Curtis, Albert and Rachael

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                                   ALBERT & RACHAEL CURTIS
                                    Mark 50th Anniversary
                                     By Margery MacRae

When Albert and Rachael Curtis were married in Gray Rapids 50 years ago, in April 1947, there was more snow on the ground than there is this year. Rachael recalled that on her wedding day she walked through snow with her heavy winter boots on to the church where she and Albert were married. Rev. C. B. Dudley married the couple in the Gray Rapids United Pentecostal Church where their attendants were the groom's brother Currie and sister Ruth (Curtis) Gallan. "Alex Harris drove us in his Model A Ford up to Doaktown and back and that was our wedding trip," Rachael recalled. She remembers the white dress she wore that day which had been made for her by Frances Curtis.

The couple raised a family of eight, five sons and three daughters. They have 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

For the first year of their marriage, the couple lived with Rachael's parents, Lloyd and Emily Curtis. Although Rachael was just 15, she was used to hard work as her parents operated a farm. "Mom and I worked together; we would go for the cows, milk them and look after the other animals too. I loved it."

Two weeks after their first child was born, Rachael was diagnosed with scarlet fever and was quarantined for some time. Her son was a sickly child and spent the first few year of his life in and out of hospitals. "He was seen by eight different specialists, but the doctors were never able to tell us what the problem was, but they didn't think he would get better. Everyone was praying for him and eventually he recovered and he's never been sick since," his mother said.

All of the Curtis children attended the little one room school in the community.

During the years, Albert provided for his family by working in the woods and guiding on the Miramichi River, something he did for 40 years, while employed at the Black Brook Salmon Club. Rachael too, was employed at the same club for a few years. In her spare time, Rachael made many quilts, some of which she sold.

On April 12, Albert and Rachael's family hosted an open house for their parents in the United Church hall in Blackville. About 200 family members and friends gathered to extend best wishes to the couple. Pastor Rick McFadyen acted as master of ceremonies for the evening. Musical entertainment was provided by Carol Newman, Myrna Sullivan, Sheila Kelly, Iona Coughlan, Craig and Corrie Curtis, Betty Ann Barnaby, Lilah Kelly, Wanetta Curtis, Jackie, Eddie, Lori and Adam Curtis. Accompanist was Delton Curtis. A granddaughter recited a poem for her grandparents as did Corrie Curtis and Jennie Underhill. A buffet lunch was served to the guests which was topped off by a two tier anniversary cake made by Winnie Stewart.

Source: Miramichi Leader – April 22, 1997

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