New book chronicles history of Wallace

Sherry Martell
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TATAMAGOUCHE - North Shore author Ellen Millard explores the rise and decline of the rural community of Wallace in her latest book Wallace: Then and Now.

Images of 125 years of rich history splash across its nearly 200 pages, telling the captivating story of a village founded as an ideal shipping, fishing and ship building port, the hey-day of its sandstone quarry and it's resilience.

"One thing I was amazed about was just how large a village it was in the late 1800s and 1900s," said Millard, a resident of Tatamagouche. "I'm also amazed at the talented people who called Wallace home at some point in time."

The book is a compilation of photos with captions giving a glimpse of the lives of many residents, buildings and landscape from 1885 to 2010.

The author included a photo of recent Nobel Physics prizewinner Willard Boyle and his wife Betty with the Queen Silvia of Sweden, as well as the dedication of a monument to Wallace-born Simon Newcomb, mathematician and astronomer.

Another Wallace resident in the book whose claim to fame is producing a cough syrup that "tastes awful. And it works", is William Knapp Buckley, shown in a photo standing by his bicycle as a boy on the step of the family Buckley's Pharmacy in the village.

Millard said it took about two years to complete the picture book with the help of the Wallace and Area Museum and other life-long village residents such as Emery and Kathy Grant and Stan Flynn.

"David Dewar and the Wallace and Area Museum staff were instrumental in putting this book together," said the author. "Had it not been for their support or the support of Kathy and Emery Grant I wouldn't have been able to make as large a book as it is."

The Grant family provided Millard with a never-before-published manuscript penned by Francis Grant, a Wallace business man, poet, author and historian who worked tirelessly to preserve local stories and folklore.

The copy was written about life in Wallace around 1910 and describes the village shops, the people who worked there and the scenery around the harbour.

"It's a very interesting piece of history," said Millard.

The museum hosted a book launch celebration for Millard on Sunday, Nov. 7. The author read passages from Grant's manuscript and other captions.

Books will retail for $25 and will be available at the museum, in Tatamagouche at Foodland and C.G. Fulton's Pharmacy or by e-mail at millards@nncweb.ca.

Organizations: Area Museum, Buckley's, Foodland

Geographic location: TATAMAGOUCHE, North Shore, Sweden

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