Bits and pieces from Old Newspapers of the Restigouche

By Irene Doyle

February 7, 1913 issue ----- Saturday at the age of 83, benjamin goodwin, one of campbellton's oldest inhabitants. He was born in Oldham, England in 1830 and came to NB in 1852, working in railway construction in Nova Scotia, on the I. C. R. on the north shore of New Brunswick in 1872 and as an I. C. R. engineer afterwards. Deceased retired and settled in Campbellton NB. Where until the fire he lived with Dan O'Keefe at the Intercolonial House and after the fire with friends near Campbellton.

March 26, 1913 ----- died in his 77th year, John Adams after an illness of 6 1/2 years. A well-known resident and member of one of Campbellton's founding families, he was a direct descendent of Robert Adams, who with John Duncan founded the town of Campbellton in 1793. Leaves his widow , 1 daughter Minnie, 2 brothers James of Tide Head, and Charles at home. Deceased was the son of the late Robert Adams and Jane Reid, early Scottish settlers.

Nov. 27, 1913 issue ----- Item of Interest - Convicted of bigamy - James Barnhardt, alias Renhart, convicted in Newcastle, NB where he married Miss Bessie Cable by threatening her with a Breach of Promise suit, on Thursday. His Mrs. Barnhardt of Campbellton came down to Newcastle and had him arrested. Given 4 years hard labor. He had married 3 times and it was said his first wife died from injuries at his hand, which he denied, saying she died in childbirth. Mrs. Barnhardt of Campbellton was one of the Adams girls from the other side, at the time of her marriage being known as the Widow Johnson. She keeps a boarding house on Union Street in Campbellton.

In the Nov. 5, 1914 issue of the Campbellton Graphic we find: ----- "On Tuesday, Edouard Levesque of Campbellton, a resident here for 35 years at age 71. He was the second French man to establish a business here, (a jewelry and optical store) which was very successful, but gave it up a little over a year ago and went to live with his niece, Mrs Clarence Boudreau where he died. Leaves 3 brothers, Thomas of Maria, Bernard of N ew York City, and Charles of Ont. 2 sisters, Mrs Alex Pinette of Campbellton, and Mrs N. Boudreau of Maria. Rev. Fathers Wallace, Pacifique and Isidore officiating."**

Nov. 13, 1913 ISSUE ----- This morning James A. McRae , eldest son of the late William McRae in his 50th year. Deceased who was the senior partner in the firm of Messrs. McRae Brothers, conducting a boot and shoe business here, had been ailing since August. The funeral was held from his late residence, Water St. Saturday afternoon at 3;45 sharp (ca 1864)

Nov. 13, 1913 issue ----- At home in Dalhousie Junction, Robert Thompson one of the pioneers of Restigouche County at 87 or 88, on Nov. 10, 1913. He came from County Donegal, Ireland in 1850 and married Eliza, sister of Mr. Richard Parker of Campbellton and they had 7 children. She died 40 years ago and he then married Miss Allison of Escuminac. Leaves 2 daughters Mrs. W. Alder Trueman of Campbellton, and Miss Minnie at home, 3 sons, George of Vancouver, William at home and Dick in Dalhousie.

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