Jardine, David and Bernice

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                                    DAVID AND BERNICE JARDINE
                       Relative and friends gather to extend best wishes to the Jardines
                                     By Margery MacRae

BARNETTVILLE – The Christmas season was a time for many celebrations in the Jardine household.

David and Beatrice Jardine of Barnettville were married on Dec. 23, 1944.

A son was born on Christmas Eve, and another son was born on Christmas Day.

“A third son was supposed to arrive on Christmas Day too, but we waited until Jan. 15”, Jardine said, adding that all of her children were born at home.

On Dec. 17, 1994, the couple celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary at an open house held for them at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Barnettville.

It was just two days before Christmas in 1944 that Dave and Bea chose to be married at the home of her parents Lloyd and Emily Curtis. Rev. C.B. Dudley performed the ceremony. Their attendants were the bride’s sister Mable and her husband Currie who had been married five months previously. David is a son of the late Robert and Laura Jardine.

The couple raised a family of seven; five sons and two daughters. They have 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Their oldest son, Marshal, is deceased.

On her wedding, day Beatrice, said she went over to her husband’s home and then they both crossed the river in a boat to the Gray Rapids. “The river was not frozen over that year and there was only one year since that I remember it not being frozen at Christmas,” she recalled.

When they were first married the young couple lived with her parents before building their own home in Barnettville on the bank of the Miramichi River.

Because their small home is located so close to the river there have been four occasions when the couple had to vacate their premises. “Last year was one of those times and we thought seriously about getting a trailer and moving to higher ground,” Beatrice said, “but it is so beautiful her in the summer that we changed our minds.”

Things weren’t all sunshine for the family over the years, but they got along well. “There wasn’t much work, but we always had lots to eat and plenty of wood to keep warm.” David worked in the woods in the early years and then worked as a bush cutter for the government.

Saturday’s open house saw about 100 relatives and family friends gather to extend best wishes to the happy couple. A buffet lunch, including an anniversary cake made by Joy Coulter, was enjoyed by the guests.

The blessing was asked by Pastor Albert Price of the new Life United Pentecostal Church in Blackville. Many gifts, as well as money, were received by the couple for which they expressed their thanks.

Source: Miramichi Leader – January 3, 1995

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