South Branch - Tales & Photos.





Photo Credit: Leonard Shortall, formerly of South Branch.


Look for  contributions to this page from people that once lived in South Branch, or their parents did or stories about the community. Have a story, send it along. Send me a PM or leave a comment below.



Where is South Branch?


On the East Coast of New Brunswick, in Kent County, the Nicholas River is fed by three main arteries. One from the East, one from the West and one from the South.




Around these tributaries, small parishes flourished. One is South Branch. It's a lazy little community now - the sawmill is gone, as is a grist mill that the Warren family owned. The country store they managed is gone.





So is the post office and another store operated by Phineas Beers.





So is the store and gas pump run by William & Beatrice Hudson. 








The one-room school house is gone.






 This tree was tall and stately when I was a boy. A large warm house, plowed fields, barns and sheds stood in its view. All gone now but the tree still stands - a reminder of what was.


Many farms have deteriorated and now farming is restricted to a few family gardens.




Things have changed a lot since I grew up there but one thing that hasn't changed is the  good people that remain.  Murphys, Beers, McLaughlins, Harnetts, Warrens, Mitchells,  Cochranes, Hudsons, Shortalls, Leblancs, Woods, Robertsons, many descendants of the original families remain....

… and so do the memories!














April 18, 2020

More phots from those that have left us.



My grandfather Jordie Hudson working at his shingle mill. Each one cut individually. 




His children.




His eldest child, William, in his army uniform World War II. My father.




Beatrice & William Hudson. Sitting is Sadie Woods, my grandmother, Beatrice's mother .



Edna Mitchell. Photo sent by Ruth Banks, her daughter. Always lots of pretty girls at the Mitchells. Nice people from the "Branch".




April 4, 2020




To start it off is a short story written by Dora Warren. Her family lived in South Branch but moved to Dryden Ontario when she and her siblings were young. She lives in Moncton, NB now and offers this intriguing tale of the present situation as we all stay at home to wait out the horrible pandemic sweeping our great country. 





The Time the World Stood Still




The 3rd world war was not fought with guns....But rather with ventilators, oxygen masks and people staying apart and inside their homes...
The soldiers were doctors, nurses, health care workers and the public at home...
Essential workers became more important than celebrities and sport stars...
The enemy was unseen and powerful...
Governments started to give to the people of their nations. Trying to ease the strain as best as they could...
It no longer was about status, the people were all equal in the fight...
Some resisted, thinking it wasn’t powerful towards them...They soon found out differently...It came after all ages, unbiased as to what age you were...
The world shut down and tried their best in each country to contain the enemy...
Some slower than others and watched as the death toll rose...The enemy unforgiving in its attack...
Unseen before was an enemy so powerful and relentless...Shaking mankind to its core...
The soldiers fought with the little they had. Trying to keep the evil at bay...Exhausted both mentally and physically as they helplessly watched the enemy attack over and over again...Each day returning to the trenches, to fight another day...
The soldiers that stayed at home, started to make a difference...But it didn’t happen overnight...They had to fight hard to keep the enemy from encroaching the frontlines...
The war went on for months...But the fight was not in vain...Human kind prevailed and life took on new meaning...
Money, power or status didn’t matter anymore...Family and fellow man became most important...It was no longer about what you had, as much as who you had...
We can win this fight, as long as we heed the warnings...”Stay Home...Stay Apart...Wash Our Hands...Flatten The Curve!”






















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