20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards - Judge's Comments:
This book is a loving and dedicated testament to the character and resilience of a little-known rural town and its inhabitants, especially during its early years. The town’s founding and how it received its name, and how it grew and prospered, are covered with great depth. A map showing the town’s location in the Canadian province of New Brunswick is very helpful. The book also details, with considerable precision, the growth of the town including factories and mills, development of a key rail route and station, and other notable businesses. Personalities and folkways also come into play and convey the town’s character. Natural disasters like floods and an earthquakes are described along with epidemics and medical care. The impact on the town of two World Wars, along with a touching letter from a soldier to his folks back home, shows the town’s contribution to the war efforts. The amount of research that went into writing this book is prodigious and impressive.