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"Gypsy Trip" to Fredericton in 1910 - a Rite of Passage for YMCA Boys
Blog Article No. 314 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web Publisher It was July 2, 1910 and a group of 18 Saint John teenage boys, physically fit and well-trained, had just left the Y.M.C.A. on Hazen Street, with a few adult leaders. On Mill Street, oppo...
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A Bridge Too Soon - T. H. Burditt and the Saint John Viaduct, 1912
Blog Article  No. 313 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian   A promotional postcard showing the design for a viaduct prepared in 1912 by American architect Thomas H.F. Burditt. The leadership in Saint John could not find interest in his bold concept, so Burditt ...
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TA-RA-RA BOOM-DE-AY - the saucy song that swept the province in 1892
Blog Article No. 312 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-Publisher It was originally published as "TA-RA-RA BOOM-DER-E" but audiences in hundreds of Victorian music halls clapped and joined in with "Dee Aaaa", so that is how it came to be performed. For...
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Biography of a House - No. 1 Alexandra Street, Saint John
BLOG ARTICLE NO. 311 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-publisher Found materials infused with spirit and made beautiful.  I am reminded of "Grandmama", the homesick Chinese woman who scoured the the streets of Chinatown searching for discarded bits of...
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WHEN THE LIONS FED - Saint John Hostages in the Congo (1964)
BLOG ARTICLE  No. 310 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-publisher In the summer of 1954, Sonia Black and David Grant got married in an obscure little church in West Saint John.  She was 28 and he was 29.  On the provincial registration document, besid...
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The GEM Theatre Fire of 1919 - a Saint John Nickelodeon recalled
Blog Article  No. 309 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-Publisher THE STILL ALARM (1918) - a New York stage play filmed three times during the "Silent Movie" era. The GEM THEATRE on Waterloo Street is recalled only when browsers stumble upon a few sid...
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Mr. Joyce and his Gypsies - A Family Mystery from 1907
Blog Article No. 308 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-Publisher I have been too busy of late to write history articles, but all through the month of May I have been assisting families in Canada, the U.S.A. and England, with researching their family h...
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Christian Baptism in Saint John Harbour and up the St. John River
Blog Article No. 307 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-Publisher " There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. "                                                                                                         - ...
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91 King Street, the Woolworth's Building - Heritage building SOLD and NOW LEASING
Blog Article No. 306 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian and Web-Publisher It would seem self-evident that if I didn't care about the past and future of Saint John, I would not have built an archival collection and invested ten years of my free time, researchin...
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SAINT JOHN IN THE ROARING TWENTIES - a 1925 Travelogue offers glimpses of the Lost City
Blog Article No. 305 Ronald J. Jack Public Historian  and Web-Publisher I have almost one dozen articles nearing completion, and planned to web-publish a piece I finished writing on the weekend. However, I just stumbled on something really interesting that ...
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