The Days That Are No More: Tales of Kent County New Brunswick by Loney Hudson

Loney Hudson has created a historical book of events and people from Kent County, New Brunswick. An excellent compilation of stories from days gone by, many from people I have the pleasure of knowing.

The Miramichi Reader received this book from Crossfield Publishing and knowing I was from the area, James asked me if I would be interested in doing a review. I jumped at the chance.

Loney does a remarkable job of interviewing residents and bringing their tales to life. Many stories are short and each one sparks a memory for those that grew up knowing the individuals. She has also graciously acknowledged the contributing authors.

“Loney does a remarkable job of interviewing residents and bringing their tales to life.”

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While the audience may be limited to those with a keen interest of Kent County, it is an enjoyable venture that anyone interested in local history will enjoy. The typestyle is bold and easy on the eyes, truly a pleasure to read, in one or many sittings. As well, as I know numerous people within the book, I learned something new about them.

An interesting story of Ethan Hudson and his wife Nancy – a wartime bride. A young lady of eighteen, married a soldier from Canada and sailed to a foreign land. What courage.

In September, 1946, Nancy boarded the Queen Mary to come to Canada and join her husband. She didn’t know anyone else on the ship but there were over 500 war brides and some children. War brides did not have to pay passage.

This is a tale of my aunt and uncle with a part of their history I never knew. There are so many more and each one is a delight to discover.

Jason Lawson, an accomplished author from Kent County, also contributed to the book, relating the escapades of his father, Alan and his grandfather, Everett.

People in the neighbourhood must’ve thought Dad (Alan) was an “extreme farmer.” And I’m sure Everett Lawson, my grandfather, thought he was extremely something, when it came to running the farm. So, it’s a wonder the barn didn’t fall down the day Dad arrived home with a small herd of Buffalo.

I relished this book and I think you will too. Thank you, James, and a special thank you to Loney Hudson and Crossfield Publishing.


Loney grew up in Targettville, New Brunswick, the daughter of William and Ruth (Thompson) Donaher. She has lived in this community all her life and enjoys the rural way of life where people make much of their own entertainment and know most of their neighbors. Growing up in a family with eight brothers and sisters, she can relate to the people whom she writes about. As a child in school, history was, and continues to be, a favorite subject for Loney. She is the sixth generation of James Donaher who emigrated from Ireland sometime after his birth in 1785. He died in 1855 at the age of 70. Loney is married with three grown children and is a homecare worker. She enjoys painting, music and of course, a good story.

  • Publisher : Crossfield Publishing (Oct. 1 2020)
  • Paperback : 332 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1775149641
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1775149644
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Allan Hudson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his writing. He is an author of a collection of short stories- A Box of Memories and the Drake Alexander adventure series, Dark Side of a Promise, Wall of War and the newest – Vigilantes. The Jo Naylor Adventure series – Shattered Figurine & Shattered Lives. Historical fiction – The Alexanders. He has contributed a short story to an upcoming Anthology titled Autumn Paths. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & Into the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation competition.

He has stories published on commuterlit.com, The Golden Ratio and his blog - South Branch Scribbler.

 

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Marjorie/Frank Wiebe
Marjorie/Frank Wiebe
July 20, 2021 14:20

I must get a copy of this book. My Aunt Irene Wilson, my mother Hilda and all their family are from that area. It would be great to read about the family there and the whole community. I think it’s great you wrote a book. My Aunt Irene mentioned you often and I had hoped to meet you Loney when my Uncle Chester and I attended Irene’s funeral. Blessings to you. Marjorie (Dunn) Wiebe

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