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For many, the City of Lancaster lasted less than one generation. Incorporated as Canada's newest city on January 1, 1953, Lancaster was swallowed up in an amalgamation with Canada's oldest city, Saint John, on January 1, 1967, Canada's centennial year. Since then, the name Lancaster has conjured up images of that part of Saint John known as the west side, or Saint John West. Yet even prior to 1953, when Lancaster was a collection of communities including Fairville, Beaconsfield, Randolph, Milford, and South Bay, area residents have been bonded by a unique sense of community and pride. The name liveson today in the Lancaster Mall and the Lancaster Centennial Arena, as well as in the names of local sports teams.
ISBN: 9780738572857
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Brunswick
Series: Historic Canada
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Harold E. Wright invites his readers to join him on an exploration of Lancaster in an era when the Fairville Fountain still spouted. Within these pages, Willard Moore's Grocery, Buzz Devenne's Champlain Street Grocery, Purdy's Sales & Service, and Boyles Hardware bustle with customers. Rare photographs recall a time when the D.V.A. Hospital and the Protestant Orphanage, which are now gone, cared for the needy and the ill. Candid snapshots show how Lancaster's residents, politicians, and businessmen—people like Tommy Horsler, Les Spragg, Tom Butler, and Lyman Purnell—helped energize the community's civic spirit. A native of Saint John, Wright has written a number of books on the Fundy region, including Saint John and Saint John's North End. In Lancaster, he rekindles the sights, sounds, and spirit of this dynamic community.
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