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Longtime newswoman was always on the go

ST. ANDREWS - The sound of a copying machine can bring back memories for Frank W. Haughn and his sister Katherine.

That's because their mother, Adelene (Rose) (McKay) Haughn, did newsletters for many organizations.

"I remember the Gestetner going, cranking that sucker a lot," her son recalled Friday.

His mother, who died in St. Andrews on Monday at the age of 97, wrote for the Telegraph-Journal and the St. Croix Courier under the byline Rose McKay Haughn.

"You name any organization in this county and if she wasn't it, it would be something funny," Frank W. Haughn said.

She married Frank E. Haughn of St. Andrews at 40 in 1954.

In the 1930s she worked in Saint John. She later became private secretary to A.M.A. MacLean at Connors Bros. Ltd. in Blacks Harbour.

She left this position in the late 1940s to be closer to her mother, then widowed and living alone, Rose Haughn's nephew, Richard Haughn, said Friday. She started her own bookkeeping business.

She graduated from McAdam High School and later business school in the early 1930s.

Her father, David William McKay, a photographer, had studios in St. Stephen, St. Andrews and Pennfield. "I've got picture postcards made of her when she was a small girl," Frank said.

Frank and Katherine never knew their grandparents. Their mother was 42 when Frank, the oldest, came along. Richard, who lived with his aunt and uncle, was a teenager.

"I call him my brother," Frank said.

Rose Haughn's McKay ancestors pioneered at Pennfield. David William McKay grew up in the Blair House in St. Stephen. He started in photography with his relative Hugh McKay from Calais, Maine.

He married Adelene Storr. Their only child was born at the Rose Cottage, St. Andrews on Aug. 9, 1914.

As a child Rose McKay picked flowers from gardens at her home to sell at the Algonquin Hotel.

"I don't know why she went to high school in McAdam other than the fact that it was the best high school around at that time," Frank said. His mother stayed with Storr relatives in McAdam.

She and Frank E. Haughn, an electrician, stayed single until 1954 because they each had elderly parents to care for, Richard Haughn said.

They settled into the Haughn house on Augustus Street, St. Andrews. She joined her husband in social activities around his amateur radio hobby.

Frank E. Haughn died in 1997 at 86. Rose Haughn moved to Passamaquoddy Lodge in 2003. Richard is retired in Delray, Fla. Frank W. works as an electrician in Baileyville, Maine. Katherine teaches hairdressing in Saint John.

"Any organization she ended up in, I imagine at some point of time she ran it," Frank said.

"When I grew up she was into figure skating and music, arts and drama, Sunbury Shores, ACW, the Press Club, historical society."

She curled but did not golf, Richard Haughn said. She went to hockey games, filing reports nightly with the Telegraph-Journal and weekly with the Courier.

She gave Richard money to buy penny loafers. "She went to school and fought for me when I got in trouble," he said.

John Matheson met Rose Haughn when he was about 17. The late Don Towers dragged him to a Charlotte County Historical Society meeting.

She put him on the newsletter mailing list. She remembered this when Matheson returned in 1995 as Anglican rector of St. Andrews, he recalled in a eulogy Thursday.

She was past 80 then.

"If you knew Rose you would never forget her. She was a kind of take-charge woman," her son said.

She was on the go all the time," her nephew said.

SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB) - August 27, 2011.

HAUGHN. ADELENE "Rose" - At Passamaquoddy Lodge, St. Andrews, NB, August 22, 2011, Adelene "Rose" (McKay) Haughn, wife of the late Frank E. Haughn.

Survived by her daughter Katherine Bennett (Daniel), Saint John, NB; son, Frank W. Haughn, Calais, ME; 3 grandchildren, Bianca Groom, Matthew Haughn, Samantha Bennett, 2 great grandsons, Noah Haughn, Cole Worden; nephews and nieces; nephew Richard Haughn; sister-in-law Lila Haughn.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, King Street, St. Andrews, NB.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, King Street, St. Andrews, NB.

Interment at St. Andrew's Rural Cemetery.

Remembrances to All Saints Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family.

SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB) - August 24, 2011 and S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home website.

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