Letters to the Editor
More on the Campbell House
To the Editor & Joan Macinnes,
I was fascinated to come across the article in the Victoria Standard (Vol. 25 No. 26) about 'Campbell House', during my research into the interesting story of John (1796-1861) and Marion (1801-1877) Campbell. As your article states: "The parcel of land on which the house was built (lot #13) was sold to John Campbell in 1855 for thirty nine pounds. In 1859, John and his oldest son, Malcolm (1826-1861), who were merchants in Baddeck under the firm 'Campbell & Company', mortgaged the property for the substantial sum of nine hundred and fifty pounds. This Campbell House, on # 102 Water Street, is one of the oldest structures in the entire village."
With the help of the article, I have managed to add to this time line of the Campbell family:
1826: John and Marion married on the Isle of Coll, Scotland and then sailed for Nova Scotia.
1826-1832: John and Marion settled in the town of Pictou.
1832-1837: John and Marion moved to a 'land grant' in Whycocomagh.
1837-1839: John assisted Samuel Cunard (Commissioner of Lighthouses) to build lighthouses on St.paul Island.
1839-1857: John was Superintendent of St. Paul Island.
1854: John and his oldest son Malcolm established a business in Baddeck with the help of Samuel Cunard.
1855: John purchased a lot from William Kidston for thirty nine pounds.
1858: Fire destroyed the 'Campbell & Company' business.
1859-1860: An insurance claim for one thousand pounds against Aetna Insurance Company brought by John, Malcolm Campbell and Samuel Cunard was turned down by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
This might explain the remortgaging of Campbell House in 1859 and it seems likely that the house was sold or repossessed at that time. The other Campbells mentioned in the article (John E., Mary Anne) were not directly related to John and Marion.
Malcolm Campbell died in 1861 and his father John in 1864 and the family bible records that they were buried in the 'Presbyterian Burying Ground, Baddeck'.
John and Marion's family must have maintained a presence in Baddeck. Their younger son, Samuel Cunard Campbell (1836-1911), went on to become Superintendent of St. Paul Island and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Baddeck. His son, John Malcolm Campbell, also followed in the family tradition as Superintendent of St. Paul, became MLA for Victoria from 1937 until 1949 and is also buried in Greenwood.
I would be very interested in any other information about this Campbell family in Baddeck.
Dave Robinson Tsawwassen, BC
Media got it wrong on councillor pay rates To the editor, I have always been a staunch supporter of the media because I realize the important role they play in our society and our democracy. But I must take great exception to the way the media, especially the Cape Breton Post, has portrayed the recent adjustment to the pay rates of elected municipal representatives. We are not receiving a pay raise. With the change in CRA policy to remove 1/3 of our stipend from tax free status an adjustment must be made for us to maintain our take home pay at the same level. If this adjustment is not made our take home pay would decrease by over 15%. Would any other worker accept having their take home pay decreased by over 15% ? If you are willing to accept a 15% decrease in your pay with no reduction in work load I would love to hear from you.
Fraser Patterson Ross Ferry, NS