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Webber, E.J. (Edward James), 1897-1963

  • 2009.045
  • Person
  • 1897-1963

Edward James “Ned” Webber was born on September 7, 1897 in Lower Lakeville (also known as Ship Harbour Lake; now known as Lake Charlotte), Halifax County, Nova Scotia. He was christened James Edward Webber on October 24, 1897 at St. John’s Church, Oyster Pond, but later changed his name to Edward James Webber. Webber attended school at Lake Charlotte from 1903 to 1912, before leaving to help his father fish lobster off the coast of Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. When the season ended he worked as a field harvester in Western Canada, before returning to Nova Scotia to work on farms in the Shubenacadie area, pick apples in the Annapolis Valley, and work as a cook in lumber camps.

In 1918, during the First World War, Webber enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in England and France with the 85th Battalion, Halifax Rifles. It is possible that he had previously enlisted and served earlier in the war. After the war, Webber returned home and went to work in the lumber industry in northern Ontario, before moving to Detroit, Michigan in 1923 to work for the Ford Motor Company. In 1928 or 1929 he returned to Lake Charlotte and worked with his brother Odous Webber (1886-1969), who was a pulp and lumber contractor and ran a sport fishing business in Upper Lakeville. In 1932, Webber opened a canteen and dance hall in Lake Charlotte, which later became a general store and gas station. In the 1940s, Webber built four log cabins to serve as overnight accommodations near the store. Later, he built an adjoining motel which was opened in 1958, and ran the store and motel jointly as Webber's Store and Motel. The motel was also known as the Lake Charlotte Motel. On September 27, 1932, Webber married Marguerite Lillias “Babe” Grant (1907-1971). Together they had four children, Ford Hanscom, Ann Jeanette, Grant Albert, and Edward James "Ted."

During the Second World War, Webber served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Reserve Battalion Halifax Rifles and helped to train recruits. He was also contracted to deliver mail to five post offices in the area, including the post offices at Clam Bay, Clam Harbour, Owls Head, DeBaies Cove, and Lower Ship Harbour. He did this for 22 years, until about 1954, when the post office in Lake Charlotte took over the duties of the five other post offices. Webber’s wife Marguerite was postmistress of the Lake Charlotte post office from 1941 until 1971. The post office was located in Webber's store and postal duties, like many of the other duties at the store, were shared between husband and wife. Webber was also a founding member and president of the Eastern Shore Board of Trade as well as a Master of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, Musquodoboit Harbour. He died on February 25, 1963.
of Nova Scotia / Carl Webber. – Halifax: Carl Webber, 2002.

Michael Eisan

  • 2013.015
  • Person
  • 1730-1833

Michael Eisan was born ca. 1730 in Pennsylvania, eventually moving to South Carolina where he was living at the outbreak of the American Revolution. During the Revolution Eisan remained loyal to Britain and in 1780 he joined the Stevens Creek Militia, a Royalist unit commanded by Captain Henry Rudolph. During the Revolution he served with Chambers Blakeney, who would also later settle in Ship Harbour. Eisan withdrew to Charleston with the Royalist garrison at Fort Ninety-Six when the fort and surrounding area were abandoned in July of 1781. He then served with the Little River Militia near Charleston and rose to the rank of sergeant. He evacuated from Charleston with the British forces and came to the Halifax-Dartmouth area, where he remained from July 1783 to March 1784.

Eisan moved to Ship Harbour in the mid 1780s and purchased Lot 8 from Daniel Weeks, which included one hundred acres of land at Salmon River. He was also granted one hundred acres of land in East Jeddore in 1787 in return for his military service. In addition he purchased two hundred acres of land in Ship Harbour in 1790, another two hundred acres there in 1791, and Lot 14 in the same area in 1795. In 1796 he petitioned the government for land adjacent to his property in Ship Harbour. In 1813 he shared 800 acres of land at East Ship Harbour with his sons and George McCarthy. He was a trustee of the Ship Harbour school in 1816 and inhabitants of Ship Harbour petitioned for him to be appointed magistrate and Justice of the Peace in 1790.

He married his first wife, Elizabeth Ann, in South Carolina and she later traveled with him to Ship Harbour. He married a second time but the bride’s name is unknown. There is a birth of a Louisa Eisan, daughter and first child of Michael and Hannah Eisan on September 2, 1817. Hannah may have been his second wife. He married his third wife, Sophia Theresa Belinda Lawrence, on November 13, 1831 when he was over 100 years old. The bride was a forty-one year old widow. According to The Pictou Observer dated November 23, 1831, the courtship had gone on for the past sixteen years.

He had at least eight children, the following of which were by Elizabeth Ann Eisan: Michael (c. 1780, South Carolina), Elizabeth (1784, Halifax), John Michael (1785, Ship Harbour), John Hugh (1788), Margaret (1789), Jacob (1792), Mary (1794), Frederick (c. 1796).

Michael Eisan died December 8, 1833 at Ship Harbour, aged 103 years old.

Bayers, Avon, 1917-2009

  • 2013.062
  • Person
  • 1917- 2009

Avon Norman Bayers was born on September 18, 1917 at Martinique Beach, East Petpeswick to parents Bertha Margaret (Mosher) and Andrew William Bayers (1875-1953). He married Myrna L. Miller (b. 1931) on October 7, 1961 and their family lived at Westphal. He served in the Navy for five years during World War II and following his discharge, he worked as a contractor in the Halifax/ Dartmouth area and as a lobster fisherman in the Lawrencetown area. Avon and Myrna had five children: Norman, Anthony John, Eunice ‘Angela’, Troy and Crystal.

Avon was well known in his community for his sense of humour and his love of music, dancing, and cards. He died March 15, 2009 and is buried in Wallace River, Cumberland, Nova Scotia.

Carritt ,Edward, Dr.

  • 2018.04.01
  • Person
  • 1800 - 1854

Edward Carritt was born in England in 1800. He received his medical degree from Edinburgh, married Harriet Peacock in 1826, and came to NS that year.He moved to Guysborough in 1842 and practiced medicine there until retiring in 1884. He also served as a Justice of the Peace. He spent his last days in Dartmouth with his daughter.

McDaniel family

  • 2019.004
  • Family
  • 1816-1913(?)

Capt. John McDaniel (1816 – 1882) was the second son of Henry McDaniel (1787 – 1842) and Catherine (Umlah / Hemlow) McDaniel (1795 – 1868). John McDaniel and his brother James ran a regular packet service, and in 1864-5, “ John McDaniel and Co.” ran two schooners, between Halifax and Sherbrooke. John held many public offices in Sherbrooke (River Pilot, Inspector of Weights and Measures, Fish Inspector, Beef and Pork Inspector, Coal Measurer, Trustee of Booms, Trustee and later Commissioner of the Court House and Jail, sat on the Grand Jury, and later was a Magistrate, and Judge of the Court of Probate).

He established two ferry services, one across Wine Harbour to the gold diggings (1862) and the other across the St. Mary’s River below Sherbrooke, connecting Sherbrooke to the Goldenville mining district. He established a dock on his land on the western bank of the St. Mary’s River and worked to have a road opened between his wharf and the main road to Goldenville, then instituted a ferry service across the river.

He established McDaniel’s Hotel (Sherbrooke Hotel) ca 1863, in the village of Sherbrooke. He operated a carriage service to transport guests from the dock to the hotel. He operated a store, had a stable and wagon shed, ran a livery service and transported freight from the wharf to his store and made deliveries to Antigonish. John McDaniel married Mary Bent, daughter of William Bent (also known as William Trowbridge).

Acadia Ladies' Seminary

  • ALS
  • Corporate body
  • 1862-1926

In 1858 Rev. John Chase opened a school for young ladies at Wolfville, NS with his daughters, who had studied at Mount Holyoke seminary, MA, as teachers. Two years later the school was taken over by the Education Society with Miss Alice Shaw (who later married Rev. Alfred Chipman) as Principal. Miss Shaw had also studied at Mount Holyoke Seminary and prior to becoming Principal had conducted her own Girls’ School in Berwick, NS. From 1862 to ca1870, the school was known as the Grand Pre Seminary, but in 1872 it became the “Female Department” of Horton Academy. In 1865 the Academy including the Seminary, came under the control of Acadia College. After 1872 the Seminary was moved to the Acadia campus, and in 1877 it, with the Academy, passed into the hands of the Board of Governors of the University.
In 1879 a building was built specifically to accommodate the Seminary. It was four stories high and provided rooms for 50-60 students, as well as classrooms, a reception room, etc. In 1890 an east wing was added. This extension was 130 feet long, with a stone basement, hot water heat and electricity. Part of it was equipped for a gymnasium. The first floor contained classrooms, a dining room and an assembly hall and at the rear there were lawn tennis courts, as well as courts for basketball and croquet. The attached Music Hall was completed in 1899, containing a Music Room and studios, including a large studio for the Director of Pianoforte. The Annex, near the Seminary, provided accommodation for the Junior School and for those students who could not find rooms in the main building.
In 1926 President Patterson reorganized the Acadia Ladies’ Seminary and the Acadia Collegiate and Business Academy. The pre-college classes in these institutions were united to
form a co-educational school known as the Horton Academy of Acadia University. Courses in Music, Household Economics and Art, formerly given by the teachers of the Seminary, were transferred to the University; the diploma courses in these subjects remained, but additional courses were added qualifying for the degrees of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Household Economics. One reason for the reorganization was that the number of students entering the Seminary for pre-college work had decreased, while the number enrolling for courses in Music and Household Economics had increased.

Abbass Studios Ltd.

  • Abbass
  • Corporate body
  • 1946-Present

The Abbass family emigrated from Lebanon to Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th century. With his wife, Lilly Khattar, Jobe Abbass built a home on Townsend Street in Sydney, N.S. and together raised twelve children. It is in this building that three of those children, George, John and Anthony started Abbass Studios in the summer of 1946.

While still in high school at Sydney Academy, George took a job as an apprentice at Meyer’s Photography, a national chain. In 1941, after graduating from high school, his brother John also secured a job with Meyers where they both learned the craft of photography. Eventually they began private work contracting jobs with the Post Record and Chronicle Herald newspapers. In January of 1943 four of the Abbass boys, George, John, Joe and Ferris, enlisted to serve during World War II. They left their younger brother Anthony (Tony), who was too young to enlist, in charge of their Post and Herald contracts. When the brothers returned from war, they received a stipend from the government to open their own business.

Abbass Studios opened its doors July 18, 1946 in the family home on Townsend Street in Sydney, N.S. . The studio offered photo finishing, portraits and commercial photography. By the mid-1960s Abbass Studio served all of the Maritime Provinces. The company built a photo finishing plant in Moncton, New Brunswick and purchased stores in New Castle, New Brunswick. The brothers eventually brought the Econo-Color Camera Stores and Studios franchise from Sherman Hines.

Abbass Studios captured and continues to document the diverse economic, political and cultural heritage of the area. The business is still in family hands and run by John’s sons Blaise and John. The Townsend Street building was demolished in 2014 and Blaise Abbass now operates Abbass Studios, Sydney from his home. John Abbass runs the store at Scotia Square Mall in Halifax.

Pearl, Mather Byles

  • Accession 2008-043
  • Person
  • 1876-1943

Mather Byles Pearl was born on 3 April 1876, the son of Albert and [Caroline Hutt?] Pearl. He succeeded his father as lighthouse keeper on Pearl Island after his death on 20 November 1910. He died on 5 January 1943.

Pearl, Albert

  • Accession 2008-043
  • Person
  • ca. 1840-1910

Albert Pearl was born about 1840, the son of Walter and Ann Matilda (Church) Pearl. He served as the lighthouse keeper on Green Island (subsequently Pearl Island) which was established in 1874 at the mouth of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. He was first married to Caroline Hutt. He married his second wife, Mary Dauphinee, at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on 28 February 1895. He died on 20 November 1910.

Acadia Powder Company (Waverley, Nova Scotia)

  • Accession 2008-046
  • Corporate body
  • 1863-1913

The Acadia Powder Mills Company was incorporated in July 1863 to supply explosives for gold mining operations in the vicinity of Waverley, Nova Scotia. The mill was built in Waverley and managed by Thomas Laflin, a member of the Laflin gunpowder family of the United States, and subsequently by B.C. Wilson after Mr. Laflin's death in 1870. The name was changed in 1869 to the Acadia Powder Company. In the early 1880s the company successfully undertook the manufacture of dynamite for mining operations and in 1883 expanded by purchasing the Pacific Powder Mills of Brownsburg, Quebec. The company was purchased by Nobel Company of Scotland and later from Nobel by the Hamilton Powder Company. By 1899 Nobel had acquired a controlling interest in the Hamilton Powder Company and it continued operation until 1910, when, under the presidency of William McMaster, Canadian Explosives Limited was formed to merge the majority of the explosives businesses in the country. Production continued at Acadia Powder Company until 1913 when the machinery was transferred to Windsor Mills, Quebec.

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