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Éric Goguen Sawmill

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Location: Caraquet, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canadamap
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Biography

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Éric Goguen, son of Albénie M. Goguen and Cedelis Bourque was born in the 1910's. He was the founder of Goguen Lumber Company in Cocagne, New Brunswick. He built his own sawmill in 1949. The company is still in operation in Cocagne as of 2021 and run by his sons.

"In 2008, Goguen Lumber donated to the Historic Acadian Village, in Caraquet, a part of the original Eric Goguen sawmill. It's a circular sawmill dating from the 1930's. A structure was constructed on their site to simulate the original mill, with a sign stating: Le Moulin Goguen." [1] The sawmill can be seen at the Village Historique Acadien / Acadian Village Heritage Site in Caraquet, New Brunswick.

History of the Goguen Sawmill
"The history of the Goguen sawmill begins with its owner Éric Goguen. Born in 1914, Éric was on the work market early and was in different spheres of work such as: lumberjack, peddler selling farm products, lobster fisherman, pulp wood truck driver and finally owner of a sawmill. In the years 1930, Eric starts to work in the forestry industry. He is employed in the forestry industry on site, and became an employee of the Irving Company.

In 1945, he got a mobile sawmill that he can put in the back of his truck. This way, he goes everywhere in south east of the province cutting wood. While on those trips he would buy wood lots so he can cut the trees and finally obtain rights to cut wood on particular lots. In 1949 Eric decides to build his own sawmill on the actual place in Cocagne. Having acquired experience with his mobile sawmill, he can use his knowledge in this trade. It's only around 1960 that his business was really going to its fullness. During that time he hired a professional sawyer in the name of Willie Boucher.

The equipment we find at the Village historique acadien was bought by Éric Goguen in 1945 from a man in Shemogue. The sawmill engin from the 1940 years is a brand from International, with a power of 125 horse-power and was functioning with diesel fuel.

Finally Eric's business becomes a family thing, as his sons become an important part of the company.

The building at the Village Historique Acadien, was built in 2008 and opened to public during the Agricultural Fair of the same year. It represents a sawmill with circular saw typical of the years 1930-1940 in New-Brunswick." [2]

Sources

  1. Goguen Lumber - Photos http://goguenlumber.com/photos.html
  2. Goguen Sawmill, Historic Site, Village historique acadien https://villagehistoriqueacadien.com/en/site




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