis of Canterbury; two daughters, Mrs Beecher (Kathryn) Foster of Canterbury and Mrs Mary Alice Graham of Winnipeg; two sisters, Mrs Lena Hawkes and Mrs Alex (Hattie) Graham of Woodstock; 17 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
    Funeral service was held from the Green Mountain United Baptist Church with Lic. Peter Douglas and Lic. Charles Collicott officiating. Burial was in the Fosterville upper cemetery.