LAURA8 MYRTLE COBURN
LAURA8 MYRTLE COBURN (Charles7, David6, David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 26 July 1881 d. 3 Jan. 1960 daughter of Charles Coburn and Elizabeth (Yerxa) Coburn m. 11 Nov. 1903 John Ray Walker b. 1880 d. 1921 son of Edward Walker and Harriet Walker.
Laura was born in the new house (later known as the Grant house) her father had recently built in Keswick Ridge on the River Road toward the Macnaquac. She went to school at Keswick Ridge across the road from the homes of her uncles William and Tyler Coburn. Next she went to the Provincial Normal School in Fredericton and after graduation taught only one year, at Jonesí Forks near Burttís Corner. She then decided that teaching was not for her as she had a recurring dream that her hand would be restrained from falling when trying to administer the strap or ruler to maintain discipline. Schools were then run on the old precept Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Laura went to Everett, a suburb of Boston, Mass., to live with the Elijah Yerxa family. Her uncle Elijah had a large grocery store where Laura worked as a bookkeeper. He was, quite likely, the E. Yerxa mentioned in Benjamin Coburnís letter.
Daughter Betty provided this information on her mother Laura:
Fredericton residents used to swim in the river near the old pumping station on Smythe Street. As a tiny girl, Betty used to ride on her fatherís shoulders in her little grey wool swimsuit, when her father swam there. Betty gives some of her fatherís background:
William Walker, my great grandfather married (around 1878) Johanna Roach in Fitchburg, Mass. They had two sons, Edward W. and William. Edward was my grandfather and his family moved to Boston (Brookline) when he was a boy. When he grew up he worked for a few years in the employ of a woolen house and later was in the Lubricating Oil Business. He gave much of his time to the interests of the Methodist Church and for many years was a member of St. Marksí Church in Brookline, Mass. where he served as an usher for 22 years and was a member of the board.
He was twice married and his first wife was named Harriet. My father was the oldest of their four children -John Ray, Elsie, Helen (my namesake) and Edward. His second wife was Emma Manning Huntley of Nashua, N.H. and they had no children.
Laura died in 1960. She was survived by two children: John Frederick9 Walker and Helen Elizabeth9 (Betty) (Walker) Middlemiss; five grandchildren: John Alexander10 Walker, John Louis10 Walker, Michael10 Walker, Judith Ann10 Middlemiss and Janet10 Middlemiss and one great-granddaughter, Tracy11 Walker.