The Evening Mail (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Saturday, 19 March 1910, p. 4, col. 5:
"SQUIRE" McKENZIE, OF ENFIELD HAS PASSED AWAY.
Another Hants county landmark in the person of James McKENZIE, J.P., Enfield, familiarly known as "Squire" McKENZIE, has passed away at the advanced age of eighty-nine years. His death was due to old age. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Margaret PEDDY, of Guysboro, and five children, viz., Frances, Mrs. George McDONALD, Queensport, Guysboro county; Catherine, Mrs. F.J. DALE, New York; W.R. McKENZIE, Enfield; James, in the United States and John R., engineer, Windsor. John McKENZIE, Hoboken, N.J., is the only surviving brother of the deceased. The funeral was held at Enfield, Rev. Jacob LAYTON, Oakfield, conducted the service and the remains were interred in the cemetery at Elmsdale.
In many respects the late Mr. McKENZIE was one of the most remarkable men of his time. He was born in 1821 at Enfield, near the Grand lake, near which place he lived during his long and useful life. He was of Scotch extraction, a staunch conservative in politics and a man of spotless character, respected by the whole community. He was a self educated man with an intellect keener and judgment sounder than the average scholar. He took a great interest in law, for over fifty years being a justice of the peace and one of the consulting magistrates of the old court of sessions in and for the county of Hants. For half a century he held the position of crown land surveyor and was connected with the construction of the locks for the Shubenacadie canal company which connected Maitland and Halifax by way of the Shubenacadie river, the Grand lake and the Dartmouth lakes. While the canal was in operation Mr. McKENZIE had charge of the lakes at Enfield. As a surveyor "Squire" McKENZIE was in almost constant demand and at one time surveyed for Church's maps.