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Perth Courier, June 21, 1889

Oso Station—Mrs. Robert Johnson presented her husband with a handsome boy last week.

Lanark Links—Mr. R. Wrathall, formerly of Lanark and well known to all old residents, succumbed to the effects of that fell disease consumption.  He will be buried Thursday in the English Cemetery.

Robert C. McNee, Carleton Place, the builder of St. James Church spire, Perth, has made an assignment for the benefit of his creditors.

Farm For Sale:  Stewart D. Craig, west ½ of lot 21, 2nd Concession Lanark.

William Davis, Sr., partner of the firm William Davis & Sons, Tay Canal and Cornwall Canal constructors, died at his residence in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon.  He was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland.

Miss Lizzie Hope left for Minot, Dakota on Tuesday to visit her brothers William and Andrew.

John O’Brien, Perth, claims to be the oldest Orangeman about here, his initiation dating from 1836 in the County Mayo, Ireland.

Perth Courier, June 28, 1889

Farm for Sale:  Robert Hughes, 66 acres n.e. ½  of Lot 21, 6th Concession Bathurst near Harper.

Rev. H. F. Bland preached his farewell sermon in the Methodist Church on Sunday evening.  He spoke of the prosperity of the congregation and the kindness of the people and dwelt especially on the good feelings that existed between this congregation in town.  He bade an affectionate farewell at the close.

On Monday of last week a deaf and dumb inmate of the Perth gaol, Miss Ellen Patterson, died at the age of 70 years.  She had been a prisoner in the jail for 17 years for no crime beyond being poor—the charge against her being vagrancy.  During these years Nellie has been well treated and the gaol was the only home she knew.

Mrs. George Oliver, Sr., left town on Wednesday for the home of her daughter in Clinton, Ontario, Mrs. T. A. Moon.

Mrs. S. Massey and Mrs. Suckling of Montreal, mother and sister of Mrs. Henry Taylor are visiting at “The Elms” this week.

Miss Jessie J. Jackman, Bathurst, left for Angie’s (?) Bay, Michigan on Monday to spend the summer with her sister Mrs. John O’Brien.

William Moore, son of Mr. T. B. Moore, Drummond, is home for the holidays.  He is employed as a bookkeeper for a company of railway builders in the County of Compton, Ontario.

John McPhee of Pembroke, dentist, died last week and was buried on Saturday last in the McPhee burial plot of Almonte.  His age was 32 years the cause of death was consumption.

At the examination last week of the pupils of Professor Fisher’s Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Miss Alice Taylor, daughter of Mr. Henry Taylor of this town, passed #2 in the list of successful candidates in the organ and piano forte classes.

Perth Courier, July 5, 1889

On Tuesday last a man named James Rose was brought before Judge Senkler here charged with stealing a silver watch and gold chain from John Wesley Wright of Smith’s Falls.  The prisoner pled guilty and was sentenced by His Honor to three months in the Perth gaol.

The heart of Robert Lochead was rejoiced the other day at getting news of his son James Lochead who had been silent as to his whereabouts for more than two years.  The father began to mourn him as dead or something like that but the letter coming from a new daughter-in-law assured him that not only had he found his son but a daughter also.  The young couple are living in Warren, Ohio.

At the Trinity College, Toronto, convocation, Miss Mina Elliott, daughter of Edward Elliott, of this town, passed the first year’s examination with honors.  Mr. R. Orr of North Elmsley also passed his first year.  We are pleased to see our confrere A. J. Matheson, a graduate of the college some year’s ago, received the degree of Master of Arts.

Mr. Hugh S. Robertson, B.A. of this town has received the appointment of Mathematical Master in the Baptist College at Woodstock.

Mr. William Goth and family of Carleton Place have gone to Calgary, N.W.T., intending to settled on a farm there.

Allan Stayner of Brockville, who lost $200 by the sinking of the ferry boat Armstrong, is a nephew of W.W. Berford of this town.

Miss Hattie McLenaghan having graduated from the Normal School at Toronto has returned home.

Mrs. Walter McIlquham, Jr., Drummond, was visiting her father last week, J. B. Gibbons of Horton.

Mr. Walter McLean, formerly of the Courier office, Perth, and now of Toronto, was in town Sunday.

Miss Lily Macnee of Schuylerville, N.Y. is visiting her parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Macnee.

Perth Courier, July 12, 1889

Mr. Hall of Peterboro has executed for Mrs. Dr. Grant of Perth a very find portrait in water colors of her father the late Boyd Caldwell—it is life size and faultlessly correct.

Mr. Duncan McNee and his daughter Maggie left here on Sunday for Montreal and will there take passage for Great Britain.  Mr. McNee was born in the Highlands of Scotland but came to Canada when very young and now has lost track of friends.  No doubt he will find some of them yet.

Perth Courier, July 12, 1889

Mrs. Charles Foote and her sister Miss Mary Andison are visiting at Ogdensburg, N.Y.

Messrs W. H. Borrowman and John A. Rankin arrived in town from East Saginaw, Michigan on Wednesday afternoon on their way to their old home in Middleville.  They were met in Perth by their boyhood friend W.E. Croft who captured the “boys” and took them to their destination.  They intend staying a week or more before returning to Michigan.

Perth Courier, July 19, 1889

Lanark Links:  James Young has just started an undertaking business, he is also prepared to do all kinds of carriage painting on short notice.

Trial for Rape—The County Judge’s Criminal Court held a sitting on Wednesday for the trial of Frank Smith on a charge of assault with intent to commit rape on a young girl or 13 years of age.  All the parties are residents of North Burgess and the case elicited considerable interest.  The young girl deposed that on the evening of the 9th inst., she went for the cows about 5:00 and that on her return the prisoner jumped over the fence, stood in front of her on the road, that he seized her hands and said “I am going to drown you”, dragged her into the bush towards Grant’s Creek.  He then attempted to accomplish his purpose but was apparently frightened by the approach of Mr. Hanna and ran away.  Mr. Hanna saw the girl but did not see the prisoner.  Another witness deposed to having seen the prisoner about the place spoken of riding on a white horse.  Several other witnesses were called by the Crown to fix the time and the fact that the girl had made the complaint immediately on her reaching home.  The defense set up was that of an alibi and many witnesses were called to prove that the prisoner had not been in the vicinity of the young girl at the time mentioned.  Counsel for the prisoner made a strong plea for acquittal but the crown counsel was not called on.  His Honor reserved his decision until Thursday morning in order that he might have an opportunity to carefully consider the evidence.  When the court met at 10:00 His Honor found the prisoner guilty and sentenced him to three years in the Ontario Reformatory at Penetanguishene.  J.A. Allan Counsel for the Crown, F.A. Hall, Counsel for the prisoner.

Miss Ellie Meighen, daughter of Mr. Robert Meighen of this town left Montreal on the steamship Sardinia for Brussels to take a three years course in music, painting and German.  Miss Patterson of this town accompanied her to that city.

Mr. William Moulton, who, it will be remembered, had his leg broken by falling from a scaffolding on the new work on the Mississippi Hotel a few weeks ago, had the limb amputated just below the knee on Sunday last.  Doctors Preston and McEwen and Dr. Lynch performed the operation.  Mr. Moulton stood the ordeal well and it is hoped his recovery will be speedy.  Carleton Place Herald

Perth Courier, July 26, 1889

Mr. George Harvey, grocer, will not resume business here but has gone to Toronto to live.

Mrs. C. H. Bothwell of Toronto is staying with her family at the home of her mother Mrs. A. Meighen.

Mr. William Legacy, formerly of Lanark, who a few months ago left for Manitoba, has returned.  He reports the crops a total failure this season on account of no rain and as a consequence there are hard times and no employment to be had.

Perth Courier, Aug. 2, 1889

A very strong effort was made to save the life of Mrs. James Lennon of Westport who, in a fit of temporary insanity, cut her throat with a razor.  The wounds were dressed and for over a month she was fed by means of a tube but ultimately nature yielded and the woman died.  It was found then that she had completely severed the top of the epiglottis which prevented food from passing into the windpipe during the process of swallowing.

George Watson, formerly of Perth and now an inmate at the Ottawa General Hospital for some time on account of injuries received, is in town for a visit.  He is still unable to walk without crutches and can do nothing in the way of work.

On Thursday last Charles Cusick of Merrickville was sentenced to four months in the Central Prison for assaulting his wife.

Donald Kerr of Arnprior died last week of consumption.  This makes seven deaths in the family in about three years.

Miss McDougall of Pilot Mound, Manitoba is at present visiting her cousin Mrs. W. T. Walker, in this town.

James Conlan, Bathurst, returned home from Chicago last week after an enjoyable trip.  He stayed with his son-in-law there Mr. P. D. Noonan, once of this town.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Wright of Kingston left here by the steamer Haggart on Monday for home.  They had been visiting at Mrs. Wright’s father’s, George Devlin.

Word has reached here that Mrs. W. H. Ireland, formerly of this town, died in England a few weeks ago.  Her husband is in British Columbia.

Mr. William Lochead, M.A., late science master at the Perth Collegiate Institute, has been appointed to a similar position in the Galt Collegiate Institute.

Perth Courier, Aug. 9, 1889

The man friends of Mr. J. S. Lane will be pleased to learn that he is rapidly recovering his health and strength.  He was up for the first time on Friday and was down the street calling on friends on Monday.  Carleton Place Herald

The oldest Orangeman, whose name seems to be Legett (?) has cropped to the surface a score of times this summer.  A correspondent writing to the Kingston Whig claims he is the genuine article.  He says:  “Having noticed considerable newspaper talk about old Orangemen in eastern Ontario I made it my business to ascertain whether or not there could be an older one found among residents of this section.  My search was not in vain.  I find that Samuel McLaren, residing on the 3rd Line Bathurst, is still an older member than any reported.  The good man referred to was born in Dungannon (?) County, Ireland in 1795 and became a member of the order in 1815 in his father’s house where that lodge then held its meetings.  He came to Canada three years later being among the first settlers that arrived in Perth and finally located near the place where he now lives.  He had farmed for many years.  With one or two exceptions he participated in all the 12th of July celebrations since he arrived in this country.  He is still hale and hearty although nearly 95 years of age.  Some few weeks ago he visited Mrs. Thomas Dobbie, late of the Clyde Hotel, Lanark Village and to see him walk about the streets without the aid of a stick you would take him to be a man of about 40 years instead of 95.  According to the dates quoted Mr. McLaren has been a member 74 years or 6 years longer than anyone yet heard of

At the matriculation examination at the Trinity University, Toronto, we notice that Mr. C. J. Sloan of the Perth Collegiate Institute obtained 2nd class honors in history and geography and was ranked first in first class honors in Divinity.  As Divinity is not taught in our Collegiate Institute, Mr. Sloan’s success was the result of reading privately.

Port Elmsley News:  John Greer who dwells in Montague and about 3 ½ miles from Smith’s Falls, had been at Lyle’s Mills, Elmsley and was returning with a load of shingles.  By some manner he fell or was thrown from the wagon the wheel passing over about the center of his body, crushing him badly.  There was also a bad gash on the side of his head.  He was found shortly after by Mr. William Hunter, merchant of this place but life was extinct.  The exact cause of the accident will probably remain a mystery.  Mr. Hunter reported to the authorities but an inquest was not thought necessary.  His friends were notified and the remains taken home.  He was unmarried.  His sister keeps house for him.

Perth Courier, Aug. 16, 1889

Miss Fanny Threlkeld of Toronto is visiting her cousin Mrs. William Meighen here.

Mrs. J. F. O’Connor of Ottawa is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. William O’Brien of Craig St.

George Devlin, Lanark County auctioneer, went up on the Haggart on Saturday to visit his son-in-law, Mr. W. C. Wright.

Miss Maggie Heverin of Slettin, Dakota has returned to Perth and intends remaining.  She will resume her teaching profession in this county.

Peter McLaren has gone to Virginia to look after the working of a valuable iron mine he has secured there in conjunction with Capt. N. D. Moore.

Athens (Farmersville) is excited over the disappearance of Mr. J. R. Blackburn, a prominent citizen of that town.  He was Dominion Express Agent there and some hundreds of dollars of theirs is missing with him and it is not known if there were any other victims in the village or vicinity.  He was a clerk of the municipality of Yonge and Prescott Rear.  No cause for his disappearance can be given.

The sheriff’s officer George Carry had with two assistants quite an exciting experience in the course of his duties not long since.  At the last Court of Assizes two neighbors in Dalhousie, Jno. G. Campbell and Robert Paul and a case arising out of a dispute about a yoke of oxen and a horse trade, which suit Campbell failed to win and was adjudged to pay the costs.  He neglected doing this little business and the court issued a “fi-la” to collect the amount and Mr. Carry was dispatched to Dalhousie to levy on the goods and chattels of Campbell.  The officer encountered Mrs. Campbell at the house who after giving him a terrible tongue lashing blew a horn and directly after one of the grown up sons appeared on the scene from a distant field with a shotgun in his arms.  Mr. Corry being unarmed concluded not to wait and learning from Mrs. Campbell that her husband was up the Snow Road left to meet him on his return.  Sure enough, he did meet him and surprised him by handing him the writ and seizing one of the horses by holding the reins.  Campbell told him he never would have his property seized to pay that debt and whipped up the horses at the same time using the whip to assault Mr. Corry if he did not let go.  The animals plunged so violently that the officer had to get out of the situation and Campbell drove off full of triumph for the time being.  Mr. Corry on his side, went home but returned to the scene the next day with two assistants all armed with revolvers.  He also held a warrant for the arrest of Campbell for resisting a law officer in the discharge of his duties.  The arrived on the scene in due time and summoned Campbell to appear again the dinner horn was blown by the lady of the house and a son with a rifle answered the maternal call and it was understood bloody resistance would be resorted to but when the three officers pulled out their loaded revolvers the enemy caved in and allowed the papers to be served to Campbell and a seizure of the goods to be made.  After the inventory Campbell was collared and brought to Perth and lodged in gaol.  On Saturday he was tried before Judge Senkler for resisting the majesty of the law, found guilty, and sentenced to six months confinement in the Central Prison in Toronto.  Campbell is about 50 years of age, with a grown up family.  He will probably learn in the coming six months that it is entirely useless to resist the action of the law and blasts from the dinner horn does not go far against the pressure of revolvers in the hands of determined minions of the law.

Farm For Sale Lots 9 on the 2nd and 9 on the 3rd Concession S. Sherbrooke, James A. Deacon and W. H. Deacon.  Also, west ½ of Lot 18, 7th Concession Drummond, 100 acres, Estate of James Campbell.

The Pembroke Observer of 9th August says:  “On Tuesday of this week while John Boland, a section boss on the Algoma branch of the C.P.R. was being whirled along the track at a fast rate on a hand car a terrible accident befell him.  He happened to sit down on the fore part of the car letting his feet hang over the front.  While passing a frog the heel of Mr. Boland’s boot caught in the frog.  The men were propelling the car rapidly at the time and Mr. Boland was pulled off the car.  The car passed over him breaking his back and both of his legs.  Mr. Boland now lies in a terrible condition at Garden River with little hope of recovery.”

The Eganville Enterprise says:  “Between three and four years ago Robert Acton of Eganville, younger brother of Joseph Acton, receive a blow in the eye while playing ‘skinny’ at the school at Eganville and although the eye was not burst he has not been able to see out of it since.  Two years ago he left Eganville for N. Gower where he has worked during that time.  The injured eye was always troublesome to him and recently has been much irritated.  Upon hearing this his brother Joseph was in Montreal consulting Dr. Bulier, concerning the injury received to his eye three weeks ago.  Robert went down and interviewed with the specialist and decided to have his injured eye removed which was done.  Seldom does it occur that two brothers were compelled to have one of their eyes extracted at the same time and by the same doctors.  Both are doing well.”

The Winnipeg Free Press of the 6th August says that Jeremiah Jacklin, tailor and insurance agent who “levanted” from that city with a young woman named Scott has been heard from.  The couple were married in Grand Forks, Dakota.  Jacklin carried a tailor shop in Perth but made an assignment after a few months.  His wife who is of a respectable parentage, is with her friends in North Elmsley.  The Free Press says that his bogus wife Miss Scott is a native of Tennessee and was a tailoress in one of Winnipeg’s leading tailoring establishments when she met Jacklin.  She had been warned that Jacklin was married but she refused to believe it.

The Carleton Place Herald says John R. Wylie, Arnprior, is confined to his bed with typhoid fever.

George McDonald has been appointed collector of the town of Smith’s Falls at a salary of $125.

Some miscreant has been sending the Pembroke Observer and other papers a bogus notice of a marriage between Mr. M. Sherlock and Miss Lizzie Wallace of McNab.

Farm For Sale Ad:  East part of Lot 10, 1st Concession Bathurst (known as the Ritchie homestead) 75 acres on the Scotch Line 7 miles from Perth.  F.A. Hall

Mr. J. D. Gemmell now living at Bournemouth, a winter resort in the south of England, was in town on Friday last after a visit to Almonte and other places on the other side of the county.  He left the day following for the towns in Canada on the Pacific coast.  He will return in November to enjoy a few weeks deer hunting up the river Clyde.  After that he will return to England.  Mr. Gemmell when a resident of Almonte was well known in that area.  He served as captain of the Almonte Infantry Co. at the front in 1866.

In addition to the successful candidates for certificates first published the name of Matthew Currie, graduate of the Perth Collegiate Institute, has appeared as getting a second class certificate.  This increases still further the good standing of our institute and its staff.

A terrible occurrence took place in N. Burgess on Wednesday of last week.  A sister of Samuel Miller, farmer, undertook to kindle up the fire by the aid of coal oil but there appeared to have been some live embers for the flames rose up and set fire to her clothes.  The unfortunate woman was horribly burned and lived in great agony five or six hours.  She was alone at the time and her terrible state was not discovered until some time after.  Her cries were heard but the neighbors had no idea of their source or cause.

Mrs. G. W. Roger, Toronto, is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart.

Mr. C. F. Clay, brother of Mr. A.E. Clay, organist, St. James Church, arrived from England last week.

Warning:  The person who took my turkeys on the morning of the 16th inst., between 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning had better give them back as they are known.  J. L. Palmer, Bathurst.

Farm For Sale:  James Gallagher, 240 acres, parts of lots 10 and 11, 1st Concession Lanark.  Also Philip McGowan, Lot 24, 1st Concession Bathurst, Scotch Line.

We regret to say James Noonan, Reeve of Bathurst, has been removed to Rockwood Insane Asylum, Kingston, for treatment.  We hope his recovery in a short time may result as it is thought that will be the case.

William Gould, one of the oldest residents of Oliver’s Ferry district, intends leaving for Cairo, Illinois this fall.  His sons will remain on the farm.  Mr. Gould wishes to sell his colony of bees, which number both Italians and hybrids.

Edgar Richardson, late attending the Perth Collegiate Institute, has passed the first class non professional exam Grade C. at Toronto.

Perth Courier, Aug. 30, 1889

Lanark Links:  Mr. R. Beatty, head teacher of the Lanark Public School, returned home last Friday, bringing with him an “assistant”.  Now that Mr. Beatty has left the ranks of the Benedicts we wish him and his bride prosperity.

Messrs. Henry and Albert Adams have gone to British Columbia where they expect to get employment.  The house in town belonging to their mother is offered for sale.

Duncan McNee and his daughter Maggie McNee came back from their trip to Great Britain on Wednesday morning after a delightful visit to the old land.  Mr. McNee hunted up the old house in which he was born and which he had seen last some 70 years ago.  Other parts of Scotland were visited and a trip was also made to London.

Robert Ferguson, the victim of the Calabogie tragedy is well known in Dalhousie where he was born and brought up.  His father was Allan Ferguson and his mother were both quite decent Scotch Presbyterians and the brothers and sisters are also peaceful, respectable people.  Robert was also looked upon when a youth as a harmless boy but on attaining manhood he became a liquor drinker and the “demon of the bowl” involved him in many a trouble culminating finally in his violent death by a peaceable man whom he evidently intended to kill himself.  Something more than a year ago Ferguson and a companion met Neil McVean, North Sherbrooke, near Fallbrook and by force and threats compelled him to give to them some money he had about him and after this exploit the bandits broke into the Methodist parsonage at Playfair and burglarized it.  No punishment followed these crimes.  Whiskey made Ferguson a demon for we do not hear of them committing any offenses against society on individuals when he was sober.  Boys, beware of liquor “for the end of it is death”. (see more on this in the Sept. 6 transcription.)

Farm For Sale Ad:  Dennis Noonan, Lot 17, 11th Concession Bathurst.

Miss Maggie Heveron has removed from Slettin (?) Dakota and is teaching in South Elmsley.

Rev. Jones Farmer, B.A. of Woodstock College is visiting at his brother’s in town, Mr. G. H. Farmer.

Mrs. W. H. Grant arrived home on Saturday from visiting friends in Arnprior.  She was accompanied by her sister-in-law Mrs. George Craig of Toronto who spent a few days here on her return to that city.

The oldest inhabitant of Merrickville, Patrick O’Hara, has attained the age of 106.

Rev. Mr. Fothergill is to be duly installed in the pastorate of the Baptist Church of Perth on Sunday evening next.

Perth Courier, Sept. 6, 1889

George Campbell, auctioneer, will sell at the residence of Mr. John Bain, North Sherbrooke, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 a lot of farm stock and implements.

Miss Hattie McLenaghan has received a situation in one of the public schools in Toronto.

Mr. Thomas Hamill, formerly of this town, is now a resident of Portage-la-Prairie.

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Malloch, Miss Lepper and Miss Kathleen Malloch arrived in town on Monday morning from their trip to Europe. 

Hon. Oliver Mowat, accompanied by Mrs. And Miss Mowat were on the 1:47 train Monday afternoon on their return from Europe.

Mr. J. P. Freeman of Harper has gone to Kingston to spend a few days with his cousin Prof. J.P. McDonald, writing instructor at Kingston Business College.

William Campbell of N. Sherbrooke and George Ritchie of Bathurst are among the students at the Perth Collegiate Institute this season.

Mr. John C. Lister of this town has removed to Portage-du-Fort, Quebec where he has secured a situation in the store of the Reid Brothers.

Mr. Robert Thompson, merchant, returned from his trip to Europe on Wednesday.  During the three months he was absent he visited Great Britain and Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium also taking in the Paris Exposition and going to the top of the 1,000 foot Eiffel Tower.

John Campbell, of Carleton Place, was in Kingston for a few days trying to secure help for the pain in his right heel.  It is almost unbearable.  The spot is less in size than a six pence but though dozens of physicians have been consulted none can give hope of relief.

Sharbot Lake News:  Thomas Briggs ran a stick in his arm and is laid up.—Mrs. William Davis has a young daughter.  --  Mrs. Martin is very sick.  John Harrison, an old and very highly respected resident, died last Monday at 11:00 pm.  He was an uncle of Pierce and William Harrison, and he was 87 years of age.  The remains were interred in the English Church burial ground in Davis’ Corners.

(Transcriber’s note:  The tragedy below dealt with was covered in the August 23, 1889 issue of the Perth Courier but not transcribed as it dealt with mainly Kingston which is not in Lanark County.  The long and the short of it is that in a fight between Robert Ferguson of Lanark County and Edward McLaughlin, Ferguson was shot in the stomach and died.  The trial found McLaughlin guilty of manslaughter in the third degree.  This was “tantamount to acquittal because there is no law dealing with such a charge”.

To the Editor of the Perth Courier

Lavant, 28th August, 1889

Dear Sir:

Permit me to correct a few misstatements made in your issue of the 22nd August with regard to Robert Ferguson who met his death at Calabogie in the late tragedy there.  Your informant says that he was a native of Darling and that he was about 27 years of age.  He was not:  he was a native of Dalhousie being born on Lot 26 in the 3rd Concession in the month of January, 1865 and was consequently 23 years of age.  Your correspondent says he was an outlaw, having stabbed a man.  I would like to know who the party was and where it happened as such a thing never occurred in the County of Lanark.  Your correspondent says also that some years ago he attacked a peddler and after beating him terribly relieved him of his goods.  For this crime you say he served a term in the Perth gaol.  Well, Mr. Editor, Robert Ferguson was never in the Perth gaol in his lifetime that I can testify to.  I must also state that there were several charges against him there was no truth to.  I must admit that he lived a rather wild life although he had respectable parents.  His funeral was one of the largest that ever passed through Lavant Township.  The corpse was interred at Dalhousie in St. James Church cemetery where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Mr. McIlroy, minister of Poland, Dalhousie.  After the funeral there was a floral wreath placed on the grave by a young lady whose name I withhold. 

I am, sir, yours, etc.

A Friend

Farm For Sale Lot 24, 1st Concession Bathurst Philip McGowen

Farm For Sale West one half of Lot 7, 6th Concession Lanark Margaret Kenny

The farm of the late James Campbell, 7th Concession Drummond has been sold at auction to Joseph McEwen, S. Sherbrooke for $3,500.

Perth Courier September 13, 1889

E. J. Waddell, formerly of this town, has been elected Treasurer of the city of Key West, Florida by a handsome majority.  The term lasts three years.  The city last year also elected his brother Jas. A. Waddell to the Mayor’s Chair for a term.

Mrs. Robert Elliott (nee Miss McGill) is visiting her brother-in-law Mr. Edward Elliott.

Rev. S. J. Farmer, Baptist minister, Pembroke, was in town this week attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. G. M. Ireland.

J.L. Vineburg, late of the Foster Street Clothing store has gone to Sherbrooke, Quebec to open a business there.

Mrs. Benjamin Wright left on Friday evening for Denver, Colorado to visit her son there Mr. R. C. Wright.

The uncovered sleepers in the corner store of the Brooks Block show the great number and thickness and put old residents in mind that Mr. Brooke was interested in lumbering in those early days and put good stuff, and lots of it, in this building.  The block was erected in 1846 that is 43 years ago.  Robert Douglas was the contractor and he had in his employ on this building either as apprentices or journeymen Messrs. Charles Meighen, Robert Balderson, Matthew Balderson and John Robertson, all yet living and the father the overseer of the others.  After 43 years it can stand some rejuvenation.

John H. Cameron, printer, who served a time in the Courier office as a young man in the “70’s” took sick in New York City where he was working.  He was brought home to his old home in Beckwith by his father Donald Cameron and wife and may pull up alright again.

Old Recollections—This article was written by one of our oldest and most respected subscribers not now a resident in this city.

Recollection of Perth 50 Years Ago

The Religious Services

As I peruse the Courier after an absence from Perth of 40 years some recollection of early times suggest themselves.  New churches instead of humble meeting houses of primitive days; organ concerts in place of indifferent music of the olden times; comfortable cushions instead of high straight backed pews and other improvements in keeping with the age.  I used in the early days to attend the church at the southeast end of town over which Rev. Wm. Bell presided.  This, I think, was the first place of worship in town and had no pastor but him.  It fell off in population partly because of its situation and also from the rising generation seeking more congenial worship.  The pastor was a man of learning but his services were rather over logical for the new generation.

The most popular place of worship was St. Andrew’s Church, in those days.  Rev. T. C. Wilson for a long time was pastor, a man of great energy and temperance worker and remembered by the writer as a man of great piety.  I remember with reverence this noble congregation engaged in solemn praise and vainly wish I could hear again the powerful voices that used to fill the house when all both young and old sang praises to God.

There was the Church of England – St. James.  The writer was wont to occasionally to attend those services and to hear the dignified Rev. Michael Morris read the solemn service and the clerk the Sr. Dawson Kerr, let the morning and evening hymns.  He sang them with zest if not in the best musical style.  Both are remembered with respect.

The little Methodist chapel of the early days was an attractive place.  The itinerant preachers are forgotten but Father McGrath with his earnest singing and godly life has always had a place in the writer’s memory.  The only unpleasant thing about the worship in this church was the barbarous lining of the hymns which spoiled both the poetry and the music.

The comparatively strong ritual of the Roman Catholic Church had its attractions.  They certainly had the most musical services in the town.  With its pastors the writer had not much acquaintance but there was an old man who I recall as Priest McDonnell (but I am not positive) who used to be very kind to the little boys.  The musical bell I have heard said by those who have traveled in Europe was not surpassed by fineness of tone by any they had heard abroad.  The old Frenchman who rang it and distributed the Courier collected his fee at Christmas.

The first place of worship on the other side of the river was the Baptist Church.  Their new building is a fitting reward for the earnestness with which they have maintained their convictions and made themselves a power in the community.  The father of the church was Robert Kellock a man of earnest convictions and undoubted piety.  The writer, of all his boyhood acquaintances, cherishes his memory the most.

Occasionally some of the Protestant churches gave up for a Sunday to the Covenanters and a minister from Ramsay would preach.  The presenter read each line and sang it afterward.

It was before 1840 when some Mormons visited Perth.  They first preached in the old stone school house.  Popular feeling was against them and they held services in Lock’s Brewery and afterwards in an old building opposite William Frazier’s.  A number were immersed in the Tay above Lock’s Bridge.  The preacher was one Page who left them after the adoption of the polygamy controversy.  He settled in De Kalb, Illinois where he was highly esteemed as a citizen.  The writer remembers the departure from Perth in covered wagons in which they made the trip to Nauvoo, Illinois.

Perth Courier, Sept. 20, 1889

Lamentable Tragedy—Monday morning news came from Lanark that the body of a young man named Watson had been found on Sunday morning on the premises of one Margaret Watson on the outskirts of the village and that his death had come about as the result of a shot from a gun on the Friday evening previous.  Later intelligence brought in the facts as far as could be known and we publish them as given to the coroner’s jury.  The wretched victim was William Watson, who lived in this town off and on for a few years back and was well known to the younger generation.  He was a step son of John Stewart and drove a cart on the canal construction during the summer of 1888.  He was a member of the Salvation Army for a time and while with them kept sober but at other times was given to habits of dissipation though a mere youngster of 17.  His sad fate while engaged in a heinous crime ought to be sad warning to all boys stepping out of boyhood to keep away from whiskey and bad companions for the curse of liquor leads to sins, violence and death.  From a careful perusal of the evidence it is apparent that the unfortunate incident was the result of an accident.  Thomas Cameron and his son Benjamin Cameron both living close by were roused at their home by the piercing cries and calls for assistance by some girls in the house occupied by Margaret Robinson.  They had heard a crowd of apparently drunken men noisily going to the house and breaking into it and afterwards the screams of the helpless girls for assistance.  They knew, of course, that the house had a shady reputation but they were well aware of what drunken, reckless men were capable of doing even in the case of this kind.  They wisely took firearms along and hastened to the scene.  Without using intentional violence they succeeded in their objective which was to scare the rowdies away but unfortunately one of the shots fired found a target in the heart of the arch sinner who in fleeing from the scene of the crime fell down the hill a dead man in his tracks.  The jury correctly returned a verdict of death by accidental shooting.

Clydesville Clips:  The funeral of the late Jas. Hamilton of Lanark who had been ill for several months passed through here on Saturday afternoon on the way to the Hopetown Cemetery near his former residence.

From a Herald Extra dated 18th inst., we learn the particulars of a fatal accident that happened at Carleton Place to a man named William Horricks of the Township of Drummond where his wife was at that time visiting.  The deceased was a married man about 35 yeas of age.  The Extra says:  “About 11:00 this morning (Tuesday) a terrible accident occurred in the lumber yard of the Canada Lumber Co. whereby William Horricks, an employee of the company, lost he life.  The particulars are as follows:  two lorries heavily laden with lumber were running downgrade of the yard.  Horricks was in between the piles and wanted to cross the tracks and as soon as the first car passed he rushed out not knowing a second car was coming.  When on the track the second car struck him knocking him down and passed over him causing such serious injury that the unfortunate fellow only lived a short time.”

Westport News:  Peter Donnelly, very ill for some time, went to Kingston on the 7th for medical advice.  --  J. H. Whelen is yet confined to his house.  --  Justice Warren’s little child was buried on the 8th.  --  McNally Brothers of Newboro have opened a general store in the Wardrobe block.  --  Percy B. Clark of Kingston, started a general store in J. H. Whelen’s old stand.  --  James Broskin of Iroquois has rented M.J. McCann’s new building on Main Street for groceries.  --  V.W. Kennedy and D. Green have gone to Kilmarnock to attend a camp meeting.  --  James Speagle has a large mowing bee today.  --  Dorman DeWolfe is giving good satisfaction with his steam thresher.

Professor Jones Farmer late of Woodstock Baptist College is visiting his uncle Samuel Farmer, Combermere, County Renfrew.  On his return, he intends leaving for Louisville, Kentucky and after remaining there for a year in study will proceed to Cambridge or Oxford University to take another year’s course in the Classics.  His idea is to then take the Greek New Testament Chair of McMaster Hall, Toronto.

Mr. J. O. Van Norman of Watertown, N.Y. has been visiting his brother-in-law John DeWitt, 3rd Line Bathurst and returned home last week.

Mrs. George L. Lyon (nee Charlotte Douglas) from Ottawa is visiting her sister Mrs. Haggart in town.

Perth Courier, Sept. 27, 1889

Maberly—Old Mrs. Richard Armstrong, about 85 years went to bed Friday as usual and in ten minutes was a corpse.  Her funeral was held Sunday morning at 10:00 and the remains interred at Bathurst.  --  Old Mrs. Leach died on Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. T. A. McCulloch of Brockville have taken up residence in Perth and arrived here last week.  They have rented Mrs. W. A. Shaw’s fine residence at the corner of Drummond and Foster Streets.  Mr. McCulloch will spend the winter with his brother Albert McCulloch who owns a large ranch at Pinchar’s Creek, N.W.T and in which T.A. McCulloch is financially interested.

John Keays is going out of the milk business and will hold an auction sale of his cows on Monday of next week.

The family of James Balderson of Bathurst is sadly afflicted.  Four sons were down with typhoid fever and one, Matthew Balderson, died on Tuesday.  The fatal complaint was brought by one of the sons from Ottawa who came back sick.   A few days ago another son John Balderson was killed by a blast in an iron mine on the K & P Railway.

R. Parker, tailor, intends leaving for Manitoba on Monday, having accepted a position as cutter and tailor in that place.  The people of Perth and especially the Methodist congregation here will lose a good citizen in Mr. Parker.  In church work he was a useful and willing auxiliary.

On Friday afternoon at 2:00 James Mitchell, carpenter, then working at the dredge on the Craig Street bridge, dropped suddenly down and when picked up by those around him was found to be dead.  Apoplexy was the cause.  The remains were buried in the old Presbyterian burying grounds on Sunday afternoon and were followed by a very large cortege of friends and relatives.  Mr. Mitchell was born in Perth 59 years ago and was the son of Mr. Hugh Mitchell.  He was well known as a carpenter and builder and as a town and country constable.  He has two brothers in town John and David Mitchell.  The deceased leaves a widow and several children.

Farm For Sale:  Philip McGowan, Lot 21, 1st Concession Bathurst

Perth Courier, October 4, 1889

Mr. R. V. Fowler, late classical master of the Perth Collegiate Institute, pro tem, left on Tuesday to take a medical course at Toronto University.

At the recent sitting of the Fall Assizes at Pembroke, Laughlin, the man who killed Robert Ferguson at Calabogie in August was acquitted by the petit jury on the charge of manslaughter preferred against him.

The late James Mitchell was not born in Perth but at a place called Hogsback (?) on the Rideau near Ottawa.  His father’s name was David Mitchell, not Hugh.

On Thursday morning Miss “Mag” Robinson at whose house in Lanark the lamentable tragedy occurred on Exhibition Day, was brought to town by the Lanark authorities along with six of her children and all were lodged in gaol to put in six month’s confinement under the vagrancy act.  The unfortunate family made quite a show in gaol. 

Perth Courier, October 11, 1889

R. Burris has opened a flour store in the Allen House block where he keeps a store of all kinds of flour.

Mr. Charles Nixon with his family left town on Wednesday to reside in Toronto.

Mrs. G.R. McLaren of Carman, Minn., after visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. George Gray of Bathurst for some time, left for home this week.

Mrs. C. J. Mitchell of the township of Barrie, County Addington, was in town last week visiting her sister-in-law Mrs. Thomas Baird, Sr.  Mrs. Mitchell is a sister of Rev. Jas. Carmichael, Presbyterian minister, Norwood, and a daughter-in-law of that sterling Reformer the late John Mitchell of Bathurst.

Daniel Cameron, late of Perth, was in town on Saturday.  He has been a few months a resident of Arnprior but yesterday set out for Philadelphia  to put in an extended term at the post-graduate medical school in that city.

Ewen Cameron, formerly of the 2nd Line Drummond, has removed from Arnprior, Smith’s Falls, where he has bought a dwelling house.

Mrs. McAllister of Iroquois is visiting her sister Mrs. A. H. Scott at St. Andrew’s Church Manse.  Her husband, Rev. J. M. McAllister was formerly Presbyterian minister at Ashton in this county.

The Smith’s Falls Constable, R. McGowan, has been re-appointed for the coming year at a salary of $500.  This includes a host of duties, among which is taking care of the town hall and structure and sanitary inspector.

Cyrus Davis says he is NOT going out of the milk business.

The remains of John Byrne of Clarendon Station were brought by train to this place on the 8th inst., for interment in North Burgess.  A number of friends accompanied the remains from town.

Mr. A.E. Clay, organist at St. James Church, is about leaving Perth having yesterday been ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church by the Bishop of Kingston.

Auction House and Lot and Household Furniture Sale—John McGatty at his residence Victoria St., Perth

Maxwell Gibson, W. M. Gibson, and James and Gilbert Wilson sons of George Wilson, all of the Scotch Line, set out for the lumber camp.  Thomas Allan, Perth, who has a steam saw mill on the K & P Railway is to work in the woods during the winter.

George Butler has put the Superior Hot Air Furnace, made by Burrows Stewart and Mill of Hamilton into the following places:  Shaw and Matheson’s , F.A. Hall’s, Rev. R. L. Stephenson’s, Walker Brothers, all of Perth; Rev. M. Bessey of Lanark and Rev. T. P. O’Connor of Stanleyville.

Perth Courier, October 25, 1889

Westport News:  October 14—Mrs. John Murphy, Jr., is dangerously ill.  --  James Mitchell, Bedford (?), bought a lot and blacksmith shop for his son Thomas Mitchell from W. Crozier, Fermoy, for $350.  He is at work there, also sold a yoke of oxen to John Boonan, Bathurst, for $145.  --  Mrs. Michael O’Grady, Jr., died on the 11th age 46 years.  Her funeral took place on Sunday and was largely attended.  She leaves a husband and 11 children.  --  Thomas Ewing’s son George, 15, had his leg broken by a kick from his father’s horse last week.  The limb was set and he is doing well.  --  J.H. Whelen is confined to his house yet.    Peter Donnely has gone again to Kingston for medical treatment.  He is gaining slowly.  --  Michael Carney got married to Ellen Canten on the 4th.  --  Patrick McArdle, formerly of this place, died at Cheboygan, Michigan on the 15th aged 48 years.  He leaves a wife and five small children.

On the 2nd of May, 1881, Samuel Sheard of the Woolen Manufacturing firm of Elliott, Routh and Sheard of the “No. 2 Factory” Almonte, mysteriously disappeared from home and after being seen walking on the C.P.R. platform at Carleton Place was never heard of since.  A few years afterward the affairs of the partnership were wound up and Sheards assets amounting to some $7,000 placed into the hand of the Chancery Court to await his reappearance or any other contingency, failing that.  The missing man 8 years afterwards did not materialize and his wife or widow wishing to have the estate distributed among the heirs applied to the Chancery Court to bring this about.  She was still living in Almonte though temporarily residing in Rapid City, Manitoba.  In the process of the law routines she found she was unable to procure sureties for double the amount of the assets so application was made to the Toronto General Trust Co. to furnish the necessary accurity which was affected.  This happily enabled Mrs. Sheard to take out letters of administration and on the 17th inst., these were issued and she can now administer the estate.  The proceedings were carried out by Messrs. Jamieson and Grieg of Almonte through the Surrogate Court of Perth.  This is the first case of this nature with its peculiar circumstances that ever transpired in this county.

The Pembroke Observer of the 18th Oct., says that Mrs. J. M. Stanley of that town has by the death of an uncle in Texas fallen heir to a fortune of $60,000 besides other property.  Mrs. Stanley was formerly Miss Kate Kennedy and is now a resident of Toronto.  Her husband is a first cousin of M. Stanley of Perth and formerly lived here.

Lt. H. J. Gallagher of the Regular U.S. Army has recently been transferred from Ft. Lewis, Colorado to New Mexico and has been appointed Commissary and Post Adjutant of his fort there.  Lt. Gallagher was born in Perth and is the grandson of Edward Lee of the 3rd Line Bathurst.

Mrs. H. G. Watkins of Smiths Falls, has fallen heir to a large fortune by the death of a relative in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Annie G. Campbell left on Tuesday to resume her attendance at Queen’s University, Kingston.

Perth Courier, Nov. 1, 1889

Stanleyville:  Peter White died in New Jersey on Wed., 23rd Oct. his remains were brought home for interment here Monday, 27th Oct.

Clydesdale News:  Miss Maggie McIlraith is enjoying a visit from her uncle and aunt from New York, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton.

Clydesdale News:  Mr. Isaac Nixon of Herron’s Mills was handsomely presented about a month ago with a brand new daughter as valuable as a gold watch and chain.  And although she cannot tick she can squeal and will probably cause as much admiration and shine as brilliantly as 18k gold.

Robert Craig, a section foreman on the K & P Railway had a tooth extracted by a dentist in Kingston about three weeks ago.  Blood poisoning set in and he died on Tuesday of last week.

George Clute of Brockville, charged with bigamy, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pled guilty on two charges.  He was sentenced to six years in the penitentiary on each of the sentences to run concurrently.

Dr. Hugh McEwen of Ashton brother of Dr. McEwen of Carlton Place, has taken three degrees in Scotland where he has been taking a post graduate course after securing his M.D. from McGill at Montreal.  He is now a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Surgeons, of Edinburgh and Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow.  He has gone to Germany to still further continue his medical instruction.

The remains of Mrs. Rebecca Beckett of Smith’s Falls one of the early settlers of North Elmsley were entered in the old burying ground of Perth on Saturday.  Mr. John McCallum an old Elmsley neighbor attended the funeral.

The old homestead of the Powell family in the East Ward is now a thing of the past.  The property belongs to the congregation of St. John’s Church, the managers of which sold the old house to Patrick Spence who has pulled it to pieces and will use the timber as the framework of a barn he is building.  The house was built about the year 1819 by Col. John Hamilton Powell an ex-major in the regular army who was then land agent for the Imperial Government for the Bathurst District.  Around here he was known as Col. Powell.  Most of his family were born in the mansion including the late W.F. Powell of Ottawa, ex-sheriff and M.P. and his brother ex-sheriff John Powell.  The house was a two story frame building and its erection was considered quite a pretentious edifice.  The timbers in it were of oak, sound and massive and are in good condition to this day.  No doubt the “old house” in its long life was the scene of many interesting events and could, if it had a tongue, tell many a stirring tale of former years.

On Monday evening last, Rev. Father Kileen was ordained priest of St. John’s Church, Perth, in an impressive ceremony by His Grace Archbishop Cleary in the presence of a large congregation.  There were present Rev. Father Stanton of Smith’s Falls; Toomy of Sharbot Lake, T.P. O’Connor of Burgess and Bathurst; Murray of Kingston; and O’Donohue of Perth.  The church and altar had been beautifully decorated with flowers and lights the day before by the ladies.

Rev. Dr. Murdock of St. Catharines is the guest of his brother-in-law John G. Campbell.

Mr. W. J. Morris left on the early morning train on Thursday for Toronto to attend the funeral of his brother the late Hon. Alexander Morris.

Dr. Robinson is removing from Carleton Place to Ottawa to take the practice of Dr. Graham.

Mr. A. Burt and family of Almonte, formerly of Perth are moving to western Ontario this week.

The Almonte Gazette says that last Saturday Mrs. Matthew McFarlane of Ramsay came to town to visit some friends and while at the house of her sister Mrs. Gilbert Moir, was seized by paralysis and has been lying at the point of death ever since.  Three years ago the aged lady was similarly stricken and never thoroughly recovered.  She lies in an unconscious state and does not recognize her relatives.  We regret to learn that there is no hope of her recovery.

Perth Courier, November 8, 1889

Mr. James Donald shipped 1,200 lambs to the American market on Wednesday.

Farm for Sale:  William Abercrombie, Alan’s Mills P.O. Lot 13 and ½ of Lot 12, 9th Concession of North Burgess, 6 miles from Perth

One time the forces of nature, like horses

That knew not curb nor rein

In a frolic of speed or a wild stampede

Went over the land and the main.

Then little bolts, like playful colts

Skipped round the cloudy dome

And the mighty arm of the ocean’s storm

Bid only dash the storm.

But science came with power to tame

And skillful hands and bold

And made them ours these mighty powers

Of nature uncontrolled.

And the harness art has acted a part

In the world’s affairs that is grand!!

If needing to buy you will find a supply

At Moran’s in Lanark on hand.

The stock is complete the work is neat

The style not out of date.

The assortment is nice—and oh!, the price,

Alas for its fallen state.

Lines, collars and blinds, trunks, whips or all kinds

Bells, blankets and brushes in stock

Sets double and single are kept here as shingles

So hang out in the Turner block!

And about the amount of your harness account

He’d like very well if you paid it

Then the scribe of the host when his ledger will post

A balance may place to your credit.

John McCann of Perth has been appointed License Inspector for S. Lanark in place of Henry Stafford, who retired.  Mr. McCann has therefore resigned his position as one of the License Commissioners.  The fact that Mr. Stafford is no longer License Inspector will give great satisfaction to the Temperance business in the riding.  We have every hope Mr. McCann will do his duty with vigor and zeal.

We regret to learn that Mr. William Farrell of the Civil Office in Ottawa is down with typhoid fever at the hospital there.

Mr. and Mrs. James Gray left town for their new home at Picton on Tuesday.  A great many friends were at the depot to bid them adieu.

Mrs. Alexander Palmer of Christie’s Lake, Bathurst, returned on Tuesday last from a visit to her cousin Mr. Alexander Kippen, Burnstown, County Renfrew.

Della Snyder, Port Elmsley has been engaged for one of the public school departments in Smith’s Falls.  Miss Tena M. Robertson, teacher in Port Elmsley school, will not re-engage for 1890 her intention being to attend the Ottawa Normal School.

We understand Dr. Munro has completed his term at the New York post graduate school and hospital and expects to return home and resume his practice next week.

The farm of Mr. Daniel A. J. Ritchie, Scotch Line, has been sold to Mr. John Munro, Bathurst.  The latter’s farm on the 3rd Line was sold to Mr. George Palmer.

Perth Courier, Nov. 15, 1889

New Flour and Feed Store:  R. Burris

Stanleyville—Miss Rose Troy left here to visit her sister Mrs. T. Brady in Iowa.

Miss Lizzie Waddell left on Tuesday for New York to resume her studies in drawing and painting in the Art School there.

Mr. and Mrs. William Gould of Oliver’s Ferry Road left last week for Cairo, Illinois along with four sons and daughters.  One of the sons still remains on the farm in Elmsley.

Lanark Links:  Mr. William Drysdale has returned from Souris, Manitoba.

Lanark Links:  Alexander Mitchell, formerly of this place, has returned from Michigan.

An old man named Henry McVeigh died at North Burgess last week who is said to have been 103 years old.  We do not know whether his age can be authenticated but if his age was really as stated the duration of his life was remarkable.

At the late examinations before the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Toronto, the following passed finals and received certificates:  E.W. Gemmell, Almonte; D.A. Muirhead, Carleton Place; C. J. McNamara, Walkerton, son of our former fellow townsman Mr. M. McNamara.

Auction farm stock and implements:  Estate of Donald McGregor

Mrs. Richard Walsh and family are back in town again and may be considered legatees on our poor fund.

At a late meeting of the Toronto Presbytery a call from a congregation in that city was given to Rev. J.G. Stuart, Presbyterian minister of Balderson.  We have not learned if the Rev. gentleman is interested in accepting the call.  The people of Balderson and Drummond would grieve at losing him.

Received This Week!

A Shipment of Yatisi Corsets!

Unsurpassed for Comfort and Durability!

A. Robertson

John Prettie, North Elmsley has sold his farm to Joseph Seabrook of Richmond for $4,000.

Many Almonte friends deeply sympathize with Mr. J.P. Galvin of Arnprior in the loss of his young wife who died on Wednesday of last week after a lengthened illness.  The deceased was a former resident of Almonte.  Gazette

Perth Courier, Nov. 22, 1889

Mr. A. M. Greig, barrister, Almonte, has returned from New York after undergoing a very painful surgical operation in the shape of the removal of a portion of the bone in his nose which was filling up the passage of that organ.  The Gazette is glad to say that the operation was a complete success.

Many Almonte businessmen are in a state of anxiety about the whereabouts of Mr. Langdon, chief promoter of the Almonte Gas Works, who is alleged to have “skipped” on Wednesday night leaving creditors to the extent of about $2,000.  Mr. Kelly, hotel keeper, asked him on Tuesday to divide his patronage as he had an unpaid hotel bill of $700.  Mr. S.D. Palter (?) is put down as losing about $700, Dr. Burns, $200 and other smaller sums.  If all the allegations now made are correct, Langdon is a shrewd and unscrupulous swindler.  Gazette

Andrew Hunter, the Brockville tough who found Smith’s Falls inconvenient to live in, was sentenced to two months at hard labor on Monday for assaulting a young lady whose name is withheld by request.  News

Mr. J.C. Watt has been dangerously ill for the last few days.  May he speedily recover.

Sharbot Lake News—Mr. Babcock and family, who launched off to British Columbia last May, not finding the country what they expected, the crops being very poor, returned to our town Thursday.

Sharbot Lake News:  Mr. William Moore of Maberly called on us and we are glad to say he is looking healthy.

Sharbot Lake News:  The grave of a boy named Kelford was opened near Ferguson’s and part of the body taken.

Miss Lizzie Walker left yesterday to attend the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Edward Rice, for some time residing in Carleton Place, is staying for the present with his brother Frederick Rice in Drummond.

Perth Courier, Nov. 29, 1889

Westport:  Farmers are through plowing.—J. B. Whelen is still in Montreal undergoing medical treatment.—Mrs. V. W. Kennedy is confined to her room, she has been ill for two months.—George R. King is confined to his house with erysipelas in his leg.—The Rideau Belle will continue regular trips to Kingston as long as navigation remains open.—Michael McCann, Sr., held an auction of farm stock on the 17th, cows were sold from $20-25 a head.—Thomas Hobon (?) and Miss Kate Donohue were married on the 19th at St. Edwards Church.  Whig

Lanark Links:  Miss Eva Bond is at present visiting her sister Mrs. R. Drysdale.

Sale of Farm Stock and Implements:  William S. Keays, Lot 19, 2nd Concession Drummond; House, Furniture and Druggists Fixtures, Mrs. J. S. Coombs

We regret to learn that William Menzies, son of Alexander Menzies of the Scotch Line, was killed by a falling tree at Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, 18th Nov.  The unfortunate young man was 28 years old.  No other particulars have reached us as of yet.

We are glad to see that Mr. P. W. Wilson is going around once more and getting his health back fast.  While at his work with Messrs Ryan and Henry at the Sault Ste. Marie canal contract he was taken down with typhoid fever and was at death’s door.  He was brought home, however pulled through all right.  Mr. Wilson had charge of the boilers, derricks, etc. and will return in the spring to resume his late occupation and probably take his family with him.  Messrs. Ryan and Henry’s (or Heney) contracts will likely last 4-5 years.

The funeral of the late J.M. Miller on Saturday last was largely attended by a large concourse of his former fellow citizens of Perth.  The chief mourners were his brothers Thomas Miller from Montreal; his uncle Mr. Gibb from that same city; his brother-in-law Hon. John Haggart and his wife’s cousin Mr. John C. Cormack of North Bay.  Two other old friends followed immediately after:  T.P. French, Post Office Inspector and Captain Larkin of St. Catharines.  The pall bearers were:  Judge Senkler, Mayor Code, J.T. Henderson, W.W. Berford, Ed Elliott, W.J. Pink, F. L. Mitchell and Thomas Hicks.  The Town Council attended in a body.  The funeral service was conducted in the English Church by Rev. Mr. Coleman of Balderson in the absence of the rector R.L. Stephenson who was unwell.  After this part of the service the remains were taken to the old Presbyterian burying ground and interred in the plot of the Haggart family.

Mr. John G. Cormack of North Bay arrived here on Saturday to attend the funeral of Mr. J.M. Miller.  Mrs. Miller is his cousin.  He left again on Monday morning.  Mr. Cormack has a drug shop at North Bay and is also a Division Court Clerk of the Nipissing District, registrar of chattel mortgages for the same district, clerk of the local council and the holder of one or more offices.

Miss Nettie Beveridge, North Elmsley, has been appointed teacher of the Mayberry School of North Elmsley for 1890.

Miss Ida Dick, daughter of Mr. James Dick of North Bay, is visiting her aunt, Mrs. W. J. Pink of Perth.

Miss Jennie M. Stewart of Manion has been appointed teacher of the Port Elmsley school for 1890.

Stanleyville—Snow has again come.—Mr. Singleton is expected here about the end of the week to make arrangements as to the working of a cheese factory.  All seem willing to join in the undertaking.  Mr. Singleton is already the successful manager of several factories between here and Elgin.—Mr. James P. Byrne shot an owl this week.—Dame Rumor says that one of our young men had quite a battle with a vicious goat.  He was marked.—Miss Maggie Graham is at present a guest of Rev. T.P. O’Connor.—Arthur Martin received a present of a handsome Spaniel puppy.  He values it at $6.

Advertisement:  Herman Wahl, teacher of piano, organ and vocal music.

Perth Courier, Dec. 6, 1889

Watson’s Corners—D. F. Stewart is dead.  He suffered from typhoid fever first and then a relapse and chills that wee impossible to check.  Various societies assisted in his burial.

Ferguson’s Falls:  Mrs. W. J. Greer, Brockville, wile attending the funeral of the late William Greer, her father-in-law, received the sad news that her brother William Bradford of Richlane, N.Y., was dead.

Ad for farm stock and implement sale:  James Grierson, Lot 6, 6th Concession N. Burgess.  Also Edward P. Kelly, Lot 21, 4th Concession Burgess

Miss Maggie A. Scott and Miss Tina J. Scott, sisters of Rev. A. H. Scott of Perth have been chosen by the N.A. Council of the China Inland Mission as additions to the Canadian staff in China.  Arrangements are being made for farewell services by the council which will probably be held in Montreal, Perth, Toronto and Hamilton.  The ladies propose to sail from Vancouver about the middle of January.  Their point of destination on the eastern Pacific coast will be Shanghai from which place they will go by river steamer to Nanking where there first six months of the China experience will be spent.

Miss Annie G. Macnee left here on the midnight train for an extended visit to her brother Dr. Stewart Macnee in Ripley, N.Y.

Mr. T. A. McCulloch, after a visit to his brother’s ranch in Alberta, has returned to Perth and will spend the winter here.  He will probably go back to the ranch in the spring as he has an interest in the property.

John Meredith, Bathurst, who has more than reached his four score and first birthday was in town Monday renewing his subscription to the Courier.

Perth Courier, December 13, 1889

Scotch Line:  Alexander Moodie will leave tomorrow with a carload (300) of lambs for the New York market.  Mr. Moodie has shipped nine or ten carloads to that city this fall.  He thinks the farmers would be benefited by commercial union with the U.S. as that country provides such a good market for all that they have to sell.  The duty on lambs is 20%.

Middleville:  Harry Mather (?) is at present lying in bed with a severe attack of inflammation of the lungs.  Dr. Burns of Almonte and Dr. Cameron of Lanark have both been attending him.  It is hoped he may recover.

Messrs James A. Allan, J.M.O. Cramwell, John Menzies and John Riddell will be ordained elders in Knox Church at the preparatory service on Saturday, 2:00.  On Sabbath the communion will be observed and the last quarterly collection for missions for the year will be taken up.

William Butler has made a gem of his old tinshop on Foster Street and it is now one of the neatest shops in town.

The farm of the late Donald McGregor, 6th Concession Drummond, was sold to Edward Wright, Beckwith for $2,470.

Mr. M. Stanley, carriage maker, on Wednesday morning, increased the amount he offered in settling the creditors’ claims but they have not yet accepted.  Meantime, his store, trade and book debts are offered for sale by tender.  A settlement may yet be made and under the circumstances is desirable so that Mr. Stanley can resume business.

Patrick J. Kane, late manager of the Westport marble works has opened a marble shop in the shop lately occupied by R. Parker, tailor, Clements block.


1.         Levi C. Sinclair has been engaged for C.S.S. #1 Bathurst and Drummone.

2.         Matthew Curie, Jr., has been engaged for the Althorpe school.

3.         Miss Lizzie Guthrie, Middleville, will teach in the Appleton school next. Year.

4.         Miss Ferguson of Drummond has been engaged for the Oliver’s Ferry school for 1890.

5.         Miss Maggie Hevron, Perth, has been engaged to teach in the Lombardy school for 1890.

6.         Miss Rose M. Byrne, daughter of John Byrne of North Burgess has been engaged to teach at Innisville School at an increased salary having proved herself an efficient teacher. 

Old Times at Newboro (Athens Reporter)\

The first house erected at Newboro was a log shanty built in about the center of the village.  It was erected as far back as 1815 by David Stevens.  In 1834 Horace Kilborne’s father commenced the erection of a dwelling house.  This building is still standing.  It is built of heavy pine timber, the rafters of bowed (?) pine 8” square and the roof is self supporting.  The sides were sheeted up with plank 3” thick and clap boarded.  The building was finished in 18?? and about the 1st of January following Horace Kilborn and James Easton started a store in the north corner of the house.  They often sold $200 worth of goods in a day nearly always on credit.  They had sleeping apartments in the store but boarded with “Aunt Nabby” Stevens.  They had not been long in the place before the two boys had a falling out with Mrs. Stevens and they got a Frenchman to cook for them and Mrs. Bilton baking bread for them when needed.  In 1834 Mr. Kilborn’s father built the Maqssanaga (?) Mills, the timbers of which are still standing.  Then nearly the whole of the land of the village was covered with dense growth pine and the finest timber that ever he saw having been cut within ten rods from his present dwelling.  The first tavern in Newboro was near the bridge over the canal and kept by “Uncle Ben” Yates.  W. H. Fredenburg was the first Division Court Clerk appointed in 1843.  At that time Benjamin Taft kept a store on what was formerly known as “the commons”.  A man named Cooper lived on the shore of the Rideau Lanke and Arthur Clendenning, known throughout the country as “the lawyer” lived near Cooper.  Pat Devanin was a well known character in Newboro in those days as were also his sons who filled honorable positions in the employ of the Taft family for many years.  William Bilton lived on the same farm he now owns and John Poole also resided on the farm he now lives on.  When Horace Kilborne and Easton were running the store in 1835 they sent to get nearly all their boots and shows from Ira Lewis, Addison.  The first buggy owned in Crosby was bought by old Mr. Delong.  John Kilborne got a buggy about the same time from Oswego, N.Y.  It was as heavy as an ordinary three spring wagon of today and it required a good team to haul it from Newboro to Brockville in one day.  Mr. Kilborne thinks that the horses of those days like the early settlers were hardier and stronger than the horses of today.

Perth Courier, December 29, 1889

Maberly:  Arthur Robinson and his brother Andrew Robinson, formerly of this place, have returned after an absence of ten years in Dakota.

Oso Station:  Mrs. Storms from Olden Station has moved here.—William Connors, our venerable shoe maker, is ill.  Little hope for his recovery.—G. E. Armstrong has his grocery window fitted up handsomely with nice things for the Christmas table.  It is quite an artistic arrangement.  William Armstrong was the designer.

Rev. Mr. Hansford, Methodist minister, Morrisburg, has suffered a stroke of paralysis and it is feared may never be able to do active work again.

On Wednesday evening our citizen’s band deployed in force in front of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G.R. McCarthy, Drummond St., and gave them a joyful serenade on the occasion of their recent marriage and return home.  They were taken into the house and hospitably entertained.

Auction sale ads:  Farm Stock and Implements—Peter Noonan, Lot 17 (?) 9th Concession Bathurst.  Auction sale for town property—estate of Thomas Farmer, west ½ of the southerly ½ lot 2 north side of Brock Street.

We regret that Thomas Allan, lumberman of this town has been compelled to assign for the benefit of his creditors.  The building of his new sawmill on the Mississippi crippled his resources and forced this action upon him.  He estimates his assets to be several thousand dollars above his liabilities.  Mr. Allan has always been a hard worker and deserves sympathy.

John Gibson, medical student at Queen’s University, has arrived home for the Christmas holidays.

North Sherbrooke:  Two of James Lee’s sons are here from Dakota visiting friends.

Scotch Corners:  John Cooke is home from the Montreal Hospital where he underwent a painful operation.  His neighbors will delight to know that he is on a fair way to recovery.

Glen Tay—The concert and reading at Glen Tay announced for Christmas evening came off Tuesday in the Methodist Church before a good house.  The night was stormy and this alone no doubt prevented the house from being jammed.  The chair was occupied by the genial manager of the woolen mill Mr. J. T. Fairgrieve who performed his task with efficiency, humor and a good nature which spread itself all around the audience.  Owing to the demands on our space this week we regret we are unable to report the entertainments as fully as is due such a performance.  After the opening remarks the choir led off with the fine anthem “Peace on Earth” and Mr. P.M. Dodds followed with the well known humorous enlargement of “Old Mother Hubbard”, a male quartet did “Moonlight on the Lake”—Messrs Dodds, Barber, Ireland and Miller, which delighted the audience; and a very funny bit was read by Master John Ireland dutifully entitled “The Man Who Jined Things” which made everybody laugh, even the Messrs Oddfellows and other people who “jine” things.  Messrs Dodds and Miller in an alto and soprano duet completely won the hearts of the hearers and then came a brief and humorous address with good advise by Mr. Smith, a divinity student at Queen’s University and a relative of the Messrs Dodds.  The well known duet “The Minute Gun at Sea” was well sung by Messrs Barber and Ireland and Rev. W. G. Henderson of Perth did a humorous piece from the Scotch “Family Exercises”.  The first part of the program closed with a full chorus song by the choir “The Sailor’s Return”.  The Rev. Mr. Pletts of Playfairville opened the second part by an instructional address on the Christmas festivities and the charities that accompany.  As the great head of the church had given up all to save men so should we practice self denial to give joy and comfort to those needing it accompanied by praises to Almighty God, the giver of all gifts.  The “Song of Niagara” followed by the choir and Master Ralph Menzies recited next an extract from Professor Aytoun’s logs (?0 of the Scottish cavaliers.  The song of the evening was “Fisherman and his Chile” a baritone solo performed by Mr. J. M. Dodds with great sweetness and expression.  An eloquent address followed by Rev. W. G. Henderson who charmed his listeners.  He advised the young men to be men and not dudes and to consider their country a glorious heritage which will be just what they make it.  A fine tenor duet “The Old Brigade” by Messrs Ireland and Dodds came next and then a reading by Mr. P.M. Dodds and a rousing quartet “Come Where the Lillies Bloom” by Misses Dodds and Miller and Messrs. Dodds and Ireland.  Mr. T.A. Code, Mayor of Perth, and proprietor of the knitting works being called upon pleased the audience for a few minutes in a speech combining the humorous and serious.  He alluded to his fellow craftsmen’s, the chair whose kindness and proficiency in giving him valuable “spinning lessons” during their acquaintance.  Rev. Mr. Pletts read one of Jerrold’s “Candle Lectures” and the program ended with a “Good Evening” chorus.

Althorpe:  The ground is frozen again and another storm has visited us.—The dance at William Mitchell’s was a grand success.  They all enjoyed themselves and some stayed until 5 in the morning.—No weddings this week but one on the move.—John Nolan and wife are visiting friends here.—Henry Fournier has sold his farm to William Thompson.—A man selling tin ware had a big runaway last week and smashed all his harnesses into pieces.  That has been the second runaway this week.—We are getting Matthew Currie for our teacher next year.—Miss Lizzie Norris is home from teaching at Pakenham.—Miss May Dowdall is home from the Perth Model (?) School.

Posted: 23 January, 2004.