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Perth Courier, Jan. 1, 1897

Dr. McLaren, Paisley, was in town last week to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. James McLaren, Drummond, on Friday.

Mr. Peter McLaren of North Dakota arrived from there on Dec. 23 to see his sick mother Mrs. James McLaren of Drummond.

F. P. Clare, Oliver’s Ferry, the “honey king” of Lanark, produced at his apiary 21,000 pounds of honey this year.  Of this, he has already sold six tons, shipping quantities to Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto.  He still has about 9,000 pounds for sale.

Middleville:  Dr. McCarter of Almonte has made arrangements to settle in this village for the practice of his profession.

Perth Courier, Jan. 8, 1897

Farm For Sale:  Lot 12, 12th Concession Bathurst, 200 acres.  A good log house is on the premises and Boulton’s Creek supplies plenty of water all year round.  Louis Margueret, Harper Post Office.

The “At Home” given by the young men of Perth in the town hall on the night of Dec. 30 was the social event of the season and was a most brilliant and successful affair in every particular.  The young men and especially the few on the committee who arranged and managed everything deserve infinite credit and the sincere thanks of those present for the completeness of the arrangements and the attention given to details and the attention and courtesy shown to guests.  The fine hall was beautifully decorated with flags, drapings and many colored festoons and brilliantly lighted with incandescent lamps; the floor was well waxed and the rest seats at the back converted into a terraced dias covered with fur rugs and elegant sofas and chairs.  The supper was spread on the stage and was a rich and bountiful repast provided by the ladies of the town interested in the “At Home”.  The music was furnished by the orchestra of the Governor General’s Foot Guards of Ottawa.  Guests were present from all the neighboring towns and from the Royal Military College, Kingston, from the Ottawa, Toronto, Gananoque, etc. and no such gathering of fair women and gallant young men has been seen in our midst for many years.  The dresses of the ladies were distinguished by their taste and beauty and many by their rare costliness.  We give a list of the ladies:

The Lady Patronesses:  Mrs. McLaren, Mrs. William Meighen, Mrs. Senkler, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Drummond.

The Debutantes:  Misses Mary Hall, Jean Drummond, Jessie Taylor

Brides:  Mrs. H. Rudyard, Boulton, Gemmill, Allen, R.J. White, C. Gordon, Edwards.

Among the Strangers:

Mrs. J.D. Molson, Smith’s Falls; Mrs. James Whyte, Almonte; Misses S. Wylie; Laura Ferguson of Smith’s Falls’; Aida Ferguson, Mary Wood, Florence Gould, Laura Taller of  Ottawa, Lidyard of Toronto

Some of those noticed belonging to Perth:

Misses McLaren, Mary McLaren, Kathleen McLaren, Edith Taylor, Mary Campbell, Mrs. De Hertel, Mrs. Malloch, Miss Malloch, Miss Mary Shaw and Miss Kathleen Shaw, Miss Senkler, Miss Denny, Mrs. Muckleston, Mrs. Berford, Miss B. Armour, Miss Jessie Henderson, Miss L. Henderson, Mrs. Lees(?), Misses Laura Meighen, Mabel Meighen, B. Drysdale, Jessie Hart, Isabel Hart, Edith Drummond, Carrie Drummond, Glossop, Maud Munro, Gertie Munro, Lister, Balderson, M. Bell, Agnes Bell, M. Campbell, Hattie Meighen, Ethel Meighen, Hogg, Edith Wright, Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. R. McCarthy, Mrs. John Wilson, Mrs. J.R. Mitchell.

House and Stable for Sale:  The undersigned offers for sale his frame dwelling on the north side of Herriott Street, Perth, formerly occupied by him.  The house is large, comfortable and well furnished with seven bedrooms and originally cost $2,500.  Will be sold at a bargain.  George Templeton

Mrs. D. Patterson of Winnipeg is in town visiting her sister Mrs. James Allen.

Mrs. J. McCandlish of Ottawa is visiting her mother Mrs. J. Bond, New York.

Robert Templeton of Belleville, one of the executors of the estate of the late Mrs. Jas Templeton, Sr., left for home on Monday with Mrs. Templeton, who was visiting her mother Mrs. A. Meighen.

George Templeton arrived from Calgary on Friday in connection with the affairs of the late Mrs. Jas.Templeton, Sr.  He will remain here for about three or four weeks and will visit his friends in Drummond before leaving.

Perth Courier, Jan. 15, 1897

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  David Nagle, Lot 20, 2nd Line Drummond

George A. Lister and his wife, Winnipeg, are visiting at his father’s in town, Andrew Lister.  Mr. Lister is a bookkeeper for Alderman John Arbuthnot, an extensive lumberman of the Northwest.  They will remain in town a few weeks.  The people of McDonald’s Corners will remember George well.  He taught school there for six years.

Balderson:  Two old residents have been removed by death within a week.  Peter McGuire and Mrs. Naughton McNaughton, the latter had been at Winchester for a short time back, living with her daughters.  Her remains came to Perth on Tuesday last and were conveyed to the 7th Line Drummond Cemetery.

Lanark Links:  Mr. and Mrs. James Nichol from Minnesota are guests of Mrs. John McIntyre.  They formerly lived in Dalhousie.

George Welding, who left here for England a few weeks ago to secure an alleged fortune which he claimed he had been heir to, arrived in town again on Tuesday night with blighted hopes and an empty purse being none the richer of his visit to England.  He reports that the inheritance had gone into other hands on the strength of false allegations that he the rightful owner, had met his death somewhere between Perth and Smith’s Falls and having thus received the treasure, they had left for parts unknown but a few weeks before his arrival across the ocean.  His life insurance which had been kept up by his son for some years, was paid over in a like manner.  How simple these old county insurance companies would be to pay death claims without proof.  How simple other people are supposed to be to receive as genuine this whole fable.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Sale by the trustees of the late Patrick O’Connor, 5th Line Drummond

The Carleton Place Herald says:  William Affleck, who lived in Lanark Township some years ago when but a lad left for Manitoba, arrived here last week and proposes spending the winter with friends in the east.  Mr. Affleck lived in the vicinity of Pilot Mound and prospered in the west.”

George McMullin, North Burgess, sold his farm to Thomas Tully his neighbor for $2,500.  Mr. McMullen thereupon bought the farm of John Poole of North Elmsley near town for $4,500.  The farm comprises 80 acres of tilled land and 100 acres of bush on the 8th Concession.  Mr. Poole intends coming to Perth to live. 

Perth Courier, Jan. 22, 1897

North Elmsley:  John McTavish has been away attending the funeral of his sister Mrs. H. O’Hara…..Mrs. J. Chaplain of Bathurst is visiting her sister Mrs. R. Gamble…..John Malone is visiting at his sister’s Mrs. Peter Nolan…..On Saturday morning the neighbors were greatly surprised to hear of the death of Samuel Nagle’s baby aged 9 months.  It died from convulsions and was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery on Sunday at 2:00.  The parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

The little crib is empty now

The little clothes laid by

A mother’s happiness, a father’s joy

In death’s cold grave doth lie.

Go, little Jamie, to thy home

On yonder blissful shore

We miss thee here but soon will come

Where thou hast gone before.

Lanark Links:  The four month old child of Charles McIlraith died Sunday night last week after a short illness and was buried in the village cemetery on Tuesday.

Lanark Links:  Mr. Ballantine of Manitoba has returned to visit relatives in Lanark Township after an absence of 30 years.  He has spent 17 years in Manitoba and now owns a farm about 15 miles from Soaris(?).  He is well pleased with Manitoba and would not like to come back to this part to live now.

Perth Courier, Feb. 5, 1897

Watson’s Corners:  Mr. Miller of Kingston who was visiting his daughter Mrs. J.A. Leitch, has returned to his home.

Althorpe:  Misses Maggie Hogg and Hattie Hamilton of Perth spent a couple of days at their uncle’s George Feurnier. (may be a mis-spelling of Fournier made by the correspondent)

Thomas O’Reilly has been clerking at South Elmsley over 30 years and is still as efficient as ever.

Elm Grove:  John Haggarty, Jr., who has been at the point of death so long, is getting around.

Brooke:  A very sad event took place at the home of Mrs. Kirkham in the afternoon of Jan. 29 while making a call at one of her neighbor’s houses and on returning home found her house in flames.  The cause is not known. 

Manion:  A little visitor has come to stay at the home of Dennis Young. It’s a boy.

Clydesville:  The funeral of the late Mrs. Stone, 1st Line Lanark, passed through here on Saturday to Lanark Village Cemetery.  Her husband preceded her some years ago.  She leaves a family of sons and daughters to mourn her loss.

There is an hour of peaceful rest

To mourning wanderers given

There is a joy for souls distressed

A balm for every wounded breast

‘Tis found above—in Heaven.

Harper:  Mrs. Ferrier is at present visiting her sister Mrs. Jas. Cunningham.

On Wednesday evening of this week R. Lochead of Caroline Village, town, received a telegram from New York bearing the news of the death on Tuesday of his eldest daughter Mrs. John O’Brien of that city.  Mrs. Lochead left on Wednesday afternoon to be present at the funeral.  No particulars have been received as to the cause.

Robert Huddleston, Jr., North Elmsley, has bought William Potter’s residence on North Street, paying for it #1,025, having sold his farm to his father.  He will remove into it in the late Spring.

The Carleton Place Herald says:  James Rathwell, late of Perth and Cornwall, has purchased Mr. Presley’s(?) interest in the Revere House, having taken possession on the 22nd January.  Mr. Presley will now devote all his time to the business he likes most—that of taxidermy.

Lanark Links:  A skating carnival was given on the evening of Feb. 1 on the Riverside Rink by the proprietor James Johnston. The following are the characters represented:

Lloyd Smith, snowball; Walker Scott, picaninny; Clifford Watt, night; Mary Watt, housemaid; John May, dress-maid’s waiter; Willie Robertson, Uncle Ned; Les Gordon, hayseed; Edith McInnes, starlight; Eva Kerr, American lady; John Bates, Indian chief; Willie Bates, dude; Roy Bates, Negro; Allie McLaren, London dude; John Pepper, Mexican boy; James Donaldson, farmer; H. Walters, farmer’s wife; R. McLaughlin, Indian chief; Albert May, snowball; Roy Watt, frog; Boyd Ferguson, dude; William Cooper, dude; William McDonald, Simon Legree; Howard Watt, grandpa; Fred Mason, Sally from Cork; Clyde McInnes, Sir Ralph the Great; Winnie Ferrie, Highland Lassie.

Perth Courier, Feb. 12, 1897

The annual soiree in connection with the Presbyterian Church took place on Friday evening, Feb. 5 and was in every way up to the mark.  Rev. J.S. McIlraith who filled the chair, called the meeting to order about 8:00 and proceeded with a program that was amusing, instructive and highly edifying.  The opening piece was instrumental music by Messrs Wilson and McGregor.  The choir showed good training and pleased the audience by the recital of two or three anthems from time to time.  There were cakes and tea galore which met with a whole hearted reception by a prepared and receptive people.  The speakers on the occasion were W.C. Caldwell, Esq., of Lanark; Rev. Messrs. Smith of Middleville and Binnie of McDonald’s Corners.  To those who were able to appreciate a good thing, the speeches were about the best we have ever heard at any soiree ever held here.  Mr. Caldwell dwelt on the past history and future prospects of our Dominion.  Rev. Mr. Binnie devoted his time to an address on the lines of Edward Bellamy’s book “Looking Forward”.  Rev. Mr. Smith gave a Scotch recitation which from the style in which he rendered it will be an ideal for reciters at the literary society to look up to.  He also gave a good speech which was brim full of wit, humor, pathos and power.  A very pleasing part of the program was a couple of solos by Miss Croft of Middleville who was loudly encored.  The affair could not have been complete without the appearance of Mr. D.P. McGregor, who sustained his reputation as a singer in a duet with Miss Croft.  The little daughter of Peter Cavers made her debut as a singer in a very pleasing manner indeed.  There were a couple readings by D.C. McIntyre and A.W. Allan and a recitation by J.W. McIntyre in Indian costume after which the affair broke up at a very late hour.

Middleville:  John Reid, after an absence of many years, has returned to make his parents and numerous friends a visit.  John has been residing in Minneapolis for some time where he has a comfortable house.  He follows railroading with success.

Port Elmsley:  Last month Mr. and Mrs. John Dunham of this place held the anniversary of their sixtieth year of married life.

Prestonvale:  Rev. Mr. Hanna has been very ill for some time with pneumonia.  His place has been filled by others sine he has been unable to perform his duties.

J. S. Fumerfelt has gone to Newmarket to attend the funeral of his sister-in-law.

S. E. Mitchell of Pembroke, county clerk of Renfrew spent Sunday with his daughter Mrs. P.M. Campbell of Drummond.  On Saturday he illuminated our sanctum with is genial presence.

George Templeton left here for his home in Calgary, N.W.T., on Wednesday afternoon.  He will go by way of Belleville and remain there for a few days with his brother Robert and will also stop off for a short time to stay at his son William’s in Winnipeg.  His many old friends here regret his leaving.

Messrs. Thomas Gilday of Montreal, R. Gilday of Toronto, G. Gilday of Bathgate, N.D., and Ed Gilday of Portland all formerly of Lombardy, are at present visiting their mother who is lying very ill at her residence in the east ward.  Another brother from Smith’s Falls was also here on Sunday.  The five brothers are all big men, the lightest in weight being 185 pounds.

Althorpe:  Mrs. J. Whaley of Westport is visiting her father, John Norris.

House and Lot For Sale—That desirable two story brick dwelling at the corner of Wilson and Isabella Street in the west ward of Perth.  This dwelling I bought for myself and everything used in its construction is A1.  Erected in 1895, still modern and everything convenient.  W.T. Wodden

George Watson, son of the late Saunders Watson, once of this town, sold a gold mine in Rossland(?) B.C. about New Year’s for $25,000.  He still holds mining and other lands in that country and if the Crow’s Nest Pass railway goes on as it must, this proposition will be worth a very large sum sufficient to make him rich beyond the dreams of avarice.  Another Perth boy, George Gamsby, son of G.H. Gamsby of Florida, is the possessor of one of the best soft coal mines in the northwest.  It is about 14 miles from Calgary and is as good as a fair gold mine to him.

Conductor Dan Allan of Smith’s Falls who has appeared on two or three occasions before a Perth audience as a singer, became aware that a “spotter” had been placed on his train by the C.P.R. and he resented this act and promptly resigned his position by telegraph when he reached Kemptville.

Perth Courier, Feb. 19, 1897

North Elmsley:  Miss B. Grant of Westport is visiting at her sister’s Mrs. Samuel Nagle.

Elphin:  Why does “Wat” Geddes wear such a pleasant smile?  A boy has come to stay.

Perth Courier, Feb. 19, 1897

Watson’s Corners:  Miss Jessie A. Easton of Lammermore who has been the guest of her cousin Miss Marion Fair, has returned to her home.

Lanark Links:  Michael O’Connor of Milwaukee has returned home on a visit to his parents near Watson’s Corners.  He has been absent about six years most of which he spent in Washburn.  He reports people rather quiet over there at present.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Richard T. Noonan, Lot 20, 5th Concession Burgess.

Perth Courier, Feb. 26, 1897

Watson’s Corners:    Mrs. John McIntyre is spending a few days with her mother Mrs. Rankin of Hopetown.

A lad named  George Doyle of Carleton Place, 14, was tried before Judge Senkler on Tuesday for breaking into the hardware store of William J. Muirhead of that town on Sunday evening and stealing money from the till.  The charge was proven by his own admission and he was sentenced to two months imprisonment in the Perth gaol at hard labor.  There was $3 in the till but he only took $1.

Perth Courier, March 5, 1897

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements—John Poole, Lot 28, 10th Concession North Elmsley.  Mr. Poole has sold his farm and everything must be sold.

Perth Courier, March 12, 1897

Clydesville:  George Stead, having sold his commodious house, buildings and farm to W. Langstaff, will move to the farm now occupied by A. Baird, Jr., who having disposed of his farm to the former, proposes residing in Middleville in the future; and Jas. Henderson, having sold for a fair sum to James McQuat (son-in-law of D. Dobbie) will, we are informed, take up his abode in Lanark.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Hugh Devlin, Lot 19(?) 9(?), 5th Concession Drummond.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  Peter O’Neil, East ½ Lot 9, 5th Concession Bathurst.

W. H. Robinson has sold his farm of 75 acres part of the west ½ Lot 2(?), 9th Concession Drummond, near Balderson, to Michael Hogan for $2,600.

Perth Courier, March 19, 1897

On Friday last, March 12, an impressive anniversary in the long and happy life of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan MacNee of this town was celebrated, being their Golden Wedding.  On the 12th of March, 1841, fifty years ago, the marriage vows were taken by them and they were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony in Perth by Rev. William Bell.  In the Bathurst Courier of that date, we find the event recorded as follows:  “Married, on the 12th March, by the Rev. William Bell, Duncan McNee of Drummond to Margaret Campbell eldest daughter of Patrick Campbell, Esq., of Bathurst.”  At that time the town of Perth and the whole settlement was comparatively speaking, in its infancy.  What changes and improvements and advances have taken place here in these fifty years Mr. and Mrs. MacNee could spend hours and days in describing and on which a large volume might be written after their married life was started on their farm in Drummond—“Ogleside”—where they have lived continuously until a few years ago when they retired from the active and congenial life on the farm and came to town to enjoy the remainder of their years in ease and comfort.  On the occasion of their Golden Wedding Mr. and Mrs. MacNee were the recipients of many letters and telegrams of congratulations on being spared to celebrate such a happy event.  Miss Maggie MacNee was the only member of the family present on the occasion; the others were represented by letters and valuable presents.  The day and evening were devoted to receiving friends and a pleasant time was spent in many ways—and in no way, perhaps, more pleasant than in listening to stirring selections of Scottish music which is always enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. MacNee.

Farm For Sale:  Robert G. Miller, 100 acres, East ½ Lot 9, 2nd Concession Bathurst.

Mrs. E. J. Stewart is on a visit to her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Fennell, Berlin.

North Elmsley—Mr. and Mrs. John Woods have been away attending the funeral of her uncle, Samuel Forde…..Jas. Huddleston, Jr., has again returned to the States after spending the last few months at home…..Mr. J. Donnelly has returned to Winnipeg after visiting his sister Mrs. R. Couch(?) Conch(?)

Farm For Sale—Francis Spalding—lot 25(?) 23(?), 1st Concession Bathurst, 200 acres.  There is a good stone house on the rear 100 acres with other outbuildings, well fenced and well watered.  There are good wells and the rear of both hundreds butt into Grant’s Creek. 

Middleville:  Miss Ellis of Poland is the guest this week of her aunt Mrs. Archibald Rankin……A pleasant event occurred last week at Arnprior when Robert Roger of Rosetta and Miss Twigg, late teacher at the Rosetta school, were made man and wife.  Rev. D.J. McLean, Presbyterian  minister of that town, tied the knot…..Robbie, the 8 year old son of David Horn, died on the 13th inst., after a short illness and the remains were interred in the 6th (?) Line Dalhousie cemetery…..Andrew Baird, Jr., whose sale of farm stock and implements takes place this week, intends to locate in the village of Lanark and Andrew Campbell whose sale takes lace on the 24th,  intends, we believe, to make his home in Manitoba.

Perth Courier, March 26, 1897

John G. Campbell of this town has shown us a letter addressed to him from J.W. Crosbie, an old school mate of his in Bathurst more than half a century ago. The letter was written on the 4th February and came from Palemberg Island, of Sumatra, Malayan Archipelago, where Mr. Crosbie is now engaged as a manager and engineer and a coal oil company on that island he having had extensive experience in that occupation in Petrolia, Ontario and in Burma and then went back to Petrolia, lost $16,000 there and once again returned to Petrolia and wiped out his debts and took his wife to Sumatra where he is now making his wealth again we hope.  There are gold, tin and coal mines in abundance and beautiful tropical timber in Sumatra and though under the equator it is moderately cool.  He would like to get a glimpse of Perth again and will try before he dies.  Mr. Crosbie is a cousin of Messrs. Thomas and William Crosbie of this town.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  William H. Robinson, Lot 2, 9th Concession Drummond

Milk Wagon For Sale:  The subscriber offers for sale one platform spring milk wagon with tubular axis and wheels 2 and a quarter inches wide; capable of carrying 1,000 pounds.  Balfour and Budd, Elphin

Robert Cruickshank, father of Mrs. (Rev) Robert McNair of Carleton Place died at his home in St. John, N.B., on the 1st of March.  Deceased was born in Scotland and came to St. John in 1844.  He was a merchant there and one of St. John’s prominent citizens.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Dr. Drysdale of Vancouver, B.C.. arrived from there on Wednesday last to attend his mother’s funeral at Pakenham.

Archibald McLaren left for his home in Manitoba after spending the winter with his father Donald McLaren of Drummond, taking back with him his nephew Master Norman Munro, son of T.D. Munro, formerly of this town.

Miss Annie McDonald of Drummond, teacher and Jno. W. Russell were yesterday removed from the Perth gaol where they had been confined temporarily, to the Brockville asylum.

Perth Courier, April 2, 1897

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  William Thompson, Lot 13, 1st Concession S. Sherbrooke

Farm for Rent:  James Byrnes—Within four miles of Perth, NE ½ Lot 9, 5th Concession Drummond.  The farm is well watered and well fenced and in a good state of cultivation.  There is an orchard on the premises and 20 acres of land ploughed.

The Art Loan Gallery:  This select entertainment came to a close on Monday night and to those who attended one or more times it was very satisfactory.  It gave the people an idea of what good pictures by professional painters looked like and what good paintings our local artists could do.  Unfortunately, the attendance was not as large as generally as to encourage the directors of the public library or the committee to persist in getting such displays of art as this with all the care, trouble etc., involved to educate and amuse the public.  The committee is indebted to a great many owners and artists for the loan of their valuable property and we should say that no better display could be made by any other town in the Ottawa district.  Among the artists and owners of the exhibits were:

1)John Hart, oil paintings by Miss Hart—oil painting of grapes by William Hart all of high merit and some fine water colors by Jocobi and Coleman.

2)Henry Taylor—Some high class water colors by Verner, G.Harlow White and Fraser and an oil painting by Jacobi.

3)Hon. Peter McLaren—A large number of water colors by Apo- - - , Jacobi and Bell-Smith among them being views of the high falls of the Mississippi River, Frontenac County, by Jacobi; oil painting by Jacobi (upper Mississppi and the Clyde River in this vicinity); and a large and costly oil painting by Goutois(?); also two will executed pictures by Dr. T.W. Beeman of this town one of them being a sunset scene on the Rideau.

4)R.J. Drummond contributed a number of collections of water color paintings, chiefly his own and mostly views of this locality which were much admired.  The high falls, Mississippi, Tay River scene near Thompson Bridge and Ottay Lake all received lasting notice from his brush.  He also showed water colors by Jacobi and Humme(?) and a beautiful picture in oil of the Lover’s Retreat in the rear of the Parliament building in Ottawa by Miss Parris of the capital city.

5)Dr. T.W. Beeman was also a very large exhibitor all except a water color by Verner being his own productions.  Those of his that were loaned by others made the collection from his brush a large and desirable collection.  Among his best were “On the Tay Near Glen Tay”, “Wild Grasses” and some landscape scenes all of which brought out the strong artistic genius of the doctor.  Among those who loaned his pictures were Mrs. (Hon.) Peter McLaren, Mrs. (Judge) Senkler, Mrs. J.T. Henderson, Mrs. J.F. Kellock, Mrs. Boulton, Miss Shaw, Miss Drysdale, Mr. F.S. Campbell and Dr. Wilson.

6)Miss Waddell exhibited several choice oil paintings from her own brush among them being two portraits of “Young Girl”, and “Old Man” also “Fruit and Andirons”, the latter being a prize taker at an exhibition of paintings.  These were all worthy of Miss Waddell’s acknowledged merits as an artist.

7)E.G. Malloch showed three paintings:  “The Cavaliers Return”, “St John the Baptist—An Allegory” and “Rocks in Autumn”.  The first two were Italian pictures and very old.

8)Col Matheson had two fine oil paintings.

9)Mrs. James Burgess had a collection of pictures in oil.

10)Mrs. A.C. Beach had a number of the same, the work of McGillivray Knowles, one of which was “A Study on the Tay”.

11)Mrs. W. Moore and Mrs. (Gemmell) Allan showed several oil paintings.

12)Miss Nellie Munro showed a collection of her own pencil and palette crayon and oil paintings creditable for an amateur.

13)Miss Mary Walker, Miss Riddell, Miss Christina Holliday and Miss M.J. Wilson had oil paintings done by themselves.

14)Miss Thompson and Miss Annie McCann also exhibited paintings in their own handiwork.

15)A portrait of F.A. Hall by Sawyer in 1881 contrasted strongly by the march of years with a photograph of himself taken lately by his daughter Mary.

16)Portraits by Field, a Perth artist of merit in the lang syne of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Douglas, the late Mr. and Mrs. A. Kippen and larger one of Sheriff Thompson painted 35 years ago brought back old remembrances.

17)Two costly oil paintings by Thompson and Elson(?), eminent Canadian artists of cattle and landscape loaned by Robert Meighen of Montreal were the cynosure of all eyes.

18)Mrs. J.T. Henderson showed a fine large oil painting of Milton dictating his poems to his daughter.

19)The renowned artist G. Broenuch(?) sent up a very large collection of water colors which were the finest feature of the gallery.  They were of various shades of merit and the more costly ones were gems which made one sigh for a long pocket book.  One representing scenes of the northern Norwegian coast “Midnight on the Coast of Fumarken(?)—Effect of the Midnight Sun” showing the vivid red of the sun on a picturesque headland was greatly admired.

20)Miss Ella Fraser of Kingston sent many oil paintings for sale which we hope found customers.

21)Miss Poole showed quite a number of pencil drawings and water colors and a life size portrait of Mr. W. H. Grant, governor of the gaol painted by one of the prisoners whose genius could not keep him from behind prison bars, which painting attracted much attention.

22)Robert Jamieson showed crayon drawings.

23)G.E. Armstrong, Miss McKinley and Miss McLenaghan (Toronto), portraits and figures in pencil work.

24)Mr. Kelsey made a show in his own photographs and enlarged photographs by the A.U.W.(?) of their master workmen for some years back, which stood against the wall.

25)Mr. T. H. Marks (Tom the Comedian) sent beautiful photographs of a laughing baby Marks and a colored life size photograph of Hon. John Haggart, which was an excellent portrait of the member for South Lanark.

26)A number of large and striking steel engravings added greatly to the exhibit and a large number of drawings from the books of the pupils of the Perth public school which showed care and skill were attractions as well.

27)Miss Lever exhibited some exceedingly well done samples of decorative work; some of them original.

28)Miss Laura James showed excellent exhibits of pen scroll work and ink drawings.

29)Cartoons from Hunter of the World, Racey and Wilson(?)Wilner(?) and the inimitable Benogough(?) of the Globe came all the way from the cities.

30)J.P. McDonald (once of Bathurst), proprietor of the Spencerian Business College of Montreal had several frames full of the most exquisite pen scrollings, pictures and penmanship.

31)On the stage were a number of cases containing china hand painting and carving.  A box, knives, etc., from the cunning hand of our stalwart friend John Brown, carved during his residence at Christie’s Lake, showed great skill for an amateur.

32)Mary Campbell of Drummond had a display of wood carvings of various types, of knives, etc., in oak, cherry, and mahogany which were truly admirable in execution.

33)Mrs. (Hon) Peter McLaren showed a unique specimen of Chinese carving.

34)Mrs. (Gemmell) Allan showed carvings in ivory and wood.

35)Mrs. R.J. Drummond showed small statuary.

36)Miss Hart and her pupils had a collection of hand painted china.

37)Miss Mary Hall, Miss Isobel Hart, Miss C.M. Drummond, Mrs. T.A. Code and Miss Maggie Armour also showed specimens of this delicate and beautiful work.

Prestonvale:  James Waddell of Perth is visiting at his sister’s Mrs. Charles McNeice, on Saturday and Sunday.

Prestonvale:  Our Literary Society is at its height; the progress is improving every meeting.  Last Thursday a grand program was rendered.  Quite a large crowd made their appearance considering the unfortunate weather prevailing that evening.  The following were some of the pieces given:  The Quaker Courtship by Eddie Horning and Ernie Wilson; Reading by Alexander Shepherd; Dialogue—Bridget’s Investment by some of our local artists; Song—Hunting Tower, by Miss Eva McLaren and Joseph Harding; Reading—A.Agar; Baton exhibition—A. Alibone; Song—Sam The Farmer’s Man, by Jas. Harding; Farce—Drilling the Prestonvale Guards by our local artists; Recitation—The Nest in the Apple Tree by Miss Edna Horning; Dialogue—Examining the bumps by Ernie Wilson and Harry Ferguson; and song by A. Alibone.

Wemyss:  It has been a long time since you have heard from me.  Mr. Richard White has purchased a pure bred cow from W.J. Kirkham of Perth.  Richard knows how to get along with steers…..Peter J. McNeil had quite a job boiling up a three year old heifer the other day.  It took five young men but they could not succeed until one of the boys mounted his driving mare, brought her to bay and now she is one of the quietest cows in the yard….John F. O’Neil of the 6th Line and Thomas Newell of the 3rd Line left on Monday to try their fortunes in Manitoba.  Their first stay will be in Winnipeg and after that they will see what they can do…..Mrs. John O’Neil is not improving in health.

Balderson:  There will be somewhat of a boom in buildings this season; among them might be mentioned a two story brick dwelling of Perth red brick and white trimmings by Robert Willows; J.M. McGregor will build a frame kitchen the nucleus to a more elaborate mansion later on; D.C. McIntyre has the material on the ground for a two story brick dwelling to be relieved with trimming on white freestone; P.S. McLaren is now preparing to build a two story brick veneer dwelling; Charles McLenaghan will  provide employment for J.F. Clarke and Son for an extensive length of time for erecting a barn and shed; Arthur Cooke is making ready to build a new barn and the addition to the cheese factory.

Lanark Links:  We are pleased to see James Creighton able to be out of doors again after his severe illness.

Mrs. Weatherhead of this town received a telegram on Saturday that her brother William Allan of Vancouver, B.C. had died that morning. He had been sick for some time and his death was not unexpected.  Deceased was the son of the late William Allan of Balderson and was a resident of Perth for many years.  His wife was Rebecca Lawson of this town who with two sons and one daughter survives him.  He was 61.

The old residents of the Brockville District are dying with great rapidity.  Among the latest reports are William Gallagher of Newboro; Payson Hewitt of Frankville; James Price of Athens; Mrs. Joseph Lozo of Spring Valley; Mrs. N. Moore of Fairfield and Richard J. Harrif of Oxford.

Perth Courier, April 9, 1897

Lanark Links:  R. Robertson, merchant, received a telegram stating that his mother was dead.  He started on Wednesday for Port Robinson to attend the funeral.

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. George Leslie presented her husband with a young daughter on Tuesday last…..Mrs. Dick who is at present staying with her daughter, Mrs. McChesney, has been ill but is better now…..Marshall Jackson of Maberly spent a week at the home of his father Thomas Jackson.

Lammermore:  Mrs. D. Currie has returned after spending a week with her daughter Mrs. W. A. Craig of Brightside.

Harper:  Joseph Hughes has rented John Livingston’s farm and has moved there.

Balderson:  Peter McIntyre, Sr., is not so well as usual, his trouble being the infirmities of old age he being now in his 95th year.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements:  James Hughes, Lot 12, 3rd Concession Bathurst.

Easter Meats, Grand Display of Choice Meats, G.&G. Finlay

The Perth Bookstore—John Hart

Special Numbers for April Including:

Down in a Nova Scotia Coal Pit by “Kit”

The Phillippines Illustrated

Famine Stricken India Illustrated

James Mattew Barrie, an Interview

With Parkman Through Canada by Professor Clarke

The Evolution of the Lady Cyclist by Grace E. Denison

Mrs. Lister has just received a large supply of infants’ and childrens’ hats and bonnets in cashmere, cream silk and white muslin, 25 cents and up

The Ontario official Gazette contained the announcement of the appointment of James Armour of Perth as Registrar of S. Lanark in the place of Jas. Bell, who resigned.  Mr. Armour is a young man, well qualified for the position and we have every confidence in him.  Mr. Bell is one of the oldest registrars in Ontario, having been appointed on March 8, 1850, 47 years ago.  He got the credit also on being one of the most efficient registrars in the province.

Thomas McLaren has sold his neat white brick house opposite the Methodist Church, to Mr. and Mrs. Black for $1,400.

Thomas Moodie of North Elmsley has received word that his son R.D. Moodie has arrived at Yokohama, Japan and that a journey of 400 miles more took him to his destination in Japan to the Island Mission Station.

Mrs. William Murray of Coatbridge(?), Lancashire, Scotland is visiting at her brother’s John Hendry, North Street, in this town.  It is 35 years since they met before.  Mrs. Murray came to America a year ago and has been staying with her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Fox of Hamilton.

Perth Courier, April 16, 1897

Charles Rice, Clerk of the Court, who was confined to his house a short time ago by an illness and afterwards recovered sufficiently to resume office work, has been compelled to keep to the house again for a few days due to an obstruction of the bowels.  The difficulty has been overcome, however, and he is now gaining strength daily.  His daughter Mrs. Col. Lamont, of Fargo, came down a few days ago and is in constant attention on her father.

James Callaghan has bought the house and lot on Gore Street, east ward, from William Sutherland.

A dispatch says that Herbert Temple, insurance gent, who was married at Smith’s Falls three weeks ago, shot himself at the Grosvenor House, Halifax, and is not expected to live.

Auction Sale Farm Stock and Implements: D. McMunn, Lot 19, 2nd Concession, S. Sherbrooke

Mrs. F. F. McNab, Arnprior, sister of the late Mrs. Duncan Kippen of Perth, and of Robert Smith, North Elmsley, was stricken with paralysis on Monday of last week, her left side being entirely benumbed.  Her friends are not yet hopeless of her recovery.

Messrs. Robert Robertson and R.R. Drysdale passed through town on Wednesday for Port Robertson, Ont., to attend the funeral of Mr. Robertson’s mother who was buried at that place yesterday (Thursday).

Christmas Sixty Years Ago

For the Courier

About 66 years ago and during the decades of the ‘30’s and 40’s, on the bank of the Rideau, below the long island docks, there stood a large log house with suitable out buildings, all quite primitive yet somewhat pretentious for that pioneer time.  As memory serves, it was the residence of an old gentleman who had met with reverses and while the Rideau Canal was projected and in the process of construction, had gone into the forest to make himself and his family a new home.  He or his ancestors were of that sturdy, loyal stock that after the American Revolution had shown their devotion to their king by leaving their comparatively comfortable home in New England and making a new settlement in the forests of Canada.  The dwelling was quite spacious.  A low porch extended the whole length of the house where overhead was deposited various utensils of the farm when not in use.  But the item of most interest to us was a number of fish poles always ready to use.  In the winter, the outside of the house and the outbuildings were ornamented with a number of pelts of wild animals, indicating the skill of the young nimrods of the family.  The farm animals were protected from the storms by sheds and stables and the barn held the products of the field where during the winter months the flail was kept in constant use.  The primitive fan also found steady use as a companion to the flail but was early superceded by the fanning mill.  As adjunct to the kitchen, the store room was convenient as a depository of things necessary for the culinary department of the house.  Inside the home, the back kitchen was the dining and sitting room of the family---a striking feature of which was a huge open fire place, with its swinging crane, large andirons and burnished knobs and the complements of pots and kettles.  A high spinning wheel and swifts and other common utensils common to that day were also here.  In season, a couple of dug-outs furnished communication with the neighbors across the river. 

At the time about which we write, the family consisted of the old gentleman and lady, their eldest son—a bachelor and somewhat of an invalid, two sons approaching manhood and a daughter, the youngest of the family.  Several other children had married and made themselves a home elsewhere.

It was at this domicile—the home of our maternal grandparents—that we went to enjoy ourselves.  In the summer, the fishing rods claimed our attention and an ample supply of the finny tribe gave zest to the family table.  We utilized the dug-outs and delighted in rocking on the waves made by the passing steamboats.  We drove up the cows and had other minor duties to fill up the time.

Certain events of our boyhood  impress themselves upon our memories, which called to mind a Christmas spent at this hospitable home during the ‘30’s.  On the morning of December 23, our parents and three boys found ourselves in a farmer’s sleigh, drawn by two stout horses on a trip of over forty miles.  As we left the town, the indications of the coming day were hidden by the thick foliage of the growth of (illegible word) in the long swamp.  The thermostat was nearly twenty below and when daylight appeared, the horses were white with frost from the breath of the animals.  It was a great while after sunrise when we came up to a public house, about a mile near Franktown—a hostelry kept by a man named Burrows.  Here your correspondent found one of his ears frozen, an event which served to impress the whole trip into his memory.  A rest of an hour and we were on the road again.  Another halt at Richmond where we came into contact with a couple of French teamsters with about twenty Canadian ponies.  Their rude sleds were with loose shafts and were laden with goods for the merchants of Perth.  It was about the last season of these types of vehicles.  They made such holes in the road that parliament forbid their use.  The unfortunate death of the Duke of Richmond from rabies from the bite of a fox was the topic of discussion.  Early in the afternoon, we completed our journey and we did ample justice to a meal that grandmother was not long in preparing.  To the boys, one of the most interesting incidents of every day occurrence was the bringing in and placing of the huge back log into the fire place.  The log was drawn in on a hand sled by the two uncles.  Of course, we boys had to help.  The coals were raked forward and with the assistance of hand spikes, the log was got back of the coals.  Fresh wood was piled on the andirons and blazing fire soon lit the room.  Before the fire, we created imaginary castles and mansions; the number of fairies, animals, trees and other objects were made out of the coals and blazing wood was endless.  Grandfather popped corn for us as he told stories, probable and improbable while grandmother attended to household duties and auntie plied the spinning wheel with such grace not attained by the modern wheels of the road.

The next day was spent in preparation for the coming banquet.  We boys were most interested in the poultry yards and we tried to assist the bachelor uncles in the capture of two gobblers designated for the feast.  With saddened faces, we beheld the execution of the noble birds.

How shall we describe the glorious way of Christmas?  There were a number of articles for us all.  Saving a few picture books, they were all products of the farm—sheets and blankets, mittens and gloves, socks and stockings and other useful articles which grandmother had for weeks been preparing for this occasion.  Of course, they were liable to be worn out, but the love which produced them is still a benediction in our lives. 

During the day we were ready for the little duties required of us by the old folks and while we were around the great kitchen, we looked upon the preparation of the feast with a kind of awe.  The two gobblers were assigned to appropriate quarters in tin pots in front of the fire.  Grandmother paid them constant attention for fear they would not be perfect.  Good viands boiled and bubbled in pots, chief of which was the plum pudding.  The time for the feast at last arrived.  The tables of the house were joined and spread with the immaculate linen, the handiwork of my grandmother.  The two turkeys occupied appropriate places; the orthodox plum pudding steamed in the center; vegetables claimed their rights.  There were mince, apple, and pumpkin pies, steaming coffee and the milder tea and other garnishments in profusion.  No French chef could have got up a more appetizing repast even if he heralded it with foreign names

The relatives in the neighborhood had been invited in.  We lingered long at the table and for quite a long time we waited, telling each other’s fortunes in the tea cups.  Except the dismantled carcasses of the turkeys, the table had enough for as many more. 

This was but one of the pleasant incidents which cluster around that old log house.

As time went on, the old building was replaced by a new stone edifice of modern construction with cooking stoves, and other new appliances.  Although the old people had a neat fire in their room, convenient and pleasant surroundings, yet we never could enjoy ourselves as much as in the spacious fire place and the old log house of our childhood days.

(Transcriber’s note:  Sadly, the author of this wonderfully creative writing for the Courier was “anonymous”.)

Perth Courier, April 23, 1897

The liquor licenses granted this year in the riding are the same places as those of last year.  Mrs. Pierce of Franktown takes the license held by her late husband last year and Charles O’Reilly that held by D.F. Woods of Smith’s Falls.

We regret to announce this week the death of Mrs. Coleman, Forrester Falls, mother of George Coleman of that place and Rev. Mr. Coleman of Arnprior-Cobden, on Sunday.

A young lady named Kate Murphy died in the Pembroke Hospital on April 10 of lockjaw caused by a wound in the sole of her foot by a rusty nail which she stepped on while walking on a board.  She died the ninth day after she received the wound.

Mr. and Mrs. Eady, Sr., of Horton celebrated the 60th year of their marriage on the 10th April, he being 80 years old and his venerable partner is 79.  The Renfrew Mercury says that they have seven children, fifty grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.  Both are of English parentage and Mr. Eady is one of the oldest Orangemen in the Ottawa Valley.

We are indebted to a correspondent in Galesburg, North Dakota for the following item of news concerning a former resident of Darling:  “On Wednesday, March 31, William Rintoul, father of Charles and James Rintoul of Galesburg, died at his home here from injuries received by a fall on March 16.  A council of physicians were in attendance but it was evident from the first that recovery was impossible and death was expected daily.  Mr. Rintoul will be remembered by his friends as one of the pioneers of this county having settled here with his family in 1880 when Fargo was only a little hamlet.  Deceased was in his 71st year and was born in Darling Township, Lanark County.  Nearly 40 years ago he moved from there to western Canada near Wingham where he lived about twenty years before coming to North Dakota.  Deceased leaves five sons and four daughers to mourn his loss”.  Era

Perth Courier, April 30, 1897

House For Sale:  The undersigned offers for sale his residence on North Street being a frame house with a good garden, orchard, etc.  This is the property formerly occupied by the late John Lister.  John Roe

The Queen’s University (Kingston) graduating class this spring among others were these:  Master of Arts (M.A.) R.F. Hunter, Smith’s Falls, Andrew O. Paterson, Carleton Place

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) J.W. Bennett, Almonte; Miss Jessie Cameron, Almonte; J.H. Dolan, Carleton Place

First in (illegible word):  C. Hamilton, Smith’s Falls; J. Johnston, Forrester’s Falls; J.S. McEwen, Carleton Place; Miss Margaret Russell, Arnprior.

An old resident of this section, Thomas O’Brien, brother of our late townsman, William O’Brien died at his home in Bathurst on Friday last at the age of 83 years.  Deceased was a native of Wexford County and came to Perth with his parents in 1823.  William O’Brien of this town is one of his children.  The funeral took place on Sunday to the Catholic Cemetery.

The Gazette says that Charles Simpson, auctioneer, sold within the last fortnight Charles Combe’s farm in Pakenham to Samuel Arthur, Ramsay, 150 acres for $7,000; and James Black’s farm in Ramsay to William Paterson for $7,000.  Both are excellent farms.

Misses Annie and Ida Ferrier of Almonte came down to attend their cousin’s wedding, Miss Moodie, of the Scotch Line.


Campbell versus Campbell:  This was an action for alimony, the parties to which live in Lanark township.  The plaintiff and defendant have lived together for about 38 years and in November of 1896 the plaintiff left the defendant’s house through the conduct of the defendant as she alleges—of her own accord as the defendant contends.  The case was settled by the parties and judgment is to be entered in terms of consent. By the settlement the defendant is to convey to the plaintiff his farm, subject to mortgage for $500.  The plaintiff is to pay the defendant.  The plaintiff is to pay defendant $1,000 in six yearly installments of $150 each and one installment of $100 without interest and to give mortgage on the farm to secure payment; plaintiff to return to defendant $44.50 paid by him under order on account of plaintiff’s costs and each party to bear his or her own costs.  No future claim is to be made by either party on the other.  Watson, Q.C. and W. H. Stafford for plaintif, Aylesworth, Q.C. and Greig and Jamieson for defendant.

Farm For Sale:  Lot 25, 1st Concession Bathurst, 300 acres.  There is a good stone house on the east 100 acres with good outbuildings; well fenced and well watered.  There are good wells and the rear of both 100’s butts on Grant’s Creek.  If not sold the property will be rented.  Francis Spalding.

Perth Courier, May 7, 1897

Prestonvale (left over from last week)  Master George Richards who has been attending the Queen City Academy finished his course last week and received his diploma for office work in shorthand and typing.

Watson’s Corners:  Henry Barrie is suffering a great deal with his eyes. He is losing the sight of them and his sufferings are very painful.

Elm Grove:  We understand that Thomas Bourne bought the Bell farm.  The price was $2,800…..Alexander McMillan, Sr., has lost the sight of one of his eyes.

5th Line Drummond:  Miss Lizzie Nolan is visiting at her cousin’s Miss K. Madden.

Hopetown:  Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Ready have been called to Burnstown to visit Miss McGregor who is at present very ill.  She is a sister of Mrs. Ready.

Lammermoor:  T. Deachman has returned home after a visit to D. Currie.

Middleville: Miss Min. Affleck of the Kingston Training School for Nurses has passed her final exam with much credit coming out first in a class of twelve.

Carleton Place:  William Gillies left on Tuesday for Rossland, B.C., where he has considerable mining interests.

In Toronto at the residence of their son-in-law Joseph Hoops, 13 Murrey Street, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Campbell, Oliver’s Ferry, celebrated the 56th anniversary of their marriage on Tuesday, March 30 last.  There was a large gathering of friends present among them Rev. Dr. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Hoops, Mr. and Mrs. R. Gilday, Mrs. John McLaren, Mr. and Mrs. W. Webb, Rev. and Mrs. D. Millar, Mrs. A. Bell, Mrs. Johnstone, all of Toronto; Mrs. A.Y.Anderson of Wyoming.  An excellent supper was spread and done ample justice to at the close of which Rev. Dr. Hunter proposed a toast to the health of the aged couple which was responded to by Rev. D. Millar.  A pleasant evening was spent.  We are, however, sorry to say that this little gleam of sunshine had somewhat of a sad setting by the news which Mrs. Campbell received the day subsequent of the death of her beloved brother George Buchanan of Rapid City, Dakota and thus breaking the last link in the family chain of the pioneer ministers(?) of Beckwith.

The Pembroke Observer of April 23 says:  “About two weeks ago we put an account of the estate to which Thomas Farrell of A - - -., formerly of Perth, is an heir and in which the Marks brothers would likely share.  Recently we have been informed that the Prettie family of Westmeath is said to be a direct heir.  As previously stated, the estate is in Enniskillen, Ireland and amounts to about one million dollars.  Mr. Farrell’s share is placed at $375,000.  As the Prettie family are well known and highly respected in this vicinity their many friends in Westmeath will be pleased to hear that the report is not without foundation.”

Mrs. George Craig, of Arnprior, is in tow visiting her daughter Mrs. W. H. Grant.

Perth Courier, May 14, 1897

Ferguson’s Falls—A number from here attended the funeral of the late Mrs. H. Hammond and John Stevenson, Boyd’s Settlement, last week……Mrs. Jas. Cuthbertson, of Lanark, visited her mother Mrs. J. Cunningham, on Thursday last…..Mr. Bolton, our new mail driver, is very popular…..Miss Gertie Ireton of Drummond, has been visiting her sister Mrs. Robinson.

The announcement comes that gold has been found in paying quantities in Lavant on the farm now occupied by John Ferguson.  Last Fall Messrs Barry(?) and O’Brien of Renfrew interested themselves in the find and sank a shaft to the depth of 75 feet.  Samples were assayed and are reported to have given an excellent yield.  Several American gentlemen were expected there on Monday with a gang of men who will make a further and more extensive test.  This metal has been found in the vicinity before and it is now thought that a good vein has been struck.  Era.

The funeral of the little daughter of John W. McElliott of Ottawa, formerly of this town, took place to the R.C. Cemetery, Perth, on Monday.

W. F. Latimer left on Wednesday for Cornwall to fill the position as designer in the big woolen mill there.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Allan were in town Thursday last on their way to visit his father at Balderson.  They intend taking a trip to Europe this year and spending some months there.

Perth Courier, May 21, 1897

Port Elmsley:  On Friday of last week a runaway of a rather novel kind took place on the farm of S. Polk about a mile out of the village.  Mr. Polk’s hired man was harrowing with a new disc harrow and laid down his lines for a moment to attend to something when off went the team at full gallop across the field and jumped the fence on the Perth road; down the road they went at full speed throwing stones, mud and water high into the air and a regular shower fell on the horses which helped to frighten the poor animals even more.  It so happened that the blood horse “Volta” of Smith’s Falls, had just passed in a light red cart; the groom, hearing the great noise, looked back and decided that the only way of escape was to get away as soon as possible, so the race began in earnest and the on-lookers say that the wildest half mile dash one could imagine took place.  Volta on about a 2:15 clip through mud and water and the runaway team after him presented a scene which they will not soon forget.  Fortunately, there was a milk wagon ahead and Mr. Blake soon sent Volta in front of it which provided a good shelter as they succeeded in capturing the team not much the worse but the harrow was badly shaken up.

Lanark Links:  On Sunday evening Mrs. W.G. Bates presented her husband with a fine baby boy.  He seems well pleased with the gift and is now endeavoring to find a name for him.

Lanark Links:  We are pleased to learn of the success of one of Lanark’s boys, John A. Traynor who has lately graduated from the Pharmacy College in Minneapolis.  He is not at Grafton, N.D.

Perth Courier, May 28, 1897

John Moore returned from the northwest about two weeks ago and will remain with his family in town having sold out his business in the Territories.

Constable Jno. Kerr of the North West Mounted Police, who fell a victim to the deadly rifle of the Indian murderer “Almighty Voice”, was a native of Calabogie, Renfrew County, being a son of John Kerr now living there.  His grandfather, Peter Kerr, lived in Lanark Township and from him, Kerr’s Lake got its name.  John Kerr was a cousin of Mrs. William Wodden of this town.  The murdered man was only 28 years old and went to the Northwest four years ago.  His parents were stricken down with grief at the terrible occurrence as besides being their son, the victim was a fine young man.

The postponed bicycle races around the Glen Tay block which were billed for the 24th  but were postponed due to wet weather came off on Friday evening last under circumstances not much more pleasant than on the 24th.  All afternoon, the weather was threatening and by 7:00 pm the rain began to fall slightly but the race was started a half hour afterwards and was witnessed by a market square full of people and a well lined street of bicyclists in the race and in the handicapping six of them had a start of eight minutes and they were:  Somerville, Hicks, Jamieson, Samways, Lister and Stafford.  Potter was started two minutes later and in another minute Burris and Wilson went off.  Five minutes afterwards Herbert Taylor left the scratch with a rush.  They were now all on the road and the rain continued to fall.  At 7:00 Gore Street from Knox Church to the town hall was alive with an interested crowd to witness the “home stretch”.  Everybody was there—rheumatism and other bodily ailments being forgotten in the meantime.  Soon after 7:00 Norman Sommerville turned Knox Church corner and came down looking as fresh as at the start.  Then came Burris and Wilson close together with the former a half length ahead.  It was a nice race between these two.  Samways came in next.  He was with Burris and Wilson all around the block to the railroad crossing where a freight train passed.  The others came in one by one, Herbert Taylor coming in with wonderful speed winning the time prize.  We understand he was delayed on the route by obstacles on the road.  The following was the time made by the four winners:  Taylor—32.2; Burris, 32.3; Wilson, 32.3; Sommerville, 34.38.

Perth Courier, June 4, 1897

The new Anglican Church on the 2nd line Drummond was opened (transcriber’s note, I think they meant it was “dedicated”) on Thursday of last week by Bishop Hamilton of Ottawa, assisted by Rev. Messrs. Muckleston of Perth, Hague of Balerson and Low of Drummond.  Judge Senkler of Perth delivered an address and a large number from town drove out to be present on the occasion.  The church is to be built of white brick at a cost of $1,200 to $1,500 and will seat 200 or more, the building and fittings to be of modern style.  The site comprises one eighth of an acre of land on the 1st Concession Drummond and was a gift to the congregation from Richard Robertson from a corner of his farm opposite the cheese factory

Charles Mackie, near Fallbrook, Bathurst, has handed us two old papers of the “Ottawa and Commercial Times” published in the then unimportant city of Ottawa, or Bytown, by Dawson Kerr, once of this town.  The date of the two issues were June 14, 1855 and March 6, 1856.  These papers were found in an attic of an old house owned by Mr. Mackie and occupied during the publication of the papers by John Parker, a British soldier.  The house was built by Richard Ellis, the original owner of the farm and the Crown patentee.

Lanark Links:  The funeral of Matthew Tullis took place on Sunday, May 30 from his brother’s residence in Drummond to the Lanark Village cemetery.  The many friends showed their last respects to the deceased and the bereaved by attending the funeral in large numbers.

Perth Courier, June 11, 1897

French Settlement (Left Over From Last Week):  W. Bulloch is visiting at his daughters, Mrs. L. Lalonde.

Myers’ Cove:  Mrs. James Van Alstyne is still very low, no hopes are entertained for her recovery…..Mrs. Asa(?) Miller is expected home from the hospital in Toronto where she was very ill for some time…..A little stranger has come to stay at Levi Snyder’s…..Mrs. William Headrick of Perth is visiting at her mother’s Mrs. J. Perry.

Stanleyville:  The bee at Arthur Martin’s on Tuesday last was well attended…..We regret being called upon to chronicle the death of Mrs. Lawrence Kirkpatrick who died in Perth on Tuesday last.  Her remains will be brought here for interment in the R.C. Cemetery.

Early on Saturday morning, a young man named Robert H. Steacy, living at his father’s, 3rd Concession Drummond, a mile or so from town, procured a loaded rifle and shot himself near the stomach.  He rested the butt of the gun on the ground and pulled the trigger with his foot so that the ball taking an upward direction and came out near the shoulder inflicting a fatal wound. Drs. Kellock and Munro were brought out but they could do nothing and the unfortunate young man died within a few hours.  Deceased had been out of his mind for about a year and was considered dangerous but this morning had eluded the diligence of the household and had contrived to get his hands on the means of suicide.  His remains were buried in Elmwood on Monday afternoon.

James Patterson, bailiff, tells us that he heard Queen Victoria proclaimed queen of Great Britain and Ireland when he was a youth of 18 summers on 22nd June, 1837. The proclamation was made to the wondering ears of the citizens of the then struggling village of Perth by the Deputy Sheriff Alexander Powell who, mounted on a gray horse, rode through the streets of Perth announcing this important event and John Powell, a sheriff of the district then.  Mr. Patterson was learning the carpenter business with the late Robert Kellock.  Mr. Patterson was born 28th May, 1819 just four days after Queen Victoria.

Miss Milne has sold her house and lot at the foot of Peter Street, Caroline Village, butting on the river, to Thomas Cavanaugh, North Elmsley, for $1,000.  The buyer intends occupying it soon.

Prestonvale:  Two little visitors have come to stay at Ned Haley’s and as a result Mr. Haley is all smiles.

Perth Courier, June 25, 1897

On Monday evening, the citizens of Perth, through the efforts of D.R. Noonan, fire chief, and others, had quite a little demonstration to mark the 60th anniversary of the day that ushered in Victoria as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.  The two bands in full uniform, gathered in front of the town hall, accompanied by the volunteers and these were reinforced by the fire companies, also in uniform.  Besides the vehicles that joined to make up the parade, scores of bicyclists both ladies and gentlemen, assembled to swell the throng, many of their wheels being handsomely adorned with ribbons, flags, flowers and tissue paper decorations; and the whole assemblage headed by Mr. Mayor Allan and Lt. Col. Matheson, proceeded to the Agricultural Grounds and the sidewalks being crowded with sight seekers who took in the free show with as much enthusiasm as the operators.  The volunteers drew after them two field cannon and these were used on reaching the grounds to fire a salute to Her Majesty and the occasion.  J.A. Allan, Mayor, and Col. Matheson, both made short speeches from the balcony of the agricultural hall and the firemen then sent off a number of sky rockets, blazing wheels, etc. and the national anthem by the band ended the proceedings.  During the proceedings on the grounds, a horse attached to a buggy was startled by the cannon’s report and broke loose among the crowd and before it could be secured, knocked down a young lady Miss Susie Gallagher of North Burgess who, however, was not hurt badly.

We regret to learn that Archibald Affleck, proprietor of the Lanark Planing Factory, had his left arm torn off above the elbow in his planer on Saturday last.  He was picking a sliver from the machine when the rollers caught his arm and drew it in but the machine was stopped before the arm was drawn in the full length.  The mangled arm was amputated high up and no serious results are anticipated but the loss of an arm to a mechanic like Mr. Affleck is a dreadful one.

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