Sept. 15, 2008
CARAQUET (CNB) - The Goguen circular sawmill at the Village Historique Acadien began operation on Sunday, Sept. 14, as part of Phase II of development at the site.
The sawmill will remind visitors of the importance of such facilities in Acadian communities of the early 20th century. Visitors will also have a unique opportunity to see the developments of Phase II - especially the new farming complex at the Chiasson house - in anticipation of the World Acadian Congress in 2009.
The history of the Goguen Mill begins with its first owner, Éric Goguen. Born in 1914, he began work at an early age, and was a jack of all trades, including lumberjack, lobster fisherman, travelling farm products salesman, pulpwood trucker, and finally sawmill owner. In the 1930s, he began working in the forest industry. He was employed in logging camps and then worked for the Irving company.
In 1945, he acquired a mobile sawmill that he could transport in his truck. He travelled around southeastern New Brunswick cutting wood. In his travels, he bought private woodlots so he could cut trees on them.
In 1949, Goguen decided to build a sawmill on the current location in Cocagne. He drew on his extensive experience and made money with his mobile sawmill. However, his business did not grow until the early 1960s when he hired a professional sawyer, Willie Boucher.
The carriage at the village was purchased by Goguen in 1945 from an individual in Shemogue. The International brand sawmill engine of the 1940s had 125 horsepower and ran on diesel fuel. Goguen used the carriage on his mobile sawmill and later on the permanent sawmill.
Goguen's company became a family business when his sons became an integral part of the operation.
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