Walls, Stewart & Eva

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                                   STEWART & EVA WALLS
                                Celebrate 60th Anniversary
                                   By Margery MacRae

Sixty years ago, Stewart Walls of Blackville and Eva Weaver of Blissfield were married on Halloween night, 1936. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's grandparents, Alex and Emma MacRae, with whom Eva had resided since the death of her own mother when she was six years of age. Rev. Hugh Upham, minister at St. Thomas United Church in Doaktown, performed the ceremony. The attendants were the late Dorothy (Walls) Morehouse, sister of the groom, and the late Charles Morehouse of Blissfield.

Those were the depression years and a luxury like a honeymoon was not considered.

The bride of 60 years recalled that her grandmother served refreshments to the few invited guests.

For the first few years, the young couple helped operate the large farm owned by the MacRae's and this was a busy life, the couple recalled. Later Stewart became a lumbering contractor for Rayonier Ltd. until his retirement.

In 1952 Stewart and Eva constructed River-view Cottages located just a short distance from their home overlooking the Miramichi River. For 44 years fishermen from all over Canada and the United States have spent many vacations at the cottages. These cottages are still in operation as Eva says, "We are always booked a year ahead."

Two daughters were born to the couple. They have five grandchildren and also have five great-grandchildren.

Eva's father remarried four years after his first wife's death, and the couple had nine children, one of whom is deceased. "I remember how happy I was when my father called me one day and told me I had a sister," Eva recalled, although she continued to live with her grandparents. "I could have gone to live with my father and stepmother, but my grandparents had looked after me so I wanted to look after them, which I did until they passed away many years later."

An open house was planned for the couple by their family to be held on Nov. 3. In spite of a snowy blustery day, 110 people ventured out to the United Church Hall in Doaktown to extend best wishes to the couple.

A granddaughter was in charge of the guest book. Their anniversary cake was a gift of Leona and Walter Gillespie.

Only one person, Ruby Murray, a cousin, was present at the wedding and also at their diamond wedding anniversary.

Stewart and Eva continue to be active members of their community and also their church, St. Thomas United, where Stewart is an honorary elder.

The couple remain in relatively good health and continue to reside in the family homestead with their much loved cat, Garfield.

Source: Miramichi Leader – November 12, 1996

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