Old North River building torn down

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NORTH RIVER - A long-standing landmark at Marshall's Corner in North River will stand no more.

The familiar old building at the corner of Highway 311 and Onslow Road fell way to an excavator this week. After years of being victimized by flooding, the former general store and home to the Colchester North Liberal Association was no longer worth maintaining.

The familiar grey and red-trimmed building that for almost the past three decades has served as headquarters for the Colchester North Liberal Association was demolished on Monday, with site cleanup continuing into Tuesday.

The building was purchased from the association last year by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Located at the corner of Highway 311 and Onslow Road, it created a blind spot for motorists and was torn down in an effort to make future improvements to the intersection, a department spokesperson said.

For many of its early years, the building served as a general store run by Robert Marshall and later by his son and daughter, George and Mary Kathleen Marshall.

Merle Sullivan, 94, recalled the store as being a mainstay in the area for "years and years," dating back to the time when he was growing up on Nuttby Mountain.

"When dad was hauling lumber to town with the horse and sled in the 1920s, she was running then," he said. "It was a big general store, they carried everything."

Sullivan said Mary Kathleen Marshall continued to run the store for many years after her brother died.

"She was still running the store when she was an old, old lady," he said.

Truro resident Art Weatherby ran the store for some years after that and for several years in the early 1950s, the store was operated by Margaret Norrie and was known as The Fundy Store.

"What sticks out in my mind was the flooding," Norrie's son, Rod, said. "It was the centre of all the flooding in the area."

There is no information about the building on file at the Colchester Historeum and other efforts on Tuesday to trace its history for the years after the Norries ran it were unsuccessful. It is believed, however, that the upstairs portion served as a residence, while the lower portion sat vacant for many years.

In 1984, the deed for the building was transferred to Mary Kathleen until September 1985, when it was purchased by then Liberal MLA Ed Lorraine and Wilbur Frizzell, during which time it served both as Lorraine's constituency office and also as the headquarters for the Colchester North Liberal Association (CNLA).

In 1989, the deed was transferred to Ned Barnhill, who held it in trust for the CNLA until 2008 when the deed was then transferred over to the association.

Current association president Roland Lynds said many years of flooding had taken its toll on the building to the point where the cost to maintain it was no longer feasible.

"It's been a landmark for a long time," Lynds said. "You'll certainly notice it's gone."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

 

Organizations: Colchester North Liberal Association, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, The Fundy Store

Geographic location: North River, Onslow Road, Nuttby Mountain

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