THIS WEEK IN history
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