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Perth Courier, July 2, 1897

A dispatch came to friends here on Tuesday afternoon of last week that Duncan Cameron of Westmeath township had been killed shortly before by lightening.  Deceased was born on the Scotch Line about two miles from Perth and was a cousin of the late James Cameron, Scotch Line.  He was married to Miss Ferrier, sister to Mrs. Walter Ferrier (transcriber’s note, says “Mrs.”) and was the father of Alex Cameron of St. Paul, Minnesota, a son-in-law of Mrs. John Jamieson of this town.  The deceased was also a brother-in-law of Alexander Abercrombie of the Scotch Line, who died suddenly the day after.  We were not acquainted with Mr. Cameron but we understand he was a very find man.  William Croskery, who is related to the families of that name in this locality was nearly killed by his side at the same time.  The Pembroke Observer of June 25(?) tells of the accident:  “Yesterday afternoon a number of men were engaged in doing statute labor on the 1st Line Westmeath about 3 miles from Beachburg when a violent thunderstorm arose.  The men sought refuge in a nearby grove on the edge of which they stood.  Suddenly the whole section seemed engulfed in a terrible sheet of lightening.  Duncan Cameron was struck and instantly killed.  James Croskery was holding a horse near Mr. Cameron and was knocked down and lay insensible for a time and the horse which he held was killed.  Stephen Kenny was also rendered insensible in which condition he remained for hours but recovered.  Mr. Kenny was also holding a horse but this horse escaped.  Mr. Cameron was one of the most highly respected and esteemed men in the county.  He was of a rare intellect, of high upright character and a beautiful disposition—beloved by all.  He was about 65.  His wife died over 20 years ago.  Two daughters and one son remain to mourn the loss of a dearly beloved father.  One son is Alexander Cameron of St. Paul, Minnesota and the other son and daughter remain on the homestead in comfortable circumstances.”

On Sunday last a woman at Sharbot Lake, Mrs. John Allan, gave birth to triplets, three boys and all alive and doing well.  If the Queen’s bounty of one pound per child for triplets has not been revoked or if it has been revived during the Jubilee year this family will be entitled to three pounds sterling.

Ferguson’s Falls—Mrs. Templeton who has been for some time visiting at her brother’s R. Craig, leaves this week for her home in Glasgow, S.Carolina.

Ferguson’s Falls:  The funeral of the late D. Pryce on Friday last was a very large one showing in some degree the esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.

Lanark Links:  Rev. John Ferguson and family of Clarensville have arrived in Lanark.  We welcome Mr. Ferguson to our village where he is to be the Methodist minister for three years.

Watson’s Corners:  H. Barrie has gone to Lanark to have an operation performed on his eyes…..Mrs. J. Borrowman and Miss A. Dick, Drummond, visited their sister Mrs. W. McChesney last week.

Harper:  Mrs. And Miss Butler of Arnprior are visiting her sister Mrs. Richard Hopkins who is at present very ill.

Perth Courier, July 9, 1897

Elm Grove:  John Joynt is very low being down with pleurisy.  He is bedfast at George Mckay’s.  One trouble never comes alone; he lost his baby boy five weeks ago.

Duncan Cameron, who was killed by lightening a short time ago near Beachburg, was a brother of Robert the well known Almonte contractor.  Deceased was a brother-in-law of J.L. Ferrier, grocer, Almonte and was formerly deputy reeve of Westmeath township.

Nearly 200 persons reached here on Thursday of last week to take in the Dominion Day celebration at Carleton Place; and probably the crowd there altogether equaled from the county adjacent and from Smith’s Falls, Almonte, Arnprior and Renfrew and Pembroke about 4,000 or 5,000 persons.  The day was hot without being unbearable and occasionally passing clouds tempered the heat very pleasantly.  The town was fully decorated with flags and evergreen arches, and private dwellings and grounds were gay with bunting and Chinese lanterns.  A trade procession headed by the fire department and representing many occupations and exhibiting many phases of taste and originality, accompanied by a long company of lady and gentleman bicyclists with gaily decorated wheels followed the forenoon’s moving display and introductory attraction.  The crowd in the afternoon found their way to the celebration field which was a mile out of town on the Perth road on the grounds owned by Thomas Warren and used as a race track by the local turf club.  It was wide and long but the owner in years gone by forgot to leave a few trees standing around for shade purposes and the crowd panted and thirsted in the open unless they had sun shades or canopied carriages to keep off the mid summer sun.  But, come to think of it, all race courses have of necessity to be clear of obstructive trees.  The arrangement for the celebration had been well devised and were well carried out by a good execution from the head and level brained subordinates and the interest all afternoon was actively kept up.  There were races of all kinds, jumping games, competitions both of skill and physical force and all the time the Carleton Place band and our own splendid musical company the Harmonic Band kept the crowd well supplied with field music.  Perth had brought but its little band of sports and athletes and their successes instilled quite a respect for the old county town into the minds of those who looked on.  It turned out that in whatever competition they entered the Perth Club or single competitors came out either first or second—generally on top of everything.  In some competitions Perth was not represented but in everything they tried they captured first or second money.  Our fire chief D.R. Noonan engineered the fire brigade in his usual quiet but telling manner so that they lost nothing from want of coaching and encouragement.  The Lacrosse match between the Crescents of Perth and the Mississippi’s of Carleton Place was a match between two young giants in the national game and though Perth won on an hour time limit two games to one, the home club might well be counted their equal’s and proved themselves worthy competitors in the trial so far.  The Harmonic Band delighted the audience in the field but in the evening they gave a special open air concert on the market square which was attended by 3,000 or 4,000 people and whose verdict was one of unequaled pleasure.  The following is the published prize list:

Firemen’s Foot Race:  First prize A. Wilson, Perth and second prize, R. McTavish.

100 Yard’s Race (Open):  First prize A. Wilson, Perth and second prize, R. McTavish

Bicycle Race One Mile:  First prize John Dittrick, Perth; second prize John Wilson, Perth.

Girl’s Bicycle Race:  First prize, Lizzie Edwards; second prize Edith Strong

Boy’s Bicycle Race (under 16);  First prize Clyde McDiarmid; second prize S. Willows; third prize Alexander McGregor.

Half Mile Foot Race (open):  First prize Sullivan; second prize Farrell

Putting the Shot:  First Prize William McIlquham; second prize E. Reynolds

Hop, Step and Jump:  First prize J. Hourigan; second prize Stewart

Fat Man’s Race:  First prize William McIlquham; second prize John Griffith, Perth.

Running High Jump:  First prize S. McGonigal; second prize W.A.B. Knox

Auction Sale Hotel Property at Watson’s Corners:  Robert Sargent

Henry Stone, painter at the C.P.R. carshop, had his left arm badly crushed on Saturday between two cars that were shoved together in the shops while he was working on the rear of the cars.  We hope amputation will not be the result.

In the list of those who successfully passed their exams at McGill Medical College we note with pleasure the name of A.B. Roberts who passed in botany, anatomy, physiology, practical chemistry, with honors in everything.

Messrs Noonan and Buchanan have dissolved.  Mr. Buchanan has accepted a situation with the Dominion Express Co. in Montreal and has sold his interest in the business to his partner Henry Noonan who will carry on the business himself.

On Friday last a man named John O’Connell was brought in from Carleton Place by Chief Wilson and committed for trial by P. Struthers, J.P. charged with stealing a $5 bill and a silver watch guard from one James Scott in the Mississippi Hotel on the 28th ult.  He denies the charge and has asked for a trial without jury and before the county judge.

Clydesville:  The scenic picnic held in Keaton’s Grove on Wednesday last proved a grand success notwithstanding unsettled state of the weather until some time after noon which no doubt detained a few both parents and children, who would gladly have become participants.  After 2:00 p.m. the sky became clear and the ground dry and the general sports began.  The children seemed very partial to the swings while the young people hailed with joy selections from various musical instruments and together with the older ones joined heartily in some athletic games.  A few of the young men acquired a keener appetite to enjoy the good things of the tea table and indulging in the pleasure of a game of baseball for a time after which we noticed that some of them became pie-ous, indeed.  The ladies service supper at 5:00 having on hand that invigorating beverage, a good cup of tea, besides plenty of ice cream and lemonade for everyone and the best of all was it only caused you the trouble of eating it.  A couple of the speakers were obliged (by other engagements) to absent themselves but as the afternoon passed quickly, the time seemed fully occupied and each one after the playing of God Save The Queen, wearing the smile of content, which tells full the tale of a good day’s enjoyment, departed.  From time to time we noted that the ladies are celebrated for making ample provision on such occasions having on hand enough for each, enough for all, enough form many more.  Miss Maggie Sinclair of Balderson attended the picnic on Wednesday afternoon and returned home in the evening accompanied by here sister Miss Aggie, teacher, and Miss Sloan of Herron’s Mills.  Did anyone, by mistake, at the picnic, obtain a quarter dozen silver tea spoons almost new, having the letters “J.D.” on the back of the handles, as part of the trademark?  If so, the owner will be grateful to have them left with Mr. Sloan, Herron’s Mills, or Mrs. A. Roberts, Clydesville.

Lanark Links:  Lanark has now got what it long wished for in the person of Mr. Haydon, lawyer.  We hope Mr. Haydon will be encouraged as he is the first stationed lawyer Lanark has ever had…..Mrs. William Smith, Sr., and her daughter Mrs. William Montgomery, Miss Ballantyne and Miss Emma Buffam left Monday on the excursion for Manitoba.

Perth Courier, July 16, 1897

Althorpe:  Mrs. John Ritchie, Sr., is in very poor health at present.

Althorpe:  The members of the Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. Jas. Flaherty on Wednesday when a very satisfactory report was given by the president in regards to the financial success of the social held on July 1.  It was a pleasant success, in spite of two postponements and though the crowd was smaller than usual the amount cleared was $22.65.  The tea was a credit to the ladies of the society and the choir sustained their excellent reputation for furnishing good music.  Miss Bella Ritchie deserves special mention for the admirable way in which she delivered her recitation “The Wreck”.  Her voice was distinct and carefully modulated.  Miss Lucy Dowdall with her brother Walter Dowdall scored a great success in a duet “Bethlehem”.  They possess very fine voices.  Little Laura Morris did very well with her recitation “The Silly Little Bonnet”.  She was not the least embarrassed.  Rev. Mr. McDonald acted as chairman to the satisfaction of all.  He deserves credit for the pains and expenses he incurred to make the program a success.  Misses Annie Ritchie and Jennie Crozier did remarkably well in the refreshments and stood to clear $14.43 having a small amount of goods.

Althorpe:  Mrs. Charles Thompson, Fermoy, spent a few days with her sister Mrs. John H. Dowdall.

Property For Sale:  The subscriber offers for sale that double tenement house on D’Arcy Street near Gore Street.  Mrs. E. Lafferty.

M.K. Everetts received a telegram yesterday announcing the death of his son Melvern at Vancouver, B.C.  No particulars were given.  The deceased was a brother of M. Everetts of this town and was well known in this section.  He was a young man of excellent quality.  Smith’s Falls News, July 7

Almonte:  A. Nagle of Almonte visited at his uncle’s John Hollinger on Sunday.

At the June exam at Trinity University, Miss M.C. Whateley of Perth took first class honors in modern language in her year and carried off the Dickson scholarship in this department.  H.S. Muckleston also of this town took first class honors in classics this year and the Burnside scholarship in this department as well as the Pettit scholarship in Divinity.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Tovey of this town are the happy parents of two little girls, the younger one having brightened their home for the first time last Sunday, July 12 while the birthday of the older one was the 17th March two or three years ago.  These two historic anniversaries will, therefore, in the future be celebrated in the same home, no doubt with that love and harmony which will be a shining example to the older heads.

Mrs. A.W. Burt and two children of Brantford are visiting her father Charles Meighen.

Mrs. Lindsay of Montreal is stopping for a time with her grandmother Mrs. Dr. Nichol.

Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Cameron of St. Paul, Minnesota are in town stopping with Mrs. Cameron’s mother Mrs. John Jamieson.

James Craig of Arnprior, brother of Mrs. W. H. Grant of Perth, has gone on an extended trip to Great Britain and the continent.

The following persons from this section were registered at the Brunswick Hotel, Winnipeg on the 9th inst.  George Thornton, J. Hugh, H.V. Huddleston, Mrs. G. Palmer and S. Wilson, Perth, W. Bulloch, Lanark.

George Bell son of James Bell of Perth, left on Monday to take a position in the paymaster’s of the C.P.R.’s extension through the Crow’s Nest Pass.

Lanark Links:  Miss Ella Shephard of Winnipeg is visiting her uncle and aunt Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Bates.

Perth Courier, July 23, 1897

Mrs. E.A.W. Lister is visiting her sister Mrs. William Meighen.

Miss Maggie Gibbons of Brockville is visiting at her uncle’s J.A. Ferrier.

The Smith’s Falls News last week published the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. William Watt who reside on the banks of the Rideau about two miles this side of Burritt’s Rapids, Leeds County and who had celebrated their Golden Wedding Jubilee on the 6th July.  Mr. Watt was born at Balderson’s Corners and is now 73 years old.  A large number attended the celebration.

The McEathron family were old residents of Perth prior to 1850.  Then they went west and settled in Illinois.  Stephen H. McEathron, one of the younger members then but now well advanced in age, has been a steady subscriber to the Courier ever since leaving and though not knowing it, our readers have quite often read and enjoyed his reminiscences of the times fifty and sixty years ago.  Mr. McEathron has not thought himself too old to “Go West” again and we observe in the Lena (Illinois) Star that he has taken 1,000 acres of the choicest lands in South Dakota and started a ranch there.  The Star further says in regard to his coming and staying in the town of Lena:  “When S.H. McEathron and wife leave this city on Tuesday there will have passed from here two of our pioneer citizens and the last of the pioneer firm of McEathron Brothers.  S.H. came here in 1850 when Lena was a hamlet and now in his old age, accompanied by his good wife, he leaves for the west where he will superintend a cattle ranch of 1,000 acres.  The history of the McEathrons is the history of Lena.  Alexander McEathron, Sr., came here from Canada in 1849 accompanied by his wife and part of his family.  The following year, Stephen, Alexander and Mary Ann started for this country.  The father started to Chicago to meet his children but was taken sick at Elgin.  The children not meeting him in Chicago started for Lena by stage.  At Elgin, Stephen got out to make some purchases and discovered his father sick unto death.  He died in a few hours and his remains were brought here  and buried.  Stephen then 20 years old, returned to Canada and settled up the estate.  Two years later, the three brothers, Stephen, James and Alexander, started in the mercantile business.  They remained in business until 1869.  Soon after Alexander was claimed by consumption and James went to Omaha, Nebraska where he is still in business.  The rest of the family are:  John in Milwaukee and Malcolm and Mary Ann who are sleeping in the city of the dead.”

Auction Sale Household Furnitre:  Mrs. Libbie A. Koyl—at her residence corner of Drummond and North Streets.  

Perth Courier, July 23, 1897

The Westport Mirror of last week says:  “An old man John McGregor, claiming to be a veteran of the Crimean War, was found dead abut four miles from Westport last Sunday.  He had been here for some time past working whenever he could get a job repairing watches, etc.  When going home from church on Sunday John Martin found him dead on the road.  He returned and notified authorities.  His remains were interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery.”

Word has been received by the friends here of the death in Chicago of Hugh Robertson, formerly of this place and a brother of the late John Robertson of Perth.

Perth Courier, July 30, 1897

Watson’s Corners:  The hotel property in our village was sold on Tuesday last to James Jackson, Sr…….the store in our village lately occupied by Isaac Allan has been closed so we have only one store in the village now.

Ferguson’s Falls:  Misses Florence and Katie McIntyre of Renfrew were the guests this week of their cousin Miss Mabel Sheppard…….A number from here attended the funeral of the late William Ebbs, Drummond, on Thursday of last week.

The most striking event of the season, the baseball game between a team from Perth and one made up of the residents of Perth’s fashionable summer resort—the Ferry—is over, the tension is relaxed, people breathe more freely and business once more resumes in a normal way.  The game was witnessed by a large number of people including many ladies whose sympathies fell easily and naturally with the better looking and more graceful team but which team this was we are not at liberty to say.  Mr. Harper, of the Merchant’s Bank, was captain of the Perth team while G.E. Armstrong filled the same position for the Ferry.  The game started at 5:00, Armstrong winning the toss and sending the Perth team to the bat.  Kellock and Leggatt were pitcher and catcher respectively for the Ferry team and surprised not only the onlookers but the Perth boys by the game they put up and dispelling any ideas of a soft snap for Perth.  After a short inning, the Ferry team went to bat, R.E. Hicks being pitcher and C.F. Stone catcher both old hands at the game and showing their old time skill.  It would be interesting reading to give a full and faithful account of the battle but space forbids and we must be content to say that while errors and fun were plenty some good play was shown and from the two teams which were composed nearly all of Perth men, a team could be chosen which could give a good account of itself against any amateurs.  The game resulted in a tie, each side scoring nine runs and no put-up job either.  The Ferry team entertained the Perth team for supper at Mr. Peter Coutts’ and a pleasant and friendly time was spent, a return match at Christies Lake was talked about.  The players on either side were: 

The “Never Played Befores”:  Stone, Hicks, Mitchell, Goodman, Harper, Muckleston, Shaw, Laing, Stewart.

The “Cosmopolitans”:  Kellock, Leggatt, Allan, Wells, Swell, Armstrong, Playfair, Bolton & Mitchell.

Umpire:  C.R. Stewart

Charles Blackburn, Fargo, N.D. is visiting at his grandfather’s Charles Rice.

Misses Edith and Annie Beeman of Newburgh and Misses Edna and Bird Hench (Hinch?) of Centreville are spending a part of their holidays with their uncle, Dr. Beeman.

Mrs. James Lafferty, Sr., of Orillia and Mrs. Robert Miller of Montreal are visiting their sister Mrs. James Allan, Stewart Square.

Robert Grenier has sold his farm of 160 acres on the 9th Concession North Elmsley for $5,000 to John Matthews for his son Robert, near the Ferry

We regret to learn of the serious illness of William Morris, of Rosetta, a very old and highly respected citizen and faithful ruling elder in the Presbyterian church here.

John L. Charles has sold his butchering shop and intends starting for the Klondyke next week.  Mr. Charles is an old miner having dug considerable gold in South Africa and now feels like visiting the fields nearer home.

Miss Edith MacTavish of Montreal is visiting her aunt Mrs. Peter McTavish.

Miss Edith M. Farmer of Detroit is making her first visit to Perth and is the guest of her uncle G.B. Farmer

Perth Courier, August 6, 1897

Miss E. Crawford of Perth is spending a few weeks with her sister Mrs. Dolan at Portage du Fort.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stachell of Cleveland, Ohio have returned home after visiting with her mother Mrs. M. Holmes.

Robert Miller of Montreal is taking a few holidays in town and at the Ferry with friends.  It is 18 years since Mr. Miller has been in Perth except once for a few hours and he sees many changes in our town as well as many strange faces.

Perth Courier, August 13, 1897

The usual blue book has been issued by the Dominion government giving a statement of the dividends remaining in back and unclaimed balances in the chartered banks of Canada up to December 31, 1896.  The heading “address” names the last known address of the party.  We transfer a statement of the transactions in the branches of this city.

The categories are:  Name, Amount, Address, Agency, Date of last transaction.

T. Allan, $7.02, British Columbia, Perth, 5-4-1881

T. Coulter, $15.14, Perth, Perth, 5-11-1873

J. Kemp, $6.51, Perth, Perth, 6-15-1870

J. McMillan, $22.00, Chicago, Perth, 4-23-1877

Tennant and Company, $5.63, Perth, Perth, 6-15-1870

John Robb, $10.25, Perth, Perth, 10-29-1890

A Cameron, $5.00, Perth, Perth, 5-21-1887

Kati O’Conner, $5.00, Perth, Perth, 5-21-1887

Thomas Strong, $10.00, Perth, Perth, 11-3-1887

George Buchanan, $300, Perth, Perth, 2-25-1890

Thomas McCarthy, $950, Perth, Perth, 9-5-1890

Isabella and Jno. Richmond, $93.00, Perth, Perth, 6-18-1891

W.E. Moore, $2.25, Maberly, Perth, 3-4-1891

W.A. Kyle, $6.00, Lanark, Perth, 6-30-1891

R. Nagle, $12.50, Lanark, Perth, 10-29-1890

Thomas Allan, $22.66, Lanark, Perth, 12-14-1880

On Sunday afternoon, July 25, Rev. James Cross(?) of this place conducted a baptismal service at McIlquham’s bridge on the Carleton road when Mrs. Jas Dodds and Miss L. Borrowman were baptized.  The news that an immersion was to take place drew quite a large crowd, a number walking down from here to witness the ceremony.  Era.

Mrs. J.P. McParland of Stanleyville left last week to visit her cousin Mrs. Thomas Whitton of Olean, New York.

Mrs. Edward Tovey and Miss Harriett Tovey left last week for Chicago to visit their daughter and sister Mrs. Edward Hudson.

Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Burgess arrived in Perth on July 22.  Mrs. Burgess intends returning to her home in Lakefield on the 14th of August accompanied by her sister Miss A.L. Bower.

Charles Devlin of Pembroke and his niece Miss Lizzie Devlin of Eureka, California, are visiting friends in town.

Mrs. St. George and children of Ottawa are staying for a time with her mother Mrs. Thomas Tovey of this town.

William McLeod, merchant and undertaker, Schoolcraft, Michigan, and who was born on the 3rd Line Bathurst near Glen Tay, is in town looking up old friends.  Thirty years ago he married Marion Cuthbertson who died 22 years ago and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Galbriath:  Mrs. B. McCurdy of this place is very ill with inflammation at present.  Her sister Mrs. Peter Hymes(?) is visiting her also her daughters and son of this place.  Mrs. Hymes(?) comes from Elgin, Illinois.  She likes Canada well; she has not seen it for 20 years.

Galbraith:  Mrs. Holmes Mathie gave birth to a little son July 30.

Perth Courier, August 20, 1897

Scotch Line:  Thomas Hosie and brother Andrew drove to Drummond one evening last week to attend the wedding of their cousin Miss McFarlane.

Miss Hogg will resume her piano lessons on Wednesday, September 1.

On Monday, a young man named Emery Armstrong aged about 18 years, son of James Armstrong of Smith’s Falls, went up to the Rideau Lakes in his canoe to join some companions camping.  A strong wind was blowing down the lake during the day and canoeing was done under difficulty.  The tug Maggie May with barges in tow overtook the young man and took him on board, towing his canoe behind.  Just before reaching the Rocky Narrows, the rope attached to the canoe broke and it went adrift.  Young Armstrong threw off some of his clothes and being a good swimmer, jumped into  the water and tried to swim to the canoe but the strong wind blew it down the lake faster than he could swim so that he never reached it.  Before the tug could be stopped and turned around to rescue him in the rough water, he sank to the bottom not to rise again.  His attempt to rescue the canoe with such a wind blowing was a perilous one causing him his life and bringing sorrow and bereavement to his home in Smith’s Falls.  The body has not been recovered yet so far as we have heard.

Hugh Hamill of North Bay came down last week to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law Mrs. James Robertson.  He left again on Wednesday.

Joshua Legge of Gananoque was in town Wednesday on his way to the home of his brother-in-law Henry Frayn, Scotch Line.

Miss Lottie Webster, Elizabethtown, was visiting her sister in town Mrs. J.M. Rogers last week leaving on Sunday to resume her course in New York as a trained nurse.

W.J. Kirkham has sold his dwelling in the East Ward to Michael Murphy, Drummond, who is coming to reside in town.  Mr. Kirkham wishes to pay or rent a house convenient to his blacksmith shop in the West Ward.

Perth Courier, Aug. 27, 1897

Mississippi:  Thomas Kehoe, Henry and Robert McKinnon leave today for the Northwest.

Middleville:  The Misses Somerville of Toronto are at present guests of their aunt Mrs. Edward Guthrie……Mrs. Will Miller presented her husband with twins last week.  One lived and the other died.

Scholarships won:  W.J. Russell, Miss S. Story of Almonte; Miss C. Mather, C.G.S. Rogers, F.W. Warren of Perth—won Queen’s University scholarships as a result of the late departmental exams.

Three young men of Pembroke, Messrs. Edward Irving, Roy Moffatt and John Ritchie have gone to the Klondike.  They left Winnipeg on Friday and will go to the gold country by way of Edmonton.

Honey for the People

The subscriber has produced about four tons of honey this summer which he is willing to place on the tables of the people of Perth and elsewhere at a price no one can grumble about.

Dark honey, twelve pound pail 75 cents

Light honey, twelve pound pail $1.00

E.P. Clare, Rideau Centre

Dissolution of Partnership:  John and Robert Ritchie—J & R Ritchie Lumber dealers, Bathurst.

Peter Struthers, for the past quarter century postmaster at Carleton Place, is enjoying his first visit to Manitoba.  The Pilot Mound Sentinel says:  “Mr. Struthers is accompanied by his sister Mrs. Miller, who is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Edward Cavers of Gowanscroft.”

Carleton Place Herald:  “Strange as it may appear, the false report that “diphtheria had broken out in Carleton Place” was only corrected when a man named McCaffery of Drummond about 15 miles from Carleton Place, drove into town with a boy named Jones, son of John Jones of Eganville, who said he was suffering from a sore throat.  He was taken to Dr. McFarlane’s office and after examination Dr. McFarlane pronounced the disease diphtheria and advised the man to remove the boy as soon as possible and gave him the necessary medical advice.  The man left muttering something about leaving him in the hands of authorities and virtually abandoned him to the mercies of the doctor and the town.  The former notified the Board of Health who – naturally feeling indignant abut the matter—took action at once, securing a vacant house on the outskirts of town which was converted into a hospital, secured a trained nurse and now after a week—we are leased to inform our readers the little patient is doing well.  It is rather unfortunate that the town should be made to shoulder a case of this kind from the outside.”

Myer’s Corners’ (left out from last week)—Mr. D. Gray is on the sick list ….a little girl ahs come to stay at William Heaed’s.”

Perth Courier, September 3, 1897

Farm For Sale:  John McDonald, Scotch Corners, Lot 26, 9th Concession Drummond, 200 acres.

G.R. McCarthy, hardware, Smith’s Falls, has made an assignment to Mr. Ogle Canon.

Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Dennison, who were married at the residence of Miss Glossop here on Tuesday forenoon, intend making an extensive bridal tour which will take them around the globe.  They will sail by the CPR steamer Empress India from Vancouver to Yokohama, Japan, thence to China and India, spending some time in each country, then by the Suez Canal to Europe and home to Toronto.

A number of select picnics have been held on Kerr’s Lake during the past mother among which was one we would call a Cross picnic, being composed of Rev. and Mrs. Jas. Cross of Lanark, his brother William Cross and his wife and children of Carleton Place and also his sister Miss Cross and a niece.  However, they were none to cross to enjoy boating, fishing and tea on the green.  As the fine weather will soon be over, every day one or more boats of pleasure seekers find their way to the head of the lake.

Mrs. George E. Neilson of Arnprior is visiting her mother Mrs. John Hart on Saturday.

Mrs. A. Jackson and children of Smith’s Falls are spending their holiday with her sister Mrs. P.R. McTavish of North Elmsley.

Misses Josie and Hattie Drennan have gone on a visit to Syracuse to see their uncle T.C. Drennan, hardware merchant, of that place.

Prof. Thomas Hart, Mrs. Hart and daughter of Winnipeg were in town over Sunday, stopping at his brother’s John Hart on their way home from a sojourn in Europe.

Mr. E. Edward, public school inspector, Prince Edward Island, was in town this week visiting his cousins Mrs. William Mortimer and Mrs. William Paul, while on a trip to Ottawa of the Dominion Rifle Associaton.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Stovel of Winnipeg who have been visiting around Balderson and Drummond and in Perth, left for home on Tuesday.  Mrs. H. McIntyre, mother of Mrs. Stovel, who had been making a more extended visit, accompanied them on their journey.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Locke of Brooklyn, N.Y. and their daughter Mrs. Carson were visiting at his niece’s the Misses Waddell this week.  Mr. Locke was born in Perth but left many years ago for New York City.  His visit to town after so many years has been very interesting to him.

Perth Courier, Sept. 10, 1897

Middleville:  Mr. Crichton, a native of Pollack Shaws, near Glasgow, Scotland, visited Peter Morris at the beginning of the week.  He is a chief engineer on board one of the Allan line steamers and he left his vessel at Montreal to take a run this way to see his old friend whom he had not met for 30 years.  The sad part of the story is that William Morris, Sr., had died but a few days previous.  The Morris family were all natives of Pollack Shaws.  Mr. Crichton returned to his vessel on Tuesday.

John May of Grand Forks, North Dakota is in town visiting friends.

Miss Lizzie J. Allan, daughter of James Allan, Balderson, left for New York on Friday to resume her medical studies.

Mrs. J.B. Campbell left for Kingston on Tuesday to spend some time with her daughter Mrs. Magillivray.

Miss Maggie McIlraith of Hopetown was visiting her sister Mrs. Will Somerville this week.

Yesterday morning Arthur McGlade of this town received a telegram from Emporia, Kansas that his brother Michael J. McGlade had been killed on the evening before by a railway train.  Deceased was a mail clerk in the U.S. Civil Service and the sad event took place while he was in the discharge of his duties, others also probably being victims of the same accident.  Mr. McGlade left Perth about 20 years ago and was about 39 years of age and unmarried.  His remains will be brought to Perth for burial.  An announcement of this will be made when time of arrival is known.

Miss Susie Miller, niece of Mrs. Weatherhead left on Wednesday morning for Toronto where she enters a young ladies boarding school  Miss Kay Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, proprietor of the Hicks House, left for the same city the same morning, to enter the Bishop Strachan school for young ladies.

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. William McChesney presented her husband with a young son on Tuesday last…..James McQuat’s 16 month old baby died suddenly on Friday last and was buried on Sunday…..Mrs. D. Machan, Jr., gave birth to a son on Tuesday last…..Mrs. William Storie, Sr., while going in at her own door on Saturday evening fell and broke her arm.  Dr. Bradford was sent for the and set the limb and the old lady is doing as well as could be expected.

Perth Courier, September 17, 1897

House for Sale:  Ludger Ligault

Comfortable dwelling on Beckwith Street, the third house from the bridge.  Good garden, well, apple trees and well finished inside.

Farm to Rent:  The well known Bolton farm being over 200(?) acres, 8th Concession, North Elmsley, 2 ½ miles from Perth.  It is offered for rent.  About 75 acres are cleared and in a good state of cultivation, the remainder is in pasture.  Good barn, byres and 22 head of cattle.   Mrs. Henry Bolton

Clydesville Clips:  Mrs. William Robinson of Hamilton and her sister Mrs. Robert Brooch and children aged respectively six and four of Brandford are visiting their brother D. Sloan, boss miller at Herron’s Mills.  They leave on Thursday for Smith’s Falls and Toronto from whence they will return home.  While here, they and Mrs. Sloan spent a pleasant evening on Monday at the home of Mrs. John Herron, where to go is to enjoy happy hours.  The same party were kindly invited to spend the afternoon at the home of Mrs. William Dorway of Lanark……Miss Eva Dunham visited her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Robertson, Sr., one day last week……..We regret to hear that Mrs. William Bertrand intends leaving Saturday for a couple of months’ treatment in the hospital at Ottawa.  She has had treatment and advice from Lanark and Perth’s most skilled physicians during the past two years but it did not seem to have the desired effect and as it appears the bones of her wrist have become more or less diseased she goes to seek help there.

On Monday morning, the body of the late Michael J. McGlade was brought here from Kansas City, Missouri and interred in the R.C. Cemetery at 2:00 in the afternoon, Rev. Father Duffus conducting the burial service.  The funeral was well attended.  A lawyer named Dolpin from Kansas City accompanied the remains from there and between him and from a letter received from a friend of the deceased named Mr. Ryan of the same place it was learned that Mr. McGlade lived about one and a half hours after the accident.  He was badly bruised and it is thought that his heart was affected also and that this was the cause of his death.  The accident was caused by a collision with another mail train, through a train dispatcher’s neglecting to deliver an order to a crossing at Emporia.  Deceased was a steady young man and possessed considerable means.

C. O’Reilly of the Ottawa Fire Department accompanied by his sister Miss Tillie O’Reilly, has been spending his holiday visiting his cousin John O’Neil of Bathurst and other friends in Perth and Drummond.  Mr. O’Reilly returns to his duties at the #2 Fire Station on Monday.

J. Robert Allan of Ottawa passed through here on Monday on a visit to his parents Mr. and Mrs. James Allan of Balderson.  He and his wife and children spent the summer in Europe, taking in the Jubilee festivities in London and going into the heart of the continent as far as Austria.  They came home on the Labrador in company with Sir and Lady Wilfred Laurier.

Farm For Sale:  Lot 1, 1st Concession Bathurst, 130 acres of pasture and beaver meadow.  On this lot there is a good barn erected for holding hay.  Also offered for sale is Lot 21, 1st Concession South Sherbrooke, 100 acres of pasture and beaver meadow.  Andrew W. Miller.

Farm For Sale:  Lot 26, 9th Concession Drummond, 200 acres, 100 cleared and the remainder is bush.  There is a good dwelling house.  Two wells which never run dry, two good barns.  John McDonald

Carter’s Little Liver Pills—Positively cures sick headaches.  They also relieve distress from dyspepsia, indigestion and too hearty eating.  A perfect remedy for dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, bad taste in mouth, coated tongue, pain in the side, torpid liver.  They regulate the bowels.  Purely vegetable.  Small pill, small dose, small price.  See you get Carter’s.  Ask for Carter’s.  Insist and demand on Carter’s Little Liver Pills.

Perth Courier, Sept. 24, 1897

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Halliday(Holliday?)  of Perth have a photo of five generations in a group.  The picture comprises Mrs. Fraser, great-great-grandmother; Mrs. Jas. Halloday (Holliday?), great grandmother; Mrs. Robertson, mother; and Jessie, her child.  These five faces span the time from the first settlement of the Perth district to the present time.

Perth Courier, October 8, 1897

Farm For Sale: George F. Purdon, 4th Concession Drummond 1 and a half miles from Perth, West. Half of Lot 2, East half of Lot 1, 200 acres.  There is a new frame house and other good out buildings; two good wells and a sugar bush.

Rev. Alexander Pyne, who filled the position of rector at St. James Church, Perth, from 1853(?) (succeeded by Rev. Michael Harris) to 18??, died at Plymouth, England on Sept. 11 at a venerable age.  His wife and two youngest sons (the only children surviving) were at his bedside at his death.  Mr. Pyne went from Perth to accept the curacy of Rochdale, Lancashire, England.

Perth Courier, Oct. 15, 1897

Harper:  Mrs. Frances Publow, Sr., has been visiting with her daughter Mrs. W. Mackey of Kemptville.

Mrs. W. Burns of Perth is visiting her mother Mrs. Jno Menzies, Jr. of Harper

Wemyss:  The home of W. J. Blair was made double happy by the advent of a young daughter.

Bolingbroke:  Two little visitors have come to stay in our midst.  One at J.L. McEwen’s and one at T. McMunn’s.  Both boys.

Miss Minnie Lillie is going to British Columbia to keep house for her brother.

(Rev.) Mrs. J. Roadhouse has returned home to Playfair after a few months with her mother, Mrs. Ruthbridge of Stanton, Ont.

William Lawson of Chicago is in town staying at his sister’s, Mrs. James Templeton, perhaps for the winter.  His health has been poor for some time and added to this he is unfortunate enough to sprain his ankle not long ago.  Likely he will be fixed up alright by the spring.

The house and lot belonging to William Colquhoun, east Gore Street was sold last week to Edward Manion of North Elmsley for $450.

Perth Courier, Oct. 22, 1897

Rev. W.S. Smith and Mrs. Smith went to Belleville on Monday of last week to attend the funeral of her father John A. Todd of that town who died suddenly of heart failure at the age of 74.

John Huddleston paid a visit to his father James Huddleston, 1st Line Drummond, bringing with him a bride.  They reached here on Wednesday of last week and will remain two or three weeks.

Ernest Meighen, third son of William Meighen, has entered Toronto University for the purpose of studying law.

Maberly:  An old landmark of our village was removed this week—the log building in the rear of Mr. Korry’s residence.  This was one of the first dwellings erected in Maberly and was built by John McGregor some 40 years ago.  It has passed through many hands and sheltered many a weary traveler in the days of yore and if its walls could speak it could tell many a tale from the early days of our village.  Mr. Korry will erect a kitchen, and wood shed in its stead.

Perth Courier, October 29, 1897

Upon the recommendation of Sir Richard Cartwright, Minister of Trade and Commerce, the British authorities have consented to order an issue of medals to those Canadian volunteers who took part in the suppression of the Fenian uprising or invasion in 1866 and subsequent years.  Lord Lansdowne, our former Governor General, and now Imperial Secretary, a few days ago cabled the Canadian Minister of Militia that he has recommended such a medal be struck.  To those who participated in two or more engagements they will be awarded a clasp.  Though 31 years have gone there are quite a number yet in town and elsewhere of the members of the two Perth volunteer companies who left “for the front” in March and June of 1866 and we give below the names of as many as we can gather with their present post office addresses.  Many are no longer in the land of the living and many others have after this lapse of years scattered to the four winds and their present abiding place is not known.

Perth Rifle Company

Captain Edmund Spillman in British Columbia

Lt. Thomas Moffat, Perth

Ensign Major J.S. Douglas, Shelburne(?), Ont.

Color Sergeant John Kippen, Los Angeles, California

Sgt. W. M. Kellock, Perth


Still in Perth—Robert Lillie, Peter Lavergne, William Lawson, Samuel Fisher, William Watson, Benjamin Warren, James Moore.  George Steele, Smith’s Falls; George Larivee, Sand Point; William Farmer, Arnprior; D.G. Mitchell, Campbelville, Kentucky; Manasses Patterson, Almonte; W.H. Wylie, Michipecotin(?); M. McMartin

Buglar, Charles N. Bell, Winnipeg

Perth Light Infantry Company:

Captain—Col. Thomas Scott, Winnipeg

Lt.—Lt. Col. A.J. Matheson, Perth

Ensign—C.A. Matheson, Perth

Sergeants—Neil McLean, Brockville; Samuel Farmer, Combermere; James Allen, Smith’s Falls

Color Sergeants—J. M. Waler, Perth and Rev. Archibald Jamieson, Sauk City, S.D.

Corporal—James McLenaghan, Toronto


Still in Perth—John Dettrick, George Oliver (North Elmsley), George Stone, George Moore, James Smith, John Wilson, John Best, Frank Hetherington.  James Lee, Napanee; William Binks, Ottawa; S. McViety, Oliver’s Ferry; W.J. Steele, Allan’s Mills; S.G. Dunlop, Ottawa; Henry Best; James Hayburst, Goderich(?); George Mitchell, Florida; Christpher McCullough, Lanark; George McCullough, Brockville; Daniel Marks, Douglas

Rev. D. Currie, in alluding to the death of J.M.O. Cromwell and Mrs. Donald McLaren, last Sunday at the morning service in Knox Church, said that, since he became pastor of the congregation, he had been at the dying bedside of 14 old people over 80 yaers of age, 13 of whom were members of Knox church.  Rev. Mr. Currie ahs been here a little over four years; and to one who has not kept a record of those who departed from the scene of their labors, this seems almost incredible.  It is a true statement, however, and brings to our minds how fast the pioneers in this settlement are disappearing and being forgotten by this ever changing world.

Mrs. Edward Lee and family have removed to Ottawa where her son, William, is a teacher in St. Joseph Separate School.

On Saturday, October 16, John Sutherland effected the sale of John H. Munro’s farm, Lot 12, in the 4th Concession Dalhousie, to Donald Stewart of Brightside for $1,375.

Scotch Line:  The event of the season took place last Friday evening when a goodly number of young men and women assembled at the barn of Andrew Armour where they husked a pile of corn after which they proceeded to the dining hall and did justice to the table of good things awaiting them.  After tea they betook themselves to the parlor where they had lots of music, etc., till the hour of departure came when they all went home well pleased by the manner in which they had been used by their host and hostess.

Brightside:  John Stewart, who has been sick with typhoid fever, is recovering very nicely…..Donald Stewart of this place has bought a farm near Watson’s Corners from John Munro…..We regret to hear of the death of Mrs. John Caldwell.  Deceased was one of the oldest residents of Darling Township.

Perth Courier, November 5, 1897

Maberly:  Mrs. Wesley McBeth presented her husband with her first born son.

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. F. Jackson spent a week with her daughter, Mrs. Jas. Knowles of Drummond.

Charles E. Fitzsimmons of Ottawa and formerly of Perth has just been married at the former place and with his bride is visiting a friend in town.  He is a grandson of the late Colin Binks.

1866 Veterans—In addition to the list put in the last issue be sure to mention of the two Perth companies who were at the front in 1866 we added this week the two following names:  John Hendry of Perth and Robert Hughes of Smith’s Falls.

Miss Maggie Burns of Ottawa who has been visiting her sister Mrs. George Purdon, 4th Line Drummond, left on Monday for a trip across the ocean.  She will visit Great Britain and the continent including Rome.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  William Hogg, Lot 18(?) 7th Concession Drummond.

The Carleton Place Central Canadian of November 3 says:  “There was a great and happy gathering at the Graham farm on Monday evening last week at the old home in the township of Lanark.  The presence of the eldest son Thomas, of Weldman, the only long distance boy in the group, was the signal for the bugle call at the family rendezvous.  There were nine children in the family then and there are nine yet, the youngest 50 and the oldest 69.  They are, beginning at #1, Sarah, Mrs. William Lett of Wilburforce; Thomas and Mary of Carleton Place; Jane (Mrs. W. McFarlane) of Drummond; Elizabeth (Mrs. John McFarlane) of this town; Robert of Lanark; George of this town; William of Lanark.  Their father, who came from the old land in 1821, was 83(?) years of age at his death and the mother was 70.  The father lived on the farm 60(?) years.  He selected the lot when it and all about it was a bush and all who know the place now recognize the wonderful foresight in the selection of a spot so accessible, so artistic, and so arable.  The reunion was on Monday and was a delightful occasion.

Perth Courier, November 12, 1897

In addition to the names already published of those belonging to the volunteers at the front in 1866 are these omitted previously:  Perth Rifle Company—Alexander Kippen, Corporal; Jno. M. Campbell; Perth Infantry Company—Daniel Glossop.

Perth Courier, November 19, 1897

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Thomas D. McKerracher, Lot 7, 5th Concession Bathurst.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements—Thomas Manion, Lot 19, 10th Concession North Elmsley.  This is to wind up the estate and everything must be sold.

Perth Courier, November 26, 1897

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Michael Murphy, Lot 12, 3rd Concession Dalhousie

Mrs. Edward Tovey and Miss Tovey of Bathurst returned last week from a three month visit to their daughter and sister Mrs. Edward Hudson of Chicago.

Thomas Moodie, North Elmsley, has bought the farm of Henry Andison, 150 acres, part of Lot 18, 1st Concession Drummond for his son Albert A. Moodie for $4,000 (?) $1,000 (?).

Perth Courier, December 3, 1897

The wills of the late D.M. Fraser of Almonte and J.M.O. Cromwell of Perth have been filed in the office of Charles Rice, Perth, Clerk of the Surrogate Court.  Mr. Fraser left an estate of $50,000—divided between real and personal property.  The amount of Mr. Cromwell’s estate was $55,000, $40,000 of which was personal in the form of bank stock, mortgages, etc., and the balance of real estate.  Neither estate has anything to pay in succession dues as the heirs will direct.

We are pleased to hear that Mrs. Jas. H. Rodger who has been on the sick list for a time, is recovering.

Daniel Hogan has bought the house and lot on Harvey Street owned and occupied by Joseph Cuddahy for $430.

Christopher Coulter of Mallory, Minnesota, in renewing his subscription for 1898 for the Courier says that he has been taking the Courier since 1843 the year he left Glasgow and settled in Dalhousie.  Mr. Coulter has prospered in the west.

Perth Courier, December 10, 1897

French Settlement:  In the recent issue of the Courier I saw a listing of those who went to the front at the time of the Fenian Raid.  I will sent you a list of some names who went out to meet the foe at the time of the second Fenian Raid under Capt. Spillman:

#3 Company, Perth Light Infantry, 42nd Battalion:  John A. McFarlane, Brightside, Darling; Thomas and C. Montgomery, Drummond; Thomas May, Dalhouise, now Winnipeg; George Bond, Almonte.  41st Battalion, Carleton Place Rifles:  Hugh Stewart, Hopetown; James Wright, Lanark; William Watson, Bristol, Que.  The 42nd Battalion at that time was stationed at Brockville and the 41st at Pigeon Hill.  There are more who went out at the time but we do not know where they reside at present.  Darling, December 7.

William Pegg and family have removed from North Dakota to town.

David McKinnon, when sinking a shaft for coal in Lot West 9, of the 9th Concession Dalhousie, came to a formation in which was a sparkling mineral which might be pyrite or silver scattered plentifully through it.  This formation was four feet thick.  The drills are now down to 38 feet.

Archibald Affleck of Lanark sold his planning factory to John W. Stewart and the latter therefore offers his bakery for sale.

Dr. Howard of Carleton Place has issued a writ against James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald for $100,000 damages for libel.  Mr. Specht of Washington (against whom Dr. Howden has just got a verdict for $10,000 in damages) cast certain reflections upon the out put of the Orian Medicine Company.  The New York Herald gave precedence to these reflections thus seriously affecting the former’s business and Dr. Howard thinks it should compensate him.  If the case against the Herald is successful other people will be made ready defendants.

Lanark Links:  Mrs. B. Caldwell of Toronto spent a few days in our village this week.  Mrs. Falconer of Kingston is visiting at her daughters, Mrs. W.C. and Mrs. T.B. Caldwell.

Lanark Links:  The sleighing has been very fine for a few days and as a result business has been quite brisk.  The farmers are taking advantage of it and the streets of our village are thronged with sleighs.  Should this snow remain Friday will be a very busy day being the one appointed for the turkey fair here.  Generally that day is a very important one for the ladies of the surrounding country and they may be seen with their loads of poultry trying to secure the best possible returns for their labors in that line during the summer.

Bathurst Jottings:  Thanksgiving services were conducted on the 25th inst., in the Calvin Presbyterian Church, Rev. Mr. Hodges officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. Blair had their baby baptized on the same night.  The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was dispensed in Calvin Church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. D.H. Hodges conducting the services.  50 communicants sat down at the Table of the Lord.  We understand that Mr. Cameron has been engaged by the trustees of the School #4.  Parents are well satisfied with the progress of the children.  The children played football during recess.  On December 1, Calvin Church was filled with expectant people witness the first marriage in the new church.  William George Fournier led to the altar Jennie Steele of North Burgess.  Mrs. Deacon presided at the organ and played several wedding selections.  Rev. Mr. Hodges on behalf of the Calvin session presented the newly married couple with a handsome Bible.  We observed among those present in Calvin Church George Palmer, who has recently returned from the west.

Dalhousie Lake:  We are sorry to say that Thomas Dunlop, Sr., who has been ailing for some time, is not making much improvement.

Dalhousie:  Donald Purdon has purchased the farm owned by William Duncan, Jr., and Donald McFarlane has sold to Hugh McDonald.

Dalhousie:  Some of the young people from Watson’s Corners drove up to A. Fair’s on Friday evening to trip the light fantastic until early morning and on the following Friday they made a surprise party at T. Scott’s and report having had a good time.

Perth Courier, December 17, 1897

Dalhousie Lake and Vicinity:  We are glad to say that Matthew Donald who has been laid aside from the active duties of life for some time by severe throat trouble, is improving rapidly.  We hope soon to see his presence in the different stations of life which he occupies.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Aaron E. Foley, Lot 22, 9th Concession Bathurst

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  James Lally, Lot 14, 5th(?) Concession North Burgess.

Peter Mills has sold his farm of 100 acres, Lot 10, 4th Concession Drummond to Thomas McCarter of Fallbrook for $3,800.

Perth Courier, December 24, 1897

Wemyss: Visitors—Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dowdall at John O’Neill’s; T. B. Palmer is at present boarding at James Tysick’s’ Messrs. P. Noonan and J. Bowes at Mrs. John O’Brien’s; and P. Brady and Mr. Buchanan at Mrs. B. Richards.

Glen Tay Social

One of the greatest events of some time past and which was in the form of a “social” was held at the little “kirk” on the hill on Tuesday evening, Dec. 21.  The church was crowded to its utmost capacity to listen to the splendid program which was given mostly by the children.  To see such a crowded church in Glen Tay makes one’s heart leap for joy and as some people remarked it brought back very vividly the good old “socials” that used to be held when the woolen factory, the cheese factory, the saw mill, and the grist mill and the tanner were in full operation.  Rev. Mr. Currie of Perth occupied the chair and the choir consisted of some 25 trained children who acquainted themselves splendidly.  The chairman in his happy style made a short and appropriate address after which the choir sang “We Are Marching On”.  Miss Jennie Dodds then recited after which a duet was rendered by two little tots “Jesus Loves Me”.  This duet drew forth loud applause for to see the two little girls one of whom was only three and a half years old, was a real treat.  Master Bertie Menzies recited “Our Christmas”, a solo and chorus followed.  A recitation was given by little Ethel Imeson.  Master W. Collins then followed with a Temperance lecture.  Master Everett Adams recited “Great Men” and the choir sang “Soldier and  Pilgrim.”  Bessie Cuthbertson recited “While I am a Girl”.  Louise Rudsdale, a little tot of three and a half, sang a solo “When He Cometh” which delighted the whole and her sweet little voice being heard to great advantage.  Albert Chaplin recited “Somebody Asked Me”.  Then followed one of the chief features of the program.  Tea, sandwiches, fancy cakes and lots of good things were handed round to the evident enjoyment of all.  After the repast, order was at once restored and James M. Barber recited in great style “Prohibition”, which was exceptionally well rendered, he has a fine voice, well adapted to speaking and if he were to study elocution he would excel as a speaker.  Misses Lean Dodds and Mean Hossie gave a duet “Little Eva” and Laura Jackson recited “The Way That Harrison Does” and a dialogue and chorus followed.  Willie Hossie recited “The Minister’s Wife” which took the audience by storm.  A dialogue was given by Misses Laura Jackson, Jennie Dodds and Maude Wrathall.  The choir sang “God is Love”; James Chaplin gave a recitation and the choir gave another chorus “There’s A Friend For the Little Children”.  Master Ernest Dobbs recited “The Boy Of It” which was well rendered.  The closing chorus “Come To The Saviour” was well rendered by the choir and after the singing of the Doxology the meeting terminated.  It is rumored that some of the older ones may, in the near future, get up one of their old time socials and if they do, there is no doubt but that the church would be crowded as was the case on Tuesday evening.  Great credit is given to the ladies of the village who helped to make this such a success.  The affair realized over $26.00 which goes to the library fund of the Glen Tay Sunday School.

Middleville:  Mrs. Andrew Campbell has sold her farm to Thomas W. Arnot for $3,000.

Middleville:  Robert Penman, Sr., of Galbraith is in a very low state of health.

Mrs. Peter McVicar of Bruce County, Ontario, is visiting her mother Mrs. Robert Lochead of Caroline Village.

Perth Courier, December 31, 1897

To the Editor of the Perth Courier—


Will you allow me space enough in your valuable paper to correct a mistake or I suppose what you would say was more of a slur than a mistake of what the party or parties say in the Wemyss news that Mr. J. Bowes visited my place.  I must say that gentleman is a man I have never seen for several months.  I must say that I excuse the one who put it in for God gave some of them around Wemyss so little learning and less sense that ignorance has to be over looked.  I take public steps to correct this but the next will be costly ones.  Thanking you for your space, Mrs. John O’Brien

Wemyss:  J. Bowes assures us that the Wemyss correspondent was in error when he stated that he (Mr. Bowes) was a visitor in that neighborhood; and Mr. P. Brady informs us that the statement that he was visiting was equally untrue.  It is to be regretted that correspondents in furnishing news items are not more careful to ascertain the truth of their statements and thus avoid annoyance which this inaccuracy often occasions.

On Christmas Day Mr. and Mrs. R. Burris celebrated their Silver Wedding at their home in the west ward consisting of a number of their friends being guests on the occasion.  Mr. and Mrs. Burris were made one in Lanark Village 25 years ago by the Anglican minister there at the time, Rev. Mr. Fisher.  We hope they may live to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Stephen Bennett has sold to Peter Smith, carpenter, Stanleyville, the lot belonging to the “Powell property” on Brock Street in the rear of Mr. Adams’ dwelling, for $350.  Mr. Smith will erect on the lot in the summer a neat residence for himself of brick.  This is a beautiful site and we are glad to see good houses going up on it.

Elm Grove:  A baby girl has come to stay at W.G. Cherie’s.  Both mother and child are doing well.

F.G. Duffield, of Perth, was the winner of a guessing competition on the weight of the large bar of Ivory Soap at R.E. Hicks.  The weight of the soap was 298 ¾ pounds and the winning guess was 298 ¼ pounds

Posted: 15 November, 2005.