Let­ters to the Editor

The Victoria Standard - - Commentary -

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

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