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Norval Hartt MacPhail
1898 - 1982
Norval, Carrie, Aaron Samuel, Aaron, Samuel Sr., Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac
Norval was born March 4, 1898 a second son of James & Carrie (Hartt) MacPhail. Norval never finished high school due to “differences of opinion with school officials” (His own quotation). Uncle Norval or NH as he was called was never one to hide his opinion from anyone, nor often change it! He apprenticed in the Bank and worked there until the outbreak of war in 1914. He served as a machine gunner with some distinction and after his return, he opened his own hardware store in Perth, NB, on Jan. 2, 1920. The MacPhail Hardware (Hardup as he called it) survived and prospered until 1973 when it was sold. It continues in the original premises to this date (1997) as the Home Hardware. Norval was tall and spare with a dry, droll sense of humor. He loved salmon fishing and hunting for ducks and partridge. He was also the Indian Agent for the Tobique Narrows Malacite band as his father James had been before him. He was well known and respected in the community and his store was a gathering place for a wide spectrum of the local populace where partisan politics and local events were hotly debated. He married Dorothy Olmstead in Perth/Andover, NB, on Sep. 4, 1923. She was born Aug. 5, 1900. Norval passed away Children of Norval & Dorothy (Olmstead) MacPhail: Margery Ann 1925-1981, Diane
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