Previously printed in the Bruce Bulletin, Volume 13,
Issue 3, August 2002
from the Paisley Advocate, July 14,
Old Boys and Girls from Toronto
A Record-Breaking Excursion This Year
The annual Excursion of the Bruce County Old Boys' and Girls'
Association from Toronto was this year an unqualified success,
the greatest that has been. The weather could not possibly have
been more favorable. The sun shone brightly, but the heat was by
no means oppressive, and recent rains had furnished ample
protection against the dust that at this season usually
interferes with the comfort of railway passengers.
The Grand Truck Railway Company was drawn upon for twelve
passenger coaches and a baggage car, and the accommodation was
barely sufficient for the thousand people, young and old, packed
into the cars. ... The train was divided at Palmerston, seven
passenger cars going with one contingent to Southampton and five
with another to Wiarton.
The most interesting episode of the day was the half hour stop
Walkerton to allow the Association to make a formal donation
from its funds to the Bruce County Hospital. As it is no part of
the purpose of the members to build a surplus it became a
problem with the executive how best to spend part of its
moderate accumulation in some way to do good to the people of
the county. After mature consideration it was proposed to offer
a donation sufficient to furnish the men's ward in the Hospital,
and the cordiality with which the proposal was received showed
that the Executive Committee had the unanimous support of the
membership. Two hundred dollars was taken out of the
Association's funds and there was added to this another hundred
contributed by the passengers on the train. This sum was named
by the Hospital management as sufficient for the
purpose. ... It is expected that a permanent tablet will be placed
in the Mens' Ward to commemorate the incident, and
incidentally to encourage others to follow the example set by
A large number of people from town and vicinity were gathered
at the station here to meet friends, as at other stations along
the line. The settled practice of the visitors is to make no
effort to get up a great reception at any one place but allow the
excursionists to quietly disperse from each station with their
friends, and reappear to get their return train which left
Southampton and Wiarton early on Monday evening. This makes
practically a four-day visit under the most enjoyable conditions
and at a singularly low passenger rate $2.05 to Southampton and
$1.85 to Wiarton, with return in each case. From present
appearances this excursion bids fair to become an important
outing for both the excursionists and the railway.
A List of Visitors
Lieut Col and Mrs Weir, of Port Credit, and Mrs Adams of
Toronto, at H McKerracher's.
Mr Wm Houston, M.A., at S.
Miss Barbara McBeath, Mrs J M Martin and child of Toronto, Mrs
Fulton of Chicago, at D McBeath's, 2nd Elderslie.
Miss Maud Forfar, B.A., of Durham H S staff, Miss Minnie Forfar,
Mrs Galbraith and daughter Lillie of Elsmere, Mr and Mrs
Markdale at R H Curry's 6th Bruce.
Mrs Blakely and daughter, of
Toronto at R Cassel's, 2nd Elderslie.
Mrs Johnston, Mrs Gracie and children, at P McArthur's, Lovat,
also Miss Kate arrived home from school.
Mrs Standish and Miss Jarret of Calgary, NWT, Mr
Toronto at Mr George Greer's 12 conc Bruce.
Mr and Mrs Sam Flack and son,
Miss Mabel McIlwain at J Trelford's.
Mr Hunter at Mrs E Bain's.
Mr Wm Johnston at the manse,
Mr and Mrs Robt Leach of Toronto,
at J Collin's.
Mrs McKay at Mr McMillan's Elora
Miss Annie Anderson, daughter of W Anderson, Greenock.
Mr Will McGill and friend Mr Will
Armstrong, at A McGill's.
Messrs Jas. Noble and T. Bell, Misses Maggie and
Lizzie Bell at
Mrs S. Mooney's.
Miss Mary Beaton, at D
McGillivrays's 12th Bruce.
Mrs Hargreaves, Sr, Misses Marion Hargreaves and
Master Mason Wilson, at J. M. Hargreaves'.
Lawson, Bessie and Peter
Hargreaves at Robt Fleming's.
Mr Solomon Turner, of York Mills,
at Job Turner's, Elderslie.
Mr and Mrs W H Marmion and son
at Mrs. W W Hogg's.
Mrs W J Hull, Wm and Lillie, at Wm
Miss Margeurite Sinclair at D
Sinclair's, 10th Bruce.
Mr K R McKenzie at A McKenzie's.
Mr Hugh Jas Smith at R Petrie's,
Miss Ard at D McBeath's 2nd
Miss May Elliott at Mrs McInnis',
Miss McArthur at D McArthur's,
Smith McFaul at Wm McFaul's.
Mr Silas Haney at Thos Haney's,
Mrs McGlenning, Mrs Ward, Mr Jas
Storey and son at Jas Bone's.
Mr Jas McDonald, Mr Williams, Mrs F B McDonald and Mrs
McKinnon at Jas H McDonald's.
Mrs John Welsford at G
Bruce County's Townships
(before 1998 amalgamations)
St. Edmunds Township