|Love of the land, I've been drinking since 1922, that's
when I was born. How could you travel in this world and
find a nicer guy than me?
I was born in Minto in 1923. My family is one of the
oldest in the Minto area. My father mined coal for my
uncle, Harvey Welton, who owned a couple of mines in the
I started wheeling when I was 13 years old. After that,
I joined the Merchant Marine and traveled throughout the
world. I was 17 years old when I first visited Calcutta.
When I came back to Minto, I worked underground at a
number of mines including Newcastle Coal at Black Diamond. Eventually, I went on surface with the draglines and worked as a lineman and cable-splicer.
In 1987, I retired from N.B. Coal.
I beat the best guy in Fredericton, but I'm not a fighter.
I never got all these wrinkles from laughing. I was a bad