A couple of SepiaSaturdays ago, I posted a couple of steel workers working high up building our Centennial bridge, I then came across this picture of some of those steel workers. If you look closer, one is wearing suspenders. Brave lads!!
The man below is John Calhoun from Boiestown (pronounced boystown) who wrote a ballad about a young man called Peter Emberley from Prince Edward Island, Canada who left the island to start a new life lumbering in New Brunswick. Here is an excert from a local paper:
Many people do not realize that a song written in the early 60’s by Bob Dylan has roots here in Miramichi. The Ballad of John White, written and recorded by Bob was based on a traditional Miramichi Folksong written in the 1880’s. Peter Emberley, a true story about a young Prince Edward Island boy who was killed in a tragic lumbering accident on Parker’s Ridge and written by John Calhoun of Boiestown formed the basis for Bob Dylan’s song. Bob acknowledges this in the liner notes of the album it was featured on.
You can hear some of the song Peter Emberley by going to Youtube and key in the singer's name, Bill Staines- Peter Amberly (the name was mispelled).
Last weekend on my return from visiting my son in Fredericton, I stopped off in Boiestown and took a picture of the tombstone of Peter Emberley.