Loggie, Ethel May

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                                    ETHEL MAY LOGGIE
                                   Loggies remembered
                        Window in memory of family at Knox United
                                 By Denise Berthelotte


MIRAMICHI – Knox United Church in Loggieville is the proud bearer of a new stained-glass window. The story behind the window is of a woman who sought eternal recognition for her family. Ethel May Loggie was born and raised in Loggieville. She is the last member of the fifth generation of her family tree line – the Loggies after whom the former village was named.

She’s tight-lipped about her age, but not about her family and their contribution to the community. She’s hoping that will live forever through a dazzling church window that serves as a memorial to William Robertson Wilson Loggie and Anne May (Dickson) and John Dickson – her deceased parents and brother.

“A window will be there as long as the church stands. You can use the word eternal,” she said sitting at a pew, hands crossed and resting on her lap. Knox United’s Reverend Ross Wiseman said that’s not far from wrong. He noted stained-glass windows often outlast their original building, as they can be transferred to another church.

Ethel chose the Good Shepherd as a theme for the window. The window design is Early Gothic Lancet, a tall, rectangular shaped window with pointy tip. “It’s my favourite stained glass window,” she said looking up at the painted Shepherd, in his rich blues, purples and greens, a single dove overhead. “Jesus cares for the sheep and lamb like He does for His people,” she said.

Ethel was adamant about finding the perfect company that would do justice to her memorial. She found it with RobertMcCausland Limited, a family-owned arts and crafts company that’s been making stained- glass windows since 1856.

The choice came after two years of careful inspection. “I chose this company because of its excellence in artistic design, color and workmanship,” she said. She even went as far as visiting the Ontario based company and getting a grand tour of the place and a first-hand look at how they create their windows. “Each person has a specific area that they are trained in and that’s all they take care of,” she said. Ethel was impressed with the material on which the company works. She said the paintings are done on antique glass which comes from West Germany, France or England. This glass is the reason the colors appear so rich. Ethel Loggie’s stained glass window is the first at the Knox United Church.

                Loggie has rich history teaching, directing music

Ethel Loggie comes from a long line of descendants of Robert and Margery (Hay) Loggie. She is the last of the Loggies in her family branch. Ethel’s great-grandparents were Peter and Margaret (Gordon) Loggie. Peter was one of Robert’s 12 children.

His son John was Ethel’s grandfather and one of seven children. He married Georgina Gilliss. John and Georgina had four children of which Wilson, Ethel’s father, was one.

Ethel said she believes all the Loggies in the area are descendants of Robert and Margery. They moved to Loggieville in about 1779 from Scotland.

Ethel is a graduate of Mount Allison. She graduated in music with a piano major in 1935. She first started teaching music in Newcastle at Harkins Elementary and then Harkins Academy. She taught regular school music programs and specialized in choral and rhythm bands. She was also an organist and choir director. She directed music at many local churches including the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and St. James and St. John United Church. She then continued her career in Amherst, Nova Scotia where she said she taught in all of the six schools there. Ethel continued her teachings in music until she retired some years ago.

                              New window part of vibrant church

Churches acquire their stained-glass windows in two ways. They are either donated as a gift or as a memorial.

Reverend Ross Wiseman has been with Knox United church in Loggieville since July. Knox Church is rich with history, said Rev. Wiseman. “The life of a congregation depends on the interest and involvement of its members.”

Knox United Church was built in 1904 and was called Knox Presbyterian Church. Its first pastor was Rev. W.C. Calder. “It was a combined effort of parishioners at that time,” he said. Earlier services were held in the old schoolhouse in the 1830’s and then in Temperance Hall until the late 1890’s until the congregation was formed.

Andrew, Robert and Frank Loggie gave the church a bell in memory of their parents Alexander and Georgina, distant relatives of Ethel. A pipe organ was also installed in the church in 1922. It still stands proud behind the pulpit. The congregation bought the organ from St. John’s Presbyterian in Chatham for $1,200.00. “Organs are almost as eternal as the windows if they’re looked after,” he said.

“Now the window is part of the ongoing history.”


Source: Miramichi Leader – December 6, 1996

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