Hugh Love, St. Stephen NB

From the obituary of Hugh Love, born 24 January 1859 and died 25 June 1936 in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick:

Hugh Love findagrave joan 2015St. Stephen lost one of its best known residents Thursday night of last week with the passing of Hugh Love, for many years prominently identified with horse-racing and lumbering in Charlotte County, in his 77th year. He had been confined to the house for seven months and his death was not unexpected.
He was born on the Valley Road, one of a family of twelve children of William Love, and as a young man conducted a general store in Calais, although residing in St. Stephen where he lived practically his whole life. Later he entered the lumbering business with his father-in-law under the name of Love and Tracey. Always a lover of good horses, he acquired a large stable of racers including a number of the best performers ever owned in New Brunswick, and his love for this sport was the means of his becoming one of the promoters of the St. Stephen Exhibition…

Mr. Love was twice married. His first wife, formerly Rose Tracey, died in 1906 and by her he is survived by five sons, Verne, Foster, Harley of St. Stephen, Percy of Philadelphia and Ralph of the R.C.M.P., now stationed at Minto; and four daughters, Mrs. W.A. Speedy [Vera] of New York, Mrs William Middlemiss [Winnifred Alice] of St. Stephen, Mrs. William Spires of Calais. One son, Galen, was killed in a railway accident and a daughter also predeceased him. He later married Miss Jennie Woods who survives him with one son, Hugh. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. John Maxwell [Nancy Gilman Love] of Old Ridge and Miss Laura of Moore’s Mills.

Charlotte Co Fair 1911 FB St Stephen in times past

Lymburner cousins

Hugh Love is my 3rd cousin 3 times removed. His mother was Electra Clendinin, daughter of William Clendinin and Nancy Agnes Gilman. Nancy Agnes was the daughter of Nehemiah Gilman and Margaret Lymburner. Margaret was born in 1766 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. She was the second child of Matthew Lymburner UEL and Margaret Cairns or Kaims.

Hugh Love chart by d stewartMargaret’s younger brother Alexander was the great-grandfather of Matthias Lymburner, my great-grandfather. Alexander was born in 1771 in Penobscot, Maine and died 1812 in Ontario.

Matthew and Margaret, both born in Scotland, came to British North America about 1766 with two small children. They lived in Maine and had more children. After the American Revolution, in which they had remained loyal to Britain, they settled in Charlotte County on the still-British side of the new border.

Matthew died in St. Andrews, Charlotte County in 1788. His widow and most of their children moved to southwestern Ontario. A few stayed in New Brunswick, including Margaret. She and her New Hampshire-born husband Nehemiah Gilman raised 12 children in Charlotte County. One was Nancy Agnes, mother of Electra Gilman. Electra was Hugh Love’s mother.

Boston Globe 17 Apr 1893 p 5 newspapers.comGoogle as I might, I’ve not been able to find out much about Hugh Love’s stable or the St. Stephen Exhibition race track. I found a couple of references to a mare Rosa or Rose L, bred and raced by him. Foaled in 1888, she was sired by Olympus. I wonder if she was named after Hugh’s wife Rose Ella Tracey.

Year Book Trotting and Pacing v 11 p 381 google books
USTA 1896: Rose L., ch. m. foaled 1888, by Olympus; dam not traced. Bred by Hugh Love

My Lymburner Family Tree has more details and, for family connections to the sport, Harness Racing Mabees. An interesting history of NB and Maine harness racing is Rounding the Turn for Home by Leah Grandy (2010 PhD Dissertation UNB).

The Old Baler

McCormick B46 baler photo J StewartI don’t know how old the square baler is. There’s no paint left. The name – McCormick – very faint. Old Faithful, I call it. A friend said you can use this until you get something else. That was several years ago. We still have it. It baled the whole first and second cut of square bales this year.

McCormick baler photo J StewartWe have two other balers now, both newer. Another square baler and a round baler. Neither could be called “new” but compared to the old fella, they’re youngsters.

Every year since we’ve had them, something has gone wrong with one or both at critical moments. Haying time is often one long critical moment.

One long critical moment

In early July, you start looking at the fields. How high is the grass, how green. A walk through the fields to see what the heads of the timothy are doing. What’s the weather forecast. For square and round bales, you need at least three sunny, dry days for cutting and baling. Radio weather reports, plus localized weather apps and the farmers’ forecast. They might be accurate, they might not. With them and your gut feeling, you decide and hope for the best.

A nice stretch of 3 or 4 days of sun, light breeze, low humidity – good drying weather. Mower ready to hook up to the tractor PTO. Let’s go. Cut when the morning dew is off. Wait a few hours and toss with the tedder. Next day, toss again a couple times. Leave it when the evening dew comes out. Toss again next day. Test it to see if it’s dry enough. When it is, windrow it so the baler can scoop up the line of hay.

Rain and scattered showers and rain

This year, there was so much rain. The upside was the hay quickly grew tall and lush. The downside was the hay quickly grew tall and lush. Predicting a stretch of several dry days and nights was a crap shoot. So you have to act fast when the odds look good.

Massey-Ferguson baler photo J StewartDo square bales first, while the sun is shining and no rain in the forecast. The new baler plops out one bale, and sputters to a halt. Can’t find the problem quickly. No time to delve into it. The hay is cut and it’s not going to bale itself.

Need me, do ya?

Walking past farm equipment around the yard, fretting. You can almost hear the old baler wake up with a creak and a groan. Need me, do ya? Yes we do.

Old baler in field 2021 photo J StewartSo hitch up the old guy. Trundle out to the field, and get back to work. Bale after bale after bale pops out the back. They might be a bit crooked. Somehow the tying mechanism is looser on one side than the other. But if you were as old as that baler is, you’d likely have trouble tying too. At least the bales are made.

loading square bales sep 2018 photo d stewartJob done, the baler goes back to its resting spot. Hook the wagon on to the tractor, and head out to load it up. One phone call, and neighbours appear from all around. They head to the field and start loading.

Then in the barn, they unload and stack. So that’s a lot to be thankful for: good neighbours and a good old baler.Oscar-Chasing-Haywagon-Aug-2021-photo-D-StewartWinter Resort has more on living in the country, pre-haying days, and the reason we hay is told in the story of Jerry and Oscar. That’s Oscar above, happy to see the food truck!