New Brunswick holds the proud claim as the birthplace of IODE. The first meeting was held in Fredericton on January 15th, 1900 in response to a telegram from Margaret Polson Murray of Montreal whose goal was to stimulate patriotism toward the British Empire. Members immediately contributed fully to an emergency war fund and provided comforts for soldiers fighting in the Boer War in South Africa. At war’s end, New Brunswick members expanded their work into education and welfare. Mrs. Katherine Black was the first provincial chapter president.
During World War I, New Brunswick contributed to the $5,500,000 raised across Canada by IODE as well as making and sending comforts to servicemen. Following the war, they erected cenotaphs in Fredericton and Moncton and placed the Soldiers’ Memorial in the Saint John Field of Honour. New Brunswick was first among provincial chapters to contribute their total share when the First War Memorial Bursaries were initiated. During the ’30s members enlarged their work with donations of food, clothing and schoolbooks. They supplied libraries and provided prizes for students at adopted schools.
William George Clark was born in Queensbury, New Brunswick and owned this beautiful home . Clark served as a town councillor for Fredericton Town Council from 1917 to 1925 and was Mayor from 1925 to 1935. He also represented York—Sunbury in the House of Commons from 1935 to 1940. His daughter Esther Clarke Wright was the first female pastor in the province. She wrote books such as Public Opinion(1916) and the Challenge to Canadian Womanhood(1918). She served as a Vice President of the National Council of Woman of Canada and of the Canadian Federation of University Women. One of her most well known books is the “Loyalists of New Brunswick” as well as “Planters and Pioneers”.
In 1960, the Provincial Chapter opened IODE Clark House that provided a home for seniors in Fredericton for many years. The Clark House Trust Fund provided bursaries for students at New Brunswick community colleges.
Here is an ad produced by Remax when the property was for sale. It gives you a more ind-depth view of the house and property.
Source: IODE Canada
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