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Perth Courier, Jan. 4, 1895

Miss Mamie Hogg left on Wednesday on a week’s visit to her sister Mrs. (Dr.) Fowler of Havelock.

A dispatch from Almonte dated 31st December:  “A young lady was killed at the C.P.R. station here this morning, Miss Belle Armstrong, about 25, a daughter of John Armstrong, a much respected farmer who lives on the 10th Line Ramsay, two miles from Almonte.  Miss Armstrong had slipped on the local train for Ottawa to see some friends off when the train started.  She was not able to reach the door until the train had proceeded about 200 yards when she jumped off, struck her head against the switch and was killed instantly, her neck being broken.  Coroner R. Burns was at once sent for but decided an inquest was not necessary.  Her father, an old man, was waiting on the platform of the station.  It has thrown a gloom over the whole town.”

Lanark Links:  The soiree in the town hall on New Year’s Eve was a decided success.  The ladies of St. Andrew’s Church are always successful in their annual tea meetings and deserve great credit for their fine management in these affairs.  The Balderson choir was present and were much appreciated.  Mr. A Rankin of Middleville gave a Scotch reading which won great applause.  Miss Carrie Playfair of Playfairville won the hearts of the audience by two beautiful solos.  Miss Tena McIntyre of Balderson sang exceedingly well in costume “Buy My Flowers”.  Mr. P.C. McGregor, B.A., principal of Almonte High School gave a fine address taking as his subject “Avoid Extremes”.  Rev. J. Colclough and Rev. Mr. McIlraith of Balderson also gave addresses.  The Brass Band and the Harmonica Band gave some fine selections.  Refreshments were served during the evening and an enjoyable time was spent.  The ladies of the church will realize a large sum from this entertainment.

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending 11th December, 1894


Thoms Jackson, $2.00

Joseph Mason, $4.00

Drunk and Disorderly

Patrick Tucker, $4.00

Charles Baird, $3.00

David Reid, $2.00

Peter Skiffington, $2.00

Henry Black, $5.00

Thomas Kelly, $5.00

Luke Cahill, $5.00

Selling Liquor During Prohibited Hours:

James Presley, $40.00

George Jackman, $20.00

J.H. Young, $20.00

Samuel Dunfield, $20.00

John Y. McIntyre, $50.00

Michael Healey, $20.00

David F. Wood, $20.00

Albert Leach, $20.00

Robert Storey, $20.00


James Class(?) Close(?), two months gaol, Perth hard labor plus costs

John McDougall, $1.00 plus costs

George Stacey, $1.00

Nonpayment of Wages:

R.M. Campbell, $10.80 plus costs


Dinah Harper, six months in gaol

George Welding, four months in gaol

David Henderson, six months in gaol

William Harper, six months in gaol

James Ross, six months in gaol

Robert McCoy, six months in gaol

Bessie Gordon, six months in gaol

Andrew Jackson, four months in gaol

Christina Herbert, six months in gaol

John Herley, four months in gaol

Robert Bradley, five months in gaol

John Kelly, four months in gaol

Creating a Disturbance:

Joseph Walker, $3.00

George Walker, $3.00

Threatening Language

Robert Dowdall, bound to keep the peace

Selling Over a Quart of Liquor

James Pepper, $20.00

Immoderate Driving:

William Lawson, $1.00

Breach of Dog Bylaw:

John Herron, Henry Clark, George Dewey, George Langstaff, William Beck, Thomas Glover, $2.00 each

Disturbing Religious Meeting:

William McPherson, $4.00

George Loggie, $4.00

Buying Liquor During Prohibited Hours:

George Calvin, $2.00

John D. Calvin, $2.00


Mary Maley, sent to gaol

Allowing Horse to Wander Streets:

James Holaday, $1.00

Edward Thom, $1.00

Using Obscene Language:

James Nolan, $10.00

Walter Palmison, $5.00

Mr. Davison, $5.00

Using Grossly Insulting Language:

James Simpson, $5.00

Violation of Game Laws:

Alexander Finlay, $10.00

Peddling Goods From House To House Without a License

Max Kert, $5.00

Perth Courier, Jan. 11, 1895

Alexander McLaren, late proprietor of the Brunswick Hotel, Winnipeg, died after a long illness on Tuesday.  He formerly kept a hotel in Perth where he came from Balderson about 30 years ago.  He was a brother of Mrs. Frank Davies of Perth, Duncan McLaren of Balderson and Peter McLaren of Beachburg.

Joseph Horricks has bought from James Watt, 8th Concession Drummond, 150 acres of land for $2,400.  The seller is moving to Wolford Township.  Henry Morris has sold his farm on the 5th Concession Drummond to James Shail, Jr., 100 acres, $4,000 and has bought the Murrey Hotel at Ferguson’s Falls.  John McTavish has bought the 100 acre farm on the 7th Concession Drummond of James McGregor for $4,300.

James Templeton of Almonte is on a visit to his grandson J.H. Young, of the Albion Hotel.  The old gentleman is now 90 years old and is yet quite strong and active with his intellect as keen as ever.  While here, he saw his descendent of the fifth generation or his great-great-grandson, the little son of William Young of Maberly.  Mr. Templeton was an enthusiastic curler up to a few years ago.

Bolingbroke:  A little visitor at Tom McMunn’s, it’s a girl.

Gardiner Gilday after an absence of ten years arrive home from Everette, Washington, U.S., on a visit to his mother and sister Mrs. H. McKenny of this town.

The farm of the late Duncan Campbell, 7th concession Drummond, comprising 128 acres with good brick house and fine outbuildings was sold by George Devlin on Wednesday for $5,020.  The purchaser was Oswald Allan, son of James Allan, Balderson.  About fifty tons of hay were also sold for $207.

Patrick O’Donnell, South Elmsley near Smith’s Falls, died on the 5th inst., at the age of 92 years.  He was a native of Ireland and a subscriber to the Courier since it was first put out sixty years ago.

William N. McConnell, South Sherbrooke, in renewing his subscription to the Courier on Wednesday says that his father’s name was either the 7th or 9th one entered on the Courier subscription list in 1834 when the paper started.

Tatlock:  Alexander McKay, Sr., is seriously ill and there is small hope of his recovery.  He is nearly 84 years old and totally blind.  Mrs. McKay, who is in her usual health, is four years his senior.  The old gentleman can gather his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren around him.  William McKay, the eldest son, who has been seriously ill with inflammation of the lungs, is now fully recovered.

Wayside:  A happy event took place here on the 3rd inst.  A mysterious little being from the unknown arrived here to make its “footprints in the sands of time”.  The parents are Mrs. And Mrs. Bernard Byrnes.

Perth Courier, January 18, 1895

Wemyss:  We have to mourn the loss by death of Mrs. Edward Bennett (ne Rose Ann Lee) who leaves a husband and five loving children to mourn her loss.

Second Line Drummond:  Two more little people have appeared in this vicinity.  The parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Livingston and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stedman

North Elmsley:  Mr. and Mrs. John McTavish have been away attending the funeral of her uncle, D. Robertson of Beckwith.

Henry Fergie of Almonte was for a time a member of the Chicago Police Department.  On returning to Almonte, a policeman who was secretary of a police benefit association which Mr. Fergie had joined, forged letters and certificates testifying to Mr. Fergie’s death and drew $2,000 of insurance.  When Fergue returned to Chicago the trick was discovered and the forger is now in jail.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Lot 11, 6th Concession North Elmsley  Hartford O’Hara

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Lot 22, 1st Concession Dalhousie, David W. Forbes

Jas. Rawlins of Maple Avenue, Ferry Road, left Perth on Wednesday for England and sails on the Dominion Line steamship Vancouver, from Portland, on the 24th Jan.  He expects to be away about six weeks.

Perth Courier, Feb. 1, 1895

Thomas Taye(?), late of Arnprior, has sent us the following paragraph for the information of interested friends in this vicinity. The deceased was a brother of Henry McComisky of Drummond and we believe was the owner of the Revere House in this town.  “Died, of consumption in the Sisters’ Hospital, Wallis, Idaho, John McComisky, formerly of Perth or vicinity”.  Deceased was 60 years of age.

Wayside:  Mrs. R. Raine is spending a few weeks with her brother Jas. EvertAnnie Farrell is spending a week at her uncle’s M. Murphy.

Perth Courier, Feb. 8, 1895

Lanark Links:  Mrs. Thomas Bulloch of Manitoba is visiting her mother Mrs. McIlraith.

Lanark Links:  William Prentice has an addition to his family, it’s a girl.

Elphin:  We are sorry to hear that Jas. McDonald is not improving much.

Elliott:  J. Tysick has purchased a lot at the head of the lake from Messrs. J. & R. Ritchie

Perth Courier, Feb. 15, 1895

George A. Lister of Winnipeg son of Andrew Lister of this town was to have been married in the new St. Andrew’s Church there on Wednesday of this week to Miss Dunbar, daughter of Dr. Dunbar of that city.

At the opening of the skating season a new feature in winter sports was introduced in the form of the Ladies Hockey Club.  The semi weekly practice of this organization was up to last week forbidden fruit to the inquiring public.  Last Thursday, however, the club desired to entertain their friends and arranged a practice for 3:00 to be followed by skating after which a luncheon was served by the ladies in the band room which had been artistically and appropriately decorated for the occasion.  About 200 invitations were issued and from appearances all were accepted as fully that number must have been in attendance.  The hockey match was of course part of the proceedings around which the interest centered and the skillful manner in which many of the players handled their sticks and directed the puck was indeed a revelation to those who expected a burlesque on hockey.  The match lasted the regulated time each side scoring one goal and from start to finish the players skated and checked, shot and stopped Mr. Puck in true professional style.  One point which was very noticeable and which reflects credit on the players was the comparative absence of off-side play.  The teams were picked from the following players:  Misses Senkler, J. Senkler, Drummond, C. Drummond, Hogg, Beach, Webster, M. Bell, Armstrong, Berford, M. Meighen, Henderson and Mrs. Patterson.  The afternoon tea was most pleasantly spent by those fortunate enough to be there and it is hoped that before the season is over a match may be arranged with some outside team. 

Tatlock:  Mrs. Robert Barr presented her husband with a bouncing baby boy the other day.

We regret to learn that Daniel Noonan, owner of the Rideau passenger and freight steamer has become insolvent.

David Boyle, 1st Concession Lanark, intend erecting during the summer a comfortable and commodious farm dwelling for himself to be completed in brick veneer.

Perth Courier, March 1, 1895

Boyd’s:  The funeral of Mrs. Shane’s child passed through here on Sunday last on its way to Clayton for burial.

Mrs. Hunter, 2nd Line Drummond, near town, has sold her farm to Mrs. R.C. Sherratt of Perth for $1,800.  Mrs. Hunter intends removing to town.

Perth Courier, March 1, 1895

Lanark Links:  The carnival in the skating rink on Tuesday evening was one of the best ever seen in the village although the attendance was rather small.  The costumes were very beautiful.  Miss Nin(?) Robinson secured the first prize impersonating the “Queen of Folly” while Lorne Prentice carried off the honors among the boys.

Perth Courier, March 8, 1895

Middleville:  The fancy dress carnival held at the rink last Wednesday evening was very largely attended and a great success.  There were a number of masqueraders and the scene was a brilliant one.  The Lanark Harmonic Band was in attendance and furnished excellent music.  The following are a few of the characters:

Miss Scoular, Flower Girl

Miss Jean Rankin, Queen of the Night

Miss Maggie Rankin, Good Luck

Mr. Howard McIntyre, Tobaggoner

Miss Annie Smith, Milkmaid

Mr. Max Duff, Dude

Miss Hannah Affleck, Popcorn Girl

Miss Nellie Blackburn, Snowflake

Mr. James Penman, Indian Chief

Miss Maggie Scoular was the most graceful skater at the masquerade.

Middleville:  Mrs. John Penman of Galbraith was interred last week here.  Rev. Mr. Smith conducted the funeral services at the home.  She was 86 years of age.

Middleville:  Mr. Bert Borrowman having gone from our midst, Harry Mather succeeds him in carrying mail to and from Lanark.  Harry will make an obliging official.

Middleville:  Mrs. Jones who has been spending a month or two wither mother Mrs. Miller, has left for her home in the northwest.  She leaves two of her children behind to be educated here. 

Auction Sale Farm:  Peter Close and Henry Close the Elder  West ½ Lot 7, 4th Concession Lanark


Mr. Thomas Russell of Drummond, Wayside Post Office

Sir:  I hereby apologize to you for having handed in your name in a masquerade at the fancy end at the Perth Skating Rink on the 14th Feb.  I used your name intending it as a joke but I regret that my having done so caused you annoyance.

Martin Doyle

Farm For Sale:  Lot 7, 5th Concession Drummond  Mrs. Mary Kell 

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Samuel Buffam, Lot 22(?) 10th Concession Bathurst.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, J.M. Kellock received a telegram from Winnipeg that the wife of his nephew Fred W. Scott, had died suddenly that day.  The name of the deceased lady was Hawkins, once of Port Hope and a relative of a former foreman of the Courier office.

J.W. Nielson of the Perth Laundry has sold his plant and business here to Edwin Lockwood who is now in possession.  Mr. Baker the practical manager, will remain in his old place in the laundry his work having given good satisfaction.

R.W. Haydon, merchant tailor of Almonte, has felt the pressure of the times and will make an assignment for the benefit of his creditors.  We regret to hear that A.M. McRae of Carleton Place has found it necessary to make an assignment.  Too much credit is a problem, the key to the difficulty.

Mrs. James Murdock has sold the Goudeney farm to William Publow.  Mrs. Murdock and family will remove to Winnipeg but will be here for some months.  Pilot Mound Sentinel (Mrs. Murdock was a former resident of Carleton Place and Mr. Publow of Bathurst)

Perth Courier, March 15, 1895

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Messrs. Thomas Baird and Thomas Cameron, Lanark Village

Mr. and Mrs. William McArthur, formerly of this town, celebrated their Silver Wedding at Almonte on Monday, 18th inst.  Over one hundred relatives from Perth, Renfrew, Wakefield and Ramsay were present including Mr. Piper McIntyre from Darling.

Perth Courier, March 29, 1895

On Monday came the word here that Frederick Adams, once of this town, had been drowned in the waters of British Columbia on the Friday night previous.  Mr. Adams had the contract for the mason work of the new parliament buildings at Victoria and was going on a steamer for a load of stone in tow to carry the stone.  In stemming the fierce tide and  currents of the strait, the steamer broke her rudder chain and she ran full tilt against Trial Island, a barren island located where the accident happened.  One of the men on the steamer escaped by jumping on the barge which came alongside but Mr. Adams and four others were washed overboard and drowned.  The bodies were not recovered and it is likely they never will be.  Mr. Adams was an Englishman and came to Perth 10 or 12 years ago afterwards removing to British Columbia.  He belonged to the Baptist Church.  He had two sons, one of whom, Frederick, was married to Bertie, daughter of Mrs. John Jamieson of this town and the other to Miss Dudgeon of North Elmsley.  He was a bricklayer by trade and among other jobs here built the brick shop of George Butler on Gore Street and the brick dwelling on Wilson Street now owned by Henry Legary.

Alex Murphy, 6th Concession Bathurst, served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War and up to 21 months ago had been in receipt of a pension of $12 per month form the U.S. government for those services.  About June, 1893 all pensions granted to aliens were ordered to be stopped and as Mr. Murphy was still a British subject he had to accept the inevitable and lost his pension.  However, the mandate was annulled a short time ago and those originally receiving pensions but who had been cut off by not being a U.S. citizen were placed on the pension roll again.  About a week ago Mr. Murphy received a big pension for $21 months amounting to $252 and will continue to draw $12 a month from the U.S. cash box.

Miss Mary Farmer of Newport, R.I. where she follows the occupation of a trained nurse, is in town visiting her brother G.B. Farmer for a few weeks.

North Sherbrooke:  The infant son of Hugh Miller has been sick.

North Sherbrooke:  James McVean who has not been well for some time does not seem to be improving very much.

Noble’s Bay:  G. Cornell has sold his home last week to J. Grierson for $1,200.

North Sherbrooke, 4th Line:  Mrs. Alexander Ferguson and her father, Mr. Geddes, were visiting her sister Mrs. J. Darou, Long Lake, (illegible word) who was ill

Perth Courier, April 5, 1895

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements  Lot 4 6th Concession Bathurst Michael Flemming, Jr.

The Ottawa Free Press says that “Jas. Findlay of the firm Findlay Brothers, Carleton Place, who owns one of the largest stove manufacturing firms in the district, is in this city on a business trip.  It is understood he is on the lookout for a suitable location for his establishment in the capital.  His foundry and shops furnished employment to many hands in Carleton Place but the present premises are becoming too confined for the growing business.  Instead of building further additions the firm is considering removing to Ottawa where the facilities for shipping by railway are more advantageous.  Mr. Findlay has been speaking to members of the Board of Trade on this subject and if the Ottawa City Council would grant at least an exemption from taxation.”

J.A. Williams of Carleton Place, nephew of James Allan of this town, has passed very creditably his final examination in medicine at McGill Medical College, Montreal, and is therefore entitled to the degree of M.D., C.M. from this university.

Duncan McDonald left town on Monday night for British Columbia where he hopes to get work in the gold mines or elsewhere.  Duncan is one of our most steady and industrious citizens and we wish him the best in the Pacific Province.

Christies Lake:  J.E.C. Marks has produced something novel for the purpose of heating sap.  The invention is so constructed as to lie in the bottom of the pan.  The cold sap passes from the feed tank, through a faucet and strainer into a bulkhead, the weight of which forces it through a tube in a circuitous route of about 30 feet or more, causing it to pass through the boiling liquid several times before entering the vat.  It is thoroughly heated in the process and does not check the boiling or evaporation.  Lake View farm can boast of one of the best sugar bushes in the country consisting of a good, thrifty second growth maple growing on a limestone soil.  Joe has taken charge of the sugar making this season and has about 1,000 trees tapped or reacy.

North Sherbrooke, 4th Line:  Mr. McVean does not appear to be getting much better.

North Sherbrooke, 4th Line:  Mrs. Jas. Smith has returned from visiting her daughter Mrs. D. McDougal.

Harper:  A great many people passed through here on Monday to attend the sale of William Hughes and also to Mrs. Thomas Bell’s on Thursday of last week.

Sharbor Lake:  Our quiet little town was thrown into considerable excitement over the appearance of Mr. Steele, a member of the Platt and Washburn Refining Co., of New York, and prospector for oil and natural gas.  He intends sinking a well on Thompson and Avery’s farm.  He thinks there is oil in this vicinity and will begin operations about the first of May.

Sharbot Lake:  A very pleasant evening was spent by a party of young folk at Mr. Avery’s where a surprise party was held on Wednesday, March 27.  A superabundance of taffy and good things were on hand.

Sharbot Lake:  Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather and the miserable condition of the roads, an oyster supper at Blessington’s was a success.  Mr. D. Sly drove the young people (as many as did not walk) out.  He bargained to take ten but when he counted up there were ten ladies and of course there were also ten beaux.  Well, they started and when about half way there Mr. Sly dumped the gentlemen out who manfully faced the storm and walked but they got there just the same.  The supper was good as was the chairman’s address and the program delightfully rendered.  A vote of thanks was tendered and applauded to the Sharbot Lake choir for their kindly assistance and also tot eh ten young men who walked.  Mr. Topping’s kind hearted man took pity on them and took them home.

Brookside:  James Duncan has tapped about 700 trees and has made some syrup.

Brookside:  John Miller had a wood bee last Saturday. The boys did well.

Perth Courier, March 15, 1895

The Spring Assizes will be held in Perth on Tuesday, April 2, and Mr. Justice Robertson will preside and will appear here for the first time.  There are eight cases for this court all of which it is expected will be fought out before judge or jury.  Among the most noted one is the case of Captain Foster versus Mr. J.H. Gould in connection with alleged obstruction of water privileges in Smith’s Falls.  The venue of this case was laid in Ottawa but failing to be settled there it will be tried here.  There are two cases in connection with the settlement of the estate of the late Henry Watson of Drummond.

Harper:  A young daughter arrived at the home of Mrs. Albert Leighton last week.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  James Quinn  West ½ Lot 5, 9th Concession Lanark.  As Mr. Quinn has been confined to his bed for the last twelve months, everything must be sold without reserve.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Lot 17, 1st Concession Bathurst Laurie’s Mills Mrs. John Laurie

Perth Courier, March 22, 1895

Sharbot Lake:  A sad accident occurred here late yesterday afternoon.  Malcolm Slyter, engineer, was watching James Thompson putting a belt on a pully in the lower part of Thompson and Avery’s mill, was struck by the belt and thrown into the belt of the (illegible word) wheel.  One leg was broken in several places and ugly wounds in his side and head.  The unfortunate man lived about three hours.  He leaves a wife and three small children and was about 35 years of age.  He will be buried in Zealand Cemetery tomorrow (Friday, 14th)

Hopetown:  A stranger has come to take up his abode at W. Craig’s—it’s a boy.

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. Heywood of Brockville spent a couple days last week with her sister Mrs. J. Munro.

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. A.E. Park presented her husband with a young son last week.

Middleville:  Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Baird left for Arnprior on Sabbath last to attend the funeral of Mrs. Close, Mr. Baird’s youngest sister, who has been ill for some time.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements  William Hughes, Lot 21(?), 4th (?) Concession Bathurst.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Mrs. William Abercrombie, Lot 12, 6th (?) Concession North Burgess. The farm will also be offered for sale if not disposed of previously.

Mrs. William James, living near Grand Forks, Dakota, left for her home on Thursday morning after a fortnight’s visit to her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsbottom, Lanark Township.

There was great consternation in the home of Thomas A. Code of North Elmsley on Monday morning when the inmates discovered that Abraham Code, a relative of Mrs. Code’s (transcriber’s note, this does not seem to make sense, but that is what it says), who had been staying with them, had attempted to commit suicide.  He is a man about 51 years of age and his home is in Earlville, Illinois.  He had been fairly prosperous out there and had got together considerable property.  Last Autumn he had a disagreement with his wife over some property and he left home and came out here to visit his friends and relatives in this vicinity.  His domestic trouble preyed upon his mind and on Monday morning it seems he determined to end his existence.  When he had dressed himself about 7:00 in the morning he sat down on the side of the bed, placed a .32 caliber revolver to the back of his head and fired.  Members of the family heard the report and at once rushed into the room.  They found him lying on the bed bleeding profusely and suffering awful agony.  Dr. Anderson was at once sent for and was soon in attendance.  The bullet had entered his head just behind the right ear, had glanced over the skull and came out at the top of his head.  It was found in the room quite flattened.  The would was examined and found not to be of a serious nature as the ball had glanced off the skull as mentioned instead of penetrating it.  The unhappy man was quite conscious all the time and was greatly chagrined at his failure to take his life.  He said he had seen a man once who had shot himself in just this way and died and he could not see why it had failed in his case.  It is expected he will be alright again in a short time. Smith’s Falls Record.

A packed house rewarded the efforts of the St. Patrick’s Day concern on Saturday night as there was not even standing room in the town hall.  The chair was occupied by J.M. Rogers, Mayor, who is a grandson of Erin himself.  He opened the entertainment by a short but racy address.  The Harmonic Band with their neat new dark uniforms were a very acceptable addition to the performers and gave variety too.  Many of the committee and performers wore the ever living Shamrock and very pretty the national emblem looked.  After the rendition of “Irish Airs” by the band, a number of pupils of the Separate School sang a pretty and enlivening chorus of “Chiming Bells”—the refrain being remarkably like the sound of a chime of bells in a church tower.  The grand attraction of the evening came next in the person of Harry Rich of Toronto in the comic song “You Must See Me All At Once”.  Mr. Rich is perhaps the most artistic and versatile comic singer that has ever appeared in Perth.  His mimicry and high dramatic style of singing were wonderful.  A beautiful and well executed military drill by pupils representing the four services—infantry, cavalry, artillery and marines—all in appropriate uniform was a really fine attraction and the young fellows sang their parts in time and tune.  The piece chosen was very carefully drilled and practiced.  Miss Florence Farrell’s singing of “The Dear Irish Homestead” showed to advantage her fine voice and excellent taste and cultivation.  The pupils of the school now showed their great feeling by singing “Friendship Song” and then came another gem from Mr.Rich in the shape of a song “The Irish Chinee” with an interpreted explanation of Chinese contrarities which broke up the audience for a long time.  After the band, Miss Edith Farrell surprised the house by her excellent rendition of “The Swan Song”,  a well known, pretty bit of company from the German.  Mr. Rich came out again and in amore serious vein told of his sweet heart who was “Irish All the Time” which he supplemented by an encore song “The Olden Time”, a beautiful piece of old time acting, singing, and graceful, slow step dancing and balancing.  His dress of a hundred years ago or more, showed how beautifully our grandfathers clothed themselves on dress occasions.  Miss Edith Lee has a rare contralto voice and it was shown well in the ballad “Waiting To Welcome Her Boy”.  Mr. Downey, leader of the band, played one of his artistic selections on the clarionette after which Mr. D. Reid sang the “Green Isle of Erin” in such a way as to please the audience.  Mr. Rich finished the vocal part of the program by another side splitting piece with a serious side also “Boys of the Old School”.  His songs were all gems and all who haerd him would like to see him back again.  The band finally dismissed the audience with the National Anthem, the concert closing in good time.  Miss Hogg who was the accompanist throughout, did her part with her usual ability.  The proceeds of the house were about $100.

Perth Courier, April 12, 1895

Tatlock:  Mrs. Charles Rintoul has presented her husband with a fine bouncing baby boy.

Tatlock:  George Gunn returned from Kingston where he had gone to consult an oculist as the site in one of his eyes has become impaired.  He received very little encouragement however and determined to go to Montreal where he is now.

Tatlock:  Michael Fleming died at his home last Saturday.  His funeral took place on Monday.

The Rev. John Crombie, M.A., Smith’s Falls, has been made a doctor of divinity at the annual convention of the Presbyterian College at Kingston held on April 3.  He is now Rev. John Crombie, D.D.

Mr. Thomas Doyle of Drummond has gone to Carleton Place to take charge of the Grand Central Hotel there having leased it from his uncle D. Dowlin.

One Thomas Hutchings of Smith’s Falls was committed for trial last week for beating his wife.  When he came before Judge Senkler the other day he was found guilty and allowed to go on a suspended sentence.  He has since gone west to look up a place to locate.  He admitted to the News that he has a hasty temper but did not make a habit of abusing his wife.

Perth Courier, April 19, 1895

Pembroke:  Yesterday afternoon John Harvey, messenger of the G.N.W. Telegraph Company, while on an errand to Beatty’s Sash Factory, in some way unknown, got caught in the belting of the machinery and was killed almost instantly.  The body was horribly mangled and the clothes torn from the body.  His death has cast a gloom over the town as Jack was a favorite with all.

The Arnprior Chronicle of April 12 says that Mr. and Mrs. George Craig and Miss Janet Craig left their for Scotland this week where they will visit friends for a few months.

Harper:  A little visitor has arrived at William Keays—it’s a girl.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  David Nagle Lot 19, 5th Concession Bathurst.

Thomas Driscoll last week sold his farm in Montague to the brothers John and Pierce Murphy for $2,250.

G.W. Bates is the agent for a machine for washing dishes which he claims washes all kinds of dishes clean and dries them without breaking the fragile articles.

Perth Courier, April 26, 1895

Fifty one acres of the Foley farm, Bathurst, were sold Saturday to Richard Keays for $800.  This part of the farm is rough and broken and was bought by Mr. Keays for pasture.  He lives on the adjoining lot.  The farm of Mr. W.S. Gamble, Bathurst, has been bought by Walter Palmer for $3,800.  We believe Mr. Gamble intends going west.

R. Thompson, Perth, intends in a few weeks of going over to spend the summer in Britain and the continent.  He sails from New York to England by a splendid new fast steamer of the Cunard line.

Perth Courier, May 3, 1895

Christie’s Lake:  John J. Marks arrived home from Seal Bay, Alaska on April 25.  Jack has been sojourning in the western states for the greater part of nine years and speaks highly of the advantages of that country.

Christie’s Lake:  Samuel Patterson’s infant son died on Thursday evening and was interred at St. Stephen’s Sunday afternoon.

Among those students who graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston, at the late examinations were the following:  B.A.:  Messrs. A.D. Menzies of Glen Tay; G.D. Campbell and W. H. Wilson of Renfrew; and A. Young of Ramsay.  An M.A. was earned by Messrs. R.N. McCreary of Carleton Place and W. Ewing of Westport.  Testamur (merit) to J.A. Leitch of Glen Tay.

Harper:  Quite a number from here attended the funeral of William Morris of Perth.

Perth Courier, May 10, 1895

An old lady named Mrs. Josepha Gebel, was killed by a passing train in Pembroke on the 2nd inst.  The deceased was 84 years old and came from Germany, her husband Gottlieb died in Pembroke some years ago.  She was buried in the Presbyterian Church though belonging to the Lutheran denomination.

Gilbert Storey, South Elmsley, while climbing a fence, fell off and broke his hip bone.  As his health was impaired as of late, this accident will be very trying.

North Elmsley:  The funeral of the infant child of John Murphy wended its way slowly to the R.C. Cemetery on Saturday last.

Miss Ida Gillies of Carleton Place has passed successfully examinations at Queen’s University in “High Religious Instruction” coming out first and second in important departments of this study.

Edwin Lochwood closed up his laundry here on Saturday and has gone to Smith’s Falls.  The Chinamen are now the only local laundry.

On Monday, a resident of Darling, James Lang Stewart, was brought to the Perth gaol for safe keeping, a medical certificate testifying to his insanity.  The unfortunate man was 38 years of age and has a wife and several children.  The character of his mania is religious melancholia.

Miss Mary Farmer, after a visit of some weeks at her home here left on Monday for New York where she has received a situation as a trained nurse for the summer.

Perth Courier, May 17, 1895

On the 14th of May, 1845, James Patterson and Jane Pounder both of Perth, were made one and then proceeded to make the journey of life together.  They have been residents of our town ever since and are yet both in good health and look at least ten years younger than their age would indicate.  On Tuesday last, 14th May, came the 50th Anniversary of their wedding  and they celebrated the day by holding the time honored golden wedding. 

Present were:  Manassah Patterson of Almonte, wife and child; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whyte and six children of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. William Farmer and three children of Arnprior; Tina Patterson and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Allan of Balderson.  After the usual wedding dinner and other social festivities and domestic pleasantries, the elderly couple were presented with a memento of their long married life by their children.  Mr. Patterson was given a gold handled cane and Mrs. Patterson received a golden watch and chain.  The wedding cake on this occasion is decorated with 1845-1895.

Mrs. James McIlraith of Darling came to a sad death while on a visit to her daughter Mrs. John Caldwell who lives near Watson’s Corner.  She went to bed as usual and slept until daylight when her steps wee heard going out which were mistaken for one of the children and it was only when breakfast was ready at 6:00 that her room was visited and she was found absent.  A search was instituted and resulted in finding her lifeless body about 7:30 lying on her right side in about one and a half feet of water in a shallow pond near the road about a half mile from the house.  Different theories have arisen to account for her death.  These are that she wandered there and became exhausted and succumbed to exposure; that it was possible that she was struck by lightening as a thunder storm took place during the interval between daylight and 7:00 and as her body was only partly submerged her shoulder and haunch were above the water when found; or that she may have gone there during one of her spells of mental depression to which she was lately subject.  She had been in poor health having had the grippe a year ago which with the sudden death of her husband last fall and laying most of the winter with a sickness—all taken together were hard on her aged system.  She was in her 76th year.

Hopetown:  A visitor arrived at John Boyd’s last week.  It’s a girl.

Hopetown—The funeral of Mrs. McIlraith, relict of the late James McIlraith, Darling, took place on Friday of last week.  The remains were interred in the Hopetown Cemetery.

Hopetown—Mr. Fraser, of the Scotch Line, spent Sunday with his daughter Mrs. James McIlraith.  He was accompanied by his sister Mrs. Miller.

New Livery—Harry Gallagher.

Perth Courier, May 24, 1895

James Devlin of Drummond has sold his farm, parts of Lots 19 and 20 in the 1st Concession to Peter Haley of Montague for $5,250(?).  The figure includes stock and implements.  Mr. Devlin and family will reside for the present in Smith’s Falls.

Perth Courier, May 31, 1895

Mr. and Mrs. D.S. McDiarmid and their daughter Nellie of Carleton Place, the Central Canadian says, left on Wednesday on a trip to the Northwest to be away five or six weeks.  They will go as far as Fargo, N.D. and Winnipeg.

Perth Courier, June 7, 1895

Clydesville—Miss Aggie Deachman and her aunt visited her parents in Dalhousie one day last week.  She found a brand new baby sister there.

Brightside—Ned Sweeney has sold his farm in Darling and gone to reside at Brightside.  Jno. Jordan has bought the Stewart farm and has moved on to it.

The township of Drummond is apparently in the path of hailstorms.  Last week a large strip of concessions were laid waste by a hailstorm and on Thursday afternoon last week there came another which brought destruction with it though the season was too early to give but little room for damage to crops.  It came from the McGarry section and moved towards Richard Tetlock’s toward Pike Falls.  On its way it broke 26 panes of glass in John Dowdall’s house; a great many in W.A. Devlin’s’ Mr. Martin Dowdall’s; Richard Tetlocks and in many other farm homes.  Accompanying wind to took the roof off Peter Delaney’s barn and blew down fences.  Grain was cut down to the ground by the hail and fruit trees were stripped of both leaves and blossoms.  However, most of the crops will recover from the damage as the season is early.

This forenoon while John P. McDonald, aged about 20 years, was running the emery in E. Smith’s and Sons foundry, the wheel broke into four pieces, scattering in all directions.  One of the pieces struck McDonald over the heart and glanced up and struck him under the chin. He died instantly.  The parents of the deceased reside in Perth.  Pembroke Observer

Among those who passed their primary exams in medicine before the Council of Physicians of Ontario last week wee Messrs. Ernest A. Croskery of Perth and W.E. Graham of Smith’s Falls.

On Friday, a young tram Joseph Smith, came up for trial before Judge Senkler for stealing $16 and a watch and chain from Joseph Perkins of S. Sherbrooke on the 24th May.  He pled guilty and was sentenced to one month imprisonment on the Perth gaol.

The Central Canadian says:  Hubert Floyd Sullivan, brother of Mrs. A.C. McLean who used to live in Carleton Place (once of Perth) died last week.  Herb lived in this town for a long time.

Perth Courier, June 28, 1895

The festival given by the ladies of Asbury Church last Monday night in John A. McLaren’s grove turned out to be a brilliant success.  Electric lights and Chinese lanterns illuminated the grounds and young ladies, many of them clothed in eastern costume, were most attentive to the guests.  A representation of Jacob’s well was one of the novelties.  J.R. Mitchell represented Jacob and Miss Rachel Phillips also, both being dressed in appropriate costumes.  The lemonade drawn from the well was ice cold and substantial.  Strawberries, ice cream, cake, cookies, candies, and bouquets were dispensed at reasonable rates.  Col Matheson and Rev. Mr. Huxtable gave short addresses at the close and the Citizen’s Band was in attendance.

Posted: 09 May, 2005