Glassville, New Brunswick A Pioneer Community
A Pioneer Community

Glassville Centennial Observance 1961

(1961 – publication unknown)

Glassville fundraising event 1961


It is estimated that over 600 people attended the Glassville Centennial Observance on Oct. 14th. The members of the Centennial Committee feel the success of the celebration was due to the splendid co-operation and interest shown by everyone, especially all the women of the community who so willingly helped to make the supper a success. The proceeds from the supper are to be used for the Glassville Street Light Fund and a donation to the Carleton County Historical Society. Considerable interest was shown in the display of antiques which contained several articles which had been brought from Scotland by the first settlers.

Walter Adam of the staff of Teachers’ College, Fredericton, was the principal speaker at the evening meeting, and told of the efforts of Rev. Charles Gordon Glass to organize a Scottish Colony in Carleton County which led to the founding of Glassville in 1861. Other speakers included hon. H. J. Flemming, who read a telegram from the Prime Minister and extended his own congratulations. Prof. R. J. Love of U. N. B. who was born in Glassville spoke briefly as did Gordon Glass, grandson of Rev. C. Glass who with Clarke Reid, another grandson and their wives, came from Montreal for the celebration.

Kenneth Homer, president of the Carleton County Historical Society, said the occasion was appropriate for the organization of a local historical society and that steps toward formation of such a group were now being taken. The members of the Carleton County Historical Society staged a pantomine illustrating the early days of the settlement, with the spinning wheel, music and square dancing, which was enthusiastically received by the audience.

On Sunday evening a special service was held in the United Church of Canada conducted by Rev. M. R. Lewis with special music by the Hartland Male Quartette. At this time Mr. Lewis read several telegrams and messages from former residents. In spite of the unexpected snow fall the service was well attended.