Coleman’s Model 4A Gasoline Iron

Coleman’s Model 4A Gasoline Iron


Coleman’s Model 4A Gasoline Iron in “Cool Blue” Enamel

Coleman, originally known for making lanterns, made over 30 different models of irons from 1929 to 1948. The myriad of fuel iron models manufactured by Coleman came in an assortment of enamel coloured finishes, such as turquoise, green, red, tan, and black. Perhaps the best known and most commonly found today is the “Cool Blue” enamel Coleman’s 4A gasoline iron.

The Coleman’s No. 4 iron was a short-lived follow up to the No. 3 that was quickly redesigned as the 4A iron, devised for enhanced efficiency. It became an instant success. The Coleman 4A gasoline iron was much lighter than the previous ‘sad irons’ and no longer required to be heated on the stove or by charcoal.

Label reads “Model 4A Instant Lite Coleman Lamp and Stove Co Limited Toronto, Canada”

Instead, the pump was used to build up pressure in the fuel tank and a match was lit underneath the iron, making a flame inside the iron that would distribute the heat on the surface. Despite these benefits, fuels irons made ironing a potentially dangerous job. They had a very real possibility of causing a fire or exploding. Gas-pressure irons, that had been manufactured as early as 1900, were eventually replaced by electric-powered steam irons, circa the 1970s, as an affordable and safer alternative.

Coleman Iron Trivet 


Long Beach Motel

The Long Beach Motel is the last stop on our drive through the southern part of Elizabethtown along Highway No. 2 going from East to west.

This hotel is now gone and nothing remains of a building that held wedding receptions, dances, great meals and rooms for overnight travellers.

It started out as a small two story hotel and restaurant with rooms attached. Unfortunately there was a fire and the eastern part of the building burned and was removed leaving only the main building hat now stands today.

The Motel in 1953
The Motel in 1953










Fire destroys part of the building in 1971

We are very short on the history of the Long Beach Motel, the name was later changed to The Flying Dutchman. The one thing that we do have are some photos of this one time great motel.


The Front of the Motel
An end and aide view
The back of the motel
Driving into the main entrance














The Motel from the main drive leading into it




Long Beach Motel Brockville
Aerial view of the motel with the St. Lawrence River in the background











A look inside one of the rooms
Business Card for the Long Bach Motel


A Brief History of Motels

The 1950s and 1960s was the pinnacle of the motel industry in the United States and Canada. As older mom-and-pop motor hotels began adding newer amenities such as swimming pools or color TV (a luxury in the 1960s), motels were built in wild and impressive designs. In-room gimmicks such as the coin-operated Magic Fingers vibrating bed were briefly popular; introduced in 1958, these were largely removed in the 1970s due to vandalism of the coin boxes. The American Hotel Association (which had briefly offered a Universal Credit Card in 1953 as forerunner to the modern American Express card) became the American Hotel & Motel Association in 1963.

As many motels vied for their place on busy highways, the beach-front motel instantly became a success. In major beach-front cities such as Jacksonville, FloridaMiami, Florida, and Ocean City, Maryland, rows of colorful motels such as the Castaways, in all shapes and sizes, became commonplace. [Wikipedia]

Motel building boomed in the ‘50s and ‘60s and establishments began to offer families the adventure they were seeking right at the site. Tourists could engage in recreation at the motel site, keep their cars outside the door, lock their belongings in the room, and employ a chain lock to keep out intruders; adventure and security offered in one package. The enormously popular Holiday Inn formula moved the trend in lodging more toward the old hotel form and started eroding the original motel form. Motels bypassed by the interstate system left once thriving businesses  [America’s Roadside Lodging: The Rise and Fall of the Motel Lori Henderson]

Brock Tourist Villa

Here was another popular place to stay if you were travelling along Highway No. 2 in the 1950’s and 60’s. The Brock Tourist Villa was on located on the north side of the highway just east of the now Hwy 401.

Very popular in its’ day when staying in these small cabins was the only way to travel.





“A 1927 New York Times article declared “touring motorists can now sleep in bungalows if they do not want to pitch tents—large roadside industry developed.” Precursors to the motel, these cabin camps were only the beginning of a large roadside industry. The article reported that the growth of the bungalow camp “has been sensational” particularly in the west and that “these camps are nearly all privately owned and they are in direct competition to the municipal camp.” This article also foretold the future of competition among roadside cabin camps and their descendants, the motel, describing the different amenities provided by different proprietors. Some operators brought guests flowers and others provided hot water.” [1]


[1]America’s Roadside Lodging: The Rise and Fall of the Motel by Lori Henderson Lori Henderson


A “French Cuisine” Restaurant

This building  is now a private residence located on the south side of Highway No.2 just east of the Halleck’s Road.

It was operated as a restaurant in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Unfortunately at this time we don’t have much history on the business If anyone knows anything about this we would appreciate hearing from you.


Nirvana Court

Heading west along No. 2 highway the next place you would come to would be on the river side of the highway. A good place to spend the night or a few days vacation as they had cabins and a small beach on the river. The court was operated in the 1950’s and 60’s. With the introduction of ‘motels’ and the opening of Highway 401 in the mid 1960’s the traffic along Highway 2 decreased and so did their business.

Cabins facing the river
View of the cabins from the road





Sign at the road for Nirvana Court
Road side sign with a view of the cabins in the distance

A Social History of Lyn

A Social History of Lyn

By an unknown author written around 1953

The village of Lyn is situated in the Pre-Cambrian Shield six miles west of Brockville and one hundred and forty one miles west of Montreal. In relation to the St. Lawrence it is three miles north of the point where the ship channel crosses from the Canadian side to the American side, called by the inhabitants “The Five Mile Light” or “Cole’s Ferry”

From the time of the first settlement on the rocky ledges covered with rough scraggy timber, the name of Coleman was connected with this place, in fact until the year 1837 it was known by the name of “Coleman’s Corners”. The Leavitt’s History of Leeds and Grenville says “Able Coleman, the man who caused two blades of grass to grow where before there was only one, is characterised as a public benefactor.” It would seem that he started his first mill in 1788, the date inscribed upon the first millstone, but when government rations were with held after the second year of the settlement’s establishment, he sold the village site to a Mr. Haleck for a small sum and then went to Montreal to work at his trade as a tanner. With his earnings he bought a cow, returned to Coleman’s Corners and became a miller, tanner and farmer.

The oldest inscription in the Lyn Cemetery reads: “In Memory of Able Coleman, who departed this life in Full Assurance of Eternal Life, April 25th, 1810”

Richard Coleman bought the town-site from Mr. Halleck for he conceived the idea that it would be a fine place for a manufacturing town. It was surveyed into lots in 1813. The first house was built in 1814 by Mr. Brownson for a hotel. The same house is now occupied by (Mrs. Stephen Boyce) Mr. Charlie Lewis, although it has been remodelled and changed hands many times since then. The house now occupied by Mr. Widdis.  Mr. Mel Davidson was the second one built the original builder being Capt. Stuart, and army captain.

For the next score of years the village made rapid progress under the pushing energies of its owners, Messrs. Coleman.

In 1820 a frame grist mill was erected and although not conducted on the roller system it was a great boon to the countryside. In 1837 the question of the name of the village came to the fore. “Lowell” was its new designation, no doubt because many of the settlers were sons of U.E. Loyalists, and still had tender recollections of their native state of Massachusetts. It was soon discovered however that another village in Ontario bore the same name, and it was necessary to change the name again “Lyn” was thought an appropriate one, for the word, lin, being the Scotch name of a waterfall.

In 1838 a new grist mill, larger and of improved design, replaced the earlier one. This original mill is now the Post Office and store. In 1841 a saw mill was erected. Then a tannery for the manufacture of sole leather, as well as one for the manufacture of uppers. The manufacturing of the year 1844 was given as no less than $500., all of which was consumed within the province, the raw hides being what was termed “Spanish” and imported from the United States, some of them weighing when ready for market. 45 pounds.

The Recorder of 1850 says “Thanks to the Colemans, Lyn has the most celebrated and extensive tanning establishment in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.” There were at this time employed by the Colemans between 30 and 40 men whose wage amounted in one year from $1500.- $1750. The majority of these men were transients, a number coming from Montreal. They lived in shacks – some on the mill road and others back of the pond. Other industries in Lyn about the same time were shoe, whip, comb and stave makers as well as a flax mill and a brickyard which made Lyn one of the best paying stations on the Grand Trunk Railway.

Lyn, although not celebrated as a seat of learning, has always had a good school. The first one was situated near where the lath factory stood and was used until it became too small for the fast increasing population. The house next used was situated near Mr. Halliday’s store. The brick one was then built and used until 1867 when the stone one now in use was built.

The social activities of the village were many. There were dances, a number of them formal, and the store being stocked with rich and expensive materials which were made up by local dressmakers. The dances and entertainment were held in the Buell and Pergan halls. There was a club called the Quintet Club, consisting of five young men-about-town who were the chief instigators of these affairs Skating on the Pond was the main sport in winter, and a game like hockey was played with sticks made from branches of trees.

The church played an important part in social the life of the village. There were parties for the children at New Year’s and the tea meetings were very popular, being like our church suppers with a program given by the local talent. In the summer there were picnics, people going by boat to Alexandra Bay, and later by the Brockville and Westport Railway to Westport.

In 1849 an Agricultural Society Fair was held, with prizes offered for horses and cattle and domestic manufactures, agricultural implements and ploughman ship with Charles Booth as Secretary. In June of the same year between 500 and 600 people attended a public meeting for the promotion of temperance. Speeches were given by Canadian and American speakers and the “Sons of Temperance” appeared in their regalia.

Until 1855 the Colemans had water for their mills from natural sources, but with the cutting of the forests, the supply was reduced. Then they bought the wild land running back from Lyn for six to eight miles, and converted marshes and shallow lakes into a series of reservoirs, canals being cut and dams erected.

In the Fellows’ Directory of 1866, we find Lyn described as a thriving and progressive village, a station of the Grand Trunk Railway. The prosperity was due to a large extent to the manufacturing’s, of which James Cumming was agent. The boot and show factory was the most recent addition to the business and was sufficiently extensive to require the services of between 40 and 50 men. The local stores were described as commodious and well stocked with merchandise of every description. The best example of this is given by an advertisement in the Fellows’ Directory which reads thus: “A.T. Trickey, druggist, general merchant, Main street, Lyn, manufactures of two conditioning powders for horses and cattle, has established correspondence with a reliable House in Montreal, receives direct from them in regular supplies which enables him to offer great advantages to the Counties’ trade.”


The Dominion Directory of 1871 gave Lyn a population of 750 and just ten years later the Lovell’s Business and Professional Directory of Ontario gave the population as only 300.

The Grand Trunk Railway (CNR) owned the sand pit but in 1940 Wells Simpson bought it from the railroad. The Brockville- Westport Railway was begun in 1885 and finished in 1888. Then on Saturday, August 30, 1952 the line was discontinued. Mr. Tobin was the last station master in Lyn.

The old red brick schoolhouse mentioned previously was burned down several years ago but was rebuilt using the same walls. It is just across the road from the present school and is now a private dwelling.

Stack’s Hotel, Main Street
Wilson House Hotel
Bronson Hotel, Lewis House

Just besides this building is another old landmark. It used to be an old rough-cast hotel by Mr. Gilleclain but is now occupied by Miss Florence Roberts. Beside this hotel there were four others – one just on the corner which was the Dr. Brown house, and one known as Stack’s Hotel, which was burned 26 years ago (1939). The double house owned by Charles Lewis and the rough-cast house where Jock Stewart lives were both very old hotels.

Belisle’s Store

A very old bakeshop was located behind the Coon Bake shop (now closed) in what was known as the Baxter Block. There was another bakeshop back of the Oddfellows’ building. Then J.C.Cumming built the stone building across from Herbison’s blacksmith’s shop. It is now a dwelling owned by Mr. Baillie, an old Irish sailor and his daughter Rhoda. Lyn also had its own blacksmith shop. One was located behind the Coon Bakery. It was first run by George Stratton and then Bill Yates. Charles Herbison bought it from the latter and then sold out to Bill Wiley. Charles Herbison bought the old carriage shop about 25 years ago (1940) from Bill Tennant who had it for years. The stores in Lyn were handed down from family to family. Joshua Lillie ran the post office and store, sold to Mort Gardiner, and then to Omar Mallory who shared with Walter Billings. The latter ran it after Mr. Mallory’s death. These were all relations. Then Kenneth Bolton bought it and sold it to B.H.Bishop. The post office was given to Blake Mott (after Mr. Billings) and located where the W.I. is now in the Oddfellows’ building. Then David McCrady had it in connection with his hardware store in the Mason’s building. Then last year it went to Earl Miller. The Buell store was owned first by Mills and McManus from Morrisburg, then George Buell, finally James Greer. Ray Stewart bought it and converted it into a garage. The Belsile store was first a harness shop owned by Stelton Horton, changed to grocery owned by R.P. Boyd. Then William Laverty converted it into a barbershop and sold to Robert Willey who operated a meat shop there. William Quinn and Heaslip ran it for a while and then changed it into a residence. It was a general store run by Belisle. The McCrady store was owned and operated by: first A.T.Trickey, second Mort Gardiner, third C.M.Taylor, fourth John McCrady. Then John’s son Dave took over and after him his brother Frank who sold it to Earl Miler. The old Pregau store was originally a shoe making store. Alex Pergau was the shoe maker and then Jim who did mostly repairing. The building is now just a dwelling.

There have been several attempts made to have an organized sports programme. Below the Green Hill, across from the Mill, was a Tan Bark, over 70 years ago. It was burned and for some time was a baseball diamond and in winter a boarded in skating rink. About 15 years ago (1950) a rink was built behind Miller’s Store and again a few years ago another attempt was made but both failed because it was too hard to get good ice. The Jr. Farmers had a ball team for a couple of years recently.

Methodist Church then Roman Catholic Church

There is no Catholic Church in Lyn. They go in to their own church in Brockville but they have now purchased the old Methodist church and plan to have their own church here.

There are a number of Lodges, namely, the Masons, the Oddfellows, and the Rebecca’s. There is also a Women’s Institute and a Young Peoples’ Union.

The early settlers did not neglect the religious side of their life. Although they did not have a church, they held services in halls or houses. The first church was built by the Methodist body on the spot where the Church of England sheds now stand. It was the only church for miles around and people used to walk or ride long distances to attend a ‘quarterly meeting.” It would seem that this church was used by other denominations, who did not have a church of their own at that time, and it was sometimes spoken of as the “Union Church.” Maurice Brown in a letter states that he believed the first Methodist Conference to be held in Eastern Ontario of the Methodist Episcopal Church was held in it and most of the delegates were from New York State, and that a number of Bishops were in attendance. James Cumming told me when he first came to Lyn it was the only church in the village, that my grandmother used to sit in a rocking chair in front of the seats and rock and say “Amen” and “Bless the Lord.” The Methodist Episcopal Church for some unknown reason left this site and built a brick church on top of the hill above Lyn on the way to Lillie’s. The only ministers names which we can find associated with this church are Gifford, Perley, Brown (maybe also Mr. McDowell and Mr. Ainsworth). At the tie of union in 1884 of the Wesleyan Methodist and the Methodist Episcopal, to quote from Maurice Brown’s letter again “In Lyn the usual difficulty was experienced. As very often happens as to the choice of a church when they could not agree in Lyn, the Board of Wall St. Church was asked to come and make the choice. They did so and unanimously selected the one by the school which was a very fortunate decision as I will explain to you. There was a church funeral for a man who lived where Grant Hudson lives at present. A very severe windstorm came up and the Methodist Episcopal Church blew down. It was the bricks from that church that built the present Glen Buell edifice.”

Presbyterian Church, Lyn

The Presbyterians were the next to organize. Their first service was held in the ballroom of the Bronson Hotel and conducted by the Rev. William Smart, who was one of the pioneers of religion than whom no man did more for the moral and religious interests of the people for, as it is said “so long as the children of the original settlers maintain their memories. The name of Rev. William Smart will e held dear by them.” A Sabbath school was also organized in this same room by Mr. Smart and Adiel Sherwood, who was at one time Sheriff of Brockville. Services were held occasionally in the old Methodist Church and then in Pergau’s Hall until the church was built. It was only a mission station until the year 1855, when Rev. Robert McKenzie was given the charge. Rev. R.McKenzie was succeeded by Rev. John Burton who was later pastor of the Northern Congregational Church, Toronto. Then for six years the Presbyterians were without a settled minister until 1874 when Rev. Arch Brown was called and settled here.

The Lyn section of the Presbyterian congregation resolved in the autumn of 1874 to build a church and the work in connection therewith was commenced in April 1875. Donor of the building site was James M.Cassels, M.D., of Quebec, Robert Cassel was chairman. The building committee was composed of James Cumming, Chairman, Robert Bryson, treasurer, John Halliday and James Bulloch, James Hamilton, Archibald Davidson, Peter Purvis and John McNish. The architect was W.G. Thomas, Montreal, and the contractors Hugh McKay, Joshua Franklin and William Whitton, masonry and plastering, Edwin Bagg.

The building is stone, covered with slate, of the Gothic Order with an auditorium of 60 x 34. The vestry, in rear, is 10 x 16, and tower on side 14×14. Total cost was about $4000.

From “Evening Records” Brockville, Thursday, May 15, 1875 – “On Friday afternoon the 7th inst. The cornerstone of a new church for the Presbyterian congregation at Lyn was laid by the Rev. William Smart of Gananoque, assisted by the Rev. Archibald Brown, Rev. James Hastie of Prescott and the Rev John Burton of Belleville. The weather being favourable a large assembly gathered to witness the interesting ceremony. Copies of the Recorder (daily and weekly, Monitor, Montreal and Toronto newspapers and current coins of the Dominion were deposited in the stone, together with the engraved copy of the following: “Memorial –In the name of the Father, of  the Son, and of the Holy Ghost on the 7th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, in the thirty-eight year of the reign of Victoria, and while the Right Honorable the Earl of Dufferin was Governor-General of the Dominion of Canada and the Hon. John Crawford Lt. Governor of the Prov. Of Ont. This cornerstone of Christ Church, Lyn  in connection with the Canadian Presbyterian Church was laid by the Rev. Wm. Smart of Gananoque.”

A few of the first settlers of Yonge, Elizabethtown and Augusta, deploring the want of religious ordinance, applied at the beginning of the present century to the London Missionary Society to have a missionary or minister to settle over them. The directors of the Society recommended Rev. Wm. Smart who had just completed his theological study at Gossport to accept the call implied in the petition, and offered to pay his passage and outfit. Mr. Smart, having acceded to the proposal, and having been ordained in the Scotch Church, Swallow St., London, arrived in Elizabethtown (no Brockville) in October 1811 and commenced his ministerial labours there extending them to Coleman’s Corners, Yonge and Augusta In 1812 the people under his care were formed into a regular ministerial charge. In 1846 he resigned the charge of Brockville, but continued to preach for some time to the rural part of the congregation. Coleman’s Corners (Lyn) was, after Mr. Smart left the district, supplied with preaching by the Rev. Mr. McMurray and the Rev.J.K.Smith who succeeded the charge of Brockville. The first minister of Lyn and Yonge was the Rev. Robt. McKenzie who remained from July 5th 1859 to 1862. He was succeeded by the Rev. John Burton, who was ordained on November 17, 1864. Under Mr. Burton’s pastorate the congregation of Fairfield was united with Lyn and Yonge. Mr. Burton accepted a call from the congregation at Prescott on Feb 4, 1868. After his departure the Fairfield congregation was separated from Lyn and Yonge and the charge remained vacant yill May 19, 1874 when the Rev. Archibald Brown was inducted. He office bearers being: Elders, Jas. Hamilton, John Halliday, James McNish, John Dickey, Jacob Warren and Wm. Forrester. Board of Managers: Robert Bryson, Treasurer: James Cumming, Archibald Davidson, John Armstrong, Peter Purvis and James Bulloch. Trustees of Church Property: Robt. Bryson, Peter Purvis, James Hamilton and James Cumming. The chief subscriber was James Cumming who promised twice the amount given by any other donor. All the pews were numbered on brass plates affixed to the pew. At the right and left of the pulpit are square pews which had a certain social distinction. The right one was occupied by the Manse family, and the one on the left by th Cassells family who gave the land to the church for one dollar. At the rear of the church is a magnificent memorial window placed by the Cassells family. It was imported from Belgium in 1875 and placed there when the church was dedicated. Underneath the centre panel of this window is their coat of arms.

The church was dedicated by Rev. Dr.MacVicar, the principal of the Presbyterian College, Montreal on Feb. 6, 1876 and was known as Christ Church and was so registered in the deed of the property. The offering at the opening amounted to $146.00. The proceeds of the tea meeting amounted to $240. The bill advertising this meeting is in good preservation at the Manse. The communion cloths used for the covering of the front pew are still in good condition and were used when the Presbytery met here in 1950. The Baptismal Font was presented by James Cumming in memory of his wife and is of Italian marble. It was placed in the church in 1893. The pulpit was hand made by the uncle of George A.McNish (elder for over 40 years) in 1876. It was a labor of love as it took over a year to make. The church bell was brought over the frozen St. Lawrence in 1870 and weighs half a ton. It was first put in the Wesleyan Methodist Church but when in 1939 the congregation moved from that church to Christ Church the bell was also moved. The cost of the bell today would be more than $1500.

In 1916 Anniversary Services were held. The following excerpt being taken from a paper owned by Miss Mary Cumming, Lyn, March 1, 1916:  “The 40th Anniversary Services of Christ Church, Lyn, was conducted by the Rev. S.G. Brown of Almonte on 27th inst. The Methodist Church cancelled their service in the morning so that all could attend and commemorate the opening of Christ Church in Lyn 40 years ago. The Rev. Gentleman in the morning spoke on “Influence of the Hill” in furnishing inspirations to Christians in all ages. The first Pres. Missionary to Lyn came from the Hills of Scotland sent out by the London Missionary Society in 1811. He held his first service in the Court House in Brockville in the morning and preached in the upper room of a tavern in Lyn in the afternoon nearly 105 years ago. After 65 years of faithful services between Kingston and Cornwall the Rev. Wm. Smart gave his last public address at the opening of Christ Church, Lyn, 40 years ago. The old members who took art in the opening of the church 40 years ago, were taken to the Hilltop by Mr. Brown’s stirring sermon and with the presence of their Methodist brethren, notwithstanding the storm raging without, the uplifting power of God’s presence was felt in this Anniversary Service. At the evening meeting Mr. Brown spoke most touchingly of the Heroism of Canadians in the present crisis and craved the prayers of all for a new consecreation for God, King and Empire. Mr. Brown’s eldest son having given up his life as an offering for his country, with the Princess Patricia’s, gave point to his words of cheer and comfort for those whose friends are now fighting the battles of the Empire. His eloquent, uplifting discourses last Sabbath will linger in the memories of the worshippers of Christ Church.”

At the time of Union in 1925 the Presbyterians and the Methodists decided to use the Methodist church, but as the years went by it was decided to move back to the Presbyterian Christ Church, for the costs of repairs became so extensive to the Methodist church when it was hit by lightening twice. In keeping with this decision renovation of Christ Church was begun. This included digging and extension of a cellar in order to have a Sunday School room and kitchen. Following this renovation, which cost over $4000. which was paid off in two years, Dr. Kent of Queen’s University re-opened and dedicated Christ Church in October 1939. Since this time six memorial windows have been installed adding greatly to the atmosphere of worship with God’s house.

The membership of this Church has altered since 1940 from a rural congregation to a suburban one since so many of the congregation work in the different plants in Brockville and live in Lyn.

The list of ministers which has served Christ Church is as follows: (Before the building of the church) Rev. Wm. Smart 1811-1846; Rev. Mr. McMurray, Rev. J.K. Smith, Rev. Robert McKenzie 1859-1862, Rev. John Burton 1864-1868, Rev. Archibald Brown 1874- ?; Rev. J.J. Richardson; who was the first minister called after the church was built in Rev. A. Brown’s term of office. Rev. J.J Wright; Rev. Chas. Daly, Rev C.E.A.Pocock 1916-?, Dr. D.M.McLeod, Rev Mr. Gardiner, Rev Mr. McCrea till Union in 1925. Rev R.A. Delve 1929-35, Rev A.S. Doggett 1935-40 when Chrisy Church was reopened. Rev H.B. Herrington 1940-42, Rev C.K. Mathewson 1942-59 (the present)


Records in connection with the early history of Lyn congregation are scarce and we have to rely on the memory of those who knew in their early years or learned from the lips of the older generation, the facts connected with the origin of St. John the Baptist Church.

St. John the Baptist Anglican Church

The first trace of an Anglican service in this locality is found in connection with a “United Church” which stood where the Anglican church sheds now stand (these have been removed, but position would be about one hundred yards east of the church). There are in St. John’s Church at present a pair of wooden collection plates with “St. Paul’s Church, Lyn” written on them. Whether we take this as evidence that the Union Church was called St. Paul’s or not does not alter the fact that tradition states that it was the first in these parts, several denominations, including the Quakers, using this old “Union Church” as a place of worship. The Church of England Services there were conducted by Rev John Stannage, who came from New Dublin to officiate. The fate of this building is not known to those who supplied the previous information, but for some reason the Anglican services were transferred to Pergau’s Hall in the present Pergau bock in Lyn. There Dr. Lewis, Rev. Stannage and Rev. Mr. Jones held services while the present church was in the course of construction.

The construction did not proceed very rapidly as the Brockville Recorder points out in its article on the subject “That the number of people holding Anglican views in this community were few.” In the course of ten years from 1858 to 1869, the work lingered for some time only the basement being finished, i.e. foundation. Then renewed efforts completed the task in August 1869. On Sept. 1, 1869 it was opened by Bishop Lewis.

In the period of construction James Coleman of Coleman Brothers, the millers of Lyn, were particularly active. It is reported that Peter Pergau supplied the lime for the building, that the rough stone was quarried on the B.C. Brown place now owned by Joseph Bolin, while the dressed stone came from Hector Bradfield pace east of Brockville and was dressed by a stone cutter named Dyer, and was teamed to Lyn by the men of the congregation. Also, that Edwin Bagg who lived where C. Imerson now lives had the contract for the carpentry work. The stone fence in front of the church was built by George Monteith, who lived in Lyn and is buried here.

At the opening service in 1869, Dr. Lewis, former rector of St. Peter’s Brockville, and then the Bishop of the Diocese of Ontario, was present and confirmed a large class. Other clergy present included Rev. John Carroll of Gananoque, Rev. G.J. Low of Delta, Mr. Denroche of Arnprior and Mr Cook of North Augusta.

The following clergy have given of their services to the church during the past years: Kearney L. Jones, Henry Auston, G.W.G. Grout 1881, T.A. Smith 1901, J.D.P. Wright 1912, John Lyons 1917, T.F. Dowdell 1925, A.E.U. Smart 192, Ernest Teskey 1926-33, F.O. Ware 1933-41, R.M. Savory 1941-42, R.S. Foreman 1942-44, A.B. Caldwel 1944, E. LeGrow 1944-45, J.B. Hall 1945-47, F. Payne 1947-50, J.M.Cameron 1950 –

Lyn has become a residential village for the people who work in Brockville and commute every day by car or bus. Lyn has lost its importance as a manufacturing village and it can never hope to be the site of large factories for it has no waterfront nor railway terminal. Its future lies in its growth as a village for workers who wish to live in the quiet of the country, when the St. Lawrence Seaway is finished which will bring with it the extension of manufacturing sites along the shores of the river.

The Church has a vital function to perform in such an industrial residential area for it must bring to those people who do a monotonous factory job a wider vision of life, its worth and its meaning, for this is the only institution which cares for other than material values in the lives of these people. The sad part is that many of these people have become so busy with the material on every day and all days that they do not take the interest in the church which the first hardy founders of this village did. It thus provides the church with an opportunity and a challenge which I am sure the Spirit of God will use for the furthering of God’s Kingdom.

The Devil’s Door

The Devil’s Door

A story about growing up in the 1950’s By Ellery Edgeley

It could never be said, we kids were ever bored, or, had nothing to do! Regardless of the fact we lived in a smallvillage in the country, some activity or interesting diversion could always be found, to entertain ourselves, and occupy our recreational time. Typical of young children, we discovered a new and very different way of having fun, spending a few hours just relaxing, and, at the same time, touring the country side. Each day, Monday through Friday, the mail had to be delivered to the surrounding rural areas of Lyn, and this particular job belonged to a man named Mr. Ladd. Early every morning he would pick up the mail from the post office at Miller’s General Store, load his truck and head out to the back areas to deliver it. During the summer holidays one of the kids, who happened to be hanging around the store, asked Mr. Ladd, if he could go along, and assist him with the mail, and he agreed. This, as it turned out would be of great help, because now, if the mail box was located on the right hand side of the road, the truck pulled over and the helper could put the mail into the box, thus saving Mr. Ladd, from having to put the truck out of gear, hold the brake, lean over and place it in himself. The truck he drove was an old dark blue 1930’s Chevrolet with a square cab designed to hold two people, and on the back it had a large platform enclosed by front and side racks, probably used at one time to haul cans of milk. Having this helper along became a daily practice. Some of the other kids found out about these little jaunts their friend was making, so they asked Mr. Ladd if it would be all right if they could come along too, and being the good soul he was agreed. It wasn’t long before word spread, and soon the back of that old truck was beginning to fill up with anywhere from six to over a dozen kids. I honestly believe, even it there had been twenty or more kids, wanting to climb aboard and ride along, Mr. Ladd would have found some way of piling every one on. And the group was not all boys. This was one activity in which boys and girls joined together and shared the fun.

Mr. Ladd usually departed from the general store around 9:30 a.m. so everyone would have to be there shortly before then. As a rue, most kids our age are not early risers and hate to get out of bed in the morning, especially during the summer holidays, but there was always a couple who would be there at 8:00 anxious to get underway. One, by one, each of us would saunter up to the gathering place, some still half asleep, and wait, as Mr. Ladd sorted his load of mail.

There was one particular chap, named Dickie, who on many a day managed to just barely make it on time. Everyone would begin yelling for him to hurry up, and he would come running down the street, still munching away on his peanut butter and toast. His hair would be uncombed, sticking straight up, and he appeared as though he had slept in his clothes all night. Just as the truck started up, Dickie would jump up onto the back with the help of many hands.

The entire rural route usually took about three hours to complete. The long duration of time it took was probably due to the fact that very road travelled was dirt, with the exception of about half a mile. On hot, dry summer days a long cloud of dust trailed the mail truck as it journeyed along with its cargo of mail and kids. Leaving the village, we headed west into the country which contained some of the most beautiful dairy farms to be seen anywhere. In their lush green pastures, large herds of Holstein cows, along with a sprinkling of Jerseys could be seen grazing, while other fields contained clover and sprouts of corn. There were fields of uncut hay and its tall strands flowed like waves in a sea of green, as gentle summer breezes blew across them. The air had what we called, “that farm smell”, a combination of hay, silage and manure. Farmers were always busy working, whether on a tractor or driving a team of horses, but sometimes if they were near the road, they would often stop and come over for a short visit with Mr. Ladd and we kids. It didn’t take long, and after a few trips, we got to know everyone on the mail route. Not all of the homes on the route belonged to farmers; countless others were owned by people who were employed in the Town of Brockville. Besides travelling by farms the route also wound its way through heavily wooded areas, and in some places ran parallel to a couple of beautiful lakes.

During those long, hot summer days, only one thing ever stopped us group of kids from making the daily trip. Rain! On these days, only a helper went. But the rest of the time, the number always varied. As the days passed, we all became closer, like a family. We’d tell stories, make up games to play, and sing all kinds of songs. Riding in the open air with the wind blowing in our faces was thrilling and refreshing. There were a couple of spots o the route, where apple trees grew next to the road, and late in the summer they would start to bear apples. Mr. Ladd would sometimes pull off to the side of the road under them, and let us pick a few to eat. At this time of year, they were still quite green so we didn’t eat that many. No one wanted to get a stomach ache or worse. Most times, we’d just use them for target practice, throwing at a tree of large boulder in a field.

As I mentioned, the mail route ran through several heavy wooded areas, and one particular road on it was called ‘The Devil’s Door’ road. Located in the Yonge Mills area about five miles west of Lyn, it derived its name from the fact that it possessed a secret doorway to the bowels of the earth, and Devil himself. A short distance from the road an entrance to a passage-way could be seen, running between towering, deep crevice, rock edges on each side. Tall trees and a heavy concentration of thick brush shrouded the entire area in darkness, giving it a frightening, foreboding look, as if to warn any curious or daring soul, they should proceed no further. Should one be foolish enough to do so, they could be in grave, perilous danger. Wild stories were abound, of individuals, who had dared fate to enter ‘The Devil’s Door’ never to be seen again. It had been said to, that young children in particular should stay far away from the area, and never, never, venture too close, because the Devil would get them, and take them back to the centre of the earth. Each morning that old mail truck full of kids, had to pass by ‘The Devil’s Door’!

Every day, as we approached and passed by, everyone on the truck would stare at that entrance in fear, and pray that the old truck wouldn’t break down or quit right there. Once by we all breathed a little easier. Sometimes as we neared the door Mr. Ladd would slow down the truck, and holler ot and ask, if anyone wanted to get off and see the Devil. There was never any response; there were no brave takers on that truck. Still we were curious. Deep down inside, we all knew we wanted to see what was hiding beyond that entrance. The question was, were we brave enough!

Finally after much deliberation, we had all decided that the time had come. We should enter ‘The Devil’s Door’! The next morning we all gathered at Miller’s General Store, excited and ready to follow through with our planned escapade. With new found courage, we asked Mr. Ladd, if he would stop at ‘The Devil’s Door’, and take us in. He paused for a few seconds, glanced around at the dozen wide eyed kids and asked. “Are you sure you want to go in there? The Devil might get all of you kids!” At the moment we were still in village and everyone was brave, so without hesitation, a chorus of voices hollered out. “We’re not afraid of the devil, we’ll go in! There’s no devil there anyway.” With a twinkle in his eyes, Mr. Ladd agreed. “OK, I’ll stop and take you in, but remember, I warned you.” Everyone piled onto the back of the old mail truck and in boisterous, wild chatter we all began saying what we’d do when we got to the door and came face to face with the devil. As we pulled away, we secretly wondered if we’d ever see the village again.

A short distance from Lyn, we began making our first mail drops. ‘The Devil’s Door’ was still about a half hours drive yet, but the closer we got the more silent everyone became. There was no more brave talk or singing. Each person was quietly wrapped up in their own thoughts. As the truck turned onto ‘Devil’s Door’ road, all the bravery suddenly seem to dissipate. Everyone’s mind went into high emotional gear, conjuring up all kinds of wild notions and scenarios, about what may lie in waiting ahead. With intent eyes, we scanned the woods, expecting at any moment now, for a red man with horns, goatee and long sharp pointed tail, to leap out and pounce on all of us defenceless children. With his three pronged spear, he would force us deep into the bowels of the earth. The old truck rounded a slight bend in the road and came to a stop. There it was! The ‘Devil’s Door’! Now, as we stood in the safety of the truck, it looked more foreboding and sinister than ever before. Mr. Ladd turned the motor off, and got out of the truck. The silence was deafening. What if it wouldn’t start up again? Maybe we should leave while there was still time. Besides, I don’t recall seeing a rural mail box here on the side of the road with the name ‘Satan’ emblazoned on it, indicating a stop. “All right, who’s coming”, Mr. Ladd invited us. For a few second, no one spoke or moved. “I’ll go” came a voice, not exactly exuding a tone of courage. One by one, individuals climbed down from the truck, until a meagre total of seven brave soles gathered beside Mr. Ladd. Four boys and three girls. “What’s the mater?”. He asked, “Doesn’t anybody else want to come?” As the rest of us cowered in the back of the truck, I said “No Thanks, I can se it fine from right here.”  No sense in chancing fate, I thought; all of those stories we heard, might just be true. I wasn’t about to be taken by the devil, down into the dark abyss of the earth, and hell below, sentenced to an eternity of stoking furnaces or worse. I was almost certain I hadn’t committed and sins recently, but then, maybe I had. Just to be on the safe side, I’d better not go. Better safe than sorry. As I looked around, it was relieving to see, that I was not the only smart person on board that truck. Or should I say, coward! Someone should stay behind anyway, in case something terrible did happen, we could go for help or let relatives know what had happened, when the others failed to return. All we could do now was watch, as Mr. Ladd, led the seven foolhardy, ‘would be’ adventures, into ‘The Devil’s Door’, and beyond. Slowly, they moved ever so carefully along the front of the towering stone walled ledge which ran up to the door and disappeared into the darkness beyond. This was probably, the last time we would ever see our friends again. We waited for what seemed an eternity. “Maybe we should holler and see if they’re OK!” someone peeped up. “No! Keep quiet! Do you want the Devil to know we’re here?” So we waited. Sitting there I knew that I had made the right decision not to go. Suddenly, screams came from somewhere deep in ‘The Devil’s Door’. Now, the screams verified I had been right. “What are we going to do?” Somebody yelled “Let’s get out of here!” All eyes were focused on the door entrance. “No. We have to wait for them.” The terrified screams continued, and before we could move someone came bolting out from the entrance. It’s always been said that boys can run faster than girls, this day proved it. For boys came blasting for dear life, out from the darkness and towards the safety of the truck and their waiting comrades. “Where’s everyone else?” Then came the three screaming girls, scrambling like the devil himself were chasing them. “What happened?” we demanded. Everyone was trembling with excitement! Still huffing and puffing to catch their breath, they quickly related their horrifying experience beyond the door way. Once they were deep inside the dark passage-way, surrounded by hugh trees, someone though they had seen what might have been the Devil himself. Mr. Ladd had seen the person or object first and warned the rest and, it was then that everyone began to scream and run for their lives and safety. “Oh no!” someone shouted. “Where’s Mr. Ladd? The Devil got him!” Now we were all doomed for sure we thought. Suddenly a relieved voice cried out. “There he comes, he’s OK! The devil didn’t get him.” Funny but Mr. Ladd didn’t seem to have the same urgency to run fro the entrance that the others did. As we watched him walk toward the truck, everyone was wishing he would hurry faster so we could get as far away from that spot as quickly as possible. “Where’d everybody go?” he asked.” I though you wanted to see the Devil and his passage-way.” No one spoke a word. We just stood in the back of the truck and stared at the entrance, waiting to see if the Devil was coming after us. As Mr. Ladd opened the door, and climbed into his truck, I could not help but notice a wide mischievous grin on his face. It was then that I began to wonder, just who the real devil might be. Much to our relief, the old mail truck fired up and slowly we crept away from “The Devil’s Door”.

We kids continued to ride along on that mail route for the rest of the summer, but every day when we passed by ‘The Devil’s Door’, everyone fell silent. To compound our fears, and apprehension, every so often, Mr. Ladd would slow down as if he were going to stop, and then ever so slowly drive on. The subject of ‘The Devil’s Door’ was never brought up again.

It had been a fun and mist unforgettable summer, but it came to an end. September meant we kids had to return to school, leaving Mr. Ladd to drive the rural mail route alone, without our help and company. In some ways it was probably a relief for him, not to have a bunch of noisy kids along, but then, being the kind of man he

Arthur and Hazel Ladd in 1940

was, I think he truly missed us. And now, the dark old blue mail truck, with its load of carefree children and our eerie, creepy visit to ‘The Devil’s Door’, are happy memories, from a time long ago.

Random Memories of Lyn

Random Memories of Lyn

By Jessie Kilpatrick

My first drive in Eastern Ontario was on a June afternoon. My Mother, my two brothers, Herbert and Roy, and myself had arrived at Brockville only that morning and had been met by my father who had several months before accepted a position of district manager of the present Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Canada. We were the guests of his old time friend, John Elliott, on the staff of the Brockville Collegiate. It happened to be Circus day and so that morning I stood on Pearl St. and witnessed my first Circus parade, and shuddered with terror and delight as I saw the huge lumbering elephants and the cages with  ions and other wild animals.

In the Early afternoon we had our first drive out to our new home in Lyn. I can still remember the exclamations of my mother over the beauty of the winding creek near the Billings’ home which always attracts my attention today.

When we reached the stucco covered old stone house that father had rented from Mr. Nelson Shipman we found that it was still in the process of being painted by Mr. Shipman’s nephew, Horace Gardiner. And the cute little front porch was all wet paint. It was only a little while before my brother Herbert had gotten his nice new suit covered with wet paint, much to the annoyance of my mother.

It was not until the following fall that I started to school. My first teacher was Miss. Ena Williamson, who had charge of the junior room which then occupied all of the lower floor. She became the wife of Dr. George Judson at the end of the year and my next teacher was a Mrs. Knapp. When I was promoted to the Senior room, my teacher was Miss Christina Wilson for the four years I spent there. When the Entrance examinations were tried, out of a class of eight pupils only one failed. The required marks for passing were 422 and I had the honor of heading the class with a total of 581 marks. Later on when I became a student in the Brockville Collegiate, it was found that I had obtained the highest marks of any student in the newly formed first form.

The original BCI before the fire of 1929 destroyed the school

At that time the Lyn students travelled to Brockville on the Grand Trunk Railway. The station was about a mile distant from the village and the students usually walked to catch the 8 a.m. mixed train which was very irregular in its time, sometimes not reaching town until nine o’clock. However we were not late very often. We would proceed to the school via the William Street crossing and return the same way to board one of the passenger cars awaiting us. Our evening train left at 5 p.m., so by the time we had reached home it was usually six o’clock. As we had left home by 7:30 a.m. it made a long day. On the train we met other collegiate pupils from Mallorytown and Landsdowne. I remember the three Fairlie Boys fro Lansdowne They were the sons of the Presbyterian Minister there and have since become leading Canadian citizens.

Before the year was over the Grand Trunk ceased to operate that nice little train and it was necessary for the Lyn pupils to obtain other transportation, several ‘loads’ were organized. The driver of the largest load was Howard Everts who later became a Public School Inspector in Saskatchewan. The son of our Methodist Minister, Milton Perley, was the driver of another load which included his sister Aleda, Lucy Cumming and myself. I well remember on one occasion when we were returning home right near Nigger Hill [1], Milton stopped to get a few nice apples from a near bye orchard. But I would not partake of any of these apples as I said they were ‘stolen’. It is interesting to note that Milton became a Methodist Missionary to China in later years!

Concerts in these days were few and far between and sometimes were held in conjunction with a sugar social or a strawberry festival. At one of these held in Buell’s Hall I can recall Mr. James Cumming as chairman introducing a young lady ‘who had come all the way from Scotland to sing the song “Green Grow the Rashes O!”. She shortly after became Mrs. Gordon Cumming. On another occasion in the school hall (the former junior room downstairs) I remember the Billings boys, Horace and Tom, amusing us greatly by the song “Johnny was the One I Wanted”. Horace died at an early age, but Tom is now Dr.T.H.Billings, in charge of an important city church in the U.S. Another performer on that programme was Frank Fulford who captivated us with his violin solos. He later became a wealthy man and lived in a castle in England.

C.P.R. Wharf Brockville

One great event in our lives was the time our Sunday School ran an excursion. We were transported from the B&W station to the C.P.R. dock in Brockville on flat cars, furnished with crude board seats and decorated with evergreen trees which however did not afford protection from the flying cinders. Next we boarded the steamer “John Haggart” for a wonderful trip among the Thousand Islands and I expect had our picnic lunch baskets with us. My mother was busy chatting to Dr. Jusdon when she was interrupted by her small daughter dashing up and exclaiming “Herbie’s lost his cap. It fell into the ‘crik’! That remark nearly finished Dr. Judson, I thought he would never stop laughing at one for calling the might St. Lawrence – a ‘crik’!

During the general elections of 1896 the boys and girls of Lyn Public School became keenly interested in politics and wore red or blue bans of ribbon to indicate their arty as ‘Grits’ and ‘Tories’. I think Mr. James Cumming was the Liberal candidate on that occasion but did not succeed in winning. However when Wilfred Laurier became the new Prime Minister, the village had a big celebration and Sir Charles Tupper was burned in effigy.

[1] Located on the Lyn Road app. ½ km south-east of the intersection with the Howard Road. So called because a black family, Mr. and Mrs White lived there.



The Tramp’s Funeral

The Tramp’s Funeral

Long ago, the death of an unidentified tramp led to a merry wake by the farmers of the region west of Lyn.

In the early 1800’s, two farmers found the body of a transient in a field north of Jones Creek. While they were discussing their find and wondering whether or not they should send a rider into Brockville to fetch a coroner, Charles Jones, the pioneer merchant and miller of Elizabethtown, rode up.

Jones, who had mills in Brockville, Jones Creek and Yonge Mills, as well as a general store in Brockville, told the farmers that Brockville had no coroner, and in fact the nearest medical examiner resided in Gananoque.

He also ventured the opinion that it was not necessary to incur needless expense and that the best thing to do under the circumstances was to give the victim a decent burial.

He suggested a cheap coffin be purchased and the unknown tramp laid to rest. He contributed $2.00 towards the cost.

After his departure, the farmers proceeded to search the pockets of the corpse, finding another $2.50. Neighbours were notified, and since there was no minister in the area, one of the best educated and influential settlers was chosen to conduct the service. The coffin was made in Lyn and the tramp duly placed in it.

The funeral service was held at a log house at Yonge Mills. The tramp was interred at an area graveyard, and after the service, the mourners discovered they still had $1.50 unexpended.

The question immediately arose, as to how it should be spent. By Universal consent, the mourners decided that the fund should be invested in spirits. In those days $1.50 bought quite a quantity of liquor. In fact, the gathering was supplied with a pail full of the best whisky available in the district. Every man present had several cups, until the pail was empty. Then they went home happy. Nothing was thought of the matter, the custom of ‘drinking’ being almost universal.

The tramp’s grave was never marked and the exact location is unknown today.

(Author unknown)

Growing up in Lyn

Remembrances of Growing up in Lyn

By Mamie (Stillwell) Robinson

I have been reliving those old days and getting a great deal of pleasure in doing so. We didn’t know it then, but those were very happy days, with loads of fun and very little responsibility. Our main worry was to make the grade and do as little work as possible.

Going to BCI in 1910. Margaret Fodey, Jack Clow, Vada Clow and Gladys Latimer

My first year at Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) we went in with Milton Perley. He had remained behind when his father moved and was staying with Dr. Sharpe. Jessie and Herb Kilpatrick, Gertrude, Milton and I made up that load. He drove a sorrel horse called “Katrina”. I can still hear him say “You’re not pullin’ together thar, Kit”. After Milton left Lyn, we went in with Alfred McCready. It was a three seated democrat and quite a load for one horse. The occupants were changing now and again as they graduated or were satisfied with a short term. I am a little hazy about this load, but Mabel Greer, Sam McCormick, Harford Steed, Ed, Pettem, Fred and Helen Barlow, and always Gertrude and I. It seems to me that Arthur Judson was along too. The last two years we went with Howard Everts with and old white horse that used to take blind staggers and try to climb trees. Quite frequently something would break, and no matter how near we were to Brockville we always ‘turned tail’ and walked home in order to enjoy a day’s skating, snow shoeing or tobogganing on Billings’ Hill. We thought the fresh air would do us good, and Tommy Marquis (BCI Teacher) always took our excuses. He had a soft spot for the Lyn kids.

Occasionally we used to buy bottles of soft drinks and each have a straw in the same bottle, to see who could get the most. I remember one night the girls bought a basket of peaches, and the boys took the same notion that same night. Of course we thought we ought to eat them before we got home. I am ashamed to say that Gertrude and I each ate 24, but Helen being smaller, and of smaller capacity, could only manage 20. Of course the peaches were not of the large variety. It is a wonder we didn’t burst, but nothing happened. Some contest!

(This note was dated Feb, 24, 1952, from Prescott, Route 2)

Kitley Agricultural Society

Kitley Agricultural Society

The annual meeting of this society was held at the Edger’s House, Frankville, on Thursday last. N.H. Beecher, chairman; W.D. Livingston, secretary. The treasure’s report read as follows: Receipts from all sources, including balance from last report, $811.56; expenditures, $500.78; leaving a balance on hand of $310.78. The following officers were elected: President, D. Downey; vice president P. Stewart; directors, William Enni, O.L. Munro, Joseph Hanton, William Mitchell, R. Richard, B.F. Stewart, Joseph Jones, Jas. L. Gallanger W. G. Lee; secretary, W.D. Livingston; treasurer, William Eaton.

The fair this year is to be held on Thursday and Friday Sept. 26 and 27.

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following event

Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

The Unionville Camp Meeting of 1895

The Unionville Camp Meeting

Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

The Unionville Camp Meeting

A union camp meeting will be held by the Athens, Addison, Frankville and Toledo, Lyn and Mallorytown circuits of the Methodist church on the Unionville fair grounds, commencing Wednesday afternoon, August 21st. Arrangements are being made to have the grounds thoroughly equipped. The main building will be seated for the audience room. Ample accommodation for sleeping, etc., to those bringing provisions, will be provided free on the grounds. One building, floored, warm and dry, will be set apart for the use of the ladies of the Epworth League Full lodging, eating and horse accommodation will be provided at Mr. Forth’s at the most reasonable rates. During the continuance of the meeting, no driving will be allowed on the track. The place is central and only a step from the railway station. An effort will be made to secure commutation [sic] rates on the Brockville and Westport R.R.


Tuesday Aug 27, 1895 issue

Not withstanding the desire expressed by the committee of management that all church going people should attend their own places of worship on Sabbath, an immense crowd gathered at Unionville camp meeting on that day. It is estimated that from fifteen to eighteen hundred attended the afternoon meeting. The weather has not been very favourable for the meeting, but the buildings and grounds have been found so well suited to the purpose that a very pleasant and profitable time has been spent.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Glen Buell, Saturday, Aug. 31. –

The camp meeting held here has been the saviour of life to many. One good sister from Frankville says she is going to carry the fire home with her, as there is much need of it in her village. We hope the fruits of her labours may be blest and many be brought to the Saviour.

Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

It is reported that a gang of thieves (for we cannot class them otherwise) made a general raid on the whips, halters, and lap rugs, on the camp-meeting grounds at Unionville on Sunday evening We hope for the good name of those attending the camp meeting that this rumour is not correct.


The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the above meeting.

Fairfield East – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895


Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue

Fairfield East, Friday, June 28 –

The Ladies’ Aid hald a lawn social on the grounds at the Manhart church on the evening of June 26th. Quite a large crowd assembled to help empty the tales. After refreshments they were furnished with a firt class entertainment, consisting of readings, speeches, and excellent music by the choir. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

The funeral services of Miss. Mary McCracken were conducted in the Manhart church on Tuesday, June 25, and services for her mother on Friday, June 28. The services were both conducted by the Rev. Mr. Danby of the Presbyterian church. The church was filled on both occasions. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

The cry around this part of the country is not like the old woman who was starving and the parson went in to pray with her and asked for everything that he thought she needed excepting for something to eat, and she cried, “Don’t forget the potatoes” Here, it is, “Oh, for a few drops of rain !”

What might have been a very serious accident occurred at Mr. Hiram Manhart’s one day last week. In building a fire to get supper, some sparks flew from the chimney and caught the roof, but owing to great presence of mind and timely assistance from the neighbors the fire was extinguished with very little loss.

There is one of our prominent young men strolls up on the railroad occasionally and it is rather dangerous to be coming back when one is a little sleepy, as the train passes through the woods and deadens the sound, so that he might meet with and accident. So beware, G., and drive instead of walking; it is more pleasant.


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Fairfield East – Monday, July 8 –

A number of our young people attended the celebration at Athens on Monday, 1st inst., and report having a No. 1 time.

Mrs. O. Lillie and child of Newboro are visiting her father, Mr. Anson Manhardt.

Miss McBratney is spending her holidays at Mr. Hiram Manhardt’s

The lasted fad around this part of the country is for a young gent to take his sweetheart to a party or pic-nic and bring her home without her supper.

I guess H… means business, as he seems to be a pretty frequest visitor. But of course it is all right.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Fairfield East Friday, July 26

The Rev Dr. Larmour will deliver a discourse to the Foresters on Monday, 28th inst. At half-past two in the afternoon. A number of courts are invited to be present.

The long looked for rain has come at last and is doing lots of good. There is to be seen a broad smile on nearly everybody’s face.

We think Professor Bonn had better come again so that some of our intelligent young men might learn all about horses and their ailments. He says he has been in the business for twenty five or thirty years and does not begin to know all about them, but one young man heard him lecture once and says he knows it all now.

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Gilroy of Glen Buell visited at R.J. Sturgeon’s on Sunday last.


Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue

Fairfield East – Monday, Aug. 19-

Farmers are at their harvesting and report a very light crop.

The Foresters are getting along with the hall, slow but sure

It is reported that a young couple residing in this neighbourhood never heard a rooster until one morning last week when they got up about three o’clock and ran to the barn to watch one crow. Wonder if they have ever seen the oars…[sic]

Rumor says we are about to have a school for lady pugilists in the near future and then Wilie wants to look out and have a good backing or he may not come out in the second round as well as he did in the first.

There are some from this vicinity taking the Manitoba fever. Hope it will not end with any serious results.

Now, boys, the next time you go to a social, try to not go in at the eleventh hour, so you will be in time for supper.


Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue

Fairfield East, Saturday, Sept 28 –

Our blacksmith, Mr. Hough, is the happy man this time. It is a real nice little baby girl.

That young man from the other street, who comes over this way to church occasionally, has to look pretty sharp so as not to make any more mistakes, as the twin sisters look very much alike

Mr. R.J. Sturgeon lost two fine cows by lightning on Wednesday last.

Quite a number from here attended Prescott fair and report a large time, and the show of vegetables the best ever on exhibition in this part of the country.

Husking bees are the rage now

The whistle and whirr of the steam thresher are to be heard in every direction.


Tuesday Nov 5, 1895 issue

Fairfield East, Thursday, Oct 31 –

Bert Smith is the happiest man in this community. It is just the “sweetest, nicest little girl dat eber libed”

The Misses Mason and Birdsell are holding revival serviced near Algonquin

Mr. O.F. Bullis and wife of Athens are attending the tent meeting at Algonquin, and also visiting friends in this vicinity last week.

Mr. Gordon Manhart has gone to Newboro to attend school. We miss his smiling countenance very much, but hope our loss will be his gain.

Mr. Ford Wiltse and wife of Athens were visiting at R.J. Sturgeon’s on Sunday last.

We are pleased to see the smiling face of Mort Manhart in our midst again, after his sojourn in the cheese factory for the summer.

B & W Railroad – News of the day

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895


B & W Railroad and Stage Line

February 12th, 1889 issue

A passenger on the B&W Stage last Wednesday had one of her heels frozen.

 March 12th, 1889

B&W: A large force of men have been shovelling out the snow drifts on the B&W during the past five or six days. On Sunday night a heavy freight train arrived here from Lyn. The line was this morning clear of snow from Westport to a point three miles east of Athens, and it is expected that regular trains will be running again tomorrow.

March 19th, 1889 issue

B&W– The snow blockade on the B&W which was raised on Sunday of last week was followed by a further blockade by the G.T.R. refusing to allow the B&W to pass over their line from Lyn to Brockville until a settlement was effected of the large account due them. Manager Hervey came down with the “Spot Cash” and was also able to secure a further lease of running powers over the G.T.R. line until such time as the B&W track shall be laid on the two miles yet unfinished. Traffic was resumed on the road on Saturday (Inst.) and regular trains are now running over the road on scheduled time. Contractor Knowlton of Newboro passed down yesterday to make arrangements for outing down the rails on the two miles yet unfinished.

March 26th, 1889 issue


It is said that arrangements are almost completed for finishing the laying of the track on the B&W from Brockville to Lyn. The iron for the overhead bridge will probably be on the ground this week. If these rumours are correct, another month will see that section of the road in running trim.

 April 2nd, 1889 issue

The B&W R.R. must be a great boon to the back country at this season of the year. The train passes here every day (LYN) loaded with passengers.

Saturday April 27, 1889

The run off on the B&W, near this place (LYN) on Wednesday, might possibly have been saved by the employment of a few more section hands. “A stitch in time saves nine.”

April 30th, 1889 issue


Railway Business: The following are among the railway honuacs [sic] voted on by the Dominion Parliament:

To the Brockville, Westport and Sault Ste. Marie Railway, $64,000. for 20 miles, from Westport to Palmer Rapids.

To the Thousand Island Railway $54,000. from the St. Lawrence River at Gananoque to a junction with the B&W.


Tuesday May 7, 1889 issue


The twenty mile extension of the B&W west of Westport, will pass through a portion of the country rich in phosphate deposits.


The B&W has a full fledged news agent who supplies the daily papers’ The Reporter will be for sale on the train hereafter, commencing with tonight.


The work of ballasting the B&W is progressing rapidly. A large force of men, including about twenty Italians are working at the gravel pit and in the lifting gangs.


Monday May 13, 1889

The “R.G.Hervey,” as one of the B&W engines is called, has a new bell, replacing the old one, which was cracked voice, used to emit a discordant warning to the unwary. The new bell is a dandy.


December 31th, 1889


The B&W station at Unionville is being divided. One section will be removed to Gilbert’s Crossing and the other will be moved up to the Addison Road.


Tuesday Nov 20, 1894 issue-   (date show is the date on the paper, not the correct date)

B&W – On Friday evening shortly after leaving Lyn, the B&W express struck a cow with disastrous results. The cow was instantly killed and the engine and tender derailed. No serious damage was occasioned to the train and it reached Athens only about three hours late.


Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

The B&W was several hours late yesterday morning, the train being held over to allow voters to mark their ballots in the Crosby election.


Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

The Mallorytown stage failed to arrive last night, the road being blocked with drifts. The other stages were only slightly behind schedule time and the B&W express came through without delay. (Athens)


Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

Reports from woodsmen put the depth of snow on the level at from three to six feet.(Lyn) Surely the regularity of the train service on the B&W this winter should convince the back country folks of the reliability of a mail service on that route. At present it takes three days to get a return mail from Delta or west of this to Lyn, and the same from Addison or Greenbush.


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

The Westport Mail Service

The deputation from the villages along the line of the Brockville and Westport Railway that went to Ottawa to interview the postmaster general with regard to the B&W Railway, returned today and report that no difficulty will be experienced in the railway getting the carriage of the mails, provided that the railway will give proper security for the due conveyance of the mails. In fact an order in council was passed as far back as October, 1891, providing for the transfer under these conditions.

Toledo – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895


May 7 1889

There was buried yesterday at Toldeo one of the pioneers of the township of Kitley in the person of Mr. George Marshall. Who passed away at the ripe age of 87 years. Mr. Marshall was born in Vermont in 1802 and emigrated to Canada with his father Joseph when but six months old. The family settled finally on the 2nd Concession of Elizabethtown on the farm now owned by Mr. V.R.Marshall, but soon after moved to Toledo and settled on the farm where he died and to which his son Collin succeeds. Mr. Marshall was a staunch Liberal in politics and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. He married Nancy Fralick, who died some years ago and had five children, Albert, Noah, Melvin, Mary and Collin. All survived him except Melvin.


Tuesday Oct 23, 1894 issue-

Toledo– Saturday Oct 20.

Husking bees are all the go.

Mr. J. Hunt, who has been very sick for the past three weeks is slowly recovering.

Special services are being carried on in the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev., Mr. Kennedy.

A grand concert will be given in the town hall next Thursday night for the benefit of the Methodist Church. A grand concert is being prepared by the home talent, in dialogues, recitations and singing. Besides this, the following foreign talent have been engaged: Miss Fannie Robinson, soprano, Smith’s Falls; Miss. Gerty Coad, elocutionist, Brockville and Mr. C.C. Slack, conic singer, Athens.


Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-

Toldeo– Saturday Oct 27th

Mr. Geo Stratton is having his house painted

The concert on Thursday night last turned out to be a success, although the night was bad and Mr.C.C. Slack of Athens was not there on account of sickness. Muss. Gerty Coad of Brockville gave some fine recitations and Miss. Fannie Robinson sang some fine solos. Besides this, the home talent distinguished themselves in singing, recitations and dialogues.


Nov 18, 1894 issue-

The Orange Lodge of Toledo in full regalia, attended divine services here (Frankville)  in the Methodist church on Sunday morning, Nov. 4th, where a very impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. G.H.Porter, M.A., B.D. for the occasion.

Nov 18, 1894 issue-

Addison, Saturday Nov.10-

Miss. Adda Sexton has engaged to teach Toledo school for the coming year.


Tuesday Dec. 18, 1894 issue-

Frankville– Dec 14-

On Christmas night the Sabbath school of the Methodist church, Toldeo, intend holding their grand annual entertainment in the town hall, when an excellent programme will be presented, consisting of cantata, readings, dialogues, tableaux, recitations, pantomimes, etc. The Toledo Orchestra Band will furnish music. Admission 15¢


Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Toldeo Presbyterian Anniversary

The anniversary services of St. Andrew’s church, Toldeo, will be held on Sunday and Monday, 13th ad 14th inst. On Sunday at 11 and 7 pm Rev. Chas H. Cooke, M.A. of Smith’s Falls, will conduct the morning and evening services, and in the afternoon at 2:30 Rev. J.A. Kennedy, of Athens will preach. On Monday evening the annual tea and entertainment will be held in the town hall, when a programme of unusual excellence will be presented. The Presbyterians of Toledo are making special efforts to render these services unprecedented successful and their efforts will no doubt meet with a generous response from the public. Tickets are sold for 40¢; double, 75¢; three for $1.00


Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

Toledo– Monday, Jan 14-

The post office has passed into the hand of Geo. S. Stratton. It is hoped that the post office will remain where it is and that it will be conducted as good a manner as it has been for the past year.

The Baptist concert on New Year’s night was a success. The dialogues, recitations, solos, duets, quartets, etc. were given in good style. The orchestra gave some very fine music. The proceeds amounted to $41.00

The Toledo Methodist Sabbath school entertainment, which took place on Christmas night, was a great success. The town hall was packed to its utmost and in fact some who came late could not get in. The program was excellent and in spite of the crowded way in which the children were kept it was given without much delay. The music in the cantata was very fine. The Shepherd’s scene in this was grand and the tableau part where the light was thrown on to the shepherd’s was magnificent. The small children acted their parts nicely. There were four grand dialogues given entitled, ‘Rejected’, ‘Hospitality’, ‘The Assessor’. and ‘The Irish Party’. The later represented a number of Irish men and women and the acting in it kept the audience in laughter. Besides this, there were several very fine pantomimes. The Toledo orchestra band were also in attendance and the audience acted as if they could have listened all night to their music. At the end of the program some very valuable present were distributed. The proceeds of the evening amounted to $45.

The Epworth League of this place will give a social at Mrs. Derbyshire’s on Wednesday night, the 23 of this month.

Mrs. J. Coad fell some time ago and is not able to be out.

Mrs. Derbyshire has been visiting friends in Portland these last few days.

The anniversary services in the Presbyterian church on Sunday were very well attended, in spite of the stormy weather.

Mr. Price has started a newspaper in Toledo known as Toledo Town News.


The Presbyterian anniversary entertainment at Toledo last evening proved to be a very pleasant event. Quite a number from Athens attended. Full report next week.


Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-

Toledo– Monday, Jan 21-

Remember the social at Mrs. Derbyshire’s on Wednesday night the 23rd.

Miss. Terry McLean of Arnprior, has been visiting friends in Toledo for the last week.

Mr. Glen Coad entertained a number of young people at her home on Friday last.

Miss Carry Sweet of Portland has been visiting here for the past week.

A social will be given at Mrs. Brigginshaw’s next Friday night, the 25th, for the benefit of the English church. Admission 15¢

The tea-meeting in connection with the Presbyterian church on Monday night was a success. Tea was served in the town hall after which every one went to the church where a grand program was given. The Presbyterians also gave a social in the town hall on the following Tuesday, which was largely attended and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.


Tuesday Jan. 29, 1895 issue-

A grand ball and supper will take place at the Union hotel, Toldeo, on Tuesday evening Feb 5. The proprietor, Mr. John Foster, is experienced in managing such affairs, and, with the help of a first class committee, will make this event a success. Tickets, $1.00



Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-

Toledo– Monday Jan 28-

There was no service in any of the churches on Sunday last, as the ministers were unable to put in their appearance on account of the storm.

Miss Stella Coad, of Brockville , is visiting friends in Toledo

The socials on Wednesday and Friday nights were a success. A large number were present at both of them and they report themselves as having spent a very enjoyable time.

Mrs. Noah Marshall is very sick

The funeral of the late William Montgomery took place here in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday last and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Cameron.

Mr. Chas. Grey laid his youngest child to rest in the Presbyterian cemetery on Thursday last. The funeral was conducted in the Presbyterian church by Rev. Mr. Cameron.

Saturday, Feb 2 –

Miss. J.McLean, who has been visiting friends here for the past month, has returned to her home in Arnprior.

Mr. J. and T.Drummond are visiting their many friends in Toldeo.

A number of our young people spent a very enjoyable time last Friday night at the home of Mrs. J. Bruce.

Mrs. Noah Marshall and Mrs. G. Coad, who have been on the sick list for a very long time are no better.

As Miss Sexton, the principal teacher of our school, was sick on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the children in her room had a couple of holidays.

Mrs. Albert Moran, of Athens, was with us on Sunday last.

Mrs. Eva Stratton, who has been visiting friends near Athens, has returned home.

We are sorry to hear that Dr. Reeve has left us and has now taken up his practice in the village of Lanark. We also understand that the family are to leave about the first of March. This is sad news for the people of Toledo, as Dr. Reeve and family were regarded with great respect by people around here.


Tuesday Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

Toldeo– Monday Feb 11-

Foster’s ball Tuesday night was a success.

The Bible society agent preached in the Methodist church on Saturday night last.

Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Johnson were the guests of Mrs. Derbyshire

Mr. Frank Fowler is on the sick list.\Miss. Louisa Edgar and Miss McClare attended the Christian Endeavor convention last week at Spencerville.

There is a new doctor in town. His friends live in Toronto, but he has just returned from New York where he has been for the last two years.

Mr. J. Coad is very sick.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue

Toledo, Monday, Feb 25-

The scarlet fever is raging in this place at present.

Mr. Derbyshire and Mr. N.H. Beecher have returned from Toronto where they have been attending the A.O.U.W. grand lodge.

The social at Mrs. Eaton’s on Wednesday night last was a grand success.

We understand that there is to be a wedding on Tuesday night next.

Our new doctor, J. Bruce Ferguson, M.D., C.M., has his office at Mr. Summerville’s. He has received several calls and is giving great satisfaction.

Miss Annie Haskins is on the sick list.

Mrs. Noah Marshall and Mrs. Geo. Coad, who have been on the sick list nearly all winter, are at present no better,


Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue

Toldeo – Monday, Mar. 4. –

Mr. Will Stratton has bought the entire stock of goods of Mr. Parker of Frankville and will commence business in that place today. 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have a good man for sure.

A social is to be given by the Christian Endeavor of this place tonight at the home of Mr. T. Hunter,

Dr. Ferguson’s brother was in the village this week.

A young men’s Liberal Club was organized in this place Friday night last.

Mr. Mackey has engaged a new clerk.

Mr. Robinson of Smith’s Falls was in the village last week visiting friends.\We understand that Dr Reeves’ family are to leave this week.

Mr. C.A. Wood met with a very serious accident on Friday last. He was removing ice from the roof of his new house when he suddenly slipped and fell to the ground a distance of over twenty feet. His wife seeing the accident summoned help and with difficulty he was removed to his room. Dr. Ferguson was at once summoned and reported that there were no bones broken. Mr. Wood’s sufferings were very great at first, but at present he is a little easier.

On account of there being no houses to rent in Toledo, Mr. Price is compelled to move his family to Frankville

Mr. Bert Wood is home again on account of his father’s accident.

Mr. W. Hull and Miss. Maggie Parker were married at the residence of the bride’s uncle, Mr. H. Nichols, on Tuesday, Feb 26 at 6 o’clock, by Rev.G.H.Porter. Only the nearest relations were present and they report themselves as spending a very pleasant time.

It is with regret that we announce the death of the late Mr. T. Sherman. His funeral took place in the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by the Rev. G.H. Porter. After the service his body was laid to rest in the Toledo cemetery.


Tuesday April 2, 1895 issue

Toledo– Monday April 1 –

Great preparations are being made for sugar making. The merchants have already received some new syrup.

Mr. George Carr is very low

Mr. Horatio Eaton’s auction sale comes off on Tuesday.

Mr. J. Foster is making preparations for some improvements on his buildings next summer.

Mr. Albert Moran has been engaged as clerk by Mr. Beach of Athens.

Prof. Taylor has been doing some of his wonderful tricks in the town hall for the past week.

The Recorder’s correspondent for Toledo is not aware of the latest style when he calls the spoon that was used by the Epworth League in stirring coffee a broomstick.


Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue


Hull-Parker – On Feb, 26th, at the residence of H.Nichols, Esq., Toldeo by Rev. G.H.Porter, M.A., B.D., Mr. W.J. Hall to Miss Mary A. Parker, both of the County of Leeds



Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue

Toldeo– Monday, April 22,-

Sugar making is over and the farmers have started their spring work.

Mr. Derbyshire, our general merchant, has taken over 1,500 gallons of syrup this year.

Mrs. Noah Marshall is still on the sick list.

Dr. Ferguson, our new doctor, is meeting with great success.

Toledo people were greatly excited last week over the disappearances and strange death of Miss Stevenson of Frankville.

It looks as if Mr John Foster was going to destroy the looks of Toledo the way he is moving and tearing down buildings but we live in hopes of seeing great improvements in a short time.

A dangerous yet laughable scene took place here on Friday last when a team belonging to Mr. A. Parker of Frankville broke loose from his wagon and while running away through the village they met with a washing machine agent who had a horse and wagon. As he did not get out of their road one horse took each side of the wagon and tried to get past in this way. There was a lively time for a while but the men soon got the tangle unravelled, and the agent came off safe with only a sore hip and lost hat.

It is with very deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected resident in the person of Mrs. Geo. Coad, who passed away peacefully on Friday forenoon last Her funeral took place on Sunday in the Methodist church and was conducted by the Rev. G.H. Porter after which her remains were laid to rest in the Toledo cemetery.

While the funeral sermon of the late Mrs. Geo. Coad was being preached the congregation was somewhat disturbed by the cry fire and when some of the men went out it was found that the home of Mrs. J. Smith was on fire. Every effort was made to save the building but inside of an hour the building was burned to the ground. However the household furniture and summer kitchen were saved by the united efforts of the men. The fire started from a chimney which was burning out at the time and as the timber was old and dry the fire got a good start before anything could be done. Let this be a lesson to the people of Toledo to see tat their chimneys are always in a good condition.


Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue

A Sad Death

Miss Stephenson, a young lady eighteen years of age, daughter of the rector of the English church at Toledo, met with her death in a strange and sad way last week. She went for a walk on Tuesday afternoon and failing to return by 10 p.m. her friends became alarmed for her safety. Enquiry failed to reveal her whereabouts and a search party was instituted early next morning but all efforts to discover her that day failed. She was last seen on the bridge that spans the creek, so that the searchers rightly inferred that she had followed its course and perhaps entered the woods Traces of her devious way were found in a swamp and woods and fields, but when night fell the weary searchers were obliged to return home, disheartened. Next morning at break of day a large number of men assembled, prepared to line out and search every foot of the country. Just as they started, Mr. Running and Constable Richards discovered the body of the unfortunate girl. She had reached the line fence between the Parker and Coad farms, within a few yards of succour and safety, when she fell exhausted. She had been dead apparently some hours. An inquest held by Dr. Vaus failed to elicit any evidence of foul play, the doctors testifying that her death was due solely to exposure. Deceased was nearsighted and it is probable that darkness came on sooner than she expected, resulting in her terrible sufferings and death.

The tragic event has profoundly moved the people of the whole community, who sympathise deeply with the family in their heavy affliction.


Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue

Toledo – Monday, June 17,-

Chantry football club is coming down here next Saturday to play our boys a match.

The Rev. G.H. Porter, M.A., B.D. preached his farewell sermon in the Methodist church on Sunday last.

A number of our young people spent Saturday at Charleston Lake and report having spent a very enjoyable time.

We are sorry that the Addison men feel so bad over their boys not defeating our team in the last foot ball match they had. Addison has got a good team, but they cannot deny that Toledo had the best of the last match, and for that reason a large piece has been put in the Brockville Times to try and cover it over. This is all right, but when a lot of stuff is put in which is very far from the truth we cannot help thinking that they have gone a little too far. By their talk, a person would think half of our men did not live in Toledo at all, but we would like them to show us one of our men who does not live in Toledo or within three miles from it. They also did the referee injustice by speaking of him in the way they did, but we claim he did his very best and that he did not have any reason to favour our team, as most of our boys are strangers to him, while most of Addison men go to school with him at Athens. Besides this, there are several other things we could mention, but we will not go any further, because in one way we feel sorrow over their disappointment in their boys not defeating our team in their last match.

Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Toledo Monday, July 15 –

Many of our farmers have finished their haying and some of them won’t have enough to winter their stock.

Mr. Harry Reeve and his sister Muriel of Lanark are visiting their many friends in the village at present.

Mr. J. Smith has begun to rebuild his house, which was burnt some time ago.

Mr. Simmie Manhard and Mrs. Cornell of Athens gave some of their old friends a flying visit on Friday last.

Our students who have been going to school at Brockville and Athens are now home on their vacation.

Miss Rena Coad of Brockville is the guest of Miss Ethel McCrum

Mrs. Derbyshire is visiting her mother at Portland this week.

Mr. S. Sliter, who has been working for Mr. Mackay for some time, has left the firm and is now living at Westport.

Our Orange Lodge took in the Twelth [sic] at Ottawa this year.

Owing to a large and steady increase in business, Mr. Borthwick our new baker, has engaged Mr. E. Pennock of Brockville as helper. Mr. Borthwick is giving excellent satisfaction and finds no trouble in selling his bread any where it goes

Miss Leah Stratton is in Brockville this week on a visit to her friends there.

Our Epworth League is doing a rushing business this year selling ice cream on Saturday nights.

Miss Lillie Tallman who has been visiting friends in Ottawa for some time, has returned home.

Mr. Charles Stratton was home on a visit last week.

Dr. Ferguson in now in New York where he is taking up the practice of one of the leading physicians of the New York Post Graduate Hospital. This speaks very highly of Dr. Ferguson, and Toledo may well be proud of having such a doctor. Dr. Hargraves is taking up Dr. Ferguson’s practice while he is absent.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Toledo Monday, July 29 –

It is with very deep regret that wa announce the death of Mr. James Coad, a very highly respected person, who has been sick for a very long time. His funeral took place on Friday last and was conducted by the Rev. Me. Stillwell in the Presbyterian church, after which his remains were conveyed to the vault near Smith’s Falls. As Mr. Coad was a member of the A.O.U.W., his brethren turned out in their usual respectful manner to convey him to his last resting place.

We expect to be able to report a very pleasant event in our next week’s news.

Mrs. Derbyshire is at present in Portland taking care of her father who is seriously ill.

Mr. Harry Reeve has returned home and was accompanied by Mr. Talmage Stratton.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Mr. James Coad of Toledo died on Thursday morning last. He had been a sufferer for a long time from diabetes.


Tuesday Aug 6, 1895 issue

Toledo – Saturday, Aug 3. –

Several from here intend taking in the great show at Smith’s Falls on the 13th

Mr. Talmage Stratton has returned home from Lanark where he has been visiting friends.

Our baker has quite a curiosity in the shape of two eagles. He intends fitting them up in fine shape to show at the fall fairs

Miss Gertrude Reeve of Lanark is the guest of Miss May Pratt.

Dr. Gallagher of Bay City, Michigan, gave his sister, Mrs. Derbyshire, a short visit last week.

On Tuesday evening, July 30th, one of the happiest events Toledo has seen for some time took place in the Presbyterian church, when Miss Lena Edgar was united in Marriage to Mr. James Sexton of Elgin. The Church was nicely decorated with ferns and flowers, and long before the time of the mirage the seats were packed to their utmost. After a half hour’s waiting the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Fleming. The bride looked very charming in her handsome dress, and Toledo, we may safely say, is losing one of its most prominent young ladies. The Presbyterian congregation will especially miss her, as for a large number of years she has taken an active part in the Christian Endeavor, the choir, and in all the church work. Not only did she work for the interest of her own church, but she was always found willing to give her aid in the entertainments or concerts and of the other churches. About nine o’clock the guests and the happy couple drove to the bride’s home where a very enjoyable evening was spent.


Tuesday Aug 27, 1895 issue

Toledo- Monday, Aug 26 –

School commenced last week with the same staff of teachers

Miss Gertrude Reeve has returned to her home at Lanark

The boys are making great preparations for duck hunting

Miss DeWolfe of Athens is visiting friends here

A large number from here took in the Sell’s brothers big show at Smith’s Falls

Miss Mary Pratt and Miss Eva Stratton are visiting friends in Smith’s Falls

Our foot ball team were successful a few days ago in defeating Chantry and Harlem team by 1 to 0

Mr. Wm. DeWolfe is home from the United States where he has been for some time.

Miss Carrie McCrum has returned home from Brockville where she has been visiting friends.

A few from here attended the camp meeting at Unionville on Sunday

Miss Edith Coad of Brockville is the guest of Miss Carrie McCrum

Rev. D. McLean and Miss Katie McLean of Arnprior are visiting friends here

For a number of years back, hunters have come to our lakes and shot ducks whenever they pleased, but let them take warning this year to be careful when and how they capture their ducks.

We are glad to see the improvements that are being made in the cemetery. This is something that has been needed for some time and we hope that those interested in the grounds will make a good job of it this time.


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

Toledo, Monday, Sept. 9. –

Wild ducks are very scarce this year, though about fifty hunters were here on Monday.

Foster’s horse won a prize at Kingston races.

Bread is down to five cents

Miss Derbyshire of Norwich is here visiting her brother

Our teachers have been re-engaged for the next year

Great preparations are being made for the pic-nic on the 14th

Mr. Wm. Bell of Almonte is home on a visit to his mother

Miss Merrick, Miss Derbyshire, Mr. T. Stratton, and Mr. Weir of this place spent Saturday last at Portland where they spent a very enjoyable time on the river.


Tuesday Sep 24, 1895 issue

There was a tremendous crowd at Toledo picnic on the 14th and the affair passed off very successfully and pleasantly. The day was a little cold but otherwise was a favourable though there doubtless would have been a much larger crowd out had the weather been warmer. There was abundant provision made by the generous hearted people who did the cooking for even a far larger number than was present and everything was of the best. The citizens band, Smith’s Falls, supplied the music and during the afternoon there were games in the field and three very exciting trotting races. In the fast race D. Forth of Unionville took first money; in the green race, A.Rogers took first; and in the three minute race W. Murphy’s horse came in ahead.


Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue

Toledo, Monday, Sept. 30 –

Mr. C.A. Woods has been doing a little more work on his new house

Mr. W. Pratt paid a short visit to his old home last week.

Dr. Kilborn and family have moved back to their old home at Oeon [sic] station.

Mr. John Smith has his new house about finished

Mr. S.Carr and Harry Reeve of Lanark gave some of their friends a short visit last week.

Miss Sarah Brown of Arnprior is visiting friends here.

Dr. Ferguson has returned from New York where he has been walking the hospitals

A large number from here left last week to attend the Ottawa exhibition, among the number being Mr. and Mrs. H. Hicks, Miss Leah Stratton, Mrs. McLean, Mr. George Stratton, and Talmage Stratton.

Mr. J. Geo. Hunter, who has been home on a visit for a short time, has left for Springfield to attend the Y.M.C.A. training school


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

Toledo, Monday, Oct. 14, –

A sermon was preached to the A.O.U.W. by Rev. Mr. Stillwell on Sunday morning last.

The Rev. Mr. Sheldon occupied the Baptist pulpit on Sunday

Miss Schofield has removed her millinery shop from Mr. Mackey’s store to the drug store stand.

Mr. R. Percival has opened up a tailor shop in a room back of the post office. We wish him every success.

Miss Mary Pratt is visiting friends in the States

Miss McCann has opened up a millinery shop in Mr. Mackey’s store.

Our teachers attended the convention at Brockville

A number from here went to Brockville last week to hear Laurier.


Tuesday Nov 5, 1895 issue

Toledo, Monday, Nov 4. –

Miss Mary Pratt has returned home from the States, where she has been visiting friends for some time.

Our tailor, Mr. R.H. Percival is doing a rushing business. He has engaged Miss Bulford of Athens as assistant.

Mr. Will Steward has returned fomr from Nova Scotia, where he has been working all summer.

Our stage has again changed hands and is now in the possession of Mt. T. DeWolfe.



Spring Valley – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-

Glen Buell– Monday Oct 29. Much interest was taken in the result of the great squirrel hunt of last week between ye men of the woods who are lovers of the gun and residents of Spring Valley. They issued a challenge to the red men of the glen to go into a friendly competition in order that the fact of superior skills might be made known to the public.

Spring Valley  March 4th1889 The Goose Pickers’ Association which was to be organized at  Dogtown, will meet here in the gymnasium rooms next door south of the Grand Central Hotel.

We expect to hear the tin wedding bells ring again.

Gideon and his band are making havoc in the bush, both in cordwood and logs.

We are glad to hear that Mrs. Nelson Whitmarsh has recovered from a severe illness.

Mrs. James Emmans, from Cass City Mich., has been visiting her father Mr. John Westlake and other friends. She will leave for home on the sixth, accompanied by her nephew, Mr. Allen Hays.

Rollicking Jake is busily engaged in moving to Addison, where he will settle on the old Hewitt homestead.

There were quite a number from Pious Hollow attended a party at Briar Hill, NY on Friday last. They reported a good time.

Referring to Miss Maude Addison’s appearance in the Charity Concert last Thursday evening, the Recorder says: “She is an exceedingly clever young lady, and is destined to make her mark on the stage. Mr. C.C.Slack as a character singer gave the audience a treat.”

Spring Valley March 18th , 1889– Sugar weather is near at hand.

Mr. Blanchard, from Lombardy, has moved to the farm vacated by Mr. Jacob Hewitt.

Mr. Thomas Atcheson has had a series of law suits in which he suffered defeat, causing him some trouble of mind.

Pig thieves made another raid on Shosiaville [sic], but were met by Jimmy and his 82- calibre. He delivered four shots in succession, and drove the raiders away. I think the authorities should put a stop to such proceedings.

Archie Baldwin, our old bachelor of Noisy Hill, went to market the other day with his first load of produce for the season- his own make of butter, for which he received the highest prices.

A young man from Pratt Valley is ?? Sunday wending his way to the large farm on Charity Island. We expect to hear of a wedding which will cause some excitement.

A protest is lodged against the Dogtown lady who won the prize at the goose picking held here. The deciding contest will be between the said lady and a lady of the centre ward, and the deacon will be a judge.

Spring Valley– Monday May 13, 1889

The hail storm did considerable damage in this art of the country, breaking window glass and causing teams to run away while working in the fields. Some of the hailstones measured six inches in circumference.

There has been another fight at Pious Hollow among two of the Donnybrookers. They went to town and loaded themselves with bug-juice, and when they returned home they found a number of friends awaiting their return, having a supply of whiskey with them. The exhibition went on lively. They buried the King of the Hollow two sods deep. Then a lady and gent got into a fight. They fought hard tearing each other’s clothes Next day the young man was summoned before the Kadi and fined $10. and costs.

The little giant was working on the south side of the pan-handle farm when the hailstorm came up and caused the team to run away with the plough. He says that he would have held them if his hat had not blown off. They did no damage.


The Pratt Valley gent has turned out to be an eye doctor. Here was a lady visitor at Charity Island who was afflicted with sore eyes. The doctor examined her eyes and pronounced it acute inflammation, but said he could cure them if she would consent to use his eye wash according to directions. A bottle of the eye wash was sent and used only once, when the lady’s eyes got so bad that she could hardly see, the wash nearly blinding her. I say to the public that they ought to beware of such quacks; they do more harm than good.


Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-

Miss. Jennie Thompson of Spring Valley is this week visiting friends in Athens


Tuesday Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

Spring Valley– Monday Feb 11-

On Friday evening last about twenty invited guests partook of the hospitality of Miss. Gertie Hayes. After oysters were served a very enjoyable time was spent in games of all sorts, all being well pleased with the evening’s outing. Where we have the next one ?

Doctor M. is back to this vicinity, seeming to have improved considerably since he went away.

Mr. Thomas Thompson had the misfortune to freeze his face on Wednesday last while coming from the woods.

We understand our pugilist has sent out several challenges during the past two weeks. Look out boys.

Owing to the condition of the roads, the boys are unable to practice their speedy horses.

Our school is progressing favourably under the management of Miss. Tennant of Caintown.

Mr. Joshua Gilroy has refused a handsome sum for his celebrated horse, Doc. L is a hustler.


Tuesday Feb. 19, 1895 issue

Spring Valley, Monday Feb 18-

Mr. B.H. Brown, son of Anson Brown, a well to do young farmer here, has devised and completed a fine labor-saving device to convey the manure from his dairy stable and dump it on the sleigh or wagon in the shed. A single track is hung high enough to clear the head and far enough back of the drop to be out of the way. On this track plays a truck, or car, 5 feet long; from this car is a trough or box suspended at the desired height and large enough to hold the droppings of 12 cows or more at once. The car is run to the back end of the back end of the line of cows and passes down as fast as the manure can be scooped in, and begins to turn on a quarter circle part of the track as soon as it leaves the cows and at the centre of the shed dumps its load on the sleigh and continues on up to the far end of the other line of cows and returns when filled and dumps in the same manner as before. Two dumps easily discharge all that is deposited in 24 hours from 24 head of cattle. The track is 90 feet long and in form exactly like an old fashion ox-bow and dumps at the middle of the bow. It is a self dumper.

His arrangement for watering stock and this device with some others, prove the B.H. is a practical genius and is of some ?? in his day and generation.

New Dublin – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

 Jan 8, 1889

Miss. Hester Wiltse has been engaged to teach school in New Dublin for the coming year.

Saturday June 22nd   1889

Mr. Byron Cadwell of New Dublin has just put in a first class cheese box plant in his saw mill.


Saturday July 20- 1889

Births: Cadwell- At New Dublin, July 11th the wife of Byron Cadwell, of a son.


Tuesday Dec. 18, 1894 issue-

New Dublin

Church opening at New Dublin

Wednesday last was a red letter day in the parish of New Dublin as on that day the new church of St. John the Evangelist was opened for devine service. The new church of stone finely finished in wood, with windows of stained glass, and stands on the same ground as the one erected about sixty years ago. Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather a large number of clergy and laity attended the three services held during the day. The clergy present were: Rev. Rural Dean Grout, (Rector of the Parish) of Lyn, Rev. Rural Dan Carey of Kingston, Rev. Messrs Cooke of Kingston, Young and Landsdown, Elliott of North Augusta, Forsythe of Oxford Mills, McTear of Maitland, Stephen of Frankville and Wright of Athens. Dedication and Morning Prayer were said by Rev. Rural Dean Nesbitt, assisted by Rev. Messrs Stephenson and Young. The Holy Eucharist was offered by Rev. Mr. Cooke, assisted by Rev. Messrs Forsythe as Gospeller, Wright, E isoler [sic] and McTear as Server. The sermon was preached by Rev Rural Dean Carey from Haggal II,9. Dinner was served by the ladies of the congregation in the town hall and was a most beautiful spread. After dinner the Litany was intoned by Rev. Mr. Elliott, and addresses were delivered by Rev. Messrs. Forsythe, Cooke and Young and Messrs. N. Brown and W. Stafford. The ladies also provided a first class tea which was largely patronized. Evensong was said by Rev. Wright, assisted by Rev. Messrs. Nesbitt and Cooke, when the following delivered addresses: Nesbitt, McTear, Wright and Cooke. Miss. M. Webster ably presided at the organ at all the services and during the offertory. Miss Joynt, of North Augusta sang a very fine solo from Mozart- “Come unto me” The Rector, Building committee and ladies of the congregation deserved the greatest credit for the successful manner in which the work was carried on and completed. We congratulate the church people of New Dublin on the possession of such a nice church, complete in every part, for the service of Almighty God.



Tuesday June 11, 1895 issue

New Dublin– June 10-

Mr. T. McBratney is rushing business on his new residence.

Mr. Hudson Kendrick of Rocksprings spent Sunday with his parents.

Miss. L. Ward of Elgin was the guest of Mr. Aaron Sherman on Sunday last.

Mrs. E. Healy, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Samuel Horton, returned to her home in Perry Sound on Friday last.

Mrs. R. Maud of Smith’s Falls and her sister of Kemptville were guests of B.J Horton on Sunday

Mrs. Eugene Bradley and daughter from Perry Sound are visiting friends here.

Mr. B. Cadwell’s saw mill is running full blast. He is doing a rushing business in cheese boxes. The paper states that his boxes are the best that arrive on Montreal markets.

The Methodist church was well filled Sunday afternoon to hear the Rev. Mr. Knox deliver his farewell sermon. The sermon was a very touching one, the text being Matt XXVI chapter, 13th verse. All miss his presence among us, but our loss will be some other’s gain. We wish him much success in his new field of labor, and pray that he may receive souls for his hire.

A visitor at Mr. Edward H. Rowsom’s , a bouncing baby girl

Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Mr. Geo. Homer of Rocksprings.


Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue

New Dublin– Friday June 14,-

Berry picking is the order of the day.

Mrs. H. Davis is seriously ill.

The people of St. John’s Church are to have their annual picnic in Mr. W. Earl’s grove on June 21st.

Mr. E.H. Rowsom is rushing business on his new barn, the stone work being put up by Mr. R. Kendrick. No slop work done here.

We understand that Mr. Anson E.H. Sherman has purchased a new guitar, with which he expects to charm the citizens in a short time.

The president of the Mope-pope factory was badly disturbed by a shower of stones, which caused him to fire.

Miss A. Gordon of Athens is the guest of Mrs. B. Cadwell

Mrs. David Slack and Miss Hall were the guests of Mrs. B. Cadwell on Friday last

Mr. J. Rappell of the Tin Cap was a guest of Mr. T. McBratney on Thursday last.


Tuesday June 25, 1895 issue

New Dublin– Monday

There was a large number of Friends passed through here on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Joseph Hayes of Glen Buell.

Messers. Churchill  Pepper have dissolved partnership, Mr. Pepper having struck another situation in Brockville.

Visitors –  Mrs. M. Kendrick and little daughter of Shilo is visiting friends here this week. (at New Dublin)

Mrs. Shepley Rousom and daughter were the guests of Mrs. Richard Kendrick on Wednesday of this week.

Mrs. A. Robinson of Hard Island returned home on Thursday after paying a short visit to her daughter Mrs. Henry Horton.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horton left on Saturday for Watertown to visit there daughter, Mrs. Patterson.

Mr. Albert Hayes wears a broad smile – it’s a girl


Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Saturday, June 29 –

Road work is the order of the day in this section.

Some of the farmers have commenced haying, on account of the dry weather.

Mr. Alex. Compo and son of Athens were in the employment of Mr. Byron Caldwell this last week.

Mr Caldwell is doing a rushing business in cheese boxes, having to work late and early to fill his orders.

Miss. Ina Gordon of Athens returned home on Monday after visiting Miss. V. Cadwell of this place

The terribles of this place celebrated their first anniversary in Mr. Joseph Deacon’s office on Monday last, which cost them $35.78


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Monday, July 8 –

Dry weather still continues in this section. Fruits of all kinds will be a perfect failure if rain does not come soon.

Mr. Hudson Kendrick of this place who is in the employment of Mr. Wilson of Rockspring as cheese maker, and his chum, Mr. George Steacy, were visiting friends here on Sunday last. Huds look hale and hearty.

Quite a number of our city folks took in Dominion day. Some went to Athens and others took in the trip over the G.O.P. to Westport. All report a rattling good time.

Mr. Joshua Boulton of Brockville and son of Montreal paid our city a flying visit on Dominion Day.

Mrs. Robeson and little son of Brockville are visiting Mr. and Mrs. John Kendrick this week.

Miss Vienna Kendrick returned home on Thursday last after an absence of two weeks.

Miss Maud Kendrick was the guest of Mrs. Aaron Shermen on Wednesday of last week.

Another birth in the city. It’s a young girl.

Mr. Johnnie Austin had a ???  on his finger which caused him to have his finger taken off between the first and second joint. It was very painful.

The correspondent to the Times is a little rattled concerning Mrs. A. Sherman’s illness. She says she is improving quite fast; therefore, I think that the correspondent needs a bottle of porter or old rye.

Rev. Mr. Grout of Lyn preached a sermon to the Orangemen. The ?? was fine and the sermon was grand.

The Rev. Mr. Pimlott preached an excellent sermon to his people on Sunday last. His text was, “Adam, where art thou ?”


Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Mrs. Horton, relict of the late Wm. Horton of New Dublin, died at that place on Sunday, 7th inst., aged 71, Deceased was a daughter of the late Wm. Whitmore of Wiltsetown.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

New Dublin

On Saturday last two of our young men from Bolton Hollow distuised themselves and came into town as tramps. They gave the appropriate name of Black Knight and Whiskers.

We will all drink cherry wine this winter, as cherries are plentiful in this section.

They would all like to know who is the Reporter correspondent for this place. Well, friends, it is I; do you know me ?

A few of our city boys went to Lamb’s pond on Sunday and two of them went out in the punt “Armstrong.” They encountered a large snake and in the trouble that followed one of the boys fell out of the punt into the mud and water.

Miss Ethel Blanchard of Athens has been visiting friends in Brockville on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Bolton were the guests of Mr. George Bolton


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

Laid at Rest

A New Dublin correspondent writes the Reporter as follows: No trouble was experienced by he friends of our young man Robert Bolton, whose body was found Tuesday morning last, in securing the remains. The village authorities at Morristown considered that the facts concerning the drowning being a pure accident were so well verified that an inquest was not necessary. A permit was accordingly granted at once for the removal of the body. It had drifted fully a mile from the place where the canoe was upset, and was found by a resident on the river front floating in a bay near his boat house. The remains, which were quite badly decomposed, were removed to Clint’s undertaking establishment Tuesday night and the funeral took place from there at one o’clock Wednesday to the cemetery at New Dublin. The services were conducted in the Methodist church at the village by the Rev. Dr. Griffith, and were attended by large numbers from the surrounding country who have evinced the ?? sympathy with the mourning friends since the announcement was made. The deceased was a member of Mr. Birk’s Sunday school class and other representations from the Jas. Smart works, attended the funeral in a body, Respect was shown by all for the deceased, as he was one of our most noble young men.


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

New Dublin Monday, Aug 12-

The minister of this place is a hustler, having raised money to clear the debt on the church and to build a shed He must be somewhat absent minded, or was thinking of the story he told of the cow that had three calves, as he did not announce that there would be no service here on Sunday on account of communion service at Greenbush.

The prayer meeting flourished.

Under a large apple tree, our village blacksmith stands, which is Mr, John Kendrick with a hammer in his hands; he mends binders and reapers and tires and bands, and sells all of his fine honey he can.

Miss. Adda Sherman has left the employment of Mrs. B. Cadwell and is now visiting her brother and sister, Mr and Mrs. Aaron Sherman of this place.


Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue

New Dublin – Monday, Aug. 19 –

Frequent showers are visiting this section

The people in this section will soon have their grain all in and will have room to spare in their barns, as straw is very short.

The heavy wind on Saturday evening did considerable damage in the orchard around here.

The Sherman brothers have Mr. Thos. McBratney’s house all first coated, it will soon be ready for the carpenters to finish their work.

Mr. Johnnie Lickow has left the employment of Mr. Byron Cadwell.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Monday Sep 2 –

A large number of our friends attended the camp meeting last week.

Miss M. Ward has returned home after an absence of over two weeks.

Miss Vienna Kendrick has been visiting friends in Winchester and her cousin, Miss Kendrick, returned home with her for a short time

Miss Rowsom, Miss McNeil and Miss Moulton, from Ingersoll are visiting friends in this place


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Monday, Sept.9. –

Mr. Aaron Sherman is again on the sick list

Mr. Ira Mallory, Brockville, is helping Mr. B. Cadwell get out a special order for cheese boxes. Mr. Cadwell goes to Toronto fair on Wednesday next.

Misses W. and Edna McBratney were guests of Mrs. Aaron Sherman on Monday

Black squirrels are very plentiful

It is currently reported here that the junior curd official of Glen Buell made an excursion west to Lake street with a beautiful little maid in her teens. While in the house some little trouble arose whereby our beloved son of the Glen had a special mark placed on his beautiful face. We advise the junior to be careful in future about entering upon new fishing grounds.


Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Saturday, Oct. 7, –

Council met here today

We are to have a bee this afternoon to haul material on the ground for a shed at the Methodist church.

Our holiness prayer meeting is flourishing in this place

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDougal are happy and rejoicing over a new born babe. It is a girl.

A large load of our holiness people went to Algonquin on Sunday last to a camp meeting. They had a good and profitable time.

Mr. Hudson Kendrick has returned home from his factory for good.

Mr. Anson Sherman was visiting friends in Athens last week.

Wm. B. Boulton, Esq. is away up to London this week attending the Ontario high court of I.O.F. He was sent as a delegate for Court Glen Buell. We shall expect to hear Bro. Boulton address a public meeting in our town hall on his return.

Our mutual friend and citizen, Wm. H. Davis, has gone west for the purpose of squandering in traveling a quantity of money which came into his possession without labor, and he can’t afford to keep it with hard earned coin. He will visit Owen Sound, Toronto and other points of interest before returning to his usual place of worship.


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Friday, Oct 11. –

Apple picking is the order of the day They are worth 15 cts. Per bushel in this section

Mr. John Davis will soon have the stone work completed on his new stone house. It is being done by Mr. Thos. Foxin and Mr. Joseph Place, and it is an excellent piece of work.

A holiness convention is to he held at this place in the town hall on the second day of Nov. We hope that all that are interested in this good work will be preset. All are invited and made welcome.

Our prayer meeting is prospering in this place.

A large number went to Algonquin on Sunday last. A large audience was present.

Lyn – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1884, 1889, 1894, 1895 and 1924

March 28, 1884 – The Breaking of a Dam Floods the Village

The Village of Lyn situated five miles west of Brockville is today undergoing all the horrors of a flood, an experience seldom falling to the lot of dwellers in Eastern Ontario Towns. This morning at an early hour it was noticed that the small stream of water passing through the centre of the quite hamlet and partially held in check by a rotten looking dam, had assumed the proportions of a small river. A few more moments elapsed during which a roaring noise resembling the rapid approach of a furious thunder storm was heard and then with a boom and a crash a great body of water came rushing down the narrow gorge carrying everything before it. Hugh masses of thick ice were swirled about like corks and a few minutes after the first warning the water had reached the depth of two feet in some of the streets of Lyn and one Lady Mrs. Raymond, was obliged to gather her effects hurriedly together and vacate her dwelling which was soon flooded.

At latest accounts Purvis Store, Gardiner’s Store and a dwelling occupied by Mr. Peter Pergau were invaded by the watery element, while many other residences had banked their houses in hope of restricting the invasion. To add to the trouble large blocks of ice are floating about the streets and threatening damage to the buildings.

The trouble originated from the breakage of Coleman’s Dam erected between the two points of lakes by the Coleman Brothers about twenty five years ago. The dam is situated about three miles above the village and is supposed to have become weak through age.

Lyn, Tuesday March 26th,  1889

Spring has come, the voice of the blackbird and robin is heard in the land and the vendors of maple syrup are seen on our streets. Poor sap-weather they say.

March has been decidedly lamb-like all through, but lion may put in an appearance in April.

Heldon Brown, son of Ira Brown, has gone to Idaho to go into business with his brother, who has been out there for some years. Every body wishes “Shel” success.

Ms. James McLean, who has been an inmate of the lunatic asylum at Kingston for some time, died suddenly on Thursday, and was buried at Stone Church, Young on Saturday.

Rev. J.J. Richards being away on vacation, visiting friends in the North-West, his pulpit is supplied by students and others. Rev. Mr. Phillips  kindly officiates when called upon during the week.

The Methodist Church Ladies’ Aid Society intend holding a sugar social on April 3rd.


Lyn, Saturday April 27, 1889

The warm weather and rain of this week have started the grass, strawberries etc. which are looking well.

Farmers have commenced seeding somewhat earlier than for some time past.

As the corn fodder and ensilage subject is a very important one, why is it not expedient to have the next meeting of the Farmers’ Institute held at once, when the matter can be thoroughly discussed in time to be of benefit for this season ! A weeks notice, with through advertising, would bring a large gathering to Brockville on any Saturday.


Lyn– Saturday June 22nd   1889

The fine weather of this week has brought on the strawberry crop very rapidly. The yield promises to be very heavy and the appearance of the fruit magnificent. The Indian pickers have come and the next two weeks will be busy ones.

Mr. Wm. Bullock has been on a trip through the states of Pennsylvania and New York. He reports a pleasant time.

The License Commissioners have been fit to grant in Lyn the only license in the township, in the face of the petition of 49 ‘fanatics’ against it. As soon as the granting of the license became known the old stagers began to fall into line, and the old time scenes, so common before the passage of the Scott Act, are again frequently witnessed. The idiotic stare, boisterous hilarity and reeling stupidity were all to be seen at one time yesterday. But it is all right and according to Act of Parliament. But will the sighs and tears of the wives, sisters and mothers be less bitter ! Let them weep- it is their privilege; but they must be careful not to do anything to stay the cause of their tears, or they will overstep the bounds of propriety and be accused of fanaticism! Strange it is that men will pray on Sunday, “Lead us not into temptation.” And on Monday encourage the opening of a public bar to tempt the weak Is such Christianity real or burlesque !


Tuesday Oct 16, 1894 issue-

Lyn- Monday Oct 16

Mr. John DeCarle of Montana, US and Miss Maggie Wilson of Lyn were married on the 11th. They leave in a few days for the west. The loss of Miss. Wilson will be much felt, as she was one of the most popular young ladies.

Factories are all running now which makes things lively.

On Saturday one of the oldest inhabitants of Yonge Front passed away at the ripe old age of 86 years, viz.: Mr. Peter Purvis, familiarly know as “Aunt Keziah”. She will be buried today at the stone church.


Tuesday Nov 20, 1894 issue-   (date show is the date on the paper, not the correct date)

Lyn, Nov 26 –

Hunting and fish stories are the leading topic here just now, but none of them come up to N’s in last week’s Reporter

One of our clergymen put in a good word for life insurance yesterday.

A couple of farmers from the Front of Yonge had quite an experience coming from Westport on Saturday evening. What would travellers do if there were no houses of entertainment along the road ?

There has been quite a stir in real estate this fall. When there are no houses to rent people have to buy.


Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Lyn– Jan 7-

The holidays passed off very quietly. Christmas was dull for want of sleighing.

On New Year’s morning Presbyterian S.S. scholars were treated to candy and fruit, and in the afternoon the Methodist S.S. took a drive, followed by a social in the school room.

The sleighing is making things lively in the wood and log business.

The whistle at the saw mill sounds well after being silent for some time.

Miss Naomi McCormack has been engaged to take charge of the junior classes in our school. We were sorry to loose Miss. Clow

The Rev. Mr. Wright, being away for the holidays, his pulpit was filed on the 30th by a Mr. Thompson, divinity student of Princetown college. Those who staid at home on account of the storm lost a fine gospel sermon.

Mr. William Langdon and lady. of Lyn, spent New Year’s with friends in the village. (Addison)


Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-

Mr. Charles Hayes has severed his connection with the Model farm at Maple Grove and has taken a residence in Lyn. He will be missed very much as he was a general favourite with all. We wish him and his family success in their new home.


Lyn- Monday Jan 21-

One of the saddest drowning accidents occurred here on Saturday. Little Joey, youngest son of Joseph Miller, went out to play after dinner and got down on the ice in the canal that carries the water to the flour mill, got through and was carried under the ice to the grating at the walkb_a_d [sic] . Willing hands went to work to get him out, but it was half and hour before the body was recovered, and although every effort was made to resuscitate him, life was extinct. What makes this accident particularly sad is that Mr. Miller lost another son by drowning about seven years ago, and also that a little precaution in covering the canal would render such an accident impossible. Mr. Miller’s family has the sympathy of the whole community.


Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-

Lyn- Monday Feb 4

Much sympathy is felt for John Armstrong in his illness

Mr. Kilpatrick, our new school trustee is proving the right man in the right place. His knowledge of modern school methods makes him a great help to the teachers. It is hoped that our school will be raised out of the rut of old fogeyism and made what it should be. It is sheer nonsense that so many pupils should go to other places to do 5th class work that might be done here.

The annual Sunday School drive of the Presbyterian S.S. takes place on the 11th, in the afternoon, and the congregational meeting in the evening – a combined social and business meeting that is always looked forward to as a very enjoyable affair.



Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

Lyn– Feb 11-

Johnnie Armstrong is home on a flying visit, on account of his father’s illness and had a rough time making the trip. He was on the train that was run into west of Toronto, but escaped any injury except a shaking up. J. Armstrong, sr., is some better, able to go out driving.

Reports from woodsmen put the depth of snow on the level at from three to six feet. Surely the regularity of the train service on the B&W this winter should convince the back country folks of the reliability of a mail service on that route. At present it takes three days to get a return mail from Delta or west of this to Lyn, and the same from Addison or Greenbush.

Owing to the snow blockade, the S.S. dinner and annual meeting of the Presbyterian congregation has been postponed until Tuesday the 26th.

  1. B. Stack advertises his hotel for sale. The house has been much improved since he has occupied it and it is said to be one of the most comfortable country hotels on the road.

On Saturday evening the Liberal meeting was well attended, in spite of the storm, and was very enthusiastic, every one feeling that there were good grounds for expecting a Liberal victory at Dominion elections.


Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue

Lyn – Monday, Mar 4,-

The annual meeting of the congregation of Christ church (Presbyterian) came off on the 30th and was a very pleasant and successful one. Reports showed increased interest in missionary, S. school and other work. The meeting was a business and social one, and all seemed to enjoy themselves. A pleasing feature in the proceedings was the presentation of a number of interesting volumes to Miss. C. Willson as a token of appreciation of her services as sec-treasurer during past years. Miss. Willson was taken completely by surprise and replied briefly.

Quite a number of cases of lagrippe have developed during the last few days.

Mr. Theron Thrall, our oldest inhabitant, is very low.

Everybody is pleased to see John Armstrong out again and improving in health.

A very serious coasting accident occurred here on Saturday evening. A party of young people were enjoying themselves on the mountain near the G.T.R. station when a toboggan collided with a stump, resulting in Miss. Etta Stafford, daughter of Wm. Stafford, Esq., having her leg broken above the knee, besides other injuries.


Tuesday March 12, 1895 issue

Lyn- Monday Mar 11 –

During last week both Mr. and Mrs. Thrall, an aged couple, passed away. Mr. Thrall, who has been an invalid for a number of years, died on Tuesday and his aged wife followed on Thursday. Mr. Thrall aged 86, Mrs. Thrall 75.

The annual charity social came off on Friday and was quite a success. About $20. was realized.

Fred Lee has opened up an ag’l machine depot here, handling implements made in the country, and is now canvassing the western section with samplers. Fred is a hustler and it will pay parties to see him before placing orders.

The sleighing is good and large quantities of logs and wood are coming to the village.


Tuesday March 26, 1895 issue

Lyn – Mar 18 –

Mrs. N. R. Gardiner had the misfortune this morning to slip on the ice and break her arm and sprain her ankle.

Wm. Bullock left today for Montreal where he intends going into the grocery business.

Wm. Neilson & Sons bought four head of fat cattle through the village that they had purchased from the Stewart Brothers, Seeley’s Corners, which were a credit to them as feeders.

The serious results of over study in the case of Miss. Robins is another example of the evils of the cramming system carried on in our schools. To get an education they must go to the high schools where everything is run at high pressure. It is high time that something was done to make our common schools such as would provide a good common business education.

Tuesday, March 26-

The Rev. Mr. Patton, missionary of the Canadian Tract Society, occupied the pulpit of the Presbyterian church yesterday, giving an account of the society’s work among the lumberman and inland sailors, which was very interesting.

On Sunday next 31st, a mass meeting of the Lyn, Caintown and Mallorytown congregations will be held in the Presbyterian church, Lyn, at 3:30 p.m., when the ordination of the newly elected elders will take place. Rev. Mr. Cameron of St. John’s church, Brockville will preach.

A gloom was cast over the village when it became known that Mrs. Omar Mallory had passed away. She had been very ill for some days, but was thought to be better, but on Saturday became worse until about one a.m. this morning when she died. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Mallory and family.


Yesterday (Monday), after a brief illness, Mrs. Omar Mallory of Lyn departed this life. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. Henry Judd, Mallorytown, and a sister of Mrs. I.C. Alguire, Athens. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and her sudden demise is a subject of sincere regret to a large circle of friends. The funeral takes place to-morrow and the remains will be interred at Mallorytown.


Tuesday April 9, 1895 issue

Mr. Wm. Stafford, of the Lyn stock yards, in his report to the Department of Agriculture for the year ending Oct. 31, 1894, says: Official regulations concerning the transportation of American stock have been strictly carried out. The yards have been always kept in a good state of repair. No Canadian cattle were allowed to come in contact with the yards. All animals dead on arrival here have been buried within the isolated yards under my direction. There were 835 cars, 13,855 head of cattle; 13 cars- 855 head of cattle; 13 cars, 261 horses; and 7 cars, 1,100 head of sheep, at the station this year, all of which were unloaded, fed and watered.


Rev. J.J. Wright of Lyn will occupy the pulpit of St. Paul’s Presbyterian church on Sabbath next, the pastor, Rev. J.J. Cameron taking his appointments on the Lyn Circuit.


Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue

Lyn,- Monday April 22,-

Another of our old residents passed away last week in the person of Mrs. Raymond. A year ago she had a paralytic stroke but recovered so far as to be able to go about, until on Monday evening last she had another and sank until Thursday noon when she died.

Wallace Nicholson and wife are visiting Mr. Robert Widdis, her father, who is very ill.

Mrs. Martin Hunt has returned after spending the winter with her son at Syracuse, NY

Miss Jennie Raymond is home from Chicago, on account of the death of her mother,

Peter Pergau has commenced building his new house on the Demming lot. Pity we did not have some more men like Peter.

James McNish of Elm Grove farm is very ill.

The death of Henry Robinson of Hallecks was quite a shock to the people of the village. His youngest son in now lying at the point of death.


Tuesday April 30, 1895 issue

Lyn– Monday, April 29-

W.Neilson & Sons have removed their meat market into the brick building near the P.O., having a fine roomy shop. The old premises are to be torn down. It was erected 49 years ago by H.E. McDonald for a shoe shop and is the oldest building on Main St., except the blacksmith shop and the Raymond house remaining as the first built. It is removing an old landmark.

Rev, Mr, Wright gave the report of the Liquor committee a pretty rough handling in his discourse yesterday.


Tuesday June 11, 1895 issue

Lyn– Monday June 10.-

Rev. A. Mallory filed the pulpit in the Methodist church yesterday, morning and evening

Everybody is pleased that Rev. Mr. Perley is to remain another year.

The Hornerite tent has been here since 29th May, but has attracted very few from this neighbourhood. On Friday quite a crowd from a distance gathered in convention. It is said that they are to remain another week.

Mr. Cumming is clearing away the ruins and debris of a part of the old tannery, where he intends building an addition to the Flouring Mill, to be need for grinding provender, & etc.

Our factories are all running full time.

The Ag’l Works are very busy sending off cultivators and horse shoes. Farmers appreciate the advantage of the reduction in prices.

Prospects are fair for a crop of strawberries, but they need rain badly.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

McNish – At Brookfield, Missouri, aged 76, Lavina McNish, wife of Geo. McNish, formerly of Young Co. of Leeds, Ont mother of G.P. McNish, Lyn.


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

Lyn, Monday Aug. 12 –

The magnificent illumination at Union Park on the 8th was witnessed by a large number from here.

Our school board are over-hauling the school house and putting things in good shape – new seats, draining the basement, and putting in furnace for heating etc. The two school rooms are to be on the upper flat, leaving the lower room to be used as a town hall for the present.

The union S.S. excursion takes place next week to Gananoque.

The Hornerites have secured Buell’s hall as a place of worship.

The quarterly meeting in the Methodist church on the 4th was largely attended.

On Friday evening Mrs. Jas. Hall and her party of native Coreans [sic] drew a large audience at the Methodist church. Mrs. Hall’s description of the manners and customs of that country, and the singing and reading of the Coreans in their native tongue, were very interesting.

Peter Pergan has his new home finished

E.A.Cumming is putting a new boiler in his last factory

Mr. H. Coleman and family are visiting his brother-in-law, Jas. Cumming, Esq.

Mr. Meikle of Smith’s Falls took a spin on Sunday morning from Charleston to meet Rev. J.J. Wright, an old friend. He came by way of Athens 17 miles in 90 minutes.


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue


O.W.Weed and wife of Sandy Creek, N.Y. are spending a few week’s with Mrs. Weed’s sister, Mrs. G.P. McNish

Walker’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin has been here and gone carrying away some money and the ???? of a humbugged crowd.


Tuesday Aug 27, 1895 issue

Lyn– Monday Aug 28 –

The union S.S. excursion came off on Friday, 23rd, and was a very pleasant affair

School has opened and both scholars and teachers are much pleased with their new quarters

Wm Bulloch has retires to Kyn, having sold out his interest in the grocery business in Montreal.

M.Kilpatrick, our general Insurance agent, is receiving a visit from his brother from Rousa city, Mo. The visitor filled the pulpit of the Methodist church last evening very acceptably.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Mr. U.R. Lapoint of Elizabethtown is slightly demented and when under the influence of liquor is inclined to be dangerous. Last week he armed himself with a gun and an axe and drove into Brockville where he par took of refreshments and speedily qualified for police interference. He was arrested, adjudged insane, and will be confined in the new asylum.

A Lyn correspondent says: – An English sharper representing himself variously as “an expert butter maker” a commercial traveller with samples and horses at Brockville, a secret detective, etc., managed to skip a small bill at a boarding house here. He was seen afoot heading for Athens Tuesday morning. Pass him along.


Messer’s. Omer and John E. Brown of Delta and Wm Bullock of Lyn, and Geo Stanton of Canton, N.Y., were fishing in Red Horse lake last Wednesday and numbered among their catch two salmon weighing respectively 20 lbs and 12 lbs. The Red Horse has furnished fine sport this season and many big catches have been made, but this twenty pounder probably breaks the record.

Tuesday Sep 24, 1895 issue

Lyn– Saturday, Sept 21 –

One of the oldest inhabitants of this village passed away on Wednesday morning last in the person of Robert Widdis, aged 66, who has carried on the business of wagon making for over 35 years.

Everybody is much pleased at the success of our local thoroughbred stock men at the fairs this fall.

E.A.Cumming is placing a new steel boiler in the last factory and is overhauling and remodelling his machinery, getting ready for a busy time.

The whistle of the Eyre Mfg. Co. has been heard for the last few days signifying that business had been resumed after being shut down for a time.

The Ag’l Works are busy getting out plows, improved Giant root cutters, sugar arches and roller castings.

The W.C.T.U. are talking of getting up an entertainment to open the new hall, provided by putting both departments of the school on the upper flat. Everybody attends their entertainments, so they are sure of a full house.

The Unionville fair was voted a great success by the many who visited it from here. The “merry go round” was a great attraction to old and young, but centrifugal force was the strongest in the case of one of the “boys”.


March 29, 1924 – A Lyn Landmark Destroyed

The building destroyed was one of the landmark of Lyn Village. It was built many years ago by Richard Coleman and in 1854 was converted to a factory by Messer’s James Bullock and Walter Coleman. For a number of years it stood unoccupied. Early this year Mr. Drunige, who operates a saw mill at Jasper and portable sawing equipment at Maitland, purchased the building and equipped it with $2,500. worth of machinery. He had cut between 150,000 and 200,000 feet of umber since operations were started in February. Owing to limited yard space most of the lumber manufactured was drawn away daily and fortunately there was not much of the finished product on the grounds when the fire broke out. Close to 40 cords of slab wood were piled in the engine and boiled room of the plant and this gave the Brockville fireman their hardest battle in subduing the flames. The loss will be in the neighbourhood of $4,000. and although the owner of the property was away and could not be interviewed it was learned from a authoritative source that no insurance was carried on the building or contents which are a total loss




Greenbush – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Greenbush- Jan 15 1889

Peace has been restored and the ‘little brown jug’ found. That ‘man in the North End’, mentioned by your occasional reporter, assisted very kindly to sample the contents. It was pronounced by the ‘expert’ to be deficient in quantity, but in quality to be up to the standard jug juice of the present day.

Olds Bros. have remodelled their saw and shingle mill and are now ready to do first class work in all their branches.

O.A. Willoughby, blacksmith, has invented a calk sharpener for the horse shoes. It is said by competent judges to exceed anything of the kind hitherto invented Omer has applied for a patent.


Saturday Jan 26th, 1889-

Another of the old settlers of this section passed away, in the person of Mrs. Emily Blanchard of Greenbush, relict of the late Ebenezer Blanchard of Greenbush. Mrs. Blanchard was in her 75th year of age and has always resided on the family homestead since her marriage. She was a member of the Society of Friends and her funeral took place at their meeting house on Sunday last, where a large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one whose memory they will long cherish with fond recollections.


Greenbush, Tuesday April 9th   1889

John Forsyth had the misfortune to loose his valuable Ayrshire cow. Cause of death: want of the necessaries of life.

Norton Olds, while attending the saw in Olds Bros’ mill a few days ago, noticed the saw strike a very hard substance. On examination a stone weighing five pounds was found em-bedded to the depth of eight inches in a solid oak log. The saw was considerably damaged.

John McBeatney and Whitfield Pritchard start to-morrow for Manitoba, with their two valuable stallions, Eclipso and Emperor. They both intend to take up land.

S.G. Smith is slowly recovering from his severe illness. We are glad to see him around again.

Melissa Blanchard is very low. She has been confined to her house all winter.

Robert Connell, while assisting in removing lumber from the saw at the mill, had a narrow escape, his hand being badly cut.



Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Mrs. Jno. Patterson of Greenbush will shortly dispose of her farm stock and implements (date next week) and remove to Athens to reside.

On Sunday evening, George Stewart, aged 19 years, only son of Mr. Hiram Stewart, died at his home in Addison after a brief illness. On Christmas day he joined a skating party at Greenbush and contracted a severe cold, which despite the best of medical care, terminated fatally. The funeral takes place to-day at 10 a.m.


Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

On Thursday, Jan 24. Mrs. Jno. Patterson, Greenbush, will offer for sale by public auction a lot of valuable farm stock, implements, etc. Sale at 1 p.m. N.E. Brown, auctioneer- See bills.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Wednesday, Feb 20-

Mr. and Mrs. B. Loverin and Mr. Clarence Blanchard are visiting friends in the United States

We are sorry to learn that Coll. McBratney got kicked by a horse, but hope it will be nothing serious.

Mrs. Allan Wing, who has been travelling for the good of her health, has returned to the Buster House.

Mr. Merrick Mott is a guest of Mr. John Lovern.

Mr. and Mrs. John Blanchard are visiting friends at Forfar.

Messer’s. Geo. And John Olds, who were seriously ill, are fast improving.

There must be some attraction at North Augusta that takes Messers. I. Kerr and John Loverin there frequently. What is it, John !

We wish to inform the Times correspondent of the little hamlet of Rocksprings that the “long haired hungry grits” are preparing a more expeditious vehicle than the velocipede to do duty at the next election

News comes from Athens that Mr. A.E. Donovan of that village is to oppose Mr. Geo. Taylor. Mr. Donovan seems to be popular, and if he decides to run may make it hot for Mr. Taylor.

People are inquiring why a certain gentleman from Frontenac who was in the habit of visiting this locality does not make his appearance. It is well to be cautious when danger is ahead.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue

Mrs. John Patterson of Greenbush and Lorren N. Brown, Addison and their families are among the latest additions to Athens’ population.


Tuesday April 9, 1895 issue

Greenbush – Monday, April 8 –

Mr. Arthur Tinkis returned home on Saturday last from Queen’s College, Kingston

Mr. Morton Sanford of Brockville with his daughter Victoria, visited relatives here Saturday.

Sugar making is taking the attention of most of our citizens just now and during these pleasant evenings the merry shouts of the boys can be hears resounding through the woods.

Quite a number from here attended the social at Mr. Clarence Blanchard’s on Friday evening last and report having a good time and lots of sugar.

Miss Grace Unsworth of Brockville is the guest of Miss Bertha Blanchard, and Miss M. Gault is visiting Mrs. Norton Olds.

Miss Anna Culbert, of Merrickville, has returned home after an extended visit to friends and relatives here.

Our enterprising blacksmith, Mr. Jas. Hewitt, is giving his shop a new coat of paint.

Miss May Johnson of Irish Creek is the guest of Miss Helen Dixon who recently returned from New York where she was visiting her sister, Mrs. Howard McGrath.

Miss Rose Peterson of Belleville is visiting her aunt, Mrs. John Loverin.


Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue

Greenbush– Monday, April 22,-

Sugar making is over and people are gathering their sap buckets.

Our cheese factory opens to-day with Mr. Davis in charge assisted by Mr. D. Fenlong.

Mr. Ernest Loverin has gone from amongst us and will spend the summer in Forfar learning to make cheese.

We are pleased to hear that Miss Kietha Blanchard who has been on the sick list for the past two weeks, is much better. Dr. S.S. Cornell is in attendance.

Mr. Ed Smith entertains a new ‘royal guest’ at his fireside. It’s a girl.

We would think it nothing more than fair if your Addison correspondent would attend the public doings of his village before trying to report thereon. His information must have been more remote than second hand when he got ‘sugar social’ changed to ‘toe social’ and ‘literary concert to ‘resurrection concert’.

It is to be hoped it wasn’t on Easter Sunday night he wrote his news for the Reporter and so got things mixed up.

Mr. Will Kerr is spending a few days with his uncle Mr. Thos. Kerr.

Easter was remembered by the ladies of our church some of them bringing plants and flowers, but the display was very small when we consider the number of successful amateur florists we have amongst us.



Tuesday May 7, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Monday May 6,-

Farmers are busy with their seeding

Mrs. Levi Stone who, with her two children, has been visiting her father, Mr. Robt. Connell, during the past winter, started for her home in Tacoma, Wash., last Thursday. She was accompanied as far as Carleton Place by Mrs, Connell, who intends visiting some relatives at that place.

The house of Mr. Geo. Langdon, about a mile west of here, had a narrow escape from being burned on Tuesday last. The fire was caused by some sparks alighting on the roof. With the prompt assistance of some of the neighbors, the flames were extinguished in time to save the house.

The illness of Mrs. Alex. Blanchard who has been an invalid for the past six years, has taken a serious turn and small hope is entertained of her recovery She has the sympathy of the entire community in her suffering.

Mr. A.L. Tinkess left last Saturday for New York where he intends to spend the summer.

The remains of Ms Walker, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Kerr, were brought to the family burying ground on the farm of Richard Kerr for interment on Thursday last. The Rev. Johnathan Kerr, brother of the deceased, accompanied the remains to Brockvil’e where he was joined by the other members of the family.


Tuesday May 21, 1895 issue

Greenbush- Monday May 20-

Mr. and Mrs. J. Johnson of Smith’s Falls are still in our village

We are sorry to hear of the illness of Mr. Henry Patterson and hope it may not prove serious.


Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Monday, June 17 –

Mr. Robt. Ricket is busy repairing his house.

Quite a successful Sunday school picnic was held last Saturday at H.L. Kerr’s beautiful grove. A bountiful repast was partaken of, after which the sports commenced and lasted until evening.

Prof. Benn gave a free lecture on the horse here last Saturday evening and endeavoured to form a class to receive instruction in the care of domestic animals, especially the horse, but failed to get enough pupils and so intends leaving our village for Addison.

Mr. Maurice Shaver of Ottawa arrived in our village Saturday evening and accompanied his wife and daughter home to-day.

Mr. Philemon Olds of Gouverneur, N.Y., and Mr. Jas. Olds of Morristown, N.Y., made a short visit to relatives and friends here last week.

Mr. Howard McGath of New York joined his wife and daughter last Saturday in their visit at Mr. Geo. Dixon’s where they will remain another week.


Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue

Greenbush– Saturday, June 29 –

The strawberry festival last Thursday evening on the lawn at Mr. Ed Stowell’s, under the auspices of the Ladies’ Aid Society of Addison, was a decided success. The evening was fine, the lawn was nicely illuminated, while the shower of the previous day had gladdened the hearts of the people; the Athens Citizens’ band furnished abundance of choice music, and everything seemed conductive to merriment and good cheer. The grocery on the grounds was under the able management of Mr. Byron Loverin and yielded a good profit. Misses Maud Taplin and Lizzie Kelly helped to swell the financial profit of the evening by selling home made candy and bouquets.


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Monday, July 8 –

Mrs. E. Harris of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with Mr. Noah Marshall of Toledo, made a short call in our village last Saturday en route for Toledo, where Mrs. Harris is going to attend the sick bed of her aunt, Mrs. Noah Marshall.

Considerable trouble has been made in our factory by some of the patrons sending bad milk. Inspector Publow has made two or three visits lately and strongly urges the better care of the milk.

Another of our young men, Mr. Herbert Olds has given up celibacy for matrimonial bliss, having been married to Miss Maria Gault at the residence of the bride’s parents, Brockville, last Monday, July 1st. Their many friends join in wishing them long life and happiness.

Farmers say that rain is very much needed, many of them having to cut their hay prematurely as it was drying out so badly. The crop is very light and many have already finished haying.

School has closed and our popular teacher, Mr. Byron Haskins, intends spending part of his vacation at New Dublin.

Mrs. Norris Loverin spent last week with her son in Athens.


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

Greenbush Monday, Aug. 12 –

Miss Ethel Blanchard of Athens was visiting relatives and friends here last week.

The recent rains have brightened vegetation and the farmers are reaping a fair crop of grain.

Miss Bertha Blanchard has returned from her sojourn with the family of Rev Wm. Knox of Ashton

A large concourse of people attended services in our church on Sunday evening last, conducted by the Rev. Wm. Pimlot. There will be preaching here every alternate Sunday evening instead of always in the morning as formerly.

Last week Messrs. Theodore Blanchard and Byron Loverin made a visit to the farm of Fletcher Bros., Oxford Mills, for the purpose of purchasing some thoroughbred stock with a view to improving their dairy.

Mr. German Tinkis of South Indian spent last week in our village on a visit to his mother.

The trustees of our church advertised for tenders for the painting of the walls and ceiling of our church.

One of our young men wanted ‘us four’ to go for a pic-nic to Charleston on Saturday last, but the fourth one couldn’t go as her mamma wouldn’t consent, so Billy had to scour the country for some one to fill the void in the company, but with all his energy failed to do so. And as Jack thinks there is a good deal of fun in seeing Billy get left so badly, he didn’t hesitate to say so. As a consequence they have already had one pugilistic encounter and another is expected when they meet without their good clothes on.

Mrs. And Mr. J. Johnson of Smith’s Falls are visiting relatives here.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Monday, Sept. 2 –

Mrs. Almeron Blanchard is in New York visiting her sons.

Messrs. John Olds, John McBratney and James Fenlong are among those who took part in the harvesters’ excursion to the North West

Mr. Ricket’s house, when finished, will make a great improvement to our village.

Mr. Talmage Smith of Brockville spent Sunday with his mother here.

Mr. and Mrs. Dowsley of Brockville are the gusets of Ms. Gilbert Olds

Mr.E.Olds of Morristown, New York is spending a few days with relatives here.

Mr. Chas. Kerr of Athens is putting a new roof on the church here. Messes. Metcalfe & Snow of Smith’s Falls are engaged in painting the walls and ceiling. Both improvements were very much needed.

Miss Keitha Blanchard starts to-day to attend the Athens high school. We wish her every success.


Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue

In passing through this district we were much pleased to notice the improvements that have been carried out in the Methodist church of Addison and Greenbush under the superintendence of the popular and much respected gentleman, Rev., Mr. Pimlott.


Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue

Byron W. Loverin of Greenbush left a basket containing 16 potatoes at the Reporter office last week that tipped the scale at 27 lbs., the largest weighing 3 lbs and 2 oz. The weighing was done by B.D. Judson, which is proof that the weights are correct. These potatoes are of the Rural New Yorker No. 2 variety from seed purchased from H.N. Hawks, Addison. We propose dividing this basket of potatoes into two lots and giving them as a premium to any two of our subscribers who will send in one new yearly subscriber each to the Reporter, accompanied by the cash ($1.00), which will pay up to Jan. 1st, ’97. The first come, first served.


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

Greenbush, Monday, Oct. 14 –

The corn crop being very heavy this year, husking bees are the order of the day.

Wedding bells are to ring in our midst this week.

Our church, which has been repaired and painted, will have reopening services on the 27th and 28th of this month. The trustees of the church are to be congratulated on securing the services of such excellent painters as Snow & Metcalfe, of Smith’s Falls

Among those from here who took in the annual excursion to New York were Miss O Tinkes, Messers Almeron Blanchard and Geo. Dixon

Mr. A.L. Tinkes, who spent the summer in New York, returned last week and will attend Queen’s College, Kingston.


Tuesday Nov 5, 1895 issue


Mr.A.L.Tinkiss, who started for Kingston on Saturday the 26th ult., was taken seriously ill at Westport with pneumonia, where he is now under the doctor’s care. His mother, Mrs. Simeon Loverin is with him.

Mr. and Mrs. M. McCormack and Mrs. J. Olds of Morristown, N.Y., attended the funeral of the late Wm. Olds which took place here last Monday.


Tuesday Nov 5, 1895 issue

Greenbush Re-opening

There was a large attendance at the re-opening of the Greenbush Methodist church on the 27th alt. when service was conducted by Rev. J.S. Reynolds of Elgin. On the following Tuesday evening a tea and entertainment was held at which a very pleasant time was spent. Mr. Keeler of Brockville presided.

Glen Buell – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser


Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Glen Buell – Jan 22 1889

There is likely to be a change in the personnel at the Bell Farm managers for the coming season. It is generally understood from hints thrown out by the genial president in his after dinner speech at the annual school meeting that he will be looking for higher honours in the near future. The wily old president was wide awake for his own interests when he made the statement that ‘if his friends and the Reporter stuck to him as closely during the coming year as they did in the past, that he would have no difficulty in securing the position of Reeve of the Township for the year 1890’

Why do we not get a published statement from the proprietor of Glen Buell Cheese factory respecting prices the patrons received for milk and cheese for the year 1888.


Glen Buell: Saturday Jan 26th, 1889-

Early Friday afternoon, Professor David and a number of the Eureka Troop arrived in town and at once began active preparations in Manufacture’s Hall of the concert that evening. Old January, with all his faults favored the troop and all interested with a fine night for the occasion. At half-past seven nearly every possible seat in the room was occupied, excepting the one arranged for the Professor of Music, who had not arrived from Addison. However after a few minutes delay he claimed his chair, and Prof. David appeared on stage and made his maiden speech which was, as the school boy remarked, just right- short and sweet. The programme for the evening was complete and remarkably well rendered by the Troopers. The play of Aunt Polly visiting the Grove was excellent.

The part played by ‘Betsey Ann’ in the dialogue, ‘The Mysterious Box’ was well received by all present.

The recitations given by Mrs. D.J.Forth and Miss. Mande Addison were remarkably well rendered and well received. The music for the occasion was all that could be desired. We are free to admit that the concert under Prof. David’s management was a success.

‘Jolly John’ upon enquiry found that he was acquainted with Manager David. Secro Snowflake was the worst specimen of humanity that we ever saw. Master Handsome performed his art with credit. The darkey who managed the curtain was a little fresh. Receipts were good.



Glen Buell– Monday March 4th 1889. We notice with pleasure that our cousins of the progressive Methodist Church are getting large quantities of building material for their new synagogue. The trustee board have secured from Boyd Hall, Esq. a valuable lot on Main Street, nearly opposite the family residence of the General Superintendent of the Bell Farm Syndicate Co.

Mr.John Sturgeon ad wife are enjoying their annual vacation among friends and relatives near Carleton Place.

Our Butcher Boy, of the East End has provided himself with a black-thorn stick, in preparation for the Donnybrook Fair, to be held on the 17th inst.


Glen Buell, Monday, March 25th1889

For a length of time our Glen Buell people have not had a practical shoemaker. We are pleased, however, to notice that John Earl Jr., has purchased the tools, stock in trade, and good-will of the old cobbler’s business and opened up a shop on Earl St. Mr. Earl is a young man of good industrious habits has served three or four years in a large concern in Belleville, Ont., and is qualified to look after the business of this line of trade. Give him an order and thus encourage this young man.

Death, that old enemy of man, recently entered the family residence of Mr. E. Westlake, Point Edward and claimed his victim their youngest child, Dora, about three years old.

Miss. Turney has arrived home after a pleasant vacation of two weeks among her many friends at Lombardy.

Our public school board deserve much credit for the choice made by them in the selection of a teacher for the present term. She is an active, energetic, wide awake teacher. She has charge of about forty children in the public school, runs a private class two nights in the week, attends church without fail on the Sabbath, and entertains her friends in the evening.

Mr. H. Sandford and his wife, who have held very important positions in connection with the celebrated Bell Farm Company, have removed to Smith’s Falls. The lack of their company, counsel, and advice on questions of importance, will be keenly felt by the president.



Glen Buell, Monday April 1st  1889

A few weeks ago, a lady from Chipmuck Valley called on the owner of Charity Island and informed her that owing to the changed condition of her finances, consequent upon the successful termination of her suit for back-number alimony, against the estate of the deceased millionaire, she had decided to retire from active participation in poultry raising, and was prepared to dispos of the greater portion of her stock. After considerable haggling, a bargain was struck and part of the purchase money was advanced. O her arrival home the Chipmuck Valley lady found a lady from Dogtown waiting to see her with a view to purchasing the same lot of bipeds to which end she offered 25 cents more than the first purchaser. The offer was accepted, and the fowl were at once removed to the genial climate of Dogtown. When the Charity Island lady drove over to take home her purchase, she was blandly told that the tempting offer of the Dogtown lady had secured the geese. A feeling of chagrin at being beaten out of a good bargain by a younger lady, and the desire to make the original owner squirm, prompted the lady to offer 50 cents more than the last purchaser. A happy thought struck the recipient of the millionaire’s bounty. Here was a fine chance to win renown in the field of diplomacy. She told the would be purchaser to go home contented and she would have the fowl, and straightway hired away to the happy possessor of the much sought after property. With demure face she announced that there would be a lot of trouble if she could not get the fowl back for Charity Island. After a long and animated discussion, the original owner of the fowl secured a promise that upon the return of the deposit money the coveted geese should be turned over to the Charity Island lady. Late that evening a team was sent from Charity Island for the fowl. Arrived at Dogtown the teamster was beguiled with entertaining conversation, while the ex butcher hastily placed the web footed squawkers in a basket and carried them to the sleigh. Returning to Charity Island the tired and sleepy teamster took the fowl from the basket and placed them in a shed with some more of their species. The lateness of the hour and tired condition of the favourite son did not prevent him from noticing the fowl felt as if they had been sent out into the cold without their full quota of nature’s covering, and on entering the house he remarked that the geese had a mighty thin covering for the time of the year. Next morning the poor geese were found in a deplorable plight and had to be carried in and thawed out at the kitchen stove. Thereafter they were kept in the cellar for three weeks and blanketed. Your correspondent discovered that the Goose Pickers Association of Dogtown had met on the afternoon of the final sale and transfer, and anonymously resolved to pick the fowl clean, in order that the purchaser number two might be cheated out of the downy feathers.


Glen Buell– May 7 1889

We hope to be able to give your readers a short account of how work is progressing on the Bell Farm next week. The genial president has returned from Charleston Lake, where he had been superintending the building of the stairs in the new Armstrong House,

The deputy toll taker is in trouble again. It is said that a man hailing from the classic city out by the “gagin’ canaul” [sic] in a fit of absentmindedness drove trough the tollgate without paying the fee. The deputy made up his mind that he had been cheated out of his lawful dues times enough; so hastily ordered one of the subordinates on the farm to hitch up a horse, he started after the delinquent at a break neck pace. Which about a mile on the road to Athens, he succeeedes by his wild and almost frantic shouting and gesticulations in attracting the attention of the traveller.  A bait was made, and when Richard drove up the traveler mildly asked what was the matter. “You haven’t paid to toll” blurted out Richard. “Oh! I’m so sorry to have given you trouble, but I quite forgot all about it.” Said the traveller. “To what part of the globe are you bound ?” asked Richard. “I’m bound for Frankville” quoth the traveller. “Then you are on the wrong road.” Said the deputy, and thereupon both turned around and retraced their way to Unionville. Arriving at the crossroad, Richard pointed out the way, when, with many thanks from the traveler sped on his journey. All at once a bewildering thought struck the deputy. Here he had been and gone fully a mile after an entire stranger, in order to collect a toll, and had expended a lot of wind in trying to make him stop. Then he had befriended him by pointing out the right way, and all he had received in return was a very polite “Thank You.” And the way he spurted back and forth between the toll bar and the provision counter was sad to behold.



Saturday July 20- 1889

Dr. Jas. H. Hall, an old Glen Buell boy well known here, is meeting with much success in New York city, He graduated with honors from the Medical Missionary Institute, and afterwards was placed in charge of a dispensary at Castle Garden, a position requiring much arduous labor. I addition to this post, the doctor has charge of the Tremont Hospital. Dr. Hall is a young man of industry and ability and we predict for him a very useful career in the medical missions of the Flowery Empire, to which he intends devoting his life.


Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-

Glen Buell– Monday Oct 29. Much interest was taken in the result of the great squirrel hunt of last week between ye men of the woods who are lovers of the gun and residents of Spring Valley. They issued a challenge to the red men of the glen to go into a friendly competition in order that the fact of superior skills might be made known to the public.


Tuesday Nov 20, 1894 issue-   (date show is the date on the paper, not the correct date)

Glen Buell, Nov 26-

Some time ago Ethiopean John, while rusticating in the woods back of Glossville, came across a very large black bear. Having no weapon and lacking sufficient courage to attack him single handed, he retreated to the house of his host, the well known steam threshing machine man, where be succeeded in getting a gun and the assistance of ‘Forgie’ to help slay the dangerous animal. Throwing off the governor belt they soon arrived at the scene of his bearship, but, lo ! to their amazement, the bear turned out to be a large black cat. Score one for John who says that his eyes must have magnified that cat.

On Thursday last a number of our young people spent a very enjoyable evening at the residence of Mr. Geo. Hall.

The social under the auspices of the Epworth League will be held in the schoolhouse next Thursday evening. Besides refreshments there will be a good programme of recitations, songs, etc. A good time is anticipated.


Tuesday Jan. 1, 1895 issue-

Glen Buell

Mr. John Westlake is seriously ill

Miss Louise Earl is home from Chicago visiting her parents.

Anther member is added to the family of Mr. Jno. Lee of Reynard Valley.

Our local cheese makers, Messrs Jas. Kirkland and Sheldon Hudson are home for the winter. They both look hale and hearty.

On Wednesday, Dec 19, one of our most popular young men in the person of Mr. Alvin Gilroy was united in marriage to Miss. Lena Yates of Athens. Rev. Mr. Perley conducted the ceremony. We wish the young couple a happy, prosperous journey through life.

Some enterprising agent could find ready sale for a couple of hand organ of the improved kind. No cranks would be required with the articles, as we are well supplied with these and they are of musical nature too.

The entertainment which took place on Wednesday, Dec 19th, was a grand success. The children who took part in it showed that their instructors, Mrs. Forth and Miss. Clow, did their utmost to make entertainment as pleasing and interesting as possible. The recitations by Misses Towriss, Henderson, Orton and Whaley, and Mesrs. Lynn and Stewart were given in their usual good style and gave evidence that thre is no lack of talent in that direction here. The musical part played no small share towards making the entertainment a success. We beg leave to thank the Addison orchestra for the choice selections rendered by them. The instrumental music furnished by Master Allen Lapointe showed marked ability and as time advances we hope to see him one of the shinning lights in the musical world. The Christmas tree fairly groaned under its weight of presents for the children. After receiving these a treat of nuts and candies was given them, and all went home feeling happy. Before closing we must not forget to thank genial John Yates for the very able manner in which he filled the chair.



Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Glen Buell – Saturday, January 5-

For some time in the past the ex-champion of the ring, who has lately put himself into training for the final match with his dusky foe, has been of the opinion that trailing the cunning fox alone and unobserved does not impart the necessary muscle and ambition to spread the colored man over the arena in three rounds. Acting upon these convictions, he decided to make a grand fox hunt through the holidays and sweep the game in some foreign locality out of existence and, as the artist of North Augusta gave such a glowing account of the magnificent game where he came from, the land of his nativity was selected as the scene of the slaughter- Great were the preparations made for the feasting and merry making of the party and for the proper care of the hounds when they reached the hunting grounds. The shades of the evening were beginning to fall when the party started from Pt. Edward, the ex-champion riding with the artist, who acted as a guide. After passing the B&W crossing the artist awoke to the fact that he was not foremost of the caravan, and as the most distinguished should always lead he decided to get there or hurt someone in the attempt, but soon found out to his disappointment that his camel wasn’t quick enough. This might be accounted for, however, as the animal transported a very heavy load consisting of, besides the two men (both heavy weights), “Watch” the famous bloodhound out of Dogtown, a quarter of horsemeat, a turkey and several other stables named in the bill of fare, too numerous to mention. But a happy thought struck the artist and instead of following the trail around to the Glen, as the others had done, he took the cross track between the White House and Pt. Peter. They had not gone far on this trail, however when the ex-champion, in his excitement imagining that he was in close pursuit of a fox, began to sway his massive frame from side to side in the endeavour to get a glimpse of the fleeting visions and in doing this rocked over the cutter and all therein was thrown violently into a snow bank. The artist pluckily held on to the reins for a few rods sweeping enough snow off the road to give him a good recommendation to the managers of the BW as a snow plow. The ex-champion fell on Watch burying him in the snow, but as soon as he had dug his way out he started for home at a rate that would distance the swiftest fox. The runaway horse ran into a farm yard , then on a lane where he freed himself from the cutter and started for the North Pole, but after getting over its fright it decided to remain in Canada and stopped in the shade of some bushes until it was discovered by some of the party soon afterwards. The animal was brought back to the cutter, which was but slightly injured. A little hay wire was ut into use and all was soon in good running order again. Its cargo was reloaded, all except Watch and ex-champion, who refused the invitation to again recline on the downy robes.

As yet we have not heard the result of the chase, but suspect that the slaughter of game was great. We think however, if excitement imparts strength to the ex-champion the colored champion in the coming match will be scattered to the four winds of the earth.


Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-

The proprietor of the Model farm at Mt. Pleasant has been engaged for the past week hauling wood from his timber limit at Glen Buell.


Tuesday Jan. 29, 1895 issue-

Jack Westlake, and old and respected resident of Glen Buell, died on Sunday evening. Funeral takes place at the Methodist church, Glen Buell, to-day (Tuesday) at half past eleven o’clock.


Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue

Glen Buell, Monday, April 15,-

7,000 lbs. of milk were taken in on Monday, April 15, at our factory here. This amount speaks well for the cheese-maker N.Stewart, who is a general favourite.

Parker Seaman has moved to a small place near Borne, N.Y., where he will have charge of a cheese and butter factory.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Bennet Towriss took place last Sunday at our church. An able and eloquent sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Hagar of Athens, from Rev., 14 Chap., 13 vs. Mrs. Towriss was a daughter of the late Jerry Bullis and was born in this neighbourhood. She was in the 54th year of her age, and was a strong healthy woman until about a year ago when she was taken with diabetes from which complaint she died on Friday night last.

Lillian Hall and Albert Sturgeon are spending their Easter holidays at home. We are sorry to hear that the later met with quite an accident in the sugar bush by cutting his foot severely with an ax.

A number of our farmers are shipping maple syrup to the west.

If the farmers depended on rain water for making maple syrup, a vast quantity would be made.

We see the genial face of Mr. Moorhouse in our midst again. Welcome back, John.


Tuesday April 30, 1895 issue

Glen Buell– Monday, April 29.-

A new bicycle in town

The Epworth League was conducted by Miss Towriss last Friday evening.

The Rev. C.F. Buker was visiting friends at the Hall last week.

The result of the fishing party of last week was that Mr. N. Stewart caught a severe cold and was very ill for a few days.

Sawing machines are something of the past. The boys expect to get their board next week.

The bicycle owned by H.Lynn met with an accident the other evening and was taken up to Galillee to be repaired, but the professor’s skill not being sufficient for the task he was obliged to return it to the owner.


Tuesday June 25, 1895 issue

There was a large number of Friends passed through (New Dublin) here on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Joseph Hayes of Glen Buell.


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Glenn Buell, Monday, July 8 –

The long wished for rain has come at last. Though too late to help the hay, it will do unlimited good.

Mrs. Alvin Gilroy is convalescent

C.J. Gilroy our worthy postmaster is on an extended tour up West, after having placed and imbecile boy, brought up by T. Whitford, in the asylum maintained in Orillia.

Four people from our school tried entrance examinations at Athens. This speaks well in favour of Miss Booth the teacher seeing that no pupil has tried the entrance for four years. Glen Buell is to be congratulated on securing the services of so efficient a teacher.

Mrs. Dr. W.J. Hall is daily expected.


Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Glen Buell– Monday July 8. –

Mrs. G.A. Gilroy has been suffering very badly with quinsy, but we are glad to be able to say she is much better and has gone to Athens to spend a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Yates

Mr. Howard Moorehouse has also been suffering with quinsy, but is on the road to recovery.

We think there is another house in this neighbourhood that ought to have outside windows on, to keep it calm inside, as the neighbors can hear every time they have a big storm; so, if it would be of any benefit to them (as it certainly would do the neighbors) we would advise them, by all means to have them put on, or at least close their shutters so that the language of the much respected lady of the house will not disturb the slumbers of the public, as it has a very bad influence on the young, and we will then hope that there will be no more straw set afire or calves killed.

Ethiopian John has changed his occupation from a farmer to barber, so that any person having the misfortune of getting one side of his whiskers pulled out can get them all trimmed up equal to Mr. McLaughlin, free of charge.

Mr. C.J.Gilroy and Master Willie Whitford are taking a trip to Orillia and write that they are having a very pleasant time.


Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Glen Buell Monday, July 15,

Most of the farmers in this vicinity have finished haying. It is not necessary to say that many of the farmers are already buying hay.

Miss Stella Orton was the only successful candidate from this school in the late entrance exams.

Mr. John Anderson met with quite an accident the other day by his horses trying to run away with the mowing machine. At first it was thought that he was seriously injured, but he escaped with some serious bruises on his leg and is now able to walk around.

Miss Minnie T. Sturgeon has returned home from attending the high school in Harriston

Mr. Fawcett of Drayton is on an extended visit in this vicinity.

Mr. Robert Latimer is still on he sick list. We miss him very much in the church.

The pulpit here was ably filled last Sunday by Rev. Mr. Warren who preached an eloquent sermon from Gal.VI: 7 and 8


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Gilroy of Glen Buell visited at R.J. Sturgeon’s (Fairfield East) on Sunday last.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Glen Buell Monday, July 22 –

Dr. Rosetta Sherwood Hall, (wife of the late Rev. W.J. Hall, medical missionary in Corea [sic]) and family have arrived safely at Glen Buell, the home of his Canadian parents. She has one son and daughter, small children. She has also two native Coreans with her, Mr. Pak and wife. Mrs. Pak assisted Mrs. Hall in her medical mission work in Corea considerably, and is brought to America by Mrs. Hall to be educated as a full fledged doctor of medicine, then go to her native country and thus be in a position to get very much nearer to her sister Coreans in need than any foreigner can hope . Ever since it became known that Mrs. Hall would return from Corea to her native home at Liberty, N.Y., the very many friends of Wm. J. Hall M.D. have been looking forward with much interest to the arrival of his wife and children at Glen Buell. Preparations are being made for a public welcome of the beloved Doctor’s wife and children in the beautiful little church, in the building of which the doctor was an earnest and most willing helper. Wednesday evening, July 31st, has been set apart for that purpose. Any

person wishing to see and hear Mrs. Hall and her Corean friends would do well to embrace the opportunity, which is one of a life time.

Wm. Karley, wife and children of Montreal are at present enjoying their vacation at the home of our genial friend, D.J. Forth.

Considerable interest is now manifested in the preparations for the coming camp meeting in Forth’s grove.

Miss Orton, of the White House, has gone east on a holiday visit.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Glen Buell Saturday, July27 –

Mrs. Dr Hall and children, also a Corean [sic] and his wife, have arrived from New York City, to visit her father-in-laws, Mr. George Hall’s

Mrs. R.G. Sturgeon has gone to Algonquin to spend a few days with her sister, Ms. Henry Greene, and will visit the Brockville asylum and other prominent places on her way home.

We feel in duty bound to warn our friends of the danger of eating much canned fruit and vegetables, as one person in the vicinity has been very ill for so doing.

Mrs. Milton Dancy has returned from Elgin where she has been visiting friends for the last two weeks.

The wolf is still prowling around, and though treated to a dose of shoe leather, it is still fared that he will yet capture one of the tender lambs.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Miss Jennie Goodall of Glen Buell is the guest of Misses DeWolfe, Reid st.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Glen Buell, Saturday, Aug. 31. –

Mr. George Gibson and Lady of Mallorytown passed through our village last week en route to visit friends at Addison

The camp meeting held here has been the saviour of life to many. One good sister from Frankville says she is going to carry the fire home with her, as there is much need of it in her village. We hope the fruits of her labours may be blest and many be brought to the Saviour.

Mr. C.J. Gilroy and son shipped their celebrated heard of choice thoroughbred cattle on this morning’s train to the Kingston exhibition.

One of our north wards citizens claims to be the champion curd-eater of this section. A pound a day is putting it mild.

A couple of King street gents from Addison passed through our village recently enquiring the way to Jerico. After some deliberation it was decided to go by Brock’s. Arriving at their destination all right, they had a good time, only they frightened the good matron a little by their sudden appearance on the scene. We wish them every success.

Great preparations are being made for our fair this season, which promises to be the best ever held.


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

New Dublin, Monday, Sept.9. –

It is currently reported here that the junior curd official of Glen Buell made an excursion west to Lake street with a beautiful little maid in her teens. While in the house some little trouble arose whereby our beloved son of the Glen had a special mark placed on his beautiful face. We advise the junior to be careful in future about entering upon new fishing grounds.


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

Glen Buell, Friday, Oct 11. –

Miss Lucy Hall is away visiting friends at Almonte.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greene visited at R.G. Sturgeon’s on Sunday last.

There is a certain lady in our village who is very curious to know who the Glen Buell correspondent is. She interviewed the Dogtown dairyman some time ago, and silenced him, and she now accuses our Glen Buell dairyman. So, beware, Mr Editor, and don’t give her my name; for woe betides me if she knew it.

Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Davis have been visiting friends in Detroit for the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Sturgeon made a flying visit through here one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. B.S. McConnell and sister assisted in our choir last Sunday.

Any person wishing to engage a first class gardener can see one at Paul’s Point almost any time.

Potato digging is the order of the day now. The latest and best way of drawing them in is to put a barrel on your chain boat and then hitch your Ayrshire cow to it.

Advertisement from October 1895 newspaper




Frankville – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser


Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895


Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-

Frankville, Oct 28-

The new fence erected in front of the McCrea property adds much to its appearance.

Wesley Brown’s new house is nearly completed on the outside and the inside is now being plastered

Mrs. Gilroy, who has been spending the past week with friends here, has returned to her home in Athens

Miss. Montgomery, who has been spending the summer here, has returned to her home in New York.

Mr. Andrews, of Clinton, is visiting relatives here.

We regret to announce the serious illness of Benjamin Brown.

Some of the patrons think their cheese is being docked about ¾ of a cent.

Chas. Pepper is employed in the blacksmith shop of O.I.Monroe.

A hunting party left here on Thursday last for Crotch lake. The party included W.Hanton, C.Leehy, Dr. M.L. Dixon, O.L. Munroe and L. Brown

The Rev. Dr. Griffith, M.A., Ph. D., of Brockville delivered a lecture in the Methodist church on Friday evening last. Subject: “Character Building” It was highly appreciated.

Two mill wrights from Brantford are now placing the new machinery in Mr. S. Runnings saw mill and will soon have it in working order

Nov 18, 1894 issue-

Frankville, Friday, November 9-

Miss. Edith Gilroy of Athens is visiting friends here.

Mr. Don Southworth of the Recorder was in the village on Thursday last.

Miss. Lily Good is again confined to her room through illness.

Miss. Jennie Hanton has a successful operation performed on Sunday last by Drs. Dixon, Burns and Connerty, and from last accounts is getting along nicely.

The new machinery in Mr. Running’s saw mill was started on Thursday last and is giving good satisfaction.

We regret the departure of Mr. C.B. Tallman, who we learn has bought the stock of Mr. Stevens of Lyndhurst and will move there shortly. Mr.and Mrs. Tallman take with them the best wishes of many Frankville friends.

The Orange Lodge of Toledo in full regalia, attended divine services here in the Methodist church on Sunday morning, Nov. 4th, where a very impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. G.H.Porter, M.A., B.D. for the occasion.


Tuesday Dec. 4, 1894 issue-

Frankville, Saturday Dec 1 –

Hog killing is the order of the day.

Mr. Alex Compo of Athens is engaged in Mr. Running’s saw mill.

Rumors say one of our young men is about to join the Benedicts

Miss. Lilly Good, who has been ill for some time is gaining slowly.

Our cheese factory, Farmers’ Friend is still running.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Running, of Charleston, spent a few days last week with relatives here.

Mr. Wesley Brown is about ready to move into his new house.


Tuesday Dec. 18, 1894 issue-

Frankville– Dec 14-

Our cheese factory, Farmers Friend is still improving.

Mr. Wesley Brown has moved into his new house.

Miss. Jennie Broughton left on Friday last to spend her ‘Xmas holidays at her home in Brantford.

There is a good opening here for a first class tinsmith

The officers of the Methodist Sabbath school are preparing an excellent program for their annual ‘Xmas tree and entertainment to be held on ‘Xmas eve.

Miss Dilla Percival of Brockville is visiting relatives here.

The Rev. Wm. Sparling, B.D. of Easton’s Corners delivered a lecture in the Methodist Church on Saturday evening last under the auspices of the Epworth League Subject, “Conscience” and it was highly appreciated.

It is with deep regret we chronicle the death of Mr. Ezra Ireland which sad event occurred on Saturday, Dec. 8th, at 8 p.m. Deceased was 62 years old, widely known and highly respected and was a son of the late Lewis Ireland, who emigrated here some eighty years ago. The Rev. G. H. Porter, M.A., B.D. conducted the last sad rites of deceased in the Methodist church on Thursday, 11th inst. At 10 a.m. and the funeral was largely attended. The remains were placed in the Athens vault. He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter- Mrs. E.T. Latimer, of Lansdowne, and Alfred who resides at home. The mourning friends have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.

On Christmas night the Sabbath school of the Methodist church, Toldeo, intend holding their grand annual entertainment in the town hall, when an excellent programme will be presented, consisting of cantata, readings, dialogues, tableaux, recitations, pantomimes, etc. The Toledo Orchestra Band will furnish music. Admission 15¢

February 12th, 1889

Mr. W.F.Earl, our enterprising young tin merchant, is about to open a branch tin shop and stove depot at Frankville


March 25, 1889

While attending a circular saw the other day, Mr. Frank Ireland, of Frankville, met with a very painful accident. The saw caught his hand between the thumb and forefinger, tearing away a large piece of flesh.


Frankville, Monday April 15th, 1889

Miss. Jessie Barrington has opened a dress making establishment in our village

Saturday June 22nd   1889

A strawberry social will be held at Mr. Marney Loucks’, Frankville on the 28th inst. Fruit will be served at 7 pm, after which an evening will be spent in social intercourse. A free will offering will be taken up in aid of the fund for furnishing the Methodist parsonage at Frankville.

Tuesday Jan. 1, 1895 issue-

The annual meeting of Kitley Ag’l Sciety will be held at the Edger’s House, Frankville on Thursday, Jan 10th. A full attendance of members is requested


Frankville– Tuesday, Jan 1-

Sleighing has at last come in full blast.

Mr.A.Brownbridge is still on the sick list; also Mr. B. Brown.

A Parlor Club has been organized by the young people of this village.

The entertainment given in Brownbridge’s hall, under the auspices of the English church Sabbath school, Dec 28th, was a grand success. An excellent programme was rendered, consisting of readings, recitations, dialogues and an orchestra under the leadership of Mr. Jasper Eaton. Mr. N.H. Beecher presided. Proceeds $23.

Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Frankville, Friday Jan.4-

The youths of our school are to be instructed this year by Miss. Robeson, of Mt. Forest

Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Tallman, of Lyndhurst, formerly of this place spent part of last week with their many friends here.

Miss. Maggie Running of Athens, spent her holidays at her home here.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell, of Brockville, spent a few weeks here the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mitchell.

Mr. Robt. Soper, who represents the T.Milburn & Co., of Buffalo is renewing old acquaintances here.

Mr. C. Dowsley and H.H. Elliott returned to Queen’s college on Monday after spending their holidays with their parents here.

Mr. H.K. Webster has placed a street lamp at the rear of his store for the benefit of the public.

Another of the oldest landmarks of this place has passed away in the person of Mr. Richard Hanton, sr., who departed this life on Wed., Jan. 2nd at the advanced age of 81 years. The funeral took place at his late residence on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Stevenson, after which the remains were conveyed to the family burying ground.

Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

Kitley Agricultural Society

The annual meeting of this society was held at the Edger’s House, Frankville, on Thursday last. N.H. Beecher, chairman; W.D. Livingston, secretary. The treasure’s report read as follows: Receipts from all sources, including balance from last report, $811.56; expenditures, $500.78; leaving a balance on hand of $310.78. The following officers were elected: President, D. Downey; vice president P. Stewart; directors, William Enni, O.L. Munro, Joseph Hanton, William Mitchell, R. Richard, B.F. Stewart, Joseph Jones, Jas. L. Gallanger W. G. Lee; secretary, W.D. Livingston; treasurer, William Eaton.

The fair this year is to be held on Thursday and Friday Sept. 26 and 27.

Tuesday Jan. 29, 1895 issue-

Mr. Wm. Montgomery, Frankville, died on the 21st inst., aged 58 years.

Mr. W.D. Livingston of Frankville, the well known apiarist of that locality, had , last spring count, 30 colonies. His increase was 22 full colonies and 1000 lbs of comb and extracted honey. Mr. L. had difficulties to contend with that would have discourages less preserving men in the apiary, but these are about overcome and he will soon reap the reward he so well deserved. His stock is in fine condition at present.


Frankville– Friday, Jan. 25-

Another of the well known residents of this place has passed away, after a few days illness in the person of Mr. Wm. Montgomery, sr., who departed this life on Monday, 21st inst., at the advanced age of 66 yrs. Mr. Montgomery was an extensive buyer of livestock for the Montreal Market and his dealings have always been of such nature as to gain for him the esteem of those with whom he did business. The obsequies took place on Wednesday to the Presbyterian church, Toledo, where the Rev. J.J. Cameron preached a very appropriate sermon for the occasion from II Timothy 1st chap., 10th verse. The family have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.

Miss Jennie Broughton has returned home after an absence of two months.

Rev. J. Wilson gave a lecture in the Methodist church on Friday, 18th Jan., under the auspices of the Epworth League. Subject: “Electricity.” It was highly appreciated.

Our saw mill is running full blast under the management of Mr. Cadwell, of Athens.


Tuesday Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

At the annual meeting of Farmers’ Friend cheese factory, Frankville, the following officers were selected for 1895: Salesman, Mr. Smith; secretary, W.D. Livingston; treasurer, A.H.Parker; auditors, Jos. Coad, Enos Soper; committee. Wm. Eaton, J.Loucks and Jas. Jones. The milk delivered to the factory last season realized $19.30

Tuesday Feb. 12, 1895 issue-

Frankville – Friday, Feb 8-

The thermometer registered 28 degrees below zero on Wednesday morning last.

Mr. A.H. Parker purchased the Rudd farm for the sum of $2,745.

The revival services are being conducted in the Methodist church by the Rev. G.H. Porter.

Mr. W.D. Livingston is on the sick list.

A number of young people of this place spent an enjoyanle time at the residence of Mr. Wm. Eaton on Tuesday evening last.

Mr. D. Dowsley, of Gananoque, is visiting relatives here.

The annual milk meeting of Farmers’ Friend cheese factory was held in Brownbridge’s hall on Tuesday evening Jan 29th when the report of the past season was read by sec. Mr. C. Rudd. Milk delivered realized $19.30. The following officers were elected: Salesman, Mr. Smith; secretary, W.D. Livingston;

treas, A.H.Parker at a salary of $20 each. Auditors, Jos. Coad, Enos Soper. Mr. Jones was re-engaged as cheese maker for another year.

Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue

Benson S. Brown died at his residence near Frankville on Saturday night last. Funeral today (Tuesday) at the Methodist church, Addison under the auspices of the A.O.U.W.

Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue

Frankville, Saturday, March 2nd,-

Election is the order of the day.

Mr. Charles Cross is confined to his home with quinsy.

Alfred Lyang, of Merrickville, is visiting relatives here

The saw logs are coming in at a lively rate.

The many friends of Mr. W.D. Livingston will be glad to hear he is gaining slowly and hopes are entertained of his recovery.

Mr. Price, tailor, of Toledo, is moving into the village

The Rev. Mr. French of Lombardy delivered a missionary address in St. Thomas’ church on Sunday morning to a large congregation.

Mr. A.H. Parker, merchant, has sold his entire stock to Mr. Wm. Stratton of Toledo. The Reporter bespeaks a fair share of public patronage for Mr. Sutton.


Tuesday March 12, 1895 issue

Last week the Reporter printed labels for the apiary of W.D. Livingston, Frankville and for the maple syrup manufactory of Levi Monroe Addison. These little advertisers do not cost much and greatly enhance the appearance of the cans containing the liquid sweeteners they describe. We have paper specifically suited for the purpose. Send or call and get an estimate for what you require. The name of the producer attached to an article is a guarantee of excellence and always has weight with the buyer.


Tuesday March 19, 1895 issue

Frankville, Friday March 15 –

Mr. W.D. Livingston is now convalescent.

Mr. George Seeley of Brigtown has retired and moved to this vicinity.

Mrs. Woods of Morton is quite poorly at her brother’s residence Mr. Wesley Brown.

Miss Morrison of Soperton is visiting relatives here.

Miss. Ladoma Eaton  had the misfortune to fall and sprain her ankle last week.

Mr. Price Tailor of Toledo has moved to our village.

We regret to announce the serious illness of Master Bruce Ireland

Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Parker of Brockville spent last week visiting relatives here.

A sugar party will be held at the Rev. G.H. Porter on Friday evening next. Proceeds for church improvements funds.

The Foresters had an oyster supper on Monday evening in their lodge room where they spent an enjoyable time.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ireland left here on Wednesday last for Dakota where they intend making it their future home.


Tuesday March 26, 1895 issue

A week ago it was reported that Mr. David Dowsley of Frankville, the well known auctioneer, was dangerously ill. Since that time, we are pleased to say, his malady has taken a favourable turn and he is now in a fair way for recovery.


Tuesday April 2, 1895 issue

Frankville – Saturday, March 30-

Sugar making has commenced.

Our cheese factory opened on Tuesday, 19th, under the management of J. Jones.

Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Cornwell of Stratford were te guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. Richads last week.

Mr. Harry Boulgar left last week for Gananoque where he has secured a situation on the railroad. Harry has many warm friends here who regret his departure and wish him success in his new situation.

The many friends of Mr. David Dowsley will be pleased to learn that he is gaining slowly and hopes are now entertained of his recovery.


Form another correspondent.

Monday, April 1 –

We are cultivating at present a species of the ‘genus hominis.,’ known generally as cranks.

Another of our most prominent young men, in the person of Mr. C. Eaton, has ventured into the matrimonial arena, taking unto himself one of Athens’ fair – Miss. L. Niblock.

Messrs. C. Leehy, L.Brown, W. Hanton, S. Leehy, A. Rabb and W. Brownbridge with the aid of a rifle, shot gun and two hounds, succeeded in securing three fine specimens of the raccoon.

The members of the Parlor Club decided to close their meetings on account of the bad roads and stress of work, and on Tuesday evening, having invited their parents, they all met to partake of oysters and cake. It was needless to ask how any one enjoyed it, as the bright merry faces and pleasant conversation, mingled with joyous laughter, spoke for themselves. Having partaken of the refreshments, the tables were cleared and a programme, prepared by the members, was given as follows, with Mr. Wm. Richards in the chair:

Opening selections, orchestra; Speech, chairman; Vocal, ‘Remember you have children of your own;’ Reading , Miss. L. Mitchell ; Selection, orchestra; Reading, Miss. A. Richards; Vocal solo. Mr. F. Eaton; Address, Mr. H. Leehy; Address, M.J. Loucks; Duet, Miss I. Mitchell and Mr. J. Eaton; Chorus, Glee Club.

The meetings of the Parlor Club have had a most beneficial effect on the young people, both in intellectual and a social way, and it is hoped that the young people of Frankville will always continue to manifest the same interest in recital and literary work, and may success crown their efforts.


Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue

Frankville – Saturday, April 13,-

At the closing session of the Frankville Epworth League, Mr. Jos. Jones, the president, was presented with an address and a handsome bamboo table, as a slight token of esteem and a souvenir of his official term. Although the membership of the League is less numerous than last year, owing to the strict enforcement of the law respecting the pledge the interest has been well maintained, with unbroken harmony and increasing spiritual life. The Sabbath evening prayer and praise meetings, under the auspices of the League, will go on as usual during the summer.

Friday, April 13,-

Mr. H.K. Webster has made an assignment to Mr. Omer Brown of Delta.

Miss Birdie Vanlone of Delta, it the guest of her brother, Mr. Wm. Vanlone.

Mr. T. Dowsley, we are sorry to report, is very ill with pneumonia.

Miss Maud Duc of Silver Brook is the guest of Mrs. H.K. Webster.

Mr.H.H. Elliot of Queens College is home for the summer holidays.

Miss. Louisa Edgar of Toledo was the guest of the post master on Wednesday last.

The public school scholars gave a concert in the school house on Thursday afternoon last. Quite a number of visitors were present and report having an enjoyable time.

The Methodist church was nicely decorated for the Easter services. The choir rendered some suitable selections for the occasion.


Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue

Trickey – Henderson.- On April 3rd, at the Methodist parsonage, Frankville by the Rev. G.H. Porter, M.A., B.D., Mr. Melvin O. Trickey to Miss Lotitis Jane Henderson, both of County of Leeds


Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue

Toledo people were greatly excited last week over the disappearances and strange death of Miss Stevenson of Frankville.


Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue

Frankville, Saturday, June 15-

Rain is much needed in this section

The Methodist church is undergoing some necessary repairs

Mr. and Mrs. Darius Ireland and Mrs. M. Ireland spent a few days last week visiting Mrs. E.T. Latimer of Lansdowne.

Mr. O.L. Munroe has the cellar wall of his house completed.

A union social was held at the parsonage on Friday evening last, when a very enjoyable time was spent.

The Rev. G.H. Porter, M.A., B.D. preached his farewell sermon on Sunday morning last to a large congregation. The rev. gentleman, during the two years as pastor, has made many warm friends here and many join with us in wishing him success in his new field of labor.

A.H. Parker is selling his store now occupied by Mr. B. Crait.


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Frankville, Saturday July 6 –

Farmers are nearly through haying.

Miss May McGuire of Brockville is the guest of Miss Josie Brombridge.

Mr. Troop of Prescott is visiting friends here

A number of young people of this place spent an enjoyable time at the residence of Mr. Sloan Leehy on Friday evening last.

A new tin shop is being opened up here.

Miss Lucy Easton of Eastons’ Corners and Miss Hattie Easton of Merrickville are visiting friends here.

Mr. O.L Munroe has moved his house on the lot in the village, which makes quite an improvement.

The trustees of our school intend making some improvements in our school house during the holidays.

A baseball team is being organized here.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Dowsley are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dowsley

Rev. Mr. Stevenson, pastor of St. Thomas’ church is at present seriously ill.


Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Frankville – Monday, July 15,-

The rain of last week was much needed.

Mr. Richard Running is nicely recovering from a serious cut on the hand.

Rev. Mr. Stephenson, pastor of the English church, died on Sunday, 7th, and was taken to the Brockville cemetery on Wednesday.

Many are preparing to take a trip on the B&W, at the time of the excursion to Union Park and among the Thousand Islands on Thursday next.

Mr. J.C. Eaton has at present the largest class of pupils on the piano and organ of any other teacher in Leeds and county. Mr. Eaton has many excellent selections of his own composing, principally for piano.

Mr. A. James filled the pulpit on Sunday, 14th, in the absence of the Rev. Mr. Stilwell, pastor

Mr. Ed Moles of Athens was in our village on Sunday last with his bicycle.

Our merchants are causing a large excitement.


Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue

Frankville Saturday, July 27 –

Mr. J. Bullis is doing a rushing business in the meat line.

Master B. Dowsley of Kingston is visiting his grandfather, Mr. D. Dowsley

The trustees of our school have engaged the service of Miss Barnett of Robison’s Mills to teach our school the remainder of the year.

The Rev. Mr. Stillwell, who has been confined to his house for the past two weeks, is now convalescent.

The trustees of our school are having some improvements made on our school house during the holidays. Messrs. VanLoon & Hanton have the contracts, for the sum of $280.00.

A good ball match took place here on Saturday evening last between the Lombards and the house team.

Mr. J.Loucks of Picton is home spending his vacation.

Mr. D. Dowsley was in Brockville last week and received a large list of special prizes for the fall fair.


Tuesday Aug 6, 1895 issue

Frankville– Aug. 1 –

Our new tinsmith is doing a good business

Mr.Roland Downey is camping on Delta Lake.

Miss Flossie Edgers has returned home from a very enjoyable visit amongst friends

All of the people in this vicinity are looking forward to the two great fairs of this district, Unionville and Frankville. The full description of the special attractions to be seen only at Unionville fair, which appeared in last week’s Reporter, were eagerly read by our citizens. Nearly every one exclaiming, “I’ll be there”

Mr. E. Lewis and wife of Carleton Place are the guests of Miss. Lodema Eaton

Mr. D.McDonald and Miss Good, Carleton Place, were the guests of Thos. Good at the Brownbridge house last week.

Mr. McDougall of Brockville comes to our village frequently of late. ‘Tis said on special business.

The choir of the Methodist church here are going to have a social shortly at the residence of Wm. Eaton.

Miss Millie Stewart of Frankville is visiting Mrs. A.W. Judson of Glen Elbe


Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue

Mr. D. Dowsley, Frankville, is spending a week at Charleston, and is catching his full share of the fish.


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

Frankville, Friday, Sept. 6. –

Some necessary improvements are being made in the rectory

Dr. Dixon is at present on the sick list.

Mr, and Mrs. R. Parker of Brockville are visiting relatives here.

Mr. Geo. Holmes, who has been seriously ill for the past two weeks is now convalescing

Miss Katie and Blanche Leehy of Brockville are visiting relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Parker left on Monday for Toronto exhibition.

Farmers are beginning to fill their silos

A very happy event took place here on Wednesday evening, the occasion being the marriage of Mr. Alfred Ireland to Miss Minnie Reynolds, eldest daughter of Mr. John Reynolds. The union was performed by the Rev. M.J. Spratt at the R.C. Church, Toledo in the presence of a large number of invited guests. The bride was assisted by Miss Maggie Hanton, while Mr. Wm. Reynolds acted as best man. After the nuptial knot was tied the happy couple and guests repaired to the brides residence where a sumptuous repast had been prepared. All join in wishing them a happy wedded life.


Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue

Frankville, Monday, Oct 7, –

Mr. S.J. Stevenson of Ottawa was the guest of Mr. J. Richards last week.

Miss Gertie Coad, Brockville, is visiting her many friends in this vicinity.

A very quiet wedding took place at Mr. Enos Sopers, on Wednesday last it being the marriage of Miss. Etta to Mr. W.W. Devitt of New York City. After the wedding breakfast the happy couple left for their home in New York.

Miss Morrison, Soperton, was the guest of Mr. Enos Soper last week.

Miss Devitt of Easton’s Corners and Miss Ida Bates, Elbe Mills, are guests of Miss Cynthia Soper.

Mr. Hill Richards is a happy man. It’s a girl.

Will Dowsley has returned to Queen’s College, Kingston.

Dr. L.M. Dixon is improving in health. We hope to see him around in a short time.

Rumor says another wedding is soon to take place.

Mr. O.L. Munroe is drilling a well at the rear of his lot

Mr. Wm. Dowsley, jr., sad H.H. Elliott, who have been spending the summer at home, returned to Queen’s College, Kingston on Thursday last.

Mr. R. Brownbridge, proprietor of the Florida House, has made considerable improvements to his house, adding much to its appearance.


Tuesday Nov 12, 1895 issue

Frankville, Monday Nov 11, –

One or two cases of scarlet fever are reported here.

Mr. O.L. Munroe has moved into his new house.

Mr. R. Hanton has moved to Athens to reside

The special sermon to the Chosen Friends was preached by the Rev. R. Stilwell on Sunday at 2.30 p.m.

Mr. W. G. Richards has engaged a fine brick residence with Mr. Lyman Brown for his farm of 100 acres, paying the difference of $2,300.

We understand that Messrs. Jones & Robb have purchased the Farmers’ Friend cheese factory from Messrs. Smith & Knapp.


Tuesday Dec 10, 1895 issue

Frankville, Friday Dec. 6. –

Miss Burnett has been re-engaged to teach our school for the coming year.

Rev. R. Stilwell is this week conducting a series of revival services at the Leehy appointment.

Mr. Lyman Brown has moved to our village.

Miss Louisa Crummy, who has been in Dakota for the last two years, is home on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Crummy.

Miss Gerty Gallagher is visiting friends in Brockville

The annual milk meeting of Farmers’ Friend Factory was held in Brombridge’s hall on Tuesday evening last, when the report of the season was read by the Sec’y. W.D. Livingston On motion of J. Loucks, seconded by G. Percival, Mr. C.A. Wood took the chair for the evening. Mr.J.Jones was appointed salesman. W.D. Livingston, secretary, and A.H. Parker, treasurer. Mr. John Webster of Brockville was present and made a speech on the manufacture of cheese, also speaking of the high reputation that Farmers’ Friend factory had. He said it stood as high as any in the Brockville district, and hoped it would continue so.

Miss Rettier of Napanee is the guest of Miss Laura Mitchell



Addison – News from the Village 1889-1895

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing Addison  for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895


Jan 8, 1889

Miss. Jane Brown, Addison and Mr. Earl, of Young, were married on the 12th inst, at the residence of the bride’s father, amid festivities and pleasure. There was a large company of friends present, and many valuable presents were made.


Saturday Jan 26th, 1889-

The wedding of Mr.Sterns Knapp, of Plum Hollow, to Miss. Jennie Love of Addison, took place at the residence of the bride’s parents on Wednesday last the 28th inst. About eighty guests were present and the presents were numerous and costly, as well as being in good taste. The happy couple started the wedding trip on Uncle Sam’s side of the line followed by a shower of all the old boots and slippers which could be found in the Addison neighbourhood. May the newly wedded pair be blessed with every happiness


Addison Jan 29, 1889

Mrs. Poolab of Pleasant Valley has gone to Ottawa to spend a few weeks with her son, Lewis

Mr. Chas. Snider has gone to Michigan to make his fortune. We wish him success.

It is rumoured that wedding bells will soon ring in our village.


Addison: Mar 12, 1889 – Miss. Theresa Covey of Gananoque is the guest of Mr. Wm. Langdon her brother in law.

Mr. William Quinn has leased the blacksmith shop on King Street for another year, Success to Billy.

Mr. Ed Davis has secured the services of Mr. Henry Sheridan for the coming year. Mr. C. Stowell has succeeded in placing about twenty tons of ice in the mammoth ice house in his cheese factory for use this coming season.

Mrs. Pritchard has gone to Shelborne to visit her friends there.

Mr. Omar Arnold, who has been very sick for some time, will, we are glad to say, soon be convalescent.


Addison March 9th 1889 Our King St. blacksmith has been and gone and done it, and now Theresa is mistress of the little white house.

Mr. Ed McVagh has moved away to prepare for his cheese making this coming season, and Mr. Chas. Hayes has moved into the house vacated by him.

Mrs. A.Cole is spending a few days with her friends here.

Mr.David Langdon is very sick at his son William’s here.


Addison, Saturday March 16th,  1889

Died at the residence of his son William, Mr. David Langdon, at the advanced age of 76 years.

Mr.  Hirman Clow and lady of Yonge Mills, are the guests of Mr. William Langdon.

Senator Roberts has vacated his old residence on Selina St., and is snugly domiciled with our King St. tea merchant,


On Tuesday evening, 12th inst., there was held one of the largest, if not the largest, milk meeting ever held in this vicinity. Mayor Derbyshire, of Brockville and Mr. Strong made most eloquent addresses which were very edifying and beneficial.

Mr. Gibson of Elbe has moved to our village, having leased the celebrates Hillside Farm from Mr. Walter Lewis.


Addison, April 1st,  1889

On Tuesday evening, the 26th, a number of our villagers drove to Frankville to join in celebrating the marriage of Mr. Jackson of Gananoque, to Miss. Theresa Covey. The nuptial ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Styles at the residence of her brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.Y.Covey. The groom was ably assisted by Mr. H. Leacock, of Frankville, whilst Miss. Aggie Scott of Addison waited upon the bride. A number of guests were in attendance. The bride was the recipient of a number of handsome and valuable presents, which testified to the high esteem in which she was held by her many friends here. The ceremony being performed at 8:30 pm the happy couple and suits were invited to an adjoining room, where a sumptuous repast awaited, provided by the kind host and hostess. Justice having been done here and usual toasts proposed and responded to, the hall was quickly cleared and all were merry as the marriage bell when the sweet strains of the violin were sounded by Messrs. Leacock and Hannah. The light fantastic was tripped until the wee sma’ hours, except an occasional break for some favourite song. A very enjoyable evening was spent, and all separated for their several homes, well pleased with their evening’s enjoyment, and wishing for a similar meetings ere long. He happy couple are visiting here at her brother’s, Mr. Wm. Langdon, previous to removing to Gananoque. It is needless to add, they have the best wishes of this community for their future happiness.

Mrs. Prichard has returned from Shelburne and is now fully prepared to wait upon her many customers.

Mr. H.B. Brown, our popular agent for ploughs, harrows, binders, etc., of the east ward, is doing a good business, being energetic and attentive to orders. Henry is always cheerful and ready to deal.

Messer’s. R.M. Arnold and E. Wiltse are busily engaged completing our village factory, which will be second to none in Ontario. Mr. Stowell is bound to give big results.

Any one desirous of inspecting a first class farm house, with regard to plan of rooms, mode of heating etc., should call on Mr. E Davis and have his wants gratified.

Mr. Geo. Pullah has returned from New York. He is looking hale and hearty, especially when wearing that elegant suit of clothes just got from H.S. Moffatt.

A vacant shoe shop here now and a good opening.

One of Glen Buell’s worthy scribes received an invitation to attend a wedding at a friend’s house a few miles out in the back country. To be sure of getting there in good time preparations were made for an early start, so old Dolly was slicked up and everything put in the finest order possible. Old Dolly being rather high spirited, and his honour being so enamoured with the scenery, he partially forgot the object in pursuit, and wandered off the road altogether. After driving four or five miles our of his way, on making enquiries as to his whereabouts, he was directed by a kind friend Mr. Charles Goff, to the haven he desired to reach, but unfortunately too late to see the nuptial knot tied or to partake of the sumptuous repast provided by the host for the evening.

Mr. C. Stowell has got the boiler for his factory on the ground.

Sugar making is the order of the day, that is, when the sap runs.

Mr. A. Cole of Ogdensburg arrived on the 2 pm train. He intends spending a few days here on very important business.


Addison, Monday April 8th   1889

Mrs. Pritchard has moved from King St. and has opened a first class dress making emporium on the corner of King and Selina Sts.

Mr. George Jackson leaves here this morning for the great North west where he intends to take up land and farm on a big scale. He is accompanied as far as Carleton Place by his brother in law, Mr. Wm. Langdon, who also intends going out to the North West next spring.

Sugar parties are all the go now, but gather up the feathers nice and clean, boys.

Mrs. George Patterson presented her husband with a fine girl baby one day last week. George is all smiles now.


Anyone wanting choice selections of eggs for setting purposes should call on our King St. fowl fancier, Mr. Wm. Langdon.

Birth: On the 8th inst., the wife of Walter Lewis, a son.


Addison- Saturday May 11, 1889

Mr. Frank Taplin met with quite an accident yesterday, which might have resulted fatally. As he was trying to capture a colt, it accidentally kicked him, rendering him insensible for some time, At last accounts, he was improving slowly.

Our King St. tea merchant has succumbed to high pressure in business and gone railroading for a change.

Miss. Koyle of Brockvlle is the guest of Mr. Walter Lewis.

Mr. Charles Snider has the misfortune to lose his celebrated Rysdik colt. High feed and indigestion were too much for him.

The first consignment of this season’s cheese left here on Thursday. It was pronounced a number 1 article, and was purchased by Mr. D. Derbyshire of Brockville.

Mr. H. B. Brown has sold his celebrated Hillside arm to Mr. G.S. Booth, which eaves a good blacksmith stand to lease, second to none in the country.


Addison- Saturday June 18, 1889

As Mr. James Barlow and his daughter, Mrs. Levi Church, were returning from the English Church dinner at Athens, one of the lines fell from the old gentleman’s hands, causing the horses to plunge into a deep ditch. Both were thrown from the vehicle, Mr. Barlow receiving serious injuries, which confined him to his bed, and Mrs. Church escaping with a bad cut in the forehead.

Mrs. Mowat and family, California, are guests at Mr. W. Lewis’.

Mr. E.S. Wiltse and his son are away erecting a house for Mr. A. Cole, Kitley.

Mrs. A.A. Davis, Brockville is visiting friends here.

Mrs. Demming, Gananoque, and Miss. Poolah, Brockville are visiting Mrs. Poolah, Pleasant Valley.

The rain is doing much damage. Some farmers have not finished seeding yet, and some of the fields look like miniature lakes.


Saturday June 22nd   1889

The annual lawn social in connection with the Addison circuit of the Methodist Church will take place on Wednesday evening next. This is a very popular fixture and we have no doubt it will be well attended. Both the retiring and incoming pastors will be present.


Tuesday July 2nd, 1889

Owing to the juicy conditions of the weather on Wednesday last, the Addison lawn social was postponed to Friday the 5th inst.


Addison Saturday July 20- 1889

Farmers have commenced haying in this section and report a very heavy crop.

Mr. Ezra Wiltse has been engaged by Mr. Levi Lewis of Newboro, as assistant clerk in his store.

Miss. Hester Wiltse is home spending vacation with her friends here.

Our King St. tea merchant arrived home on Thursday night last, but owing pressure of business, stayed only a short time.

Mr. H. Brown started one of his Maxwell binders on the farm of Malcom Brown, which gave such entire satisfaction to Malcom that he purchased it on the spot. He sold two ore the same day.

Mr. Henry Sherden, who has been sick all the season, at last accounts, was no better.

Mr. Willam Wiltse and his best girl passed through our village en route to see their friends at Young Mills.


We were in error in our item two weeks ago when we stated that Mr. and Mrs. W. Mallory, of Mallorytown, were guests of W. Lewis of this place. We have learned since that Mr. Mallory is a widower and that his companion was one of Mallorytown’s most respectable young ladies. When we knew Mr. Mallory, a few years ago, he was married and having never heard of his wife’s death, se supposed that it was his wife that was with him. We make this correction in justice to the parties concerned.


Mr. Ed Stowell of Addison, is making a tour of inspection with the cheese instructor in the Province of Quebec. Ed is determined to know all there is to be known about the cheese industry.


Addison- Saturday Dec 14 1889

Miss Jennie Gibson has been engaged to teach our school for the next year.

Mr. Joseph Moulto has moved into our village and now occupies the villa vacated by Senator Roberts.

Our mayor has consented to remain with us anther year on condition that he be furnished with an assistant on all pubic days.

Mr. Edward McVeigh, of West Winchester was in our village this week obtaining his share of the estate of the late Sarah McVeigh.


Addison- Saturday, Dec 28 1889

Our Christmas concert for the benefit of our Sunday School proved a success, the receipts amounting to enough to carry our school for the coming year. The solos and recitations were first class in every respect. The lecture delivered by Rev. Mr. Oliver was very interesting and the suggestions thrown out by our worthy divine are worthy of our careful consideration.

Mr. A. Cole of Kitley has opened out a cabinet shop at the residence of Mr. Ezra Wiltse, King St. east.


Addison Dec 26th, 1889

Barlow’s Cheese Factory- As it has become customary among cheese factories to make a public statement of accounts during the year, I thought I would make the following reports which I hope you will consider worthy of space in your valuable paper.

Total amount of milk received at Barlow’s Factory was 720,018 lbs. from which was made 69,586 lbs. of cheese; lbs. of milk to lb cheese 10.47 lbs; average price per lb. cheese 9.47 cents; total amount received for cheese $6589.28; amount of manufacturing $869.76, leaving a net balance of nearly $15.70 per ton to patrons. Signed C.L. McCrady, Secretary.

Tuesday Oct 16, 1894 issue-

Addison- Saturday Oct 13-

Mr. William Gray of Forthton, has the contract of repairing the Grand Central for H.S. Moffatt.

Mrs. Walter Lewis of King St., will leave in a few days to spend the winter with her parents in New York State.

Mrs. Poulin of Pleasant Valley, has moved to Brockville and Mayor Kelley will occupy the villa for the coming year. The foreman of the Model farm at Mt. Pleasant and his best girl were visiting friends at Slab St. recently.

Mrs. Hiram Brown and her daughter Lillian of Michigan are visiting their many friends in this vicinity for a few weeks.

It is rumoured that a young gentleman from Deer Park visited the stocking farm last week, and it is said that he got some very fine footwear for winter.

Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-

Addison, Monday Oct. 29-

Mr. Moore and lady of Hamilton, Ontario are the guests of Mr. W.Lewis of King St.

It is rumoured that there is to be a change in the dispenser of knowledge in our school next year. We see no reason why there should be a change, as our present teacher is giving first-class satisfaction.

Mr. Daniel Livingston and lady, of Hard Island, were visiting friends at Silver Brook for a few days last week.

The Rev. Mr. Scanlon of Brockville was canvassing our village in aid of the Stanstead college last week. He met with a hearty response from a few of our most wealthy citizens.

Miss. Anna Langdon of Mt. Royal, is recuperating at Silver Brook for a few days.

Mr. Fred Bates has engaged as foreman on the Model Farm at Maple Grove for this winter.

Mr. John Latham and a lady, of Yonge Mills, spent a few pleasant days with friends at Mt. Pleasant last week.

Foreman Hull has severed his connection with the Model farm at Mt. Pleasant for the present, but will resume his former position in the spring if all is well.

Mr. Ezra Wiltse , of King St, is engaged erecting a very commodious building for Mr. A. Cole of Kitley, this week . Ezra is a hustler, and makes things ‘git’ sometimes.

Nov 18, 1894 issue-

Addison, Saturday Nov.10-

Mr. Robert Barlow of Glossville has leased his farm to a very extensive farmer of Kitley and will live a retired life for a few years to come.

Dr. Brown of Mt. Pleasant has disposed of his celebrated bay, Boston, to Mr. Richard Cardiff of Glossville who intends fitting it up for spring races.

Messrs. Henry and William Knox have returned home after spending a few days with friends at Inkerman and vicinity.

Messrs. Hyde and Co. have been engaged for some days constructing a water course across King st., which will drain all the water on the north side of Selina st. It was badly needed.

Mr.George Langdon of Mt. Royal, has been on the sick list for a few days. We hope it will not prove serious.

Quite a number of our local sports attended the fair at North Augusta on the 2nd inst. And did considerable business. Jabes was on hand and did some big swapping as usual.

Mr. William Peterson of Rocksprings has leased the residence on King st. from Mr. Frank Eiltse, of Silver Brook. We extend a hearty welcome.

Miss. Adda Sexton has engaged to teach Toledo school for the coming year.


Tuesday Nov 20, 1894 issue-   (date show is the date on the paper, not the correct date)

Addison, Saturday Nov. 24-

Foreman Hull has severed his connection with our King St. farmer and Mr. George Evans has been engaged to fill the vacancy.

Mrs. Wellinngton Lewis, who has been seriously ill for some time, is slowly recovering.

Mr. Fred Bates has said good bye to his many friends in this section and will recuperate in the balmy breezes of York state for the future.

Mrs.[sic] William Peterson has been engaged as foreman at Maple Grove for the present.

Mr. Benson Empy has been engaged to instruct the youths of our school for the coming year.


Addison, Saturday Nov. 24-

Wedding bells have again pealed forth their melodies in our midst’s, it being the marriage of Mr. John Best, of Glossville to Hanna, daughter of Mr. James Brown of the same place on the 21st inst. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Knox in the presence of about 100 invited guests, after which all partook of a sumptuous repast provided for the occasion. The presents were costly and numerous, showing the very high esteem in which the young couple were held in the community. The orchestra from Addison and vicinity assembled about 10:45 o’clock and discoursed some excellent music. The bride and groom left on the 2 p.m. train for Ottawa on a short honeymoon trip, taking with them the best wishes of  all that theirs may be a long and happy life.


The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser


Tuesday Jan. 1, 1895 issue-

The entertainment which took place on Wednesday, Dec 19th, was a grand success. The children who took part in it showed that their instructors, Mrs. Forth and Miss. Clow, did their utmost to make entertainment as pleasing and interesting as possible. The recitations by Misses Towriss, Henderson, Orton and Whaley, and Mesrs. Lynn and Stewart were given in their usual good style and gave evidence that there is no lack of talent in that direction here. The musical part played no small share towards making the entertainment a success. We beg leave to thank the Addison orchestra for the choice selections rendered by them. The instrumental music furnished by Master Allen Lapointe showed marked ability and as time advances we hope to see him one of the shinning lights in the musical world. The Christmas tree fairly groaned under its weight of presents for the children. After receiving these a treat of nuts and candies was given them, and all went home feeling happy. Before closing we must not forget to thank genial John Yates for the very able manner in which he filled the chair.


Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-

Rev. Wm. Knox of Addison is the possessor of a monster bald eagle; its wings outspread measuring over eight feet from tip to tip.


Addison- Saturday Jan. 5-

Mr. Peter Baker of Cornwall, is spending a few days with friends in Glossville and vicinity.

The village carpenter, of Slab st., has resumed his studies at the corner school house for another year. We wish him success.

It is rumoured that wedding bells will soon ring at Silver Brook. We extend congratulations.

R.H. Field and lady, of King st. were visiting friends at Mallorytown this week.

It is rumoured that a prominent citizen of Silver Brook is about to unite with the Loyal Orange Lodge of this place.

Mr. William Langdon and lady. of Lyn, spent New Year’s with friends in the village. (Addison)

It is just whispered that one of our King st. gents is about to take a life partner in the near future.


We regret to learn of the death of Mrs. Robt. Barlow of Addison which occurred on Tuesday evening, 8th inst.. Funeral on Thursday at 10 a.m. from family residence to Christ church, Athens. Mrs. Barlow was a sister of Ralph Davis, Brockville; Wm. Davis, Frankville; and Edward Davis, Addison. She has been a great sufferer for several years and death came as a welcome release from pain. The family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.


On Sunday evening, George Stewart, aged 19 years, only son of Mr. Hiram Stewart, died at his home in Addison after a brief illness. On Christmas day he joined a skating party at Greenbush and contracted a severe cold, which despite the best of medical care, terminated fatally. The funeral takes place to-day at 10 a.m.


Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-

One of the largest funeral processions that ever entered Athens was on Thursday of Mrs. Rob’t Barlow, whose death at Addison was chronicled last week. Nearly ninety cutters filled with friends and neighbors were in line. Service was conducted at Christ Church.


Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-

Addison, Monday, Jan 20.-

The Rev. Mr. Klyne is conducting revival service in our church this week and we hope much good may be accomplished.

The proprietor of the Model farm at Mt. Pleasant has been engaged for the past week hauling wood from his timber limit at Glen Buell.

Miss. Field, of Mallorytown, is the guest of Mr. R. H. Field. King st. east

Mrs. Argue of Ottawa is visiting at the parsonage for a few weeks.

Mr. Ezra Wiltse and Miss Viola Wiltse of King st. east were visiting friends at Jasper on Sunday last

Mr. Joseph Moulton is engaged as foreman with Mr. William Woof for the rest of the winter.

Mr. Charles Hayes has severed his connection with the Model farm at Maple Grove and has taken a residence in Lyn. He will be missed very much as he was a general favourite with all. We wish him and his family success in their new home.


Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-

Addison, Saturday Feb.3

The 3rd quarterly meeting for the year was held in our church on Sabbath last. The Rev. Mr. Knox delivered a very impressive address to a large congregation and administered the sacrament to about 100 communicants.

The juvenile instructor of Slab st., is having the best success with her pupils as far as can be ascertained.

Owing to unavoidable circumstances that little machine agent has failed to connect, but if there is anything very important transpires in the quire little burg we would be very happy to hear it.

Mr. Burton Smith and lady of Fairfield attended quarterly service in our village on Sunday last.

Mrs. H.B. Brown has been on the sick list for a few days, but under the skilful treatment of Dr. Stanley is recovering.

Mr. Noah Gifford and lady of Soperton paid our village a visit on Saturday last.

The Rev. Mr. Klynes will continue revival services for a few weeks. Success has crowned his labours and still the good work goes on.

Messrs. Kelly and Strong have succeeded in storing about 100 tons of ice for use in Palace factory, the trade of which, promises to be larger than ever before.

Tuesday Feb. 19, 1895 issue-

Addison, Monday, Feb 18-

The many friends of Mrs. George Empy will be glad to hear that she is slightly better and hopes are entertained of her recovery.

Mrs. A. Church of Mt. Pleasant was taken suddenly ill on Saturday last. Dr, Bourns of Frankville, was summoned and at last accounts she was slowly recovering.

Mr. Hiram Langdon and lady, of Carleton Place, are visiting friends in this vicinity for a few weeks.

Mr. Geo. Clow of Yonge Mills, was the guest of Mayor Langdon of Mt. Royal on Sunday last.

Mr. C. Stowel, of Maple Grove, is slightly indisposed. We hope it will not prove serious.

Miss Maud Ducolon, of Silver Brook, visiting friends in Frankville and vicinity for a few days last week.

It is rumoured that one of our King st. gents has a slight hankering after one of the leading belles of Jasper. Go it while your young –  a faint heart never wins a fair lady.

The revival services have closed in our village for the present, the Rev. Mr. Klyne goes to Slab st. for the present. Goodness knows, he is badly needed in that section, and we wish his labours may prove of benefit to many.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue-

Addison, Monday, Feb 25-

Again it is our sad duty to chronicle the sudden demise of one of our most highly respected residents of Mt. Pleasant in the person of Mrs. A. Church, who took ill on the 16th inst. The best of medical skill was summoned and all that kind friends could do was done, but to no avail. Death came as a release from pain and suffering in the short space of only four days. She was a kind and devoted wife to her husband and a loving mother to her six little children that are left to morn her loss. She always had a kind word and cheerful greeting for every one, under all circumstances, and few there are in this section that had more friends. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and six little children, four sons and two daughters, one brother and sister, and a kind father and mother. The funeral service was performed by the Rev. Mr. Knox in our church, after the remains were conveyed to the family cemetery in Athens. The bereaved friends and family have the heartfelt sympathy of all in this their hour of sorrow and trouble, knowing that it will be a happy transition from a world of suffering and pain to a home with her blessed Saviour in the realms of eternal glory.


Dearest Phoeba, thou hast left us,

Here thy loss we deeply feel,

But ‘tis God that has bereft us,

He can all our sorrows heal.


But in heaven we hope to meet thee,

When the trials of life are o’er,

And to clasp thee to our bosom,

There to dwell for evermore.


Master Harry Church is very sick at present, caused by blood poison, and little hopes are entertained of his recovery.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue-

Mrs. Martha Duclon, relic of the late Peter Duelon of Addison died at the residence of her son-in-law, Joseph Miller, Elizabethtown, on Saturday evening last

Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue-

Mrs. John Patterson of Greenbush and Lorren N. Brown, Addison and their families are among the latest additions to Athens’ population.


Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue-

Marriage- Johnston- Robertson- On Feb 20 at the Methodist parsonage, Addison by Rev.W. Knox, assisted by Rev. Mr. Gomery of Montreal. Mr. W.J. Johnston of Yonge, to Miss. A. McMillen Robertson, daughter of Mr. James Robertson of Scotland.

Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue-

Addison- Monday, March 4 –

Mr. Edward Gray has returned home after spending a few days with friends in Gananoque and vicinity.

Among the arrivals on Saturday evening express was our old friend Uncle Daniel, who will recuperate at Mt. Royal for a few days.

Miss. Viola Wiltse is visiting friends in Kingston for a few weeks. Mrs. William Cross and grand daughters Ellie and Mabel Cross were visiting at the residence of Mr. Ezra Wiltse, King st., this week.

Uncle Chauncy is able to resume his position as foreman. He says it takes more than a broken limb to interfere with his business.

Mr. George Marshall was taken very ill on Saturday last. We hope it will not prove serious.

Mr. R.M. Arnold of Selina st., received the contract of fitting up the emporium for the P.I.’s at Mt. Pleasant, his being the lowest tender.

On Friday last, Emms, second daughter of Mr. W. Miller of Mt. Royal, fell from the loft in his barn. Her head came in contact with some machinery cutting it in several places and fracturing the skull. Dr. Stanley was called and dressed it, removing several pieces of the bone. She is in a very critical condition at present.

Again we are reminded of our mortality by the removal of one of the oldest citizens on Slab street in the person of Martha, relict of the late Peter Dacolon. Diseased was in the 85th year of her age and had been an invalid for the last nine years. She bore her long illness with Christian patience and never was heard to murmur or complain. She leaves one son and four daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral services were performed in our church by the Rev. Mr. Know after which the remains were conveyed to the family cemetery at Athens. The bereaved friends have the sympathy of all in this their hour of sorrow and bereavement.


Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue-

Concert at Addison

Throughout the whole of Ontario the Ladies’ Aid as a society has cast its influence, devoting the time and talent of its members to better the social and financial conditions of the church. It is only necessary for us to know that a concert and dinner is given by a Ladies’ Aid when we at once conclude that the proceeds are for some good and useful purpose.

The Ladies’ Aid of Addison gave an entertainment in the school house on Friday evening and although the roads were in a bad condition, a good crowd assembled to pass an enjoyable hour. About 8 o’clock the president of the society, Mrs. Stowell, took the chair and proceeded with a lengthy programme.

An orchestra consisting of the boys of Addison and also of Athens orchestra entertained the audience while the curtains were down and the managers preparing for the next scene.

The first selection was by Mrs. Byron Loverin entitled “Carl the Martyr” It was a lengthy recitation but the ability and naturalness the reciter held the eager attention of the large crowd until the  closing when she received hearty and prolonged applause. Mr. Crawford, disguised as a  ??? represented “Mayor ??” at the World’s fair, paying $2. a day for his board with the additional ??? of a “Donkey” to drink his wine and bed bugs as large as squirrels. Mr. Crawf [sic] Slack, of Athens gave some of his comic songs in a popular style as to receive an encore after every appearance.

The moments sped swiftly as they generally do when people are happy, and before the programme was finished the clock had chimed eleven. All were apparently satisfied with their entertainment and dispersed to their several homes leaving about $30. in the hands of the “Aid”.


Tuesday March 12, 1895 issue-

Last week the Reporter printed labels for the apiary of W.D. Livingston, Frankville and for the maple syrup manufactory of Levi Monroe Addison. These little advertisers do not cost much and greatly enhance the appearance of the cans containing the liquid sweeteners they describe. We have paper specifically suited for the purpose. Send or call and get an estimate for what you require. The name of the producer attached to an article is a guarantee of excellence and always has weight with the buyer.


Tuesday March 19, 1895 issue-

The Addison Concert

An occasional correspondent having given the Reporter only a brief account of the Addison concert, another correspondent sends the following:

The concert given in Addison by the young people of that place on the evening of Friday, March 1st, was a decided success. Although the evening was not a favourable one the school house was well filled with an appreciative audience. In the enforced absence of Dr. Bourns of Frankville the chair was taken by Mrs. Ed. Stowell who, with marked ability disposed of a lengthy programme consisting of choruses, recitations, dialogues, songs, quartets, trio and a charade. The recitations given by Miss. Towriss of Glen Buell, Miss Clara Arnold, Miss Minnie Duclon and Mrs. Byron Loverin were well received, that of Miss Towriss being especially pleasing and though it was her first appearance among the people of Addison we can assure her of a hearty reception should she again favour them. Mr. Byron Haskin of Greenbush very creditably assisted in the singing and other parts of the programme. Mr. Slack of Athens received hearty encores after each of his selections. A good orchestra consisting of members from Athens and Addison gave abundance of music. The dialogues were of a harmonious style and kept the audience convulsed with laughter. We can assure the people of Addison of a full house should they give another concert.


Addison, Saturday, March 16-

Mr. Wilbert Mallory and lady of Mallorytown were visiting friends in this vicinity for a few days last week.

Mr. Fred Taplin has arrived home from New York and is taking a course in the Business College in Brockville for the present.

The proprietor of the Model at Mt. Pleasant has purchased the celebrated trotting mare, Black Diamond from Mr. A. Church, for the exorbitant sum of four hundred. He intends fitting her up for the turf and will make it hot for the boys this summer.

Mr. Franklin Wiltse and son of Silver Brook, champion  sawers of this section, cut nearly 100 cords of stove wood in one day recently for Mr. Selah Hawks of Glossville. Any one wanting wood cut on short notice should give them a call.

Our little machine agent is doing a rushing business this spring, as every one far and near finds it to their advantage to deal with him, as he handles none but first-class goods and is always open for a trade. He will take a quantity of first class syrup in deal if customers prefer.

There is not a snipe in five miles around that will need a cathartic this summer if the author of that beautiful poetic illusion will take the trouble to read it to them by the light of the moon. We will be very glad to furnish and information at any time that would help them to pose as a first rate poet, but we are afraid to gorge them with too much at a time for fear their poor dilapidated cranium might explode.

Mr. Delbert Patterson, of Jasper, paid our village a short visit last week.

Mr. A. Church of Mt. Pleasant has moved to Glossville which leaves a first class blacksmith stand to lease for the present.

Mr. Ezra Wiltse, jr., has engaged as foreman with Mr. R.H. Field for this season.


Tuesday March 26, 1895 issue-

Mr. H.S. Moffatt, Addison is conducting one of his clearing sales. All interested should obtain one of his bills giving quotations.


Tuesday April 2, 1895 issue-

Addison, Saturday, March 30 –

Miss. Viola Wiltse has returned home after spending a few pleasant days with friends in Kingston. Rumor has it that she may become a permanent resident of the Lime stone city in the near future.

Mr. Thomas Charlton and his charming young bride passed through our village last week en route to visit his brother George at Mt. Royal. Tommy says any one saying a marriage is a failure is sadly mistaken.

Owing to a slight mistake between uncle Chancy and the proprietor of our King st. farmer, the foreman will strike for an advance in his salary this season.

Mr. William Hay has been engaged as assistant in our cheese factory this season. We wish him success.

Mr. George Evans has bid his many friends in this section good-bye for the present, having engaged as foreman on the Model farm of Mr. Morton Knapp, of Lake Eloida. We congratulate Mr. Knapp on securing so efficient a foreman, as Mr. Evans had a large experience with one of our leading farmers in this vicinity, last season.

One of our local sports has purchased the fashionable turn-out from Mr. W. Lewis of King st.

Mr. A. McVeigh of Mt. Royal is busily engaged buying deacon skins, for which he pays the highest prices. Among the numerous arrivals at the Florida House last week we noticed our old friend Mr. John O’Connor.


Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue-

Addison, Saturday, April 13 –

Mr. H.S. Moffatt is shipping 500 gallons of syrup out north, for which he pays the highest price of any buyer in this section.

Mr. A. Davis and family of Brockville spent a few days in our village, the guest of R.H. Field, King st.

Mr. David Wiltse has been engaged as foreman in our butter factory for a few weeks. The Dominion Government wants some choice samples just now, and David is just the boy can do it.

Mr. John O’Connor paid our village a short call recently on some very important business. John is a hustler and we hope he will succeed all right.

Mr. Robert Dixie of East Saginaw has leased the Prospect cottage at Mt. Pleasant and will assist Professor Blanchard to superintend the Model farm for this season, which will give the proprietor more time to devote to his other business. With a little development, he will eclipse any of our local sports, as Black Diamond is sure to win every time.

Mr. Fred Blanchard is spending the Easter holidays with friends on King st.

For the benefit of the church fund, the toe [sic] social at Mt. Royal last week was largely attended by the leading aristocrats of our village. They report a pleasant time. Glorious church work ! – first a resurrection concert, then a toe [sic] social, and the Lord knows what won’t come next. We wish them success.

Tuesday April 30, 1895 issue-

Addison- April 27-

Mr. David Wiltse has engaged with Mr. George Barnes of Athens as cheese maker in the factory at Portland. We wish him success.

Mr. Wellington Lewis of King st. has been on the sick list for a few days. We hope it will not prove serious.

Uncle Chancy, foreman for our King st. farmer, has bid good bye to his many friends in this section, having secured a position in a very extensive ranch in Michigan. We hope he ma succeed in his new home.

Mr. Robert Dixie and lady are snugly domiciled at Mt. Pleasant where they will reside for this season. They will be happy to entertain any of their old friends who may call.

We are very sorry your Elbe correspondent made a slight mistake in informing the public that our little machine agent had cancelled his engagement at Slab st., as it is not so; he never fails to connect and gets there every time. We hope the Elbe correspondent will be a little more careful in the future, as it might prove serious.

Mr. A. McVeigh of Mt. Royal has leased the Baker estate and will farm it quite extensively this season. We wish him success.

Alfred Pepper moved to Jellyby, having leased Orchard Valley cheese factory for this season.

The many friends of Mr. Thomas Brown, a former resident of this section, are very sorry to hear of his illness and hope he will soon recover.

Mr. A. Cole and lady of Kingston is about to ocate to this section We extend a hearty welcome.


Tuesday May 21, 1895 issue-

Addison Orangemen are arranging for an excursion over the B&W to Newboro on Dominion Day


Addison School House – The appearance of our school yard has been much improved by the levelling and planting of more trees. Also the windows of the house are adorned with nice plants, all of which will have a beneficial part in the education of the pupils in attendance.


We regret to have to announce the death of Mrs. Alex. Blanchard who passed quietly away on the evening of Saturday the eleventh inst., at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr, Wm. Connell. Deceased was in the 59th year of her age and was much beloved by all who knew her. The funeral services, which were well attended, took place at the Quaker church, Athens. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Mrs. Howard McGrath of New York arrived last Wednesday on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dixon.


Tuesday June 11, 1895 issue-

Addison- Monday, June 10 –

Road work is the order of the day in this section right now.

Mayor Langdon of Mt. Royal has been engaged for some time erecting quite an extensive addition to his family residence which, when finished, will add greatly to its appearance. The mayor is a hustler and never leaves anything half done. Mr. E. Wiltse of King St. has the contract.

The editor of the Newboro Standard registered at the Florida house last week.

Mr. Omer Arnold is so far recovered as to be able to go out driving occasionally.

It is rumoured that one of our King st. gents allied himself with the United Workmen while in Ottawa recently. We wish him every success.

Mr. C. Hawks & Co. have struck a bonanza in the manufacture of a composition for the destruction of the Texan fly, as it is a sure thing every time, and everybody should but it.

Mr. A. Cole and lady of Kitley were guests of Mr. Ezra Wiltse, King st. east on Sunday last.

Quite a number of our local sports intend going to Westport on Dominion day.

Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue-

The Ladies’ Aid of Addison will hold a strawberry festival on the lawn of Mr. E. Stowell on the evening of Thursday June 27th. Athens brass band will be in attendance. Toledo and Addison football teams will play a final game in a field opposite the lawns at 6p.m. Ice-cream sold on the grounds. A grand time is expected.


Tuesday June 25, 1895 issue-

Remember the lawn social at Mr. Ed Stowell’s, Addison, on Thursday evening next. Addison and Toledo football teams play a final game and Athens brass band will be present.

Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue

Greenbush- Saturday, June 29 –

The strawberry festival last Thursday evening on the lawn at Mr. Ed Stowell’s, under the auspices of the Ladies’ Aid Society of Addison, was a decided success. The evening was fine, the lawn was nicely illuminated, while the shower of the previous day had gladdened the hearts of the people; the Athens Citizens’ band furnished abundance of choice music, and everything seemed conductive to merriment and good cheer. The grocery on the grounds was under the able management of Mr. Byron Loverin and yielded a good profit. Misses Maud Taplin and Lizzie Kelly helped to swell the financial profit of the evening by selling home made candy and bouquets.


Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Addison, Saturday, July 8 –

The farmers in this section are mostly through haying and report the highest crop for many years.

Several of our local sports took in the excursion to Westport on Dominion day and seemed very much pleased with their trip.

Mayor Langdon of Mt. Royal assisted at the Model farm at Mt. Pleasant for a few days last week.

It is rumoured that Mr. George Horton, a very extensive farmer of Kitley, has a slight hankering after one of the leading belles of Silver Brook. Go it, George, a faint heart never wins a fair lady.

Mrs. Langtry and two sons of Carleton Place are visiting friends in this vicinity for a few weeks.

Dr. Brown and Mr. R. Dixie have the contract of securing the hay crop on the experimental farm at Mt. Pleasant. We wish them every success.

Quite a number of the leading citizens of Silver Brook attended the celebration at Ogdensburg on the 4th.

The village carpenter of Slab st. has resumed his studies at the little yellow school house, and has promised to be more diligent in the future.

The social given at Maple Grove by the Ladies’ Aid was a grand success, realizing about $50, but the trouble is now they do not know what to do with the money.

Again it is our sad duty to chronicle the sudden demise of one of the most promising citizens of our vicinity in the person of Miss. Mabel, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ormond Moore, in the 14th year of her age , with that flattering disease, consumption. Deceased was beloved and admired by all who knew her. The funeral service was preformed in our church by the Rev. Mr. Hagar of Athens, after which the remains were conveyed to the family cemetery at New Dublin. The parents and friends have the utmost sympathy of all in this their hour of sorrow and affliction.


Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue

Addison Monday, July 15,-

The parsonage here is being repaired and painted, and when done will present a pleasing appearance.

Miss Ray Boyde of Athens returned home last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Arnold intend starting on a visit tomorrow, to the Rev. W. Rilance of Cardinal

Miss E. Bissell is attending the sick bed of her aunt, near Ottawa

Messers. W. Gibson and W. Hay went to Ottawa on the 12th

Mrs. C.F. Gray who has been on the sick list for some time past, is slowly recovering under the skilful treatment of Drs. Dixon and Bourns.

On Wednesday of last week Mr. Benson Empey bid good-bye to bachelorhood and was married to Miss Sheldon of Chantry. Benson’s many friends here extend congratulations.

Miss Jennie Bishop of Oswego, N.Y. is visiting Mr. Jas. Brown’s.

The Ladies’ Aid society of this place is doing a good work. The members, only thirteen in number, have raised for church purposes over one hundred dollars in the last five months.

The small auxiliary of the W.F.M.S. was last week presented with the annual donation of $10 from Mr. Robt. Connel of Greenbush. Mr. Connel is a great help to the mission cause here and we think there are others who might do likewise.


Tuesday Aug 6, 1895 issue

Addison, Saturday Aug 3 –

Rev. Mr. Pimlot will hold a mammoth camp-meeting at Forthton about the 20th inst. We hope much good may be accomplished.

Miss Alma and Cora Langdon of Mt. Royal are visiting friends at Lyn for a few days.

Mr. A. Church has disposed of Black Diamond to Mr. William Mulcahy, of Caintown. Look out, boys, you want to get a hustle on now, as she is hard to beat.

Mr. Joseph Moulton has returned home, having finished his contract on the Yonge Mill canal.

On account of increase in business, Dr. Brown of Mt. Pleasant had to purchase another horse. We wish the Dr. every success.

Mayor Langdon, of Mt. Royal, has disposed of this season’s crop on the Experimental Farm at Mt. Pleasant to our little machine agent and |||Mr. R. Dixie has the contract of securing it.

Mr. A. Dolan and lady, of Chicago, are visiting friends in this vicinity for a few weeks.


Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue

Miss Jessie Addison met with a serious accident last week. While driving near the toll gate a rig collided with the buggy in which she was seated and the shock threw her violently to the ground. Her shoulder was dislocated and her arm was broken.


Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue

Addison, Saturday, Aug 17 –

Mrs. Pritchard has returned home after spending the holidays with friends in Shelburne and vicinity.

Mr. Walter Lewis and lady are recuperating at Charleston for a few days.

Mr. James Cummings of Lyn passed through our village this week. He made a short call at the residence of Mr.W.Lewis of King st.east

Miss Addie Barlow has returned home after spending a few days at Massena Springs.

The proprietor of the Model Farm at Mt. Pleasant is sparing neither time nor money to make his herd of trotters the most famous of any in this section, having purchased the celebrated Mayflower from Mr. A.Church at a most fabulous price.

Miss Viola Wiltse is visiting friends in Kitley this week.

Dr. Brown, of Mt. Pleasant has been quite indisposed for a few days. We hope it will not prove serious.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

Addison, Saturday, Aug 31, –

Miss Anna Davis of Plum Hollow was visiting the residence of Mr. Joseph Moulton, King st., for a few days last week.

The camp-ground meeting at Forthton has been productive of much good. Many have found pardon and the luke warm professors have been stirred to a sense of the duty they owe to their God and fellow man. We hope the good seed sown may bear fruit to the honor and glory of God, as there is much of it in these parts.

Mrs. Prichard and son Clare have returned home after spending the holidays with friends in Shelborne. She has opened her emporium on King St. with all the latest styles and fashions for the season.

Mr. Joseph Scott and lady of North Augusta paid our village a short visit recently.

Our school has opened for the fall term. Benson wears a broad smile, having captured one of Harlem’s leading belles during the holidays. We wish the happy couple long life and happiness.

Mrs. A. Davis and family spent a few days at her parental home last week.


Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue

In passing through this district we were much pleased to notice the improvements that have been carried out in the Methodist church of Addison and Greenbush under the superintendence of the popular and much respected gentleman, Rev., Mr. Pimlott.


Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue

Addison, Saturday, Oct. 5, –

Wedding bells will soon ring out at Glossville

The village carpenter of Slab st. and his best girl took in the Ottawa fair.

Mr. J. Latham and lady of Yonge Mills paid our village a visit last week.

Mr. Almeron Blanchard has gone to New York to visit his two sons for a few days.

Mrs. Joseph Moulton and Mrs. C. Blanchard took in the Almonte fair last week.

Mr. E.S. Wiltse and lady were visiting friends at Fairfield on Friday last.

Dr. Brown of Mt. Pleasant exhibited his fancy pair of roadsters at the North Augusta fair on Friday last. They took the prize from all.

Miss Alma Langdon of Mt. Royal is visiting friends at Lyn and vicinity for a few weeks.


Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue

On Wednesday last, Mr. Delber Dobbs was united in matrimonial bonds with Miss Annie Scott, daughter of Abel Scott, Esq., of Addison. After a brief trip the happy couple have established their home in Athens. The Reporter extends congratulations and best wishes.


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

Addison, Monday Oct. 7, –

Mr. James Hall of Glossville met with quite a serious accident last week by getting struck on the hand as he was moving the thresher in the barn, which dislocated his thumb and bruised his hand to quite an extent. Mr. Thomas Whitford is engaged as foreman for the present.

Miss Lettie Pimlott has returned home after spending a few days with friends at Picton and vicinity.

It is rumoured that one of the leading farmers of Silver Brook has leased the Experimental farm at Mt. Pleasant.

Mayor Kelly and H.S. Moffatt attended the fair at Almonte last week and reported a jolly time.


Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue

Mr. A. McDougall of Addison passed through Athens last week with a large herd of fine young beef cattle.


Tuesday Oct 22, 1895 issue

Addison, Monday, Oct 21. –

Mr. A. Blanchard has returned home from New York and reports times are booming in York state.

Mrs. James Glazier and son Charles of Fairfield are visiting friends in this vicinity for a few days.

Dr. Brown of Mt. Pleasant has been quite indisposed for some time, but it is hoped he will be able to attend the North Augusta fair on the first Friday in November next.

Mayor Langdon of Mt. Royal has been engaged for some time repairing his residence, which makes a great improvement in the appearance of his premises.

Mr. W. Lewis and lady of Athens were guests of Mr. Walter Lewis of King street on Sunday last.

Mrs. James Eagan of Cincinnati were visiting at the residence of Mr. Frank Wiltse of Silver Brook, her brother in law for a few weeks.

The proprietor of the Model farm at Mr. Pleasant has disposed of his thoroughbred porkers at a fabulous price and will buy more if they are first class.

Mr. John Percival of Forthton has been on the sick list for some days, but at last account was improving.


Tuesday Oct 29, 1895 issue

Addison, Monday, Oct 28. –

Mr. Gordon McKea of Ventnor has engaged as foreman at the Glossville creamery which is now in operation.

Death has again entered our village and claimed as its victim one of our oldest citizens in the person of Thankful, relict of the late Peter Brown, in the 89th year of her age. Deceased had been a sufferer for the past two years with a cancer on her face, but she bore it with Christian patience and faith in her Saviour that He doeth all things well. Death came as a relief from pain on Sabbath morning 27th inst. At the residence of Mr. Vincent Wiltse with whom she had resided for a number of years. The funeral service was preformed by the Rev. Mr. Hagar of Athens, after which the remains were conveyed to the family cemetery at Athens.

Mr. George Booth of Silver Brook has purchased from our little machine agent one of his celebrated lighting express sulky, plows, and challenges the best they can produce to compete with it.

Mr. D. Copeland of Syracuse paid our village a short visit last week. He always brings good cheer and his visits are always welcome.

Mr. F.W. McKinnon of Smith’s Falls registered at the Florida House on Saturday last and spent the day in calling on old friends. We extend hi a hearty welcome always.


Tuesday Dec 10, 1895 issue

Addison – Monday Dec 9 –

The Rev. Mr. Grout of Lyn, delivered a very eloquent discourse in Ashwood Hall on Sabbath evening last, which was highly appreciated by all present.

Mr. Thomas and Elwood Gibson have returned home and will spend the winter in our village.

On the evening of the 20th inst. There well be held in Ashwood Hall a Christian entertainment in aid of the English church Sunday school to which all are certainly invited

Mrs. Oliver Bishop of Oswego is visiting friends in Glossville and vicinity for a few weeks.

Among the numerous arrivals at the Florida house last week, we noticed our old friend Mr. John O’Connor.

Miss Evelina Pepper is very sick at present and little hopes are entertained for her recovery.

The Rev. Mr. Pimlott held revival service in our church last week, but owing to other business it is postponed for the present.

Mayor Kelly is engaged building a very commodious carriage barn which when completed, will surpass anything of the kind in the village.

The proprietor of the Model Farm at Mt. Pleasant has been engaged for some time repairing the interior of his fine residence. Mr. R.M. Arnold of Sellina st. had the contract, which is sufficient guarantee that it was well done.

There will be held in our church on Christmas eve a Sunday school entertainment, to which all are invited.


Tuesday Dec 18, 1895 issue

Addison, Tuesday Dec. 17. –

We are sorry to announce the serious illness of Mrs. Geo. Langdon, but at latest report she was some better.

Mr. Ezra Wiltse, jr., who cut is foot one day last week, is again able to attend business.

Palace Creamery is doing a good business yet. The output is about 1000 lbs of butter per week.

The Addison Council No. 156 C.O.C.F., who attended divine service in Frankville recently, wish to tender the choir and pastor (Rev. Mr. Stilwell) of the Methodist

church a vote of thanks for their services. This Council is making rapid strides in its membership and is the leading society of the place.

Mr. Wellington Lewis is quite smart this winter, more so than during the past six months, which no doubt many of his old acquaintances, will be pleased to hear.

Frankville Fair – Sept 26th and 27th, 1895

From the pages of The Athen’s Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser, Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue we have learned a bit about the annual Fair held in Frankville. Unlike the fair held at Unionville, it appears to be a smaller county fair. The list of prizes and judging catagories gives us some idea into what the fair was like.

If you read further down this page after the list of prizes, The Athen’s Reporter of Oct 1st, 1895 gives an account of a day at the fair.

The officers of the Frankville Fair Association, recognizing the fact that the cash and special prises that have been so freely given by he businessmen of the surrounding towns and villages have been of great help in bringing our fair up to its high standard as a Township Show, desire to once more take this opportunity of returning thanks to all those that have contributed so generously to the success of our fair.

John F. Wood, M.P., Brockville                   Cash   $20.00

Walter Beatty, M.P.P., Delta                        “           $10.00

Montreal Bank, Brockville Branch               “           $10.00

Toronto Bank, Brockville  “                           “           $10.00

Molson’s Bank, Brockville  “                        “           $10.00

Molson’s Bank, Smith’s Falls, “                   “           $10.00

Union Bank of Canada, Smith’s Falls         “           $10.00

Jas. Cummings, Lyn                                     “           $   5.00

W.A.Edgers, Frankville                                “           $   5.00

R.Brownbridge, Frankville                            “           $   5.00

D.Derbyshire, Brockville                              “           $   5.00

R.Bowie, Brockville                                       “          $   5.00

W.H.Comstock, Brockville                           “           $   5.00


Pair General Purpose Horses

The James Smart Manufacturing Company, Brockville, One Dandy Perfection coal stove, value $6.00, to first.

William Johnston, Dealer in Dairy Produce, Brockville, One bag of sale, value $1.25 to second.

Pair Carriage Horses

Central Canada Coal Company (limited) Brockville. James Reynolds Secretary. When in want of any kind of coal, call on us before purchasing elsewhere. One ton of coal in yard, value $5.00 to first.

John Briggs & Sons, Sash & Door Factory, Brockville- Goods to the value of $1.50 to second.

Pair of Roadsters

Cossitt Bros, Agricultural Instruments, Brockville-One set mowing maching knives, value $3.50 to first.

D.Allport, Proprietor Smith’s Falls Woolen Mill.- One piece of flannel, value $1.25 to second.

Pair Carriage Horses Sixteen Hands, to be Driven by a Lady

J,R.McNish, General Produce Merchant, Brockville, Cash $4.00, to first

WR.Gardiner, Manager Edged Tool Works, Brockville, One axe and helve [sic], value $1.50 to second.

Single Driver, to be driven by owner’s wife or daughter

R.W.Steacy, jeweller, Smith’s Falls, Piece of silver ware, value $3.00 to first

D.W. Downey, Boot & Shoe Store, Brockville – One pair of Ladies’ boots, valu $1.50 to second

Single Roadster

A.S. Ault & Co, coal merchants, Brockville. Farmers and blacksmiths will find it to their own advantage to call on us when in town for either stove or blacksmith coal. Stove coal was sell for $5.00 per ton in our yard., Office, Kings st. east.- Ten lengths 4 inch sewer pipe, value $3.00 to first

G.A.Rudd, manufacturer of Harness, buggy tops, &c. -\One whip, value $1.50 to second.

Three Year Old Colt in Harness

William Gilroy & Co., general merchants, Smith’s Falls- One carriage rug, value $1.75 to first

Copy of the Brockville Times to the second, value $1.00

Bicycle Race, Ladies

E.J.Scott, jeweller, Smith’s Falls- Ladies’ Ring, value $4.00 to first

R.Davis & Sons, merchants, Brockville – One Silk handkerchief, value $1.00 to second

Cow showing most milking points

Smith & Knapp. Cash $5,.00 – $3.00 to first and $2.00 to second, Competition open to Patrons of Barlow’s and Frankville cheese factories only.

Collection of Oil Paintings

R.H.Smart, hardware merchant- Carpet-sweeper, value $2.50 to first

Allen Turner & Co., druggists, Brockville – Selection of tube colors and brushes, value $1.25 to second.

Collection of Crayon Drawings

W.Johnston, druggist, Smith’s Falls- Fancy case, value $1.50 to first

Copy of Weekly Times to second

Collection of Water Colors

A.H. Swarts, furniture dealer and undertaker, Brockville. Call and see my stock and you will be surprised at the wonderful low prices. –One bamboo table, value $1.50 to first; Copy of Brockville Times,  value $1.00 to second

Colony of Working Bees

Cossitt Bros. Ag’l Implements Mfg., Brockville- One set mowing machie knives, value $3.50 to first

William Martin, general agent Massey Harris Mfg. Co., Brockville – Cash $2.00 to second.

Display of Honey

Agricultural Society – $4.00 to first

Alex. McCrady & Son’s Brockville – Pair Driving mitts, value $3.00 to second

Twenty Pound Crock of Butter

The Rathbum Co., dealers in lumber, sash, doors and factory goods, coal, all sizes, best quality and at lowest prices; also bran, shorts, Flour and feed – 100 lbs, Diadem flour, value $2.50 to first

Collection of Fruit

John Culbert, Rock Bottom Grocery, Brockville- Caddy tea value $2.00 to first, copy of the Weekly Recorder to second

Two Colored Cheeses

D.Derbyshire, produce dealer, Brockville- Cash $5.00-$3.00 to first and $2.00 to second

Two White Cheese

W.J.Cluff, dealer in cheese factory supplies, dairy products and general insurance agents, Brockville- Cash $2.00 to first

T.Gilmour & Co., wholesale grocers, Brockville- One caddy tea, value $2.00 to second

Display of Fancy Work

R. Hawkins, Tinsmith, eavetroughing and dealer in Stoves and Cooking Ranges – A Bird Cage value $1.25

Artificial Paper Flowers

Charles C. Lyman & Co., dry goods merchants, Brockville- Oil cloth floor mat, value $1.00

Best Looking Young Lady

William Coates & Son, practical opticians, Brockville – One silver necklace $1.00, prize winner to call for prize

Best Matched Pair of Cows

E.G. Dobbie, hardware merchant Brockville- Set knives and forks, value $1.50

Mantle Drape

C.M. Babcock, staple and dry goods Merchant, Brockville – One umbrella, value $1.00



The Athen’s Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue

Frankville’s Big Exhibition

The Exhibition Went on “Lively all the While” – The people were there in Thousands and Everybody had a Great Big Time, –

Thursday morning opened up pretty glum and gloomy for the managers of Dave Dowsley’s big show, but about noon the clouds brook away, the sun showed its face for the rest of the day and the exhibitors made a big rush and push to exceed all the township and many other county fairs in Eastern Ontario.

The show of horses was pronounced by competent judges to be the largest and best of all the fairs in this section, and while the Reporter is not an expert in horse lore, we must coincide with the universal verdict.

Cattle, sheep, and swine were shown in large quantities and were a marked improvement on all former exhibits in breeding…… (page ripped and part of this story is missing)…..and quantity of root crop, and we have attended nearly every exhibition of the Frankville fair and have no hesitation in saying that the display was the best ever seen there. We would, however, suggest to the managers that if more care were exercised in placing each class or variety of exhibits together and putting a couple of windows more in front end of Main hall it would add very materially to the convenience of visitors who wish to thoroughly inspect the various exhibits.

Outside on the grounds, the last afternoon, the fun was fast and furious. The trials of speed drew a large crowd to the side of the track.

The Merry-go-Round did not get into running order until late in the afternoon of the last day, but from that until the close every space was occupied. The musical wonder was there also and drew a fair sized crowd. The darkey, barber acrobat, and grey eyed Annie combination came in for a share of attention. A tintype gallery, a number of Aunt Sallies, and a phonograph man, each tried and fairly succeeded, in drawing a few shekels from the pockets of the crowd.

In the inner circle “Uncle Dave” mounted a stocky mare, ‘wearing the same white “Greely plug” that has done duty for so many years, was the High Muckety-Muck of the sports. A barrel race, wheelbarrow race, running race (forward and backward), smoking race, run and jump, bun feed, and pig race were all run off in lively time and afforded and endless amount of fun for the spectators.

On the track, Moonstone, Bayonet, Texas Pointer, and Daisy had a close contest for supremacy, with the result that Bayonet got 1st, Moonstone 2nd, and Texas Pointer 3rd place.

A bicycle race was wheeled off between the heats and resulted in Brownlee 1st and Moles 2nd.

The baby show attracted a lot of interested spectators. Mayor Culbert and the Recorder man acting as judges. They could not do better than to award the prize to an Athens baby, seeing that the judges at Unionville were partial enough to award the prize for the best looking young lady to that classic village. Mrs. Alex. Green was awarded the special prize.

The prize list will be published in the Recorder as soon as the secretary gets it in shape for publishing and it can be relied upon as correct and official.


Unionville Fair – September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1895




Unionville, September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1895

Prince Leo Giving High Wire Performance

He will perform innumerable acts on a spider-looking wire sprung from two to the highest telegraph poles which can be secured. A few of his acts are: Running forward and backward with feet encased in market baskets; Crossing wire blindfolded with a bul lap bag; walking backward with feet in hoops; carrying a cook stove to the centre of wire, cooking and eating a meal consisting of eggs, chops $c. Performance of one hour’s duration.








Will be made at 4 p.m. the second day, Sept. 18th, by Miss. Fannie VanTassell of New York. The thousands who witnessed the successful ascension and leap last fall by Prince Leo were thrilled at the grandeur of the scene as the immense canvas rose into space with the daring aeronaut clinging to a single trapeze bar, but the culmination of excitement was reached as the little cord was severed and the parachute commenced to drop. For a moment it rushed downward through space, until it filled with air, when it slowly floated away over the fields and woods and finally settled to the ground with its undaunted living freight unharmed. There need be no fear that the ascension will not take place, for if the weather proves unfavorable on the day named the high wire performance will be given instead and the balloon ascension made the following day. And then, if the weather is such that it is
unsafe to make the attempt, the fair will be continued over to the 20th in order that the ascension may take place. Those that saw it last year will see something better this (year), and those within reach who fail to visit Unionville fair, will miss the opportunity of a life time.

This will be the most exciting scene during the fair. The process of inflating the balloon with hot air will be done in the presence of the assembled thousands. Prince Leo, the manager, is a thorough gentleman, courteous to all, and will be pleased to answer any questions relating to his feelings and experiences in the many hundreds of ascensions he has made in different parts of the world. Miss VanTassell will also personally superintend the process of inflation and see that everything is in proper order before the word to cast off is given. The opportunity to see this may never occur again, as the expense of getting this exhibition is enormous.



The Committee on Sports will offer nearly $300.00 in purses for speed on the best and fastest ½ mile track in this district. Purses divided as follows:

SECOND DAY, Sept. 18

Green Race – $30.00

Divided -$15, $10, $5.

Open to horses that never won public money.

2.40 Class – $30.00

Divided -$15, $10, $5.

THIRD DAY, Sept. 19

3 Min. Class – $45.00

Divided – $22, $15, $8

Free for all – $70.00

Divided – $35,  $23,  $12

Conditions–N.T.A. Rules to govern. Races in harness –  mile heats – best three in five. Four to enter, three to start. Entrance fees, 10 per cent. Open to trotters and pacers. Horses elegible Sept 1st

DJ.FORTH, Sec’y-Treas.


The Fair

In presenting this annual programme to the friends and patrons of this popular Fair, the Officers and Directors wish to return their sincere thank to exhibitors and visitors who have annually assisted to make the Fair a success. Year after year the Fair has grown in popular favour, until it is generally conceded, even by our rivals, that the Unionville Fair far outstrips all others in Eastern Ontario in the number and variety of its exhibits, the immense number that yearly congregate within its enclosures, and in the excellence of its arrangements for catering to the wants and whims of a fair going people. Our buildings are the largest and best arranged of any east of Kingston, while the Cattle, Sheep, Swine, and Poultry sheds and pens are large in number and admirably adapted to the requirements of those exhibiting. For this season we can only add that everything will be put in first class order and that no pains or expense will be spared to keep up the reputation of the Unionville Fair.



The inner circle for showing mares and colts, double and single driving horses, is well adapted to the purpose, being roomy with a smooth surface, and having a convenient Judges’ stand in the centre. Our fair was always noted for the largest and best exhibits of horses in the whole eastern portion of the province, and present indications are that there will be a good show in that class this fall.



We question if there is a better building or more convenient pens of more of them, than in the poultry department at the Unionville fair. A large number of our most prominent exhibitors are also poultry fanciers, and the exhibits in this class always draw a large amount of attention.


Grain and Roots

The grain and roots will very likely, owing to the very dry season, be much less in quantity and quality than former years; there-fore, if any friend of the society has a good sample of a cereal of any kind we would ask him by all means to bring it along to help keep the exhibits up to the quality usually shown. Our prizes are such as to pay any one well to make and extra effort to bring in a good sample.



The Dairy Industry

The Dairy industry is a very important one in these counties and the exhibits should be correspondingly large. The quality of Leeds County cheese and butter stands second to none in the world. We usually have large exhibits and we would urge our patrons and cheese and butter makers to help us keep up the reputation of the Unionville Fair of having the largest and best exhibit in this section. The display of honey, bread, cakes, apples, vegetables, and domestic articles is always good. Be sure to come out and see them.

Sheep and Swine

The sheep and swine buildings and pens are convenient roomy, and so placed as to show off the exhibits to the best advantage. Persons wishing to sell or buy stock should be on hand, as there is always quite a lot of animals in these classes that change hands during the fair, and there is no better place for a buyer to go than to a place where he can see competing animals side by side.


Have a roomy building, built purposely for the exhibit of carriages. If you are a manufacture, bring your wares to our fair and show in competition with others. If you are thinking of purchasing a carriage, what better place than where you can see the different makes arranged side by side ? The implements are shown on the grounds outside this building and many new and useful machines are shown. Many people for the first time see some new ideas in machinery at the fair. Come and see if there is not something new for you here this fall.



If you live along the line of the B & W Railway, purchase your ticket at your nearest station. Special excursions tickets with a coupon attached that will admit to the grounds can be procured at greatly reduced rates. A time table and rates from the different stations will be issued in a few days. Always tear off your gate coupon and have it ready before you reach the gate to prevent delay and confusion.

If you are a farmer, hitch up Dobbin and Doll to the spring wagon, and if you have not enough of your own family to fill every seat, give an invitation to your neighbour to jump in and come to the greatest show on earth.

If you are a young man that has “no mash” to bring to the fair, jump on to your silent steed and away to the fair. We will give you the use of the track at 1 p.m. the 2nd day for a fancy drill by the bicyclists present, and we may be able to offer a few liberal prizes for the best bicycle rider. Watch the Athens Reporter for any special announcements.

We ask everybody’s assistance in making the Unionville Fair a great big success. Remember, friends, we offer more prizes and more money for competitors than all the other fairs in these United Counties put together. Our track for trials of speed is in the best condition and our purses the largest. Our buildings, pens, stalls and accommodation for man and beast are the best. Our list of special attractions are away ahead of anything even attempted by any other fair in this whole district, and please remember as well that all these things take money to bring up to the perfection we have got them and we confidently appeal to the public to come up to our help, and by swelling our gate receipts this year enable us to meet all the heavy obligations we have incurred as well as stimulate us to renew exertions to give you something even better next season.


Every time Prince Leo signs a contract Hundreds of thousands in the United States have viewed with wonder, awe and admiration Miss VanTassel’s daring aerial sights.


Well- yes. Unionville Fair is annually attended by the finest looking girls in the country, which is equivalent to saying the best in the world.


The adults as well as the small boys should hoard up their coppers and spare change to provide themselves with taffy, peanuts and soft drinks. No intoxicating liquors of any kind are sold or allowed on or near the grounds





“Cheap John” or his chum, will be there to give value for the money invested. No fakirs or games of chance of any kind are allowed on the grounds or within 300 yards thereof.





A first class Brass Band will be on the grounds the last two days and discourse sweet music to the crowds.






Salvail & Thomas’ Big Show !

Mr. Salvail, who gave the best of satisfaction throughout this country last fall, has united with Mr. Thomas, another experienced showman, and together they will exhibit under a brand new canvas at Unionville Fair the best side-show travelling on the continent. Among the attractions will be:—-


Whose Tricks and Illusions are the Wonder of the Age


The only one ever captured alive—to be shown in a large tank of water.


The World’s greatest Second Sight Artist

Mis Alice Loe and her Den of Performing Snakes

The largest Snakes ever seen in Canada. Her performance is well worth double the price of admission.


An Artist of Continental Repute

A new version that never fails to please

Everything new, neat and nice—strictly moral and high class. No one should miss seeing this triumph of the showman’s profession.


This news article was taken from a full page advertisement in the Athen’s Reporter July 30th, 1895


Professor Leo Stevens in his balloon ,New York, 1911



An Account of Miss. Jennette (Fanny) Van Tassel

Miss Jenny Van Tassel

On July 4, 1888, Jenny Van Tassel was scheduled to attempt the first parachute jump by a woman, in Los Angeles. But after practice runs of the Van Tassel balloon went awry – including landing on the roof of a former mayor and demolishing a chimney – the police decided to prevent the ill-advised adventure. But Jenny managed to escape the detective assigned to keep her from the much-ballyhooed stunt and climbed into the gondola piloted by her husband. After rising 6,000 feet Jenny Van Tassel made her historic leap.

In a later interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jenny was described as “big  she weighed 165 pounds, young, handsome and blonde.” For her part, Jenny responded by describing her jump: “I ain’t exactly a bird nor an angel, but it’s just about what I imagine the sensation of flying is. It was beautiful!”

In 1892, Jeanette Van Tassel was invited to participate in a grand celebration by the Nawab of Dhaka, Khwaja Ahsanullah. The ruling Nawabs were well-known for their special events and the balloon ascent would be the first in East Bengal.

The plan was to have Jeanette Van Tassel launch from a south riverbank of the Buriganga River, float north of the river and land on the roof of the main building of the Nawab compound at Ahsan Manzi. A fire of wood and kerosene produced the hot air that filled the balloon, which began its flight without incident at 6:20 p.m. on March 16, 1892.

But the winds didn’t cooperate. Instead of landing on the palace roof, Van Tassel’s balloon came to rest in a tree at Ramna Garden, nearly three miles away. Police soon arrived and attempted a rescue by extending a bamboo pole to the gondola.

As Jeanette Van Tassel descended, the pole snapped and she crashed to the ground, severely injured. She died a few days later.

There is little evidence that Park Van Tassel continued his barnstorming career after the Dhaka incident. He died in Oakland, Calif., on October 24, 1930, at the age of 78. At the time of his death, he was operating the “Captain P. A. Van Tassel Toy Balloon Mfg. Co.,” a maker of miniature balloon ascension toys. Jeanette Van Tassel is buried in the Narinda Christian Cemetery at  Dhaka.

Jeanette Van Tassel, Born: ca.1864, Died: March 1892


Salt Lake Herald – May 26, 1889


Unionville Fall Fair – News of the Fair, 1895

Unionville Fall Fair

Article as it appeared in The Athen’s Reporter on July 9, 1895

Unionville fair directors are always to the front in the line of special attractions and are able to announce that for this season they have a grand array of Talent engaged for the last two days of the fair on the 17th, 18th and 19th, September. An indenture of agreement has been entered into with Prince Leo of New York for a balloon ascension by Miss Fannie Van Tassell of New York on the 2nd day, 18th, and a high wire performance of at least one hour’s duration, by Prince Leo himself, on the 19th. Should the weather prove unfavourable for balloon ascension on the second day the high wire performance will be given that day and the balloon ascension on the third day, and if the weather should be unfavourable on both days the fair will be extended over to the 20th in order that the ascension may be made. The directors have incurred a heavy risk in this engagement and hope to have the liberal presence and patronage of all the old patrons of the fair as well as thousands of people who never visited the fair. In a future issue of the Reporter a programme of the many feats to be performed by Prince Leo on the high wire will be given.

Another very interesting attraction at the coming fair will be O’Connell & Salvail’s clown circus, museum and trained animal show, which will certainly be on the grounds on the last two days. Six different kinds of large colored lithographs will be hung up in a few days, giving full particulars.

The horse ring and track will be further improved, and already some of the best horses in Eastern Ontario have signified their intention of competing for the very liberal prizes that will be offered.

And then we hope our readers will not for a moment forget that the Unionville fair was always noted for the largestand best collection of stock, grain, roots, ladies’ work and the thousand and one things that go to make up a great aggregation of agricultural products and handiwork of the farmers, mechanics, and dairymen of Leeds county. Unionville fair officers never deceived the public. They always advertise thoroughly what they have to offer their patrons and always carry out what they advertise; so that any announcements that appear over the signatures of the society may be relied upon as being bona fide. Further announcements will be made from time to time through these columns. The above is merely an introduction of what is to follow.

The above article is from- The Athen’s Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue


The Athen’s Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts from various issues

Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue

Our little machine agent intends making some fine exhibits at the Unionville fair next month and will make a discount of 10 per cent off all orders taken at the fair this season.


Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue

The sight of a lifetime – Prince Leo’s Balloon ascension and parachute leap.


Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue

The Unionville Fair.

Before another issue of the Reporter reaches our readers the fair of 1895 will be a thing of the past. We therefore wish to remind all our readers within reach to be sure to attend the fair, which will be held on the 17th, 18th and 19th Sept There are many reasons why we can make this request with all confidence, amongst which is that those who attend are certain to be well repaid for their trouble in going to a place where they will see the largest collection of cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, the products of the farm, and the handiwork of the mechanic and farmer. Besides this they will see the best all-around attractions and amusements to be found at any fair in the whole eastern district.

Let us briefly notice a few of the most prominent. The Unionville fair has now one of the best ½ mile tracks in the country. He number of horses competing for the liberal purses offered for trials of speed promises to be large.

The balloon ascension on the second day by Miss Fanny VanTassell, who will, when at an altitude of 4,000 feet, drop to the ground by he aid of a parachute, will be a scene of thrilling interest. The high-wire performance by Prince Leo on the third day will be a novel innovation in this section.

The managers of the fair of 1895 have doe everything possible with the means at their disposal to make the fair worthy of patronage of the public, and they confidently appeal to a generous and appreciative public to come out and by swelling the gate receipts assist them in meeting the heavy financial obligations incurred, as well as stimulate them to renewed efforts to make each succeeding annual fair better than its predecessor.

The application for space at the fair is unusually large. Four different manufactures have applied for space to show harness.

Robt. Craig, “the hatter” writes this a.m. asking for the whole west side of rear annex to show $2,000 worth of furs.

Morrison & Percival, Brockville have a full line of stoves, ranges and furnaces on exhibition, and give ten per cent discount on all orders taken.

C.J.Gilroy & Son’s heard of Holsteins drew 5 first and 7 second prizes on Kingston exhibition grounds last week, which is looked upon as a fairly good beginning in the prize winning for this season.

The herd is at the Toronto Industrial exhibition this week, in competition with the best herds in the Dominion. We are pleased that in Eastern Ontario we have enterprising farmers who are anxious to get into the best fair rings and compete for a portion of the good prizes given.

We hear that Messrs. John Forth & Sons, W.H. & C.H. McNish, Wm. Neilson & Son, all large exhibitors at Unionville fair, were equally fortunate at Kingston.

The B&W will run special excursion trains on the last two days of the fair, leaving Brockville at 11 a.m., Lyn at 11:15, stop at Seeley’s and Lee’s if Flagged. That train will run on to Delta and leave there for Unionville at 12:30, p.m., Lyndhurst at 1 p.m. and Soperton, (if Flagged) and Athens at 1 p.m. sharp. Two trains will leave Unionville for Athens at close of fair, one at 5 and the other at 5:30. Train for Brockville at 5:15, Posters with time table and rates, including admission to the grounds will be issued soon.


Tuesday Sep 24, 1895 issue

Lyn– Saturday, Sept 21 –

The Unionville fair was voted a great success by the many who visited it from here. The “merry go round” was a great attraction to old and young, but centrifugal force was the strongest in the case of one of the “boys”.



Avery’s Farm Market

Avery’s Family Farm Market

In the 1970’s Doug and Judy Avery opened a “farmer’s market” in an old barn located on their property. They grew and sold fresh garden vegetables and in the spring would also sell bedding plants.

Their barn stood out because they painted large flowers all over it. The business was located on the north side of the highway.


Barn painting c1972
Barn painting c1972
Barn painting c1972

Latimer’s Store

Latimer’s Store


On the north side of the highway just west of the McLean house was Latimer’s Store. The store was a very small building that had the basic groceries that you would need, they also had candy and ice cold bottles of soda for the kids or thirsty travellers.

The little business was run by Mr. and Ms. Latimer.





Out in front of the building stood two old gas pumps, the ones with the glass containers on top into which you would pump the amount of gas you wanted and than after reaching the desired quantity, gravity would take over and when the trigger on the
pump was pulled it would flow into your tank.







The last remaining cabin, photo 2016
The last remaining cabin, photo 2016


There were also several cabins located on the property where the traveller could spend the night.



McLean House at Fernbank

Robert McLean House at Fernbank

The old brick house painstakingly constructed by hand in 1823 with every brick handmade on the land surrounding the dwelling was built by Robert McLean. Five generations lived in the house until 1933 when it was sold.






The Building of the McLean House and early life living there


The building of the McLean house was a Herculean effort by man and beast. Early in its history the McLean homestead was known as Pinehurst Farm. Construction of the brick house started in 1823 and the McLeans moved in two years later.

The house was built at a total cost of about $1,600. The red clay bricks, 65,000 in all, were made on the farm, with oxen stamping the clay and water mixture into a pliable condition. The bricks were then moulded by hand into brick size wooden containers.

The 12 inch thick beams were hewn by hand; the foundation was composed of stone and cemented by hand. The interior walls and partitions were made of solid brick and plaster. The interior woodwork and doors were made of red pine planking and all the flooring consisted of wide pine planking. All the interior doors were made in the “Bible” design, sometimes called “prayer doors”. The design had a white cross in the upper panel.

There are five fireplaces, three on the first floor and two on the second floor. The mantels are of red pine. The kitchen fireplace was equipped with a crane, from which the cooking pots were hung. At one side was the oven. It is believed that in baking, a wood fire was kindled in the oven, and when the fuel was reduced to coals, they were raked out and the freshly kneaded loaves of bread placed inside to bake.

As was the tradition of the times, two of the first floor rooms were reserved as bedrooms for the elders of the family.

The barns were built with high stone walls topped by lumber sawn from the trees felled to clear the land. The farm had stables for horses, barns for cattle and folds for sheep.

McLean house was the locale for husking bees, sugar making, quilting bees and dances, and headquarters for and barn raising bees in the area.

For more information on the McLeans go to “Our People, Our History” on this website.

(Recorder and Times- Darling Collection Book 3)


The Rock School

Rock School

Continuing along Highway No 2 from east to west, just after passing Grant’s Creek and St Lawrence Park you would come to the Rock School House.

Rock School built in 1937

The new Rock School, which stands today as a home, was built in 1937. The school was built of native granite quarried a few yards distant from the school. This new school is located on Hwy 2 west of Brockville, and west of Oakland Cemetery. It is regarded as a model rural public school with accommodations for over 30 pupils, indoor toilets, two cloak rooms, a teacher’s room, store room and a basement playroom.

The original Rock School was built in 1844, and stood to the west of the present site. Prior to this stone school and earlier log school stood on the bank of Grants Creek further east of the present location.

Original stone Rock School built in the 1800’s
School class c1920’s
Dancing around the May Pole
New Rock School class c1950’s


The McLean’s at Fernbank – Our People, Our Heritage

Robert McLean at Fernbank

The old brick house painstakingly constructed by hand in 1823 with every brick handmade on the land surrounding the dwelling was built by Robert McLean. Five generations lived in the house until 1933 when it was sold.

The story of the McLeans goes back to old Paisley in Scotland where Alexander McLean took his bride Ann Lang on August 3, 1763. Eleven years later, they set sail for the New World, following their beloved pastor, Rev. John Witherspoon, to America.

Their ship was the “Commerce”, a famous trans-Atlantic” sailing ship of the day. The McLeans settled in Harpersfield, N.Y., but they were soon rooted out by the American Revolutionary War. The McLeans remained loyal to the British Crown and were so harassed by their rebellious neighbours that they had to move on nine separate occasions in one year. Each time they lost their possessions, plundered by the rebels.

They were cultivating a small farm near Baleston Springs, NY in 1778 but were again driven out. In 1783, with the war over, The McLeans, father, mother and six children, made their way to Canada as U.E.L. refugees. They travelled by way of Lake Champlain to Montreal and thence up the St. Lawrence River by bateau to a point west of Brockville. Their boats were leaking badly and they decided to land on the heavily forested shore of the St. Lawrence near where the community of Fernbank is now located. Once ashore, the family of eight set to work felling trees and soon had a log cabin for a home.

The cabin reassured 18 by 20 feet, providing snug protection from the elements. The house was built by hand, for they had very few tools with which to work. The area at that time was still in the Province of Quebec. Division came in 1791. The log cabin endured nearly 40 years. In 1823, the family, having prospered through great toil and industry, built the present house, beam by beam, brick by brick.

The bricks were made by hand, using small moulds, at two brickyards on the homestead. One brickyard was located where No.2 highway passes Fernbank, in front of the house, while the other was situated in a pasture north of the farm.

Of the early days of the McLeans in Elizabethtown, Lillian Hogaboam, who later occupied the house had this to say: “ Here, alone in the forest without roads, neighbours, schools or doctors, they lived the early months on the new land. Other Loyalists and refugees came and a settlement known as Elizabethtown grew. The trees were cut and the stumps grubbed. Their land was cleared. Cattle and sheep were brought in. The women spun the sheep’s wool into material to keep them warm. Times became better, the family older and they had a better knowledge, as a great deal of time was spent reading books. One of the sons constructed a very good theodolite (a surveying instrument) thought he had never seen one. In the absence of a minister, the consolidations of religion were sought by assembling neighbours and reading a sermon weekly from a book.”

Alexander McLean, who was a silk weaver by trade, and Ann had four sons, Robert, John, Alexander and Archibald. Robert’s son Alexander, wed Catharine McCray. John had three sons, Charlie, William who became a minister and Frederick who married Eliza Wilson. Alexander born in 1770, whose wife’s name was Jane, had a son John born in 1803 and died in 1821, and a daughter Jane who became the wife of John Stephens and died March 14, 1871.

Archibald born in 1769, wed a girl named Ann. Their son James B. born in 1807 also married a girl named Ann and died March 22, 1880 aged 73 years.

Alexander and Catharine McCrady McLean were wed in 1820 and had a daughter Catharine born in 1835 and died unmarried in 1909, and a son John born in 1825 who died in 1850 in his 26th year.

John McLean born at Harpersfield, NY on October 9th 1775, came to Elizabethtown with his family being eight years of age when the McLean boats landed. He grew up on the homestead, and when the War of 1812 broke out, won a commission as a lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Leeds. He took part in the Battle of Crysler Farm and later in the assault on Ogdensburg and capture of that American post by British troops who crossed the St. Lawrence ice at Prescott to attack the fort.

He subsequently was promoted to Captain and then to major, receiving large tracts of land for his service to the Crown. He died at McLean House July 17, 1861 aged 86.

The homestead of 228 acres was proved up by Alexander McLean on March 23, 1798. In 1810, it was willed to Robert McLean and on May 16th, 1818, it fell to Robert’s eldest son Alexander.

The adjoining farm, 114 acres of Lot 24 of the First Concession of Elizabethtown was owned by Alexander McLean who transferred the land in 1808 to Henry and Jane McLean.

Five generations of McLeans have lived in the brick house, the last of that name being Frederick J. McLean who died in 1931. The Hogagoams took possession on September 1, 1944 and lived there until selling out to Clarence Babcock of Brockville. The Johnstons later took over the home.

The McLeans are buried in the old cemetery at Younge Mills. In all the graves of 56 members of the family dating back to the sons of the original settler of Fernbank, Alexander McLean have been identified.


The Building of the McLean House and early life living there

The building of the McLean house was a Herculean effort by man and beast. Early in its history the McLean homestead was known as Pinehurst Farm. Construction of the brick house started in 1823 and the McLeans moved in two years later.

The house was built at a total cost of about $1,600. The red clay bricks, 65,000 in all, were made on the farm, with oxen stamping the clay and water mixture into a pliable condition. The bricks were then moulded by hand into brick size wooden containers.

The 12 inch thick beams were hewn by hand; the foundation was composed of stone and cemented by hand. The interior walls and partitions were made of solid brick and plaster. The interior woodwork and doors were made of red pine planking and all the flooring consisted of wide pine planking. All the interior doors were made in the “Bible” design, sometimes called “prayer doors”. The design had a white cross in the upper panel.

There are five fireplaces, three on the first floor and two on the second floor. The mantels are of red pine. The kitchen fireplace was equipped with a crane, from which the cooking pots were hung. At one side was the oven. It is believed that in baking, a wood fire was kindled in the oven, and when the fuel was reduced to coals, they were raked out and the freshly kneaded loaves of bread placed inside to bake.

As was the tradition of the times, two of the first floor rooms were reserved as bedrooms for the elders of the family.

The barns were built with high stone walls topped by lumber sawn from the trees felled to clear the land. The farm had stables for horses, barns for cattle and folds for sheep.

McLean house was the locale for husking bees, sugar making, quilting bees and dances, and headquarters for and barn raising bees in the area.

On Sunday, the McLeans walked to church, or in the winter rode sleighs. Buggies and wagons were the mode of travel for families, but the old saddle horse was the standby for the lone traveller having to go any distance.

(Recorder and Times- Darling Collection Book 3)

St. Lawrence Park

St. Lawrence Park

The main park building

Few people today realize that the first St. Lawrence Park in Elizabethtown was located several miles west of where the present park is located in Brockville.

This park was located just to the west of Grant’s Creek and was accessed by the King’s Highway or by daily steamer’s that would dock at the park.

If you close your eyes, you can imagine a sunny day in 1865 and taking a horse and buggy ride out to spend the day at the park.

From the advertisements posted in the Recorder newspaper, we get a glimpse into the activities that could be had during a day spent at the park.

The park provided seats, swings, and every convenience for peoples’ accommodation. There was a Dancing Hall 30×70 feet, a large bowling alley, saloon and a dining room, capable of seating 130 persons, and for those who wanted to spend more time, there were bedding accommodations.

The Saloon would have been furnished with the best brands of Liquors and Cigars plus one of the best cooks in the area to prepare your meals.

For those of you who wanted to do something more exciting outdoors, there was a half mile track for racing. Row boats would be available for fishing or just taking you best girl out for a ride.

All kinds of games were also available, such as Quoits, Croquet, Ball and many more. They had set aside a large 20 acre field for games of all sorts.

When you drive by the area 150 years later, no traces remain of this fabulous park, but if you close your eyes you can see and hear the fun that was to be had in this area.


The advertisement as it appeared in the Brockville paper of July 19th, 1875 is reprinted here for easier reading:

St. Lawrence Park, (McDonald Point)


July 19, 1875

On the right bank of the RIVER St. LAWRENCE, in the midst of the beautiful scenery of the Thousand Islands.

A.McDougall, Prop.

The Proprietor would respectfully notify PARTIES, PIC-NICS &c., he has just fitted the St. LAWRENCE PARK with seats, swings, and every convenience for their accommodation. The PARK has a DANCING HALL 30×70 feet, LARGE BOWLING ALLEY, SALOON, DINING ROOM, (capable of seating 130 persons) and bedding accommodations.

Carriages to be had on short notice. First-class ROW BOATS and FISHING TACKLE. All kinds of Games, such as Quoits, Croquet, Ball, &c. Two large wharves, and everything necessary to make a visit, long or short, most pleasant. It has a most beautiful Grove, and the best fishing bay on the St. Lawrence.


Are furnished with all the best brands of Liquors and Cigars. One of the best Cooks that can be obtained has been engaged. Stabling for horses, and a track of half a mile in preparation. A large twenty acre field for Games. There is no more desirable spot on the whole length of the St. Lawrence. All orders by mail, addressed to A. McDOUGALL, Proprietor, Brockville, ONT., will receive immediate attention.

The Fire Brigade Band

 Has been engaged in connection with the Park, and will furnish Music for parties at very reasonable rates. >No Charge for Boats landing at the Wharves. The Boats going East and West pass within twenty rods of the Park.

The “Peerless” can be engaged at reasonable rates for excursions and picnic parties.  She is owned and kept at the Park.

Brockville, July 19th, 1875


Another advertisement from the Brockville paper:

Grand Excursion and Picnic.

June 23, 1865

 Under the Management of Prescott Lodge of Good Templars, will take place on

Thursday, 29th June,



The Steamer ‘St. Jean Baptiste” will call at the Brockville and Ottawa Railway Wharf at 10 a.m., and thence proceed to Pic-Nic Ground.

Tickets 15 cents, or Two for 25 cents; to

Be had at M’MULLEN & Co’s. Bookstore.

Prescott, June 23rd, 1865


In an excerpt from Walter Kilborn’s book How Dear to my Heart he tells of going to St. Lawrence park in July of 1881

Next day was a holiday. The Farmers’ Picnic was to be held at St. Lawrence Park, a short distance west of the Brockville cemetery. My cousin had complained in the morning of being uncomfortable from the sunburn he had received the day before, but went with us to the picnic.

Tablecloths were spread on the grass under the trees, and dinner was served, everyone sitting around tailor fashion and enjoying the many good things from the lunch baskets, all but my cousin, who protested he did not care to sit, but leaned against a tree to eat his lunch.

In the afternoon there were swimming races, boat races, and a lot of other fun, but Vernon would not even get in a boat, as it hurt him to sit down, he said. It was a wonderful afternoon. The men got a long rope; choosing sides till twelve men were selected for each team and then had a tug of war. It was a great day, but to soon we were loaded onto the wagons, all but the big boys and girls who were staying for the evening to enjoy a dance at the pavilion.

For the complete story and others look on our website under Stories by Walter Kilborn “The Sunburn”


View from McDonald’s Point



Taking a rowboat out on to McDonald’s Bay


A view of the park and hotel from the bay
A small steamer arriving at the park


Daily excursions arriving at the dock
The steamer Bruce making a stop



Enjoying the day at the park
A family Pic-nic
Family and friends at a pic-nic
A social gathering
Enjoying the beautiful park surroundings


Getting ready to go out into the river


From The Athen’s Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue

St. Lawrence Park

A large number of Athenians went to St. Lawrence Park on the excursion last Friday evening. The trip was unanimously voted to have been delightful, and some enterprising local organization should arrange a similar trip to take place at the annual illumination of the islands. It would prove an immense success. The river on Friday evening was simply covered with row boats going and coming from the park. The speakers addressed a very large audience on the general polities of the day but did not as some expected, make special mention of the Manitoba school question. The Athenians rushed home about 1 a.m. very much pleased with the evening’s outing.

Skating – 1885

Skating (around 1885)

By Walter K. Billings

I was about six years of age and it was Christmas time. We had been at Grandfather’s and I had been given a lovely pair of red skates. Unfortunately Christmas Day was on Saturday, and to wait until Monday to try them was almost too much too think of. Sunday forenoon I bored holes in the heels of my boots with a gimlet, tried on the skates, took them off, and finally went out of the house the back way and was off to a small piece of ice near the edge of the creek. It had been snowing so I had to clean off the ice enough to have a clear spot and then put on my skates again.

I had never tried to skate before, but that day I got so I could go across and back without falling, more than three or four times ! I certainly was proud of myself, and the little red skates and in fact at the age of 81, I still have one of those skates.

But all things must come to an end, and tired out I climbed the hill to the barn, went in through the lower door, through the doors at the front of the barn and walked on to the house. When I went in my father said, “Where have you been ?”

“Down to the barn,” I replied

“No further ?” he said.

“No.” I said

“Where are your skates ?” he asked and when I told him, “Down in the barn”, I knew I was caught. He went to the barn, and around to the back where he found my tracks coming up the hill.

Then I saw him coming back to the house. He invited me out to the shed, saying it was bad enough to go skating on Sunday, but to lie about it was worse. I got a good strapping, but it was worth it; I had learned to skate.

The Lyn Pond, in the first part of the winter was a great spot and young and old were on the ice each day. I had done my chores at the farm and then my skates, with new straps, were slung over my shoulder and I was off for the whole afternoon. The ice that day was like glass, you could go away up around the bend, around the island, then on up the creek and through the woods, clear out to Seeleys.

A young lad about my own age, I think his name was Mulligan skated along with me, in fact we were together all that day, swinging along, hand in hand and we had a lot of fun together. I knew very few of the other boys and was quite contented to have him for company. Tired out at last, I took off my skates and walked home. I never knew that mile home to be so long before.

Next day word came to the farm that the boy I had skated with was very ill with diphtheria, but I kept still and did not tell them that I had been with him all the day before. For a couple of weeks afterward I could imagine my throat was getting sore, and I would steal out and get some salt and water to gargle until it was almost raw.

The boy I had been with got worse, and he finally passed away, but I never was sick, and did not tell mother about it until long afterwards.

The teacher at the Howard School, Jack Shaw, was a young man, who was studying for a medical course at college, and at noon, after eating his lunch, he would put his head on his arms and go to sleep at his desk.

One day there were only about nine boys at school, no girls at all. After we had seen the teacher settle for his nap, we took our skates and started for Howard’s flats, which at that time were covered with a lovely sheet of ice. Not satisfied with staying there, we raced down to the creek and away back towards the other street, climbing over logs and fences that divided the farms, continuing on behind the Parslow farm aand build, past the farm that later was the Thompson place, till we came to the rapids. One of the boys who knew this locality said there was a nice pond above the rapids, where once a dam had been built, making poser for a small factory that was owned by a Mr. Niblock, who manufactured wooden horse rakes.

I remember we had one of these rakes at the farm before father purchased a new rake with steel teeth. The old rake was a well built machine but to dump out the hay you had to step from a board at the edge of the shafts to a platform, the frame of which passed over the axle of the rake; then you had to hang on to a post behind the horse so that your weight would lift up the teeth made of turned oak. When the hay was all cleared from the teeth you stepped back to the board you first stood on and let the teeth drop down again. It was a tricky job, as you might get your foot caught. I did that once and got a bad squeeze.

But to go back to my story… We climbed up around the rapids, and sure enough there was the lovely sheet of ice on the pond, where we played shinny until we were tired and ready to start back. But it was slower work getting to the school, and as we neared the road we saw a man with a load of wood on his way home. That made us realize that it must be nearly three o’clock. Going to the schoolhouse everything seemed very still, so one of the boys went around to the side window and looked in. There lay our t stretched out on his bench, his coat rolled up for a pillow, and sound asleep.

It was pretty cold outside, we did not want to waken him, so we opened the door, walked quietly in and all stood behind the stove till one of us sneezed and our teacher sat up. Looking at his watch, and then around the room and seeing us at last, he said “Take your seats”.

In a few minutes he said, “We will now take our geography class. You may all come to the front. “One of you put some wood in the stove, and I want you,” pointing to one of the others, “to draw a map on the board of the St. Lawrence River, showing towns from Prescott at the east to Gananoque at the west.” Then

He picked up his medical book and went on reading.

The boy at the board was an artist who could draw a plan of any farmhouse and barn in the neighbourhood so that you knew at once whose it was. He started with the rapids below Prescott and a drawing of the town, then came to Maitland, where another group of buildings was shown, with the windmill tower, then on to Brockville. Then we saw what he was doing. It was a picture of the creek, the Parslow buildings, the Thompson place and the pond and rapids.

Then to finish it, the barn and house of the Howard place with a drawing of the old well, the long pole on the post, and the rope and bucket to lower into the water ! It was pretty hard for us to keep from laughing. He then drew a picture of the school, adding some other buildings to represent Gananoque. The teacher stood up, walked over to the board and said, “You have got your plan the wrong way, the rapids run east and you have them running west.”  He went on to Maitland and said, “Yes, you have got the windmill in all right.” Then on to Brockville. “Hum, yes, very good but you have put the towns on the wrong side of the river. But what is this post with the pole and bucket hanging down on the rope?”

“Oh,” the boy said “That is the pump house at the waterworks.” Well that broke up the geography class, and in a few minutes we were on our way home.

I never found out whether our teacher recognized the drawing, but we did and had many a laugh over it all. I would like to have that picture now.

Skating parties were all the rage, as each winter brought its share of ice. One year, 1887, there was a lovely sheet of ice on Gardiner’s flats, located just east of the Chemical Works on the Second Concession. One moonlight night we took our spring wagon, got a load of the young people on board and drove down to the ice, There was a big crowd fro that neighbourhood already on the ice, a chair and hand sleigh had been brought and the girls who could not skate were treated to a swift ride, or just hung on to the chair and tried not to fall down. A couple of the boys would get one of the girls on the sleigh, go away up the ice and swing around, sometimes the runner would catch a root in turning and away the passenger would go rolling over again and again.

When we started for home after getting our passengers on board, a lot of the boys going our way climbed on the wagon, and finally with the heavier load the rrear axle started to bend, with the result that one of the wheels was rubbing the box. We had to unload our passengers, all but the driver and walk the three and a half miles back to the farm.

I have many pleasant memories of my good times on my skates but that night always seems to be a highlight of them all.

This story is taken from the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings, published in 1954.


The Sleigh Ride – 1885

The Sleigh Ride 1885

By Walter K. Billings

It was about the middle of January. We had been nearly snowed under from a week’s storm –  snow, then rain that flooded the flats along the creek, and a sudden change to a very cold weather that froze the snow, making a glare sheet of ice from the Lyn Road down across the creek that was still level with its banks.

Sunday afternoon my cousin with his parents came up for a visit. We two were out in the yard, playing on the crust with the big hand sleigh and, looking across to Harper’s Hill, decided it would be a good chance to try a ride there. We walked up the road climbed the fence and got the sleigh in position then I lay down on my stomach and my cousin lay on my back Away we went ! The hill at the top was very steep, the sleigh gained speed and in seconds we were on the glare ice of the flat, then across the creek, up the bank and …. Woods. My cousin seeing the danger had thrown himself clear but I had no chance; the force of the collision had knocked me out for a minute or two. We finally got back across the creek, where my cousin laid me on the sleigh and began the long pull back to the house. We finally got to the warmth of the barn where I lay down on the straw in the feed floor, in front of the cattle for an hour. When I returned to the house, where my uncle was waiting to go home, I complained of a headache and got sent to bed. Next morning I felt better but never told mother what had happened to me, as I knew that she would say it was good enough for me, when I had gone sleigh riding on Sunday.

Driving along the Lyn Road I often look down the hill. The line fence has been moved and passes closed to the clump of trees we hit that Sunday long ago. The sand and gravel have been taken away to the city so that there is no more fun on Harper’s Hill. But the memory of the boyhood escapade still lives.

This story is taken from the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings, published in 1954.





Christmas – 1886

Christmas 1886

By Walter K. Billings

It was Christmas morning about the year 1886. We had been up early to get down to the kitchen where the eight merry-xmas-1908-pcb4p31astockings had been hung the night before. Now we were all in one big bedroom looking at the candy elephants, pigs, sheep and rabbits that were already pretty sticky by repeated lickings from various tongues.

Breakfast was just starting when father came in from the barn to say that a big snow storm was coming from the east and he guessed with the two feet of snow already on the ground it would not be safe to attempt the trip down home, as he always called the old farm house just out of Brockville on the Chemical Road. However, although the storm had started, father decided the team could make the trip. The big sleigh had been in readiness for a couple of days; straw had been placed in the bottom of the big box and some carpet spread over this and the sleigh had been backed into the shed to keep the snow out of it. At last we all piled in and were away. The toll-gate was just east of our farm house and as we drove through, our neighbour came out to wave to us. We always paid our toll by the year so did not have to stop, but cheered and sang “Jingle-Bells” as the horses raced through. Years later in a letter I had from a woman who lived as a girl at the toll-gate she told me how much she had always envied us our trip to Grandfather’s on Christmas Day. We usually met Tom Billings, his brother Horace, and their father and mother, Bruce and Polly, on their way to Aunt Jule McCrady’s house just west of the village. We of course gave them a “Merry Christmas”!

Driving into the yard at Grandfather’s, we were all ready to cry “Christmas Box” to the Johnsons (Aunt Lizzie) and the McLeans (Aunt Ida) whom grandfather had already brought out from Brockville for the day. Such a racket as we always yelled them down and fairly smothered them with hugs and kisses! Then, into the big kitchen we went where on the table was a large bread pan filled with popcorn all salted and sweetened, and on the side table six mince pie that had been brought in from the back porch where we knew a thirty gallon milk can contained many more. These six pies soon would be placed in the oven to be warmed. Beside these pies was a big dish of the loveliest raisins on the stems, dishes of candy, nuts and oranges, that mother had forbidden us to sample. The delicious scent of the big gobbler roasting in the old stove greeted us! My grand-mother had told me it was the one that had chased me out of the yard a couple of weeks before and I did not feel bad that we were to get even with him now.

merry-xmas-pcb4p27cWith about twenty-five to feed, Grandfather got busy, standing at the end of the long table. Grace was said, plates were passed, heaped with mashed potatoes, squash, cranberries and that turkey. It seemed that we children would never be served as plate after plate went by, but at last we were all told to go ahead. I was short and fat and stubby but I am sure no one that day had more to eat, as Grandfather always had an eye on our plates. Poor mother had some trouble watching for fear we took the biggest piece of fruitcake, but when an extra piece fell off in front of me I didn’t put it back.

Then the candy, dates, nuts, oranges and lovely red snow apples came along but by this time we were nearly ready to rest for an hour or two anyway. The big Christmas tree in the parlour all strung with popcorn and ribbons, was a sight and we went in on tip toe to peek at it. Then the doors were thrown open and we were able to sit around on cold haircloth chairs and sofas until our names were called and we went up to get our parcels. I remember on this occasion there were six or seven pairs of lovely leather mittens in sight, and as one or two of them had fur cuffs I wondered which ones were for me. That was a great day. I got a pair of mittens, but one of the cousins got the ones with the fur on them. But they wouldn’t have been big enough for me anyway.

I can remember Grandmother sitting in her rocking chair in the dining room by the box stove which had been stuffed with big sticks of wood. Grandmother aalways wore a little lace cap and a lovely shawl over her shoulders. Aunt Belle hovered over us to see that we were all wrapped up for the trip home. Uncle Bob Johnson had given me a quarter during the afternoon and I kept my hand in my pocket all day for fear I might loose it. I haven’t that quarter now, but I never took care of a twenty-five cent piece as long again.

Well, horrible thought, father was outside and said we had better get ready at once for home as the storm was worse. merry-xmas-pcb4p32aThey wanted us to stay at grandfather’s all night but to find beds for twenty-five of us was impossible. We climbed into the sleigh, the robes were thrown over us as we sat in the bottom of the box, and in five minutes we were all asleep. The horses plunged through the drifts out in the fields, where the roads were blocked, and finally we were awakened at our own door. What a day! What a memory! Children who travel now in motor cars have never had the lovely experience of a trip to Grandfather’s in the sleigh at Christmas time.

This story is taken from the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings, published in 1954.

Const. Douglas A. Scott, RCMP – Our People, Our Heritage

Const. Douglas Scott

Was killed in the line of duty on Monday, November 5, 2007 in Kinnirut, Nunavut. Douglas Allen Scott was 20 years scott-douglas-rcmp-1of age and the son of Douglas and Maria Scott of Lyn.

He was answering a drunk driving call in Kinnirut a community of about 400 people on Baffin Island. The call that he responded to came in around 10:50 pm He was last heard from at 11:02 pm when he called in to confirm he was following up on the complaint.

Residents said they were devastated by Scott’s murder and held an outdoor vigil Tuesday. The local school where the young mountie dropped in regularly to visit, closed its doors for the day. “You never saw Doug, but always you saw him with a bunch of young kids following him.” said Larry Collins principal of Qaqqalik School.

“Doug was just 20 years old, but already had demonstrated his commitment to the RCMP and to Canada and to the community he willingly served in Nunavut” said Sup. Martin Cheliak, RCMP Commander in the Northern Region.

The 20 year old Mountie grew up west of Lyn with dreams of becoming a police officer like his Uncles and cousins, going on ride alongs and volunteering with the Brockville Police Department. He scored so high on recruiting tests that he was offered an RCMP job one semester short of graduating from the Police Foundations Programme at St. Lawrence College, where his former professor, retired RCMP officer Michael Clarabut, described his former student as a “Shinning star”.

He was born on December 21, 1986 in Brockville to Douglas and Maria Scott. “Dougie” was raised in the Algonquin area before moving to Lyn. He attended Algonquin, Maynard and Lyn public schools, then graduated from Thousand Islands Secondary School before attending St.Lawrence College’s police foundations program at the Brockville Campus.

Recruited by the RCMP, he continued his education at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. On April 23, 2007 Constable Scott proudly attained his lifelong goal to be a police officer, He was assigned to “V” division, where he worked in Iqaluit and finally Kimmirut.

While growing up, he worked for various families in the area, cutting grass and babysitting. Later he worked at Mrs. B’s Variety,  Zellers and Shell Canada. During the summer months he spent many evenings umpiring local softball games. He began his career in law enforcement as a summer student with the OPP Marine Unit.

His Primary interest was spending time with family, friends and his puppy Gauge. He kept in touch with regular telephone calls and e-mails. His other interests included lacrosse, fitness, volunteering, attending community events, playing cards and enjoying outdoor activities. Recently he spent time learning about the culture and landscape of Nunavut. He took part in community festivals, snowmobiling and four wheeling. Most importantly he met people of all ages.


A sea of red and blue will descend on Brockville on Tuesday November 13, 2007. It is expected that there will be up scott-douglas-rcmp-3to 3,500 police and RCMP officers alone.

“We’re expecting anywhere between 2,500 and 3,500 police officers” said Brockville’s Deputy Police Chief Adrian Geraghty. “It is a huge undertaking. They’re coming from all over North America”.

The service will be held at Wall Street United Church which has a capacity of 1,000 people, will be held only for Scott’s family and friends and police officers. Another nearby church, First Presbyterian Church will take the overflow of police officers mourners where they will be able to watch a live broadcast of the service.

“This is a Canadian tragedy”, said Leeds-Grenville Tory MP Gord Brown. “My heart goes out to the family, this really hits home. He’s only 20 years old. He’s just a kid, it’s such a tragic loss”.

At the funeral Canon Michael Read said that the senseless tragedy has touched lives in the community, RCMP and all Canadians. “We weep with you” he told Scott’s Family “We have lost a very special person , Our tears mix with yours and rightly so.. We are mourning with you Maria, Doug, Chad and Layne for Dougie and our tears flow”.

Doug Scott’s RCMP Stetson sat on his casket draped with a Canadian Flag at the front of the church next to an RCMPscott-douglas-rcmp-2 portrait of the young constable.

The formal police funeral ended with a song in Scott’s honour called “Hometown Hero” by Brockville band Healy and Orr.






Lyn Softball Park Dedicated to RCMP Constable Douglas Scott Jr.

Local residents, dignitaries, members of the RCMP and Canadian Army Veteran’s Motorcycle Club turned out to scott-doug-memorial-park-lyn-1honour the late RCMP Constable Douglas Scott Jr. Together they dedicated a softball park and monument to him on Main Street, Lyn on Novebmer 5th, 2010.

Know for his charm, personality and boyish good looks, Doug Scott was well loved in the community of Lyn where he had grown up. He both played and coached softball, giving heart and soul to the game. That same dedication and drive was also devoted to his short lived career as an RCMP Constable.

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(Sources for this story were the Brockville Recorder and Times and The St. Lawrence EMC)

The Old Perth Road

The Old Perth Road

The Old Perth Road, which ran north-west from Brockville to Perth, followed a path that is in many ways similar to that of the modern Highway #29. There were, however, some significant differences on its specific path.

Although much of the southern portion of the Perth Trail is lost in the mists of time, having fallen to the development and expansion of Brockville and its environs, it probably started in the west end of town where Perth Street intersects King Street West.

From here, it made its way to what is now the intersection of the Parslow Road and Country Road #27 (Centennial Road). It travelled north along Parslow Road, past Kilkenny Road and onto what is now Rowsome Road. It did not however, immediately curve right at this point, as Rowsome Road does, but continued north to what is now the intersection of Murray Road and Highway #29.

At this point, aside from minor deviations, the course of the Old Perth Road and the modern Highway #29 follow each other, up trough Spring Valley, Glen Buell, Forthton and Addison, finally passing beyond the boundaries of Elizabethtown Township and continuing to Smith’s Falls and then Perth.

The Old Perth Road was an important factor in the development of Elizabethtown, and places further north. Much of the early development in the township focuses on the route surrounding the old road. In addition to making settlement easier, the trail was used by many travellers, thus causing the rise of many fine inns that survive as homes to this day near Spring Valley, as well as those that have not survived in Tincap and Forthton.

The Old Perth Road also served in the defence of Upper Canada, seeing use as a supply route for British soldiers during the War of 1812.

There was at one time between Athens and Brockville as many as 13 inns. Some were large and clean offering good food and sleeping accommodations. The one mentioned by a Rev. Bell in about 1813 was of the other sort. He had been visiting with Rev. Smart in Brockville and had obtained a lift with a member of the congregation to about 11 miles north of Brockville on the Perth Road. He overnighted with a farmer and set out the following morning before dawn for Perth. Shortly, be came upon an Inn, and decided to stop for breakfast. It was a small log building, huddled close to the earth and possessing a dirty interior. The landlady sat with some farmhands at the only table, and at hearing his request, bade him to get outside and wait for her to finish eating. After a delay of some time, some spoiled mutton and fried bread was literally dropped in his lap as he sat at a crude bench in the outdoors. The rest of his trip was through heavy woods, navigating along blazed trails until he arrived at Rideau Ferry and then on to Perth.

(excerpts from “Highway #29- The Old Perth road, A look at the history and homes” by Michael Brown and Heritage Elizabethtown)

Route of the Old Perth Road on a map of 1861-62
Route of the old Perth Road on a map of 1861-62




Bellamy’s & Clark’s Crossing – Forgotten Hamlets in Elizabethtown

Bellamy’s & Clark’s Crossing

Are these two places forgotten hamlets or just names of railroad crossings on a map ? We have been unable to find out any information on either place.

As the map shows Bellamys did have a station on the Brockville and Ottawa Railway, Clark’s Crossing did not. The only information we could find was this one line comment from Edna’s Scrapbook:

A well know resident William Lamb aged 55 years, was killed by a train at Clark’s Crossing on August 24, 1865.

Excerpts from:

The Athen’s Reporter from Jan 31, 1889 to Dec 31, 1889

Clark’s Crossing

Jan 8, 1889

Miss. Viola Wiltse is spending a few days with friends at Clark’s Crossing.


If anyone has information regarding these two locations we would appreciate hearing from you.


Clarks Crossing on map of 1861-62
Bellamys on a map of 1861-62

Toledo – A Village in Kitley


Toledo on a map from 1861-62

There was a time when this fine old Kitley Village was known simply as Bellamy Mills, due to its proximity to the mills operated by Chauncey Bellamy on Bellamy Lake west of the village.

The actual survey of Kitley was delayed for seven years until 1797. In the meantime, Kitley had its first settler, a pioneer farmer named James Finch. With his family James Finch settled on what was later to become Lot No. 29 in the 7th Concession. Finch mistakenly started a homestead on a clergy reserve Lot No. 22 on which he began to clear five acres of land. When he realized his mistake he moved and began to clear another 16 acres of land on adjoining lot no.23. He then petitioned the government for the grant of this land. He never received the grant and after rowing with the government of the day for a number of years finally left the area sometime before 1804.

The land James Finch cleared, on which his log cabin stood, lies along what is now Main Street.

Toldeo researchers found that James Finch had been granted 200 acres on Lot No. 22 on May 22, 1801, but Finch sold the property the next year to Hugh McIlmoyl. He sold to Eben Estes the same year. After several more transactions the lot came into possession of Wyatt Chamberlain, the founder of the village.

In 1806 Lot No. 23 was granted to Charles May who sold it in two sections a year later. Other lots which now form the site of Toledo changed hands many times during the early years.

Wyatt Chamberland was born in 1786 in New York State, son of a pioneer Methodist missionary and organizer. Although he didn’t have much schooling, Chamberland was self educated and ambitious. He put himself through Methodist school and qualified as a preacher.

At 28, he was operating a Methodist circuit in New York State and in 1820, came to Canada to become a minister in Prince Edward County around Picton. Later he moved to the Augusta circuit but was stricken with an illness in 1828 forcing him out of the ministry.

Chamberland came to Kitley in 1832 and began by buying up land in this area, then known as Kitley Corners. As be bought each lot, Chamberland broke it up into village lots and sold them, thus laying the groundwork for the future village of Toledo.

He called the settlement Camberlain’s Corners. He opened the first store in a log cabin.

Chamberland also built the first frame dwelling in the area. He was the first postmaster and became a justice of the peace. His first wife was Catherine Halleck, daughter of pioneer missionary Rev. William Halleck, for whom Halleck’s Road west of Brockville was named.

Chamberland’s Corners became officially Toledo in 1856. The village was named after Toledo in Spain, scene of a British victory over a French army in the Spanish Campaign of 1813.

Both lots lie along the road which became the main street of Toledo. Finch erected a log cabin and dug a well. He cleared 16 acres on lot no. 21, but his claim to the land was disputed by the government.

The Kitley census of 1800 lists Finch as a settler, but he is missing from the count in 1804. Historians believe that he got fed up with government delays in approving his claim and left the area in disgust.

Roadside sign – photo 2016

Main Street in Toledo was then a continuation of the Old Perth Road, which cut through the village and headed north to Lombardy over Rideau Ferry and on into Perth.

Including the Livingstons, Finch and Chamberlain early settlers were Hugh McKnoyl, Ben Estse, Ephraim Koyl, David Allen, John Kincaid, Billy Brown, Charlie May, David Kilborn, The Tolman and Robinson families as well as the Cole, Coad and Code families.





From earliest times, religion has played a major role in the lives of Toledo folk. And the fine churches which call the faithful to worship every Sunday testify to the status of the church in the area’s history.

A fine example of early 20th century architecture is St. Philip Neri Church in the centre of the village. Named for an Italian priest St. Philip (Filippo) Neri who lived from 1515 to 1595, the parish was established in 1833.

In 1833 Bishop Alexander MacDonald (named Bishop of Upper Canada in 1820) appointed Father Campion of Prescott to administer the Parish of Kitley. Focal point for the parish, which then covered Kitley, Bastard, South Burgess and South Crosby townships was the east shore of Bellamy’s Lake just west of Toledo.

Today two old cemeteries bearing headstones with names such as Coughlin, Donovan, McDonald mark the site. Father Campion held mass four times a year in a farmhouse which stood near the modern Bellamy’s Lake Park. Records of St. Philip Neri indicate 25 to 30 persons attended the services.

In 1837 Father Clarke Prescott was assigned to Toledo and three years later supervised the building of a wooden church on the shore of Bellamy’s Lake. Father O’Reilly came from Brockville in 1840 to take charge. He settled in a farmhouse three miles south of the church. In 1860 Rev. Michael Lynch took up residence near the church in a house built for him. In the same year Father Lynch supervised the building of a stone church at Philipsville.

Father Lynch was succeeded by Rev. William McDonagh but left in 1861 and until 1873, neither Kitley nor Phillipsville had a resident pastor. The parish was administered from Smith’s Falls and Westport. In 1873 Rev. William Kielty became a pastor of Kitley and Phillipsville.

By 1885 the old church had reached such a state of disrepair that it was considered advisable to abandon it and put up a new chapel in Toledo. Property was bequeathed to the parish in 1887 from the estate of Martin Breen and by 1896 the present rectory was built as well as the stone chapel. In 1899 Phillipsville left the parish to join Elgin.

By 1905 the growing congregation required a new church which was completed in 1907. The chapel built in 1896 was added to the new church as a sacristy. The first mass was held at Christmas 1907, and the following year the church was dedicated to St. Philip Neri.

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church – photo 2016
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church – photo 2016
Episcopal-Methodist Church – photo 2016
Episcopal Methodist Church 1877 – photo 2016
St. Andrew’s United Church – photo 2016


















St. Andrew’s United Church – photo 2016


The Tinsmith of Toledo

On Toledo’s Main Street the access road leading south to hook up with Hwy 29, stands a weather beaten two story frame structure which for 60 years was the home of a prosperous but tiny smithy business.

This building was built in 1880 by a South Crosby tinsmith, Tom Singleton  and became known as the Singleton smithy.

Tom Singleton came from South Crosby in 1880 and bought Lot No.32 on Main Street. Here he built his smithy and a residence for his family.

One usually associates tinsmiths with the work of turning out tin for roofing and manufacturing duct-work for furnaces, but Singleton went far beyond these items.

He made sap buckets for the maple syrup trade, tins for the syrup, kettles, teapots, wash tubs, milk cans, baking pans and kitchen utensils, weather vanes and storing tanks.

Singleton could also install heavier articles he made and he was an expert repairman. Many a farm wife brought him leaking pans, kettles or other damaged articles and he repaired them good as new.

Tom Singleton’s Tin smithy – photo c1985

Singleton laboured in his shop for 60 years, retiring in 1940.








From Thad. Leavitt’s book The History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879, published in 1879

N.H.Beecher – Mr. Beecher was born in the state of New York in 1839. When seventeen years of age he came to n-h-beecherCanada, entering the employment of Robert Fitzsimmons, Esq., with whom he acquired a through knowledge of the grocery business. In 1863, he opened a general store in Toledo, where he has since resided. Taking a deep interest in public affairs, Mr. Beecher entered the Municipal Council, serving seven years, five of which he has been chosen as Deputy Reeve. His course in the Counties’ Council has been unvarying in direction of economy and retrenchment, coupled with liberality in making grants for improvements absolutely required. At the last general election he was freely spoken of as the Liberal Candidate for the House of Commons, North Leeds. (History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879 by Thad. W.H. Leavitt pub. 1879)



Samuel Edgar Home – etching from Leavitt’s book of 1879

Samuel Edgar – The subject of this sketch was born in the year 1837, in the Township of Kitley. He is the youngest son of James Edgar, who was born in the year 1791, in the County of Down, Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in the year 1821, settling in the Township of Kitley in 1825, where he resided until his death on the 26th of January 1870. He was among the first settlers of the Township, and one of the oldest Justices of the Peace. He was a member of the municipal council. Mr. Edgar held the office of Lieutenant in the Militia util too old for service, and was also one of the oldest Freemasons in the Counties, having obtained fifteen degrees in the Order. He was the only son of James Edgar, who was born in Montgomery, England.


Toledo Map from 1861-62
War Memorial for WW II in the centre of Toledo – photo 2016
Toledo War Memorial – photo 2016
Toledo War Memorial – photo 2016
Toledo War Memorial – photo 2016


Struthers of Toledo

You don’t have to be all that old to remember “Struther’s of Toledo” perhaps you or your parents have one or two toledo-garns-barn-c1985items in your home that were purchased there. Here is the story behind that store.

Around Toledo folks say that Garnet Struthers electrified the district, but Struthers prefers to think that eggs did the trick.

Ontario Hydro put in electrification in 1940-45, Garnet sold the electrical appliances to the farmers but the farmers built up the Struthers businesses by trading eggs for groceries..

“Every farmer for miles around paid his grocery bill in eggs” said Struthers, recalling the days when his business was confined to a general store on the main street of the village. “We had eggs by the dozen stored in the basement. We couldn’t sell ‘em, so we had to take them by the truckload to an egg grading station to get our money. The money we got from those eggs allowed us to expand. We bought electrical appliances and re-sold them. First it was washing machines. We put a washing machine in every farmhouse in the district. Then it was refrigerators. We put refrigerators in every farmhouse. Then came television sets and electrical milking machines. We put milking machines in every barn, and it all came from the eggs!”

In the late 1940’s, Garnet Struthers and his wife, Lila took over the general store formerly operated by Bert Woods at the crossroads in the centre of the village. Since the early 1900’s, Woods had been a grocer in a century old business on the site and on the death of his daughter, Vivian Hill, took over.

“It was a combination phone exchange, post office and grocery store when we took over” said Struthers. The Kitley Telephone Company exchange was in one corner of he store, and the post office was in the other.”

Mrs. Struthers’ father the late Ross Slater Kilborn, had operated the business after Mrs. Hill left. In 1942 a disastrous fire hit that street and the Bert Carley grocery store was burned out.

Carley rented the former Woods store from the Kilborns for a year and a half until his new grocery store was constructed. Then Garnet and Lila moved in.

“We had $1000. in stock and a $2,000. dollar mortgage” recalled Garnet. “But we had something of everything. We had groceries, hardware, feed, clothing, dry goods, you name it, we had it! Then we added appliances, machinery and roofing and building supplies. Hydro came along and we went into the appliance field. We added electric stoves, then got into the plumbing and electric trade, putting in wiring and selling supplies.”

In 1956, Struthers got an offer for the store he couldn’t refuse. It put him permanently out of the grocery business and led to the establishment of a furniture and appliance store.

“The Seaway was being built and some of the little villages east of here were being swallowed up. George Lapierre, from Mille Roche, near Cornwall, was one of the businessmen forced to move. I understand Lapierre and friends came up here looking for a place to locate. They spotted the old store and decided to take a look at it.

It was on a holiday and I was in Charleston taking in a regatta. They looked in the windows and apparently liked what they saw. At any rate they came down to Charleston Lake, met me at 4pm and made me an offer. I agreed to meet them at 7 pm at the store. We met and at 10pm we had a deal.”

Lapierre took over but soon after suffered a heart attack which curtailed his activities. He later died from a series of heart attacks, but the business carried on under the name of Barr’s General Store.

“We sold Lapierre the rights to the grocery business, clothing and other general items, but we retained the rights to electrical appliances, televisions, plumbing and electrical supplies.” Said Struthers. “That gave us the opportunity of opening up a new business.”

On the road leading south of Toledo stood the long abandoned Baptist Church, erected about 1840. Struthers bought the old church and renovated it to become a store, the first Struthers Furniture Store. The business flourished and in the succeeding years, Garnet and Lila built their new home south of the store.

Dwayne Struthers (L) and Garnet Struthers (R) photo c 1985

Disaster struck on June 23, 1961. A freak and rare tornado ripped through Toledo, tearing the roof off the Struthers store and causing thousands of dollars in damage. Struthers vividly remembers the storm.

“It hit just about 4pm and cleaned the roof off the old church building. It blew the roof clear off the property and into Roy Gardiner’s farm field.” Said Struthers. “Harry Lewis, my bookkeeper, was working in the store. There was a huge oak tree in front of the store. The wind pulled it out of the ground, roots and all, and it looked like it was going to fall into what was left of the store, where Henry was, but instead it took a turn to the north and landed off the property.”

“When I went out after the storm, I found rafters from the store sticking in the ground of Gardiners’ field like giant spears buried by some ancient Roman.”

With his building ruined Struthers went to work and the modern Struthers Furniture and Appliance Ltd. Store, an 80 by 80 foot building known popularly as “Struthers of Toledo”. The shell of the old church building was lifted on to rollers and hauled back to the rear of the new store, where it was rebuilt as Garn’s Barn, and was used to sell used furniture.

“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


A 12 year old youth John Dant was murdered near Toledo on Feb 23, 1867

On April 16, 1895, Miss. Stephenson, daughter of the Rector of the Anglican Church at Toledo, aged 18 years, met death in a sad way. She was very found of walking in the woods and about 3pm she went for a walk, but did not return for supper. When she wasn’t home by dark, several men carrying lanterns went to search for her. A heavy rain came up but they could find no trace of the girl. The next morning her body was found lying against a rail fence on the Parker Farm. She was wet and scratched by brambles. An inquest was held and it was ruled that death was caused by exposure, after being lost in the woods.

On April 21, 1895, the funeral of Mrs. George Coad was being held in the Toledo Methodist Church. It was a Sunday afternoon and a large congregation was present. Rev. G.H. Porter was preaching, when shouts and a great commotion could be heard outside. A few men got up and went out, and then the word “Fire” was heard. It was found that Mrs. J. Smith’s home was all on fire. Men, women and children were organized to form a bucket brigade while come carried out furniture. The church was empty, even the minister was at the fire. In spite of their efforts the house was burned. The people returned to the church, the preacher finished the sermon and the pallbearers carried the casket to the cemetery. The men and some of the ladies were soiled, rumpled and wet, but the minister remained dignified and calm throughout.

A subterranean explosion occurred on July 2 and 3rd 1898 at Kitley just off the Perth Road and it has everyone mystified. A reef of rock was blown up along with most of the roadbed. It began on Saturday with a hissing and rumbling noise and culminated on Sunday by an explosion that was heard for many miles. James Taylor lived nearest to the blast and his yard was covered by chunks of rock. Mrs. John Smith was driving up the road and the explosion threw fragments of rock into her buggy. Hundreds of persons have visited the scene including scientists from Ottawa, but no one an explain it.

Samuel Rabb was one of Leeds’ most outstanding citizens. He was born in Ireland, coming to Canada at the age of 20 years, settling at Toldeo. He was a highly regarded school teacher and taught school for 33 years, and then became an Inspector of Schools. He did private tutoring, and was a very fluent speaker. In 1840 he married a daughter of Colonel John Blakely, and they raised ten children, six boys and four girls. Two of his daughters Mary (Mrs. Albert Morris) and Charlotte (Mrs. George Gainford) lived in Athens. Mr. Rabb died at the home of his daughter Charlotte on April 9, 1900 aged 84 years.

While the authorities are trying to decide how to punish the Queen’s Medical Students who robbed a grave at Lansdowne on March 25, 1903, it might be well to consider how to guard the graves of loved ones. The fact that bodies are now bringing a good price on the market should be borne in mind. Students do not hire a livery rig and drive for miles to the cemetery for the fun of it. It is known in one case of their deed of labour extended as far away as Toledo. Many graves are robbed and their relatives never know it. A new grave should be watched every night for a month. After that time the body is not suitable.

Two Toledo sisters died within an hour of each other on January 4, 190. Mrs. William Leacock aged 98 and her sister Ms. Henry Seymour aged 80 were waked at Toledo Presbyterian Church where a double funeral was held.

The cornerstone was laid for St. Philip’s Neri Church at Toledo May 26, 1907

A serious fire occurred in Toledo on March 10, 1908 when the general store of A.N. Coad was destroyed with a large stock of merchandise and $65. in cash, owned by Oscar McDonald. Mr. McDonald went into the store in the morning and started the fires as usual, and then went to his breakfast, when he returned the interior was in flames.

On September 6, 1910, Arnold Boyd of Merrickville was killed while hunting ducks at Mud Lake near Toledo. He and his wife and younger brother set up a tent Friday night, and early Saturday morning he took his boat and gun and set off alone to hunt ducks. When he did not return by dark his wife walked to a farmhouse to see if a search could be made for him. Several men with lanterns went out but could not find him. Early Sunday they went out again and he was found laying half in his boat with part of his head blown off. It is thought he reached for his gun and pulled it toward him by the barrel, and it discharged.

August 6, 1911, Lester Palmer of Toledo was killed when his horse ran away.

On October 4, 1923 the Commercial Hotel at Toledo burned.

On December 17, 1929 fire broke out in the store of C.A.Woods in Toledo and completely destroyed the store as well as the telephone exchange cutting off Toledo, Frankville and Jasper. The operator Miss Grey had a narrow escape. The post office was also in the store. Messengers had to travel by car to Smiths Falls to get help. It was a very bad fire but no one was injured.

The old Commercial Hotel at Toledo was destroyed by fire on October 4, 1923. The fire broke out in the kitchen of the old hotel owned by John McEwen. This is the 4th bad fire in Toledo in less than a year. Firemen from Smiths Falls and Frankville were able to save nearby buildings.

February 2, 1946, George H. Code, 28, accidentally shot and killed at Toledo.

A well known Toledo man, Earl Stafford Drummond was drowned at Seeley’s Bay on October 7, 1951. He was 26.

Clement Coughlin aged 22 years of Toledo was killed in a traffic accident April 23, 1953.

A large barn on the farm of Leonard Laming was burned at Toledo on June 12, 1961. No animals were in the barn but it was full of hay, valued at $2,000. Twenty seven calves grazing near the barn were removed to safety. The fire is doubly tragic as the Laming home was burned on February 5, 1961 with all contents.

Thousands of dollars in damage was done in a matter of minutes when a tornado struck the Village of Toledo on June 23, 1961. About 7pm it started to thunder and rain. Then about 7:30 it became very dark, skies were black as ink and there was a momentary calm. Mothers gathered their children inside and hurried to close doors and windows and were joined by their men folk. There was a general feeling of doom in the air. Then it struck with a roar like and express train, so great as the noise it was impossible for families to converse as their voices could not be heard. When it was all over the following damage had been done: the roof was lifted off Struther’s Store and carried 100 yards away leaving thousands of dollars of appliances and furnishings exposed to the driving rain; a huge oak tree, six feet through at the base, in front of the store was broken off close to the ground and caused great damage to their warehouse; used appliances were blown over and tossed about, a large freezer carried 40 feet away; a truck owned by Garnet Struthers was flipped over on its side; the roof was blown off Ross Kilborn’s workshop; a large tree in the yard of Mildred McClup crashed into Eaton’s Service Station carrying hydro lines with it; three trees in front of the home of Roy Gardiner crashed into their house, ripping off cornice, eaves troughs and the TV aerial; the shop of Lloyd DeWolfe was wrecked as after the roof blew away a large tree fell into the building; Jack Baker’s barn was blown away, pieces being scattered for a mile away; TV aerials were twisted like pretzels; all streets were blocked by fallen trees, nearly every pane of glass in the village was shattered; shrubs, flower beds, gardens were destroyed; the home of Wendell Eaton was struck by lightning and chimneys were knocked off 24 homes. No one was killed or seriously injured. All the next day the scream of chain saws could be heard and Hydro and telephone crews worked for 48 hours. Reeve Charlie Sands was on the scene continuously, lending help and advice.

A large barn owned by Archie Donaldson at Toledo was burned on October 12, 1961. All the season’s crop was lost. Fortunately none of the cattle were near the barn. The cause of the fire is not known.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jones and seven children was destroyed by fire at Toledo on October 1, 1962.

Three young men from Toledo area were killed May 26, 1968 in a one car accident, three miles from Toledo, when they crashed into a tree. Dead were the driver William James McCabe, 21 of Jasper, Ivan Botham 18, of Smiths Falls and William Nichols, 15, of Toledo.

On December 17, 1973 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Willows of Toledo were married 60 years. They were married in Elgin and moved to a farm at Toledo where they spent their entire married life. In 1945 their two sons Lloyd and Glen took over the active work on the farm. They had seven children, five daughters and two sons: Irene Bushfield, Mrs. Edna Jarvis, Mrs. Wilma Skakleton, Mrs. Eleanor Drummond and Mary (deceased), Lloyd and Glen. To mark the 60 years of happy married life, Mr. and Mrs. Willows were tendered a reception at St. Andrew’s United Church hall in Toledo.

Shane’s Corners – A Forgotten Hamlet in Kitley

Shane’s Corners

Shane’s Corners as it appears on a map of 1861-62

The area around the community was initially settled by Lowland Scots. Otter and Hutton Creeks passed through the area but these waterways were not large enough to support a mill operation

Shane’s Corners was a small settlement located along Highway 29 near what was the First Concession of Kitley. Shane’s Corners was settled by a man named Lawrence Shane and his wife; Mrs. Shane kept a private school here at one time. The settlement consisted of a few homesteads and very few businesses. [2]

In the 1860’s, the settlement became home to a Temperance Hall, called Mount Albion Temple of the Good Templars Lodge No. 60, I.O.G.T., and located on the first concession. This society continued until 1875.

In the late 1800s, Shane’s Corners had its own cheese factory, Cameron’s Cheese Factory (or perhaps also known as The Glen Elm Cheese Factory [1]) This factory was originally built on a local homestead, however was later moved to the lot across the road from Shane’s School, a more central location. (Wikedepia).

The cheese factory was in operation until 1948 when it was destroyed by fire[1]

In the late 1950’s a 4-H Home-making club was started for boys and girls aged 12 to 16. At this club the young people took up sewing, cooking and crafts. A Shane’s branch of the Women’s Institute was formed in 1962 and had 14 members. The women’s group supported local groups in and around the Shane’s area. [1]


The settlement was large enough that it was able to become its own school section in the late nineteenth century. The school was known as S.S. #2 Shane’s School, and at the time was located along the boundary of Kitley and South Elmsley townships. [2]

In 1873, school trustees received the deed for a property of land from Henry Shane.

A new stone building was constructed in 1875, replacing an older school further down the road which was subject to arson, possibly committed by a pupil. The schoolhouse was used after hours as the community church, as well as a meeting hall. Well into the 1900s, the building was used by the Shane’s Women’s Institute.


At some point in the 1800s, a cemetery was established here. The cemetery is an Anglican cemetery.

[1]Our Living History, an historical guide to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville pub 2000

[2] Kitley 1795-1975 by G.J. Lockwood

Shanes on a map of 1998
Shane Home built in 1860, photo c1985




Newbliss – A Hamlet in Kitley


Newbliss on a map from 1861-62

The village dates back to 1802, when United Empire Loyalists settled on grants of land given them by the Crown.

Rachel and Isaiah Wiley were granted Lot 13 on the 4th Concession and opposite it Lot 13 on the 5th Concession was granted to Catherine Moore in 1805. Two dirt roads crossed at the borders of the two lots and a hamlet was born as more settlers moved in.

Newbliss didn’t start out with that name. Originally it was Dodd’s Corners named after a shoemaker who lived on the corner and his father George Dodd with a family of five lived on another. This was in 1802 and in 1820 it became Dack’s Corners from the family of William Dack. In 1855 the name was finally changed to Newbliss.

The name comes from the Town of Newbliss in Ireland, brought here by an Irish schoolmaster, John Mackay who came to teach in Newbliss in that year. He thought the collection of houses and business deserved a new name and he made the decision stick. Mackay taught in Newbliss for over 20 years before retiring.

Further to the south William Dack bought parts of lots 19 and 20 in the 4th Concession and other acquisitions and became the largest landowner in the area.

He was operating a tavern in the 1830’s but the site is unknown. It was probably located along the road from Brockville which became the Victoria Macadamized Road during the 1840’s and eventually became Hwy 29.

Dack’s Tavern also gave birth to the Orange Order in Kitley. Newbliss Lodge was formed in the tavern in 1835 and around 1850 the order built a hall in Newbliss, which burned in 1944.  Newbliss LOL, No.87 observed its centenary in 1935 . The lodge moved its headquarters in 1949, taking over the former Coad’s school, a stone building erected in 1875, replacing the earlier log cabin school. The school had originally been named for the Dack Family, but adopted the name of Coad in the 1850’s.

Newbliss was once a thriving community of over 600 people, with inns, a cheese factory, several schools, a hotel, stage coach house and other business. There was also an active Orange Lodge and a Temperance Hall.

Lovell’s Gazette of 1873 ascribes 250 persons to the village population. There were two blacksmiths, a dressmaker, and engineer, harness maker, milliner, postmaster, two teachers, shoemaker, tailor, wagon maker, two weavers and 35-40 farmers.

The Gazette listed 600 in the village population, but seven years later another census cut the population to 300. In 1902 the population of the hamlet itself was only 25 persons. Earlier figures were believed to be based on post office addresses.

“The original Newbliss Cheese Factory consisted of three frame buildings, the main factory, a curing house and a boiler room. When the main factory was moved from the old Ross farm to the centre of Newbliss, a frame cheese house was constructed for the cheese maker. It still stands beside the general store.” (Kitley 1795-1975 by Glenn Lockwood)

John Edgar, father of James Edgar, was a staunch Presbyterian, but he ran the first hotel and bar room in Newbilss. In 1862, he gave up the hotel business, leasing the premises to George Stewart.

Edgar then formed a Sons of Temperance lodge and was for many years one of its most prominent leaders.

Newbliss cheese factory, later a general store, was one of the busiest in Leeds County in the middle and later part of the 19th Century. Farmers for miles around brought their milk here for processing. The factory produced cheeses weighting 90 to 100 pounds. Patrons used to haul the cheeses encased in round cheese boxes by wagon to the Jasper railway station, from where they were shipped to the cheese board offices in Brockville for grading and later sale. The factory operated until around 1944 when it was converted into a store.

In 1904 the cheese maker, Robert Beckett, was one of the most prominent men in the village and owner of the first car in Newbliss. For years it was known as “Mr.Beckett’s Buick”

Early School

The former Coad’s school, a stone building, was erected in 1875, replacing the earlier log cabin school. The school had originally been named for the Dack Family, but adopted the name of Coad in the 1850’s.

Dack’s school was built on Lot 17 of Concession four about 1830, a simple log structure with unpainted interior walls and austere benches and desks.

About the same time, Newbliss village had a log school which was replaced in 1874 by a stone structure. Newbliss School was phased out of existence in 1961 with the pupils being transferred to Jasper.

Newbliss had two schoolhouses to serve the community, each its own section. The first school was built around 1830 and was titled S.S. #5 Newbliss School. It is believed the first schoolhouse for S.S. #5 was made of log, however no records of the school exist. In 1858, the stone schoolhouse which replaced the log structure was erected. This schoolhouse is still standing, located at the intersection of Highway 29 and Line Road 4. The other school section in Newbliss was #6, with its school being called S.S. #6 Coad’s School. Originally, Coad’s School was known as Dack’s. This schoolhouse was also constructed of log before being replaced by a stone building in 1870. Upon its closure in the 1940s, Coad’s School was sold to the Orange Lodge. (Kitley 1795-1975 by Glenn Lockwood)

Newbliss Schoolhouse photo November 2016
Newbliss Schoolhouse – photo taken November 2016
Newbliss School House c1985


As in many areas of Leeds and Grenville, circuit riders first brought religion to Newbliss in the early days.

Ezra Healey, probably the most famous of the early circuit riders, included Newbliss in his itinerary in 1822. He was a Methodist assigned to the Rideau Circuit. In 1818 he had begun conducting services in Toledo in a log school house. Methodist history records the fact he ministered to only four families here, probably meeting at Dack’s log school house.

Methodists worshipped anywhere they could find shelter, a barn being used on more than one occasion but in 1834, the congregation built a log chapel on the eastern edge of Kitley Township in the community known as Crystal and the church subsequently bore the name “Providence Chapel”.

The church was used until church union in 1935 when it was sold to a local resident who in turn donated it in 1960 to Upper Canada Village.

Early Anglicans also held their services at Dack’s School with a minister coming from Smith’s Falls to preach. It was years before the first Anglican Church was built. St. Paul’s Church was erected here in1904.

The village was also the first centre for Presbyterians in Kitley Township. The home of James Edgar, a pioneer inn-keeper, was turned into a mission centre about 1835 and Kitley Presbyterians met there until 1847 when St. Andrew’s Church was constructed in Toledo.

Newbliss Church – photo taken November 2016
Newbliss Church – photo taken November 2016









General Store, old cheese house on the right c1985
Edgar Hotel c1985
Road sign entering Newbliss
Newbliss as shown on a map from 1998



“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


While working on the new house of Robert Mackie near Newbliss in August, 1908, a young man Sidney Christie aged 22 of Smiths Falls fell to the ground from a scaffold and was instantly killed.

On February 3, 1928 George Price aged 19 of Newbliss, was found in the stable of his father’s barn with one side of his head smashed in. It was quite apparent that one of the horses had kicked him. He remained unconscious for 36 hours and then he died.

On February 26, 1959 Isaac Lockwood, 73, of Newbliss died of injuries in a car accident.

An 88 year old man, John Andrew Lyons, of Newbliss, was killed on September 11, 1967 on Hwy 29 at Newbliss when a car driven by his wife Bella Lyons, 71, in which he was a passenger, was struck broadside by a car driven by Mrs. A.L. Wells, 21 of Jasper. Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Wells were both injured.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall at Newbliss was burned by fire on April 21, 1968. Due to the efforts of the firemen, the church was saved.


Mott’s Mills – A forgotten Hamlet in Kitley

Mott’s Mills

Mott’s Mills on a map from 1861-62

History has not recorded the early days of Mott’s Mills, but it is known that a homesteader, John Mott, built the first mill near his farm which straddled Hutton Creek, Mott lived in the area around 1820.

The Mott family is mentioned a number of times in Leeds County archives. Ruben Mott lived near Lyn, homesteading 100 acres of land on Lot 18 in the 3rd Concession of Elizabethtown. His patent for the land was dated May 19, 1802.

John Mott probably moved into the area north of Toledo in 1818. He developed his homestead eight miles north of Chauncey Bellamy’s Mills on Bellamy’s Pond, the hamlet later becoming Toledo.

At the time Hutton was a sizeable creek, capable of supplying power for half a dozen mills. Other than giving their name to the community, the Motts apparently did little to develop Mott’s Mills. By 1840, the Motts were gone.

Sam Robinson moved in and took over the grist mill, then erected a shingle mill. Charles Blancher developed a flour mill, and George Blanchard erected a saw mill.

The area was rich in timber, the sawmill and shingle factory operated at full blast until the early 1900’s. Then the timber reserves petered out, and the extensive lumbering in the hills left mile after mile of barren waste, Deprived of its natural sources for replenishment Hutton Creek dwindled to a mere trickle, which a person could easily step across.

Robinson also put up a carding mill, to card wool taken from Mott’s Mills sheep flocks. The saw mill used to handle such large logs that a cabin door was made from one wide plank.

The Robinson family left Mott’s Mills after a son drowned in the mill pond, and Sam Robinson died. There are no Motts or Robinsons left in the area

One by one the mills closed. Some of the buildings were lost to fire, others just collapsed from decay. Now only the foundations remain and they are thickly overgrown with weeds and underbrush.

Motts Mills also had a tavern, a tannery and a school. It was a stagecoach station for travellers taking the stage from Brockville to Bellamy’s Mills, thence north to Lombardy and on to Rideau Ferry and Perth. Country Road No. 1 now roughly follows the Perth Road route of the early 1800’s.

Cameron’s Cheese Factory was started near Mott’s Mills and served the area 40 years before being moved down the Town Line Road between Kitley and South Elmsley Townships. The factory was set up on the Kitley side of the road, about two miles west of Shane’s Corners and the old Shane’s School which still stands there.

In 1900, the road to the factory ran from Mott’s Mills through Careron’s Swamp, past the Cameron homestead and reached the Town Line Road near the Pattermore’s Farm. Subsequently, it was moved to the north side of the road, to Bill South’s homestead in South Elmsley.

Then, Silas Hitchcock bought it from the Camerons and operated the factory until the 1950’s when it finally closed for good.

When Mott’s Mills was established the only grist mill in Kitley was the John Livingston Mill near Frankville.

At one time Mott’s Mills probably boasted 400 people.


Generations of Mott’s Mills children were educated at the community’s old one room school, which closed around 1950. The original log school was built on Lot 21 of the 3rd Concession of Kitley. It was succeed by a frame building, which in turn was demolished to make room for a stone school built in 1906.

In its heyday, the school accommodated up to 80 pupils. When Mott’s Mills went into decline, the factories closed and the population dropped, thus greatly reducing school enrolment. After the Second World War, the decline was much more noticeable. All schools in the north of Leeds suffered setbacks and many were closed.

Shane’s School enjoyed an upswing in attendance during the 1950’s, when more people moved into the area. Further down the Town Line Road, Blanchard’s School suffered reverses and was closed in 1956. Pupils from Blanchard’s were then transferred to Mott’s Mills.

Pioneer Sam Hough was the original owner of the land on which Mott’s Mills School stood. The Lot no 21 in the 3rd Concession of Kitley was deeded to Hough on December 18, 1803. In 1816, the lot was sold to Sam’s son, Brewin Hough who in turn disposed of it in the following year to Micajah Purdy. It was probably in Purdy’s time that the first school was erected on the lot. George S. Scovil bought the lot in 1833, and that portion on which the school stood was deeded over to the area school board.

Blanchard’s reopened in 1961, operated for two years and closed forever in 1956. Motts Mills School also closed in the early 1960’s. Students from these two schools were then bussed to Jasper Public School.

The old Robinson home built probably 150 years ago still exists today. A modern concrete bridge holds back the waters of Hutton Creek, so that the mill pond which served the mills still exists today.

Below the dam, only a trickle of water tumbles over the rocks. The old rock dams of the days of Mott and Robinson have been swept away by flood waters over the years, and little trace of them can be seen today.


Robinson Family Home c1900
Road sign c1985
Hutton Creek c1985
Hutton Creek c1985
Original Cement Dam at Mott’s Mills Sep 2017
All that’s left of the original dam at Mott’s Mills photo taken Sep. 2017

Looking South over the wetlands- Sep 2017
Looking south over the wetlands at Mott’s Mills Sept 2017
Signage at Mott’s Mills- Sep 2017
Signage at Mott’s Mills- Sep 2017

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Tuesday June 25, 1895 issue

Last week Mrs. Geo. Nash re-visited Mott’s Mills, where she formerly resided, after an absence of nineteen years.


Kinch Street – A Forgotten Hamlet in Kitley

Kinch Street

Kinch Street on a map of 1861-62

The great Irish immigration into Canada in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s brought the first Kinch Family to this old community. They carved a homestead out of the wilderness beside the road that is known as Kinch Street.

Although always prosperous because of the fertility of its’ farms, Kinch Street had no major industries, mills or factories in its past.

Grist mills and sawmills flourished on Irish Creek near Jasper, and on Slab Street to the southeast, or at Toledo to the southwest, but Kinch Street did not develop these standbys of pioneer days.

Dairy farmers along the street produced great quantities of milk, which was processed into cheese at the Newbliss factory two miles west of this community. When the Newbliss factory closed in the 1940’s, the local milk was shipped to a cheese factory at Easton’s Corners, until it too disappeared in the 1950’s.

Ernie Dack bought out the Newbliss factory and moved to Easton’s Corners. He made cheese for over 40 years until he was killed when his car was hit by a train in Ottawa.

The first homes on Kinch Street were made of logs. In the period 1880 to 1900 a number of Victorian style homes were built with high ceillinged rooms and lots of cellar space. Rooms downstairs had ceilings 10 feet above the floor, upstairs they ran to eight or nine feet high. Following 1900, red brick homes were built by Edward Kinch. Edward Kinch used bricks from the demolished home of pioneer Hiram Buker to erect a house in 1920. One of the first brick homes in the area was built in 1870 by Edward Kinch.

First School

The first log school house here was built in the early 1840’s on the west corner of the farm of pioneer Isaac Foster. Known as S.S. #8, the log school  burned down a few years after it was built.

The community replaced it with a wooden frame structure sheeted in galvanized iron and painted white. For around 100 years it educated generations of Kinch Street children, until it was phased out by the school consolidation in the 1950’s.

This school stood on Lot 9 of the 6th Concession of Kitley. The teacher in 1876 was John Mackay, a veteran educationalist who taught in Newbliss for 20 years before coming to this school.

School trustees in 1876 were Isaac Foster who had donated the plot on which the school stood, James Love and James Morrissey, who was also the boards sectary treasurer. A Dr. Kinney was the school inspector.


Ezra Kinch and Family


Ezra Kinch and his wife, Sarah Ann photo from 1909

Ezra Kinch and his wife, Sarah Ann, descendants of pioneers who settled Grenville county around 1840, posed with their family in 1909 for this photo. In front is Lauretta, who married Wes Chant of Toledo; second row, left to right, Maud who wed Bob Lucas, was widowed and married Thomas Ferguson; Mrs. Sarah Ann (Wright) Kinch, mother of the family; William J. Kinch 7, Ezra, father of the family; Mary Jane, though her birth certificate said “Mary Louise”, who married Albert Ferguson of Jasper; rear row, Myrtle, who died at the age of 16; Eliza Ann, who wed a man named Ready in Jasper; Florence May who wed \|Harry Wood, of RR#2, Jasper; Kathy Loyola who married William H. Bell for many years reeve of Kitley and Warden of the United Counties; and Gertrude Estella, who married Alex Morrison, of Morrison Road, south Kinch Street.


J. Knch at the plow c1930
Ezra and Sarah Ann Kinch c1920
Edward Kinch c1910










Looking down Kinch Street c1985
Kinch Street on map of 1998





Lehigh Corners – A Hamlet in Kitley

Lehigh Corners  (Kilborn Corners)

Area of Lehigh Corners on map of 1861-62

This community is situated on the southern fringe of Frankville, straddling No.29 Highway. In the late 1800’s a toll gate was operated here on the old Victoria Macadamized road running between Brockville and Smith’s Falls.

The original settler was Gideon Leehy, somewhere around 1800. The spelling of the family name was changed to “Lehigh’ by Gideon’s grand-daughter.

The original homestead was split by No.29 Highway when it was constructed as a macadamized road in 1852. The highway from Brockville to Smiths Falls was known as the Victoria Macadamized Road in honour of Queen Victoria. It became No. 29 when absorbed into the provincial road system in 1927.

The first crude road through the Leigh’s- Frankville area ran half a mile east of the modern highway. A rough dirt road muddy in the spring and fall, connected this route with Lehigh’s.

Farmers in this area sent their milk to the Frankville Cheese Factory, a mile or so up the road.

The original Lehigh family home burned in 1866, and Lyman Brown, who had married one of the Lehigh girls, rebuilt the house.

Charles Lehigh earned a reputation as a fiddler, playing at many of the social events in this area in the later part of the 19th Century. He was also known as a fine trapper.

Around 1850 Levi Kilborn ran a general store in one half of his house located on Hwy 29 about a mile or so north from Lehigh’s Corners. He was the father of two of Lehigh’s best known sons, Dr. Roland Kilborn who was Toledo’s physician for many years and Dr. Omar Kilborn, a Canadian missionary serving in China for many years.

James Hewitt ran a black smithy in the corners around 1878, and around 1900 Lawrence Davidson set up another smithy. Hewitt and a carriage maker Ben Stewart, supplied farmers with carriages, harness and wagon wheels for many years.

With the coming of the car, service stations made their appearance; a familiar station was Charlie Sands’ establishment on the northeast corner of Leigh Corners. Sands also served for a number of years as Reeve of Kitley.

First School

Gideon Leehy believed in educating the youngsters, so he put up a log school on the south side of Kitley’s Ninth Concession Road, sometime before 1820.

The school lasted until 1851, when it burned down. By this time a number of other families had moved in and a small community was flourishing.

The good burghers elected to build a stone school, which was completed in 1852. For 109 years it served the area well, standing sturdy and sound on the north side of the road, opposite the charred remains of the old school.

Lehigh School c1985

In 1961, the school was phased out of the system and replaced by the modern Frankville School on Hwy. 29.

Old school records show that in 1872, R.W.Hornick was the teacher of the one room school. In 1882 the school’s budget was $200., rising to $230 the next year.

Malcome Lehigh was teaching there in 1887 and in 1896 the muster showed six Leigh children attending: Maude, Mertle, Edna, Carrie, Everett and Ernie Lehigh. The last teacher when the final class was dismissd in 1961 was Aileen Montgomery.

Lehigh’s Cemetery

One of Kitley’s oldest burying grounds; Lehigh’s Cemetery is located on the south side of Kitley’s 9th Concession Road about a mile west of Highway 29.

The exact age of the cemetery is unknown but it is probably that burials were being made there between 1800 and 1810.

The land came from part of the 500 acre homestead of Gideon and Clarissa Leehy. The Lehigh burial plot is in the extreme southeast corner of the old burying ground. Here lie Gideon and his wife the former Clarissa Kilborn and the seven members of their family.

A number of Lehigh’s Corners pioneers also rest here. The names on the headstones read like a “Who’s Who of Frankville and district. One plot holds members of the Arnold Family, among them John D Arnold of Brockville who died July 6, 1892 at the age of 76. Also resting in the cemetery are John Soper (1818-1890) his wife Sarah Bennett (1852-1906).

One of Kitley’s outstanding citizens of the 20 Century Hiram McCrae lies in this cemetery. Hiram was born in Montague Township July 2 1807 son of United Empire Loyalist Edward McCrae originally of Albany, NY. Joining the Leeds Militia, McCrae rose to the rank of Colonel. He settled in Kitley in 1837 at the age of 30 and became deeply involved in municipal affairs. Appointed a magistrate in 1853 he served in that position for 35 years until his death in 1888. He was also elected Reeve of the township in 1858, He was Warden of the United Counties three times in 1864, 1867 and 1873.

Lehigh Corners on map of 1998
Road Sign










Lehigh Cemetery photo 2016
Lehigh Cemetery photo 2016
Original Lehigh Home c1985
Old log home on Lehigh Road East photo 201
Lehigh Corners c1985



Jasper – A Hamlet in Kitley

Jasper   ( Irish Creek, Olmsted’s Mills)

Map of 1861-62 shows Irish Creek sitting on the border with Wolford Township

Jasper lies in the North East section of Kitley along the boundary with Wolford Township, with Irish Creek running through the village.

Joseph Haskins, the first miler in these parts, settled on the future site of Jasper in 1802. At that time, Irish Lake was a muddy swamp (Mud Lake) or marsh, drained by Irish Creek which turned into the Rideau River north of Haskins’ Mill.

Haskins dammed the creek near his homestead then used the dam water to run a grist mill he erected. A sawmill followed and pretty soon a hamlet grew up around the homestead.

Damning of the creek backed up water to form a lake where the marsh land had existed. The name Irish Lake was given to this body of water.

Haskins’ dam created such a body of water that when Col. John By’s surveyors were laying out the route of the proposed Rideau Canal in 1925 they seriously considered running the new waterway down Irish Creek, through Irish Lake and thence westward to Bellamy’s Mills, now Toledo. However the prospect of having to cut through high ground west from Toledo deterred the surveyors and further tests on Irish Lake indicated some six feet of mud would have to be excavated over the entire length of the lake to make a channel feasible.

The Irish Creek – Irish Lake idea was abandoned and the surveyors laid out the canal route past the estuary of Irish Creek on to Smith’s Falls, eventually cresting the height of land at Newboro and then going downhill along the Cataraqui River to Kingston.

In the 1820’s, Irish, English and Scottish settlers flooded into Kitley, helped by free passage over the Atlantic guaranteed by the government and an offer of 100 acres of free land per family.

Many Irish settlers took up homesteads in the area lying east of the present No. 29 highway, along a shallow pond which still today is called Irish Lake. At the north end of the lake, a settlement called Irish Creek grew up. Today it is the modern village of Jasper.

The new settlers also farmed the area east of Frankville known as Crystal. The community boasts one of the earliest Loyal Orange Order Lodges, No.8.

In 1806 a Mr. Haskins built a grist mill in the tiny settlement then called Albune. In 1820 Gideon Olmstead bought the mill, and the community became known as Olmstead’s Mills.

In 1830, construction of the Rideau Canal raised the water level in Irish Cr. and destroyed the waterfall, which had supplied power for the mill.

That closed the mill but allowed Irish Cr. to be used for rafting timber.

When the Brockville and Ottawa Railway was built from Brockville to Smiths Falls in 1859, railway officials complained that the name Irish Creek sounded ‘petty.’

They urged residents to come up with another name. In 1864 the post office was renamed Jasper, the name chosen by residents from a list provided by the post office.

A fire in 1938 wiped out one corner of the main business area of this village and from the ashes rose a hotel and general store and post office.

The Jasper Hotel stands on the site of the Fitzgerald Hotel, a famous hostelry dating back to the days when the settlement was called “Irish Creek”. Thomas Fitzgerald was running the hotel back in the 1870’s and then Jasper boasted two other hotels.


Methodist Church is located in Wolford Township, Photo c1985
Methodist Church photo 2016

Jasper United Church was built in 1877 as a Methodist house of worship. The old red brick building with its tall silver prier is a focal point for the faithful of this village







Irish Creek

In 1815 Irish Creek was described as being 60 feet across, today it is more like 200 feet. It no longer caries the river traffic associated with the early mills which dotted its banks more than a century ago. Lying south of this village, Irish Lake, also figured prominently in the development of the area.

Irish Lake from which Irish Creek springs is a body of water five miles long, a mile across at its broadest, lying south and east of Toldeo. The lakes headwaters originate in the area west of Hwy No.29 between Plum Hollow and Frankville.

The lake roughly follows a southwest- northeast line east of Hwy No. 29, passing Newbliss Its outlet Irish Creek meanders through a peaceful farming country, through Jasper and emptying into the Rideau River at historic Polley’s Point.

From time immemorial Irish Lake and Irish Creek and their adjoining marshes have been a mecca for hunters.

In the early 1800,s muzzle loading muskets were used by settlers during the annual fall migrations of ducks. The birds were taken for immediate food, or for preserving and use during the long winter months.

One of the area’s earliest hunters was Roger Stevens and he was the districts first duck hunting causality. Stevens a pioneer mill owner in Wolford and Montague townships drowned on a creek emptying into the Rideau in 1795.

Stevens was hunting ducks at the time. He apparently stood up in his boat to fire at a passing mallard, and the recoil of the old hammer triggered shotgun, knocked him out of the boat into the ice cold water.

To this day, the stream bears his name, though some geographers have misspelled it “Stephens”. Roger Stevens was a brother of Able Stevens, first settler at Delta and Philipsville, and the man who brought the Baptist Church to north Leeds.

In 1818 Kitley had 300 residents, most living along the creek and in the Toledo area. In addition to Haskin’s Mill, a grist mill was operated by Richard Olmsted (or Olmstead) and Able Kilborn had grist mills and saw mills south of Irish Lake. He also had mills on Bellamy’s Lake west of Toledo.

In 1829 there were 801 persons living in Kitley and the following year 96 families were living north of Irish Lake and 86 south.

Around Olmsted’s mills on Irish Creek a small settlement grew up, originally called Irish Creek, later Olmsted’s Mills, still later Jasper. That is how the modern hamlet of Jasper came into being.

The hamlet received its greatest boost in 1858 when the Brockville to Carleton Place (later to Ottawa) railway was developed. Though Olmsted’s mills had been idle for 30 years, the hamlet was thriving.

Legend says that the first railway engine to use the line north of Jasper was brought by scow down Irish Lake and Irish creek from the railway line being inched north from Brockville. The two sections joined here.

Martin Doyle was the first station master. At that time there was a store operated by G.Cross, a hotel run by J. McLeod, a school house and five houses.

Ambrose Olmstead had a 100 acre spread here in 1854 and in 1862, he hired John Burchill, a surveyor to lay out a village which he was going to call “Albune”. The village was laid out in 12 blocks, with 95 lots available. For streets he had the following names: Queen’s Highway, Centre, Maple, John, Main and William. Though the plot plan was approved May 31, 1862, the lots were not registered at the Grenville registry office until 1888.

The name ‘Albune’ never caught on and the railway settled the issue by calling the station ‘Jasper’.

Because Jasper became a focal point for produce of all kinds, the railway erected extensive freight sheds, with facilities for handling dressed pork, mutton, butter, wool, clothing, flour and grain.

The Dominion Gazetteer of 1873 listed 750 people in Jasper, but most historians believe that the figure was greatly exaggerated. The following business were also listed: W.S.Cameron, store; W.A.Chester, milliner and dressmaker; Albert Clark Blacksmith; Thomas Fitzgerald, hotel; Tom Huffman, tinsmith; John Mrquette; Mrs. Ambrose Olmstead, grocery; W.S.Ralph, store; Chris Richards, store; Amos Robinson, hotel; Levi Soper, blacksmith; W.H.Sparham. stationmaster.

The railway provided area farmers with a ready flow of cash, since engines burned cordwood by the load. The wood was cut into four foot lengths to fit into the engine fire-boxes. The wood was stacked in sheds along the tracks and every spring an official scaler would come along and measure the wood for size and pay the farmers.

The first station burned in 1871 and was replaced.

Excerpts from the “History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879”

by Thad. W.H.Leavitt pub 1879

M.E.Church, Jasper

Etching of the Methodist Church published in Leavitt’s History Book of 1879

This church is substantially built of brick; it is 30×46 feet, with a tower 14 feet square surmounted by a spire. The charge includes four congregations, viz., Jasper, Easton’s, Kilmarnock and Roseville, the total membership being 190. The trustees of the church are Thomas Edmunds, James Edmunds, Levius Brown, William Cross and B. Warren, the pastor (1878) being the Rev. Eli Woodcock.




Irish Creek Antique Store c1985
Jasper Hotel c1985
Jasper Hotel photo November 2016
Jasper School House

















Jasper Hotel photo November 2016
Jasper as it appears on a map from 1998


Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


Harry Moffatt postmaster and merchant of Jasper, had a close call from death on April 25, 1900. He had been to market in Merrickville and was on his way home. He had not sold all his load, and was taking home fie cases of eggs. When he got in front of Alex Clark’s farm, he decided to water his horse and he drove to the waters edge. He cannot explain what happened but the next thing he knew he was in the water, with the struggling horse and wagon on top of him. He used every bit of his strength to reach the surface, and when he got his head above water, he was too weak to crawl out. In the meantime, Mrs. Phillips of Riverview saw the accident and had gone for Mr. Clark. Together they helped him from the water and he had to cling to the fence for some time before he could stand on his feet. He was unable to speak but after they got him to the house and wrapped him in blankets and out his feet in hot water, he quickly recovered. His first concern was for his horse, but Mr. Clark attached a chain to it and pulled it out with his team, but the animal was dead. It was still attached to the wagon.

The cheese factory at Jasper burned on July 7, 1901, the fire starting from the chimney. The proprietor, Isaac H. Fifield, who lived upstairs lost all of his possessions.

Mrs. W.J. Anderson of Jasper was killed in a motor accident at Newbliss on October 30, 1937.

On July 18, 1939 Connerty’s store and Fitzgerald’s Hotel burned at Jasper.

Alfred Leacock of Jasper died of injuries received in a motor accident on November 20, 1940

On November 10, 1959 William McCabe, 51, of Jasper and his 20 year old son Michael drowned when their auto plunged into the Rideau River.

Two sisters, Mrs. Albert W Morrison aged 64 years, and Miss Harriett Cannon aged 68 years died together when their car was struck by an oil truck driven by Garnet Sands of Frankville on May 4, 1961. They lived at Jasper and taught school to Toledo. They were on their way to school at 8:45am and drove from the Jasper Road onto Highway 29, directly in front of Sands who was travelling towards Smiths Falls and he was unable to avoid a collision. Both car and truck were demolished, the latter catching fire and burning to a shell. Sands was able to escape but received severe burns and shock. He had his 3 year old son Terry with him and he was able to save the boy but he was also burned. Mrs. Morrison was the former Edith Pearl Cannon and both sisters were born at Portland. They had been teachers for many years and were very well known and highly regarded.

Damage was estimated at $100,000 when fire destroyed the William Connerty and Son grain elevator and feed plant at Jasper on May 20, 1961. Several hundred tons of grain were in the plant as well as valuable machinery. Firemen were able to save four homes located across the road. A 14 car train of the CPR was due and would have to pass dangerously close to the fire, but it was flagged down. The train was already four hours late due to an accident at Trenton. It was delayed anther hour at the fire scene where CPR officials carefully guided it by the blazing buildings only a few feet from the track.

On May 17, 1961 a large sheet metal warehouse owned by C.A. Pryce was burned at Jasper. The building was full of crown assets merchandise. The Smiths Falls fire department prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings.

On the farm of Lorne Driver on the road between Hwy 29 and Jasper, the fire made a clean sweep of all his outbuildings on June 26, 1965. Seven barns in all fell to flames. Firemen from Smiths Falls were able to save his house. No livestock was lost but one barn contained over $1,000. worth of lumber.

A Jasper youth James Elwood Wells, 19, had a miraculous escape from death on September 16, 1966 when the car he was driving was totally wrecked by a Brockville bound CPR train travelling at 57 miles per hour. The car was hurled 37 feet into a ditch, with the motor torn out and pieces of the vehicle scattered right and left. The youth escaped with a fractured leg and a slight concussion.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Ellis of Jasper were married 60 years on May 12, 1969 and were at home to 150 friends and relatives. Mr. Ellis was born at Rocksprings in 1878. He is known by all as “Joney” and he learned the blacksmithing trade early in life and worked at this trade until he was 85 years of age. Mrs. Ellis is the former Eva Edwards and was born at Wolford Centre. They raised a family of 14 children and all are living except one daughter Stella May. They are Ormond, Clayton, Marjorie, Wesley, Donald, Dorothy, Sidney, Geraldine, Meda, Earl, Jean, Norma and Robert.

A Jasper girl, Emily Scouten, aged 16 years, was killed on June 26, 1969 when a car in which she was a passenger crashed in heavy fog. The accident occurred at the Kitley- South Elmsley Line and the driver was William Bertrin, 18, of Perth. Other passengers in the car were Joan Purcell, 20, of Smiths Falls and James Duberville of Brockville who were slightly injured.

Milton Cardiff, 56, drowned at jasper after falling from a boat on August 5, 1973.

Irish Creek

Mr. and Mrs. John Luckey and their daughter Miss. Mary Ann Luckey were murdered at their home at Irish Creek on Oct. 11, 1892

Charles Luckey was hanged in Brockville on December 14 for the murder of his father, mother and sister at Irish Creek, 1893

On February 13, 1909 Michael O’Connor and Henry Rathwell of Kitley had spent the evening at Irish Creek and left about 10 o’clock to return home. The cutter was on its side, the horse was in the ditch tangled up in the harness, O’Connor aged 60 was lying face down in the snow with Rathwell lying on top of him. O’Connor was dead and Rathwell unconscious. Dr. W. Anderson said O’Connor died of suffocation. Rathwell was suffering from frost bite but recovered.

Mrs. Harry Stevens aged 32 and Miss Bessie Jones age 20, were drowned in Irish Creek on September 1, 1909. They had been visiting at the home of Harvey Timleck and went out alone in a boat. No reason can be given for the accident as the water was only three feet deep and they could have easily made it to shore.

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Tuesday July 16th, 1889

At Irish Creek on Tuesday last, a builder named James Heaslip was rendered insensible by a stroke of lightning, and H. Johnston who was standing by, was slightly injured at the same time. Both men are recovering.

Tuesday April 9, 1895 issue

Miss May Johnson of Irish Creek is the guest of Miss Helen Dixon who recently returned from New York where she was visiting her sister, Mrs. Howard McGrath

Crystal – A Forgotten Hamlet in Kitley


Area around Crystal on map of 1861-62

Crystal is an old Irish community located east of Frankville. It lies along Leacock Road. The easiest way to reach Crystal is by taking the Leacock Road out of Frankville and heading due east until reaching Crystal No.8 L.O.L. the centre of the community.

The Irish of Crystal congregated on Lots No 1 to 7 in the 7th Concession of Kitley east of Frankville. Two grist’s mills were erected on the south shore of Irish Lake and since local farmers were noted for their fine grain crops, the mills proved extremely valuable to the community.

First registered owners of lots in the community were the Livingston brothers, Daniel and David. On June 30th, 1801 Daniel took out a 200 acre Crown land grant on Lot No.7 and the same day David was granted 200 acres on Lot No.6 Daniel sold his lot to John Burk, who in turn passed it on to Aaron Montgomery. Montgomery sold it in 1823 to Reuben Graves.

Crystal also had a cheese factory around 1850. The farmers cleared their land and produced wheat, rye, barley, oats, potatoes and vegetables.

Duncan Livingston had a lumber mill operating near Frankville, and there were several grist’s mills running in the area as well.

Oxen were the beasts of burden in the early days, until horses became more prevalent. Farmers also had herds of sheep for booth wool and meat.

Ogle R. Gowan founded Crystal No 8 Orange Lodge in 1832.  Gowan who founded No. 1 Orange Lodge in Brockville began touring the countryside setting up new lodges wherever he deemed the population and times were ripe for such a move.

He was particularly interested in the high Irish population of this section of Kitley. Irish immigrants had homesteaded here in the 1820’s and many were from Protestant families.

Among the Protestant Irish, Gowan found ready fuel for his crusade on behalf of Orangeism. In the spring of 1832 Gowan established Crystal L.O.L. No. 8 being the eighth lodge he had founded in Canada since starting No.1 in Brockville.

The lodge building was erected on Leacock Road passing through this community. The two story hall was equipped with drive sheds in which members tethered their horses and tied up their buggies while attending lodge meetings.

In 1883 Crystal No.8 boasted 56 members who met regularly on the first Tuesday of each month. (Recorder and Times c1985, Darling Collection Bk 5 pg.6/7)

In Kitley Gowan also set up lodges at Toledo, Jasper and Newbliss. The Newbliss branch LOL No 183 was opened July 1, 1835.

In the 1820’s, Irish, English and Scottish settlers flooded into Kitley, helped by free passage over the Atlantic guaranteed by the government and an offer of 100 acres of free land per family.

Many Irish settlers took up homesteads in the area lying east of the present No. 29 highway, along a shallow pond which still today is called Irish Lake. At the north end of the lake, a settlement called Irish Creek grew up. Today it is the modern village of Jasper.


David Livingston also sold his land, 100 acres to Solomon Easton in 1818 and the balance to the same man a few years later. In the meantime Easton had sold his first purchase to George Hornick who built the area’s first school. The school was located in Lot 6 of the 7th Concession. The exact date of the construction is unknown but it was listed in the 1861 census.

It was a school which held both Kitley and Wolford pupils, being know on the Leeds side as S.S. No.12, Kittley.

In 1861 it was located between the farm houses of George and Robert Hornick and in 1872 the teacher was Samuel Hornick. In 1875 Sam Hornick sold the half acre on which the school was located to the local school trustees.

The school one of the last log structures to be used by the Leeds and Grenville School system was phased out in 1961 after more than a century of service, and Crystal area children were bussed to a new school in Frankville. The old log structure was sold to a Brown Family, moved to the North Augusta Road and renovated as a home.


Methodists worshipped anywhere they could find shelter, a barn being used on more than one occasion but in 1834, the congregation built a log chapel on the eastern edge of Kitley Township in the community known as Crystal and the church subsequently bore the name “Providence Chapel”.

The church was used until church union in 1935 when it was sold to a local resident who in turn donated it in 1960 to Upper Canada Village.

Crystal Loyal Orange Loge #8, photo taken in 2016
Crystal Loyal Orange Lodge No 8 built in 1823 – photo c1985
Crystal LOL Lodge c1985
Old Log Buildings around Crystal c1985
Old log building and shed c1985
Old Log buildings around Crystal c1985
Old log building around Crystal c1985
Old log buildings around Crystal c1985
Providence Chapel at Upper Canada Village photo 2016
Providence Chapel at Upper Canada Village – photo 2016
Interior of Providence Chapel at Upper Canada Village – photo 2016





Blanchard’s Hill – A Forgotten Hamlet in Kitley

Blanchard’s Hill

Location of Blanchard’s Hill on a map of 1861-62

Blanchard’s Hill is reached by two roads, off of No.15 and off of No.29 highways. A large sign on No.15 Hwy three miles southwest of Lombardy proclaims “Blanchard’s Hill Road”. The road takes off from No.15 on an abandoned section of pavement, and then climbs the hill towards the old Blanchard Homestead. From No.29, Shane’s Road running west off that highway runs right into Blanchard’s Hill.

Quaker families fleeing hostility they encountered in the Athens area, were probably the first settlers on this historic hill south of Lombardy.

Among these Quakers were the Palmers and Wiltsies, from Athens. They built up a Quaker settlement here, and it is likely their success led to the migration of the first Blanchard to the hill which bears the family name.

Students of Indian lore believe that the hill was known to the Indians who roamed the Rideau long before the coming of the white man. It is believed the high elevation of Blanchard’s Hill provided a lookout for Indians on their hunting and fishing expeditions into the Rideau.

Albert Blanchard owned 400 acres of prime farmland along the town line between Kitley and South Elmsley, was a Quaker who settled on the hill about 1850.

Members of the Loyalist Blanchard family which settled the Greenbush area, Albert was born at Hard Island north of Athens in 1815. His branch of the Banchard Family embraced the Quaker faith.

He wed Sarah A. Hayes an Athens girl and in 1850 brought his family to Blanchard’s Hill. He died on the hill in 1874. His wife born in 1821 died in 1892 at the age of 71. Albert’s homestead stool across the road from the farm, later owned by Manford Blanchard.

Franklin Blanchard was born in 1860. Franklin’s first wife Martha Seymour died in 1887 at the age of 27 and Franklin married again taking Elizabeth Gardiner as his second bride.

Elizabeth was a daughter of the pioneer Gardiner Family which homesteaded about 1830 on the town line between the townships, about a mile east of Blanchard’s Hill.

Road Sign c1985

Blanchard’s Hill Road is still a gravelled thoroughfare. Entering via the old preserved section of No15 Highway, the traveller will wind up back on No.15 if he continues on past Blanchard’s Hill and follows the winding road westward.

The long abandoned railway line through the area crosses the road twice, but only the weather beaten X-shaped caution signs mark the crossings. The rails are buried deep beneath the gravel.

Irish immigrants were among the first to homestead around the hill, following the Blanchards. About 1845, John Seymour migrated from County Armagh, Ireland and five years later in 1850 brought 100 acres of land on the first concession of South Elmsley, on the rise of land forming the base of the hill.

Travel in the early days was usually undertaken by horseback. Later, stage coaches began runs between settlements, and farm wagons and carts became numerous. Then buggies and gigs became popular.

In the 1830’s the inhabitants of Blanchard’s Hill had little access to other settlements. Consequently they petitioned the old District of Johnstown for a road which would link them with such centres as Perth and Kingston. The Old Perth Trail already linked this area with Lombardy and as a result had a new 50 foot wide road surveyed southward from the Perth Road to Portland where it would connect with the old Kingston Trail.

This new road was put through as far as Banchard’s Hill. From Blanchard’s Hill the road followed a road allowance between Kitley and South Elmsley. This section of road, between Portland and Lombardy, past the foot of Blanchard’s Hill eventually became part of old No.15 highway.

The pioneer Blanchards rest in Union Cemetery in Lombardy. Last of the clan buried there was Charles, who died in November 1984 at the age of 90.  (Recorder and Times c1985, Darling Collection Bk 5, pg.3)

Blanchard’s Hill with Manford Blanchard’s Home at the top c1985
Map of 1998 showing location of Blanchard’s Hill
Manford Blanchard’s Home built around 1895 – photo c1985
Blanchard’s Hill School built in 1874- photo c1985






Bellamy’s Mills – A Forgotten Hamlet in Kitley

Bellamy’s Mills

Site of Bellamy’s Mills on a map of 1861-62

The Livingston Brothers were among a group of settlers brought to Kitley by Able Stevens, the pioneer Baptist missionary whose settlements led to the establishment of both Bastard and Kitley townships.

John Livingston dammed Irish Creek to provide a mill pond for his mill. The damming created a lake in the hollow, and when Chauncey Bellamy settled there nearly half a century later the pond became Bellamy Lake.

Duncan, John and William Livingston were operating a grist mill in the hollow below the outlet of Bellamy Lake in 1796.

John and Duncan Livingston built their mill astride of the creek. The water rushing through the tunnel under the mill turned the wheel to run the machinery which ground the corn and wheat of the neighbouring farmers. The mill lasted until around 1840.

Only pieces of the rock dam exist today showing where the Livingston mill once stood.

The Bellamy’s were pioneer millers and industrialists of Leeds and Grenville. Descendants of United Empire Loyalists Justus Bellamy, four brothers came to Canada in 1810. They were Samuel, Edward, Hiram and Chauncey Bellamy.

Sam Bellamy bought a 400 acre farm from Daniel Dunham at North Augusta. There he built a grist mill that operated for over 150 years until it was removed to Upper Canada Village in 1977.

Chauncey Bellamy left his brothers to start his own mill at Dickens, the hamlet on Elbe Creek known today as Glen Elbe.

In 1855 Chauncey moved his wife and family buying a large mill already in operation from the Livingston’s.

He built the first grist mill two miles west of Toledo in 1855. He settled on the shores of the lake which became to be known as Bellamy’s Lake. Bellamy farmed along the south side of the lake, and ran grist’s mills and sawmills in the district. Chauncey took as a partner A.B.Coad, of Toledo, in the operation of a cheese factory which flourished for about 85 years until loss of business forced its closure some 70 years ago.

Only rotten timbers and heaps of stone remain of the many grist and sawmills which once flourished around this community. (The Recorder and Times c1985)


Bellamy’s Mill was its own common school section, known as school section #10. The school, first built in 1836, was named S.S. #10 Mahon’s School. The first log school house burned down and was rebuilt in the 1850s across the road. The school ran successfully until the 1910s when it was periodically closed and reopened until its permanent closure in the 1940s. At the time of its closure it was converted into a private residence. Additionally at Bellamys Mill was a Roman Catholic separate school, known as R.C. #10. (Wikipedia)

Chancy Bellamy

Residence and mills of Chauncey Bellamy with Catholic church in the background- Leavitt’s History of 1879

The subject of this sketch was born at Elbe (Dickens) in 1818. He is the son of Chancy H. Bellamy, who was one of the early settlers of Yonge. In 1843, Mr. Bellamy married a daughter of James Bates, and in 1855 he purchased the property shown in illustration. Naturally of a sanguine disposition, his energy and perseverance have been the means of building up an extensive business at Kitley Mills. Mr. Bellamy is descended from United Empire Loyalist stock, his progenitors being the founders of North Augusta and among the best businessmen of the United Counties (History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879 by Thad. W.H. Leavitt pub. 1879)


Gorge of Marshall’s Creek, where Bellamy’s Mills once stood. The wooden shed is the only remaining section of the mill. To the left of the shed is the residence of Chauncey Bellamy built in 1855. In the background on the hill stands the residence of the priests who served the Roman Catholic Church which once stood nearby.
Plaque on hill where St.Philip Neri Church once stood
Plaque dedicated to Able Stevens


Etching on monument to original church
St. Philip Neri Church and Rectory from Leavitt’s History book of 1879








Map of 1998 shows location of Bellamy’s Mills


“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


Mrs. W.H. Baker drowned in Mud Creek at Bellamy April 4, 1917

On November 7, 1953 Rodney Sheffield, 18, of Bellamy was killed in a car accident at Maitland.

The home of Rene Lavoie at Bellamy was destroyed by fire on February 26, 1968.

Jo Ann Van Asseldonk, 19, was killed at Bellamy on August 20, 1973.

The Kitley Centennial Community Park at Bellamy Lake, one mile west of Toledo, was officially opened on July 15, 1967 with over 1000 persons attending the ceremonies led by township Reeve James Rae Jr., assisted by former Reeve Charles Sands who had launched the project. Speeches were given by the Hon. James Auld; John R. Matheson, MP for Leeds; Des Code, MP for Lanark; George Brown, Warden of the United Counties; a former Reeve Billy Bell and members of the Kitley Council; Rev. J.P. Ainslie gave the invocation. All kinds of sports and contests were enjoyed and 500 persons enjoyed lunch. Prizes were won by oldest couple on the grounds Mr. and Mrs. John Richards whose combined ages were 184 years; former Kitley resident travelling the farthest Herbert Bellamy, London, Ontario. The youngest child born in 1967 was Laurie Lynn Moran, born June 5, 1967


Frankville – A Hamlet in Kitley


Location of Fankville on map of 1861-62

The first Loyalist came in 1784 and a large number settled in Kitley Township in the years 1784 to 1830. They laboured hard to build up this community.

Kitley was surveyed in 1797 and thrown open to settlers. Among the first to arrive was Loyalist Major William Read who had originally secured Crown land in New Brunswick after the American Revolutionary War, then moved westward to Kitley. He was granted 400 acres in Kitley including 200 acres on the 8th concession near the present site of Frankville. This was his home and he became one of the leaders of the new community.

Though he was past 60, Major Read organized a band of 60 volunteers for service in the War of 1812 and trained them himself. Three of his sons fought in the war. Major Read died in 1828 aged 79. His remains lie in an abandoned cemetery on his old homestead. At the time of his death, Kitley numbered 575 souls.

Several Livingston families also settled here and the 1800 census of Kitley lists David, Daniel, Duncan and Abraham Livingston. Duncan Livingston built a grist mill on his homestead a mile east of Frankville.

Another pioneer was Levi Soper, owner of the land on which now stands the village of Frankville. Ben Wilson bought the Soper land in 1826 and sold it 11 years later to John Brennan.

As a result of these changes in ownership the community bore several different names in its early history. It was known as Wilson’s Corners, Brennan’s Corners Brandenburg and Brennanville. In 1852 when a post office was established the name Frankville was adopted.

Historians are at a loss to explain why the post office chose “Frankville”. No pioneer by the name “Frank” appears in the early records.

Levi Soper was a character from Vermont who was reputed to have reached Kitley in 1800 with only a cow as his possession. He teamed the cow with a neighbour’s horse to clear both his farm and that of his neighbour. He settled on Lot 21 of the 9th Concession of Kitley. The southern section of Frankville covers part of the north half of the Soper farm.  In 1826 he sold his farm to Ben Wilson, who already held Lot 21 in the 8th Concession. Wilson thus owned all the land on which the village was built.  After selling out to Wilson, Soper moved west to the Read of Leeds and Lansdowne where be founded the community of Soperton.

Levi’s cousin. Timothy, settled east of Frankville  about 1805 and became an agent for the settlers, bringing in supplies and taking their grain to grist mills for milling.

Early Mills

The first grist mill near Frankville was established about 1802 by Duncan Livingston on a creek a mile east of Frankville. Here grain for miles around was ground into flour. Duncan operated the mill for about 15 ears before selling out to Timothy Soper.

Later, the grist mill was converted to a sawmill and much of the lumber used in construction in this area during the 19th Century was produced here. A second sawmill stood on the West side of Highway 29 the site in the 1980’s was occupied by the construction buildings of the Brundige Construction Company.

The original Livingstone mill was located on a small tributary of Irish Lake, a mile east of Frankville and the pioneer who built it accomplished a marvel of engineering.

“Water was dammed by a long high stone wall” says author Glenn Lockwood in his book “Kitley 1795-1975”, “forming a miniature mill pond at least 10 feet deep. The dam wall was 12 feet high, solidly constructed of stone, 100 feet long. It was located between two high banks of the creek bed.”

Unlike other mills of the period, Livingstone’s plant did not operate by either plume of water or waterfall, but instead the creek water was allowed to flow gently down an incline of stone to rotate a mill wheel lying horizontal to the creek bed. The water rotated the wheel to which were attached spindles and gears which operated the saws in the mill. The main saw was vertical, later replaced by a more modern horizontal blade.

The mill ran until around 1880. The plant then fell into disuse and around 1940 a stone crusher was brought to the site to crush the stone retrieved from the old dam and walls. Now only a few crumbling remains of Livingston Dam can be seen at the site.

Many of the new settlers were discharged soldiers from the War of 1812. Each private received a grant of 100 acres, each officer received 200 acres. These grants were increased in 1816 to 200 acres for sergeants, 1000 acres for a major and 1,200 acres for a Lieutenant Colonel.

The government provided tools and necessities for these new settlers. Where the Loyalists often received no more than an axe and a hoe, the ex-soldiers were given several different types of axes, spades, shovels, handsaws, crosscut saws and building tools.

Detail map of Frankville, Map of 1861-62

In the 1820’s, Irish, English and Scottish settlers flooded into Kitley, helped by free passage over the Atlantic guaranteed by the government and an offer of 100 acres of free land per family.

In 1846, Frankville boasted 50 residents, a store, two taverns, a saddler and a blacksmith. Three years later 100 persons lived there and another 150 resided at Chamberlain’s Corners (Toledo) two miles to the north.

The village continued to grow and in 1858, a business directory showed three shoemakers, two innkeepers, two traders, a tanner, a grocer, a wagon maker, the clerk of the division court and a postmaster William Smith.

Construction of the Victoria Macadamized Road in the 1850’s spurred development. The road, once called the Perth Road, later became Highway 29.

Hiram McCrae, born in 1807 in Montague township, son of a United Empire Loyalist from Albany, NY settled in Frankville in 1837 and 21 years later became reeve of Kitley, serving in that post for 32 years. He was named a magistrate in 1853 and later became clerk of the court of the seventh division of Leeds and Grenville.

In 1861 Frankville had four hotels running plus a private tavern. There were two stores, a tannery, paint shop, harness shop, blacksmith and a variety store.

Ten years later, the population stood at 200, catered to by three hotels, four blacksmiths, three harness makers, three shoemakers, two tanners, two carriage makers, two milliners, three stores and a host of other businesses.

Ben Stewart, one of the carriage makers forged ahead with the development of what he called the “Sarven Wheel” for buggies. It was a sturdy but stylish wheel intended for fancy carriages and proved to be in great demand. His factory, long since gone, flourished on the east side of Highway 29.

A brickyard was established in 1870 by blacksmith William Dowsley but he ran out of a good supply of clay by 1879 and returned to his blacksmith’s forge.

At that time about 300 persons lived in the village. But the population fell off during the 1890’s and by 1920 was down around 200.

The brick rectory that serves the church was once a hotel. Frankville once boasted five hotels and was a thriving community with three general stores.

Cheese Factory

The Frankville Cheese Factory was established by Tom Livingston about 1860. Joseph Jones and Abraham Robb took over the factory in the 1880’s and branched out to produce butter and whey. Business dropped off in the 1920’s and the factory was closed. In the 1980’s the building still stood and had been turned into an apartment block, still facing Hwy 29.



Kitley’s first chapel was Providence Church, which is preserved at Upper Canada Village as an example of the Houses of Worship available to the early pioneers of Leeds and Grenville. Providence Church was opened on February 1, 1834 and served the Toledo-Jasper area for over 100 years before being closed. It is unique in that the pews appear as they did 150 years ago, plain wooden benches without backs. A simple lectern without frills served the rector. Providence was built by the Methodists of early Kitley.

St. Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church c1985

Built in 1858, the venerable St, Thomas’ Anglican church stood two years empty because no resident clergyman was available to conduct services in the building.

The brick rectory that serves the church was once a hotel. Frankville once boasted five hotels and was a thriving community with three general stores.

Rev. Thomas Bedford-Jones, a young Irish clergyman who arrived in Canada in 1862, in his memoirs told of the unique situation of the church. The church had been built by Frankville Anglicans who “begged” the money all over the countryside to erect the house of worship by public subscription. He found the church still in debt to the tune of $1000.

Bedford-Jones had been appointed as a missionary to the township of Kitley and became the first resident pastor of St Thomas’

He wrote: “The church was opened by me on Advent Sunday, 1862. In 1863 and 1864 in the springtime when the state of the roads made it difficult for the congregation to turn out I had to go on begging expeditions to Kingston and Toronto on behalf of this dreadful debt, which at last was reduced to about $225. Then an appeal was made to parishioners who were chiefly farmers and for the most part with mortgages on their land. To make an earnest effort to wipe off the debt, I induced nine leading men to join me in subscribing $10. each. The balance I proposed to make up by the amount of butter deliberately given to me for one month all over the parish, with its three congregations. The amount calculated at three pounds per family per week from each family, together with our $100. was estimated to pay off all the legitimate claims. The idea took hold of the people and the money was all brought in before the first day of the New Year 1865 and the debt was paid.”

St. Thomas Rectory, once a hotel c1985

The congregation of St. Thomas’ went without butter for one month in order to raise funds to pay off the church debt.

Early records of Anglican congregations in Frankville are lost to antiquity, but it is believed that services were held in private homes, with travelling ministers officiating.

The church was built of stone with a tall spire at the front. It proved to be a sturdy structure, although its steeple disappeared in a fierce windstorm in 1950. A new pyramid shaped dome, crowned with a new cross, was placed on the tower by local contractor Ernest Montgomery.

Frankville’s United Church began life as an Episcopal Methodist institution in 1878. It replaced a small wooden church built by Wesleyan Methodists in 1857. The congregation disbanded in 1968 and joined St. Andrews’. The building was sold to the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada.

Early Doctors

The main grocery store in this village, once housed the medical practice of two pioneer doctors. Dr. William F. Bourns born in 1861 near Addison , began his practice here in 1891 and served the community for 35 years. He joined Dr. Mort Dixon, a native of the village I a practice which occupied offices upstairs over the store.

Dr. Dison’s father George A. Dixon had operated the store for many years. In 1900 the two doctors bought the old Edger Hotel with the intention of turning it into a hospital. But before the conversion could take place, the old hotel caught fire and burned to the ground. When the site had been cleared, Dr. Bourns erected his own home there. The hospital scheme died in the fire. Both doctors died shortly after.

Early Schools

Levi Soper owned a homestead three miles to the east of Fankville. A school was built on part of this property. The school stands on the 9th Concession, but the road running past the school building is Morrison Road, Kitley 8th line. The school fence runs between the two concessions..

Soper School photo c 1985

The origins of the original Soper School have been lost in the sands of time. It was probably a log cabin school and existed on the site as early as 1820. This original one room school was known as Otterman’s School, from the Otterman family living nearby. Later when Soper deeded the land over to the School Section board it became Soper School.

A stone building supplanted the original log school and it served the community until it was destroyed by fire in 1912. The present stone building was erected on the site in the same year. George Brundige was the contractor when the school was rebuilt. The building was constructed of square cut stone locally quarried The inside was finished with a white plaster. A raised platform was installed for the teacher. (SS # 13, Kitley)

Among the first settlers around the old school site were the Morrisons, Wilkins, Pryces, Sopers, Wrights, Reynolds, Barringstons, Davises, Mulvaughs, Steacys, Hewitts, Hantons, Brundiges, Merciers. Later the Cooks and O’Gradys moved in.

Louise Mulvaugh was a teacher there prior to 1900. In the 1900’s teachers included Miss. Cocklin (1908), Miss. Greeves; Kenneth Blanchard, Miss. Clow, Misses Nellie and Rose Judge and Fred Leacock who later became a doctor and was killed in a car accident. First salaries paid to teachers ran from $200. to $300. per year. Average attendance was 25-30 pupils but when the school closed in the 1960’s attendance was down to 12.


Excerpts from “Leeds Grenville: their first two hundred years”

by Ruth McKenzie pub. 1967

The Livingstones also settled on the seventh and eighth concessions.The names Daniel, David, Duncan and Abraham all appear on the Kitley census of 1800. Duncan Livingstone built a grist mill which he operated for about fifteen years. His farm was on the eighth concession, a mile east of the present village of Frankville.

This village is situated on Lot 21, Concessions 8 and 9, Kitley. The original owner of the lot on the ninth concession was Levi Soper, and part of the village stood on the north end of his farm. The lot on the eighth concession was granted to Benjamine Wilson in 1830. Four years previously he had obtained the north half of the Soper property. The village of Frankville was then on Wison property. Wilson sold the land in 1837 to John Brennan.

These changes of ownership help to explain why the village of Fankville has had so many different names. In early records of the Counties Council, it is referred to variously as Brennan’s Corners, Wilson’s Corners, Brandenburgh, Brennanville and Frankville. Finally in 1852 when the ost office was established there, it was called Frankville, the name that had been used more persistently than any other over the years. Where the Frank comes from, no one seems to know.

Among the early cheese factories was one in Frankville established by M.K.Everts and Isaac Cooledge in 1866. (this differs from the information found in old issues of the recorder and times as written above)


Excerpts from the “History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879”

by Thad. W.H.Leavitt pub 1879

Hunt’s Hotel, James Hunt Proprietor (print from Levitt’s Book)

James Hunt is the son of Absalom who married Maria Warren. James was born in 1850; he earned the carriage making business from his father, which he has conducted with success in Frankville and Toledo. Mr. Hunt married in 1872, Margaret the daughter of Richard Johnston, Elizabethtown. A few years since he purchased the residence of the late Captain Brennan; it being destroyed by fire, he erected an elegant brick structure for hotel purposes. He also carries on the carriage business in Frankville. (History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879 by Thad. W.H. Leavitt pub. 1879)


The Connor Family & Samuel Connor – William Connor came from the County of Caven, Ireland in the year 1821, and settled on the 8th Concession of Kitley, from which place he removed to the farm he now occupies, near the Village of Frankville. He married, about the year 1830, Ellen Horton, by whom he had the following children: Robert, residing in Brockville; Samuel; William who died in 1850; Margaret married Alexander Morrison; Philip died in 1877; Ann married Robert Jelly; and Thomas.

Connor House, from Levitt’s History of 1879

Samuel Connor was born in 1837, on the old homestead. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Wellington Lewis, to learn the trade of shoemaker. Aftre a service of three ears he removed to Frankville; then visited the Western States, but returned to Frankville, where he opened a shoe shop in connection with a tannery and continued the same about twelve years. In 1870, he built a large hotel engaging also in the manufacture of cheese. Disposing of his hotel n 1876, he purchased the Robinson House, which he refitted in the most substantial manner for the accommodation of old friends.

In 1864, Mr. Connor married Charlotte Burnett, of Elizabethtown; and in 1868, he was appointed Township Clerk, a position which he yet fills. (History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879 by Thad. W.H. Leavitt pub. 1879)

Joseph Coad

Mr. Coad was born April 13, 1842 in the Township of Kitley. He redeived a good education at Public School, and for some years engaged as a teacher. Subsequently he entered into the mercantile business with his brother at Toledo.

Store of J.Coad- Leavitt’s History of 1879

In 1874, he purchased the general store in Frankville, at that time conducted by Messrs. C. and R. Richards, and since that date has carried on a large and constantly increasing business. Mr. Coad for served for several years as Secretary of the Agriculture Society of North Leeds and Grenville. He has been twice elected a member of the Municipal Council, and is especially qualified to discharge public business. In 1873, Mr. Coad married Maggie, daughter of Thomas Connor. The Dominion Telegraph Office and the Post Office at Frankville are under Mr. Coad’s supervision.


Frankville Public School c1985
Sketch of Dack’s Tavern
Maxwell’s Tavern on the road to Dodd’s Corners c1985
Connor House, old pioneer hotel c1985
Looking north into Frankville photo 2016
Hanton’s General Store, c1985
Frankville going south c1985




Dack’s Tavern c1985










“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


The first post office at Wilson’s Corners was opened on January 5, 1841

Mrs. John Loucks of Frankville was a leap year baby. She was the former Annetta Richards and was born near Frankville on Feb. 29, 1868 and lived to be 101 years of age. In that time she only celebrated 24 birthdays. She married John Loucks on her birthday, Feb, 29, 1888. Before her marriage she was a school teacher and since that time the couple farmed at Frankville. Mrs. Loucks drove a rig from Frankville to the Brockville Market weekly, with fresh eggs, homemade butter, vegetables and maple syrup. She well remembered how she dreaded to meet an automobile as the horses never got used to them and would rear in fright. One of her fondest memories was how they enjoyed their battery radio, as it was a pleasure on long winter evenings. She was a real hockey fan, Boston being her favourite team. After the death of her husband, she lived with her only son George, who died Feb 13, 1966. Her last years were spent with her grandson and his wife Jim and Doreen Loucks in Brockville. Annetta Loucks died on Dec 14, 1869.

The Village of Frankville was incorporated in 1896. For 77 years only seven By-Laws were passed. On April 10, 1973 the police village passed out of existence and all assets were turned over to the Township of Kitley.

Raney Loucks of Frankville was killed on November 19, 1897 when he was thrown from a wagon. He had gone to Brockville to meet his son James who was returning home on train from the west and they were almost home when his team of horses ran away, and he was thrown to the road, landing on his head, dying instantly.

Mr and Mrs. James Rae of Frankville lived to observe their 70th wedding anniversary. They had enjoyed a happy and useful life, and became known as the grand old couple of Kitley. They were married Dec. 29, 1899 in Dally, Ayrshire, Scotland where they lived for their first 29 years of their life and where Mr. Rae was a blacksmith by trade. They came to Canada in 1928 and he opened a blacksmith shop in Frankville which business he carried on for many years. In 1961 he retired and they moved to a new bungalow. They raised four children James Jr., Jessie, Marion and Jean, Mr. Rae died on Jan. 1, 1970 aged 95 years, and Mrs. Rae died on Feb 14, 1972 aged 96 years.

On Feb 4, 1903, the barns of Wesley Soper at Frankville were struck by lightning in a most unusual winter electric storm When Mr. Soper rushed to the barn to rescue the cattle he found all 21 dead in their stalls. He lost 30 pigs in the fire as well as all his machinery. He carried $500. of insurance.

A well known Frankville woman, Mrs. Richard Hanton, was drowned in the St. Lawrence River in Brockville on May 2, 1903. She had been a patient in hospital but was much improved and went for a walk each day. On this day she did not return for lunch, and a search was made for her In the meantime, her body was found floating by two young boys who told the police.

On July 3, 1905, George Oliver of Frankville drowned in Saskatchewan

On July 12, 1906 fire destroyed all the barns of John Reynolds at Frankville. It was started by a young boy playing with matches. As nearly all the men of the area had gone to the Orange Walk it was hard to get help. The men and women who came had a hard time to save the house.

On September 5, 1906 Norman Godrich, aged 40, died after suffering a bad fall at the Frankville Cheese Factory. He was taken to hospital in an unconscious condition but died in a short time. As far as we know he had no relatives. He had worked at the factory some time and was well thought of.

The barns on the Henry Johnston farm at Frankville were burned in August 1908. The owner lives in Saskatchewan but the farm is rented to William Curtis. When Mr. Curtis went to the barn in the morning he found a tramp sleeping in the hay mow. He ordered him off the place. The tramp was very angry and he said he would make it hot for him. Mr. Curtis went to the factory and when he was going back home he saw smoke coming from the barn. The fire spread rapidly and all the season’s crops were lost as well as seven pigs.

Two serious fires in Frankville caused a lot of excitement on November 6, 1916; the large barn of Watson Davis was burned. It must have been arson as the fire broke out in three locations at once, A calf was burned, but the cows were saved. Al the hay and grain was lost, also some tools and a wagon. On November 7 the barn of James Smith was burned and many places threatened. Richard’s store was scorched, and also William Ennis’ barn. Men of the village worked all night to save them. W. Richards thought his store was going and he had a heart attack and nearly died.

On October 11, 1935 hydro power was turned on at Frankville.

Irene Mott was killed July 5, 1938 by a farmhand at Frankville.

Willard Wing, age 3 drowned in a water tank at Frankville in 1942

An Athens man Arthur Reed, 42, was fatally injured on July 11, 1957 while at work at the Brundige Construction Co., in Frankville. He was welding  a tar tank when it exploded hurling his body into the air and blowing the roof off of the shop. He was rushed by ambulance to Kingston General Hospital but only lived a short time.

On August 31, 1958 a twister assed over Frankville causing a lot of destruction in just a few seconds. A garage owned by James Dawson was lifted from its foundations and carried 30 feet. Dawson’s car in te garage didn’t have a scratch. Trees went down like ten pins all over the village smashing several cars under their weight. A shed owned by Gerald Mercier was rolled over three times and came down again right side up. Roofs were carried away on the farms of Donald Davis and Byron Derbyshire.

On December 31, 1967, the home of Mrs. Ethel Neddo of Frankville was burned. Everything was lost, including all the clothing of her son George and two boarders Terry Reed and George Ouderkik.

A small house near Frankville was burned on April 29, 1969, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Morris and their three children. Mr. Morris had gone to work at 6 am and shortly after an explosion occurred in the kitchen, The family escaped in their night attire.

Spring Valley – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Spring Valley (Niblock’s Corners)

Location of Spring Valley on 1861-62 Map

Spring Valley is located 7 miles north of Brockville on Highway 29, or what once the Victoria Macadamized Road, the main road, and stage coach route, leading from Brockville to Perth.

Located at Spring Valley is a famous old inn “Toppler’s Tavern” built in 1808. The home was originally built for Col. Samuel Wright and was set on 700 acres of land. Col. Wright was a New Yorker who fought in the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was rewarded with a grant of 700 acres of land in Elizabethtown covering Lot no 21 and 22 in the Fourth Concession.

When Col. Wright died the house passed into the hands of the Topper family and the rooms were divided off to cater to guests.

Topper’s Tavern proved highly popular with a hosts of Leeds travellers. The Inn served fine old English ale, beer and a variety of liquors    (Recorder and Times, Darling Collection Book 3)

Spring Valley did not really coalesce into a village. Partly this was due to geography. It was not at the intersection of any concession, but rather it was between two parallel roads, the old bush trail and the realigned Highway 29. Along the highway Spring Valley stretches from the 4th Concession road to Murray Road.

Originally known as Niblock’s Corners, after Absalom Niblock, a carriage maker, the community was renamed Spring Valley by the post office which was changing names all over the province. It was named in reference to he artesian spring that bubbles out of the ground and crosses the highway, the headwaters of the Lyn Creek. (Elizabethtown: The Last of the Royal Townships by Alvyn Austin pub 2009)

Topper’s Tavern c1985
Wright House (photo Alvyn Austin)
Spring Valley School, now a library and community centre
Spring Valley School Class of 1937
Spring Valley on current map of 2016
Advertisement from the Athen’s Reporter c1889

“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.

Spring Valley

Carl Ellis 7, and Fred 6, brothers, drowned in a quarry at Spring Valley in 1944.


Row’s Corners – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Row’s Corners

Area of Row’s Corners on 1861-62 Map

While the United Empire Loyalists of 1784 opened up the St.Lawrence River areas of Elizabethtown and Augusta late in the 18th Century, it was not until the early 1800’s the tide of immigration reached the ‘back40’s’ of these townships.

One of these early homesteaders was farmer Peter McEachron who proved up on a Crown Grant of 200 acres on Lot No. 6 of the 4th Concession of Elizabethtown on February 10, 1803.

McEachron, whose name is misspelled in Land Registry books as “McCatherine”, must have also been a speculator for 14 months after taking possession, he sold the entire 200 acres to Nathan Clark, McEachron’s attorney. Daniel McEachron, probably a son engineered the deal.

The Clark Family was to remain in possession of all or parts of Lot No. 6 for over 100 years. On February 4, 1844, Nathan Clark sold the eastern quarter, 50 acres, to his son Robert C.Clark.

Robert’s will, December 11, 1858, split the property among his children, Robert Jr., W.C. Clark, Reuel Clark and Mirole Clark.

What was the Country Road Garden Centre occupied the centre 17 acre tract of the old homestead, while separate residences sit on many parts of the old farm. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville own several parcels of land hacked off the homestead.

When McEachron accepted his 200 acre grant the land was overgrown with forests.

Indians, still seen in the neighbourhood when McEachron arrived, had used the area for years for hunting and fur trapping activities.

Spruce and pine, tamarack and cedar, chokecherry trees and sugar plum bushes predominated. McEachron spent the summer of 1803 clearing lumber off his land. The pine and spruce trees gave him logs for his cabin. The cedar provided him with fencing.

Hunting was good and McEachron and his neighbours lived off the land, bagging deer, wildfowl and fish.

Homestead at Rowe’s Corners






Aerial view of Rowe’s Corners and the famous Drive-In c1957
Row’s Corners is probably best know to many of us for the nights we spent at the Drive In that was located there.
Brockville Drive In
Pony Night at he Drive In c1955


Row’s Corners Map of 2016








Cole Bros advertisement in The Athens Reporter- 1892

“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.

Row’s Corners

John McNish of Rows Corners aged 66 years, was killed when struck by lightning while working in a field on May 10, 1883

Excerpts from:

The Athen’s Reporter from Jan 31, 1889 to Dec 31, 1889

Rows Corners

Jan 15 1889

Messrs Cole Bros of Row’s Corners have rebuilt their carriage works recently destroyed by fire, and are now ready to transact business as usual. Their pluck and enterprise are commendable



Rocksprings – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown


Location of Rock Spring on map of 1861-62

This old community is reached by Leeds County Road 7 which runs north from Greenbush and runs directly into this hamlet.

Around 1855, Billy Wilmer heard of an everlasting sweet water spring near the Elizabethtown – Kitley border. He decided he would find it and settle there. He reached the spring and discovered that it flowed constantly, winter and summer. He built a log cabin beside the spring and settled down with his bride, the former Jane Empry, both were immigrants from Ireland. Later as his farm prospered, Wilmer built a fine stone residence at the north end of his homestead on the Kitley side of the border. The old spring still flows in the bush land south of the house, but the old log cabin has disappeared

The first store in Rocksrings was in the log home of a pioneer named Wiseman. Following Wiseman storekeepers were Richard Latimer, James Hicks, Jack O’Neill and Levi Howe. Sometime before the turn of the century the new corner store was established with Levi Howe as proprietor. The site of the Wiseman store was once occupied by the Holiness Movement Church (Hornerite).

The Rocksprings United Church was opened January 8, 1899 as Rocksprings Methodist Church, and became United on church union in 1925. The formal dedication service in 1899 was performed by the Rev. Dr. William Ryckman. An oyster supper concluded the ceremonies. The church seated 160 and was built at a cost of $910. The land was donated by Samuel Tackaberry.

The Rocksprings School boasted an enrolment in 1909 of 33 area children. It was closed during the school consolidations of the 1960’s.

In the days when cheese sold for less than 10¢ a pound, the Rocksprings Cheese factory used to turn out over 25,000 pounds of cheese a week. Books of the old factory tell details of transactions in the year 1902. Receipts for one week were listed at $2,409.67 for 25,199 pounds of cheese, selling a 9.562¢ a pound. The farmers whose milk went into the factory received $2,023.78 in cash and $18.27 in cheese for those who accepted cheese for cash. The factory is believed to have been built by D.M. Wilson sometime before 1900 and flourished until the 1940’s. It has been since torn down, the old cheese makers house stands across the road from where the factory once stood.

One of the most majestic figures of the late 1890’s in this area was a tall broad shouldered blacksmith named William Barber. Barber doubled as the caretaker of the old Rocksprings School and the Methodist Church. A devout church goer Barber was known to generations of Rockspring schoolchildren in the four decades he worked there 1890-1930. Barber ran a blacksmith shop on the main corner of Rocksprings. The building is gone, but people used to recall the huge figure of Barber standing over the glowing coals in his forge as he fashioned horseshoes.

(Recorder and Times, Darling Collection Book 3)

Map showing spelling as Rock Springs
Road sign leading into Hamlet- photo 2016









School House c1935
Temperance Hall photo 2016
Gorge Maud Homestead c1900
Wilmer Homestead c1985
William Barber, the blacksmith
General Store at Rocksprings c1985











Rocksprings Methodist Church photo 2016
Rocksprings Methodist Church c1985












News Story Jan 18, 1905


“A jolly driving party from Brockville was entertained Tuesday night at the home of Miss. M.Mott, Rockspring. Owing to the heavy roads the band sleigh upset twice on the trip but the occupants ecsaped injury. The outing was throughly enjoyed by all” (The Brockville Times January 18, 1905)


“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.

Rock Spring

The new Methodist Church at Rockspring was opened on January 8, 1899, It is a neat frame building with a spire and will seat 160. The land was donated free of charge by Sam Tackaerry. The total cost of the church was $910. of which $600. has been paid. At the opening services Rev. E.W.Crane preached in the morning and Rev. J.A.Bell in the evening. The church was filled and the choir from Easton’s Corners furnished music. On Monday night an oyster supper was held. Rev. Ryckman gave the financial statement and invited further donations and over $300. was given, clearing the church of all debt.

The home of Wesley Burridge of Rocksprings was burned on September 28, 1930. The only thing saved from the home was the piano. The members of the family had to escape in their night clothing.

July 31, 1933, During a very severe electrical storm Henry Barns at Jellby had eight cows killed and Harry Cooper, Rocksprings lost three horses. The lightning was the worst seen in some years.

Stanley Pearce of Rockspring, 62, was killed in Quebec August 19, 1969.


The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

Nov 18, 1894 issue-

Addison, Saturday Nov.10-

Mr. William Peterson of Rocksprings has leased the residence on King st. from Mr. Frank Eiltse, of Silver Brook. We extend a hearty welcome.

Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue

We wish to inform the Times correspondent of the little hamlet of Rocksprings that the “long haired hungry grits” are preparing a more expeditious vehicle than the velocipede to do duty at the next election

Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue

Mr. Hudson Kendrick of this place who is in the employment of Mr. Wilson of Rockspring as cheese maker, and his chum, Mr. George Steacy, were visiting friends here on Sunday last. Huds look hale and hearty.

Linden Bank – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Linden Bank

Area of settlement on map of 1861-62

Linden Bank was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1798, 14 years after the initial UEL drive into Leeds and Grenville in 1784. The community did not receive its name until 135 years ago.

Col. John Butler Checkley, an Irish militiaman, came to Canada in the 1890’s to settle on the front half of Lot Number 6 in the Seventh Concession of Elizabethtown. His estate faces the Brockville-North Augusta Road about 10 miles out of Brockville and four miles southwest of North Augusta.

The Checkleys called their farm “Linden Bank” from the Linden trees growing along the bank of the creek flowing past their dwelling. (Linden trees are also known as basswood trees).

In time the entire community around the Checkley Farm became known as “Linden Bank”, and there was a post office by that name located on Gosford Road.

The area was settled by Loyalists. There were no roads, only wagon trails connecting the various farms of the region. The loyalists made their landings at Buell’s Bay on the Brockville waterfront, and then trekked by foot or wagon through 18 miles of bush to reach their future home sites.

Following an old Indian Trail, the newcomers took two to three days to make the arduous trip. The area had been newly surveyed, but the only way to reach the future Linden Bank was to follow an Indian Trail from Brockville to Lamb’s Pond (New Dublin) then east through Bellamy’s to reach Linden Bank. The direct route from Brockville to North Augusta was established after the community developed.

The settlers cut a wagon road through the hardwood forest from Lamb’s Pond to their homesteads. En route they had to traverse the high rise of land known as “the mountain” on Lot No 5, using a pass known to the Indians. The original road crossed a swamp on the other side of the rise. In subsequent years a road composed of logs was laid across the swamp. Traces of this road could still be seen in the early 1900’s.

Clearing their land, the pioneers grew wheat, Indian corn and vegetables, ran cattle and sheep and lived off the plentiful game on the mountain and in the woods. In the spring they tapped maple trees for sap and boiled it down to syrup and sugar for their tables.

Most had huts of log cabins built on their cleared land or in clearings near their homesteads. Some of these huts were located as dots on an 1861 map of Leeds County.

As the community developed, a business centre grew up. There was a tannery, mills, black-smithy and store. When the Brockville and Ottawa Railway was built, Bellamy’s Station became a forwarding point for goods. There was also a post office that was burned around 1920. The post office was never re-opened after the fire

By 1890 a carriage and buggy shop was operating at Linden Bank. By this time Col. Checkley had arrived and put the name “Linden Bank” on the map.

The first children of the area went to school in a crude log building, but in 1869 the farmers of the area constructed what became to be known as Marshall School. (Gosford School)

The school was built out of stone on a low knoll on Gosford Road probably 100 yards off the North Augusta Road.  After serving generations pf Linden Bank children the school was phased out by the school consolidation of the 1960’s.

The school itself was built on land donated by the Marshall Family. Several families of Marshalls lived in the area, running their farms and contributing to community life. The school had rough wooden benches and desks. It had only one room, in which all the grades were taught. It was designated as Elizabethtown SS No. 17. A plague over the doorway gave the date of construction as 1869. (Recorder and Times, Darling collection Book No3)

Checkley Estate c1985
Emma McBratney Home 1862-1924 photo c1985
Current Township map of 2016 shows location of Linden Bank


Jellyby – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown


Jellyby was named for the pioneer Jelly’s who settled these fertile fields back in the 1820’s, but just how and where elizabethtown-master-1861-62-map-2the letters “by” were added is unknown. John Jelly didn’t know but pointed out that early cartographers sometimes added a letter or two to place names to make them more distinctive. As far as anyone knows the post office called it Jellby, before that it was known as Jelly’s Crossing from the fact that the road crosses the railway tracks here.

Prior to 1860 local folk got their mail at North Augusta. In 1859 the Brockville and Ottawa railway line was completed from Brockville to Arnprior with a spur line from Smiths Falls to Perth. Railway stations and subsequently post offices sprang up along the line. Jellyby’s post office flourished for a century before being phased out around 1965. The railway station disappeared around the same time.

The first money any settler made on his newly acquired land in the dim distant days of this community’s past came from the sale of potash, old records of the John Jelly family indicate.

Settlers, who had to clear their land of scrub timber and bush before they could grow crops, produced tons of ashes from burning the wood. Settlers hauled their ashes to the potash factories along the St. Lawrence or to the small communities nearby. By 1820, ash potteries were running in Phillipsville operated by Patrick Burns; at Spencerville, where blacksmith John Miller ran the mill; at Addison, run by Harry Lewis; at Seeleys Bay at the Hartley Mill; at Escott operated by partners Joe Dowsley and Andrew Todd; in Brockville, conducted by Henry Jones. In the years 1820 to 1850 tons of Potash went down to Brockville from the Jellyby area. The industry in Leeds collapsed between 1860 and 1870 following discovery of huge potash mines in Europe. Although farmers found ready cash for their potash, housewives also put ashes to good use making soap.

The Jelly farm was bought by the Jelly Family in 1827, but the land on which the farm is located is older than that, the original deed shows that the first grant of land was made in 1802. The original John Jelly came here from Ireland in 1820, living first in the United States, then coming to Canada in 1826 and settling here the following year. He was accompanied by a brother William and a sister Anne. The first house was a single room log cabin built on the farm. As his family kept growing he kept adding rooms until the original home was the centre of a rambling structure housing up to 11 children. Of the 11 children only one son Robert would remain to carry on the 200 acre farm. In 1885 Robert Jelly constructed a two story brick house, tearing down the original homestead.

(Recorder and Times, Darling Collection Book 3)

In 1830 the first church in Jellby was erected and it was a Methodist Church. Most of the area residents were Anglican and they had to travel to Brockville where the closest Anglican Church was located. In 1864, St. James Anglican Church was opened to worshippers in Jellby. A pioneer Anglican missionary, Rev. John Stanhage, who was then in charge of mission development in the northern sections of Augusta and Elizabethtown became the first minister of this new church. The stain glass window came from England and was a gift from Rev. John Stanhage . The hands on the painted clock above the doorway read 10:29, people are not sure if this is in reference to a bible verse, or the time that services started (Toledo Library Archives)

Jellyby or Jellby- In researching this hamlet we have come across both spellings, and a sentence by someone that they never knew which was the correct spelling as Jellby was used by the old timers in the area.


1-Early map showing the railroad and Jelly’s Station


2-Ruins of Methodist Church c1985
3-Original Jelly Home c1985


4-Jelly’s Crossing at the foot of Joseph Pritchard’s garden


7-St. James Church 2016
5-St James Anglican Church photo 2016
6-Painted hands on clock above the door- photo 2016



9-125th Anniversary Service, St. James Church
8-Stained Glass window at the front of the church
11-St. James Anglican Church interior
12-St. James Church Interior


















13-Mrs. William Jelly Birthday – 1955
15-Mrs. William Jelly’s 90th Birthday
14-Mrs. William Jelly’s 90th Birthday






16-Pritchard Home on the Jellyby Road
17-J. Pritchard Home on the Jellyby Road
18-Joseph Prichard

Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


In Feb 1888 a post office was opened at Jellyby with Joseph Pritchard as postmaster. The community had been formerly known as Jelly’s Crossing.

July 31, 1933, during a very severe electrical storm Henry Barns at Jellby had eight cows killed and Harry Cooper, Rocksprings lost three horses. The lightning was the worst seen in some years.

On December 1, 1940 the Orchard Cheese Factory at Jellby was totally destroyed by fire with all contents.

The farm home of Lawrence McManus at Jellyby was burned on February 14, 1963. The family of three escaped in their night attire and bare feet and nothing was saved. Mr.McManus woke up coughing about 1:30 am and he woke his wife and called his 15 year old son they just barely escaped with their lives. The wind was blowing away from the cattle filled barns. The stone house known as the Tackaberry place was 103 years old.

On May 9, 1968 a garage and car owned by Alfred Adams at Jellyby burned. The owners son Hugh Adams received serious burns in the fire.

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser

Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895

 Nov 18, 1894 issue-

Glossville, Nov. 10-

Mrs. Henry Davis, of Jellyby, is a guest at Mrs. R. Barlow’s

Tuesday April 30, 1895 issue

Alfred Pepper moved to Jellyby, having leased Orchard Valley cheese factory for this season.

Tincap – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown


The address ‘Tincap, Canada’ was familiar all over the British Empire, almost, wrote the postmaster in 1905, and elizabethtown-master-1861-62-map-6very often letters came here addressed Tincap from Ireland, England and the United States.

There are several stories how the village got its unusual name, though all agree the ‘old schoolhouse which sat on the brow of the hill near the highway boasted a cupola with a tin cap, and as this was the only building of note, Tincap seemed a very suggestive name. Another more fanciful version is that Colonel James Breakenridge who donated the land, furnished the local militia with ‘tin helmets (tin caps), during the War of 1812 and placed one on the school cupola which sparkled in the sun and could be seen for miles.

Located on a small hill (an ancient sand beach), Tincap became a strategic point during the War of 1812, when Squire Breakenridge, the County Lieutenant of the First Leeds Militia, built a stone fort to guard against sneak attack. It was a small building on the 4th Concession Road just west of the village, facing south towards Brockville, whence the expected invasion would come. He supplied the men with tin caps and drilled them with rifles, but Forsyth’s Raid never came this far north. It became an ammunition depot, a minor cog in the government machinery, getting supplies of ammunition throughout the district. It sat in ruins for many years, until it was torn down and the stone used for paving the road.

Tincap may be the oldest community in Elizabethtown as old as Lyn or Brockville. Tincap was planned on the Quebec map before the land was settled. It is located exactly halfway across the township, at the intersection of the 4th Concession Road and the Perth Road, the back of pioneer settlement. It occupies two lots (18 &19) and the Commons in between the narrow strip of clergy reserves that run up the centre of the township.

The industry of Tincap was a blacksmith shop owned by Peet Seleye (Seeley or variations) another legendary character.  He was a Connecticut Yankee, a U.E. Loyalist who arrived from Kingston a few years after the revolution with partners Enoch Knowlton and Stephen Smith.

Tincap was an appropriate locale for a temperance meeting, Tincap’s other industry seemed to have been taverns. There were two in the village itself, with a population of perhaps 50. Ezra Halladay of Brockville operated a frame inn at the intersection, which he sold to Orren DeWolfe. Around the corner in the valley was John Warren’s tavern.

By 1830 Tincap was a commercial site, the jumping off point for the back two-thirds of Elizabethtown.

The log school house was replaced by stone in 1850, which burned in 1894.

(Recorder and Times News Stories)

There’s not much to see in Tincap of its ancient history. There are a few old houses only. In 1908 the post office was moved here from Spring Valley and twenty years later D.A. Johnson installed the first gas station in the area. By then planes were barnstorming, including one which crashed in the fields east of the village, the beginnings of the Brockville airport.   (Elizabethtown: The Last of the Royal Townships by Alvyn Austin pub 2009)

George Youngs Store at Tincap



Tincap School c1905
Tincap School Fair c1930







Tincap School c1970

“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


Cynthia Louise Lamb aged three years was burned to death at her home on September 23, 1851.

Burton Johnston of Tincap burned at Belleville, December 8, 1936

A 14 year old boy, Aubrey Boyd of Tincap was killed while ridding his bicycle near his home on July 17, 1965, when struck by a car. The driver of the car was Chuck Lawson of Athens who told police he didn’t see the boy in time to stop. What made the accident doubly sad was the fact that the boy’s brother, aged 16 years, was killed by a car less than 3 months before when knocked off his motorcycle. The accident indirectly triggered a second crash a few hours later, which sent five persons to hospital. They were relatives of the driver who struct the boy.


Greenbush – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Greenbush (Old’s Corners)


1- Map of 1861-62

The lure of a fresh spring in the Canadian wilderness led to the founding of this community. In 1790, an 18 year old immigrant, whose family tree could be traced back to France of the 16th Century trekked overland from his home in Andover, Massachusetts with his bride, and after a hazardous journey reached the future site of Greenbush.

His name was Jean (John) Saigon Blanchard. His bride was Abigail Waite born at Wickford, Rhode Island in 1767, the daughter of Rev. William Waite and his wife Mary Nichols Waite. The Blanchards reached Leeds County by way of Hartford, Conn., New York and Oswegatchie (Ogdensburg). They were ferried across the river to Maitland. At Maitland, young Blanchard was told by surveyors of “a beauty spot by a spring in the forest”. The surveyors supplied young Blanchard with a crude map and they headed north from what was later to be know as Brockville. They journeyed by covered wagon along a trail through what are now the hamlets of Forthton and Addison and east along a path through the forest. They found their spring at the rear of Lot 27 in the Eighth Concession of Elizabethtown. They later told relatives that it took “many days to clear a passage to the spring. We encountered many friendly Indians. They were friends indeed for there was no white man near or far.”

Before winter, John Blanchard had his home built and a stable ready for his oxen. They were 100 percent self supporting but had to subsist the first year on wild pigeon, wild game and fish.

2-John Saigon Blanchard and his wife Abigail Waite

The name Greenbush was imported by the original settler, John Saigon Blanchard, in 1790, from his old family plantation in Massachusetts which was knows as Greenbush. When Blanchard carved out his homestead here he gave the area its name.

Truelove Manhard, who wed Lucy White was a pioneer tanner in Greenbush. The Manhards were wed on March 14, 1831 and settled in Greenbush. There Truelove launched the district’s first tannery and boot shop. The shop prospered and later Manhard put up a stone building to house his business. He subsequently sold his factory to James White a brother of Lucy. Lucy died July 19, 1843 and lies in the Greenbush Cemetery.

Moses Olds, United Empire Loyalists, had been granted land on the Rideau in 1804, but was dissatisfied with his holdings. So he sold his grant and moved to Greenbush following his friend John Blanchard.

Few people know that the idea for the famous Oldsmobile cars of the early part of the 1900’s probably originated here in Greenbush. Moses Olds settled here in 1804, one of his sons James born in 1828 moved to the United States around 1880, and 20 years later his son Ranson E. Olds built the first Oldsmobile. It is possible the idea for a horseless carriage was instilled in the Olds family by the success of the old time carriage makers who ran flourishing businesses here in the 1850’s.

The old Greenbush General Store was founded by John Blanchards son H.W. Blanchard in 1836, and since that time has seen a number of changes in ownership. The original building was burned about 115 years ago. The old general store sold a bit of everything that a rural community needed. The general store also acted as the Greenbush Post Office. The first Postmistress was Adelaide Blanchard Loverin. She was a great grand daughter of John Saigon Blanchard. The post office was phased out in the 1930’s after development of rural mail routes cut down on their usage. Very little money passed hands in the early days of the store. They took in produce for payment for goods. Wheat at 50¢ a bushel, oats for 20¢ a bushel, butter at 10¢ a pound and eggs at 6¢ a dozen. They also took in hemlock bark drawing it to Lyn where it was sold for $2. a chord. As a point of reference cows were worth about $12. each.

3-Greenbush Store unknown date
4-Greenbush Store c1985
5-Greenbush General Store c2009

In 1861 Greenbush boasted Taylor’s Tannery, Connor’s Shoe Shop, a Black Smithy, General Store, Post Office, John White’s inn and hotel, Wesleyan Methodist Church; Flannigan’s Cooperage where barrels for arms were made, a sawmill, and Blanchard’s Carriage works.

6-Detailed Map of Greenbush 1861-62





A cheese factory was opened in 1863 with Daniel Blanchard as owner and cheese maker.

7-Greenbush Cheese Factory









Greenbush became a temperance centre in the years 1843-45, and Squire Hiram White Blanchard organized a lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars, a temperance society. He provided lodge rooms over the general store that he was operating.


The first school here was built in 1840 at the junction of the Addison-Rocksprings Road. The teacher was Sarah Taggart. The second teacher was Lucinda Keller, who boarded with her own parents and was paid a salary of $5. per month. In 1845 fire destroyed the school. A new school went up in 1848 and served the area until it was torn down in 1919. It was then replaced with a brick school which was used until phased out in the 1960’s. (for more information and photos see Greenbush – a one room schoolhouse in Elizabethtown)

(Recorder and Times, Darling Scrapbook Book 3)

8-Old Greenbush School
9-Greenbush School 1941
10-Lillian Pelton, School Teacher in 1942


Wesleyan Methodist Church- Construction of this church began in 1828 and it was completed in 1833. Services were held as early as 1931, before the floor was put in. The land however was not officially sold to the trustees until February 1842 by James Olds. The stone was quarried and donated by Sylvanus Keeler who settled in Concession 9 lots 23 and 24 in 1826. The church was built as a community church to be used by Methodists, Quakers and Bible Christians.

12-Methodist Church – photo 2016
11-Methodist Church – photo 2016

“Originally it looked like a New York meeting hall, with square windows top and bottom, which can be seen as soldier courses. Inside it had a raised pulpit and a three sided balcony and could seat over 300 people, more than the entire population. In the 1880’s it was modernized and ‘Gothicized’ with pointed windows and interior remodelling. The Greenbush congregation was active in the religious and temperance revivals of the 19th Century, and in the 1880’s had a significant role in the creation of Canada’s ‘Social Gospel’ which stressed human relations and helping the less fortunate. The preacher was Salem Bond, a young ‘heretic’ who had been ‘rusticated’ by the Methodist Church and sent to Elizabethtown to think about his sins. Instead he wrote : The New Christianity. In 1967, the United Church closed hundreds of small rural churches throughout Canada. The Greenbush Church was closed for ten years until it was sold into private hands” (Elizabethtown: The Last of the Royal Townships, by Alvyn Austin pub 2009)


13-Methodist Church in Greenbush- undated photo


14-Greenbush Cemetery c 2010

The old Greenbush Cemetery last used for internments in the early 1950’s was established more than 150 years ago. Surveyor Henry Little laid out the burial ground with its 66 plots at the request of Daniel Blanchard, descendant of the pioneers who settled Greenbush.(for more information and photos see Cemeteries in Elizabethtown – Greenbush)



Greenbush is located at the intersection of County Road 7 and where the Greenbush and Jellyby Roads meet


16-Saw Mill c1900
15-Sawmill workers early 1900’s
17-Sawmill Workers in the winter early 1900’s


19-Location of Blacksmith Shop and Cheese Factory on the left
18-Filling corn silo c1904
21-Horton Home built in 1850 photo c1985
20-Hewitt’s Blacksmith Shop














23-The Brockville Times Feb 3, 1905
22-The Brockville Times, February 7, 1905





The White’s of Greenbush

After farming and establishing the Hamlet of White’s Corners, the descendants of James White and Anna Pearson moved to Greenbush

24-Wedding photo of William Henry White and Florence Pritchard


25-Wedding photo of William Henry White and Florence Pritchard


26-William Henry White


27-William Henry and son JH Archie White









28-White Home on Lot 20, Concession 8 in Greenbush
29-White Home- Lot 20, Concession 8, Greenbush


30-Rebecca Pritchard with Norman and Florence







31-Florence Pritchard White






34-Rebecca Pritchard



32-Rebecca Pritchard
33-Rebecca Pritchard’s candlestick now in possession of her descendant Robert White



35-William Henry White, Florence Pritchard and Friends


36-Florence White


37-Rachel Pritchard and Fred Blanchard sons Harold and Donald











38-Off to Church
40-J.H. Archie White
39-J.H. Archie White








41-J.H. Archie White 1911-1994



42-Postcard for Greenbush


“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


The Greenbush United Church was built in built in 1833. James Olds a Quaker donated the land; John Keller, a son of Rev. Sylvanus Keller, quarried the stone for the church and drew it to the site. When first built, the church had galleries on each side and had 21 windows. In 1886 the galleries were taken down, and the windows reduced to ten. An adjoining hall was also built in that year. The Quakers as well as the Methodists used the church. When the 50th Anniversary was observed in 1883, the minister was Rev. Dr. Salem Bland. And at the 100th year observance, the minister was Rev. R.H. Whiteside. In 1925 the United Church of Canada took over and the church remained active for many years, until 1969 when it was closed, and the majority of the congregation transferred to Addison United Church.

The first school in Greenbush was built of logs in 1835. The first teacher was Miss. Sarah Taggart, a sister of Rev. Charles Taggart, the minister of the Methodist Church. The second teacher was Miss. Lucinda Keller who was paid $5. a month. In 1843 and 1844 the teacher was Miss. Orpha Ellmore. She was called the Temperance teacher as she hated liquor, and spent some time each day instructing her pupils on the evils of drink. In 1845 the school ws burned and there was no school for two months until the upper flat of the grocery store was fixed up for her classes and Adaline Kilborne was hired to teach. The next year school was held in a house owned by A. Root, and the first male teacher W. Landon was hired. He only stayed three months and later a house owned by W.G. Olds was used as a school with Miss Allison of Augusta as a teacher. In 1848 a stone school was built on the site of the first school. Dward Barry was the stone mason and Sam Prey was the carpenter.

A grand picnic for the Olds and Blanchard families and their relatives was held at Greenbush on July 12, 1901 with 92 persons present. The weather was perfect and the table fairly groaned with food. Some came from New York State and Michigan. These are descendants of John and Aaron Blanchard  and Moses Olds who came to Canada from Vermont in 1787. By honesty and industry, both families have prospered and all own property and have comfortable homes. All are staunch temperance people and teetotallers. Some of the Blanchard’s belong to the Society of Friends and most of the Olds are Methodists. James Olds donated the land for the Greenbush Methodist Church and helped to build it.

A raging fire fed by strong winds destroyed J.W. Hanna’s sawmill, shingle mill and box factory at Greenbush on March 22, 1906 at 10pm. Nothing was saved. Also lost was 2,500 feet of lumber, 200 apple boxes, 300 cheese boxes, 900 bushel measures, 5,000 cedar shingles, all ordered and ready to ship as well as all the machinery. Mr. Hanna had no insurance. Over 1,000 logs in the yard were not harmed. Mr.Hanna says he will rebuild. A collection is being raised which already amounts to $200.

Alba Roots Mill at Greenbush burned April 18, 1906.

On April 17, 1915 three young me from Greenbush went fishing in Mud Creek. They were Norman Connell and his brother Wesley, and William Fitzgerald. They fished for a while with no success and Norman said he was going further up the creek in an old boat pulled up on the shore. He went in spite of his friends warnings that the boat was not safe. After he had gone out of sight they heard hi shout, and they ran along the bank trying to see him. But their calls were not answered and they ran home for help. His body was found the next day.

On February 15, 1958 a large barn on Harold Hall’s farm at Greenbush was destroyed by fire of unknown origin. Lost in the flames were 25 Holstein cows, 30 pigs and 3 calves, also several cats. Six heifers in a building near the barn were saved.

On August 17, 1959 Steven James McIntyre, 11, of Greenbush was killed in a tractor accident.

On September 1, 1964 a machine shed operated on the farm of Omer and Allan Kilborn at Greenbush was burned. The shed was full of farm machinery and all was lost. The Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department was able to save the Coville home nearby he cause of the fire is not known.

A large barn and stable on the farm of Herb Vogel at Greenbush was burned on January 26, 1969. All the milking cows were driven out into the cold with difficulty, but a few head of young cattle and calves were lost. It was 14 below zero at the time. Elizabethtown firefighters fought the blaze for several hours as the large quantity of hay took a long time to burn.

An 18 year old youth Michael Berniques was killed on the Greenbush Road just off Highway 29 on April 28, 1969 when a timber jack he was operating overturned, pinning him underneath it, crushing him to death. He was engaged in the clearing operations for the new Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Graham and their 14 year old son Mansell at Greenbush was burned to the ground on November 24, 1969. The owner of the house was Red Scott of Athens.

On August 20, 1970 a large stone farmhouse at Greenbush was burned after it was struck by lightening. The home was a landmark known as the Welt Davis place and was owned by Paul Foster. Two fire departments from Elizabethtown and Kitley fought the fire in a loosing battle.

Gosford – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown


This old community, lying in both Elizabethtown and Augusta Townships is reached by the Gosford Road which elizabethtown-master-1861-62-map-2leads off the Brockville-North Augusta road eight miles northeast of Brockville.

The early history of this old Elizabethtown township community has been lost in the mists of time, but it is known that settlers were living here by the year 1800.

Old Gosford Cemetery was established by these pioneers but first burials have not been recorded. In fact the cemetery itself was not registered with the Land Registry Office in Brockville until 1865, some 65 years after the first internment took place.

The name of Gosford is probably taken from the village of Gosford in Ireland. The Champan family, long prominent in Gosford affairs, first appears in the records in 1812. In that year Irish emigrant, William Chapman, took possession of Lot 3, Seventh Concession of Elizabethtown. Chapman received a grant of 200 acres of Crown Land, located on the south side of the Eighth Concession Road. Chapman built a log cabin and cleared his land. Other settlers in the area were also clearing their acres of brush, and building homes.

The homes were connected by wagon trails, since there was at that time no recognizable road in the area. The wagon trails branched off from the Brockville-North Augusta Trail. In time, Concession Road Eight was constructed, and a log bridge replaced the ford which the inhabitants used to cross the creek running through Gosford.

The little Methodist Church in Gosford was built by Nicholas Burns in 1865. Nicholas Burns was born in Dublin, Ireland and as a lad of 19 migrated to Canada in 1820. He settled at Lamb’s Pond in Elizabethtown Township and when a community was developed there he was instrumental in renaming the hamlet “New Dublin”, obviously in honour of his own birthplace. Burns did not remain long in New Dublin, for history records that he established his permanent home on Gosford Road, east of the community know as Gosford about 1822.

Burns built up a prosperous homestead and was a highly respected citizen of the community until his death in 1884.

The Methodist Church he built occupies part of Lot 3 in the Seventh Concession of Elizabethtown. The church was built of stone quarried in the vicinity and then covered with rough cast. Land for the church and cemetery was donated by Aaron Healy and his wife Martha, the Healy’s were paid one dollar for the land. During the war years, the church went through rough times. Soldiers stationed at the nearby Landon Farm caused considerable destruction to the old house of worship. They damaged the organ beyond repair, broke windows and roughed up the furniture. The church deteriorated, the roof leaked, birds built nests in the rafters and grass in the cemetery grew into hay. In 1973 repairs were made to the church and the cemetery was cleaned up by willing volunteers.

Gosford’s old post office was located at the intersection of the North Augusta and Gosford Roads. It was known as Linden Bank Post Office, being located about a mile from the community of the same name.

(Recorder and Times, Darling Scrapbook No.3)

Gosford Cemetery photo 2016
Gosford Cemetery photo 2016









Gosford Methodist Church photo July 2016
Gosford Church erected AD 1865
Interior of Church July 2016
Interior of Church July 2016
Gosford Church next to the cemetery July 2016



Chapman House Built 1900
Gosford-Marshall School SS 17, photo July 2016
Nicholas Burns Home built c1862 photo c1985





Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department

“Edna’s Scrapbook”

is a paperback book written by Edna B. Chant and was published in 1998. Edna Chant was a reported with the “Athens Reporter” for 23 years and she is the author of four books.

Her book, which is made up of news clippings from various sources, from which we have taken excerpts, gives us a glimpse into life in our area for over a hundred year period ending with stories from 1975.

While her book covers many areas of Leeds and Grenville we have only focused on the area within Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.


Elizabethtown Fire Department

The Eizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department based at Lyn has an interesting history showing what a group of citizens can do if they put their minds to it. The project of forming a fire department was proposed at a meeting of the Lyn Community Club and on March 18, 1963 a meeting was held at the home of Arnold Ladd at which five men were appointed to form a committee to be the future Fire Department slate of officers. They were Arnold Ladd, chairman; Ivan Cross, Herb Simpson, Gerald Coon, Elton Tennant. In April a public meeting was held in the Lyn School when 24 men signed up offering their services as firefighters. The Township Council accepted these names proposed and approved the appointment of David McCrady as Fire Chief. Meetings were held every two weeks and many ways to make money were used such as dances, raffles and an auction sale. The first item of equipment purchased was a pumper truck on June 10, 1963 and they also got a 1957 oil tank and converted it to a water tank truck holding 1,300 gallons of water. The Township Council gave $1000. to purchase equipment and Fire Chief McCrady donated the land, the Township Council bought the material and the fireman did the work and a fire hall was erected. In 1964 a panel truck was purchased and by 1967 they had a new station wagon, two Scott air packs, two portable pumps, 5000 feet of hose, extension ladders, coats, hats, rubber-boots, uniforms for 25 men and they sent 14 men to attend Fire College at Gravenhurst. On September 5, 1967 Fire Chef McCrady resigned and was replaced by Deputy Chief George Williams and Ivan Cross was appointed Deputy Chief. Elizabethtown Township is justly proud of their Fire Department which now has modern radio equipment and an enlarged fire hall with a kitchen.

On July 18, 1966 a circus sponsored by the Lyn Firefighters Association was greatly enjoyed by both adults and children alike. But they were given a thrill they will never forget when one of the trapeze artists fell 50 feet from a high bar to the ground below. No net was being used. Women screamed and men jumped to their feet when Carmen Del Molion, a Spanish artist was seen to fall. She lay motionless on the ground as circus attendants rushed to her aid. She was carried to her trailer where she was attended by a doctor. It was later announced that no bones were broken but she was badly bruised and shaken up.


Kitley Fire Department

A new Kitley Fire Hall at Frankville was officially opened on July 23, 1966. Reeve Charlie Sands was master of ceremonies. Present were Reeve Borden Hutchings of North Crosby; Reeve E.A. McGregor of Westport; Reeve Wally Heffernan of Rear of Younge and Escott and Reeve Edgar Bresse of Newboro as well as Warden Donald Ferguson, Reeve Ernest Miller, Front of Younge; Fire Chief Dave McCrady, Elizabethtown; Fire Chief Edgar Fagan, Smiths Falls; Fire Chief Robert Bell, Augusta, Fire Chief Gerald Wing, Westport; members of Kitley Fire Department are Fire Chief Gerald Moran, Deputy Fire Chief Gerald Sands, Captain’s Gerald Mercier and Ray Ireland.


Unknown House on fire, Lyn Ontario




Lyn’s First Fire Hall







Mack Stack standing in front of Lyn’s first Fire Hall




The end of Lyn’s first fire hall








Elizabethtown Fire Department Building in Lyn c1963
Elizabethtown Fire Department building in Lyn c 1992










Fire Trucks c1993
Elizabethtown Fire Truck 1971
Elizabethtown Fire Truck 1963









Chiefs D. White; G.Williams and D.McCrady
Fire Hall Meeting April 1963
Fire Extraction Team 2005
Elizabethtown Fire Department Team 1993
Lyn Fire Hall in 1993
Chief George Williams
Firefighters c1968, Reeve Don Ferguson in the middle







Everything’s here except the phone number


Elizabethtown Firefighters c 2000


Miller’s Store Fire Sept 1990, Main St in Lyn
Miller’s Store Fire
Miller’s Store Fire



















Norman and Sarah Mattice, house fire on Chemical Rd May 25, 1954
Chemical Road House Fire, Recorder and Times Newspaper May 25, 1954





Vanlterson House Fire on the Howard Road 1974
Watso Residence Fire, Lyn Jan 29, 1957