Vroom, James

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Administrator, botanist, and historian James Vroom, the son of Frances Eliza Foster and William Vroom, was born 27 August 1846 at St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick of Dutch ancestry. He attended local schools and the Normal School at Fredericton. Following graduation he taught in the Madras School in St. George, in St. Andrews, and in Fredericton where he served as headmaster of the Model School. He was an instructor at the Normal School for a time, and later taught in Presque Isle, Maine before accepting a teaching position in St. Stephen.

In 1887 James Vroom gave up teaching to become town clerk of St. Stephen, a position he held until his death. He also served as town treasurer, as editor of the "St. Croix Courier," and as secretary of the local Board of School Trustees (1909-1928). Active in the community, he was a member of the Masonic Order for 60 years, being elevated to the post of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick in 1926. Vroom was also treasurer of the St. Stephen Preceptory of Knights Templar, secretary of the St. Stephen Royal Arch Chapter, choirmaster of All Saints, St. Andrews, a member of the planning committee of the DeMonts-Champlain Tercentenary (1904), and was active in the affairs of Chipman Memorial Hospital.

In addition to his business and community activities, James Vroom was an active researcher. He was particularly interested in botany and the early history of Charlotte County. The University of New Brunswick recognized his contributions to original research in botany and local history by awarding him an honorary Master of Arts degree in 1908. James Vroom never married. He died on 2 October 1932, at age 86.


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