BATHURST COURIER - 1853.
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Courier, Jan. 7, 1853
Birth, on the 25th ult., Mrs.
John Moderwill, Bathurst, of a son.
Courier, Jan. 14, 1853
On Friday evening last the Cadets of
Temperance held a Soiree in the Son’s Hall.
The place was well filled but not crowded too much.
Sheriff Thompson occupied the
chair and addresses were delivered by Revs.
J. Gray and J. Duncan, J. Deacon, Jr., Esq., Mr. Fields and J. White, Jr.—the
latter is a young lad, a cadet and acquitted himself very creditably.
The brass band was in attendance and enlivened the proceedings of the
evening with pieces of music performed in their best manner.
Temperance songs were sun by John Campbell in his usual happy style.
The refreshments were excellent and served round with abundance.
Altogether it was the best Soiree held in Perth for several years and
reflects credit on the managers.
We understand that on the evening of
Monday last Richard Walker, Jr. of
this town heard the cries of a child and on going to the door found a female
infant apparently but a few hours old lying on the steps wrapped in a piece of
old flannel. On taking it into the
house he discovered that is legs were frozen to the knees. Mrs. Walker did everything in her power for the little
stranger and we understand it is doing well.
Married, on the 7th inst., by
Rev. William Bell, Mr. Duncan McIntyre to
Christina Campbell of Drummond.
Died, aged 54 years, at her residence in
Oxford, County Grenville, on the 3rd Jan., Mrs. Harris, wife of John
Harris of that place and mother of William Harris of Renfrew.
The deceased was a native of Parish Killegan(?), County Wicklow, Ireland.
Courier, Jan. 21, 1853
Married, in Middleville, on the 14th
inst., by Rev. Mr. Smith, Meary Murray to
Jane Rodgers both of Lanark.
Sheriff’s Sale of Land—Writ of Fieri
Facias against the lands and tenements of George Hamilton, deceased, at the time
of his death in the hands of William
Lightbody, executor and Jane
Lightbody, executrix, at the suit of William
Oscar Buell(?), East ½ of Lot 1, 2nd Concession Beckwith.
Courier, Jan. 28, 1853
Died, of rapid consumption, in Pakenham
on the 21st inst. Mary Anne
Dickson, wife of William Dickson, aged 23 years and 10 months.
Courier, Feb. 11, 1853
For one or more years, the house and garden belonging to the late William
Matheson, opposite the English Church.
For particulars apply to Mrs. Matheson on the premises.
Valuable property for sale:
Clergy Reserves Lot 2, 9th Concession Drummond, 200 acres part
of which are in a high state of cultivation.
The lot is at present occupied by George McCue.
Died, on the 22nd Jan., Frances Blackburn, fourth daughter of John Blackburn, aged 20 years and 3 months.
When blooming youth is snatched away
By death’s restless hand
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay
Which pity must demand.
While pity prompts the rising sigh
Oh, many this truth impressed
With awful power—“I too, must die”
Sink deep in every breast.
The voice of this alarming scene
May every heart obey
Nor be the heavenly warning vain
Which calls us to watch and pray.
Oh, let us fly to Jesus fly
Whose powerful arm can save
Then shall our hopes ascend on high
And triumph o’er the grave.
Courier, Feb. 18, 1853
The subscriber having taken out the auction license is now prepared to
sell goods, household furniture, and farm stock by public sale.
Died, at Smith’s Falls on the 2nd
inst., of dropsy, Col. W.P. Loucks,
deeply regretted by a large number of friends and acquaintances.
The deceased gentleman was one of the oldest residents in that
Died, at Lanark on Tuesday, 8th
inst., Miss Jane Fraser, eldest
daughter of John Fraser, Esq., Newfield House, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
On Wednesday evening last the Perth
Union of the Daughters of Temperance held a public meeting in the Sons Hall.
The chair was occupied by Sheriff Thompson and addresses were delivered
by Messrs. W.O. Buell, W. M. Shaw, Mr.
Cameron, Jr., and John Campbell. Songs
were sung by the Daughters and by John Campbell.
The brass band was in attendance. The
Daughters appeared in full regalia and really looked well—so well indeed that
we should not be surprised to hear of proposals from some of the Sons of
Temperance to form a union with some of them ere long.
The hall was crowded to excess.
King, about to remove from Balderson’s Corners, (at whose home the Courier
copies for that neighborhood have heretofore been left) our subscribers in that
vicinity will in the future receive their papers at the Tollgate house kept by C.
Mr. Editor, having recently established a Sabbath School in the School #10, Montague, I herewith beg leave to transmit to you a few statistics of the same in order that by our success good school systems throughout the province may emulate our example and in a while the rising generation receive secular education in order to fit them for various duties devolving upon them in life, that they may at the same time be acquainted with the duties they owe to their God and for which they were created.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
From Memory are as follows—Versus recited for the last three months by the boys:
Davies, Jr., 8
Versus recited for the last three months by the girls:
G. Scott, 170
Ann Rose, 194
J. Dillabaugh, 246
Davies, Jr. 146
Jane Rose, 216
Courier, Feb. 25, 1853
Married, on the 15th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, John Morrow of
S. Sherbrooke to Agnes Geddes of N.
Died, at Lanark on the 14th
inst., Elizabeth Hall, eldest
daughter of J.M.G. Hall, aged 7 years and 5 months.
Farm for Sale: West ½ Lot 13, 5th Concession Lanark, 100 acres, about 80 cleared. The farm is well watered, has a house, barn, and orchard. James McLachlen
Letter from the Editor:
I am here snugly ensconced in Mr.
Snedden’s comfortable hotel—one of the best if not THE best in Brockville.
It has been pouring rain for the past two hours and when I arrived here I
was as wet as a half drowned rat; but I have got into good quarters for the
night—dried, warmed, fed and feel the more comfortable perhaps because the
rain continues to pour outside. I
may as well mention two or three places I passed through since I left Smith’s
Falls yesterday. From Smith’s Falls to Kilmarnock the country is well
settled and the farmers appear to be thriving—many of them have fine stone
houses and almost all have what is better, good frame barns.
The country is very level almost as level as a floor and a railroad could
be built along it at a very low cost. Kilmarnock
is a thriving little village situated on the Rideau Canal on a slight eminence
and commands a tolerable far view of the surrounding country.
The front of the township of Montague is well settled and I was
particularly struck with the neatness and finish of their school houses which
are superior in this respect to any that I have seen and might serve as models
in this species of architecture. The
rest of Montague is not so well settled. As
to Franktown, there has been a great improvement in this place since I last
visited—some ten or twelve years ago. Quite
a number of new houses have been erected and it has quite a village like
appearance. The greatest
improvement however, has been made by Mr.
Burrows who keeps a fine hotel. When
I was last here Mr. Jackson’s stone house was the best in the village; but it
is now completely eclipsed by the large and commodious two story hotel erected
by Mr. Burrows and he has finished and furnished it in fine style, elegant
enough to accommodate the governor if he should ever travel this way. The host is courteous and obliging. The traveler can here make himself as comfortable as at home.
Carleton Place is a thriving village and there is good and settled
country around it. There is water
power here capable of driving a great amount of machinery and could be used
extensively for manufacturing purposes. There
is a saw mill and grist mill here which are capable of doing a considerable
amount of business. Mr.
Rosamund’s Woolen Factury, however, was what particularly attracted my
attention. I have visited some of
the best factories in the state of New York and Mrs. Rosamund’s is equal to
any of them in improved machinery though not on so extensive a scale.
I examined several of his manufactured articles; his blankets are without
exception the best that I have seen and his cloths will stand in comparison with
any manufactured cloth in this country or probably this continent.
Mr. Rosamund’s enterprise should be liberally encouraged.
There are several good stores here which appear to be doing a good
business and any number of tradesmen’s shops and I saw some specimens of their
handiwork. There are two things,
however, that are badly wanted in Carleton Place, viz. a good hotel for the
accommodation of the traveler and water for horses to drink.
The township of Ramsay is well settled—large clearances, good houses
and good barns and the country is pretty level though not quite so level as a
railroad contractor might wish. I
passed Shipman’s a little before dark. There
is a small village here called Shipman’s Mills or Ramsayville, I believe.
Mr. Shipman is an enterprising
man but he met with a severe loss last year in the burning of his mills.
He is getting new ones erected however and has a fair prospect of being
able to recover from his misfortune. From
Shipman’s Mills I passed to Hon. J.
Wylie’s; called but found neither Wylie nor Mr.
Watson in and as it was getting dark and raining heavily I thought I would
make my way to Mr. Snedden’s as
quickly as possible and not wait to take observations.
Courier, March 4, 1853
Married, on the 17th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Daniel Watson
of Bathurst to Mrs. Eliza Atkins (widow)
Courier, March 11, 1853
On Friday evening last the Perth Bible
Society held a meeting in the Free Church, the Rev. W. Bell in charge. We
clip the following account of the proceedings from the Observer:
“The meeting was opened with a prayer and praise by Rev.
James B. Duncan. The chairman
explained the circumstances of the Society as far as possible but was unable to
give the state of the funds and the amount of books on hand from the absence of
any report form the Depository. The
following persons were then announced as officers for the ensuing year of the
G. Malloch, president; John Deacon and
James Allen, Esqs., vice presidents; James
Templeton, treasurer; Rev. William
Bell, Rev. William Bain, Rev. James B. Duncan, secretaries; William
Allan Depository. Committee of
Management: Messrs Ralph Smith, John McIntyre, William Fraser, James Thompson,
Malcolm McPherson, William Rutherford, John Ferguson, John Ritchie, Thomas
Nichol, Henry McDonald, Alexander Fraser, Jas. Bell, John McKay, R. Kellock,
On the morning of Friday last the
dwelling house of Mr. Campbell at
Oliver’s Ferry was burned down with all of the furniture, etc. Nothing was saved, we understand, but a few articles of
wearing apparel and some books and papers.
The latter were saved by one of Mrs. Campbell’s daughters who entered
the house through a window after the roof had fallen in.
This is the third time Mr. Campbell has been burned out.
It is not known how the fire originated but it is supposed it began in
the kitchen. The property is a
total loss it was not insured.
Goose Pudding: Take one half pound bread crumbs soaked in a little boiling
milk. When cold add two or three
eggs, a little salt, marjoram, thyme, a spoonful of oatmeal, a good handful of
suet and onion chopped fine. Spread
it in a dripping pan and bake it underneath the goose.
Cure for Warts: Cut off the top of the warts with a pen knife so that they
may bleed and then drop in a little oil of vitrol with the end of a quill or a
bit of wood cut to a point. It
causes pain for a few minutes but they soon heal.
The new fire brigade of Smith’s Falls
consisting of a hook and ladder and
fire engine company had, according to a notice, a grand display on Thursday, 3rd
inst. At 3:30 pm the companies drew
up in front of the engine house under their respective captains and proceeded to
meet at Perth the brass band, who were coming in on a sleigh drawn by four
horses and driven by Mr. Bakon.
When joined by the band they proceeded to the principal streets in good
style and again drew up at their starting point.
The engine was then drawn out and played from the river and from a
reservoir in the streets provided temporarily for the occasion.
Both men and engines performed their work admirably.
At 7:00 the firemen and their numerous friends from Perth and Brockville
and surrounding country repaired to Messrs.
Frost and Woods large wareroom which was tastefully decorated for the
occasion and in which Mr. L.S. Wilson had prepared a sumptuous and elegant
entertainment. The energetic and
indefatigable Capt. Perry and a few
of his company in very handsome uniforms were present.
He proposed a toast to the “Smith’s Falls Fire Brigade” in a very
appropriate speech complimenting them on their appearance, conduct, etc.
Dancing commenced shortly after supper and was kept up with vigor until
morning. All expressed themselves
highly pleased with the enjoyment and wished that the time would not be too
distant when they would have a similar opportunity of meeting again with their
Writ of Attachment against the real
estate of John A. McArthur, an
absconded or concealed debtor at the suit of John
Lewis Campbell, 363 pounds.
Comstock’s Vermifuge—The most
extraordinary remedy for worms ever used which effectually eradicates worms in
both adults and children.
Take back the ring dear Jamie
The ring you ga’ed to me
And at the vows you made yestreen
Beneath the birken tree
But gie me back my heart again
It’s all I have to gie
Gin ye’ll no wait a fitten time
“Ye canna marry me.”
I promised to my daddie
Afore he slipped awa’
I ne’er wad leave my mammie
What’er sud her befa’
I will faithful keep my promise
For a’ that ye can gie
So Jamie if ye wenna wait
“Ye canna marry me”.
I canna leave my mammie
She’s been sae kind to me
Sin e’er I was a bairnie
A wee thing on her knee
Nae mair she’ll comb my golden hair
Nor busk me saood and braw
She’s auld and frail her e’en are dim
And soon will close on a’.
I munnie leave my mammie
Her journey is nae lang
Her head is bending to the moots
Where it will stay gang
Were I an heiress to a crown
I’d a’ it honors sine
To watch her sleep in helpless age
As she in youth watched mine.
Courier, March 25, 1853
Letter from the Editor, Cobden, 8th Feb., 1853
I intended to have written again from
Pembroke but I had not time and I may as well set out on the present occasion by
saying a few words about that thriving village or rather villages for there are
in reality two of them separated by a fine tract of country about one and a half
miles in extent which appear to be well cultivated and on which are located a
Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian church and schoolhouse.
The first village on the way up is called Campbeltown.
It is situated on a rising ground and the Allumet Lake is just in front
of it and on the opposite side of the lake standing out in bold relief is the
chain of the Blue Mountains. In
summer season the prospect must be beautiful.
Mrs. Dunlop keeps a good hotel in this village and there are stores
and tradesmen’s shops and it is quite a stirring, busy little place.
I expected to hear a sermon from Rev.
Mr. Melville on the Sabbath but was disappointed as he was away from home.
On Monday morning I proceeded to the second village or Pembroke proper
and put up with Mr. Rowan(?) who
keeps a good hotel and is very attentive and obliging.
There are a number of fine stores here and well filled both with goods
and customers and tradesmen’s shops of every description.
In fact, the town has quite a town-like appearance and I was quite
astonished to see the bustle and stir on every side; there appears to be a great
amount of business done here much greater, perhaps than anyone would imagine who
had not witnessed it and I may safely say that for a railroad to the Ottawa
Pembroke is the only terminus that will pay.
At this place Snake River empties itself into the Allumet Lake with a
splendid water power on it. A.
Moffatt, Esq., has a saw and grist mill erected. Almost any amount of sawed lumber could be produced here were
there an available market open for it. The
water power within three miles of Pembroke is almost unlimited—it is said to
be capable of driving 100 mills. Besides
Mr. Moffatt’s mills there are saw mills and a shingle factory in operation for
lumber trade carried on above Pembroke, which is immense—on the Patawawa the
lumbermen are at work 150 miles up. I left Pembroke yesterday afternoon—proceeded through a
fine tract of country—crossed Mud Lake and drove down to Muskrat Lake, a
distance of ten miles to Cobden. About
eight miles from Cobden I called at a tavern on the lake shore kept by a
bachelor – there was not a woman about the place but he appeared to have
things pretty comfortable notwithstanding.
I advised him to get married he said he would as soon as he could find a
woman who would take him. Cobden is
the commencement of a thriving village. It
was founded, I understand, by Jason Gould,
Esq., who is a very enterprising man. He
has built a steamboat which now plies on Muskrat and Mud Lakes from this village
to within a few miles of Pembroke. He
has also opened up a new road from this place to the Ottawa called “Gould’s
Road” and the landing at the Ottawa is called “Gould’s Landing”.
I did not see Mr. Gould as he was not in.
Mr. Rankin keeps a good hotel here where a traveler can make himself
as comfortable as at home.
Courier, April 8, 1853
Letter from the Editor, Bellamyville, 12th Feb., 1853
I left Renfrew early in the morning and
proceeded to Burnstown in McNab. The
country between these two, although rather hilly, is well settled, large
clearances, good houses and good barns. The
residence of J. Morris, Esq., is
beautifully situated and the buildings, fences, gardens, etc., gave every
evidence of a good deal of taste and arrangement.
Burnstown is the commencement of a village.
It contains some neat houses, two good taverns, and several tradesmen’s
shops. It is situated on the banks of the Madawaska River on which George
Rochester, Esq., has a fine grist mill, etc., in operation.
It is not so extensive as that of J.
Bates, Esq., below Smith’s Falls but it is well laid out for convenience.
Mr. Rochester is also erecting
a saw mill adjoining the grist mill, the water wheels of which are constructed
on the atmospheric pressure principle. At
Burnstown the banks of the Madawaska are very high rising I should thing about
400 feet above the waters of the river nearly perpendicular.
A railroad can never be laid across this part of the country.
From Burnstown I proceeded to White
Lake. At the foot of the lake there
is a fine, thriving village which takes its name from that lake.
Why it is called White Lake I cannot ascertain.
The lake is emptied by a small stream the banks of which are standing in
the ruins of a mill erected by Chief McNab many years ago but was never finished
and for this reason: Dugald
C. McNab discovered that the building was partly on the allowance for a
highway and not wishing that the rights of His Majesty liege subjects should be
encroached upon even by the erection of so useful an edifice as a grist mill,
instituted an action in law against the Chief and succeeded in making him
abandon the project and it remains a melancholy monument to Dugald’s
cleverness. In the village there
are a number of very neat houses—tradesmen’s shops—churches and two good
houses of entertainment. Rather on
the outskirts of the village are the saw and grist mills of J. Paris, Esq., who
also kept the post office and a little further on, the school kept by Mr. D.
Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson is allowed
to be one of the best teachers in the counties and his system of imparting
instruction is said to be worthy of imitation.
I stayed in the school room a short time and previous to dismissal the
scholars (most of them young children under ten years of age) san several songs
and hymns and acquitted themselves well. The
attendance was large but a new school house is wanted badly.
From White Lake I proceeded to Pakenham
over a fine tract of country which is well settled and contains many apparently
prosperous farms. From Pakenham I
came on by Snedden’s to Bellany’s in Ramsay.
The country is a fine large tract and well settled—the farmers appear
to be well to do in the world. Bellamyville
is a thriving little village and Mr. Coulter kept a good hotel, where the
traveler will meet with every attention and accommodation and the host is very
communicative and agreeable and withal a bit of a wit in his way and no one will
be troubled with ennui in his society. There
are a grist and saw mills in operation here owned by Mr. Bellamy the founder of
the village, also tradesmen’s shops, stores, etc.
Taken altogether it is quite a stirring little place.
Courier, March 25, 1853
Land for Sale: Lot 22, 9th Concession North Elmsley, 100 acres
within two and a half miles of Perth about 12-14 acres cleared.
Married, on the 15th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, David Geddes to
Isabella Wilson both of North Sherbrooke
Died, on Thursday, 24th
inst., Isabella Gray, wife of Rev.
James Gray, Wesleyan minister, Perth. (no
Died, at Lanark on the 16th
inst., Mrs. George Glossop in the 87th
year of her age.
New Dry Goods Store in Milford (formerly
Ferguson’s Falls). William Doran
Courier, April 1, 1853
Married, on the 16th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, James Wilson of
North Gower to Miss Ann Ferguson of
Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:
Thomas Oliver, stone cutter
Courier, April 8, 1853
Married, on Tuesday, 29th
inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. Alexander Mann, A.M.,
Mr. William Snedden, eldest son of
Mr. Alexander Snedden, Esq., Ramsay to Miss
Eliza Ann Dickson, second daughter of Mr. Samuel Dickson, Esq., Pakenham.
Married, on the 22nd March,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. John Armstrong
of Oso to Miss Ann Acheson of North
Birth, at Perth, on the 29th
inst., Mrs. John Mitchell of a son.
Died, at Lanark on the 1st
inst., Ellen, daughter of Daniel Glossop,
in the 5th year of her age.
Courier, April 15, 1853
Valuable farm for sale:
East ½ Lot 15, 8th Concession North Burgess, 100 acres, 90
cleared. The town hall is erected
on the lot and there is a school house immediately adjoining.
Letters Remaining at the Perth Post
Office as of 6th April, 1853
Courier, May 3, 1853
On Saturday evening last a fire engine
manufactured by G. Miller and Company
of this town was brought out to try how it would work.
The engine was in an unfinished state having been only temporarily put
together for the purpose of experimenting with it; and considering the
circumstances we must say that it worked well.
It threw a strong jet of water on the roof of Mr.
Glascott’s new house sufficiently copious we should think, to have
extinguished a fire had there been one. Judging
from the expectations, we think that Messrs. Miller could get up a first rate
engine as they are among the most enterprising of our fellow townsmen and should
Libel suits are thickening around us.
D.C. McNab’s case will come up at the ensuing Assizes—George Ross
threatens a suit about the Renfrew Post Office affair—W.Watt threatens an action for “Sanders Sanderson” and we have
just received a note from Rev. Mr.
Mansell of Renfrew threatening an action for something (we do not know what)
that appeared in the Courier of November last.
Now we can look upon these combined and simultaneous libel presentations
as nothing else than the result of an infamous plot concocted by a political
coterie for the sole purpose of ruining the publication of the Courier.
We shall have to place ourselves under the protection of the court as a
shield against these prosecutions.
The annual spring fair was held in the
town on Tuesday last. The weather
was rather unfavorable it having rained the greater part of the forenoon and the
attendance was therefore rather sparse. There
were some find stallions on the grounds which appeared to form the chief objects
of attraction. There were but few
horned cattle on the grounds and these principally cows and working oxen.
As might be expected under these circumstances there was little business
done. We understand a few milch
cows changed hands at prices varying from 20 to 26 (unreadable word).
In the course of the evening two or three attempts to get up a distillery
were made by some persons who had been imbibing too freely but they were
speedily put down by Sheriff Thompson.
On the 22nd ult., a fire
broke out in the flouring mills of A. R.
Ward, Esq., Smith’s Falls, but through the active exertions of the fire
brigade the destructive element was subdued before it had done any considerable
Wilson, Esq., J. P, of Cumberland was accidentally
killed on the 16th by the felling of a small tree.
He was a many much loved and respected by all who knew him and his best
monument will live in the memory of his many friends and neighbors.
Bytown Citizen. (note, the
gentleman whose melancholy and untimely end was mentioned above was a
brother-in-law of Sheriff Thompson of this place.)
Courier, May 13, 1853
The ploughing match came off as
advertised at the farm of Mr. McNaughton
of Balderson’s Corners on Saturday last.
The day was unusually fine and pleasant but the turnout was not as large
as anticipated showing that farmers as a class are just as negligent of
interests associated with their profession as other classes.
Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm and progress while dullness begets dullness
and carelessness. There was, however, a handsome sprinking of “good men and
true” to the honor to that day and to the ploughmen.
A meeting of the directors was called together in the field, Mr. Bell the
president in the chair. Messrs.
Gibson, Campbell and Balderson who were not present during the ploughing
were chosen judges and assembled at the Toll House adjoining.
After the ploughing was finished a number of those present adjourned to
the commodious school house where a dinner prepared under the supervision of Messrs.
Bothwell—who deserves credit for the handsome manner in which it was got
up—was to come off. It being
somewhat late (about 5:00) the eating match was more brisk than the ploughing
match and the knives and forks were used with right good zest.
M. Bell, Esq., occupied the
chair and J. Moderwell, Esq., the
Vice Chair. As it was late the few
toasts were gone through the first being to “our most gracious Queen”
followed by “all in authority under her”.
Then was given by Mr. Weir,
the ploughmen, after which the secretary read the names of the successful
competitors viz.: John
Scott of Elmsley, first place; D.Watson
of Bathurst, second place: Alexander
Caldwell of Drummond, third place and Alexander
Dodds of Scotch Line, fourth place.
Courier, May 20, 1853
Married, at the Catholic Church, by the
Very Rev. H.J. McDonagh, Jr., Edward
O’Connor of Lanark to Miss Ann
McCaffrey, daughter of Mr. Thomas McCaffrey, Esq., of Drummond.
Courier, May 27, 1853
Died, at his residence in Toronto on
Wednesday, 11th inst., Rev.
Henry Esson, Professor of Mental/Moral Philosophy in Knox’s College,
Married, on the 24th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Thomas
Molyneaux to Mrs. Jessie McKinley (widow) both of Lanark.
Married, in the Catholic Church on the
26th inst., by Very Rev. H. J. McDonagh, Jr., Mr. Michael McParland, Esq., to Miss Catharine Stanley, daughter of Mr. Michael Stanley, Esq., Perth.
The above young couple and their parents were originally natives of
Forkhill, County Armagh, Ireland.
Courier, June 3, 1853
Birth, in Douglas, Bromley on the 20th
(?) inst., Mrs. James Byrne of a son.
Birth, in the same place on the 27th,
Mrs. Simon McEachon of a daughter.
Courier, June 17, 1853
James Rosamund, Manufacturer of Woolen Cloths, Etc.
Victoria Woolen Mills, Carleton Place
Keeps constantly on hand a large
assortment of tweeds, satinetts, cashmeres, tartans, and flannel blankets.
Cash Paid for Wool:
50,000 pounds of wool wanted by the subscriber for which he will pay the
highest market prices in cash or a good and superior article of cloth in
Birth, on the 17th inst., Mrs.
Ewen Cameron, Drummond, of a daughter.
Married, on the 14th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Peter Cameron
to Miss Margaret Young, both of Bathurst.
Consumption, everybody knows, is a
flattering disease. It commences
and progresses so insidiously that before one is aware of it, the lungs are a
mass of ulcers, then a sudden exposure or change from heat to cold produces an
inflammation and in a few days of weeks it is said, he or she dies of
consumption. For all troubled with
cough or lung complaint use Judson’s Chemical Extract of Cherry and Lungwart
which is said to be a certain cure for this awful disease.
Courier, June 24, 1853
Married, on the 18th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, John Geddes of
North Sherbrooke to Miss Mary Miller
The building committee of the Free Church, Perth, will receive sealed
tenders for the erection of the new church up to Friday, the first day of July
at noon. Jas. Thompson, Secretary, Building Committee.
A heart rending accident occurred in the
village of Smith’s Falls on the evening of the 25th ult., by which
two active and industrious men were hurried into eternity.
Their names were Robert Boyd and a Mr. Foster. Boyd
was married some months ago and was engaged in making preparation for building a
house. He had a number of saw logs
in the canal basin; and at the time of the fatal accident was, in conjunction
with Foster (his brother-in-law) and a young lad whose name we have not learned,
sending the logs over the slide which leads into Mr.
Beckwith’s mill pond. While
so engaged one of the logs was seen to move by the force of the current towards
the dam. One of the deceased caught the log with a pike pole but it
being under considerable headway at the time, carried the boat so near the edge
of the dam that to retreat was impossible.
The lad jumped out and was saved but Boyd and Foster after being thrown
out of the boat were carried over both dams and dashed upon the rocks beneath.
The body of Foster was recovered in a short time but that of Boyd was not
found until the following day. Thus
did Mrs. Boyd lose her husband and brother in one hour.
May she be enabled to bear up under the sad bereavement!
Boyd was a member of the Smith’s Falls fire brigade.
The members of that active body on the day of interment turned out in
full uniform wearing appropriate mourning badges on their left arms.
The body was borne to the grave on the Hook and Ladder Company’s Wagon
decorated with tokens of mourning. Both
of the deceased were laid in one grave; and thus in the same “narrow house”
sleep the two brothers-in-law. Standard
Courier, July 15, 1853
Married, on the 27th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Hugh Knowles to
Miss Grace Blair, both of Dalhousie.
Married, at S. Westmeath, on the 18th
inst., by Rev. Mr. Melville, Mr. Abel
Beach to Miss Sarah Jane Graham, both of Westmeath.
Courier, July 22, 1853
Married, on the 8th inst., by
Rev. J.B. Duncan, Mr. Peter Kilpatrick of
Perth to Miss Marion Nicol of North Elmsley.
Married, by the same, Mr. George Old of Burgess to Miss Euphemia McLaren of N. Elmsley.
Married, on the 14th inst.,
by the same, Mr. Hartford O’Hara to
Miss Eliza McTavish, both of North Elmsley.
Courier, July 29, 1853
New Boot and Shoe Warehouse:
Courier, August 12, 1853
Married, on the 21st inst.,
at the residence of the bride’s father, Fourth Chute Mills, Bonchere, by Rev.
Mr. Thompson of Renfrew, Dr. Thomas York
of Douglas to Miss Silvia Mirrick,
second daughter of Mr. Charles Mirrick, Esq.
Died, early on the morning of yesterday,
Charles Nichols, innkeeper in this
town, aged (illegible, two numbers, the second is a ‘3’), respected and
beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. The deceased was a native of the County of Devon in England
and was a perfect specimen of a southern Englishman—he had a good heart, and
an open hand. Standard, 22nd
Courier, August 19, 1853
Married, at Kelso(?) Relsa(?) Scotland,
on the 20th July, by Rev. James Wilson, Minister of Edroin(?), Mr. Thomas
Thomson(?), farmer of Millfield to Miss
Isabella Pitie(?), only daughter of Mr. Andrew Pitie(?), Esq., Time Cottage,
sister of Dr. Pitie(?), H.E.I.G. service and niece of the late Sir John Pitie(?),
Baronet, London. Note:
The bridegroom for many years resided in this vicinity and was well known
to most of the community and won the respect and esteem of the farmers
particularly by his active exertions to promote the cause of agriculture by
lectures and otherwise. He was also
a contributor to columns of the Courier both in poetry and prose, under the
signature of “T.T.”.
Courier, August 26, 1853
Married, at Smith’s Falls on the 18th
inst., by Rev. Mr. Aitkin, Mr. Duncan
McKerracher to Miss Agnes Hossie, both of Perth.
We neglected to notice last week the destruction by fire of the dwelling house of Mr. Alexander Snedden, Esq., of Ramsay. We understand that a good deal of the furniture was saved. We have not heard whether the house was insured. It is not known how the fire originated. Mr. Snedden was absent on a visit to the old country.
Bathurst Courier, September 30, 1853
The Auld Scotch Song
Oh! Sing to me the auld Scotch song
I’ the braid Scotch tongue
The song my father loved to hear
The same my mother sung
When she sat beside my cradle
Or crooned me on her knee
An’ I wouldun sleep she sang so sweet
The auld Scotch song to me.
Yes, the auld, the good auld song
Auld Scotia’s gentle pride
O’ the whimpling burn and the sunny brae
An’ the cozy ingle side
Sang o’ the broom and heather
Sang o’ the trysting tree
The lew rock’s let an’ the gowan’s blink—
The auld Scotch song to me.
Yes, sing on, the auld Scotch songs
The blithesome and the sad
That make me smile when I am wae
And greet me when I am glad
My heart goes back to auld Scotland
An’ some tears dim my e’e
But the Scotch bluid loups in my veins
As ye sang these songs to me.
Sing on, sing mair o’ thee auld songs
For every ane can tell
Of joy or sorrow in the past
Where memory loves to dwell
Though hair win grey an’ limbs win auld
Until the day I die
I will bless the Scotch tongue that sings
The auld Scotch song to me.
Courier, September 16, 1853
On Thursday, 9th inst., Hans
Wilson (a constable) of this town while attempting to seize a horse, was
kicked by the animal in the abdomen; and although medical assistance was
speedily procured, he died from the effects of the blow on Saturday last.
Mr. Wilson was an industrious man and respected by all who knew him.
He has left a wife and five children to mourn his untimely end.
The Sons of Temperance of this town of which body the deceased was a
member attended the funeral in the mourning regalia of the Order.
One day last week as some workmen were
blasting rocks for the new steam saw mill of the Messrs. Hall near Henry’s bridge on the Mississippi one of the
charges misfired and as one of the man named John McLaren, son of the widow McLaren of Bathurst, was endeavoring
to ascertain the cause, the powder exploded mutilating him in a shocking manner.
We understand that he has lost both his arms and also his eyesight.
It is not thought he will live. Another
workman was also standing by and was hurt but not so seriously.
One day last week Mrs. Stewart of Port Elmsley gave birth to three children—three
girls! The infants were alive when
born but have all since died.
Courier, October 7, 1853
On Friday noon last the blacksmith shop
of Walter Hunter at the west end of
town was discovered to be on fire and before any effective means could be made
to extinguish it the entire building was enveloped in flames.
The fire engine manufactured by Messrs. Miller and co., and a small
engine belonging to J.P. Grant, Esq., were speedily on the spot and did more effective
service in saving the surrounding buildings.
Mr. Hunter’s dwelling house is only about 10 or 12 feet from the shop
which was also surrounded with a large quantity of seasoned wood and had it not
been for the exertions of the citizens with the engines the whole block would
have been consumed. Mr. Hunter’s
loss must be considerable.
Courier, October 14, 1853
The Emigrant’s Farewell
One tear for my country one tear ere I roam
From the mother that reared me so softly at home
From the father that nursed me so oft on his knee
From the sister that sang all her sweet songs to me
One tear for my country—one long sad farewell
For the land which in leaving, I love
yet full well.
One tear for old England the home of the free
Whose valleys again I am never to see
Her flag is above me—her proud name I bear
And poor though I be and right humble my fare
In the depth of the forest—by mountain and tree
In mirth or in sadness I will think upon
One tear for old England, then speed me away
One last friendly greeting; one kind word to say
One fond look we give ere we see thee no more
One last tear we shed ere we leave the white shore
My country though smiling still brightly on me
Take the tear that I shed as my last
gift to thee.
We understand that a destructive fire
occurred in Pakenham Village on Monday, by which the stores of Mr.
Dunnett and Mr. Bangs were destroyed together with several other buildings. We have not as yet learned the particulars.
The Standard of Friday last states that
“a man named James Rogers lost his
life by the felling of a tree on the 9th Line Bathurst on the
afternoon of Monday last. Certain
parties were felling trees; deceased was merely looking on at the time, and
although warned that he was standing in a dangerous locality, he unfortunately
decided there was no peril. When
felling, a portion of the tree struck the deceased and killed him on the
Garry of Port Elmsley (late of Pike Falls) returns
his sincere thanks to the public for the encouragement which has been given to
him since his commencement in the business of the flouring line.
Owing to the want of water he has been compelled to stop the mills for
the last five weeks but is now fully prepared to undertake any orders with which
he may be favored. Mr. Garry would also beg leave to inform the public that he
has received and is still receiving a large and general assortment of dry goods,
groceries, hardware, and glass and every other article available for a country
Dissolution of Partnership—William
Moffatt and James P. Moffatt, merchants and lumber dealers in the township
of Pembroke. James P. Moffatt will
continue the business in his own hame.
Thompson, Tinsmith. Village of Renfrew
Partnership—“McDougall and Brown” general merchants.
Archibald McDougall and William
Mrs. Allan from Glasgow,
Scotland offers her service as ladies nurse in Perth and the surrounding
country. She has several years
experience in this profession. Her
permanent residence is at Lanark in Clydesville.
Died, from inflammation on the evening
of Thursday, 6th inst., Sophia
Miller, second daughter of George Miller, Esq., machinist(?), Perth, 15(?)
years of age, beloved and respected by every individual who enjoyed the
privilege of her acquaintance. Though
cut off in the very spring of life her sorrowing and bereaved parents and her
many affectionate friends have every reason to believe that she has exchanged a
troublesome world for one where there is peace. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord; for their work will
Courier, October 21, 1853
Married, on the 11th inst., by Rev. R. Hamilton at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mr. Walter Hunter of Perth to Miss Jane Birkmyre, only daughter of the late Francis Erskine, Esq., merchant, Glasgow, Scotland.
On Sunday morning last, a man named Millalley,
who resided about three miles from the town in Drummond on the plank road was
found in the woods near the road suspended from a tree by a rope attached to his
neck—quite dead. He had for some
time back been subject to attacks of temporary derangement and it is supposed
that while under the influence of one of these attacks he committed the fatal
act. He had left his house the
previous evening smoking a pipe. He
was about 60 years of age.
Courier, October 28, 1853
New Store in Middleton:
Dry Goods Jas.
Married, on the 27th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. William
Best(?), of North Elmsley to Miss Maria
Morrison, S. Burgess.
Courier, November 4, 1853
Four men named Daniel Orr, Frank McDonnell, Hugh Macaroo and William Livingston,
while crossing the Mill Pond at Kingston Mills, on the 13th inst.,
were drowned by the upsdetting of a boat.
Married, by Rev. Andrew H. Melville,
Pembroke, on the 27th inst., Mr. William McAdam, Esq., Reeve of Pakenham to the widow of the late David Campbell Dunlop of Pembroke.
Courier, November 18, 1853
On Saturday evening last about 9:00 our
citizens were aroused by the cries of “fire” when it was found that an old
frame building belonging to Jas. Bell
Esq., in the north end of town was in flames.
The “Fountain” fire engine was speedily on the spot and the
“Union” arrived shortly afterwards; but as the building was of little value
but slight efforts were made to save it and it burned down. There was a slight breeze blowing at the time and the sparks
flew thick and fast alighting principally on the store and premises of J.P.
Grant, Esq., and had not the shingles been saturated with rain, the
conflagration might have been extensive. The
building had been for some time unoccupied and was in a dilapidated and ruined
condition but to set fire to a frame building in the heart of the town is rather
a dangerous mode of getting rid of it as the consequences might be very serious.
The firing of a building just alluded to is as much an act of
incendiarism as if it had been the most valuable building in town and we think
the perpetrators ought to be punished as the law directs.
Courier, December 16, 1853
Married, on the 14th inst.,
by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Duncan McLaren
of Bathurst to Miss Sarah McMillan of
On Wednesday evening last, about 1:00 our citizens were aroused by the cry of “fire” which was found to proceed from a frame house on the west end of town occupied by Widow Taylor, directly opposite Mr. Barry’s tavern. The fire engine “Union” and “Fountain” were speedily on the ground but to late to save the building; they effectual service, however, in saving the outhouses of W. Brown which were only a few feet from the burning building. The inmates barely escaped with their lives. Some means ought to be devised for obtaining a better supply of water on such occasions. It is not known how the fire originated but it is generally believed that the house was set fire to by some malicious person. This belief is confirmed by the outside of the building, which was consumed before the flames reached the inside. This is frame house number two that has been set fire to within a few weeks.
Posted: 11 February, 2005.