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DALTON, JAMES EDWARD, businessman; b. Newcastle, 17 Sep 1889, s/o James Dalton and Emma Fitzpatrick; m. 1911, Regina E. Burns, d/o Arthur Burns and Ellen O'Sullivan, of Red Bank; d. Newcastle, 16 Sep 1956.

In 1909 J. Edward Dalton opened a livery stable at the rear of the Royal Hotel in Newcastle. The next year, the Windsor Hotel was opened under his proprietorship, and the livery stable was moved to the building in which James Murray formerly conducted Hecla Foundry. In 1920 he bought the Miramichi Hotel from the widow of Thomas Foley. He employed a series of short-term managers until 1927 and then leased the hotel to W. A. Martin. He continued to own it until 1946, when it was sold to Charles MacDonald.

Dalton had numerous other business interests. For many years he traded in horses. In 1917 he was selling Ford cars. In 1922 he had the dealership for Jewett cars, which were built by the Paige Motor Co. He was the owner and operator of the Dalton Arena, which was the only enclosed ice rink in Newcastle. When the roof of the arena collapsed in 1931 from an overload of snow he rebuilt it and continued to operate it for another ten years.

Dalton was a Newcastle town councillor for some years and played an active role in the Miramichi Exhibition Association, the Newcastle Curling Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a horse racing enthusiast and a member of the Canadian Trotters' Association. He was survived in 1956 by his wife, Regina E. Burns, four sons, and four daughters. His son Frank Dalton died in World War II while serving as a student airman. At the time of his own death his son Terrence Dalton was a squadron leader in the RCAF, and his daughter Elizabeth Dalton was a flight lieutenant. His daughter Mona Dalton was a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal.


[b] official records [m] Advocate 25 Oct 1911 [d] Leader 21 Sep 1956 / Advocate 30 Jun 1909, 25 Oct 1910, 28 Oct 1914, 14 Jun 1917 (ad), 9 Nov 1920, 8 Sep 1922 (ad), 27 Jul 1926, 28 Jun 1927; Commercial World 30 Dec 1943, 21 Feb 1946; Leader 24 Nov 1993; News 12 Nov 1986; PPMP