Local Interest

Cherry Mountain Lodge #50

  Donald Charld Frederick Messer was born on May 9, 1909 in Tweedside, New Brunswick - the youngest of eleven children. Don Messer's musical talent became evident when he was little more than a toddler, so it was no surprise to his family when he made his debut at age seven, playing the fiddle at a barn dance. This proved to be the beginning of a lifelong career of making toe-tapping music. His first group, was called the Backwoods Trio, which later became the New Brunswick Lumberjacks. In 1939 Don Messer and His Islanders got their first big break on radio. But it was the incredible overnight success of "Don Messer's Jubilee" in 1959 that made his name a household word across Canada. On March 21, 1969 marked Don Messer's 35th anniversary in broadcasting. He passed away in 1972, after 38 years of combined broadcasting in radio and television.
Harvey Station, home of the largest Fiddle.

      This Tribute was erected in Don Messer's memory. In the year 2000 the Harvey Village Council wanted to put a tribute of Don Messer somewhere in Harvey. This Violin was made locally by Rollie McLean, and erected by the Cenotaph in front of what use to be the Junior High School.
    The day of the unveiling, Don's daughters and relatives, friends and hundreds from the community where present to a day of Music, memories and pictures.
Check out other great stories around the Harvey Area including the Robison's Hotel that burned in 1926.
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