Re: Reg Acton/Lena Cook, New Brunswick
Sorry I didn't see this message earlier. These folks are familiar to me, in fact I met their son Reginald Cook Acton in Cookville a few years ago.The Actons practically ARE Cookville now.Reg Jr is one of the best known cattle farmers in the Maritimes: here is a summary of the tribute when he was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame:
"Reginald C. Acton is a name synonymous with the Shorthorn breed of cattle not only in New Brunswick and in the Atlantic Region, but throughout Canada. In 1946, after taking his discharge from the Canadian Armed Forces, Reg Acton entered farming and purchased his first registered animal. From this initial farm consisting of 200 acres, under his careful guidance, what became known as Actondale Farms Limited, grew to over 3,300 acres with 1,200 head of cattle...Mr. Acton is the longest continuous exhibitor at the New Brunswick Provincial Livestock Show, having exhibited every year for the past 35 years...An active participant in many agriculture and community organizations, he helped to establish the Silver Lake 4—H Beef Club...As a producer, exhibitor and judge of beef cattle, Reg Acton has made a major contribution to agriculture."
Now 91, Reg still lives in Cookville where his sons David and Robert raise cattle and grow feed on virtually all the farmland, including that owned by my Lunds since the 1820s.Reg lost his wife Ina (Phinney) in 1986.
I don't know any further back than Reg's father who I understand farmed in Jolicure where Reg Jr was born.His mother Lena (1887-1954) was a greatgranddaughter of David Cook, for whom the town is named, and Charlotte Towse my g'g'grandmother's sister.
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