Perth Courier - Comings and Goings

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Perth Courier, Jan. 12, 1894

Balderson—A real old fashioned tea meeting took place here last Friday night under the auspices of the ladies of the Presbyterian Church.  The very cold north wind which made the night so cold, did not prevent the young people from attending.  Some from as far as the Scotch Line were there; Perth sent out two or three heads, while Drummond and Bathurst turned out in full force.  The (illegible word) house was crowded and the bill of fare was not disappointing to them.  About 9:00 refreshments were passed round and a half hour or more was spent doing ample justice to them.  Excellent sandwiches, cake, tarts and other delicacies were in abundance while the boiling hot tea was very acceptable to those from a distance.  Addresses were delivered by Messrs. P.C. McGregor and William Lees.  The choir contributed several anthems and Messrs. J.A. Kerr and Daly Reid of Perth sang some of their popular songs for which Miss Hogg played accompaniment.  Miss Croft of Middleville also sang very acceptably during the evening.  Miss Laura Allan recited “Nobody’s Girl” in costume and was heartily applauded.  Master George McLellan recited a more laughable burlesque on “Women’s Rights” which produced roars of laughter.  A violin and organ duet by Messrs. McGregor and McLaren gave a variety to the program.  Dr. James McIntyre, a student at McMaster Hall, Toronto and a native of Balderson, gave an excellent reading during the evening.  Rev. Mr. McIlraith was chairman and ruled the meeting in a business like and entertaining manner.  The ladies are to be congratulated upon the excellence of the whole entertainment and the proceeds ($30.65) will no doubt be sufficient reward for them for their part of the work.

Mississippi Station:  All wonder why our section boss has been wearing such a pleasant face during the past week.  Well, the secret is out:  on the morning of the 23rd December a young stranger came to the home of William Hughes, Robertsville, bringing joy and gladness with it.  It’s a boy.

Althorpe:  Mrs. Pitman from Toronto is visiting her sister Mrs. Joseph Norris.

Three Quarters of a century ago—1818—the first Masonic lodge in this district was instituted in Perth.  It was christened “True Britons’ Lodge” and when the Grand Lodge of Canada was organized True Britons were numbered 14 on the register.  The 75th Anniversary was celebrated by supper at the Allan House and after the installation of officers in the lodge room the members proceeded to the Allan House dining room to spend several hours in a social way.  Mr. and Mrs. Grant had spared no pains or expense in putting up a good spread.  The dining room was profusely decorated with red, white and blue bunting, numerous flags of Great Britain and the Dominion were hung in graceful positions around the walls; while many choice greenhouse plants were placed on the tables and side boards to complete the decoration.  When the tables were laden with many viands which made up the excellent menu card, the dining room looked immense.  Mr. D.G. MacMartin, the newly elected Worshipful Master, presided and congratulated the host and hostess on the excellent spread.  The toast list was short and the remarks of a reminiscent nature.  Owing to the prevailing sickness and the holiday season the attendance was not so large as it should have been.

Mrs. Lester has finally resolved to leave and will begin a closing up sale of her stock of ladies goods at once.  She intends removing to Minneapolis, Minnesota where her son G. Grant has secured the agency in the northwest of the large publishing house Scribner and Sons of New York.

Walter W. Bennett, hardware merchant, Gananoque, was in town over the New Year, visiting his uncles, Messrs. J.M. and W. T. Walker.

John Nixon, Winnipeg, spent the New Year with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nixon in town, after an absence in the Prairie City of eight years.

Mrs. John McDonald, Beckwith, daughter of our old friend Peter McPherson, once of North Elmsley, was visiting this week friends in Elmsley and neighborhood.


1.         Alexander Robertson of this town has been engaged as a teacher in the Hopetown school for the present year.

2.         Daniel Rice, Drummond, ahs been engaged as a teacher in the Elphin school.

3.         Thomas Newell has secured the Elliott school for 1894.

4.         John McConnell is engaged to teach at Fallbrook for 1894.

5.         Miss Ida DeWill has been engaged to teach at the school at Stanleyville for 1894.

6.         Mr. W.W. Young of Lanark has secured the Centre Scotch Line School for the present year.

7.         Miss M. Jones has been engaged to teach at the Innisville school for 1894.

8.         Miss Blanche McEwen of North Elmsley has been engaged as a teacher of the school at Black Creek in that township.

9.         Peter W. Clement, North Sherbrooke will teach this year in Carleton County.

2nd Line Drummond:  Wesley Tatlock has sold his farm to Henry Gallagher who expects to take up his residence there in a few days.

Lanark Links:  Jas. Pepper has purchased the butchering business of Jas. Rodgers and will carry it on at the same place.

Lanark Links:  Miss Lottie Wallace of Montreal is at present visiting her aunt Mrs. John McLean.

Wemyss:  Well, Mr. Editor, death has visited our neighborhood and claimed its victim, in the person of Mrs. Thomas White.—Richard White is very poorly.—Marriages are all the rage around here at present:  George Dowdall to Maud E - - - (or F - - - ) of Sheffield; Hugh Blair to Rebecca Perkins by Rev. Mr. Hague in St. Stephen’s Church, 6th Line; John McLaren to Lizzie Rogers.—Also, Richard C. White was married on the 27th December to Miss Duffy of Maberly.

We are glad to see George Findlay, Jr., again on the streets after a severe and long illness during which he was confined to the house.   Mr. Findlay is now attending to business as usual and his customers both buying and selling, will find him at the butcher’s shop.

On Wednesday, Charles Rice, J.P., committed as vagrants to the Perth gaol three men Thomas Barrie, James Walsh and Patrick Reilly, all natives of Ireland, not long out.  Their sentence is for three months each.  Since the 26th November, 8 other able bodied vagrants were sent to gaol by the same justice for the same term.  Their names are William Robinson, Joseph Halley (or Holley), Fred Dawson, John Smith, James Ayer, George McPherson, John Campbell and John Smith (again) all emigrants from the old country.  Five of these had been working on the railway about Maberly all summer but when winter came on work ceased and not having saved a cent they were fain and not very unwilling to make for the gaol through the officials of the law until turned out to grass in the spring.  The country does not want this class of immigrant but they seem to be sent over all the same.

The remains of Catherine McNamara, widow of the late Dennis McNamara, Arnprior, were interred in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Perth on Saturday last where they were laid beside those of her husband who was buried more than a year ago.  The widow was 74 years of age at her death.  The maiden name of the deceased was Catharine Brady.

G. K. McEwen, Dakota, brother-in-law of J.A. Dodds, Glen Tay, is visiting with friends in Glen Tay, Carleton Place and Brockville.  He saw Perth for the last time in 1871 when he was a lad.

Perth Courier, Jan. 19, 1894

Christie’s Lake:  Mrs. Robert Marks (widow) has rented the farm with stock, etc., to her eldest son Robert Marks for this year after which he comes into full possession.

Althorpe:  John Dowdall, Sr., and wife visited their daughter Mrs. Thomas Truelove in Bathurst.

Messrs. Gillies Brothers have received Dominion charter and the firm will hereafter be styled the Gillies Brothers Co., Ltd.  The members of the company are James, William, David, and John S. Gillies of Carleton Place and John and John A. Gillies of Braeside.

The other day the notorious “Teddy” Chatfield was sent up by Mayor Kippen for trial before Judge Senkler charged with non support of his wife and family.  The offense was easily proved and taking his record into consideration the decision of the court will meet with general satisfaction from the people of the town.  His Honor let the prisoner go on suspended sentence provided he leave town within 24 hours.  This compelled Teddy to clear out and it is likely he will not be seen in Perth again for some time.  His going is good riddance as Teddy for a long time has been a terror and a burden to his family and a nuisance to his neighbors and the town.

Perth Courier, Jan. 26, 1894

Middleville;  An organ has been bought from Mr. Sutherland by the Presbyterians of this place and will henceforth be played at public worship.  The sum paid for it was $100 and it is a fine one.  Miss Guthrie has been engaged as organist.

A. G. Foster, Smith’s Falls, had one of his eyes taken out lately on account of the growth of a tumor at the back of the eye.  The operation was performed by Dr. Butler of Montreal and the patient is recovering rapidly.

Arthur McCann, S. Burgess, brother of John McCann of Perth, has bought the house and lot on W. Wilson Street belonging to the estate of the late Mrs. P. McDonagh and intends coming to reside in it next fall.

The Gazette says that on information of Owen Davidson, Police Magazine, E.W. Smith committed the chief constable of Almonte E.N. Laydon for trial at the next Assizes in Perth for assault or in other words for ejecting Davidson from the town hall during the evening of the nominations of municipal candidates.  The plaintiff refused to take off his cap in the hall and the chief gave him an outside airing to teach him some manners.

The following dispatch appeared in the daily papers on Wednesday in Blind River, Ontario, 23rd Jan.  “A man giving his name as Henry Holliday, holding a ticket for Massey Station, C.P.R. jumped off the #8 Express yesterday afternoon and sustained such injuries that he died at 8:45 last night.  He explained that after the train left this station he thought it was Massey Station where he intended to stop and in thinking it was too late, he jumped off.  It is thought Holliday is an assumed name and that his right name is Henry R. Omans, at one time living at Mississippi near Lanark.  Dr. McCart, Coroner, considered an inquest unnecessary.  F. A. Hale, barrister of Perth, received a telegram on Monday from I. L. Bond, train dispatcher at Webwood stating that “Henry Holliday” had met his death in the manner mentioned above and stating that from documents found on the person of the deceased it was learned that Mr. Hale knew of him and his family.  Information was asked for as to the whereabouts of a brother named Frank.  The real name of the deceased was Romaine Henry.  The family lived for many years in the small white house at the approach to the bridge on the Mississippi River on the Perth and Lanark Road and were of French origin.  They earned a living by selling fish, begging, and tilling a small holding of land in the vicinity and the family is remembered by many of the residents of the district.  They all left one by one and in 1881 the last of the family left for other parts and had gone from the recollections of everyone until this news of the accidental death of Romaine came.  The deceased owned up to the time of his death a 25 acre lot in the 10th Concession of Drummond which is still assessed in the name of R. Henry.  Upon leaving here he assumed the name Henry Holliday and in business letters with Mr. Hale always signed that name.”

On the 22nd December two children named Gilbert and Bertie Caldwell aged 9 and 6 years, respectively, were sent in from Almonte to the Perth gaol for vagrancy.  The father had, a little before that, been sentenced to four years in the Kingston penitentiary for bigamy and the children having no guardian and no support became a charge of the town and municipality of the county.  Fortunately, the waifs had not long to remain like criminals within the prison walls here for some benevolent people in Kingston who had interested themselves in providing a home for souls such as these intimated they were ready and willing to take charge of the Caldwell children and last week they were sent there, the necessary discharge having been procured from the Minister of Justice.  Miss Maxwell of this town who kindly interested herself in the welfare of the children accompanied them on their way from Perth to Kingston.

Perth Courier, Feb. 2, 1894

Elphin:  Duncan Crawford and his sister Mary Crawford have returned from Manitoba where they have been visiting for a time.

Brightside:  Joe Larocque is seriously ill and so is Mrs. A. Gunnerson.  Mr. H. Bulloch who has been sick for some time is slowly recovering.

Thursday afternoon of last week in Kingston was marred by a sad drowning accident which has a melancholy interest for the people of Perth.  On that day a young man only 17 years old, Cecil J. Coleman, late of Dover, England, and brother of Rev. R. Coleman late Anglican curate here, while skating on the ice at Kingston Bay broke through a thin part and after struggling at the edge sank into the chilling water and rose no more.  The accident took place at the bow of the steamer Bannockburn where the ice happened to be extremely thin and though there were a great many skaters here and there he sank to the bottom before means could be taken to rescue him.  His skates had only been bought that day and the poor young fellow no doubt thought that the day would be spent to the end in the fascinating sport of skating but how sadly his pleasures were ended by the pangs of the drowned.  The body was recovered in about 20 minutes but too late to save him.  His brother, who was the curate of St. Paul’s Church in Kingston was made aware of the sad event and those who knew him here can imagine the shock such an occurrence would have given him.  The body was interred in the Cataracqui Cemetery in Kingston on Saturday, six young men acting as pall bearers.  The deceased, who had arrived in Perth from England a little over two weeks ago with his brother, who made a visit to his home in Kentshire after a six year absence, stopped for a week before going to Kingston at Judge Senkler’s house.

The Smith’s Falls Record says:  “A suit for slander at the Perth Spring Assizes between two Smith’s Falls parties promises to be the feature of the court.  George Warren is the plaintiff and Thomas Graham the defendant.  The plaintiff asks $2,000 from Mr. Graham to repair the injury which he claims has been done to his reputation by alleged slanderous statements he accuses the defendant of making concerning him.  Mr. Warren charges Mr. Graham with circulating a story that he, Warren, was stealing wood and as Mr. Warren claims to buy his wood and pay for it he feels greatly aggrieved that such a thing should be said about him.  Whether or not it was or not true will be established in court.

Perth Courier, Feb. 16, 1894

Middleville:  The funeral of the late Mrs. Archibald M. Campbell of Drummond took place to Rosetta on Monday last.

Ferguson’s Falls:  Miss Thompson of Ramsay is the guest of her aunt Mrs. Sheppard at present.

Ferguson’s Falls:  Mrs. P. Robertson and Miss Mena McLenaghan were the guests of their parents Mr. and Mrs. McLenaghan on Sunday last.

Scotch Line:  Miss Bessie Hossie is visiting at her uncle’s George Palmer last week.

Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements:  Mrs. John R. Spalding, Lot 21, 9th Concession Elmsley.

Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements:  Mrs. Margaret Reid, 1st Concession Bastard, Leeds County

Upon his arrival home at McDonald’s Corners with his bride, Rev. James Binnie, Presbyterian minister was presented with a purse of $30 together with a congratulatory address.  The Elphin and Snow Road congregations were represented both of whom remembered Mr. and Mrs. Binnie with suitable presentations.  The utmost kindly feelings exist between the pastor and the flock.

Probate of the will of the late Col. John Sumner of Carleton Place has been applied for.  As it contains a large number of relative and charitable requests it is of public interest.  He gives to each of his children $4,000 including monies advanced and $1,000 each to his sister Mrs. Whulbone(?), his sister-in-law Mrs. W.A. Sumner and his niece Mrs. Richardson.  To the town of Carleton Place, $680 for the poor.  To the Protestant Hospital in Ottawa, $200; to the Episcopal Church in Ashton 4200; to the Algoma diocese for Missions, $1,000; to Wycliffe College, $1,000; to Calgary Diocese for Missions $1,000.  The will was made in August and Col. Sumner died within six months in January.  The estate was valued at $35,000 but seems to have been undervalued and the statutes of (illegible word) may interfere with some of the charitable requests.

Perth Courier, Feb. 23, 1894

Miss Annie Stanley, daughter of Mr. M. Stanley of this town, has been appointed assistant principal of Longfellow School, the largest public school in the city of Duluth out of 13 qualified applicants.  Miss Stanley is the youngest teacher in the school in a staff numbering fifteen.

The Pembroke Observer says Mrs. Doran, widow of Judge Doran (formerly of Perth) with her little daughter Laura, has returned from Los Angeles, California and are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murray.  Miss Doran will make Pembroke her permanent home if she can arrange business affairs satisfactorily in California.

G. S. Haber of Kingston, druggist, died on the 19th Feb., at the age of 39(?) 59(?).  He was a native of Michigan City, Indiana, born of English parents.  He was a Conservative and elder in the Presbyterian Church.  He was married twice his second wife being Mrs. Alexander, daughter of the late Rev. Peter Gray of Kingston and niece of James Allan, Sr., of Perth.

Robert Fergie bought W. Simpson’s farm of 200 acres near Poland(?) for $6,000.  Mr. Simpson took as part payment Mr. Fergie’s farm of 75 acres in Ramsay at $5,000.

Farm for Sale:  West ˝ of Lot 13 and East ˝ Lot 13, 75 acres,  6th Concession Lanark. David Blackburn

Perth Courier, March 2, 1894

Middleville:  Henry Mathers who has been thinking of selling his farm has decided not to sell and therefore David Blackburn who intended to sell his own place and buy Mr. Mathers’ will not sell either.

Arthur McCann has sold his house and lot on Wilson Street bought by him from the late Mrs. McDonagh at $925 to John A. McLaren.

The Almonte Gazette says that Robert Pollack (formerly of Lanark) received word last week of the death of his father in England at the age of 76.  The deceased was a prominent figure in mercantile lines in the old country.  He had been ill but a short time.  He was a Scotsman by birth.

Mrs. James Dick, formerly of this town, died at her residence in North Bay last week.  She was a Miss Essie(?) Ennie(?) Ennis(?) and came from Bathurst.

The late Mr. William Gilroy of Smith’s Falls carried a life insurance policy of $7,000 which will be a boon to his heir who is his only son.

Joseph H. Charles left for England on Thursday on business intending to return in perhaps six weeks though his business may detain him longer.  He sails on the steamer Nimidian of the Allan line on Friday.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  William Tullis, Lot 3(?), 10th (?) Concession Drummond

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Lot 19, 16th Concession Burgess, Henry Dier .

Perth Courier, March 9, 1894

Property For Sale:  West ˝ Lot 15(?), 5th Concession Drummond, and East ˝ Lot 20 3rd Concession, also House to Let on Mill Street, Perth and two acres of land on Halton Street and two acres on South Street with good slaughter house in good order.  M. Foy

Middleville:  Robert Reid should be very happy.  It’s a girl.

Middleville:  The farm belonging to Mrs. R. Affleck has been sold to Albert E. Affleck of Galbraith for $5,000.  Mrs. Affleck will not be leaving for perhaps a month yet.  A letter has been received from Nelson Affleck who started for B.C., saying that he arrived there all right but has not got any work yet.

Perth Courier, March 16, 1894

Mrs. George Oliver and Miss Oliver and Halbert Oliver left here for Manitoba Wednesday.  They intend settling down in the village Rathwell near which the last named has been engaged as maker in a cheese factory.

Edward O’Connor, a former resident of Lanark, died recently at Grand Forks, Dakota.

Perth Courier, March 23, 1894

Alexander Brown at the cemetery has for sale prepared earth for flower pots.  The ingredients are specially suited for plants giving the flowers and foliage a richness not obtained by ordinary soil.

Robert E. Beal and wife of this town and his father-in-law, William Grimsby of North Elmsley left for Manitoba on Tuesday intending to settle on a farm there.

Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements:  Daniel McKerracher, Lot 8, 6th Concession Bathurst.

Auction Sale of Valuable Town Property:  Estate of Andrew Barrie, butcher.

Parcel 1:  Part of the NW ˝ Lot 2, north side of Herriott Street, two story stone building with mansard roof.

Parcel 2:  Part of Lot 7 D’Arcy Street, Perth, double frame house and out buildings.

Parcel 3:  Part of Lot 9(?) Wilson Street, frame store and dwelling with out buildings.

Perth Courier, March 30, 1894

Robert Bell of Carleton Place who is 86 years old and the oldest magistrate in the county, was taken suddenly ill on Sunday morning and so seriously that his sons Dr. R.W. Bell of Peterboro and Jonas J. Bell of Toronto were sent for.  Happily Mr. Bell recovered in a day or so and is now able to get around again.

Elliott:  After an illness during the winter months George Smith, an old and respected resident of this locality, passed away.

Elliott:  William A. Smith of Windsor arrived home on Tuesday to attend the funeral of his father.

Lanark Links:  The Deachman brothers will hold revival meetings this week in the Methodist Church.

Bolingbroke:  William Deacon has sold his farm to J. Palmer of Maberly and intends to remove to Perth.

The firm of Messrs Warren and McCarthy, hardware merchants, has been dissolved.  Mr. G.R. McCarthy is retiring.

Henry Findlay has sold his farm Lot 6, 11th Concession Drummond to Thomas Stafford for $3,000.  The farm contains 120 acres.  Mr. Findlay will remove to his farm on the 9th Line where he will remain for the present.

W. J. Wallace having leased his woolen mill at Fallbrook intends leaving shortly for Ottawa and Parry Sound district to start a general store.

Harvey Lepee of U.C. College, Toronto, is spending the Easter vacation with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Malloch.

Farm For Sale:  Adam Morris, Lot 15, 5th(?) 8th(?) Concession Drummond, 190(?) acres most of which are cleared.  It is well fenced with an abundance of water.  Good dwellings and outbuildings.  Also on the lot is a blacksmith shop and dwelling house which are rented.

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending 13th March, 1984


James Ayer, five months in gaol

John White, three months in gaol

George McPherson, three months in gaol

John Campbell, four months in gaol

Thomas Barrie, three months in gaol

James Welsh, three months in gaol

Patrick Riley, three months in gaol

Susanna Jamieson, six months in gaol

Thomas Roach(?), three months in gaol

Grace Martin, six months in gaol

D.E. Henderson, six months in gaol

Ann Kelly, Insane—Committed

Causing a Disturbance in a Public Place

Duncan Ferguson, $5

William Anderson, $5

Selling Liquor During Prohibited Hours
William J. Leach, $25.00

George A. Dack, $20.00


John McArtey, $5

James Doyle $2.35

Thomas McCarthy, $5

Bar Open After Hours

William Dixon, $20

Thomas James $20

Uttering Profane Oaths

William Walters, $1

Herbert Baird, $1

Disturbing a Social Meeting

John McManus, $1

Mischief or Unlawful Injury to Property

Richard Johnson, $2 plus damages of $4

Nonsupport of Children

Edmund Chatfield, Committed for Trial

Perth Courier, April 6, 1894

Thomas McLaren is now pulling down the old building on Craig Street known as the “Deacon Residence” and in a few days it will not longer be even a relict of bygone days, it will be replaced this summer by a neat brick residence for James Spalding, Jr.  The old structure was built at different times but the oldest part was erected in 1824—70 years ago—for James McMaster for hotel purposes.  The carpenter who raised it was a man named Ellis afterwards drowned at Port Elmsley.  This man in 1829 built the barn for Mr. McLaren (torn down a few years ago) to which the body of young Lyon was taken after the fatal duel with young Wilson four years afterwards.

We notice by the Montreal Witness that William Drysdale of this town was among those who passed their final exam in medicine at McGill University, Montreal, recently and now ranks as an M.D., C. M.  The following from this district also passed at the same time:  J. Reeves of Eganville; A.J. Skillington of Kemptville; Messrs. J.F. Warren of Harper, J.K. Kelly of Almonte, and E. B. Moles(?) of Arnprior passed their primary exams in medicine at McGill.

James Burns has sold his carting business to his son-in-law George Purdon as well as his residence.  He intends erecting a new dwelling for himself.

Auction Sale of Farm Stock and Implements:  George Publow, Lot 5, 6th Concession Bathurst and H. G. Gallagher, Lot 19, 3rd Concession Drummond.

A friend of Carleton Place has resurrected an old document—the roll call of the Loyal Village Guards—the company being formed in the year 1827.  There were 61 members but all have passed to the muster on the other shore but the following:  R. Bell (since died), D. Cram, Jos. Dougherty of Carleton Place; Jas. Rosamund, Jas. Bond of Almonte; Ed Morphy of Wellington County, Ontario; Peter Comrie of Lanark Township; Jas. Bell of Perth; and William Henry of Braeside.

Duncan Kippen sold last week the frame house and lot on Sherbrooke, corner of Harvey Street (the Edward Lee dwelling) for $625 to John Thornton of the Brickyard.

J.A. Williams of Carleton Place, nephew of James Allan (hotel) of Perth has passed his exam in the primary class at McGill Medical College, Montreal.

5th Line Drummond:  Miss Alice Nolan of Elmsley is visiting her uncle John Madden at present.

5th Line Drummond:  Peter McComisky is going to S. Africa this summer for his health.

Watson’s Corner:  Quite a few from this vicinity attended the funeral of Thomas Bulloch of Hopetown on Sunday last.

H. Phillips has been given the contract for building the addition to the new Methodist Church in Smith’s Falls for $8,000.  The church will double its present size.

Maberly—George Killens(?) and family from Hitchinbroke are visiting at his father-in-law’s Matthew Marks.

Patrick Devine, a well known hardware merchant in Renfrew Village dropped dead on Saturday, 24th March.  He was a native of County Sligo, Ireland and a Roman Catholic.  He was a strong Conservative and in 1883 he contested the constituency of S. Renfrew against Dr. Dowling but was defeated.

Middleville—On Wednesday evening quite a number of young people went to the house of Thomas Manson where they enjoyed the treat of a season of good things in the form of a taffey party after which they engaged in merry dancing till it was time to go home.

Perth Courier, April 13, 1894

Watson’s Corners—Quite a storm of wind, rain and thunder and lightning passed over here on Wednesday last about 4:00.  The sky became so obscured with blackness that it was almost as dark as night for a while.  After the storm passed the sun shone out beautifully.  James McQuat’s house was destroyed by fire on Monday last.  The fire caught from the flue and the wind being high at the time and no help nearby the building could not be saved.  Mr. McQuat is having his old house fitted up to live in.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Andrew J. Clark, Lot 4, 8th Concession Drummond.

George Legerwood of Drummond was hastily summoned to Arnprior on Saturday by a telegram that his brother Daniel Legerwood of Arnprior was dying.  Upon reaching that town he found his brother dead.  He was a retired school teacher.

At the auction sale of the late Archibald Barrie’s estate in Perth last Saturday through the vendor’s solicitor J. A. Allan, the following sale were accomplished:  Parcel #1 the stone store on Gore Street next to the Bank of Montreal to Mrs. George Barrie, Sr., for $5,400; Parcel #2 the double one story frame tenement on Darcy Street near Barrie’s Hotel to Charles Meighen for $1,800; Parcel #3, frame store and dwelling on Wilson Street, south of the hotel to Mrs. George Barrie, Sr., for $450.

Jacob Morris of Drummond has received the contract for carrying the mail between Perth and Ferguson’s Falls for the four years beginning the first of April for which he will get $450 per year.

At the late exam of the Congregational College of Montreal, Messrs. J.C. and R. O. Watt of Lanark Village each passed successful exams on church policy.

Charles M. Smith has sold his farm on the 5th(?) 6th(?) Concession Lanark to Andrew Craig near Middleville for $4,500.

Perth Courier, April 20, 1894

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  William G. Keays, Administrator of the Michael H. Foley estate will hold an auction at the late residence Lot 22, 9th Concession Bathurst.

The third issue of the Echo, a tine daily publication in Smith’s Falls by W. G. Ferguson has reached us.  It is neatly printed with a nice amount of news.

Henry Corry, a former resident of Perth and a brother of George Corry, died recently at Reynolds, North Dakota at the age of 52 years.

Mrs. John Duncan (Lakeside), Dalhousie will hold an auction sale of her farm stock and implements on Friday, 27th April at 1:00.

This week the farm belonging to the estate of the late John Prescott of 100 acres on the 9th Line Drummond was sold to John Robertson of Bolingbroke, S. Sherbrooke for $3,425.

A dispatch from Carleton Place dated 16th April says the body of Noble Bennett who with Richard Willis was drowned in the Mississippi Lake here on the 26th of October last was found floating in the lake yesterday.  Willis’ body was found the day after the accident occurred.

Gentlemen of refined taste chew Beaver tobacco.

Brightside:  We are glad to learn that Mrs. Jas. McIlraith who has been seriously ill for some time, will recover.  Miss Mary J. Closs(?) is at present dangerously ill.  We are sorry to learn that Miss Jennie Gibson of Lammermore is seriously ill at present.

At Smith’s Falls lately a man named McCabe was caught in the act of stealing a ham in front of Mr. Crate’s grocery store and on Saturday was sent to Perth for trial.  Another man named Alexander McGregor was lodged behind the bars for threatening to shoot a man for refusing to drink with him.  H was tried and fined$40 and costs about $65.

On Saturday Mrs. Williams, a handsome young woman 28 years of age arrived at Rockwood Asylum from Carleton Place.  Her mind became unbalanced as a natural consequence and she became so weak that heart failure caused death.  The body was transferred to Carleton Place.  Her brother and husband accompanied the remains. Kingston Whig, 13th April

Perth Courier, April 27, 1894

The case of Johnston versus Burgess at the Brockville Assizes was an action for damage for slander, both parties to the suite were married women and lived in Smith’s Falls.  A verdict for the plaintiff and damages of $225 was given.  One day a year and a half ago Mrs. Burgess in the hearing of a little niece undertook to give her brother advice to the effect that he should sell out and leave his wife as she was not a fit and proper person to live with.  The girl on returning home told her mother what she had heard.  From that time forward Johnston began to be cruel.  During the 18 years of their married life Johnston, according to the wife had been a devoted husband and provided for her every comfort within his means.  After the slander the scene changed.  He clubbed her, kicked her, pulled her hair, slapped her and would not give her his earnings as before.  She stood the abuse for a year and a half and then decided to find redress in the courts.  Mrs. Burgess denied the charge and Mr. Johnston said his sister had made no attack on the moral character of his wife.  The jury, however, gave the plaintiff the above verdict.

A convention of the S. Renfrew Liberals held at Renfrew Village Tuesday nominated Robert A. Campbell of Douglas as the Liberal candidate for the local House.  Dr. Dowling, the present M.P.P. will also stand in the Liberal interest.

Playfair:  On Sunday evening 15th April, a service was held in the church in memory of the late John Warrington and the late Michael Foley.  Addresses were given by W. G. Cameron, Miss Carrie Playfair and Alexander Mills and suitable hymns were rendered by the choir.  The Stewart Lodge of Canadian Order of Foresters attended in a body.  The service was very impressive.

Mr. A.D. Mersica of Glen Tay, second year divinity student at Queen’s, left for British Colombia yesterday where he goes during vacation to the mission field in connection with the Presbyterian Church.

The 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. James Allan of our town was celebrated Wednesday by a general gathering of sons and daughters, grandchildren and other relatives from far and near around the family hearth.  The recall of halcyon days of 50 years ago was enjoyed by young and old.  The congratulations extended were as heartfelt as they were numerous.  We are glad to be numbered among the outside friends of Mr. and Mrs. Allan and with all the rest we extend our warmest congratulations on such an auspicious occasion and wish them a celebration of their diamond wedding in years to come.

William McArthur wishes to inform the public that he has opened a photo gallery in the store lately occupied by Mr. Thompson and is prepared to do first class work in every department.

Middleville:  Miss Yuill of Arnprior is visiting her aunt Mrs. A.R. McIntyre at present.

Perth Courier, April 27, 1894

Farm For Sale:  Francis Spalding, Scotch Line, 200 acres, Lot 23(?), 1st Concession Bathurst.

Farm For Sale:  J.D. Lee, 100 acres, Lot 23(?), 8th Concession Bathurst.

Perth Courier, May 11, 1894

Harper:  Miss Sarah and Miss Maud Mills with their brother Alexander Mills have taken a farewell of their friends here.  They with their father and mother Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Mills left on Monday for Winnipeg where they intend to make their home.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Duncan Campbell, Lot 3 7th Concession Drummond.

On Saturday a youth named Robert Steele was brought to jail here from Carleton Place to stand trial for trying to shoot his father last Friday.  It seems the family have been at sixes and sevens for some time and also that the father, Alexander Steele, who is a tinsmith and a well known resident has had to encounter the active opposition of his wife, daughter and son.  On Friday the father came in from taking a drive in the country and taking a rest after found that the bed had not been properly made.  He drew the daughter’s attention to it and then a row began.  The wife took up the quarrel and then the son, who is a youth of 15 or 16 years old stepped onto the scene with a shotgun.  This he aimed at the father and pulled the trigger.  Fortunately the unfilial youth’s aim was bad and the shot passed through a door instead of into his father’s body and thereby a terrible tragedy was averted.  The father dropped on the son and took the breechloader from him and then pursued his fleeing son up the street, capturing him after a short chase.  The excited and bloodthirsty youth now drew a knife and stabbed his father although not seriously but was held the latter until given into custody.  Next day Mr. Magistrate Struthers committed him to the Perth gaol for trial but it is a question whether the county judge will undertake the disposal of so serious a case or will sent the case up to the Assizes.  The culprit now feels his situation deeply and says he did not at any time know what he was doing.  The father from what we can learn doesn’t not seem to be the one to blame in these bits of family unpleasantness.

Robert J. Bain, Dalhousie, and family will remove to Smith’s Falls next week having rented the farm (the old McQuat homestead) to John McKinnon.  The auction sale last Tuesday saw a large amount of their effects being sold their cattle bringing an especially high figure averaging about $44 each.

The Bell homestead in Carleton Place—the residence of the late Robert Bell, was bought last week by Dr. McFarlane for $3,200.  It is a beautiful site, with a residence with the wide Mississippi hurrying by on one side and the hustle of Main Street hastening on along the front.  But it would make a still finer place of business and as such would stand out conspicuously.

James Wilson, stone cutter, has sold the old Bothwell property in the East Ward to William Deacon, S. Sherbrooke for $500.  Mr. Deacon has sold his farm and intends coming to reside in town next fall.

Messrs. Cameron Brothers have bought from Robert Lillie the old foundry and dwelling of W. J. Kirkham has purchased the blacksmith shop in the rear.

Perth Courier, May 25, 1894

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements—George Gray, Lot 3, 3rd Concession Bathurst, Christie’s Lake.

Mrs. Andrew Lister of this town has been awarded a first class diploma and the Great Gold Medal from the Paris Inventors Academy and has also been made an honorary member of the association.  The reason is her invention of “Lister’s Loyal Sauce” now being manufactured in Perth.  This is a striking acknowledgement of the excellence of the sauce invented by Mrs. Lister and made by the company which she and (Hon.) Mrs. Peter McLaren have organized.

Ayreshire Bull for Service

General Gordon, will stand at subscriber’s stables for the season of 1894 for service. Terms:  Single Cow $1, 6 Cows, $3.  General Gordon was purchased from Archibald McLaren, Bathurst and is from a good milking strain and farmers should avail themselves of this opportunity of getting service from a first class thoroughbred animal.  Alfred Poole, North Elmsley

The semi-annual exams at the College of Pharmacy were held in Toronto May 7 and 14 and we are glad to see that John D. Bower of this town was among those who passed.  Mr. Bower is now thoroughly qualified by law to conduct a drug store and he is now at his post in the old and reliable shop opposite the market.

Perth Courier, June 1, 1894

Lanark Links:  The funeral of the infant son of R. Legary took place to Lanark Cemetery on Sunday last.

The Echo says that R.B. Goodfellow, late of Grenell, Iowa, son-in-law of Ewen Cameron, once of Drummond, has come back to Smith’s Falls to reside permanently.

Perth Courier, June 8, 1894

Joseph McKenny, merchant, Westport, has assigned on Thursday last to W. J. Webster, banker.

Andrew Clark, Jr., Drummond, has given up farming and has gone to Chicago to enter the Moodie School there for evangelistic training.  He has removed his family to Perth in the meantime.

We publish a letter below of the contributors to the fund account for keeping in neatness and repair the old Presbyterian burying ground in the East Ward.  There are a great many around here who should give something to such a worthy and necessary objective.  The balance from last year was $2.  Added to that now, are the following:

Miss Rutherford, $1

Andrew Sym, $1

Hon. John Haggart, $5

Miss Cameron, $2

James Fraser, $2

Miss Moffatt, $2

James Lamond, of Smith’s Falls (formerly of Dalhousie) left on Friday last on a trip to Scotland, taking passage on the steamer Labrador.  Mr. Lamond is a Scotsman born and no doubt will greatly enjoy this trip to his native land.

F.A. Hall, barrister, has admitted his son F.W. Hall, into partnership and the name and style of the firm will now be Hall and Hall.  The junior member recently passed his final exam as barrister at the head of his class.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Willis of South Burgess were in town Monday visiting Mrs. Willis’ aged grandfather Donald Fisher but their visit was saddened by the death of the old gentleman while they were at his house.

Mrs. Schmidt of Pembroke and her daughter Bertha paid a visit to her sister Mrs. Campbell, of Drummond, last week previous to the family leaving for England where they propose spending the summer.

William Lawson, formerly keeper of a harness shop at Perth, was in town this week having come to attend the funeral of a niece, Miss Maggie Templeton.  Mr. Lawson has a situation in a harness department of the “Fair”, a monster store in Chicago which establishment covers a block and is ten stories high.

Watson’s Corners:  Mr. Jas. White who has been working with his father-in-law John Murray of Darling for some days has returned home.

Stations in the Methodist Church:

The following is the final draft:

Kemptville, W. H. Graham, H. Shaler superannuated

Ly, W. Perlay

Lansdowne, W.E. Reynolds

Addison, W. Knox

N. Augusta, J. Lawson

Augusta, J. B. Hicks, B.A.

Oxford Mills, Barry Pierce

Merrickville, Melvin Taylor

Carleton Place, John Grenfel

Clayton, D. T. Cummings

Almonte, George Rogers, R.M. Hammond, superannuated

Easton’s Corners, W. Sparling, B.A., B.D.

Wolford, J. Wilson, B.A.

Newborn, James Pletts

Maberly, A. H. Vessir(?)

Perth Courier, June 15, 1894

About 9:00 Monday morning a little boy about five years old, son of Mr. Daniel McDonald, while playing at the river bank near the old engine house in the East Ward stumbled into the river and got beyond his depth.  The accident was observed by others and a man named Charles Reilly, a stranger, plunged into the water to save the child but not being in good condition for critical work he let the little fellow go after having hold of him and was only saved himself with difficulty the water being beyond his depth.  Meantime the poor child was carried off by the current beyond reach and came up no more.  Search was made for the body all forenoon and in the afternoon until it was found about 2:00 opposite the stable of Jackman’s Hotel, a great many kind friends of the family joining in the search in the canal for the remains.  Mrs. McDonald was at home at the time of the occurrence but the father was at work on the canal near Cornwall and arrived home for the funeral which took place on Wednesday.

Perth Courier, June 22, 1894

The issue dated 15th (?) June of the Montreal Metropolitan, the society paper of that city, contains a portrait of Mrs. Robert Reford, Jr., (daughter of Robert Meighen late of this town), her husband and her uncle Lord Mountstephen and his wife Lady Mountstephen with short biographical sketches of each.  The young couple were the principles in the marriage which we published a lengthy piece in last week’s issue.

Perth Courier, June 29, 1894

McDonald’s Corners:  Some person entered the stables of Thomas Dunlop on the night of the 21st about 11:00 and took his purebred Durham bull and used him and then let him loose on the field.  Some people are very fond of money but perhaps the party will come some night and slip a dollar bill in the window.

McDonald’s Corners:  William Smith of North Sherbrooke is away to the Montreal Hospital.  There is something wrong with his heart.

McDonald’s Corners:  Mr. W. L. Gardner from Sarnia is visiting his friends in this vicinity this week.  It is 25 years since he left here.

Mrs. Reinhardt of Montreal is visiting her mother in town Mrs. John Morris.

Mrs. Archibald McDougall once of Perth and Smith’s Falls and now of Pilot Mound, Manitoba, arrived in town on Wednesday to visit her sister Mrs. J. G. Campbell and other friends.

Middleville:  Our population is increasing favorably.  On the 17th William Somerville’s family was enlarged by the arrival of a daughter and on the 23rd that of Mr. R.C. Somerville’s by the arrival of a son.

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending 13th March, 1894


William Harper, 6 months in gaol

Bessie Gordon, 6 months in gaol

Robert Bradley, 6 months in gaol

William Geary, 6 months in gaol


Thomas McCarthy, $5

John Boone, $2

Hugh Wilson, $1

A.R.G. Peden, $1

David Dowlin $5

Richard Fuller, $1

Albert A. Leach, $2

John Morrison, $2.50

John Camphere, $2

William McSpadden, $1

John Atcheson, $1

Matthew Scott $3

W. G. Simpson, $1

Benjamin Coughlin $5

Petty Trespass:

Ally Jones, $1

Frank Carson, $1

Eddy Wilson, $1

Hiram Wilson, $1

Selling Liquor in Less Quantities Than 3 ˝ Pints:

John Fitzgerald, $20

Illegal Fishing:

Isaac Latrow, $5


Alice Montgomery, no disposition shown

Hawking Without a License:

Joseph Boyne, $2

Injury to Property:

Louis Clervoux, $2

Breach of the Liquor Law

P.C. Dowdall, $20

John Gemmell, $20

Not Keeping a Bar Room Closed During Prohibited Hours:

Walter McIlquham, $20

Peddling Without a Licence:

A.R. Fraids, $5

Assault on William Madden:

Edward Kelly, $1

Using Insulting Language:

Joseph O’Connell, $4


James McRady, $1

Cruelty to Animals:

James Stephens, $2

Disorderly Conduct:

Ed Fitzgerald, $3

Selling Liquor During Prohibited Hours:

Michael Healey, $20


Frederick Perkins: 50 cents

Charles A. Arnold, 50 cents

Charles Perkins, 50 cents

Fast Driving on a Bridge:

Thomas Molyneaux, $1

Disorderly Conduct:

William Brennan, $5

Ernie Dart, $10

Ed St. James, $10

Violation of Cow By Law

A.W. Auster(?), $1

Mrs. Caleill, $1

Richard Stevins, $1

Nelson Mesmore, $1

Robert McNaugh, $1

Robert Stevens, $1

Francis Houragen, $1

Drunk and Disorderly:

John Lally, $1


John White, $1

Posted: 04 September, 2004