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DOLAN, THOMAS FRANCIS BARRY, farmer; b. Nelson, 20 Apr 1886, s/o Thomas D. Dolan and Mary Jane Gorman; m. 1914, Ellen Susan Desmond, d/o Daniel Desmond and Susan Mary English, of Nowlanville; d. there, 21 Feb 1948.

T. F. ("Frank") Dolan attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College prior to his marriage, and was later the proprietor of "Fertiloam Farm" at Nowlanville. This was a 'model farm' by designation of the Department of Agriculture, on which he raised purebred livestock and grew seed potatoes and other crops. The farm was conducted on a sound agricultural and business basis and was featured in 1942 in an article by M. L. Perry in the Family Herald and Weekly Star, entitled "Knowledge Aids the Farm."

Dolan played an active part in agricultural organizations, both locally and provincially. He was founder and secretary for twenty-five years of the Nelson Agricultural Society, a director of the Miramichi Exhibition Association, and a founding director of the Northumberland Co-Operative Creamery. He was an officer of the Beaubear Credit Union and served a term as president of the New Brunswick Farmers' and Dairymen's Association.

Dolan was a county councillor during the last fifteen years of his life and a member of the Northumberland County School Finance Board. He was active in Catholic church organizations, especially in the Holy Name Society of St Patrick's Church, of which he was the first president. He had a lifelong personal interest in English literature and was widely known for his use of quotations and aphorisms.

Dolan's wife, Ellen S. Desmond, was his partner on the farm and wrote short pieces on farm and household subjects for the United Farmers' Guide. She was also a qualified schoolteacher, and after his death she returned to the classroom. She did not retire until 1970, when she was nearly seventy-nine years old. She was ninety-six when she died in 1987.

There were seven daughters and four sons in the family, almost all of whom were university educated and held successful positions in life. Among them were a number of teachers, as well as Dr Desmond Dolan, an agricultural scientist, and Dr Leonard Dolan, a veterinarian.


[b/m] Werstiuk [d] Leader 27 Feb 1948 / Hubbard