Obituaries from the Orangeville Banner for 1913


Source: Archives of Ontario - N258 Reel #35

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November 6,p.4:Edward Bacon - Edward Bacon, an oldtime resident of Orangeville, died in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on October 10th, at the age of 67 years. Deceased left Orangeville about 30 years ago and moved to St. Paul where he has resided the greater part of the time since. His death, which was due to heart collapse, occurred very suddenly He is survived by a widow and a family of five daughters and two sons.

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November 20,p.6:Mary (Dodds) Bell: -Toronto lost one of her most highly esteemed pioneers on Saturday when the call of death came to Mrs. Mary Bell at the advanced age of eighty-six years. The deceased lady had resided in Toronto since 1838. She was the daughter of George and Ann Dodds of Mono, United Empire Loyalists, and she assisted in making the early home in the forest. Her first visit to Toronto was made when she was ten years old, in an ox-cart.
Mrs. Bell's stories of old times were most interesting and instructive. She was a great patriot and took a keen interest in public affairs. She was an ardent follower of Hon. Sir George Brown in his crusades, took the first copy of the The Globe into Mono, and was influential in getting her father and brother to vote reform.
She was a staunch Presbyterian and latterly attended Westminster Church. Neither was she slothful in business and for twenty-one years was engaged in merchantile pursuits on Yonge Street.
Mrs. Bell came of a long-lived family, being survived by three brothers and three sisters, all over seventy years of age. She had six children and is survived by one son, Mr. George F.W. Bell, and three daughters, Mrs. E.B. Dodge, Providence, R.I.; Mrs. A.A. Cockburn and Miss M.a. Bell, of Toronto. The deceased lady also leaves ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. - Monday's Globe.
The surviving brothers and sisters are: - Mrs. S. Raney, Tottenham; Mrs. J as. Hamilton, Athlone; Mrs. Jas. Hollinger, Toronto; James Dodds, Orangeville, Geroge Dodds, Primrose, and W.J. Dodds on the homestead near Blount.

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December 18,p.7:Isabella (Golden) Buchanan -The Camilla neighborhood has lost one of its oldest residents in the person of Mrs. Isabella Buchanan, widow of the late James Buchanan, who passed away at her home, lot 17, con 2, west, Mono, on Sunday last. Mrs. Buchanan, who was 84 years of age, was a native of Ireland, her maiden name being Isabella Golden. Her parents came to Canada when she was 12 years old and settled in Albion township. She came to Mono 54 years ago and has lived on the farm on which she died for the last 31 years. Her husband died eleven years ago. Of a family of eight, six survive, namely Mrs. Catherine Jamieson, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Robert Bentley, Newbury, Mich.; John, Thos. , William and Miss Belle Buchanan, of Mono. there are also three surviving sisters - Mrs. Catherine Ferguson, Sault Ste. Marie. Mrs. Galbraith, Detroit, and Mrs. Wm. Madill, Shelburne - and a half-brother, Mr. John Clarke, Horning's Mills.

The late Mrs. Buchanan was an estimable woman, whose fine character and kindly disposition had endeared her to everyone in the neighborhood. By the members of her own family she was held in the sincerest affection and they will long mourn her loss. She was a member and a regular worshipper in St. Andrew's church, Camilla.

The funeral, which was a large one, was held to the forest Lawn cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, rev. A. J. Fowlie officiating at the house and grave. The pallbearers were the three sons and three grandsons, Messrs. Alfred and J. G. Warrick, of Flint, Mich., and Harris Buchanan, of Mono.

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December 4,p.3:Joseph Carroll -Joseph Carroll, for about forty years a resident of East Luther, died at his home near Mount View on Monday, after a week's illness, in his 82nd year. When a young man in his teens, Mr. Carroll emigrated to Canada from Coutny Armagh, Ireland, and for several years worked out around Marsville, where his brothers had taken up land. He then went to Howick township, where he farmed for some years, coming to East Luther about 40 years ago and settling on the farm now occupied by Thomas Elgie on the 4th concession. Twelve years ago he disposed of this property and bought a farm in West Luther, near Mount View. Mr. Carroll was twice married, his first wife being Susan Rowan, who died about 35 years ago, leaving him with four children, Agnes, in Hamilton; Lizzie, Joseph and David, in East Luther. About three years afterwards he married Susan Taylor, who bore him six children: John at home; William at Pasqua, Sask.; Mrs. William Canton, of Watrus Sask.; Margaret, Mary Ethel, and Jane Donaldson, at home. Mr. Carroll was a hard working, persevering man, of thrifty habits and was credited with being in more than comfortable circumstances. He took an active interest in the political policy of the late Sir John A. Macdonald, of whom he was a great admirer. Up to the time of his removal to Mount View he attended the Presbyterian Church, but afterwards he affiliated himself with the Methodist Church, which was conveniently at hand. The funeral took place on Wednesay to the family plot in St. Alban's cemetery, Grand Valley - Star & Vidette.

The deceased was a brother of the late David Carroll, The Maples, and of the late Thos. Carroll, Orangeville.

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December 4,p.3:John J. Glassford -Mr. JohnJ. Glassford, a well-known resident of Charleston neighborhood, passed away at his residence on lot 16, 2nd line, east Caledon on Tuesday. Deceased had been a sufferer from paralysis for six years and had been bedfast for the last five years. He bore his cross with patience and remarkable fortitude and his end was peace. He was 65 years of age and is survived by a widow and a family of two sons and five daughters. The latter are Mrs. James Jackson and Mrs. Irwin Carter, Saskatoon, Mrs. Henry Speers and Mrs. Chas. Atkinson, Jackson and Thos. Glassford, of Caledon and Miss Susie, at home. Thos. and Geo. Glassford, Well-known residents of Caledon are brothers. Mrs. Thos. Russell, of Toronto is the only surviving sister. The funeral will take place from his late residece to Charleston cemetery at 2 o'clock, this (Thursday) afternoon. Rev. J. Burkholder will conduct service at the house at 1:30 o'clock.

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December 18,p.7:Mrs. John Halbert - Mrs. Halbert, widow of the late John Halbert, formerly of Mono, died at her home, Victoria St., Shelburne, on Sunday from a paralytic stroke sustained a week previously. Mr. and Mrs. Halbert lived on lot 27, 2nd line, east, Mono, from the time of their marriage until some six years ago, when they retired and moved to Shelburne, where the husband died five years ago last October.

The late Mrs. Halbert was 67 years of age and is survived by a family of three sons and a daughter. These are Arthur Halbert, on the homestead, E.J. Halbert, a teacher in Jarvis St. Collegiate Institute, Toronto; Frank Halbert in Shelburne, and Mrs. John Gallaugher, of Everett. There is also an adopted daughter, Annie, who lived with Mrs. Halbert in Shelburne.

The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church and a consistent Christian woman in her daily life and practice. As a neighbor she was held in the highest esteem and her memory will be warmly cherished by the people of the community in which the greater part of her life was spent.

There was a large attendance at the funeral, which was held to the Methodist Church burying ground at Relessey on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Dr. Caldwell, of Shelburne, and Rev. J.W. Dudgeon, of Rosemont, were the officiating clergymen. The pallbearers were the three sons and three nephews, S. J. Halbert, of Everett, J.A. Avlson and Ernest Arthur, of Mono. There were a number of beautiful floral tributes.

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November 13,p.4:Mr. John Huston - Mr. John Huston, a onetime resident of Orangeville, died at his residence, 64 Stanley St. Toronto, at 5 o'clock on Monday morning. Deceased was taken ill with pneumonia only on Saturday morning two days preceding his death. He was 67 years of age and was a carpenter by trade. He spent the early part of his life in and around Orangeville, but moved from this town to Toronto about 30 years ago. He is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Putnam, of Toronto. Mrs. Samuel Montgomery, of Mill St., is a sister. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon.

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December 18,p.7:Mr. George Island- Mr. George Island, a well-known citizen, passed away at his home, corner of second St. and Third Ave., on Tuesday after a protracted illness. Mr. Island had been in poor health for the last year or so, but was considerably better than usual this autumn. About three weeks ago he took a change for the worse and since than had declined rapidly.

Deceased, who was in his 79th year, was a son of the late Michael Island, one of Mono's first settlers. He was born on lot 3, 2nd line, east, but after leaving home settled on lot 5 on the same line, where he had a fine home and property. He gave up farming about six years ago and moved to Orangeville buying the residence in which he has since lived. Mrs. Island died about three years ago. The surviving sons are Samuel L., of Caledon; Robert H. of Mono; Geo. E., Sandhill; W.A. Massey-Harris agent in Erin and Frank C. on the home farm. Mrs. John E. Jenmins is the only daughter. Jos. Island and Mrs. Robt. Curry, Orangeville, Mrs. Henry white, Mono, Dr. R.L. Island and Mrs. Frank Johnston, Toronto, are the brothers and sisters still living. Mayor Island is a nephew. The late Mr. Island was a public spirited man and was well informed on municipal and general politics. He was a member of Mono township council for several years and served on the County council for two years as 1st deputy reeve for Mono. Mr. Island took an active interest in Farmer's Institute work and was one of the early member of the "Dufferin Farmers' Institute.

He was a member of the Anglican communion, being identified with St. Mark's Church. He was a staunch conservative and an enthusiastic Orangeman. He was a Past Master of Purple Valley L.O.L. No. 84, with which he was identified until his removal to Orangeville when the united with L.O.L. 635. Mr. Island was a man who was universally respected as a neighbor and citizen and his demise will be keenly regretted. The funeral will be held from his late residence to the Forest Lawn cemetery at 3 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon. Service at the house at 2:30.

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December 4,p.3:James Kendrew -Mr. James Kendrew, one of the old and highly respected residents of the township, passed away at his home, lot 31 con 2, west Mono, on Sunday, Nov. 23rd, after an illness of several weeks duration . He was in his 70th year and was born in England, but came to Canada when a young man and becmae one of the pioneer settlers of Mono, taking up his residence in the township over 55 years ago.He had many interesting anecdotes to tell of the early days in this part of the country. .He was a man of sterling character and the strictest integrity. He first setteld on a farm near Rosemont afterwards moving to lots 28 and 29 on the Centre Road and from there to lot 31, con. 2, west, the farm on which he died. After coming to Mono, he married to Elizabeth Waller, who survives him. Five sons and five daughters also survive, namely Wm. Robert and Albert, Kinley, Sask.; Joseph, Prince of Wales road, Mono; Edgar at home,; Mrs. Henry, Conn. Saskatoon, Sask.; Annie and Ellen J. at thome. The funeral which was largely attended was held to Shelburne Cemetery on the following Wednesday afternoon. The bereaved relatives h ave the sympathy of the community in their hour of trouble.

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September 18,p.6:J.J. Marshall -Mr. Robert Curry, a brother-in-law, received a telegram on Saturday morning conveying the startling news of the death at his home at Beadle, Sask., of Mr. Jno. J. Marshall, a former citizen of this town. Deceased had not been in the best of health for the last two or three years., but was as well as usual when he left for the West about four weeks ago. He had spent most of last and this year on his farm at Beadle, but came east this summer to visit his brothers in Mono. He left here about five weeks ago and started back for the West after spending a couple of weeks with his daughters in Toronto. Particulars regarding his death had not been received up to the time of going to press. The remains are being brought east for interment and will probably reach Orangeville this (Thursday) evening. In that event the funeral will be held tomorrow. The deceased was a son of the late James Marshall, of Mono, and farmed near Carmilla for a number of years. After leaving his farm he lived retired in Orangeville until about two years ago. He was quite well off having considerable property in the West. A widow and a family of three daughters survive, Mrs. Marshall and ?? ????daughter, Flavia, are at Beadle and the other daughters, Rilla and Minnie, live in Toronto. Reeve J.A. Marshall and Mr. Robt. Marshall, of Mono, are brothers. Mrs. Robt. Curry, 1st Street, is the only sister.

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December 4,p.3:Margaret Jane (Moffatt) Matson -Mrs. Margaret Jane Moffatt, beloved wife of Mr. John Matson, of Palgrave, passed away at the home of her mother, Mrs. Moffatt, near Caledon East, on Friday,Nov. 21st. Deceased lady had gone to visit her mother some weeks prior to her demise and was unable to return home again owing to illness. She was about 50 years of age and was a sister of Mr. John H. Moffatt, Warden of Peel. She is survived by her husband and a family of three girls and one boy. Mrs. Moffatt was held in genuine respect by all who knew her and the bereaved husband and children have the heartfelt sympathy of the neighborhood in their great loss. The remains were conveyed to her former home on Sunday, the funeral taking place to Laurel Hill Cemetery on the Monday following.

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December 18,p.4:Priscilla (Willmore) Rayfield -The death occurred Sunday evening at 6:45 at her residence, East street, of Galt's oldest resident, Priscilla Willmore, relict of the late John Rayfield. Had deceased lady lived until June 15th, 1914, she would have been one hundred years of age. Death was due to senile decay. Deceased remained conscious until a few hours before her death.

For a lady of such advanced years she possessed remarkable vitality. She was able to converse with her friends and although forced to live a quiet life, reserving what energy still remained, she retained an interest in current affairs and at times exhibited an activity which astonished even her nearest associates.

Her maiden name was Priscilla Willmore, and she was born at Dedford, near London, England. It was about thirty years ago that she came to Canada with her husband, the late John Rayfield, and daughters, Miss P.H., with whom she lived. The family came directly to Galt and took up their residence on East St. Miss Rayfield securing a position on the Central school teaching staff which she still holds. Mr. Rayfield passed away sixteen years ago.
Mrs. Rayfield came of good old English Quaker stock and as a girl attended the Croydon Friends' school, having as fellow pupils, John and Jacob Bright. She was brought up under the strict discipline of the Quaker religion and was always a strong worker in the interests of a temperance. In this connection she accomplished effective mission work in Old London.
British politics always held a fascination for her and even after migrating to Canada she kept in touch with all important developments. Not until a couple of years ago when her sight commenced to fail, did her interest dwindle and among her friends she was looked upon a somewhat of an authority on the prominent men in Britain. She also developed a keen interest in the affairs of the land of her adoption and read the daily papers assiduously.
A large number of the forbears of the late Mrs. Rayfield attained a great age, several becoming centenarians, and she therefore inherited a constitution which tended to longevity. But her days were doubtless prolonged by her manner of living. Always methodical in the carrying out of her duties, she made a habit of planning the day's work - in itself conducive the conservation of strength and energy. Plain food of the best quality and an abstinence from participation in the strenuous gayeties which mark the youth of many of the young people of the present day, were to some extent responsible for the long life of Mrs. Rayfield. At times she was very bright and had a penchant for reciting apt pieces of poetry suggested by subject which were brought up in the course of conversation. Her memory in this regard was wonderful and it was interesting to note that the verses most clearly impressed on her mind were those learned during her school days.

The late Mrs. Rayfield had the distinction of having lived under the rule of six English sovereigns - George III,George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, and George V.
Another interesting fact is that one of Mrs. Rayfield's brothers, Gregory Willmore, emigrated to South Africa, and today he has 139 descendants living in the newest British colony. Mrs. Rayfield had three sisters and four brothers, but although most of them attained a good old age, they have now passed to the Great Beyond.

The many grandchildren remembered Mrs. Rayfield on the occasion of her 99th birthday and a party was held at her home over which she was much pleased. She also received hosts of letters of congratulation from friends and relatives who had hoped that they would have been able to celebrate h her 100th birthday. - The Galt Reporter, Dec. 1st.

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September 18,p.6:Jane (Clark) Rowan -Mrs. John Rowan, an old resident of North Erin, passed away at her home in Toronto early on Sunday morning in her 81st year. Despite her fourscore years, the deceased woman was smart and in good health almost to the time of her death. She was about as usual on Saturday evening and retired in good health and spirits. The end came about five o'clock and was caused by heart collapse. Mrs. Rowan, whose maiden name was Jane Clark, was born near Charleston in Caledon township. She was married about 62 years ago and settled in North Erin, where she lived for 50 years or longer. Ten or twelve years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Rowan moved to Orangeville, where they resided for some years before going to Toronto. They had the unique experience of living long enough to celebrate their diamond wedding. The aged husband died only a year or so ago. The surviving members of the family are Mrs. James Pickering, Mrs. Angus Conley and Mr. Wm. Rowan, of Shelburne; Mrs. W. Henderson, North Erin; Mrs. J.D. McGill, Mr. John C. Rowan, Mr. J.E. Rowan and Miss Sophia Rowan, of Toronto, Mr. Edward Clark, of Orangeville, and Mr. John Clark, of Alton are brothers. The surviving sisters are Mrs. Unger, of French River, and Mrs. Aikens, of Hamilton, the latter of whom is 92 years of age. There are also seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild. The late Mrs. Rowan was a kindly, good living woman, who enjoyed the affection of her family and the respect and goodwill of her neighbors. The deceased was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Mr. Wetheral held the funeral service at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.D. McGill, 346 Bloor St., west, Toronto, on Monday evening. The remains were brought to Orangeville for interment, the funeral taking place to Greenwood Cemetery from the C.P.R. station on Tuesday forenoon. Rev. Dr. Armstrong, of Alton, had charge of the burial service. The members of the family were all present and there was also a large gathering of sorrowing friends and neighbors. There were a number of beautiful floral tributes. Among the friends from a distance,outside the family and immediate relatives were Mr. and Mrs. Will Parks, Mr. John M. Rowan, and Mr. W.H. Maxwell, Toronto; Mrs. Jas. Morris and Mrs. Ed. Overland, Erin, Mrs. Geo. Cameron, Cataract, and Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Harris, Shelburne.

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December 18,p.2:Richard Silk -Richard Silk, of Shelburne, met with almost instant death at Crombie Station about 10 o'clock on Wednesday forenoon of last week. The unfortunate man, who was employed in O'Flynn's grain elevator, had jumped on the ladder of one of the cars of a northbound freight that was pulling out of the station yard for the purpose of riding up the line as far as Mr. Isaac Sproule's where he intended to do some telephoning. When he reached the crossing about 300 yds up the line, he either jumped or else fell off, and his head struck one of the rails so violently that the blow caused almost instant death. Deceased, who was a son of Mrs. Henry Silk, is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters. The sons and daughters are : Mrs. Bert Trotter, of Peterboro, formerly of Orangeville; Mrs. Alonzo Parson, Violet Hill; Melville, Miss Reta and Carmen at home, William and Robert Silk, of Shelburne, and Harry Silk, of Muskoka, are brothers. The remains were conveyed to Shelburne, where an inquest was held by Dr. T. White, coroner.
The sad death was a great shock to the people of Shelburne and vicinity and much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved family and friends.

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September 18,p.6:Mrs. James (White) Woulf -Mrs. Woulf, wife of Mr. James Woulf, lot 4, con. 7, Amaranth, died in the Toronto General Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 13rh. Her death followed an operation for the removal of some growth from her throat. The deceased woman, who was 45 years of age, is survived by her husband and a family of four children. Mrs. Woulf was a daughter of the late James White, of Waldemar. Mr. James White, collector for the south half of the township for a number of years, is a brother. There was a large attendance at the funeral, which was held to Price's Corners Cemetery in East Garafraxa on Monday afternoon.

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