1989.108.495 | S. Jagoe, A. Calhoun and S. MacDonald at Peter Emberley Monument with Miramichi Folksong Festival Wreath, St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Boiestown, New Brunswick
S. Jagoe, A. Calhoun and S. MacDonald at Peter Emberley Monument with Miramichi Folksong Festival Wreath, St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Boiestown, New Brunswick
1963, 20th century
20.6 x 25.4 cm
Gift of Dr. Louise Manny Estate
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
Along with the winter cold, lumberjacks had to deal with the day-to-day dangers of work in the woods. Peter Emberley, a young logger from Prince Edward Island, was killed while loading logs onto a sled near Boiestown, New Brunswick in 1882. His workmate that day, John Calhoun, carried Emberley to a nearby farmhouse where the dying man spoke deliriously of home and his loving mother. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Boiestown close to the Southwest Miramichi River in a raging blizzard so intense that the local priest could not get to the gravesite.
Calhoun later wrote the ballad "Peter Emberley," which became a favourite along the river and the lumber camps of New Brunswick.
Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
Branches broken in storms and accidentally dislodged during cutting or skidding were called "widow makers."
Boiestown is located on the Southwest Miramichi River in central New Brunswick.
In August 1963, a priest was present for a graveside ceremony for Emberley..
Lumberjacks considered it unlucky to sing "Peter Emberley" in the woods.