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Bathurst Courier, Jan. 7, 1853

Birth, on the 25th ult., Mrs. John Moderwill, Bathurst, of a son.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 11, 1853

To Let:  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.  William Allen

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.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 18, 1853

Notice:  The subscriber having taken out the auction license is now prepared to sell goods, household furniture, and farm stock by public sale.  Alexander Leishman

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 neighborhood.

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.

As John 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. Bothwell.

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,

Alvin Rose

From Memory are as follows—Versus recited for the last three months by the boys:

George Kidd, 24

Almond rose, 21

Alexander Clark, 26

Walter Dillabaugh, 63

Irie Dillabaugh, 35

Edward Harvey, 263

Jonathan Rose, 80

Henry Rose, 163

James rose, 93

George Davies, 21

Thomas Davies, Jr., 8

Cyrus Davies, 59

James Davies, 49

John Moore, 114

Wesley Rose, 30

Ezekiel Rose, 106

Charley Moore, 21

Guy Vandusen, 34

James Dillabaugh, 48

John King, 32

Peter Shields, 9

Charles Turner, 11

Wilson Rose, 17

Peter Moore, 78

Amasa Rose, 25

Versus recited for the last three months by the girls:

Mary McCreary, 189

Elizabeth McCreary, 269

Barbara Wyner, 42

Vina Rose, 321

Minerva rose, 93

Helen G. Scott, 170

Ann Clark, 28

Elizabeth Moore, 57

Isabella Clark, 131

Catharine Dillabaugh, 80

Permille Rose, 81

Fanny McMillan, 297

Margaret Ann Rose, 194

Elizabeth J. Dillabaugh, 246

Lucinda Dillabaugh, 174

Mary Davies, Jr. 146

Jane Vandusen, 69

Jane Davies, 41

Jennet Hamilton, 276

Helen Jane Rose, 216

Elizabeth Terpper, 17

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 25, 1853

Married, on the 15th inst., by Rev. William Bell, John Morrow of S. Sherbrooke to Agnes Geddes of N. Sherbrooke.

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.

Bathurst Courier, March 4, 1853

Married, on the 17th inst., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Daniel Watson of Bathurst to Mrs. Eliza Atkins (widow) of Perth.

Bathurst 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 Society:  John 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, John Hart.

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 friends.

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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.  Stephen McEleavy

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 age given)

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

Bathurst Courier, April 1, 1853

Married, on the 16th inst., by Rev. William Bell, James Wilson of North Gower to Miss Ann Ferguson of Bathurst.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Thomas Oliver, stone cutter

Bathurst 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 Burgess.

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.

Bathurst 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.  Michael Stanley

Letters Remaining at the Perth Post Office as of 6th April, 1853

Allan, Jas.

Allan, Andrew

Barr, Mrs. Alexander

Bane, Jas.

Billings(?), Matt

Blair, Robert

Boyce, J.R.

Brady, Patrick

Brennan, John

Brice, Jas.

Brown, Jas.

Burns, Bernard

Burns, W.L.

Cameron, Peter

Cameron, Alexander

Cameron, Ewen

Campbell, Mrs. J.

Campbell, George

Campbell, Miss M.

Campbell, James (2)

Campbell, Alexander (3)

Catley, L.

Chamers(?), James

Chapman, John (2)

Clark, Robert

Code, Richard

Cooper, John

Connelly, Jas.

Currie, Archibald

Davidson, Ralph

Devlin, Michael

Devlin, Thomas

Daroney, Miss Catherine

Doyle, Martin (2)

Doyle, Robert

Drummond, John

Elliott, William

Felgan, Patrick

Ferguson, Jas.

Ferguson, Alexander

Ferguson, John

Ferguson, Stephen

Ferguson, Duncan (2)

Fiddler, Miss Margaret

Findlay, Alexander

Fisher, Miss M.

Flintoff, Miss M.

Foster, James (2)

Forsythe, William

Fraser, William

Fraser, Mary

Freeman, Jas.

Fry, Mr.

Gallagher, Thomas

Gammill, Robert

Gordon, Samuel

Gorman, Miss Margaret

Gould, George (2)

Hollaren, John

Hamlin, Mrs. M.

Hannah, John

Harkness, Edward

Harper, Jas.

Hill, Thomas

Hilton, J.

Hisloss, Miss M.

Imerson, Jas.

Johnston, Jas. B.

Irwin, Thomas

Judge, Charles

Keatley, Lawrence

Kean, John

Kehoe, John

Kerwin, Peter

Kerr, James

Kierkham, Bridget

Kilpatrick, Mr.

Lee, Jas. D.

Lees, William

Lever, Patrick

Levy, Peter

Mahon, William

Mahon, Thomas

Mahon, Jas.

Matheson, Kenneth

Manders, William

Miller, John

Miller, Jas.

Moore, John

Moore, J.L.

Murphy, J.

Mcdonald, Angus

McDonald, Robert

McDonald, D.

McDonald, Donald

McDonald, Alexander A.

McDonald, Hugh

McDonald, William

McDonnell, Patrick

McDowdall(?), Peter

McClellan, William

McCann, Patrick

McClenahan, Charles

McGarry, Peter

McGregor, Peter

McGuire, John

McKelnie(?), Alexander

McKerracher, D.

McKerracher, Peter

McKinnon, A.

McIves(?), Hannah

McLenager(?), Mr.

McLachlan, Jas.

McLaren, Jas.

McLaren, Robert

McLean, Mrs. (2)

McLean, William

McNaughton, Miss C.

McNaughton, Thomas

McNiece, Jas.

McNiece, Sarah

McEnerney, Mich(?) (2)

McEnduff, Mrs. B.(?)

Nicholson, Miss

North, Fanny


O’Brien, Jas.

O’Reath(?), Patrick

Oliver, Thomas (2)

Paterson, Thomas

Parker, John

Purdon, William

Quinn, Jas

Richards, Henry (2)

Richards, William (2)

Riley, Daniel

Robertson, Donald

Robertson, Patrick

Rout(?), William

Rudsdale, Richard

Saunders, J.

Scott, Jane

Sheldon, Charles

Sinclair, Peter

Sinnott, Jas.

Smith, William

Sprague, George (2)

Stevenson, Mrs. M.

Thorenton, T.

Thurlow, G.E.

Tooker, Richard

Turnbald(?), Henry

Wright, Benjamin

Young, Jas.

Bathurst 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 be encouraged.

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 damage.

Ralph 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.)

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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, Toronto.

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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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 exchange.  James Rosamund

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.

Bathurst Courier, June 24, 1853

Married, on the 18th inst., by Rev. William Bell, John Geddes of North Sherbrooke to Miss Mary Miller of Perth.

Notice:  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

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst Courier, July 29, 1853

New Boot and Shoe Warehouse:  William Brown

Bathurst 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 July

Bathurst 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.”.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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 thee.

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 spot.”

Robert 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 store.

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.

Archibald Thompson, Tinsmith.  Village of Renfrew

Dissolution of Partnership—“McDougall and Brown” general merchants.  Archibald McDougall and William Brown.

Midwifery:  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 follow them”.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst Courier, October 28, 1853

New Store in Middleton:  Dry Goods  Jas. Guthrie

Married, on the 27th inst., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. William Best(?), of North Elmsley to Miss Maria Morrison, S. Burgess.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst 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.

Bathurst Courier, December 16, 1853

Married, on the 14th inst., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Duncan McLaren of Bathurst to Miss Sarah McMillan of Drummond.

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.