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Kingston Whig Standard 1942

Birth Announcements
Thanks to Jen Wylie for helping get this page started.

Amo - Mike and Deb (nee Compeau) are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica Laura, weighing 8 lbs. 9 ozs. Proud grandparents are Kay and Blake Compeau and Madelon and Phil Amo and great-grandmother Laura (Babe) Amo.
Contributed by: Sharon Compeau

BARBOSA-Robert and Bela (nee Santos) are please to announce th arrival of their baby daughter Vanessa Courney, on July 31 1993 at 9:46 a.m., weighing 7lbs.,11ozs. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Santos and Mr. and Mrs. Mario Barbosa. Vanessa says hello to all Aunts and Uncles and special playmates Gizmo and Molsen.

SHANNON- Jacob Shannon is pleased to announce the safe arrival of his new brother, Clayton Kenneth Shannon, weighing 6lbs., 11 ozs., born Aug 5 1993 at 12:37 at Kingston General Hospital. Proud paretns are Brian and Lisa Shannon, grandparents Dorothy Oliver and Ken and Eleanor Shannon of Kingston, and great grandmother Ella Simpson.

WITHERS-Barbara and Jim are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Selina Lynn, born August 3, 1993 at 6;30pm weighing 8 lbs., 6ozs. A sister for Richard. Proud grandparents are Gerald and Jean Hubbard and Azel and Judy Withers. Proud great- grandparents are Everett and Bernadine Withers and Jean Herc.

DENNEE/AYLESWORTH - Mike, Kelli and big brother Jake welcome with love, Brennan Harold James, born May 6, 1998, weighing 9 lbs., 6 ozs. Proud grandparents are Bill and Veryl Dennee, Bud and Pam Aylesworth, Barb Aylesworth and Tom Cashman. Delighted great grandparents are Mabel Balfour, Mervyn Aylesworth, the late Helen Aylesworth, Bob and Keitha Balfour. Many thank to Dr. Pancham and staff at KGH.
Contributed by: Sharon Compeau

BRIDGEN-Gary and Michelle are very happy to announce the arrival of a playmate for Greg, Teresa, Sherry, Ashley, adn Kaitlyn. A little brother, Jeffrey Thomas, born Aug 1 1993, at 04:20 weighting 10lbs.,4ozs. A grandson for Tom and Lorette Faubert.

CHAPMAN-Stephen, Wendy and big brother Mark are thrilled to announce the arrival of Justin Cole, born Aug 4 1993 at 6:02 am weighing 5 lbs., 10 1/2 ozs.

HUDSON - Chloe's wish came true, a sister. Sydney Simone was born on August 2, 1993, weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21 3/4' long. Proud parents are Peter and Christine (Nee Laird).

HUDSON - Chloe's wish came true, a sister. Sydney Simone was born on August 2, 1993, weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21 3/4' long. Proud parents are Peter and Christine (Nee Laird).

LAMBERT- Praise God! For the safe arrival of Natalie Dawn, on August 1 1993, at 5:15 pm weighing 6 lbs.,15 ozs. Parents Ron and Christine and big sister Jenna are all so thrilled . Proud grandparents are RObert and Beverley Walker, and Bevan and Bernice Lambert.

MCFALL- Ian and Mary Jean are happy to announce the birth of their third son, Hugh Dillon, 8 lbs., 12 oxz, on July 19 1993. A brother for John and William. Proud grandparents are Joseph and Mary Hudson of Lyn; and Sam and Joan McFall of Elginburg. Proud great-grandmother Charlotte Miliken, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

MORRIS- Cameron and Heather (Nee Kellington) are thrilled to annoucne the safe arrival of their first born, Logan Cameron, weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 ozs, on Aug 2 1993 at Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton. Proud grandparents are Ann and Glen Morris, Seeleys Bay; and Penny and Charles Kellington, Georgetown. Their great-grandchild for Grace and Hilyard Moulton, Seeleys Bay; Dorthy and Charles Kellington, Toronto; and Jane Rutherford, Scarborough.

ROBICHAUD-BOAG- Florine and Graham are delighted to announce the arrival of Monique Andrea Gail Boag, on July 28, 1993 in Calgary. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. Proud grandparents are Ellen Robichaud, Hamilton, and Tom and Lorna Boag, Kingston. return to top

Misc Articles

Local Hero and Child
Perished in 1929 Mishap
Contributed by:
Sharon Compeau

If you are driving on outer Princess Street and who doesn't these days? - you will pass a small rock cairn located on the south side of the street across from Minos Village Restaurant. To many drivers and pedestrians, this small monument may not even warrant a second glance, if they even notice it in the first place. That's sad, because the plaque recognizes the selflessness of a man who gave his life trying to save a little boy from being hit by an automobile.

It began and ended on the sunny morning of Wednesday, June 19, 1929.

The Kingston Whig Standard's large front-page headlines that day read; "Cataraqui Man Killed by Auto Trying to Save Little Boy." "Fred Denyes Met Instant Death on Highway When Trying to Save Lad Being Hit by Auto." "Heroic Road Sign Painter Dashed After Tot."

Fred Denyes, a road painter working on the stretch of Highway 2 then five miles west of Kingston, saw a car stop and let a little boy out. The little boy, Kenneth MacRow, ran around Fred Denyes' painting truck and in front of an oncoming car. In a valiant attempt to save the child, Denyes raced out in front of the car to grab the little boy's arm. Denyes was hit by the car and killed instantly. The little boy suffered major injuries and died later that day in hospital. The deaths of both these people shocked and saddened the community of Cataraqui.

The small, rough-made fieldstone cairn has a worn cracked cement plaque. It reads: "In memory of Frederick Denyes Killed June 21st, 1929 endeavoring to save the life of a child Kenneth MacRow, aged 4 years, from the path of a rapidly approaching automobile. Both were killed. Frederick Denyes was a native of this district, aged 56 years, and of U.R.L. ancestry. Such heroic deeds should not be soon forgotten. Greater love hath no man than this that he giveth his life for another. To his memory bow your head in respectful homage."

The Kingston West Community Policing Association has since its inception in 1992 and its incorporation in 1897, been a strong advocate of neighborhood and traffic safety. We have lobbied for safer designs of subdivisions yet to be built. We have sought and recommended innovative solutions to traffic problems that, sometimes, have lingered for years in the west end.

The association would like to take this opportunity to recognize a true local hero, Fred Denyes, who gave his life trying to save another life.

As president of the association, I would urge all drivers to take extra caution this summer, especially with many children outside enjoying themselves. To all drivers I say: Please be careful. The children may not always look before stepping of the curb.

The Buck Lake Murder
Trial of the Last Person hung in the City of Kingston
Contributed by Debbie Pond

This is the Trial of the last Person Hung in the City of Kingston. He was my great great Uncle Elijah VanKoughnett

Word reached the city on Monday, August 15th of the murder of John Richardson who had a 100 acre farm near Buck Lake Bridge, in the Township of Loboro. He had lived there for 25 years, and lived most of the time a hermits life. His wife and family in consaquance of domestic infelicity having left him after but one winter. He was known to be industrious and hardworking, and had recently purchased another farm in the Township of Bedford. The hut of Richardson was made of logs and found to be very neat inside,containing two beds, one was a heap of straw and the other an old buffalo robe. It was later learned that Richardson had been killed the previous Saturday and had lain where he fell until found the following Monday.

The man suspected of the crime was Elijah VanKoughnett, a hunter and trapper who has been for the past 20 years a resident of the district and lived opposite Richardson. It was thought that VanKoughnett was anxious to become the possessor of one of Richardson’s horses, which he stole on Sunday, the day after the killing. VanKoughnett said he had been on a spree for a week and had spent all but $6.00 out of $25.00 his wife had given him to buy a horse. Constable Robert Nesbitt and Alexander Snodden of the Kingston Police Force were in the Buck Lake area with others searching for VanKoughnett, as well as Alexander Floody the county Constable who had traveled to Elgin looking for him. After first being lodged in the county jail after his arrest VanKoughnett remarked “Drink done it”, and also told Whig reporter that he was four rods off when he shot Richardson and saw him fall.

The Buck Lake Murder Trial
The spring arrises at Kingston,in the year 1882, opened on Wednesday, April 19th. The business before the court on the first two days did not occasion any great public interest. On Friday the 21st, the court house was filled with eager audience to hear the trial of Elijah VanKoughnett charged with the murder of John Richardson of Loborough on the 13th of August, 1881. Since his capture on the island in Buck Lake, VanKoughnett had been in custody in the county jail. Seated in the prisoner’s box he looked much better for his protracted incarceration. Last year he looked careworn and haggard, but on this morning of his trial he appeared healthy and fat. He kept sobbing off and one and eagerly scanning the room evidently in search of his wife, who was not present when the court opened. When the Crier began to call the names of the Jurors, the prisoner broke down altogether and cried bitterly. Mr. T. H. McQuire was counsel for VanKoughnett, and Mr. Henderson, Q. C. was present for the Crown. The Jury was chosen and the Clerk of the Court than read indictment charghing the prisoner with the murder of John Richardson.

Mr. Henderson, crown counsel addressed the jury and stated the present case was most important in its results to the county. He explained the details of the murder and spoke of John Richardson as a quiet and inoffensive man. He also explained to them the responsibility of their position and what consitituted the crime of murder. VanKoughnett was charged not only with murder but also with arson in connection therewith. He explained the nature of circumstantial evidence and stated that it was,in many cases, stronger than any other. A man may lie, but the circumstances and facts cannot lie. It was upon circumstantional evidence that the case largely rested. He further explained that confession made, after having been duly cautioned, was also the strongest kind of evidence.

The first witness called: William Green who lived a half mile from Richardson testified that Richardson owned a double barreled shotgun which he had borrowed some years ago. On Saturday, August 13th, 1881, he had heard the report of a gun between seven and eight o’clock in the evening. He thought Richardson was out hunting,but when he looked out across the lake he did not see him. On the following Monday morning, Green saw Richardson‘s barn burning and he went over to Richardson’s house, but he was not in there. Then he looked in the barn and he was not there either. He saw the stable was burned down, and noticed small horse tracks going into the stable and large horse tracks coming out. Green formed up a search party of men in the neighborhood and Richardson’s body was found about 30 rods from his house lying on the corner of a rock. There was wounds in his neck and breasts. A short distance from the body was a place where the grass had been trampled down as if some one had hid there for sometime.

Dr. Saunders who conducted the Coroner’s Inquest was then called to the stand. He declared he had conducted the post-mortem examination upon Richardson with the assistance of Dr. McCammon. He found the right side of the chest was wounded immediately below the collar bone. On the left side there were other wounds, one immediately below the nipple, which he believed cased death, by piercing the left lung and the aorta of the heart. He thought Richardson had been dead 2 or 3 days when the examination was made.

W. R. Freeman, a carpenter, who lived about a mile from Richardson testified that Elijah VanKoughnett borrowed a buggy from him on Sunday the 14th of August. On the 11th of August, the Thursday before the murder he had bought an old wagon and a boat from VanKoughnett for $10.25. VanKoughnett also had an old horse which he wanted to sell, but Freeman said he would not give him twenty-five cents for it, as it was old and crippled. Learning of the tragedy he followed the buggy marks to Richardson’s house. The tracks of the horse was a peculiar one, the animal throwing its feet out. Another set of tracks were found but a new horse was hitched to the buggy. The horse’s feet were larger. Freeman traced his buggy tracks to the house of John Sears, not because there were not any marks.

Mr. A. Sears testified that VanKoughnett had previously told him, about a week before the murder, that he intended going away but before he did, he would do something that people would remember him by. Sears identified the gun in the court room as belonging to Richardson as he had saw him with it many times.

Malcom Green, gave evidence that he saw Elijah VanKoughnett in Mr. Tatt’s store and heard him ask for buckshot, powder and caps.

Mr. W. W. Brown, sworn, deposed : Stated that he lived in Elgin and saw Elijah VanKoughnett on Monday, August 15th in the morning. He had never seen him before, and VanKoughnett said his name was James Stephens, that he was a shoemaker and lived at Mud Lake above Fermoy. He wanted to trade a horse for a mare. They both went to look at Brown’s mare, and to trade VanKoughnett wanted $15.00 to boot. Brown asked him if he knew anyone in the neighborhood and was referred to John Whalan and John Jacobs of Wesport. Brown wanted to know with whom he was dealing and suggested that he and VanKoughnett go to Westport but VanKoughnett did not think he would. After breakfast VanKoughnett changed his mind and they started for Wesport. But on the road VanKoughnett said he knew where he could buy a mare that he would rather have. Brown offered him $30.00 for the horse, but VanKoughnett said he had given $40.00 for it at John Richardson’s sale two years before. Brown offered $35.00 which was accepted, and gave him $29.00 being all he had with him at that time. VanKoughnett was to call back in a few days for the balance of the money, but he never did.

Alexander Floody, sworn: Stated he had a Warrant for his arrest of VanKoughnett and went to Elgin where he heard he was, but while there VanKoughnett was arrested by the late Mr. Downey.

James Shields a blacksmith, testified he regonized the horse sold to Mr. W. W. Brown, as belonging to John Richardson as he had shod it many times, and was familiar with the animals appearance.

Mr. A. Stoness testified he saw Elijah VanKoughnett on Friday August 19th at his house at Stoness Corner. VanKoughnett, Stoness and Mr. Downey left for Kingston and on the way VanKoughnett referred to Richardson’s gun. He said it was under Richardson’s haystack near the road and the left hand barrel was loaded. The prisoner was brought in to the stationhouse in Kingston. When the late Mr. Downey went into the island on Buck Lake in search of VanKoughnett he was not long in finding him. When Downey came upon VanKoughnett, the latter drew a knife from his pocket and threatened to commit suicide. Downey told him it would be better for himself and his family if he gave himself up, and he did so.

Court adjourned for the day.

On Saturday, April 22nd, court opened at 9:30 a. m. The first witness called was F. C. Matthew Campell. He testified he was a member of the Kingston Police Force and after VanKoughnett was brought to the station house , he and P. C. Samuel MacCormack took VanKoughnett to the county goal,(jail). There was a conversation took place on the way, Cambell cautioned VanKoughnett not to say anything that might be used against him. This fact was corroborated by P. C. MacCormack when he was called to the stand.

Mary Dennee, sworn: Stated in evidence that Elijah VanKoughnett visited her home, after an absence of some two years. She asked him how things were. He replied things were dull and he thought her husband might hire him. VanKoughnett also said he had come to stop a few days with her, if she would keep him. Then he burst out crying and told he he had been fooling with a gun on Friday and he had shot big John Richardson, didn’t know the gun was loaded. At this time Mrs. Dennee had not heard of the murder. VanKoughnett then went out and she went after her husband in the afternoon. VanKoughnett came back and spent the night. He left the next day, said he was going back to Buck Lake. Lawrence Dennee, also gave evidence and stated that Elijah VanKoughnett was a cousin to him.

This concluded the case for the crown. The accused was not placed on the stand to give evidence. Instead, his counsel, Mr. T. H. McQuire addressed the jury at great length. Among other things he drew to their attention that when a motive cannot be found why a man does certain things; it is questionable whether he done it at all. He reviewed other features he regards the evidence presented, and concluded by saying that it was up to the jury to judge the case with the utmost care.

The crown attorney , Mr. Henderson, addressed the jury. At the conclusion of his address, the judge addressed the jury and stated they were simply asked to find a verdict in accordance with the evidence, but if they were afterwards convinced that the evidence was erroneous they were not responsible. The first point to consider was Richardson killed. There was no doubt that he had been killed. The question then arose who killed him. If the prisoner did, did he intend to commit murder. Following this His Lordship reviewed the evidence in detail with regard to VanKoughnett’s admission to Mrs. Dennee it would follow that he had killed Richardson by misadventure. On the way to Kingston he made such a statement telling where the gun could be found and on a search being done by Downey, it was found where VanKoughnett had stated. This was an important point. It was evident that Richardson would say , “Don’t be fooling with the gun or it may go off “. It is likely that the owner of the stolen gun would talk in that manner when he saw it in the hands of another man. Again, he ststed he did not know the gun was loaded, but afterwards he told witness that the left barrel of it was still loaded. To reconcile these two matters is for the jury to decide. Further if the jury were satisfied that VanKoughnett had offered Richardson’s horse for sale and that his own was burnt in the barn, how could they reconcile these two points with the prisoner’s story about accidently shooting him. ”The jury must not pay any attention to the reports of newspapers. They could bring in a verdict of manslaughter, but I see nothing in the present case to reduce the verdict from murder”. Mr. McQuire suggested to His Lordship that the prisoner having fired off only one of the barrels might come to the conclusion that the other was loaded also. His Lordship made the statement to the jury. The judge then read the evidence to the jury after which they retired to consider their verdict.

When the jury retired they took with them the gun, buckshot, and wadding. After they had examined the evidence was discussed for about 10 minutes, at the end of which time eleven were in favor of bringing in a verdict of guilty. The 12th juror gave his reason for not agreeing that it had not been stated in evidence what time the prisoner had arrived in Elgin and the distance between Richardson’s farm and that place. He wanted to know these facts in order to see if it were possible for VanKoughnett to have arrived in Elgin at the same time as stated by Brown. His Lordship informed the jury that it was 23 miles from Elgin to Richardson’s place, which showed it was possible for the prisoner to have arrived at Elgin early in the morning.

The jury again retired and were out about ten minutes, when they filed into Court again, solemn faced. The prisoner watched the jury eagerly and leaned forward a bit in his seat. The foreman rose and in answer to the Clerk said,” Wilful murder with a recommendation to mercy.” After the verdict had been rendered VanKoughnett looked stupid, as if he had not heard what was said. When His Lordship heard the verdict he said ,”I do not have anything to do with the recommendation of mercy - any mercy would have to be extended by a higher power”. When VanKoughnett heard the verdict he said it was too bad that he should suffer for things that he was put up to do by others. He would rather be sent to the penitentiary for life than be hanged, as he would then be able to see his family.

Court adjorned,the prisoner was returned to the jail, and the court room cleared.

The next day, Tuesday, the 25 of April, 1882 VanKoughnett was returned to the courtroom for his sentence. When he entered the court room he burst into tears and cried aloud. On being seated in the box he leaned forward and sobbed like a child. The prisoner was ordered to stand up, and he did so, trembling from head to foot.

His Lordship: ”Elijah VanKoughnett have you anything to say why the sentence of the court should not be pronounced upon you?”

VanKoughnett: ”Well gentlemen (sobs for a few seconds) I have been a foolish man. I have been led through the country like you lead a horse. (Loud sobs and when he tried to speak again he broke down completely and cried aloud.) that was the cause of my downfall to-day. I hope you will have mercy on me a poor worthless creature like me (he tried to proceed further but his tongue would not respond and put his handkerchief to his mouth, he stood trembling and looking expectantly at the jury. He held his breath and a deathly silence ensued for a few seconds.) The stillness was broken by His Lordship, who appeared to be much affected. Looking at the prisoner he said, ”After a long and patient trial and being ably defended, you have been found guilty upon evidence that could lead to no other conclusion then that you are guilty of the murder of the 1st John Richardson.” It is clear that you stole his gun.”

VanKoughnett: Your Honor I cannot hear what you are saying. Let me go near to you Sir.”

After a moment of profound silence His Lordship continued, ”It is clear that you waylaid him and deliberately shot him. The jury have found you guilty with a recommendation to mercy. That recommendation cannot affect my sentence but I shall send the recommendation to the proper authorities to deal with as their wisdom is best. But in the meantime I solemnly adjure you not be misled by false hopes of mercy, but to make the best use of the 2 or 3 weeks that you have to live in preparing yourself to meet your creator. You will have the opportunity of consulting your minister of religion and I earnestly implore you to listen to the teachings of the church. If you become truly penitent it will be a matter of comparatively little difference whether you will be allowed a few more years in the world you are in. I cannot hold out ant inducement. The sentence is that you be taken from whence you came and there kept according to law, and that on the 28th day of June, next, between the hours of eight a. m. and four p.m. you be taken to the place of public execution and there hanged by the neck till you are dead, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

The prisoner was led out of the court. Before leaving the room he took his handkerchief from his eyes and looked upon the audience, evidently in search of sympathizing countence. As he decended the stairs his sobs could be plainly heard in the court.

While the sentence was being pronounced there was a number of wet eyes in the courtroom, the prisoner presented such a pitiable and pleading object.

JUNE 28,1882- Daily British Whig
Elijah VanKoughnett, the Buck Lake murderer is no more. At nineteen minutes past eight o’clock he took the fatal leap into eternity, in expiation of his crime. Yesterday afternoon the gallows were made ready for its work. The trap was made ready, the rope hung from the hook in the ceiling above and at the end of which attached a 150 lb. anvil to scratch it to its full length. The compartment which has recently been used as a female bathroom was whitewashed and made clean and neat, and made to look as cheerful as possible under the circumstances. About four o’clock the trap was tried, the heavy weight being attached to the rope and it was found to work well. On a little table to one side were two pairs of black, crepe gloves and two black not masks, which are for the use of the despicable hangman.

The cause of death in hanging is complex; the compression of the windpipe by the cord, the obstruction of the return of venous blood from the head, and the flow of arterial blood to the brain, and the stretching or tearing of the nervous structures of the neck, and in some instances the dislocation or fracture of the vertebrae may occur in the producing of the fatal effect, which though attented by the most violent struggle in some cases is probably as nearly instantaneous as possible.

Last night the Sheriff visited the condemned man in his cell, who said he was ready for his execution. At a quarter to eight this morning VanKoughnett was visited by the Rev. Mr. Joliffe who recited parts of the sixths and third chapters of John and the seventh chapter of Ravelations, after which he engaged in prayer with the prisoner. During this time the black flag was hoisted over the goal. At fifteen minutes past eight VanKoughnett was told by the Sheriff “ to prepare for death”. He said,”I’m ready, Sir,” in a trembling voice, and removed his boots. Picking up a clean white handkerchief that was provided for him, he left the cell in the company of Rev. Joliffe and the Sheriff. When he reached the corridor and saw the officials standing at the foot of the stairway he burst into tears and exclaimed in a loud voice,”Oh Dear me.” On the way to the scaffold he saw a man from Wolfe Island, the only spectator allowed in the goal outside of the Press and the officials. VanKoughnett with tears steaming down his cheeks said,”Is that my brother? Is not my brother here?” He answered in the negative, when he obediently turned and proceeded up the stairs. The room in which the hanging took place did not admit any natural light, especially with the door closed and light was provided by two small lamps placed a few feet from the scaffold. The execution took place by lamp light. The prisoner took his place on the trap. The hangman approached the doomed man’s back with a cord about twelve feet long. He pinioned the victims arms behind his back at the elbows. While doing so he tugged upon the cord with such brute force that VanKoughnett cried out in pain and said ,”Please don’t tie my arms so tight”; “it hurts my shoulders.” The thongs were loosened and made easier and VanKoughnett said,”Oh my Dear Lord look upon me with tender compassion and bless my poor soul.” His legs were then bound together by the hangman with the end of the cord which was already tied around his arms.

The trap is about six feet long and three feet wide. The rope was placed around his neck with the knot under his right ear. Then VanKoughnett asked for Mr. Corbett, the Sheriff and said, ”Mr Corbett you will not forget to send my photograph to my mother.” He was assured it would be done. ”Remember VanKoughnett,” said Rev. Joliffe ,”That God has promised mercy to every sinner” ”Lord have mercy upon me “ was the response. The poor wratch it seems had a chew of tobacco in his mouth all the time, as at this juncture he spat a large quid from his mouth which fell right in front of the executioner.No cap was placed upon his head which had been the custom heretofore.”Good bye gentleman”, said VanKoughnett. Rev. Jollife standing immediatlay behind the trap then engaged in prayer,”the prisoner has confessed his guilt and is about to atone for it with his life, help him Lord.” “Do, do Lord”, cried out VanKoughnett. The prayer was continued and just as the word ‘Amen’ was pronounced , the trap was sprung VanKoughnett was launched into eternity. The fall did not break his neck and he died of apoplexy. The body was cut down at the end of a half hour and placed in a rude coffin. He struggled very little after the drop.

Two oranges were given to VanKoughnett by the Sisters of Mercy, but he did not eat them. He requested Rev. Joliffe to write a note directing that one be given to his brother George (my Great Grandfather) and the other to Susan Green (his sister ). He left his last testament to his daughter. He left not a word for his wife’s ear. She last visited him four weeks age, he still held her accountable for his position. A week before his execution word had been received from Ottawa that no reprieve would be granted and at the time VanKoughnett lost the viciousness that was apparent in his character.

The drop was between five and six feet.The body was cut down and laid in the coffin and an inquest was held by the Coroner Shaw at ten o’clock. The verdict was that the deceased had come to his death in accordance with the sentence of the court.The government refused to hand his body over to his relatives for burial and in the afternoon he was buried in the goal yard.

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County Council Elects G. M. Drew as Warden, John Taylor was Runner-up
Warden-Elect From Olden Township
The Frontenac County Council elected Reeve G. Melville Drew, Olden township, as warden at its inaugural meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The contest was between Reeve John Taylor, Storrington, and Mr. Drew, and the latter won-out in caucus by ten to seven. When council met, the selection of Reeve Drew was made unanimous on motion of Reeves Hamilton and Halliday. After the warden-elect had been escorted to the chair by the mover and seconder he thanked the colleagues for the honor they had bestowed upon him. He said he would try and do the right thing at all times and try to serve the best interests of the county. Warden Drew said he would advocate the practice of economy in the work of council this year.
[Source: Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn, Long Lake]

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Warden-Elect Drew
Frontenac has an able warden in G. Melville Drew, who puts pep into all he does. He was born at Long lake in Olden township thirty-eight years ago, the son of Henry Drew, who was warden of Frontenac in 1907. Thus the son follows in the municipal footsteps of the father. Two years ago the father moved to Ernestown township and at the recent elections he was elected a member of the Ernestown council. Warden Drew did prospecting work in the Abitibi district of northern Ontario before there was a railroad in there. That was eighteen years ago. He was married eleven years ago and has two children. Warden Drew is a progressive farmer of the north and owns the farm his father used to work. Eleven years ago he entered municipal life as well as matrimony and became a member of Olden council. He has been a member of council ever since and this is his third year as reeve of Olden and member of Frontenac council. Warden Drew is a Methodist in religion, a Conservative in politics and a member of the Masonic Order, the Oddfellows, the Orangemen and prentice Boys. Since his entry to the county council he has been regarded as one of that body's best debaters and should make a good-presiding officer. Warden Drew was the first member of any county council in Ontario to issue a defi to the Ontario highways Department over the provincial road charges. His motion moved in council last June to refuse payment of the charge against Frontenac was carried. He fought against provincial road charges being made against the northern townships of Frontenac owing to the provincial highway running through most of the southerly part of the county, and the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board relieved those townships of liability. The new warden has had military training. For three years he was seargeant with "A" squadron of the 4th Hussars.

[Source: Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn, Long Lake]
Note: Mrs. Benn had 1922 written on this clipping.
Contributed by Muriel Villalta

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Parham Man Is Injured 1944
PARHAM, Feb. 2, - J. N. Smith met with a painful accident here. He was calling at the home of Ross Howes and while walking to his car slipped and fell on the ice breaking his left wrist in several places.

Mervin Howes took the injured man to Sharbot Lake for treatment where it was found necessary to go to hospital for x-rays. Mr. Smith spent the night in the hospital, returning to his home the next day.
[Source: From the Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn]

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Underwent operation 1945
J.N. Smith, 82, of Parham, is a patient in the Kingston General Hospital, where he underwent an operation. His condition is reported as "favorable".
[Source: From the Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn]

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PARHAM, Feb. 2
J. N. Smith met with a painful accident here. He was calling at the home of Ross Howes and while wal king to his car slipped and fell on the ice breaking his left wrist in several places. Mervin Howes took the injured man to Sharbot Lake for treat ment where it was found necessary to go to hospital for x-r ays. Mr. Smith spent the night in the hospital, returning to his home the next day.
[Source: From the Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn, dated 1944]
Contributed by Muriel Villalta

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Dr. Tom Goodfellow

He Has Much Post Graduate Work And Is Now Located at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Was Recently Married

Another Frontenac boy is heard from in the person of Dr. T. J. Goodfellow, a B. A. and M. D. graduate of Queen's University, who has been "making good in Uncle Sam's domains. He is the son of the late John Goodfellow, Parham, Ont. Since leaving Queen's Dr. Goodfellow has been employed as a successful surgeon in a leading hospital at Warren. Pa., serving three years. The last two years he has been taking a special course at New York Post Graduate Medical School, Second Avenue, and during twelve months, from January 1914, held the important position as house surgeon at that institution.

Dr. Goodfellow has recently passed the New York Medical council, obtaining a very high percentage in his examinations and has opened and office and suite of rooms in the Arcade Block, Saratoga Springs, N. Y. as a specialist in the eye, ear and throat.

The many friends of Dr. Goodfellow look forward to his having a successful and brilliant future. He was married a few weeks ago to a charming young nurse, Miss Nellie Bowers, (late of leading hospital in Baltimore, Md.); who has had a successful career in her chosen profession. The doctor and his bride will occupy a cosy home in the western part of the city of Saratoga.

Dr. Goodfellow's only brother Frederick, a second year student in medicine at Queen's University, heard the call of duty, like many other loyal Canadians and volunteered to go to the battlefields of Europe to look after the wounded and dying. He left a few weeks ago with Queen's Medical Corps, and has arrived safely in England.
[Source: Newspaper clipping that was stored in Andrew Howes/ Mary Elizabeth Goodfellow family bible.]
Contributed by: Muriel Villalta

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Kingston Whig Standard;
Man dies hunting, train kills another

Parham - A long time general store owner in Portland was one of two men who died in separate occurrences across the region yesterday. The body of a missing psychiatric patient was also found yesterday.

Chester (Chet) Good, 70, was hunting deer with two brothers and friends near Parham when he died of a heart attack in the bush.

In an unrelated incident an unidentified was killed yesterday when he was hit by a train at 6:30 p.m. He was struck by an east bound CN passenger train while walking along the tracks near Leeds-Grenville County Road 32 in Elizabeth Township north of Brockville.

Police were at the scene this morning trying to piece together the details of teh accident. A car was found near the scene, but it is not known if it belonged to the deceased.

In Parham, storekeeper Good suffered the heart attack while hunting with brothers Melville of Parham and Harry of Haliburton, and friends Dawson and Glen Thompson and Paul Boutin.

Good was a native of Parham area who had operated the C.F. Good General Store in Portland for 40 years before retiring last year. "Chet enjoyed hunting," said brother Melville. " He loved to be outdoors walking through the bush."

Meanwhile, a women who drowned in the St. Lawrence River two weeks ago has been identified as 43-year-old Min Guiel, a patient at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital.

The woman was reported missing from he hospital on Oct. 24 and is believed to have drowned the same day.
[Source: Scrapbook of Mrs. Gladys Howes (Nelson), Long Lake]
Contributed by Muriel Villalta

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Contributed by: Jennifer Cullen
Note: My guess is that this is either from the Perth Courier or the Kingston Whig Standard.

The above pictures are different views of the handsome memorial erected at Mountain Grove to honour the pioneers of Olden Township. The cairn and ornamental wall and steps are of field stone and standing as it does on a hillside; the memorial attracts the attention of every visitor. The pioneer families that settled the township between the year 1854 and 1865 are listed on the plaque as follows: Abbott, Armstrong, Aspell, Babcock, Barr, Bender, Beverly, Bevis, Bermish, Brown, Burley, Burke, Canning, Caplam, Coulter, Conboy, Cox, Crawford, Cronk, Crozier, Desharme, Drake, Drew, Flynn, Fraser, Freeman, Garrett, Godfrey, Gibbs, Hanes, Haskins, Hawley, Johnston, Johnson, Keating, Kennedy, Laidley, Lewis, Lennon, Love, Loyst, Marshall, MacDonald, McKnight, McCharles, McGuinis, McPherson, Miller, Mills, Mossman, Parks, Parker, Peters, Price, Quinn, Raycroft, Riely, Robinson, Rushaw, Sanderson, Scott, See, Smith, Soles, Stinchcombe, Stone, Schultz, Tucker, Tryon, Thompson, Uens, Veley, Wagar, Watson, Waterstone, and Wisterd. Persons bearing these honoured names still take a large part in the affairs of Olden but some sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of the pioneers have moved to other parts of the county, to other counties, to distant provinces, and even to other lands. Olden has set a notable example to erecting a permanent memorial to its pioneers.

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Contributed by: Jennifer Cullen
Note: My guess is that this is either from the Perth Courier or the Kingston Whig Standard.

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Aug. 9- The Anglican Church of St. John’s was consecrated here Wednesday during an impressive service conducted by Rt. Rev. John Lyons, DD. Bishop of Ontario. The church, a handsome grey brick building situated on elevated land, as built in 1928 during the incumbency of Rev. Albert Redding.

The present priest in charge is Rev. James Dawe, under whose direction and guidance the mortgage had been liquidated.

The consecration service began with a procession which formed up about 100 feet from the church. It was led by a vested choir followed immediately by the candidates for confirmation, then the visiting clergy, the rector, and finally the bishop and his chaplain. The sermon for the occasion was preached by Rev. J. D. Mackenzie Naughton, M.A., D.D., of Kingston.

Then followed a service of baptism when the bishop baptized Deanna Elaine Verna, infant daughter of David Alexander and Verna Grace Drew.

Confirmation service followed with the rite being conferred upon Verna Grace Drew, Mary Lou Williams, Helen Annie Mary Drew, Glenn Foshay and Eric Foshay.

After confirmation a white burse and veil and wine and water cruets were dedicated.

The following clergy were present in the chancel: Ven. Archdeacon J. J. Coleman, Rev. Rural Dean R. A. Penney, Rev. Canon A. E. Smart, Rev. Dr. J. D. Mackenzie Naughton, Rev. A. Redding and Rev. A. L. Griffith, minister of the local United Church.

After the service, dinner was served in the Township Hall by the ladies of the congregation.

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From the Rideau Record Thursday Sept 8 1910 - Smiths Falls

A dispatch from London, Ont., says Mrs. Jessie Smith, of Kingston, was almost instantly killed here on Friday night by falling down stairs at the home of her daughter, the wife of Rev. James Rollins, where she has been visiting. With her daughter and son-in-law, she returned about 11o'clock from King Street Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Rollins had been tendered a reception by the congregation on returning from his vacation. In the fall Mrs. Smith's neck was fractured and she died in a few minutes.

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Contributed by: Jennifer Cullen

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bismarck Wagar, Long Lake, was thrown open to a large reunion of the Drew families.

The Wagar home was the original homestead of the late George and Ellen Drew, to whom were born ten children. The sole survivor of this large family, Richard W. Drew, of Calgary, Alta., was the guest of honour.

About 100 relatives gathered for a pot luck dinner and sociable afternoon, during which Edgar Drew conducted a little ceremony paying tribute to all the “Drew Clan” especially mentioning the guest of honour, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Drew and Mrs. Lucretia Drew, and one brother-in-law, H. Beverley, all of whom were present.

Richard Drew responded, recalling many incidents of former years and expressing the unanimous hope that the reunion may become annual affair.

During the remainder of the afternoon the guests explores the old familiar farm and buildings, re-acquainted themselves with seldom seen faces and recalled long gone ones.

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Rev. M. McGillivray, From the Rideau Record September 15 1887 - Smiths Falls

Rev. M. McGillivray, was inducted as Minister of Chalmers Church, Kingston, Tuesday night

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Barn and Contents At Parham Burned
Heavy Loss Sustained by David Goodfellow - Fourteen Sheep Lost

Here is an article about the barn when it burned down. My Dad remembers this event though he was only 2. He can still recall sheep running around with their wool on fire. Left quite an impression on him - he does not like fire even today.

Parham - The barn belonging to David Goodfellow and situated in the village opposite Merean Cronk and Sons, general store, was totally destroyed by fire on Monday. The alarm was raised about midnight and the origin of the fire is unknown. The villagers worked hard to keep the flames from spreading to other buildings nearby. The cattle and horses were saved but fourteen sheep, one calf and one pig were burned along with the season's crop of hay, grain and corn, Mr. Goodfellow's loss is heavy but is partly covered by insurance.
Note: 1932 is written on the top of the article.
[Source: Scrapbook Mrs. Margaret Howes (Shields)]
Contributed by Muriel Villalta

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Slain on the Track
Contributed by Debbie Pond

George VanKoughnett Slain On the Track (My Great GrandFather)

George VanKoughnett Slain on The Track
Was struck By K&P Railway Engine Near the Company’s Old Pile Wharf-Accident Purely Accidental, and No Inquest Will Be Held

George VanKoughnett, aged sixty, a laborer, living at No.4 Corrigan Street, was almost instantly killed in an accident which occurred about 9:30 o’clock, o’clock, on Wednesday morning, when he was run over by a Kingston & Pembroke railway engine, at the company’s old pile wharf.

Mr. VanKoughnett had been fishing off the wharf, and it is not known whether he was on his way home when the accident happened, or whether he was about to change his position. The engine, No. 6 had pulled onto the wharf, as is the custom, to coal up.

Alexander Potter had charge of the engine, and a yardman, Edward Northmore, was riding on the front of the engine. Mr. VanKoughnett was stuck when the engine was backing out to the round house. Northmore was the first to notice the body on the track and he at once called to the engineer. The engine was traveling at a slow rate of speed, and was soon brought to a standstill. VanKoughnett was breathing when the men arrived on the scene, but he only lived a few minutes. His body was almost cut into, and his legs and arms were terrible mangled. The fishing pole he had been using, was found at the side of the tracks. Coroner Dr. Kilborn and Dr. Stanley Keyes, were called to the scene, also Constable McAdoo, and James Reid’s Ambulance, was also sent for. Coroner Kilborn made an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident and afterwards announced that an inquest would be unnecessary, as the accident had been purely accidental. Mr. VanKoughnett was very deaf, and is believed that he did not hear the engine coming along. He was often fishing at this place, and was well-known to nearly everyone in the neighborhood in which he lived.

A daughter of the deceased was told of the accident, and she identified the remains. After Coroner Kilborn concluded his investigation, the body was taken to Reid’s undertaking rooms, to be prepared for burial. Deceased is survived by his wife, Emma (Emily Green) and children , Frank, Sherman, Alexander, John, William, Rhoda, Hester, Eliza, Mattie ,Emily and twins Earl (my grandfather) and Pearl.He was a hard-working, industrious man, until overtaken by age, and was well liked by all who knew him. Much sympathy is extended to the members of the family. Mr. VanKoughnett had lived in Kingston for about ten years, and before coming to the city , was engaged as a Farmer on the Perth Road. At the family residence, the Whig was informed that Mr. VanKoughnett was in his usual good health this morning, and left about ten o’clock to go fishing at the pile dock. The news of his untimely death came a severe shock to his wife and family.

The engineer was so affected by the accident, that another man was secured to take the engine away from the scene of the accident. The news of the accident spread rapidly, and a large crowd gathered at the scene.

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