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The Record News, Smiths Falls - Newspaper Articles - 4th Section

Leah Truscott has graciously copied the following Births, Marriages and Deaths from The Record News for the year 1887.  We really appreciate Leah's help in supplying these articles for others to view.  

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August 11 1887       Record News

-Mr. D. L. McIntyre of Winnipeg , business manager of the Manitoba Free Press, was in town yesterday.  He once was in Dr. McCallum’s drug store here.

-Mrs. Poitvin, a former resident of Merrickville, committed suicide at Ottawa the other day by taking “Rough on Rats.”  She was the wife of Jerry Poitvin, a saw mill hand.  She was 33 years of age and was addicted to drink.

-On July 17th last, a degree of absolute divorce was granted by Judge Fisher of Florida , N. Y., to Mrs. Carrie Cornell Manhard of Toledo , against her husband, Mr. Herbert S. Manhard of Smiths Falls .  Mrs. Manhard applied for a divorce in January last.  It is her intention we believe to complete her studies in medicine.


-Robert Cross has returned home from Thornbury to spend his holidays.

August 18 1887      Record News

-Rev. M. McGillvray, late of St. Andrew’s church, Perth , is spending a few weeks at Metis, Que., before entering upon his new pastoral duties in Kingston .

-Robert Skead, a former well known lumberman on the Mississippi, died at his residence in Ottawa on Saturday, aged 69.  He was well known throughout the Ottawa Valley.

-Mr. W. P. McEwen, of the Almonte Gazette, who left for Manitoba week before last has been called home by the sudden death of his infant son, which took place at Pakenham on Wednesday afternoon.

-Monday afternoon, about five o’clock, Mr. Andrew Hamilton, for many years clerk of McNab township, dropped dead, at his house at New Glasgow.  He had just come from the harvest field and was settling up some business with Mr. R. S. Drysdale, machine agent of Arnprior.  He was in the act of making some changes, when he suddenly fell back in his chair and expired without a struggle.  Deceased was one of the best known men in the county, and was highly respected.

-We regret to have to record this week the death of Mr. E. R. Barber, of Wolford, which sad event occurred last Monday night at his home.  The deceased had been suffering for some time from a cancer in his neck for treatment of which he recently went to Montreal physicians who refused to treat him on the ground of his physical weakness.  He returned home and since has been gradually sinking until the end came on Monday night.  Mr. Barber was highly esteemed in the community in which he lived and leaves a large family and a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss.

-St. John’s church was the scene, on Wednesday evening, of one of those happy events which always excites a deep interest and draws a large crowd - a wedding.  The contracting parties were Miss Maria Caswell and Mr. D. Gilday of the firm of Lindsay & Gilday one of the town’s most popular and most prosperous grocery houses, to the success of which Mr. Gilday has contributed in no small degree.  Mr. Lindsay, his partner, acted as groomsman, while Miss Hattie Caswell, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid.  The ceremony was performed at eight o’clock in the evening by Rev. Rural Dean Nesbitt, rector of St. John’s church, in the presence of a large number of friends and acquaintances of both bride and groom.  An excellent wedding supper was afterwards served at the bride’s home where a pleasant evening was spent with the newly married couple until they left by the night train for Montreal.  The bride received a great number of beautiful presents from her own and Mr. Gilday’s friends with whom we join in congratulations.


-Miss Hannah Walker and her two sisters from Perth were here on a visit at their Uncle, Mr. Robert Walker.

-We regret to have to announce the death of Mrs. Harrison, mother of our respected friend, Mr. Robert Harrison, grocer here.  Mrs. Harrison was a very old woman, being 77 years of age and was a woman highly esteemed by everybody who was acquainted with her.  Her funeral took place on Friday the 12th of August and was largely attended.  The Rev. Mr. Munroe preached an eloquent sermon and officiated at the burial ceremonies.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and died full of faith.


Gilday-Caswell – On Wednesday, 17th inst., at St. John’s Church, Smiths Falls, by the Rev. Rural Dean Nesbitt, Mr. Daniel Gilday, merchant, to Miss Maria J. Caswell, both of Smiths Falls.

McFarlane-McGregor - At the Baptist Parsonage, Smiths Falls, on Wednesday, August 17th, by the Rev. T. Luckens, Mr. Joseph McFarlane to Miss Catherine McGregor, both of Carleton Place.

McKinlay-Spalding – At St. Andrew’s Manse, on the 17th inst., by the Rev. S. Mylne, Mr. Wm. A. McKinley to Miss Kate Spalding, both of the Scotch line, Perth.

Bentley-Watkins – At the bride’s home, on Monday evening, the 15th inst., by Rev. A. McCann, Miss Rachel Watkins to Mr. G. A. Bentley, late of Winnipeg.


Barber- In Wolford, on Monday, the 15th inst., Mr. E. R. Barber.

McCaw- In Montague, on Monday, 15th inst., Miss M. McCaw.

August 25 1887      Record News

-Mr. Frank Burrows, a Smiths Falls boy well known to most of our readers, is in town this week en-route to Duluth where he will in future make his home.  He has lately been in North Bay in the employ of Messrs. T. & W. Murray , merchants, and before leaving there was presented with a flattering address and a handsome diamond ring.

-Dr. C. G. Stackhouse, of Ottawa , formerly of Smiths Falls , had an apprentice named Throsbay.  The Dr. being away, his assistant, Mr. Church, permitted Throsbay to enter the office alone Friday evening last.  The young fellow, who knew the secret of the combination, opened the safe, and abstracted $127 and skipped.  Detective Dicks was put on the track of the fugitive, but has yet not found him.

-Among the successful candidates at the recent examinations for matriculation at Queen’s University, Kingston , Miss Maggie McNab, daughter of Mrs. Colin McNab of North Elmsley , takes a front place making for herself a most creditable record.  The young lady is but seventeen, and yet she distinguished herself in nearly every subject.  In history, geography, English and mathematics she took honors besides taking a scholarship worth about sixty dollars.

-Mr. W. Rose, Telegraph Operator at Pembroke, and formerly of this place, is home on vacation.

-Captain Carss returned from Farmersville yesterday where he has been with his sister who is very ill.

-Mr. Martin Currie, who went to Ireland about four months ago, returned on Monday accompanied by Miss Currie.

-Mr. Charlie McCallum has severed his connection with the C. P. R. telegraph office and express agency here, and has returned to Hamilton .

-We take the following from the Detroit Tribune of the 18th inst., the gentleman to whom it refers having grown up here, as a boy where his mother and other relatives still live.

Some of Detroit ’s most active young business men have come out in favor of Bruce Goodfellow for mayor and announced their intention to work for his nomination on the republican ticket next fall.

Mr. Goodfellow yesterday said; “I had no intimation earlier than today that my name had been suggested in such a connection.  That I am flattered by it goes without saying, but my acceptance of the honor of a nomination if tendered me is quite another thing.  With me it would be quite out of the question, for while I believe in young business men taking an active interest in public affairs, in my own case I could not spare the time from my business to prepare myself for the acceptance of the position.  If my own interests alone were at stake it would be somewhat different, but in the management of the affairs of Mabley & Co. a great diversity of interests is involved which would suffer with my own.  I am disposed to associate the office of Mayor with men of years, who have “made their barrel” and who have leisure to devote to the consideration of public business that the office demands.  I shall expect to devote some share of my time to public business, but I must say that under no circumstances would I accept a nomination to the office.”


-Mr. George Johnson, of the Inland Revenue Department, Prescott, was here last week to attend the funeral of his mother.

-Mrs. Johnson, wife of the late lockmaster, Mr. Johnson (at one time an officer in the British Army and afterwards pensioned off and given the position of lockmaster at this station) died on the 16th inst., at the ripe old age of 84 years.

-Mrs. Mary Cranson, wife of Mr. John Cranson, died here on the 19th inst.  Mrs. Cranson was born here and was a woman highly respected by all who knew her.  She leaves behind three children - the youngest a baby girl, which the wife of Mr. George Crain, of Ottawa , (an intimate friend of Mrs. Cranson) has adopted.  She died of a lingering disease, consumption, and was buried on Sunday, the 21st inst. By the Foresters and Workmen of the different neighboring lodges.  Rev. Mr. Card preached the funeral sermon and the Methodist Church was unable to hold one half of the people in attendance.  There must have been 700 or 800 people present at the obsequies.


Leach – In Montague, on Friday 19th inst., the wife of John Leach, of a daughter.

Rose – In Smiths Falls, on Friday, 19th inst., the wife of F. Rose, of a daughter.


Grey-Garvin – At Smiths Falls, on Tuesday, 23rd inst., Mr. Albert Grey, to Miss Elizabeth Garvin, both of Smiths Falls.

September 1 1887    Record News

-Mr. Hiram Holden, one of Brockville’s old time residents is dead at Belleville.

-Mr. J. M. Poole, has been admitted by Mr. J. M. Walker into partnership in the Perth Courier.

-Mr. John McEwen, of Franktown, has entered the law office of Messrs. Beatty, Kennedy & Cassels, in the Queen city.

-A few nights ago Mr. Alex. McEwen, of Beckwith, had 20 sheep killed by dogs, and the same night his neighbor, Mr. John McIntosh, lost five by the same means.

-Typhoid Fever is said to be prevalent at and around Port Elmsley and has claimed one victim-Mr. W. Gemmell-while several others are seriously ill.  The cause assigned for its outbreak is the draining, by the building of the Tay canal, of a small pond leaving exposed to the heat and air decayed vegetable matter, the malaria from which has contaminated the air.


-Mr. Fred Wilson, of Smiths Falls, was the guest of his uncle Mr. Wm. Easton on Saturday and Sunday last.

-Mr. Charles Steen, of Carp, and Mr. Robert Steen, of Westport paid their mother a visit during the last week.


Hyslop – In Montague, on Saturday 27th inst., the wife of F. Hyslop, of a daughter.

Taggart – In Kitley, on Wednesday, 31st August, the wife of A. M. Taggart of a daughter.


Ferguson-Lucas – In St. John’s church on 31st August, by Rev. Rural Dean Nesbitt, James Ferguson, of the township of Young, to Ella Jane Lucas, daughter of Mr. Robert Lucas, of Smiths Falls.

Whan-Brennan – At Farmersville, on Tuesday, August 23rd, Edward Whan, of Smiths Falls, to Miss Brennan, of Merrickville.


McVean – In Montague, on Monday, 29th August, Mrs. John McVean, aged 78 years.

Gemmell – At Port Elmsley, on Saturday, August 27th, Wm. Gemmell aged 40 years.

September 8 1887     Record News

-A terrific fire was raging up to the hour of Friday’s rain in or near Derry section of Beckwith.  It covered an area of two thousand acres, six hundred of which were the property of Mr. Geo Kidd who lost much valuable cedar.  There are no fences left on the 2,000 acres.  The origin is laid at the door of gypsies though some think it resulted from fires started to smoke out mosquitoes at the milking hour.

-Mr. M. A. Evertts, son of M. K. Evertts, Esq., Easton’s Corners, passed a successful final examination for attorney last week in Toronto.  Rumor says he will locate here.

-Peter McLaren has just returned from the Northwest.  He tarried in Kingston a few days awaiting the arrival of his daughter from Scotland, where she has been at school the past two years.

-Mr. Bowman, of Cincinnati, was the guest of his sister, Mrs. Jay Gould, part of the week.

Easton’s Corners

-C. Davies, one of our leading farmers, was thrown from his horse on Saturday, sustaining severe injuries.  His recovery from which is doubtful.  It seems Mr. Davis was riding the horse to pasture when a dog caused the animal to shy, throwing him to the ground, breaking his leg and a couple of ribs.  His son, Dr. Davis, was promptly on hand and assisted by Dr. C. L. Easton of Smiths Falls, reduced the fractures and relieved his sufferings as much as possible.


Riddell – In South Elmsley, on Saturday 3rd inst., the wife of Geo Riddell, of a daughter.

Gilligan – In Smiths Falls, on Friday 2nd inst., the wife of John Gilligan of a daughter.

Code – In Montague, on Tuesday, 6th inst., the wife of John Gould of a daughter.


Dow-Rath – In St. John’s church, on the 7th inst., by the Rev. Dean Nesbitt, Mr. J. R.

Dow, of Pembroke, to Hattie, youngest daughter of James Rath Esq., of Smiths Falls.


Splane – At Smiths Falls on Tuesday, September 6, 1887, John Splane, Senr., aged 79 years.

Foster – At Snowflake, Manitoba, on August 27, Sarah, relict of the late John Foster, formerly a resident of the township of Montague, County of Lanark, Ontario, aged 69 years.

Montague Agricultural Fair  September 6 and 7 1887

Judges appointed

Horses – Class 1 – D. F. Woods, C. Richards and R. Loucks

Director in Charge – A. Clark

Cattle – Class 2 – S. Chalmers

Director in Charge – D. Woods

Sheep – Class 3 – R. Smith

Director in Charge – P. McEwen

Grain and Seeds – Class 4 – C. H. Tait

Director in Charge – J. H. Loucks

Roots – Class 5 – R. Guile

Director in Charge – Jas. Ferguson

Poultry – Class 5 – C. Tallman

Director in Charge – James Ferguson

Dairy Produce and Fruit – Class 7 – J. McGillivray

Director in Charge – David Woods

Home Manufactures – Class 8 – R. Watchman

Director in Charge –D. Woods

Ladies Work – Class 9 – Mrs. R. Guile

Director in Charge – I. Cram

Ladies Work – Class 9 Part Second – Mrs. W. Richey

Director in Charge – J. M. Clark

Harness – Class 10 – M. Stanley

Director in Charge – A. Clark

To sell tickets for admission to grounds it was moved, seconded and carried that admission to the grounds be 15 cents; single carriage and driver 20 cents; double carriage and driver 25 cents.

September 15 1887     Record News

-Mr. J. Lucas and daughter are visiting their old home, Brantford.

-Mr. F. Johnston, of California, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Jason Gould.

-The many friends of Mr. Briggs, at one time teacher in the High School here, will be glad to hear that he is again teaching in Danville, Quebec.

-There died on Sunday morning, after a very brief illness, the young wife of Mr. Geo Shaw, druggist in W. Johnston’s.  Mr. Shaw had been married less than a year, and much sympathy is felt by all for him in his sad and sudden bereavement.

-Mr. Alex McGillivray, of Kitley, has gone on a visit to South Riverside, California, where he has two sons.  If he likes the country better than this he may settle there, but he did not think he would.

-The nuptials of Mr. James Fraser of Lanark, and Miss Sarah Hourigan daughter of the late James Hourigan, were celebrated in the R. C. Church last evening in the presence of a brilliant assemblage of friends and well wishers.  Rev. Father Stanton performed the ceremony.  Both the young couple were highly esteemed here where they are well known and both have the best wishes of all their friends for a happy future.

-The Brockville Times tells of the meeting, after thirty-three years separation, of Mr. J. R. Brown of Sudbury, and his brother Thomas, of Dundee, Scotland.  The meeting, which was a very affecting one, took place at the home of Mr. A. Caswell, Brockville whose wife is a daughter of the first mentioned gentleman.  Many of our readers will remember Mr. J. R. Brown as occupying the position of station agent here on the old B. & O. R. R.  Latterly he had retired from railroading and went into the sawmill business at Sudbury and did well, and now lives a retired life.

-The first accident at the new station happened Tuesday night after the arrival of the midnight train from Ottawa.  Among the passengers was Mr. Tweedy who was returning from Almonte, and who, when arriving here got out on the platform at the side of the main track.  Just when he started to cross the track to the station platform, the pilot engine, which was standing by, started to run down the yard, and Mr. Tweedy on being shouted to by some bystanders, it is thought became confused, and first stepped forward and then backward by which time the engine was close upon him.  Seeing this, it is said he endeavored to catch on to the engine to save himself, but instead was thrown to one side, and one of his feet run over and terribly mangled.  He was conveyed to his home on Water street and Drs. McCallum and Moffatt summoned.  On examination it was found that the lower part of his leg was so shattered that amputation above the knee was deemed necessary and accordingly the operation was successfully performed and the patient is now doing well.


Simpson – In Smiths Falls, on Monday, 12inst., the wife of Joseph Simpson, of a son.

Halliday – In Smiths Falls, on Tuesday, 13th inst., the wife of Geo Halliday of a daughter.


Fraser-Hourigan – At the Catholic Church, Smiths Falls, on Wednesday evening, September 14th, by the Rev. Father Stanten, James Fraser, of Lanark, to Miss Sarah Hourigan, of Smiths Falls.


Shaw – At Smiths Falls, on Sunday morning, 11th inst., Barbara, wife of R. G. Shaw, aged 24 years.