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William J. Ritchie letters

  • CA MNBM Ritchie family CB DOC
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1933

The fonds consists of typed transcriptions of letters written by Ritchie to his mother while serving in the South Africa (Boer) War. The letters are dated 17 January 1900, 22 February 1900, and 28 February 1900 written from Belmont and Paardeberg Drift, South Africa. Letters describe William Ritchie's experience fighting the Boers in graphic detail and give information about the everyday life of a soldier in the Boer War. The letter dated 22 February vividly describes a charge on the Boers during which he received a superficial wound from shrapnel while under fire from 5 different points. Included in the letters are a few references to letters received from family members in Canada, receiving copies of Saint John newspapers and his comments about city councillors.

Typewritten transcripts of letters (3) W.J. Ritchie to mother re service in South African (Boer) War, Jan-Feb 1900

Ritchie, William Johnstone

Frederick Ernst Bettle

  • CA MNBM ID67
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1894-ca. 1962

The fonds includes Bettle's correspondence, military documents and ephemera from the Boer War and correspondence from his brother Harry who was serving in World War I. There are also a Cavalry Roll book, a freeman certificate for Saint John, newspaper articles concerning Loyalists and some printed items.

Bettle, Frederick Ernst

Militia Memories / by Colonel Walter W. White

  • CA MNBM 86
  • Fonds
  • 1943

This fonds consists of a manuscript book by Walter White about his militia memories from 1884 to 1942. It makes reference to the contingent sent to the Boer War from Saint John and describes White's experiences during the Halifax Explosion.

White, Walter W., Colonel

Hazel Deinstadt Bell

  • CA PANB MC6
  • Fonds
  • Photocopied [1992]

Hazel Deinstadt Bell's reminiscences about growing up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick, take the form of a letter to her great nieces and nephews, and were written in the 1950s. She recalls the introduction of the telephone, activities along the waterfront in Yarmouth, as well as street cars, hurdygurdies, trained bears, and Hallowe'en celebrations, in Saint John. She also mentions the Boer War (South African War), attending school, silent movies, outbreaks of smallpox, the exhibition, paddlewheel boats on the St. John River, and a visit to New York in 1901. She makes brief comments about her time overseas during World War I.

The fonds also includes a very few newspaper clippings containing information about her time in England and France, during World War I, and her father's career as a pastor in the Methodist Church.

Bell, Hazel Lawrence Deinstadt

Harold Wyndham Humphrey

  • CA MNBM ID70
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1920

This fonds consists of a diary, 1916-1918, with brief, matter-of-fact notes of life in camp in England and later in France during the First World War. There are also two notebooks from gunnery courses take by Humphrey. There is a file of correspondence sent to Humphrey while he was in charge of the welfare of some of the troops at Kimnel Park, including letters of complaint from soldiers and some correspondence about the relationships of enlisted men and British women. Humphrey's enlistment and other documents are also included.

Humphrey, Harold Wyndham

Saint John Naturalist Club

  • CA MNBM ID2600
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1990

Fonds consists of 6 volumes of the Saint John Naturalists Club minutes dated 1962-1980 and September 1985 - January 1990. They include the names of the executive and some names of general members, there is also a 1974 list of members. Club activities are documented, especially their annual participation in the Christmas bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society in the United States and later by Bird Studies Canada. Considerable information about species of birds spotted, location, and names of participants is included.

There are a few financial statements and some typed notices and newsclippings concerning scheduled meetings. Copies of the club newsletter are also included. There is also a resolution sent to the McKenna government about the club's opposition to development of a coal-oil port at Musquash Harbour estuary. It includes a proposal to make the site a protected natural area.

Saint John Naturalists Club

Harriett B. Holman

  • CA MNBM ID2022
  • Fonds
  • 1954

This fonds consists of Mrs. Harriett Holman's notes for her address to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Natural History Society in 1954. It includes her reminiscences of the early days in the Ladies Auxiliary, beginning when she joined in 1892 and recalls how she became secretary-treasurer. There is information about membership fees, members, location and frequency of meetings, lectures and field trips. Also included are notes of Mrs. Holman's recollection of the Auxiliary's decision to pursue full membership in the Natural History Society. There are two poems, one each by Dr. and Mrs. G.F. Matthews, which have nature and science themes.

Holman, Harriett B. (née Dunbrack)

Alonzo Stevens

  • CA MNBM ID4674
  • Fonds
  • 1902, 1967

This fonds consists of two certificates. One is Steven's military discharge certificate dated 1902, which contains age, physical description, military unit and date discharged. There is also a freeman's certificate, 1967, presented to Alonzo Stevens and several others in honour of their military service.

Stevens, Alonzo

Beatteay family

  • CA MNBM ID1701
  • Fonds
  • 1839-1929

This fonds consists of property deeds, Methodist membership records, printed broadsheet, family history information, and a personal letter.

Beatteay (family)

James P. Loughery

  • CA MNBM ID2088
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1918

The fonds consists of a copy of Loughery's certificate as master of a steam tugboat in the coasting trade (1911); two letters of recommendation, dated February 1911, and a Canadian master's return dated 1918. The letters of recommendation are from C.M. Kerrison, ship and general broker, and J. Splane & Co., also brokers, and they testify to James Loughery's capabilities, sobriety, and trustworthiness as a master of a vessel. The master's return, issued under provisions of the War Measures Act of 1914, provides date of birth, citizenship, employment, and grade of certificate.

Loughery, James Patterson

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