Perth Courier

Perth Courier, July 7, 1899

Foley—Died, at Fallbrook on Sunday, June 25, Elizabeth Harper Foley, relict of the late Thomas Foley, aged 77.

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An old and respected resident of Bathurst passed peacefully away on Sunday evening, June 25 after a few days illness from pneumonia.  Elizabeth Harper was born in Burgess on the 5th (?) November, 18??.  She came to Bathurst in 18?? And on the 24th May, 1845(?) she married Thomas Foley who died five ago.  From a family of ten, four have preceded her to the grave.  She leaves one brother, Rev. Ephraim Harper, late of Collier Street Methodist Church, Harris, but now of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Brennan—Married, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota, on the 28th June, Bernard Brennan, youngest son of the late John Brennan, Perth, aged about 33 years.

Word has come from Winnipeg of the death of Mrs. Scott, mother of Major Scott, Collector of Customs in that city and formerly of Perth.  Deceased lived in Perth many years ago and was a native of Ireland.  She was a Presbyterian.

The Central Canadian records the death of Mrs. Patrick Galvin of Carleton Place at the age of 84 years.  She was a native of County Westmeath, Ireland and went to Carleton Place in 1845.  Her husband died three years ago.  She leaves five children among whom are two sons at Carleton Place and two at Arnprior

A most estimable young man, Harry Vivian Reeve, son of Dr. Reeve, of Lanark, passed away to another and better world on the 29th June at the age of 22 years.  The remains were interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, on the 1st July, the Rev. G.C. Rock, Baptist minister, conducted the services.  Deceased spent some time in Perth in the drug store of F. L.(?) hall, but was compelled to relinquish his work there in April.  The cause of his death was consumption.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and a most exemplary young man in every way.  There was insurance on his life in the Temperance and General for $1,000 and the same amount in another company.

A telegram came to Mrs. George Holliday of this town on Monday that her brother, Adam Scott Elliott, had died at his home in Chesley, Ont., that morning and that the funeral was arranged for Wednesday.  Deceased was born in the Scottish borderland in 1808 and came with his parents to Perth settling on the Scotch Line in 1818(?).  He married Jessie Holliday, sister of James Holliday and the late George Holliday of this town and in his early years ran the sawmill in Bathurst so long known as Laurie’s, after which he removed to Chesley, Huron County.  He was a frequent visitor to town and always kept up his connection with his friends and acquaintances.  He had a family of ten children, three of whom with their mother are dead.  The others are living in western Ontario.  Deceased was a staunch Liberal and a Presbyterian.  His portrait and biography appeared in the Saturday issue of the Globe a few months ago.  Mrs. George Holliday of this town is his youngest sister she having been born in Scotland in 18??(1816???) and came when a toddling infant to this country.  They have one brother, James, yet living at Blythe, Huron County and two sisters in Smith’s Falls—Mrs. Adam Foster, 96(?) and Miss Janet, unmarried.  These last are the few links yet existing to bind the old with the new of the Perth settlement.

Perth Courier, July 14, 1899

Conners—Died, at Carleton Place on Sunday, July 9, Elizabeth Y. Conners daughter of the late Charles Conners of Poland, aged 23 years and 9 months.

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After an illness lasting since January last, Miss Elizabeth Y. Connors, daughter of the late Charles Connors of Poland, Dalhousie, died at the residence of her mother, Carleton Place, on Sunday, aged 23 years.  Deceased was a young lady much esteemed by her friends and acquaintances and her death in early womanhood is deeply regretted by her many friends.  She leaves a mother and brothers and sisters to mourn her loss.  Alf Connors of the Perth Courier shop, is a brother.

Watt—Died, at Lanark on Monday, July 9 (note, this must have been a misprint, Sunday was the 9th and Monday was the 10th, so she either died on Monday the 10th or Sunday the 9th) the wife of Joseph A. Watt aged 36.

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The village of Lanark mourns the loss of one of her most esteemed citizens in the death of Mrs. Joseph A. Watt on Monday last.  The deceased had been confined to her house by a long and constant illness which she bore with Christian resignation until that dreadful disease, consumption, finally overcame her vitality and she sank to rest.  The funeral was on Tuesday last and was largely attended by the citizens.  Deceased was 36 years of age and a daughter of James Arnott of Rosetta.

Fowler—Died, at Bolingbroke, on July 10, Carrie Deacon Fowler, beloved wife of William Fowler, aged 32, and daughter of the late William Deacon.

Ah! If beside the dead slumbered the pain

Ah! If the hearts that bled slept with the slain

If the grief died, but no!

Death will not have it so.

McIlquham—Died, at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on June 22, John McIlquham, formerly of Drummond, aged 53(?).

Middleville:  Mrs. Henry Roger died at her home near this village on Thursday, 6th July.  She had a shock of paralysis about three weeks since from which she never recovered.  She was 73 years of age and an ardent Presbyterian.  Rev. W.S. Smith conducted the funeral service.

Mrs. Nancy Greer, 70, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Joseph McMillon, King Street, Brockville, on Saturday night.  The deceased lady had been in ill health for some years and death came as a relief to her sufferings.  She went to Brockville some years ago and since then has resided there.  She leaves two sons and four daughters to mourn her loss.  They are:  Mrs. Angus McMillan, Mrs. Joseph McMillan, Mrs. William McMillan and Mrs. John Wilson and Mrs. David Ferguson, 1st Concession Drummond.  (Transcriber’s note, this makes five daughters, no more are listed.)  The remains were taken to Perth on Monday for interment.

From the Winnipeg papers we learn additional particulars of the death on July 2 of Mrs. M. Scott, a short notice of which appeared in our last issue.  The age of the deceased was 85(?) years and deceased was born in Armagh County, Ireland.  She died at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Robert Mulvey.  For 25 years past she had been a resident of Winnipeg and one of the oldest members of Knox church.  She was strong and active up to the last autumn when she received a fall on the side walk being tripped by a dog sleigh and since that time she had been a great sufferer.  She leaves to mourn her departure in the city two sons and one daughter and many grandchildren and relatives.  The funeral service was largely attended, Rev. Dr. Gordon holding services at the house and Rev. Mr. Cowley at the grave.  The pall bearers selected from the grand children being P.(?) W. Scott, John Scott (son of Col. Scott), and David Scott and T. W. Scott (son of David Scott, Sr.) and Norman Scott (son of the late Robert Scott).

Perth Courier, July 21, 1899

Balderson—Died, at Perth on Thursday, July 13, Matthew Balderson, aged 75.

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A well known citizen, Matthew Balderson, died on Thursday, 13th inst., at the age of 75.  Deceased was born at Balderson’s Corners, his father being John Balderson, one of the pioneer settlers and after whom the village of that name was called.  He learned the carpentry trade in town and followed that occupation all his life.  Deceased was an honest, blunt man, much respected and a good workman.  He was a brother of our townsman Robert Balderson.  His remains were interred in the Old English Burying Grounds in town.

Middleville:  Mrs. Robert Sommerville departed this life on Monday, 17th inst.  She had reached the age of 84 years.  Her husband died about nine years ago.  She had five children:  John and Robert of this place; Mrs. Purdy of Chicago and the late Mrs. A. R.(?) McIntyre.  There are 25 grandchildren and one great grandchild living.  Mrs. Walker of Perth, mother of the Walker Brothers of the Courier of that town, is a sister of the deceased.  The funeral took place on Wednesday to the Middleville Cemetery.  Rev. J.A. Alexander conducted the services.

Another obituary for Mrs. Sommerville:

After a gradual wearing away of the system from old age, Mrs. Robert Sommerville passed away at her residence in Middleville on Monday of this week, July 17, at the age of 84.  Deceased was born in Paisley, Scotland in April of 1815.  Her maiden name was Helen Murray, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. James Murray who came with the pioneer settlers of Lanark Township in 1820, sailing from Greenock on the ship Commerce.  Of these original settlers of this township but two or three remain.  The family was allotted the farm near Middleville now known as the Peacock farm but they afterwards moved nearer the village and west of it to a place of some nine acres which remains in the family still.  Deceased was married to the late Robert Sommerville a native of Glasgow who preceded her to the grave nine years ago.  One of her last requests was that she might be permitted to die in the house where her father and mother, brother and husband had died and this was accorded her.  Her children were John and Robert C., Middleville; James of Toronto; Maggie (Mrs. Purdy) of Chicago; Mary (Mars. A.R. McIntyre), deceased, of Middleville.  She was an aunt of the Messrs Walker of the Courier.  She was a member of the Congregational Church, Rev. Mr. Alexander, pastor of the local congregation, conducting the funeral service on Wednesday in the church and at the grave.

We regret to have to record the death of Mrs. W. Fowler of Bolingbroke on Wednesday morning last.  She passed peacefully away leaving a husband and three children to mourn her loss.

Perth Courier, July 28, 1899

Court—Died, at Perth on July 20, Clara Grace Court, aged 15.

Lalonde—Died, at Perth on July 25(?) Thomas Francis (Frank) Lalonde, only son of Archie and Clara Lalonde, aged one year and three weeks.

McGuiggan—Died, at North Burgess on Tuesday, July 25, Daniel McGuiggan, aged 72(?).

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One of the old settlers of North Burgess, Daniel McGuiggan, died at Stanleyville on July 25 at the home of his son-in-law, Henry Cooper at the age of 72.  He was a native of Ireland and father of P. McGuiggan of the Hicks House, Perth.  His remains were buried in the R.C. Cemetery.

Wells—Died, at Chatham, Ont., on July 18, Helen Augusta Wells, third daughter of the late Judge Wells and sister of Mr. H.D. Wells of the Merchants Bank, Perth.  (no age)

News reached here last week of the death of John McIlquham on the 22nd inst., at his home in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  Deceased was known and respected by many in this vicinity who will now be moved to feel the deepest sorrow to hear of his death.  Deceased was born in Drummond 55 years ago in the home now occupied by Mrs. David McIlquham.  Here he spent the early part of his life and on reaching manhood was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann McIlraith of Darling.  In the glow and ambition of youth he moved with his bride to the woody hills of Wisconsin where at Chippewa Falls he identified himself with the lumbering business.  He pursued this trade with ever increasing success until about ten years ago when he was seized with paralysis which remained a thorn in his flesh for the rest of his days.  About three years ago, however, he contracted cancer under his tongue and although he visited a doctor at the Divine Healing Clinic in Chicago, and had the growth removed, yet the growth returned, eventually causing his death.  Deceased is mourned by his wife and nine children:  Esther, the eldest, is married and lives at Edmonton, N.W.T.; Tena is also married and lives near the Falls; Mary Ann, Euphemia and Nettie are in the teaching profession, while Lizzie, John, Ethel and Ellen reside at home.  Strange to say, he survived his three brothers, James, Peter and David but was outlived by his four sisters:  Mrs. John Headrick and Mrs. John S. tullis of Drummond and Mrs. John McFarlane and Mrs. James Walters of Carleton Place.  It should be a source of consolation to the many friends of Mr. McIlquham to know he was a firm adherent of his faith and although for many months prior to his decease his sufferings were intense and he was almost deprived of the gift of speech, yet he was ever patient in his affliction and in the language of Job, “Though He Slay Me Yet I Will Trust Him.”  Era

Watson’s Corners:  It is our sad duty this week to chronicle the death of Henry Purdon Barrie on Saturday, 15th inst.  Deceased had been in failing health for a number of years, although almost always able to move about and drive out a little.  A couple of weeks before his death, his symptoms became worse until the end came on Saturday evening.  Heart trouble was the cause of his death.  He suffered severely for a couple of days but was conscious until the last and bade farewell to the members of his family who were present, then folded his arms, closed his eyes and went to sleep to awake at the Resurrection of the just.  Deceased came to this country in 1820 having been born in Glasgow the same year.  He was brought up on the farm now owned by D. McQuat.  He was a good neighbor, a kind father and an affectionate husband.  He left an aged partner and two sons, Thomas of Carleton Place and James on the homestead; and three daughters, Mrs. P. Fife and Mrs. M. Reid of Watson’s Corners; Mrs. John Jackson, 6th Concession and a number of grandchildren to mourn his departure; but their loss was his infinite gain for he was a child of the Kingdom.  For many years, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church and his place there was rarely empty up to within a few weeks of his death.  Rev. J.A. Leitch conducted the funeral services on Monday last.  The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends showing the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Elphin:  John Currie, an old resident of North Sherbrooke, died at his residence at Cromarty, County Perth, on the 6th inst.  He and his family left here, the farm on which George Campbell lives, about 32 years ago.  His wife, a sister of Dugald McDougald, reeve of North Sherbrooke and Dalhousie and four sons, survive him.  He was born on the 7th July, 1831 and was an intelligent, upright man in all his dealings and had the courage of his convictions.

The Brockville Recorder of July 23 says:  Miss Susan Gilhooly of Smith’s Falls died yesterday evening at 5:30 at the General Hospital here.  She was admitted to this institution some days ago suffering from an inward tumor.  She was the daughter of the late Jas. Gilhooly of the township of Montague, County Lanark, and was born there in 1846 being therefore 53 years of age at the time of her death.  She was a member of the Anglican church.  The remains were taken to Smith’s Falls this afternoon at 2:30 in charge of a brother of the deceased, for interment.”

Among the visitors to Perth at the 12th July demonstration was Mrs. James Warrington, 11th Line Bathurst. When standing in front of Barrie’s Hotel looking at the procession, a bug(?) alighted on her cheek and bit it.  She brushed it off and thought nothing of it at the time, but it was not long before the spot began to itch then to pain and swell.  Doctors were called in but the check swelled all the more with blood poisoning until the whole side of the face and nick was swollen in a terrible manner.  The doctors could not do anything and on Wednesday the unfortunate woman died.  Whether the venomous but was the creature that is called the “kissing bug” is not know but it looks like something is new in the pest line in the county.

Perth Courier, August 4, 1899

Bathurst—St. Stephen’s Church—On Thursday at noon

 Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, 5th Line Bathurst, buried their infant daughter Vera Madina, after a short but trying illness.  Many relatives and friends came to bear their respects and sorrow for the mourning parents.  Rev. Mr. Radcliffe spoke words of comfort and hope in the church to the mourners before committing the body to the grave.

Bathurst—William Warwick, living on the 6th Line Bathurst, one of the oldest residents in this part of the country, was buried Thursday, July 27 at 2:00 pm after a brief illness, aged 90 years.  A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral which was conducted by Rev. C.E.S. Radcliffe, missionary in charge.  Mr. Warwick died very quietly and peacefully from sheer old age.  His loss will be felt in the neighborhood as he was a good Christian and a good neighbor and so won the esteem of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

An old many named Joseph Hall, a native of England, who had been an inmate of the county gaol for over three years, died on the 29th July from a stoke of apoplexy.  He was 80 years of age.  For over fifteen years he was a gardener for James Rosamund of Almonte land for the respect that gentleman had for the old man he came to town and made arrangements for the funeral and got a much better coffin than that used for vagrants.  He also purchased a lot in Elmwood Cemetery, engaged the hearse and paid all the expenses including that of the inquest.  In the absence of Canon Muckleston, Judge Senkler served at the gaol and the grave

On Friday, July 14, the soul of Mrs. Daniel Robertson, Lanark Village, passed peacefully away.  Deceased’s maiden name was Janet Riddell, and she was born in Bridgeton, Scotland in 1821.  It was there she spent her early childhood and developed into full womanhood.  In 1845 she married Daniel Robertson who preceded her to the grave 12 years ago.  The union was blessed with ten children, five of whom are dead.  The surviving five are:  Mrs. C.E. Bell of Toronto; Miss Jennie at home; James C. of Conconnully, Washington; Daniel in British Columbia; and William of Hillsboro, Ohio.  In 1851 the family embarked from Glasgow for Canada, settling at first in Perth and then removing to Lanark where Mr. Robertson worked for many years in A.G. Dobbie’s factory now owned by James Watt.

Perth Courier, Aug. 11, 1899

Ryan—Died, on Sunday, Aug. 6 at his late residence, Waterville, Que., P.W. Ryan, elder son  of the late Hugh Ryan of Rosedale, Toronto, in the 38th (?) year of his age.

Robertson—Died, at Perth on Monday, Aug. 7, Agnes May, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Robertson, aged four years and three months.

Robinson—Died, at Lanark on July 31, the infant daughter of George M. Robinson

Burns—Died, at Darling on Aug. 1, the infant child of William Burns, aged 10 days.

Smith—Died at Chatham, Ont., on July 26(?) Christine Isobel Smith, daughter of T.C. and Agnes R. Smith, aged 11 months and 5(?) days.

Irvine—Died, at Carleton Place on Aug. 4, Marguerite Louise Irvine, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John a. Irvine, aged ten months and twenty days.

Mulligan—Died, at Green Valley Farm, Nepean, (near Ottawa) on Aug. 3, Marion Reid Mulligan, beloved wife of Jas. Mulligan, aged 43.

Perth Courier, Aug. 11, 1899

Ryan—Died, on Sunday, August 6 at his late residence in Waterville, Que., P.W. Ryan, elder son of the late Hugh Ryan of Rosedale, Toronto, in the 38th (?) year of his age.

Robertson—Died, at Perth on Monday, Aug. 7, Agnes May Robertson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Robertson, aged four years and three months.

Robinson—Died, at Lanark on July 31, the infant daughter of George M. Robinson.

Burns—Died, at Darling on Aug. 1, the infant child of William Burns, aged ten days.

Smith—Died, at Chatham, Ont., on July 26(?) Christine Isobel Smith, daughter of T.C. and Agnes R. Smith, aged eleven months and five(?) days.

Irvine—Died, at Carleton Place on Aug. 4, Marguerite Louise Irvine, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Irvine, aged ten months and twenty days.

Perth Courier, Aug. 25, 1899

McDonald—Died, at Picton, Ont., on Sunday, Aug 20, Rev. Father John H. McDonald, 80.

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Rev. Father John Hugh McDonagh, parish priest in Picton, Ont., died on Sunday last, 20th inst after a very brief illness.  The sad event causes much regret in his native place.  Father McDonagh was a son of the late Patrick McDonagh and was born in Bathurst in March of 1849 and received his early education at the Perth Separate School living with his uncle Rev. Vicar McDonagh.  At the age of 14 he went to Regiopolis(?) College in Kingston where he was taught by the present Archbishop.  Afterwards he finished his education at Grand Seminary in Montreal.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1872.  After his ordination he was chaplain in the Kingston (illegible word) for a short time after which he was appointed to the parish of Napanee where he remained 16(?) years and was afterwards promoted tot eh charge at Picton where he remained until his death last Sunday.  His remains arrived here on Tuesday afternoon accompanied by Archbishop Gauthier and a number of priests in his diocese.  They were met at the station by Rev. Father Davis and all the priests in this district and by the members of the present M.B.A.  The body was placed in the church on a catafalque specially erected for the purpose and remained there until the next morning, the remains being viewed by many of his friends. Grand high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Hogan of Napanee with Rev Father Kileen, of Kitley as deacon, Rev. F. McDonagh, of Prescott, as sub-deacon, and Rev. Father Connally of Belleville as master of ceremony  A most singular feature of the service and one of rare occurrence was the fact that all the priests who assisted him in the solemn service were born and educated in this parish.  After mass Rev. Father Kehoe of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, preached an eloquent funeral sermon.  The remains were taken to the R.C. Cemetery where the services were conducted by his cousin, Rev. Father McDonagh.  The deceased was one of the most popular priests in his diocese as was evidenced by the fact that so many of his fellow workers accompanied his remains to their last resting place.  The immediate cause of his death was Bright’s Disease although he had been in poor health for some years.  Two brothers and a sister survive him, Dr. A.J. McDonagh, dentist, Toronto; A.P. McDonagh, barrister, London; and Mrs. Arthur McCann of Bathrust.

McGregor—Died at Balderson on Monday, Aug. 21, James McGregor, Sr., 80.

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After an illness of about three months, during which he was confined to his room, James McGregor, Sr., Balderson, passed from this life to another on Monday last at the age of 80 years.  The deceased came to this country with his brother Duncan about 1840 from their native town of Breadalbane, Perthshire, Scotland, coming directly to Perth.  Soon afterwards he went to the Balderson settlement where he lived until his death Monday.  He was married to Catharine McLaren, sister of the late Duncan of Drummond who preceded him to the grave.  Three of the family survive:  James M. and Cassie (Mrs. Donald McCallum) of Balderson and Mary (Mrs. William McLaren), 7th Line Drummond.  The deceased was a well known and enterprising farmer who began to raise thoroughbred stock to replace the old common stock so universally and consistently clung to by many farmers in the county.  For a great many years he was one of the principal exhibitors of thoroughbred sheep a branch of stock raising in which he took a great deal of interest as well as pride.  His familiar face will be seen there no more and his free and social conversation will not be heard here again but his name will live in the memory of those to whom he was so well known.  He was a strong Liberal in politics and a Presbyterian in religion.

Armour—Died, at Perth on Sunday, Aug. 20, John Armour, aged 85(?).

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On Sunday last, 20th inst., about midnight, death came to the family residence of John Armour, Sr., of this town and claimed as his own the honored head of the house at the ripe old age of 86 years.  The deceased had always been a man of robust constitution and only latterly felt that the four score years and more upon his head were giving warnings that the end was not far off.  Mr. Armour was born in Linnwood(?), Renfrewshire, Scotland on the 10th December, 1813 and came with his parents to this country in 1821 being then not 8 years old.  The family settled on the 3rd Concession Dalhousie near Lanark where they lived for many years and where his mother died, her last resting place being in the Lanark Village cemetery.  The deceased was married to Miss Catharine McFarlane of Rosetta and settled on the 9th Line of North Burgess where he lived until he came to town to reside some ten years ago.  He was a man of sterling character and strict honesty and during his whole life he endeavored to succeed in doing to every man what he would like every man to do to him.  He inherited a large legacy left to him by a deceased relative in Scotland some years ago and his contribution to all religious, educational and charitable institutions were very liberal.  Nothing deserving of aid was ever passed by him when he was appealed to.  His widow and family of five sons and three daughters survive to mourn the loss of a kind and generous father and husband.  He had but one sister the late Mrs. George Richmond of Drummond.  The funeral on Wednesday was a very large one many from a distance coming in to attend the last rites of an old and respected friend.

The Pilot Mound (Manitoba) Sentinel of the 18th inst., says:  “James Cram received word from Deloraine on Tuesday announcing the death of his uncle, John Cram on the morning of that day.  Messrs. Peter and James, brothers of the deceased, and J.A. left for Deloraien on Wednesday to be present at the funeral”.  The deceased is a brother of Mrs. James Thom of Carleton Place and was a son of the late Peter Cram of this town.  He was born and brought up on the homestead on High Street now owned by his brother Peter Cram, the present occupant.  Mr. Cram was among the first from this part to migrate to southern Manitoba going out about 20 years ago.  He was married to Margaret Snedden daughter of the late David Snedden of Ramsay who with a large family of sons and daughters survive him.  Carleton Place Herald

Perth Courier, Sept. 1, 1899

Thomson—Died, at Perth on Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, Isabella Thomson, daughter of the late William Thomson, aged 86(?).

Smith—Died, at Lanark, on Aug. 25, Mrs. Jas Smith, 69.

Craig—Died, at Watson’s Corners on Aug. 25, Mrs. Alexander Craig, relict of the late Alexander Craig, aged 78.

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Watson’s Corners:  It becomes our painful duty to record the death of one of the oldest residents of this place, Mrs. Alexander Craig, who was suddenly called from time to eternity on Friday last, Aug. 25.  Deceased was in apparent good health and ate a hearty dinner on Friday last and, as was her custom, laid down to rest; and a short time after was discovered kneeling at her bedside as if in prayer but upon closer examination it was found that death had claimed her.  Deceased, whose maiden name was Agnes Bailie, was born in 1821 on the farm now owned by John Munro, 4th Concession Dalhousie, and was one of a large family who have all preceded her to the better land with the exception of Mrs. Edward Cross of Swan Lake, Manitoba.  Over 50 years ago, she married Alexander Craig and was the mother of two sons and seven daughters.  Her husband died 12 years ago since which time she has been almost totally blind, being just able to discern light from darkness.  She knew something of the difficulties of the early settlers and often related many interesting narratives of the long ago.  She lived a happy, contented life in her blindness and was never known to complain of her affliction and as if to compensate for the loss of one faculty, her other faculties were unusually keen.  Before losing her eyesight, she was found to be at many a sick bed and her kindness of heart and great patience will not soon be forgotten.  A few days before her death, in talking with her son, she said she was unusually happy.  Her death was very unexpected although advanced in years.  She leaves to mourn her departure five daughters and two sons:  Mrs. David Easton of the 4th Concession Dalhousie; Mrs. Thomas Easton of Lammermore; Mrs. Frank Smith of Clyde falls; Mrs. Andy McConigal of North Dakota; Miss Katy and John on the homestead; and Charles in Michigan.  A number of grandchildren and great grandchildren are also left.  The funeral was Sunday and was one of the largest ever seen in this village, testimony of the esteem in which the deceased was held.  Rev. J.A. Leitch preached the funeral sermon from the 38th Chapter of Isaiah.  The Lord is speaking to us through the dispensation of His Providence.  Life is uncertain.  Eternity is sure.  Prepare to meet thy God.

Perth Courier, Sept. 8, 1899

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. W.R. McGinnis of Carleton Place, from Bright’s Disease, on Friday morning last in her 48th (?) year.  The maiden name of the deceased was Matilda McDiarmid and she was a sister of Messrs. William, Duncan, and Robert McDiarmid of Carleton Place.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  Her husband died 13 years ago of typhoid fever at Toronto.

 Another of the older residents of this neighborhood passed away to another life on Saturday night, Mrs. George Oliver, Sr.  Her death occurred at the home of her son-in-law, T.A. Moon, grocer and was the result of the wearing out of the system not from disease.  Her age was 75 years.  Deceased was born in North Elmsley, her father’s name being James McVeity.  Her husband, George Oliver, was a well known farmer of this township and died in a railway accident in Colorado in 1878.  Two of her brothers, Messrs. Simon and Henry McVeity, are still living, prosperous farmers of North Elmsley.  She leaves two children:  George Oliver, Ferry Road, North Elmsley and Mrs. T.A. Moon of Perth.  The deceased was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and she was interred in Elmwood Cemetery on Monday afternoon, her late pastor, Rev. A. H. Scott, conducting the services.

Perth Courier, Sept. 15, 1899

Huddleston—Died, at North Elmsley on Monday, Sept. 11, Robert Huddleston, aged 67(?)

Mrs. Jas. Foster of Lanark Township, passed away to her eternal rest last Sunday, Sept. 3 at 4:00 after a lingering illness from dropsy.  The deceased, whose maiden name was Margaret J. Scoular, was the youngest daughter of Jas. Scoular who died 12 or 15 years ago and was born in 1849 on the old homestead about one and a half miles from her husband’s farm.  A little more than a year ago, she began to fail in her health and since that time there has been a gradual wearing away of the system until death had at last liberated her from her sufferings.  Three sons and a fond husband are left to mourn her death.  Rev. W.S. Smith conducted the funeral services.  Era

Perth Courier, Sept. 22, 1899

Fraser—Died, at Perth on Thur., Sept. 14, the wife of Archibald Fraser, aged 34(?) 54(?).

Kearns—Died, at Perth, Edward Lee Kearns, infant son of Patrick Kearns, 4 months.

Leckie—Died, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17, Mrs. H.S. Leckie of Perth.

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After a painful illness and an operation, Mrs. Henry S. Leckie passed away on Sunday morning.  Her remains were buried in Elmwood Cemetery on Tuesday, Rev. Mr. Rock, pastor, conducted the services.  Deceased was a sister of Mrs. J.D. (Dr.) Kellock and a native of Scotland.

Gallinger—Died, at Lanark on Sept. 14, Jacob Gallinger, aged 79.

Perth Courier, Sept. 29, 1899

Consitt—Died, on Aug. 20, at East View, Uxdbridge, England, Mrs. Jessie Louisa Marder(?), only child of the late Capt. Augustine Consitt and cousin of Messrs G.A. Consitt of Perth and A.F. Consitt of the Scotch Line.

Noonan—Died, at Bathurst, on Sept. 25, Vernon Noonan, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Noonan, aged 7.  (Transcriber’s note, I checked this twice, it said “Vernon” and “daughter”.)

Elphin:  A gloom is sadness was cast upon the community by the sudden death of Kate Rutherford, daughter of William Rutherford, who died at Minnesota near Mallory on Sunday, Sept. 17 after an illness of three weeks.  She was put in a sealed copper casket and brought home by her brother William for interment.  The funeral took place on Saturday from her father’s residence being one of the largest processions witnessed here for a long time.  She was a bright, healthy, smart girl of 23 when she went out last March to keep house for her brother William.  About three weeks before her death she took malarial fever which turned into typhoid fever from which she never rallied.  Her remains were interred in the Crawford Cemetery.

Death has again visited our town and removed (on Sept. 14) one of our best known and most highly respected citizens in the person of Joseph Gallinger.  Old age is supposed to have so weakened him that heart failure set in and death came sooner than expected.  Deceased was born in Cornwall, Ontario in 1820 and moved shortly afterwards to Lanark County where the family settled on a farm at present occupied by George Gallinger, brother of the deceased.  At the age of 17 he began to serve his apprenticeship in the blacksmith business with his uncle Jacob Gallinger whose office was located in what was then known as Hanna’s Mills at Drummond’s Rapids.  Having served his time, he launched out in business for himself building a shop on the property now owned by E. Keays.  Later on he purchased a piece of property now occupied by Rev. W.L. Palframan.  After a few years of prosperity  in the blacksmith business, he decided to enter the mercantile business and, joined by Noble Bennett, as partner, a store was opened up in the stand now occupied by Jas. McFarlane when a thriving trade was carried on for three or four years.  But Mr. Gallinger was once more longing for his old love and accordingly the following spring saw him back at his old trade.  He then erected the house in which he was living at the time of his death.  Deceased was married about 58 years ago to Miss Mary Alcorn who survives him.  The union was blessed by a family of eight children, four boys and four girls, all of whom are living with the exception of one boy who was killed when but a child.  They are:  Jacob at McDonald’s Corners; Simon at Winnipeg; John at Galispell(?), Mon.; Mrs. John Mair of Lacombe; Mrs. John McLaren of Drummond; Mrs. R.W. Dick of Dominion City, Manitoba; and Mrs. R.L. Bond of Ottawa.  Deceased was one of the officers in the Presbyterian Church at the time of the induction of Rev. Jas. Wilson as pastor some forty years ago.  Era.

Perth Courier, October 6, 1899

Loftus—Died, at Bathurst on Friday morning, Sept. 29, Adolphus Frederick Loftus, son of N. Loftus, aged 24 years and 4 months.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Loftus, Scotch Line, was sadly bereaved on Friday last by the death of their only son and child, Adolphus Frederick, a fine young man in his 25th year.  The cause of his death was typhoid fever which attacked him several weeks ago and which being aggravated by a relapse, his system was unable to throw it off.  The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon to the R.C. Cemetery, Rev. Father Davis officiating.

Charles—Died, on Wednesday, October 4, Kenneth Charles, infant son of J.H. Charles of Perth, aged 15 months.

At the home in the New England section of Almonte, there passed from life on Monday, Sept. 25 John McCarter(?), a pioneer schoolmaster of Lanark County, aged 76.  The deceased was born at Brechlin, Scotland in 1823 and at an early age was apprenticed as a blacksmith at his native place.  After the days work was over he took up his books and in time prepared himself for admittance to the university.  He spent two years in Aberdeen but was unable to complete his college courses.  When still a youth he came to the Maritime Province and subsequently to Ontario where he engaged in the profession of teaching.  For 12 years he taught at Bennie’s Corners, 4 years at Arnprior and for nearly 25 years was principal at the Almonte public schools.  Seven years ago advancing age compelled him to resign since which time he has lived in well earned retirement.  When teaching at Bennie’s Corners he married Agnes Young, a daughter of the late Peter Young of Ramsay.  She, with a large family of grown up children, survive him.  Mr. McCarter was no ordinary school teacher.  He was a man of strength of character, dignified and conscientious; in a manner alert and somewhat brusque; in conversations forcible but respectful; shrewd in his observations; wise but with perennial humor; and love of sport.  So free from all cause of offence was he that there was no tongue to lay a word against his pure integrity.  In the judgment of those who knew him there was something venerable attached to his name; not for his success as a teacher in school or church nor for his usefulness as a citizen but for the benignant influence of his life and character—a character unsullied by a breath and a life spent in rigid adherence to his conception of truth and duty.  Almonte Gazette.

Perth Courier, October 13, 1899

Oatway—Died, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 10, J. Oatway, Perth, aged (illegible, two numbers the second is a “4”)

Ryan—Died, on Monday, October 2, Margaret Jackman, wife of Patrick Ryan, North Burgess, aged 40.

Cunningham—Died, at Harper on Tuesday, October 10, James Cunningham, aged (illegible)

Elsewhere in the same paper:

One of Bathurst’s most respected farmers, James Cunningham, near Harper, was taken away after a short illness on Tuesday last at the age of 64.  Deceased was born in Drummond.   He leaves a son on the farm on whom the burdens of life fell early.

Holliday—Died, at Perth on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7, Elizabeth Crawford, wife of James Holliday, aged (illegible).

Rutherford—Died, at Mallory(?), Minn., Sept. 17, Katie(?) Rutherford, daughter of William Rutherford, Dalhousie, aged 23(?).

It was with great surprise and sorrow when the news came of the death of Verna Noonan, the seven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Noonan of Christie’s Lake.  She took sick with inflammation on Thursday, Sept. 21 and after a few days illness her spirit passed peacefully away on the following Tuesday.  Her funeral took place on Thursday to the R.C. Cemetery and was largely attended by friends and acquaintances.

News was received last week of the passing into the unseen of John Kerr, brother of Mrs. Mutton of this town and the late George Kerr at his home in St. Louis, Missouri in the 76th (?) year of his age.  Mr. Kerr kept a store in the stone building next to the Methodist Church in Perth for a number of years but left here about 1883(?) or 1884(?) for Clinton, Ontario.  He afterwards went to St. Louis where he held many important positions in mercantile agencies.  He left a son, J.M. Kerr of St. Louis and three daughters who were all present when he passed away.

A resident of this county since 1843, John Oatway, died at his residence in Perth on Tuesday last at the age of 84(?) years.  He was born at Barnstable, Devonshire, England, a county which has produced such remarkable men as Sir Francis Drake, Canon Kingsley and a host of other of Britain’s celebrities and emigrated to Canada in 1843, first settling in Brockville.  He then moved to the Scotch Line where he lived until 18?? When he came to Perth to end his days.  Deceased was a plasterer by trade but also engaged in farming since coming to this country.  He was a typical Englishman, bluff, honest and straightforward and was a good citizen wherever he dwelt.  He was married to Margaret Ellen McCrea, a native of Scotland who died two years ago.  Their children were:  Richard who died in Manitoba a good number of years ago; William of North Elmsley; Mrs. Coffey of Perth; Mrs. Charles McDonald of Scotch Line; Mrs. Margaret Harper, deceased; Mrs. James Arthur of Smith’s Falls; and Mrs. W.R. Paul of Perth.  The funeral will leave the residence for Elmwood Cemetery at 2:00 today, Friday.

Perth Courier, Oct. 20, 1899

Morrison—Died, at Perth on Sunday, 15th inst., Catharine McMullen, relict of the late Thomas Morrison, aged 77.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

An old resident of this place, Mrs. Thomas Morrison (nee Catharine McMullen), mother of Jas. Morrison, died at the residence of her son on Mill Street on Sunday last, aged 77. She was a native of Ireland.  Her remains were laid in the R.C. Cemetery here on Monday last.

Balderson—Died, at Perth on Saturday, Oct. 14, Susan Morris, wife of Robert Balderson, Esq., aged 63(?).

Elsewhere in the same paper:

One of our most esteemed residents Mrs. Robert Balderson, died at her residence on D’Arcy Street on Saturday last after a short week’s illness, at the age of 63.  The funeral took place on Monday to Elmwood the services being held in St. James (Anglican) Church, Rev. W. J. Muckleston officiating.  The deceased was born in Ireland, her maiden name was Susan Morris.  A brother of hers was the late John Morris, P.L.S.  Her husband and three children survive her:  John H., ex-Secretary of Railways and Canals, Ottawa; Jas. M., barrister, Perth; and Miss Susan at home.

Another of the old settlers of Lanark Township in the person of Mrs. James Closs (transcriber’s note, this could also have been Class, but I will continue to type “Closs” but am not sure) was removed by the hand of death on Saturday, Oct. 7.  For some time Mrs. Closs  had been unwell but it is only about three weeks ago that she had been confined to her bed from which she was destined never again to rise.  The maiden name of the deceased was Bridget Bain and she was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1825.  About 55 years ago she came to this country and settled on the 4th Concession Lanark.  She remained on this farm until her death.  Shortly after her arrival in this country she married James Closs who still survives her.  The union was blessed with a family of nine four of whom died of diphtheria at an early age.  Four sons and one daughter are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother.  All the family reside in this vicinity.  John, Robert (on the homestead) and Peter are in Lanark township; James is in Drummond; and Mrs. P. Sheridan is in Perth.  The deceased lady possessed a kind and charitable disposition and her many friends and neighbors here have had numerous proofs of her kindheartedness and other estimable qualities.  The funeral took place on Monday from her residence to the R.C. Cemetery in Ferguson’s Falls.  Rev. Father O’Rourke of Carleton Place conducted the services.  Era

Perth Courier, Oct. 27, 1899

Powell—Died, at Smith’s Falls on Monday, Oct. 23, of typhoid fever, Theodora Gordon Powell, niece of Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Frost, aged 14.

Shepherd—Died, on Oct. 16 at the Portland Sanitarium, Portland, Oregon, Della Shepherd, beloved wife of William Shepherd, Summer, Washington and eldest daughter of the late Rev. Robert Brown, former pastor of the Congregational Churches of Middleville, Rosetta and Hopetown and late of Roy, Washington.  (no age given)

Perth Courier, Nov. 3, 1899

Foster—Died, at North Elmsley on Friday, Oct. 27, Alice Ann James, wife of Charles Foster, aged 47.

McDonagh—Died at 574(?) Spadina Avenue, Toronto, on Sunday, Oct. 29, Mrs. (Dr.) A.J. McDonagh, aged 31.

Perth Courier, November 10, 1899

Joseph Klyne, a well known Lombardy hotel keeper, paid the debt of nature on Thursday, 27th October at the age of 60.  He was born in Bastard, Leeds County and after farming at New Boyne for a few years, turned his attention to hotel keeping.  The cause of his death was paralysis.

Perth Courier, Nov. 17, 1899

Hughes—Died, on Thursday, Nov. 9, Lottie K. Hughes, daughter of John Hughes, 4th Line Bathurst, aged 14.

Middleville:  Great sympathy is felt for Mrs. W. H. Penman of Dalhousie in the sudden taking off of her husband from apoplexy on Sunday last.  Deceased was in his 37th year and married little over 15 months ago.

James Ryan, a much respected resident of Smith’s Falls, died on Monday morning.  He was a Roman Catholic in religion and a Liberal in politics.  He was a brother of M. Ryan, the well known contractor of that town.

Daniel Gilday, brother of Mrs. Hiram McKenny of this town, died at his home in Smith’s Falls on the 10th inst.  He was a member of the A.O.U.W. and his widow will get a benefit of insurance of $2,000.  Deceased was born in Lombardy.  He was a Conservative in politics and a member of the Church of England.

The Carleton Place Herald publishes the obituary of one of Beckwith’s most prominent and esteemed citizens, the late Donald Carmichael who lived about two miles out of Carleton Place.  On Thursday last he took ill while ploughing from heart failure and the next day he breathed his last.  He was 66 years of age and was born on the farm on which he died.  His brother James, a Presbyterian minister and a doctor of divinity, is now with Queen’s University, Kingston.  His wife was a daughter of the late Duncan Cram.  His brother John was drowned in the Mississippi River at the age of 22 years and another brother, Peter, was killed in a runaway.  He leaves two brothers, Duncan of Almonte and Andrew of Carleton Place, his widow and son Norman survive also and reside on the homestead.

The sad news reached Carleton Place on Thursday of an accident to Mr. Wellington McWilliams, a young man of this town who was working in Frost and Woods works in Smith’s Falls.  He was grinding at an emery wheel when it burst, one part of it being driven through a board some distance off and the other striking him on his head.  He was carried out of the shop and at C.H. Frost’s request taken up to his home on Water Street where doctors were immediately sent for.  His skull was fractured and in taking out the pieces, some of the brain came away.  He lived until 4:00 pm when he expired.  Mr. McWilliams was a well known and respected man.  He was the son of Mrs. A. Mather, his widowed mother being married to Mr. Mather some 16 years ago.  He was one of seven children:  Mrs. J. Mahoney, Annie, Maurice, and Hugh of Ottawa; John and Fred in the Frost and Woods shop in Smith’s Falls; and Nelson in Findlay Brothers store here.  He had been in the Frost and Woods employ for two years but only a couple of weeks ago was placed at the emery wheel where he met his death.  Carleton Place Herald, Nov. 14.

One of the most esteemed residents of Ramsay, in the person of Matthew Neilson, departed this life on Monday afternoon this week at the age of 63(?)65(?).  Deceased was the youngest son of the late John Neilson one of the pioneer settlers of the township who took up land on the 12th line about three miles from Appleton.  Here the deceased was born and lived on his portion of the land until 1881 when he moved to the 11th Concession where he resided until his death.  Before moving to the 11th Line, about 1872, he purchased a farm from the late John Gemmill and had 230 acres in all.  In the year 1858 he married Emily Teskey, daughter of the late John Teskey, who survives him.  There were 7 children, three sons and four daughters:  John on the homestead; George on the Gemmill farm; Annie (Mrs. Alex Turner); Aggie (Mrs. John Thom); and Emeline, James and Jennie on the homestead.  In religion he was a Presbyterian and a life long member of that church.  In politics he was a Liberal.  At the time of his death he was a trustee of the Appleton school which position he has held for a number of years.  He was also a member of the board of education.  All his brothers have passed away but two sisters still are living—Mrs. William Smith and Mrs. Gavin Hamilton.  Almonte Times, November 11

Perth Courier, Nov. 24, 1899

Campbell—Died on Wednesday evening, Nov. 22, Angus Campbell, Prestonvale, Drummond, aged 75.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

An old and esteemed farmer of Drummond, Angus Campbell, died at his residence at Prestonvale on Wednesday evening aged about 75 years.  Deceased was born at Prince Edward Island where he parents had stayed for a while on their journey from the Scottish Highlands but has lived since a child on the farm on which he died.

McCarthy—Died, at Perth on Nov. 21, Thomas Alphonsus McCarthy, youngest son of Michael McCarthy, aged 7 years and 9 months.

The oldest continuous resident of Lanark Village, James Drysdale, died on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the age of 83.  He was one of the pioneer settlers having come to the village when four years old with his parents at the age of 4 from Glasgow, Scotland where he was born in 1816.  He was a carpenter and wagon maker by trade and for many years the leading one of the village.  His wife was Margaret Alston who died last year.  He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Thomas Dunlop of Dalhousie; Mrs. Jas. Robertson of Deloraine, Manitoba; Mrs. W.R. Gerrie and Mrs. W. Puller(?) of Rat Portage; James of Seney(?), Michigan; and Robert J. of Drummond.

Died, at his home near McCanna(?), N.D., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Archibald McLaren, formerly of the 4th Line Bathurst, aged 73(?) 75(?).  The following additional particulars are taken from the McCanna(?) paper:  “The deceased was born at Lanark, Ontario and moved to his farm in North Dakota in ’81, since which time he has engaged in farming.  His wife, three daughters and one son, are left to mourn the loss of a kind and noble husband and father.  The death of Mr. McLaren removes a highly respected citizen and neighbor.  His life was one of industry and honesty.  Such characters leave their impression on the world and the world is better because of their having lived in it.  The deceased was devoted to his home and his family and his highest ambition was to lead an honest and upright life.  Everyone who knew him has a kind word to say of him.”

Perth Courier, Dec. 1, 1899

McLellan—Died, at Dalhousie on Saturday, Nov. 25, of diphtheria, Thomas Edwin McLellan, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan McLellan, aged one year, six months.

He gathereth the lambs in His arms

Reeve—Died, at Lanark on Sat., Nov. 25, H.H. Reeve, M.D., aged 53(?).

Izatt—Died, at North Sherbrooke, on Nov. 24, Thomas Izatt, aged 70.

Duncan—Died, at North Sherbrooke, on Nov. 25(?), Mrs. Alexander Duncan, aged 40.

Graham—Died, at Ottawa, on Nov. 28, Mary J. Arkison, wife of George A. Graham, formerly of Perth, aged 30.

Prestonvale:  Death came to our neighborhood about 10:00 last Wednesday night and claimed as its victim Angus Campbell.  Mr. Campbell was of Scottish descent, his parents being emigrants to this country at the beginning of this century.  He was a bachelor, and his brother John resided with him on the homestead.  He is survived by one brother and one sister.  Mr. Campbell was a member of the Methodist Church and a very regular attendant at the place of worship and he was a very liberal contributor to all church funds.  The funeral took place on the Friday preceding from the house to the church where the service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Wilkinson, assisted by Rev. T. Powell, after which it proceeded to the Union burying ground.

Perth Courier, Dec. 8, 1899

Griffith—Died, at Perth on Monday, Nov. 27, Jane Keays, relict of the late Evan Griffith aged 64(?)

Kirkham—Died, at Brooke on Thursday, Nov. 30, Alice Elizabeth Kirkham, third daughter of James Kirkham, aged 14.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

One of the saddest fatal accidents recorded in the history of this part of the county occurred at the home of James Kirkham, 6th Line Bathurst, on Thursday evening, Nov. 30, by which Alice Kirkham, his 14 year old daughter, met her death instantly.  The young girl had gone downstairs for some flour and had taken her younger sister with her to hold the lamp.  When they were so engaged, another member of the family—a little boy—came up and at once laid hold of a gun lying on the bed which had been placed there moments before by an elder brother who had just come in from hunting; the deceased was in the act of taking the gun from the little fellow when in some unaccountable manner the weapon was discharged, with a heavy load of buckshot, in the young girl’s head.  Death must have been instantaneous for before her father, who was downstairs, reached her, the spark of life had fled.  The funeral took place on Saturday at 10:00 and was one of the largest ever seen in this vicinity for some time.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C.E.S. Radcliffe in St. Stephen’s Church, Bathurst.

Elphin:  Thomas Izatt, one of the oldest residents of North Sherbrooke, passed peacefully away on the 24th ult., after an illness of about 5 months, which he bore with Christian fortitude.  He married the only daughter of the late James Smith about 34 years ago.  She preceded him about three years before.  They leave two sons, James who bought a farm near Mississippi Station a few years ago and lives there, and Allan, on the homestead both in comfortable circumstances.

More in this issue on the death of Thomas Izatt:

An old and respected resident of North Sherbrooke, Thomas Izatt, died at his late residence on Nov. 24, after a lingering and painful illness at the age of 78 years.  Deceased was a quiet, industrious man and for many years a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church at Elphin.  He was a native of Ayr, Scotland.  The funeral was held on Saturday, 25th inst., the service being conducted in the church and was well attended.  He leaves two sons to mourn his loss:  Allan who resides on the old homestead; and James, who owns a farm on the Mississippi Station.  The remains were laid in the Crawford Cemetery.

Elphin:  Catharine Ferguson Duncan, wife of Alexander Duncan, McLaren’s Depot, although complaining for some time, died rather suddenly of Bright’s Disease.  She leaves a husband and five small children to mourn her loss.  She was a kind mother and a good neighbor.

Elphin:  A young child of Duncan McLellan was taken away by diphtheria and others of the family have it.

The community of Snow Road was saddened by the death of Mrs.Alexander Duncan.  Her death occurred on November 25(?) after a severe illness at the age of 40 years.  Deceased was a bright, earnest Christian woman and was loved and respected by all who knew her.  She leaves behind to mourn her loss a husband and five children, the youngest of whom is 5(?) 6(?) years of age.  The funeral took place on Monday, the 27th, the service being conducted at the house by Rev. Jas. Binnie and was very largely attended by friends and neighbors.  The remains were laid in the Crawford cemetery.

Dr. H.H. Reeve, whose serious illness was reported previously, died at his home in Lanark Village on Saturday, November 25 at the comparatively young age of 53.  Deceased was the youngest brother of a family that has given to the province of Ontario several distinguished professional men.  Two of his brothers were Dr. R.A. Reeve, the well known oculist of Toronto and the late W.A. Reeve, Q.C., principal of the Toronto Law School; and Dr. Lavell, late Warden of the Kingston Penitentiary (one of the professors in the medical faculty of Queen’s University) and Dr. A.M. Rosebrugh, another distinguished oculist of Toronto were brothers-in-law.  In early life the deceased was engaged in newspaper work and was a reporter for one of the Hamilton dailies for some time.  This he gave up to take a course in medicine, graduating from Queen’s University in 1880(?).  He practiced his profession for a time in the state of New York and in the village of Churchill, Ontario, but afterwards removed to Almonte for the sake of the high school, which he wished his children to attend.  Finding the competition keen in this town, he took advantage of an opening in Toledo and removed to that village; and later on he settled in Lanark Village. A year or two ago, he opened an office in Bancroft but did not remove his family from Lanark.  While in Bancroft, he took ill with a severe attack of lung trouble.  His only son Harry went up to nurse him but took a severe cold and went into a rapid decline terminating in death a few months ago.  Recovering sufficiently to stand the journey, Dr. reeve returned to his home in Lanark Village and after a time, not feeling strong enough to resume his practice, he went over to the state of New York to engage in a lighter occupation but the fell destroyer, consumption, had marked him for its own and he once more returned home to die surrounded by his family.  Deceased was a very intelligent man and took a strong interest in everything that concerned the moral and intellectual elevation of the community.  While in Almonte, he was a member of the Board of Education and took great interest in the working of the schools.  He was much devoted to his family and will be greatly missed by the surviving members.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and in politics a strong Liberal.  He leaves behind him a widow and three daughters:  a Miss Reeve of the staff in the Eganville Public School and Misses Gertrude and Muriel at home.  Deceased was a member of the Toledo Lodge A.O.U.W. in which he carried $2,000 in insurance.  Gazette

Perth Courier, December 15, 1899

Doyle—Died, on Sunday, Dec. 10, Denis Doyle, 5th Line Bathurst, aged 86, native of County Wexford, Ireland.

Neil—Died, at S. Sherbrooke, on Thursday, Nov. 30, Mrs. Patrick Neil, aged 75.

Hillis—Died, at Perth on Friday afternoon, Dec. 8, Agnes Keays, wife of James Keays, Sr., Drummond, aged 74.

Watson’s Corners:  We are sorry to record the death of Maggie L. Boyle, youngest child of D. Boyle, who died last Tuesday from inflammation of the lungs.

Perth Courier, Dec. 22, 1899

Hope—Died, at Perth on Tuesday morning, Dec. 19, Isabella Andison Hope, relict of the late Andrew Hope, aged 73.

Elsewhere in the same paper:

After a lingering illness from cancer, Mrs. Andrew Hope died at her residence, D’Arcy Street, on Tuesday morning at the age of 73.  The maiden name of the deceased was Isadora Andison and she was born in the township of Drummond being the daughter of the late William Andison who was a native of Scotland.  The deceased was the mother of four children:  William and Peter of Perth; and Mrs. Bell (Elizabeth) and Andrew of Minot(?), N.D., both deceased.  She was a member of Knox Church.  Her remains were taken to Elmwood Cemetery on Thursday for interment.

Reid—Died, at Perth on Thursday, Dec. 14, Samuel Reid aged 69(?).

Robertson—Died, at Star Mound, Manitoba on Sunday, Dec. 3, Carrie Robertson, youngest daughter of John T. Robertson, aged 18 years and 3(?)5(?) months.

Class(or Closs)—Died, at Lanark Township on Sat., Dec. 9, Margaret Mackie, wife of Charles Class (or Closs) aged (illegible, maybe 53??63??)

Elsewhere in the same paper:

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Mrs. Charles Class of Lanark Township passed to her reward after an illness of less than a week.  On Tuesday the deceased was taken ill with pneumonia and on Saturday, less than five minutes before her death, she was able to be up.  Heart disease from which the deceased had been a sufferer for some time, aggravated by an attack of pneumonia, was the immediate cause of death.  She was born in Bathurst 63 years ago on the farm now occupied by Charles Muckle (Mackle?).  She was a sister of Mrs. Jno Taylor of this place; Mrs. Allen of Chicago; and of Mrs. McColl of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Mr. Charles Mackle of Fallbrook and Mr. John Mackle of Chicago are also brothers of the deceased.  Charles Class, her life partner, resides with two sons, John and Charles and one daughter Lizzie on the homestead; James in Manitoba; and Kate in Gilby, N.D., are left to mourn her loss.  The funeral took place to the Ferguson’s Falls Cemetery on Monday, Rev. Father O’Rourke conducting the service. Era

Miss Maggie Montgomery, daughter of Thomas Montgomery of Winnipeg, who came from Durmmond, died of pneumonia December 10 at the age of 21.  She was an only daughter and a very accomplished young lady.

Drysdale—Died, at Perth on Wednesday, Dec.20, Calvin Drysdale, aged 22 years and 11 months.  Funeral will take place on Saturday, 23rd inst., from the residence of his father, John S. Drysdale, Centre Street, to Elmwood Cemetery.

Perth Courier, Dec. 29, 1899

Wrathall—Died, at Perth on Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, Mandie Wrathall, aged 16 years and 7 months.


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