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29 March, 2001

Obituary - Miss Frances Miller

Pakenham, Ontario. Oct. 9, 1934 - The death occurred at her home on the 10th line Pakenham Township, at an early hour Monday morning, of an old and highly respected resident of this district in the person of Miss Frances (Fannie) Miller after a short illness. Miss Miller was born a daughter of the late Matthew Miller and Jane Moffatt, and had resided on the same farm on which she was born. She was a member of St. Mark's Anglican Church here and when in her younger life was active in church work and was a member of the Woman's Auxiliary. Surviving and left to mourn her loss are two sisters, Anne Miller at home, and Mrs. James Scott (Jane) of the 11th line of Pakenham Township and one brother John Miller on the homestead. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Wilson Dunfield Oct. 24 1928

A very pretty autumn wedding took place at the home of Alexander Dunfield on Wednesday afternoon, October 24th, at 3:oo o'clock when their oldest daughter Laura Eileen (Dunfield) became the bride of Lilburn Clarence Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson of Waba. Rev. Thomas McNaught of White Lake officiated. Mrs. McNaught played the wedding music. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, looked winsome in a gown of ivory crepe and rhinestones and wore a silk embroidered veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of pink carnations and maiden hair fern tied with bows of pink tulle, also wore white shoes and stockings and the gift of the groom a string of pearls. Miss Ruby Wilson a sister of the groom, acted as bridesmaid and looked dainty in a gown of peach georgette with touches of silk embroidery and rhinestones, and carried a bouquet of white mums and maiden hair fern caught with bows of white tulle. Mr. Wilfred Dunfield, brother of the bride assisted the groom. The groom's gift to the bridesmaid was an onyx set platinum bar pin and to the best man a white gold stick pin. After the ceremony, a dinner was served for about thirty guests, the dining room being beautifully decorated with white bells and streamers. In the evening a reception was held at which over 200 guests were present. The bride and groom received many beautiful and useful gifts including a number of valuable gifts. We all join in wishing the young couple health, happiness and prosperity.

Almonte Gazette April 13, 1928

Campbell - Morphy

Avery pretty but quiet wedding was solemnized at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Pakenham on Wednesday April 10, at 12 o'clock noon, by the Rev. C.A. Bendor when Miss Mae Bell Morphy daughter of Joseph Morphy, and Robert Ross Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Campbell of Fitzroy Harbour united in the Holy bonds of Matrimony. The bride looked charming in a dress of silk crepe rose beige trimmed with lace, shoes blonde matching hat. The bridesmaid Miss Barbara Dolan niece of the groom, wore a dress of rose, beige trimmed with lace. Mr. Earl Morphy brother of the bride, acted as best man. After the ceremony was performed the young couple motored to the bride's home where a sumptuous dinner was served. In the evening a reception was held when quite a few neighbours gathered and the evening was spent dancing until the wee hours of the morning. The young couple received many handsome gifts including cheques. The following morning the young couple left on a honeymoon trip to Ottawa and other points, the bride wearing a beautiful suit with hat to match. On their return they will reside at the groom's farm on the 11th line of Fitzroy Township. We wish the young couple a long and prosperous married life.

1927, Friday November 25

The Almonte Gazette page 6

MASON - COMBA

A quiet wedding was solemnized on Saturday, November 12th by Rev. Mr. Going, when Alvina Marguarite (Comba), eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Comba, became the bride of William Ross (Mason), only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Mason, of Renfrew. The bride looked dainty in a dress of rosewood crepe. After the dinner was served at the home of the bride's parents, only immediate friends being present, the young couple left by motor for points east. The bride travelled in a coat of grey with fur to match and rosewood and silver hat. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Mason of Renfrew visited the home of the latter's uncle, Mr. George Comba on Tuesday last, during their honeymoon trip. Mrs. Mason (nee Alvina Comba ) is the oldest daughter of Mr. John Comba of Renfrew formerly of Pakenham and has spent many vacations in this town. The best wishes of this community is extended to the young couple.

Engagement

Gillan - Buttle

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Gillan, announce the engagement of their daughter Eileen Sara (Gillan), to Dr. Walter William Buttle son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Buttle. The marriage will take place in September 17, 1936.

Obituary 1938 - Passing Mourned of Mrs. F. Redtman

Arnprior, Feb. 17, 1938 - Tribute to the memory of Mrs. Ferninand Redtman, respected resident of this town for more than 30 years, was paid by many friends at her funeral Wednesday afternoon held from her home to the Elgin Street Baptist Church. Service was conducted by Rev. B. Owens, and burial was in the Arnprior Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald and Alex Ristow, Arthur Potter, George Grant, Alex Woermke, and Herman Trackman. Chief mourners were: her husband, two sons Howard and Walter Redtman, both of Arnprior; two daughters, Mrs. Ian (Florence) Heckendorn, Branford; Miss Mildred Redtman, Arnprior; five brothers, William Ristow, Killaloe; Alfred Ristow, Detroit; Daniel Ristow, Saskatoon; Alex Ristow, Ottawa; Louis Ristow, Washington, D.C. five sisters, Mrs. Fred Webber, Killaloe; Mrs. P.A. Potter, Ottawa; Mrs. C.D. Allan, Wakefield; Mrs. Charles Riskie, Eganville; Mrs. G. C. Grant, Ottawa. Mrs. Redtman, who was born at Killaloe, 56 years ago, was formerly Emma Ristow, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ristow. She was married in Killaloe in 1908 and came to Arnprior to live.

2 Feb. 2001, The Ottawa Citizen page f6 - Obituary

Lowe, Howard John - Peacefully at Almonte Country Haven, Almonte, Ontario on Wednesday, January 31, 2001. Howard Lowe in his 81st year. Much loved husband of the late Eva Devlin. Loving father of Kenneth (Donna), Raymond (Kathy), Edwin, Diane Eve (late Brian), Hugh (Sheila), and Lorraine Sadler (Donald). Dear grandfather of Candice, James, Tamara, Karen, Amanda, Melissa, Nathan, Ryan and the late Trevor Lowe. Great-grandfather of Courtney, Chelsea, Brittany, Dylan, Cecile, and Spencer. Loved brother of Allan Lowe, Irene Sweeney, Jean Hands and Isobel Typhair. Predeceased by sisters Muriel Bolton and Phyllis Downing, and brothers Gordon and Ivan Lowe. Howard will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, MacArthur Ave., Carlton Place. Funeral service in the Chapel, Sat. 2:P.M. with father David Andrew officiating. Spring Interment Unites Cemeteries Carlton Place. In memory of Howard the family would appreciate donations to the Parkinson's Society or charity of ones choice.

5 Feb. 2001, The Ottawa Citizen page f6 Obituary

Sulpher, Joseph M. (Joe) - General Manager M. J. Sulpher & Sons, Renfrew, President Pillar Construction Limited., Nepean and JMS & Associates Nepean, Ontario. Tuesday, January 30, 2001, Joseph M. Sulpher, age 88. Beloved husband of Evelyn M. Coulas for 64 years. Dear father of Bob (Betty), Doug (Marie), and Rick (Heather). Loving grandfather of Lisa (Richard South) Andrew, Patrick (Norah), Jeffrey and Erin. Great-grandfather of Jane, and Michelle. Brother of Audrey and M. J. Jr. Eldest son of the late M. J. and Elizabeth (Kuash) Sulpher. Predeceased by a sister Evelyn and brothers Stanley and Clarence. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home 2313 Carling Ave., Ottawa. Funeral Saturday at St. Maurices Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 2:30 P.M. In Memorium donations to the Heart Institute appreciated.

1917, Friday November 30

The Almonte Gazette front page

Murray Comba Wounded

Word came to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Comba on Tuesday that their Son, Pte. Murray Comba, who went overseas with the 73rd Highlanders was dangerously wounded. It is hoped that more cheering news will soon be received by the anxious parents and friends.

1918, Friday September 27 The Almonte Gazette front page

Local News - L. Corp. M. Comba Home

L. Corp. Murray Comba is home from Montreal on a short visit to his parents, before going to Montreal for further treatment. Pte. Comba was one of the 73rd boys and saw much active fighting before being wounded. In one of the big engagements in which the 73rds participated he was recommended for and received the Distinguished Service Medal for saving the Lewis gun he was operating and at great danger to himself. In November, 1917, at Passchendaele, he was wounded in the left shoulder, arm and knee, the later wound being the most severe and for which he will have to undergo another operation. He spent four months in the base hospital in France before being sent home to Canada. He won a bar to the medal at the battle of Passchendaele.

1942, Dec. 22, Almonte Gazette.

Murray died on Saturday Dec. 19, 1942. Remains arrived at Almonte, Ontario Wednesday Dec. 23, Funeral to Auld Kirk Cemetery, 24 Dec. 1942, under auspices of Almonte Legion. G. W. Vetraus, bugler in attendance. Murray Richard Comba won the MM at Passchendaele in WW I.

Obituary - M. R. COMBA DIES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

Almonte Ontario. Dec. 22, 1942. Word was received here last evening of the death of Murray R. Comba a veteran of the last war, who died on Saturday, at the veteran's hospital in British Columbia. Born at Pakenham in 1897, he came to Almonte where his family took up residence and received his education at the local schools. In 1915 he placer mined in northern British Columbia with his brother George L. Comba of Almonte. In the winter of 1915 he enlisted with the 73rd Regiment R.C.H. under the late Major J. MacIntosh Bell and served with distinction in France. He was wounded on the Somme and was decorated for conspicuous bravery in bringing in his machine gun alone after the entire gun crew became casualties. When the 73rd Regiment was broken up he was attached to the 42nd machine gun brigade in which unit he was again decorated for courage during the heavy fighting around Passchendaele during which he received wounds when the entire machine gun crew were casualties. As a result of this he remained in hospital for about two years. On his discharge in 1920, he was engaged with the Canadian Steamship Company of Montreal, St. John's and Halifax. In December 1937, as a result of his old wounds he underwent an amputation operation of his right leg, from which he never fully recovered. Since 1933 he made his home at Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Mr. Comba never married but leaves to mourn four sisters and four brothers; Mrs. A. Lamourie, of North Bay, Ont., Mrs. K. Morton, of Crugmyle, Alta., Mrs. David Bank in Trenton, N. J., Mrs. E. Zarella, Philadelphia, Pa., Thomas Comba, North Bay, Charles of Calgary, William, Port Arthur, and George L. Comba of Almonte. The funeral will be held from the residence of G. L. Comba Church Street, Almonte, on Thursday Dec. 24, at 2:30PM to the Auld Kirk Cemetery with service at the home at 2 o'clock. The body will arrive at Almonte on Wednesday the 23 Dec.

Obituary - The Almonte Gazette - Nov. 5, 1942

Robert Seward - The death occurred at his home, near Pakenham village, October 31, of Robert Seward, an old and esteemed resident of this community in his 70th year. Mr. Seward was born near Pakenham, a son of the late William Seward and his wife Annie McConeghy. He married Miss Jane Rankin 34 years ago. He leaves his widow, two sons, Arthur Elliot on the homestead, and William Albert of Renfrew and one daughter Annie Lillian, Mrs. William Edwards of Carlton Place. Of a family of eight he leaves two brothers, Duncan of Hawkesbury, William of Sudbury, two sisters Mrs. William Needham of Arnprior, and Mrs. Simon Johnson of Winnipeg. He had been failing in health for the past two years. Mr. Seward spent thirty years of his life as an employee of McLaughlin Bros., Arnprior, returning to his farm on the seventh concession of Pakenham. The funeral was held from his residence Monday, Nov. 2. Service at the house at 2:PM, was conducted by Rev. G.C.R. McQuade of Trinity church Almonte. Interment was in the united cemeteries. Pallbearers were- Duncan Stewart, Harold Blair, Peter Robinson, Mac Russell, John Miller and Joseph Legree.

Mrs. Geo. Lowe Leaving - Almonte Gazette - 1914

Mrs. George Lowe, Miss Lowe and Mr. Linton Lowe, were taken by surprise on Saturday last when they were waited upon by a number of their friends at Cedar Hill and were presented with a mahogany chair for Mrs. Lowe, a silver tea service for Miss Lowe, and a traveling suit case for Mr. Lowe, as an evidence of the lasting love, esteem and friendship entertained for them. As expressed in the address these friends felt that they "could not consent to part with you without leaving in your hands some memorial, however trifling, of deep and abiding gratitude for your unceasing kindness to all, and your readiness to help in all good work. Your presence will be very much missed, especially in the church, where you were ready to help at all times. Miss Lowe's departure from the choir will be much regretted and her services have been highly appreciated."

Obituary - The Almonte Gazette - 6 March 1940

Mrs. George Lowe - The death occurred at her home in Pakenham village on Saturday of Mrs. George Lowe, highly esteemed and life long resident of this community. Mrs. Lowe was formerly Mary Woods, and born in Pakenham township, daughter of the late Robert Woods and his wife Matilda Seale and was in her 85th year. About 62 years ago she married George Lowe, and resided on a farm on the 7th concession of Pakenham township until 26 years ago when she moved to this village where she resided until her death. She was an invalid for the past 13 years and was confined to her bed for three years. Her husband lost his life in a fire at their home many years ago. She was a Presbyterian, and since the time of union was a regular attendant at St. Andrew's United Church. Surviving are two daughters; Flora Mae, Mrs. William J. Drummond, Prospect Point, Penn., Miss Harriet M. Lowe at home, two sons, William Linton Lowe, at home, and George Allan Lowe, Osage, Sask.; four grandchildren, one brother Robert J. Woods of Hoople, North Dakota, and one sister, Sarah E. Woods, of Los Angles, California. Floral tributes were received by the bereaved family from the postal staff, C.P.R. staff, Woman's Institute Woman's Guild of St. Mark's Church, the family wreath, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Thompson, of Miami Beach, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. George Weir, Carlton Place, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Owens, Montreal; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Giles, and family Ottawa; and Mr. and Mrs. Cowan, Pakenham. Mrs. Lowe was greatly beloved by a multitude of friends in this district and neighbouring towns and cities. As a young woman, she gave freely of both time and service administering to the sick in the community. Through her long years of illness she displayed the greatest patience and fortitude. Numerous telegrams and messages of sympathy were received by the bereaved family. The funeral service was held from her late residence to St. Andrew's United Church on Monday afternoon, March 4th. Rev. H. A. Turner, pastor officiated and was assisted by Rev. T. A. Woods of Ashton, a cousin of the deceased. The latter, in a short address, spoke of the marvellous inspiration Mrs. Lowe had been to him and how her character had affected his whole life. In conclusion he very touchingly rendered the old hymn "The Home Over There". Mesdames C. H. Campbell and Allan Wilson sang "The Old Rugged Cross", a favourite hymn of the deceased. The pallbearers were Messrs. T. S. Shaw, W. E. Ritchie, John Mulligan, J. R. Woods, Antrim, Sam Hudson, Almonte, and J.F. Drummond, Renfrew. Interment was in the United Cemeteries here. The sympathy of this community is extended to the bereaved family. Relatives and friends from Prospect Park, Ottawa, Renfrew, Carlton Place, Almonte, Clayton, Arnprior, Galetta, Kinburn and Antrim attended the obsequies.

Feb. 20, 1944 Almonte Gazette.

FO. LLOYD CAMERON, R.C.A.F., who was previously reported missing and now believed killed, according to information from the German Red Cross received by his wife, Marion Cameron of Pakenham.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - Died - 24 May 1945 - Mrs. Thomas S. Shaw

The deepest regret was registered throughout the village and community on Friday morning last, when word was received of the sudden death of Mrs. Thomas S. Shaw. Active until the last she was the victim of a severe heart attack from which she failed to rally. Mrs. Shaw, the former Eva Jane Code, was the eldest daughter of the late William Code and his wife the former Mary Stanley. She was born at Scotch Corners, near Carlton Place, and was in her 60th year. In 1903 she married Mr. Shaw and came to live in Pakenham, where she resided until her death. Mrs. Shaw was tireless in her energies on behalf of the various societies in the St. Andrew's United Church here. She was a regular and devout attendant of the church, a valued member of the Woman's Missionary Society and the W.A. and gave great assistance to the Y.P.S. The passing of Mrs. Shaw has grieved the hearts of old and young alike. She was always the children's friend, sympathetic and understanding, the kindest of neighbour, considering no act of assistance as a trouble. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Bordon Shaw, at home and one daughter, Eva (Mrs. Frank Du Bois) of Larder lake; one grandson Donald Hugh Du Bois; two sister, Ida, (Mrs. I. C. Smith) of Arnprior; and Mary, (Mrs. John Tamman) Jasper; and four brothers, Fred and Trevor Code of Smith Falls, Matt Code of Clayton and William Code of Scotch Corners. The funeral services were held from the late residence on Sunday afternoon to St. Andrew's United Church, and the cortege was one of the largest this village has ever witnessed, signifying the great respect with which the deceased was held. The pastor Rev. H. A. Turner officiated and spoke very fittingly in regard to the deceased. The hymns were "Safe in the arms of Jesus" and "Unto the hills" which the choir rendered the beautiful anthem entitled "Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break". Interment was in the Union Cemetery. The pallbearers were; Messrs. William Jordan, William Belford, William Scott, John Mulligan, and A. E. Ritchie. Friends and acquaintances attended from Boyd's Settlement, Renfrew, Innisville, Pembroke, Ottawa, Russell, Carp, Union Hall, Almonte, Carlton Place, Perth, Smith Falls, Jasper, Clayton, Merrickville, and Renfrew. Among the numerous floral arrangements received were baskets from the church board, and the Missionary Circle. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.

1940, Wednesday May 29 The Carleton Place Herald front page

NATIVE OF SCOTCH CORNERS

The funeral of Mrs. Thomas S. Shaw, of Pakenham, who died suddenly last Friday, was held from her late residence Sunday afternoon. Rev. H. A. Turner, pastor of St. Andrew's United Church, conducted the funeral service, and interment was in the United Cemetery. An active member of the United Church she was keenly interested in all its activities. Among the many floral tributes were offerings from the United Church Board, and Missionary Sewing Circle. The late Mrs. Shaw was born at Scotch Corners, daughter of the late W. M. Code and his wife Mary Stanley, and was in her 60th year. Before her marriage she was Eva Jane Code. About 37 years ago she married Thomas S. Shaw and went to reside in Pakenham. Surviving besides her husband are one son, Borden Shaw, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Du Bois, Larder Lake; four brothers, Fred and Trevor, of Smiths Falls; Matt Code, Clayton, and W. M. Code, Scotch Corners; two sisters, Mrs. Isaac Smith, Arnprior, and Mrs. John Tamam, Jasper; and one grandson Donald Hugh Du Bois, Larder Lake.

Obituary - The Almonte Gazette - July 5, 1943.

Mrs. G. H. Moreton - The death occurred at her home, 12th concession line Pakenham township, Tuesday, June 29, of Mrs. George H. Moreton, old and highly esteemed resident of this community. Mrs. Moreton was born in Pakenham Township, daughter of the late James Shaw and his wife Eliza Hunt, pioneers of Fitzroy township, and was 79 years of age. Her maiden name was Sarah Jane Shaw. About 46 years ago she married Mr. Moreton who predeceased her by seven weeks. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church here and a life member of the Woman's Missionary Society. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Sedley Steen and Mrs. Harvey Craig, Kinburn, Miss Ella Moreton, Ottawa; Mrs. Edgar Wilson, Woodlawn; one son, George S. Moreton, Pakenham. She was the last of a family of 11 children. The funeral was held from her late residence Thursday afternoon to St. Andrew's Church here, where service was conducted by Rev. Harold A. Turner, the pastor. Interment was made in the United Cemetery. Her favourite hymns, "Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross," and "Nearer My God To Thee," were sung. Three son-in-laws Harvey Craig, Sedley Green, Edgar Wilson, and three nephews S. Johnston, James and Heber Shaw were pallbearers. Floral tributes included wreaths from the family and Leila and James Shaw, sprays from Mr. and Mrs. Mort Gillan, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Shaw, Girls at 243 Lisgar Street, Hodgin's family, Claire, Audrey, Isabella, and Amy, Ottawa; Baskets,, the grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Wilson, Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Mrs. E. Wright and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Scott. Interment was in the United Cemetery.

Obituary, - The Almonte Gazette - 12 May 1943

George Henry Moreton - The death occurred at his residence 12th concession of Pakenham township, Saturday, May 8, of George Henry Moreton, highly esteemed and life long resident of this district, age 79 years. He had been ailing for almost a year. He was a son of the late William Moreton and his wife Eliza Moorehouse. Forty-six years ago he married Sarah Jane Shaw, who survives with four daughters, Evelyn, Mrs. Sedley Steen, Fitzroy, Miss Ella Moreton, Ottawa; Alice, Mrs. Edgar Wilson, Woodland, Ruby, Mrs. Harvey Craig, Kinburn, and one son, George on the homestead, and one brother Edward Moreton of Pakenham. Mr. Moreton was a staunch member of St. Andrew's Church, Pakenham. Many beautiful floral offerings were received by the bereaved family. The funeral was held Monday from his late residence to the United Cemetery. A service at the house at 2:30PM was conducted by Rev. H. A. Turner. Palmer Wilson sang "My Jesus I Love Thee." Pallbearers were Allan Timmins, Mack Dodge, Bob Timmins, Mort Gillan, Arthur Cavanagh, and Richard Evans.

Obituary - Ottawa Citizen - 23 May 1976

NEEDHAM, William Roy - In Hospital Ottawa, on Wednesday 19 May 1976, aged 69 years, W. Roy Needham of Arnprior, husband of the late Aleta Baird by first marriage, and Marion Fraser by second marriage; brother of James Eric (Kelly), Almonte; and Mrs. Ena Redpath, Pakenham. Resting at the Boyce Funeral Home, Arnprior. Service in the Chapel Friday 2:PM. Interment St. Mark's Cemetery, Pakenham.

1938, Thursday October 13 - The Carp Review - Page 8

Mrs. Hugh Fleming (Isobel McKinley) of Pakenham is dead, aged 69 years. Deceased was a daughter of the late Archibald McKinley of Ramsay. Surviving are her husband, one son George of Pakenham, and one step-son Raymond of Saskatchewan; two sisters; Mrs. B. Y. Williams of Carlton Place, and Mrs. James Drynan of Ramsay.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - 1938-10-02 - Died - Mrs. Hugh Fleming age 69 years.

The death occurred at the home of her niece Miss Isobel McKinley at Pakenham, of Mrs. Hugh Fleming, an old and highly esteemed resident of this community. Mrs. Fleming came to spend Sunday with her niece and about 6:30 that evening suffered a heart attack and passed away early the next morning. Mrs. Fleming was formerly Margaret Elizabeth McKinley, daughter of the late Archibald McKinley and Agnes Kilgore, and was born on the 12th line of Ramsay 69 years ago, and moved to Pakenham in 1904. About 34 years ago she married Hugh Fleming and went to reside on a farm on the 11th line of Pakenham Township. She was a Presbyterian and at the time of union, joined St. Andrew's United Church here. Of a bright and cheerful disposition, she had made for herself a host of friends who will regret her passing. Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, George Fleming at home; four grandchildren; Douglas Helen Etta, and Edna Fleming; also one step-son Raymond Fleming, Pense, Sask. Of a family of ten, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. B. Y. Williams (Rebecca) of Carlton Place, Mrs. James Drynan (Mary) of Ramsay. The funeral which was largely attended was held from her late home on Tuesday morning, services conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. A. Turner, interment was in Union Cemetery. Out of town friends included Mrs. William Ussher, and sister, Miss Tena Ussher of Smith Falls, Mr. Robert Reid of Wisconsin, Mr. & Mrs. L. Prentiss of Perth, Mr. Harold Graham of Brandon, Manitoba; Mr. & Mrs. T. J. Reid, Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Thompson, Mrs. T. R. Paterson of Almonte; Mrs. B. Y. Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Y. Williams, Mrs. Robert Dunlop, Carlton Place, Mr. & Mrs. Alex Stewart, Clay Stewart, Arnprior, Mr. & Mrs. John Russett, Glasgow. Numerous floral offerings were received. The pallbearers were Messrs: Wm. Haydon, James Dean, James Needham, Charles Brown, William Belford, and Lancelot Downey.

1938, Wednesday October 5

The Carleton Place Herald lower front page

MRS. HUGH FLEMING OF PAKENHAM

Mrs. Hugh Fleming (Isobel McKinley), of Pakenham, passed away at the home of her niece early Monday morning. She was in her 69th year. Born on the 12th line of Ramsay, daughter of the late Archibald McKinley, and his wife Agnes Kilgore, she married Hugh Fleming about 24 years ago and went to reside on a farm near Pakenham. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church. Surviving besides her husband, are one son, George, of Pakenham; one stepson, Raymond Fleming, of Saskatchewan; two sisters, Mrs. B. Y. Williams, Carleton Place, and Mrs. James Drynan, of Ramsay. The funeral was held yesterday from her late residence, 11th line of Pakenham, to the United Church cemetery for interment. The service was conducted at the home by Rev. H. A. Turner, pastor of St. .Andrew's church, Pakenham.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - Sept 20, 1940

MRS. THOMAS CONNORS - The oldest resident of this village passed away on Tuesday morning, Sept 17th at the Almonte R. M. Hospital in the person of Mrs. Thomas Connors. Although in failing health for some years, she had been able to move around the house, but ten days ago had the misfortune of breaking her hip and failing to rally. She was in her ninety-fourth year. Mrs. Connors was formerly Isobel Timlick, a member of a family of fourteen and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Timlick. She was born in North Augusta, later moving with her parents to the eighth line Pakenham township. She was married at Pakenham to Mr. Connors sixty-five years ago and resided in Blakeney for a number of years. later moving to Cedar Hill. Twenty-seven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Connors retired to the outskirts of the village, and seven years ago came into Pakenham to make their home. Mr. Connors predeceased her four years ago. There remain to mourn her loss two sons, Abraham of Cleveland and William of Pakenham, where she resided, also two brothers, Henry and Wesley of Winnipeg, and four grand sons and one great grandson of New Brighton, Pa. One daughter Katherine Mrs. G. G. Brown of New Brighton, Pa. predeceased her about two years. Mrs. Connors was formerly a Presbyterian in religion and later a member of the United Church. She was a highly respected member of this community and had a host of friends in this district. The funeral service will be held in St. Andrews United Church from her late residence on Thursday, Sept 19th at 2:PM. Rev. H. A. Turner pastor officiating. The sympathy of this community is extended to the bereaved family.

Obituary - The Almonte Gazette - 27 December 1940

THOMAS H. SADLER - Final tribute to the memory of Mr. Thomas Henry Sadler an old an highly esteemed resident of this community, whose death occurred on Christmas Day at his home in Pakenham township, was paid Friday afternoon by scores of relatives and friends who attended the funeral services at his late residence. Mr. Sadler suffered a stroke ten years ago, from which he never fully recovered. He was born sixty-eight years ago a son of the late Thomas Sadler and his wife Elizabeth Needham, on the farm where he had resided all his life. Mr. Sadler was an Anglican in religion and a staunch Conservative in politics. For over forty years he was a member of the school board of the Sadler district, was vice-president of the Pakenham Agricultural Society, and for a number of years was secretary-treasurer of the fair board. Surviving are his widow two daughters, Flora at home and Agnes, Mrs. Frank Leipok of Coscob, Conn.; five sons, Harold of Almonte, Gordon of Pakenham, Nelson, James and Norman at home. One son, William Henry died in infancy; two sisters, Mary, Mrs. James McGill, and Selina, Mrs. J. H. Timmins of Almonte; and one brother, Dr. George Sadler of Combermere. The pallbearers were Messrs.; Stuart Currie, Herbert Timmins, William Sadler, Southwood Hayden, Thomas McGill, and James Needham. Rev. F. H. Wimberley conducted the services.

Sept 1, 1942 - Ottawa Journal.

PAKENHAM GIRL IN CWAC MARRIES U.S. SOLDIER

Charming Bride Given in Marriage by Her Former Employer - Weds at Kildare Barracks.

"Just Married - U.S.A. - C.W.A.C. " was the way the sign on the car read and that just about summarized the most interesting event yet recorded on the calendar of Kildare Barracks. Simply because a girl is in the army does not mean that she can not get married with all the trimmings as was proved Wednesday evening when Corporal Isabel Velma Smith, C.W.A.C., daughter of the late M. and Mrs. Joseph Smith of Pakenham, Ontario, became the bride of Sergeant Robert Henry Russell, C Company, 51st Infantry Battalion, Pine Camp, New York. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Russell, of St. Louis, Missouri. Considerable pains had been taken to ensure that the wedding was properly "done up" as befitted the first in Ottawa between a C.W.A.C. girl and an American soldier. The scene of the ceremony was the chapel of the Barracks, the Union Jack serving as an alter cloth decorated with a simple cross flanked by standards of gladioli. The Stars and the Stripes and the Union Jack were draped in the background. True, the bride did not wear the traditional white satin and veil but for once the bride did not have to vie for her dressmaker. Remarkably trim she looked in her smart Summer uniform with the corporal stripes little more than a week old on her left sleeve and a recruiting badge on her right. She carried a white prayer book. The bride entered the chapel on the arm of Lt. Col. A. L. Normandin, chief recruiting officer of the Ottawa area, and a former employer of Corporal Smith. Private Rita Foubert was bridesmaid and Corporal James Johnson, G.G.F.G., was best man. Captain the Rev. J.C. Daisley, assisted by the Rev. W. G. Greenfield officiated. During the signing of the register, Private Marjorie J. White sang " I love you truly", accompanied at the piano by Private M.A. Parker. Lt. Col. Joan Kennedy, officer administrating the C.W.A.C. was among the guests. The wedding was originally scheduled for 7:P.M. but was postponed until 8:30 P.M. so that the members of the C.W.A.C. drilling would have a chance to see the big event. Following the ceremony, an informal reception was held, and later the young couple left by train to spend their leaves with the groom's family in St. Louis. They will return to their respective duties when the leave expires. Sergeant Russell and his bride left the barracks in a shower of confetti, carefully avoiding the black cat that threatened to cross their path as it strayed across the hall. There is one point in etiquette to mention, does one address the couple as Sergeant and Mrs. Russell, or Sergeant and Corporal Russell or what?

Obituary - Almonte Gazette April 7, 1937.

Miss Mary Frances (Fanny) Graham, one of the pioneers of this village, died Monday. She was born in Pakenham in 1856 and was a life long resident of the village. A daughter of the late Robert Graham and his wife Mary Drynan. With her brother, Alex Graham who predeceased her by some two years, they spent their life in the old home here. Residing at the time of her death was her niece, Mrs. J. Earl Steen, her husband and family. Miss Graham was of the sunniest dispositions. Always active, young and old alike were her friends. Although not in the best of health, she was only ill for one week being a victim of pneumonia. She was a devout member of St. Andrews United Church here and when in good health attended services. She was also a life-long member of the Woman's Missionary Society. Survivors include her niece, Mrs. Steen and her nephew, Wallace Campbell, of the Royal Bank staff, Ottawa. The funeral which was largely attended, was held from her late residence to St. Andrew's Church this afternoon, services being conducted by the Rev. G. W. Goth, the pastor. Many beautiful floral tributes were received, among which were pieces from the staff of the Royal Bank, Sparks St., Ottawa, and the Little Theatre Guild, Pakenham. The pallbearers were; Albert Scott, William W. Millar, Mac Smith, P.M. Russell, George Comba and L. A. Mayne.

Obituary - 17 January, 1941 - Almonte Gazette.

Mrs. Milton Lindsay, well-known resident of this district, died Friday at her home, ninth line Pakenham, following a brief illness. Born in Cedar Hill, 61 years ago, the former Ethel May Scott, she was a daughter of the late Richard Scott and his wife Caroline McMunn. She married Milton Lindsay some 35 years ago, and they resided in Pakenham since. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are one daughter, Mrs. Robert Toshack of Ramsay, and one son Wilfred Lindsay on the homestead; one brother, W.A. Scott of Pakenham and one sister, Mrs. John Lindsay of Almonte. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon from her late residence to the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Rev. T. McCord of Blakeney, conducted the service. Mr. and Mrs. William Smellie of Toronto and Mr. Donald Scott of Trenton also representatives from Perth, Ottawa, Overbrook, Fitzroy Harbour, and surrounding towns attended the obsequies. The pallbearers were; Edward Rose, James Connery, William Wood, Alex Snedden, E. S. Graham, and John McGill.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - 23 Dec. 1941

Mrs. James Scott - The death occurred at her home near Pakenham on Saturday, Dec. 20th, of Mrs. James Scott, an old and highly esteemed resident of the community who had been in ailing health for some months. Mrs. Scott who before her marriage was Jane Miller, daughter of the late Mathew Miller and his wife Jane Moffatt, and was born on the 10th Concession of Pakenham Township 80 years ago. Forty-four years ago she married Mr. Scott of the 11th concession, where she continued to reside. Surviving besides her husband are one son Allan, on the homestead. Of a family of seven she is survived by one sister Anne and one brother John of Pakenham. The funeral was held from her late residence on Monday, December 22, to St. Mark's Church where service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. F. H. Wimberley. Pallbearers were Messrs. William Scott, J. B. Scott, W. Y. Wood, Marshal Cameron, Emery Baird, and Allan Miller. Interment was made in St. Mark's Cemetery, Pakenham.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - 1941

Tribute to the memory of Frank Gordon Needham was paid when many friends from this community and outside points attended the funeral which was held from his late home on Sunday afternoon at 2:20 PM. to St. Andrew's Church where services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. A. Turner. The late Mr. Needham was born near Pakenham 62 years ago, a son of the late Thomas Needham and his wife Jennie Dickson. Mr. Needham died early Friday morning after one hour of illness. Of a bright and cheerful disposition he had a large circle of friends who will mourn his passing. He was a former member of the Charles Ogilvy Ltd., Ottawa, and later a travelling salesman for a number of years, was known throughout eastern and northern Ontario. In 1927 he returned to Pakenham and took over the hardware business at the death of his brother-in-law the late RO. Snedden, which he had since conducted. He was a charter member of the Damon Lodge, Ottawa and the Knights of Pytathras, and a member of the United Church. One of a family of five, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. R. O. Snedden, and Miss Jean Needham with whom he resided and one brother Fred of Galt. One brother Louis died in 1929; three nephews, Gordon Needham of Port Colborne, Dr. Fred Snedden of Jhanse, Central India, Donald Snedden, and Mrs. H. H. Simmonds of Pakenham. Pallbearers were; W.I. Scott, George Noonan, William Jordon, William Conners, Edgar McCann, and Allan McCann. Among the numerous floral offerings received was a wreath from The Boys and the Curling Club. Interment was made in the United Cemetery.

Obituary - July 2, 1936, Renfrew, Ontario. - Mrs. W. J. Mason Dies in Her Renfrew Home.

Friends in the Ottawa Valley will learn with regret of the passing of Mary Ross, wife of William J. Mason, at her home on McAndrew St., today after an illness of ten days. Although she had been ill for some years, her condition was not considered serious. Mrs. Mason was of a kindly and retiring disposition and well known for her charitable nature. Born 73 years ago in Ross Township, daughter of the late David Ross and Jane Evans, Mrs. Mason was of pioneer parentage. Ross Township bears the name of her Grandfather, one of the first settlers in Renfrew County. Forty-eight years ago she married William J. Mason and took up residence on a farm at Snake River. eighteen years later they moved to Renfrew where they have lived since. Mrs. Mason was a devoted member of the United Church. Surviving besides her husband are six daughters, Mrs. Arthur McLeod, Snake River; Mrs. Duncan Angus, Bromley; Mrs. J.C. Hopkins, Kazabazua, Que.; Mrs. F. X. Plaunt, Renfrew; Iva and Ada Mason, Renfrew; one son Ross of Renfrew; four brothers, Thomas and David of Cobden; James, Weyburn, Sask.; John, Winnipeg, Man.; one sister, Mrs. Laughlin Curry, Forester's Falls; and nine grandchildren. The funeral will take place Saturday from her home, with Rev. Dr. A. E. Runnels conducting the service. Interment will be in the Thompsonville Cemetery, Renfrew.

OBITUARY - 10 Dec. 1936 - Impressive tribute to the memory of Mrs. Thomas Wesley Comba, who died at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, after a short illness, was paid by a large number of relatives and friends, who attended her funeral on Saturday last, held from her late residence Frank Street, Carlton Place, to St. Andrews United Church here. A short service was conducted at the home by Rev. Donald Munroe of Carlton Place, while Rev. G. W. Goth, officiated at the service here. Mrs. Comba was formerly Mary Jane Downey, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Downey of Antrim. Mrs. Comba had spent 40 years of her married life in and around Pakenham, until three months ago when she moved to Carlton Place, to reside. She was in her 65th year and was a devoted member of the United Church. Left to mourn are four daughters, Violet, Mrs. Percy Hawkins, Pembroke, Tillie, Mrs. Clinton Drader, Carlton Place; Miss Jessie Comba of Ottawa; and Miss Marjorie Comba at home; five sons; Gemmill of Carlton Place; Mervyn Comba of Regina, Sask.; Minor, Liberty Sask.; Lloyd of Toronto and Howard of Kirkland Lake. Honorary pallbearers were; Allan Ritchie, Woodlawn, Allan Comba of Ottawa, Thomas Machin, Carlton Place; Archie Ritch, Woodlawn; Acting pall bears, Mr. J. Steen, T. S. Shaw, George Comba, William Jordan of Pakenham, Allan Comba of Ottawa, and Allan Ritchie of Woodlawn. A large number of floral tributes were in evidence from friends and neighbours, including gifts from the Office Staff of the 4th floor, Home Appliance Dept., Girls in front of Office, all of Charles Ogilvy Ltd., Ottawa; Ottawa Credit Woman's Breakfast Club, Westdale Theatre Co.; of Hamilton; Oriole Orchestra, Carlton Place; and the pattern shop, Findlay's at Carlton Place.
Obituary Almonte Gazette - August 10, 1939

Deepest regret was registered throughout this community with the passing of Mrs. Samuel Allison on Sunday August 6th, after only a week's illness. She was 72 years of age and prior to her short illness was always exceptionally active. Mrs. (Alice Baird) Allison was born in Fitzroy township the daughter of the late John Baird and his wife Jane Bradley. After her marriage to Samuel Allison she still resided in Fitzroy township moving to Pakenham village about 35 years ago. Mr. Allison predeceased her in 1926.

Mrs. Allison was a devout member of St. Andrew's United Church and a life member of the Woman's Missionary Society. she will be greatly missed in the whole community, where for years she devoted her time and energy to the good of her fellow beings. For a number of years she acted as a practical nurse in the district, but wherever there was illness or trouble she willingly offered her services and sympathy. Of an extremely bright and cheerful disposition she won for herself a multitude of friends and her memory will long remain as a bright spot in this village.

There remain to mourn her loss one brother, John B. Baird of Arnprior and one sister, Miss Frances Baird of Woodstock; eleven nieces, Mrs. Samuel Moodie, Mrs. Arthur Smyth, Mrs. Willoughby Glas, Winnipeg; Mrs. L. V. Weir, Mrs. Andrew Craig, Mrs. W.A. McWilliams, Mrs. Mayne McLean, Mrs. Roy Needham, Mrs. Ernest Gould, Miss Reeta Derraugh, and Miss Irene Baird, and three nephews J.B. and W. M. Derraugh and John G. Baird.

The funeral services were held from her late residence on Tuesday afternoon of this week to St. Andrew's United church where the pastor, Rev. H. A. Turner officiated. The large funeral cortege was ample proof of the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The pallbearers were six nephews namely; Allan Wilson, Pakenham; Mervyn Derraugh, Ottawa; John G. Baird, Kinburn; Robert Johnson, Renfrew; Irwin Weir, White River; and John Allison, Almonte.

Among the floral offerings were cut flowers from Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ritchie, sprays, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Burgess, Mrs. Robert Lowery, Mrs. J. J. Wilson, Mrs. Andrew Andrews, Mrs. J. Gillies, and Mrs. W. Dickson, the Derraugh family, Miss Irene Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. McWilliams, and Joyce and Mary London; wreaths The Ross Family, Lena Mabel, and Gladys. The out-of-town friends and relatives from a distance who attended the funeral services were Mrs. Samuel Moodie, Wright, Que.; Mrs. Mina Ross, Montreal; Mr. and Mrs. I. V. Weir, White River, Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Keyes, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Derraugh, Mrs. Ronald Easton, Frankville; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Goul and Arthur, Haleys; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Olmstead and Mrs. T. Guest, Queens Line; Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Derraugh, Mr. and Mrs. William Major, Mrs. Robert Lowery, Miss M. Lowery, Miss Irene Johnston, Miss Reeta Derraugh, Ottawa; Mr. John Baird, Mrs. Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Baird, Carleton Place, ; Mrs. Andrew Andrews, Mrs. Allison Andrews, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim McMaster, Douglas; Mr. and Mrs. H. Leach, Mrs. Allan Leach, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leach, Micksburg; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckett, Pembroke and Mr. Harvey Cooper and Mr. Robert Johnston, Renfrew.

Obituary 4 Dec. 1938 Mrs. Roy M. Fulton

The deepest regret was registered throughout this community on Sunday last, when word was received of the passing away of Mrs. Roy Fulton. Ill only for the past two weeks, she had undergone a serious operation for appendicitis a week before in Almonte R. M. Hospital. Following the operation she appeared to rally, but towards the end of the week her condition became very critical and in spite of every medical aid, failed to recover. Mrs. Fulton was in her thirty-fourth year.

The deceased, formerly Alvira Emma Ross, was born in Torbolton, the oldest daughter of the late Cyrus Ross and his wife Barbara Anne Ross of Pakenham. When an infant she came with her parents to the farm on the 12th line Pakenham, where her earlier life was spent. She attended Sadler's School and later Pakenham Continuation School where she proved herself to be a bright, adept pupil. In 1929 she was married to Roy Fulton of this village and resided here ever since. Mrs. Fulton was of a bright cheerful disposition, with a ready greeting to all with whom she came into contact. She was a kind neighbour and will be greatly missed in this little community of which she formed a part. She attended St. Andrew's United Church here.

There remain to mourn her husband, and one small daughter, Doris; her mother Mrs. Cyrus Ross of Pakenham, one brother, Mr. Clarence Ross, Pakenham, and two sisters, Elma, Mrs. Evans Maxwell of Temiskaming, Que., and Lillian, Mrs. Charles A. Johnson of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The funeral services were held at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon, 6 Dec. and interment took place in the United Cemetery here. Rev. H. A. Turner officiated. The obsequies were largely attended and signified the deep respect in which the deceased was held. The pallbearers were Messrs. Tom Fulton, Ira Deugaw, William Hogarth, Neil Ross and Derrill Ross of Woodlawn, and Colin Ritchie of Arnprior. Flowers were received from the husband and daughter Doris; the Fulton family; the Ross family; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Boland; Miss Margaret Camelon; and Mr. Gordon Drummond; teacher and pupils of the Junior Room of Pakenham Public School; the patrol men of Highway 29; Mrs. Annie Maddock; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Maddock; and Mr. Ernie Maddock of New Liskeard. Among those who attended from out of town were Mrs. Annie Maddock and son Ernie from New Liskeard.

December 16, 1954, The Almonte Gazette

Renovated Rink With Artificial Ice Is Formally Opened By Local Curler's On Wednesday

Following a short ceremony on Wednesday evening, when veteran curler Mr. J. H. Martin cut the ribbon and president M. R. Young threw the first granite, the Mississippi Curling Club was declared open for its 101st season. Mr. Young presided over a large gathering of members of the men's and lady's clubs which filled both rooms. He explained the chain of events leading up to the climax of curling in Almonte, a renovated rink with three sheets of artificial ice, a new second storey club room with a modern kitchen for the ladies and men's club room newly decorated. "When the installation of artificial ice was talked of in April," said Mr. Young, "this one and that one offered to give $100.00 However another man said "I'll give a thousand dollars." and that gave the club the heeded encouragement. He gave credit to canvassers and special praise to the building committee who had given most generously of their time. (The building committee is composed of Mr. M. R. Young, chairman, J. L. Erskine, S.R. Sissons, Major J. H. W. Currie, and Murray Comba. The next speaker was Mr. W.A. Metcalfe, who expressed great pleasure in the fact that the Mississippi Curling Club's greatest need, the installation of artificial ice, was now attained. Mr. Metcalfe assured the audience that it was in large measure due to the untiring efforts of their president, Mr. Young, that the present happy state was reached. Mr. Young, he said, had stood by curling in good days and the bad days and is now in his 19th term as president. He called on Mr. James Miller of Carlton Place, District Representative of the Caledonia Club who brought greetings from the mother club and also extended his personal congratulations.

The next speaker was Mr. George L. Comba, who traced the history of the Mississippi Curling Club from its humble beginnings 100 years ago to today. Mr. Comba he was indebted to Mr. G. W. Willoughby if Ottawa, former resident of Almonte, who is now in his 96th year, for much of his information of the early days. Mr. Willoughby was an ardent curler as was his father before him, and was able to recall many interesting incidents. Curling began here, said Mr. Comba on the mouth of the Indian River and wooden blocks were used as stones. Later, an outdoor rink was made on the Mississippi River opposite the fairgrounds, and the first closed rink was on a site on or near the present fairgrounds. The next rink was on "The Island" a combination building which housed the skating rink as well as the curling rink. That building was outmoded the present structure was then erected at Brae Street. This was operated successfully for a growing membership which brings the club up to date. A point stressed by Mr. Comba that should be of principal pride to local curlers, is that the Mississippi Club stands in 6th place on the roster of the Caledonia Club. He said the present membership has great traditions to maintain, but predicted continued success through co-operation for the next hundred years.

During the evening a sing-song was enjoyed with Mrs. Harry Walker at the piano and Mrs. R.A. Jamieson, Mr. Martin Maxwell, and Mr. George Rodger leading. Mrs. Doris DeSadeleer contributed a humorous solo. "This Old Rink Was Getting Shaky" with Mrs. Harry Walker as accompanist. At the close, Mr. Young thanked the Lady's Club for their efforts and all others who had assisted, with special thanks to Mr. Arthur Lockhart who gave his time in painting free of charge, and also Mr. Charles Finner for bringing his PA system.

News from 43 years ago - From the files of the Carlton Place Canadian Thursday, January 23, 1958.

Gets 11 pound Pike With Bare Hands - Fishing Through The Ice

Getting your fish the hard way was the experience of Stewart Comba last week. Fishing through the ice on the Mississippi, he hooked a big pike. Just as he was about to pull it through the hole, the line gave way and the fish disappeared. It was such a fine fish that he leaned over the hole to see where it went. Hits hat fell into the hold, and in a few seconds re-appeared. It seems his hat fell onto the head of the fish which darted to the surface. Stewart simply reached in with both hands and literally dragged the struggling fish from the water. He figured it weighed close to 11 pound. Incidentally, he still claims his hat smells a little fishy.

1977, March 23 The Almonte Gazette? (clipping)

Comba Furniture Changes Hands

One of Carleton Place's oldest and best-known business will officially change hands at the end of this month when Mr. Ralph Wheeler takes over ownership of Comba Furniture on Bridge Street.

The business was founded in 1934 by Mr. Gemmill Comba, father of the present owner, Stewart Comba, and his wife Edith. Originally the store was located beside the old Roxy Theatre on Bridge Street. In 1940 Mr. Comba purchased the Taylor Block across from the Town Hall and operated from that location until 1960 when Stewart took over the business and moved the store to the Leslie Block, its present location, across from the Post Office. Stewart Comba has been associated with the firm since returning from overseas in 1945. He and Edith now hope to have the time to do a bit of travelling, something they have always wanted to do but never could seem to find the time.

Obituary - Almonte Gazette - Aug, 27, 1927.

Robert Snedden Died Suddenly in his Office.

Prominent Merchant of Pakenham Expired After Opening Up For The Day.

Belonged to Well Known Ramsay Family.

Taught School before Entering Business In Almonte and Later in Pakenham.

Mr. Robert Archibald Snedden, merchant of Pakenham, and one of the most prominent business men of North Lanark, died very suddenly this Thursday morning in his office shortly after 8:00 o'clock. While for some time he had not been in the most robust health, his condition was never regarded as serious, nor was it contemplated that his end was so near. Shortly after opening up for business for the day he suddenly collapsed and expired immediately. He was 58 years of age. Mr. Snedden belonged to one of the most prominent families in this district. Alexander Snedden, his grandfather, was a noted lumberman in the early days. William Snedden, his father, was also in the lumber business for a time and owned the old sawmill at Blakeney. William Snedden was a power in the Liberal political circles in his day. The late Mr. Snedden was born on the family homestead on the ninth line of Ramsay. He was a graduate of the Almonte High School and was a school master for some years and many of the residents of that district will speak of his capable care of their education when he was in charge of the Rosebank School. He had a mind for business however, and for some years he conducted successfully a flour and feed store in Almonte. About thirty years ago he moved to Pakenham where he conducted the well known hardware store and general business that bears his name. Twenty five years ago he was married to Miss Mabel Needham daughter of Thomas Needham, of Pakenham. He is survived by his widow, a daughter and two sons, Mary, Donald and Fredrick all at home. There also remains to mourn his loss four brothers; Alexander Snedden of Pakenham; William Snedden of Lumsden, Sask.; David Snedden of Vancouver, B.C.; and Dr. Sylvester Snedden of Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Snedden was held in very high esteem, and his sudden demise was a great shock to the whole community. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o'clock on Saturday to the Union Cemetery, Pakenham.

Arnold A. Johnston - 1936

Deep regard for the memory of the late Arnold W. Johnston, was shown by the large attendance at his funeral which was held on Thursday afternoon from the residence of his father to the United Cemetery, Pakenham. Mr. Johnston was the son of William T. Johnston and his wife Jessie A. Connery and was born at Pakenham, 27 years ago. Besides his parents, he is survived by a younger brother, Keith. The late Mr. Johnston received his education at Cedar Hill Public School and Pakenham Continuation School. In 1931 he graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy and after spending a short time in Carleton Place, he went to Ottawa. For the past three and a half years he was employed by Mr. R. B. Howe as his assistant druggist. The impressive and comforting service was conduct by Rev. Mr. Goth of the United Church Pakenham whose theme was "The Breaking Point." The pallbearers were Messrs. Ernie, Austin, Jim and Wilbert Connery, and Messrs. Gordon and Melvin Donaldson, cousins. The floral tributes were numerous and included a wreath from the family, immediate relatives, the Y. P. S. of Zion United Church, staff of Weldon J. Graham Ltd., the National Drug, Co. and many others. Those from a distance who paid their respects to the deceased included Mr. W. A. Connery of Quebec; Mr. W. G. Connery, Ottawa, Mr. M. R. MacFarlane, Toronto; Mr. G. M. Williams, Carleton Place; Mr. T. E. Foster, Smiths Falls; Mr. William Melanson, Eganville; Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Melanson, Gordon Melanson, of Arnprior; Mrs. Duncan Campbell, Miss L. Campbell, Messrs. Lorne and J. C. Campbell, Renfrew; Mrs. Gordon Buttle, Pembroke; Mr. and Mrs. Syl. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Alistair Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Armour Johnston, Messrs. Welland and Eric Johnston and Russell Wilson, Mrs. Russell Purcell, Mrs. T. Haley, all of Cobden; among those from Ottawa, were: Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Howe and Mr. J. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Melanson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Millett Messrs. Fred Hanna, Fred MacDonald, H. Timlick and Messrs. Fred Markell and C. Clark of the National Drug Co.

10 Aug 1936, The Almonte Gazette - Arnold W. Johnston Killed in a Highway Accident

On Monday of this week the shocking news was received here of the tragic death of Arnold W. Johnston in a car accident near Stonecliffe. Mr. Johnston, older son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Johnston of Cedar Hill was well known and very popular in the community. He attended Pakenham continuation school, where he was a great favourite with pupils and teachers alike.

Being on his vacation he had spent the last week at his parental home in Cedar Hill, before going on the fatal motor trip. Following is a clipping concerning his death from an Ottawa paper. Returning home from a short holiday trip, Arnold W. Johnston, 27, of 21 Monk Ave., Ottawa, employee of Howe's Drug Store, Ottawa, and formerly of Pakenham, was instantly killed when the automobile in which he was a passenger crashed into the ditch one mile east of Stonecliffe on the Trans-Canada highway. The driver of the car, A.J. McKenzie 70 Ross Ave., Ottawa escaped serious injury and is recovering from severe shock and body bruises in the General Hospital Pembroke. Dr. J.B. Galligan, coroner, of Pembroke, stated that an inquest would be opened at the Neville brothers funeral home, Pembroke where the body was removed. According to the report of Provincial Constable E. V. McNeil, the driver of the car, travelling east lost control as the road straightened out from a curve. The vehicle. which was damaged almost beyond recognition landed on its side among the bushes alongside the road, 250 yards from where the driver apparently lost control. It struck with terrific force after turning several times and hurtling through the air, breaking off the tops of some young poplar trees. Parts of the upholstery clung to branches, and a suitcase from the car was flung a distance of 50 feet. Both men were thrown out of the machine, Johnston landing several feet away. Duncan J. McLaren, Pembroke, passing the scene of the accident shortly afterwards, brought Mr. McKenzie to the hospital where he was reported to be resting fairly well.

Mr. Johnston was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Johnston of Pakenham and had been living in Ottawa for the past four years. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Keith, at home. Burial will be made in Pakenham.

A graduate of the 1931 class at the Ontario College of Pharmacy, Mr. Johnston had been employed as assistant to R. B. Howe, druggist, 769 Bank Street, Ottawa for the past three and a half years. He was very popular with the customers and had made many friends since he established residence in Ottawa. Upon being informed of Mr. Johnston's tragic death, by the Journal, Mr. Howe stated Mr. Johnston had been on holidays for the past week. When he last saw him, his assistant told him he planned an automobile trip with his friend Mr. A.J. MacKenzie. He was unmarried.