THIS WEEK IN his­tory

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June 11, 1843 – Fa­ther Wil­liam Dol­lard of Fred­er­ic­ton is con­se­crated the first Bishop of New Brunswick. Born in Bal­ly­ta­rina, Ire­land, Dol­lard came to the mis­sion on the Mi­ramichi in 1823 and was later ap­pointed to Fred­er­ic­ton in 1836.

June 11, 1803 – Martin

Hunter is pro­moted to brigadier­gen­eral, com­mand­ing the Bri­tish forces in North Amer­ica. He later be­comes com­man­der of the

New Brunswick Reg­i­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tor of New Brunswick dur­ing the ab­sence of Lieu­tenant-gover­nor Thomas Car­leton.

June 11, 1996 – Ra­dio sta­tion CFNB signs off the air in Fred­er­ic­ton and is re­placed by CIBX-FM. This well-known New Brunswick sta­tion be­gan broad­cast­ing in 1923 out of Ste­wart Neill’s home on Water­loo Row (Fred­er­ic­ton).

June 12, 1911 – New Brunswick’s first Women’s In­sti­tute is or­ga­nized at An­dover by Alma Jane Porter – “For Home and Coun­try.”

June 12, 1812 – The United States Congress declares war on Great Bri­tain, cit­ing nu­mer­ous griev­ances, in­clud­ing naval block­ades and the seizure of Amer­i­can sailors at sea. De­spite op­po­si­tion from ma­rine in­ter­ests in New Eng­land, Pres­i­dent Madi­son con­firms a state of war.

June 13, 1915 – The 26th

Bat­tal­ion de­parts Saint John for ser­vice in the First World War.

“The Fight­ing 26th” be­comes the only in­fantry bat­tal­ion to con­tin­u­ously rep­re­sent New Brunswick on the bat­tle­front in France and Bel­gium dur­ing World War I and re­ceives 21 Bat­tle Honours.

June 13, 1885 – The Marysville Cot­ton Mill com­mences oper­a­tion. With full pro­duc­tion achieved by Novem­ber 1889, “Boss” Gib­son’s mill be­comes the largest in­dus­trial oper­a­tion in cen­tral New Brunswick, em­ploy­ing 500 work­ers and the largest mill struc­ture in Canada.

June 13, 1939 – Their Majesties King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth com­mence their Royal Tour of New Brunswick, ar­riv­ing in New­cas­tle on the Royal train. Trav­el­ling by car to Fred­er­ic­ton, they make an un­sched­uled stop for re­fresh­ments at Gilks House in Doak­town.

June 14, 1966 – Upon the in­vi­ta­tion of Canada, United

States mil­i­tary com­mence a three­day test­ing over CFB Gage­town of Agent Or­ange, Agent Pur­ple, Agent White and sev­eral other toxic pol­lu­tants while sol­diers train on site.

June 14, 1801 – Bene­dict Arnold dies in Lon­don, Eng­land. Con­sid­ered a “traitor” for join­ing the Bri­tish af­ter a heroic ca­reer as a Revo­lu­tion­ary leader, the Bri­gadier-gen­eral spent a num­ber of un­happy years in New Brunswick at­tempt­ing to re­pair his dam­aged rep­u­ta­tion.

June 15, 1888 – Fred­er­ic­ton’s first rail­way bridge span­ning the river St. John is com­pleted, and

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