The Grandfather Clock

Grandfather clockalso called longcase clock, tall pendulum clock enclosed in a wooden case that stands upon the floor and is typically 1.8 to 2.3 metres (6 to 7.5 feet) in height. The name grandfather clock was adopted after the song “Grandfather’s Clock,” written in 1876 by Henry Clay Work, became popular. The first grandfather clocks featured a Classical architectural appearance, but a variety of styles have enjoyed popularity over the years. One form of early pendulum clock was wall-mounted but, because of its heavy lead weights, probably difficult to secure. It is believed that the grandfather clock was developed to support these heavier clock mechanisms. (Encyclopedia Britannica)

The history of our clock is somewhat interesting:

This Grandfather Clock was built by Brockville resident John Oscar Adams Fenton (1856-1949) in 1930. He built it for his second cousin Dorothy Hayes Fenton as a gift for her 16th Birthday. The wooden case of the clock was built from old wooden church pews and church organ parts.

Because of the Great Depression, money was in short supply, thus the works and Westminster Chimes were installed later in 1937. The works and chimes were supplied by local jeweller, Allan Hayes.

The Grandfather Clock was donated to the Heritage Place Museum in 2017 by Donald Ruston UE, son of Dorothy (Fenton) Ruston.

 

 

 

 

World War I – Postcards

The First World War, the “war to end all wars” 1914-1918, stirred the nationalistic pride and sense of duty to King and Country in our Canadian men and boys. Many hurried to join in the very beginning as it was felt that the war would be over before they got the chance to fight.

Postcards were a chance for those serving to send back home a glimpse of what life in the military was like. They give us a look into what daily life was like for those who served.

While our collection is small, we wanted to share with you what those who served shared with their family and friends back home.

We are always interested in increasing our collection so that we may share with everyone this glimpse into our past. If you have postcards there are three ways in which you could share them with us:

1) a direct donation to the museum

2) loan them to us, we will scan them and return the originals to you

3) if you have a digital image you can send it to us at our email address: LynMuseum@gmail.com

If you can identify some of the ranks and units of specific postcards we would appreciate hearing from you so we can add this information to the picture: LynMuseum@gmail.com

The War at Home

 

Post Office The Camp- Location is unknown
The Camp – Everyone can recognize the Eaton’s Store- location unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Merry Cooks
This training march from Ottawa to Kingston, of which we have several photos was made into a post card. It was not uncommon to take photos and have them made into postcards. the year of this march was 1915
Another view of the 1915 march. The soldiers spent the night camped out on the “on the Bark Flats” right below the village. Their unit was the 5th Mounted Rifles.

 

England

 

Bustard Camp at Salisbury Plain

In 1914, when the British accepted the Canadian government’s offer of a contingent of 25,000 men, they decided to station the Canadians at Salisbury Plain for final training and work up before going to France.

Salisbury Plain, in central southern England, had since 1898 been one of the British Army’s main training bases. At the time they had nearly 300 square miles of grassy hilly terrain with an occasional stand of trees. There was a thin coat of topsoil on top of a chalk base. The Plain had been used to conduct manoeuvres, summer camps, and rifle and artillery training on the ranges.

In preparation for the Canadians arrival they had pitched floor-boarded tents and erected cook houses. The arrival of an additional 8,000 men above the 25,000 they had been informed to expect, the British Army had to scramble to find additional tents for the men.

12th Platoon, C Company

 

 

 

Training in camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately no information was available for this post card
Unfortunately no information is available

 

“For Auld Lang Syne”- Should auld aquaintance be forgot; And never brought to min’?; Shouls auld acquaintance be forgot.; And days o’ lang syne?

 

An enlargement of the above showing a woman pushing a stroller, possibly next to her husband

 

The men and women stationed sent postcards home of places they may have visited to send notes and to give them a glimpse of a peaceful England

 

The Castle from Connaught Park, Dover

The Castle from Connaught Park, Dover

Connaught Park was the answer to a long-felt need for a public park in Dover and was achieved in 1883 by the lease of land on rising ground to the north-west of the Castle. Voluntary public subscription covered the cost of landscaping, the lake, trees, shrubs, fencing, and the park-keeper’s lodge.

The Castle

King Henry II’s Keep (Great Tower) above Inner Curtain Wall (Inner Bailey) and Kings’s Gate. Also has a Western Outer Curtain Wall and Constable’s Gateway. The Park was opened by the Dutchess of Connaught in 1883.

 

 

Battle Abbey Gateway

In 1070, Pope Alexander II ordered the Normans to do penance for killing so many people during their conquest of England. In response, William the Conqueror vowed to build an abbey where the Battle of Hastings had taken place, with the high altar of its church on the supposed spot where King Harold fell in that battle on Saturday, 14 October 1066. He started building it, dedicating it to St. Martin, sometimes known as “the Apostle of the Gauls,” though William died before it was completed. Its church was finished in about 1094 and consecrated during the reign of his son William known as Rufus. William I had ruled that the church of St Martin of Battle was to be exempted from all episcopal jurisdiction, putting it on the level of Canterbury. It was remodelled in the late 13th century but virtually destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 under King Henry VIII.

Battle Abbey Gateway

At the dissolution, the displaced monks of Battle Abbey were provided with pensions, including the abbot John Hamond and the prior Richard Salesherst, as well as monks John Henfelde, William Ambrose, Thomas Bede and Thomas Levett, all bachelors in theology.

The abbey and much of its land was given by Henry VIII to his friend and Master of the Horse, Sir Anthony Browne, who demolished the church and parts of the cloister and turned the abbot’s quarters into a country house. (Wikipedia)

 

Netley Hospital

Netley Hospital

The Royal Victoria Hospital or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire, England. Construction started in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. Often visited by Queen Victoria, the hospital was extensively used during the First World War. (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

Dover

Dover Marine Parade and Castle

over Marine Parade and CastleDuring both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945) Dover became Fortress Dover – a military zone from where, amongst other things, troops embarked for Continental Europe and beyond. Indeed, Dover, besides being a port was also a major military base with huge barracks on both the Eastern – where the Castle is – and Western Heights. Because Dover was the military port, Folkestone remained the civilian port for the Channel crossing, supplementing as a military port when needs necessitated.  (The Dover Historian)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Post Cards had little pockets in which were a pull out section of smaller pictures, here is one such card.

One for the pot and a packet of views from Ramsgate
Inner and Outer Harbours
Sands from East Pier
Louisa Gap
The Sands
The Bandstand from Paragon House Hotel
West Cliff Promenade
Lighthouse, West Pier & West Cliff
Convalescent Home & Cliff
Granville Hotel from Promenade Pier

 

 

General View
Royal Victoria Pavilion
The Inner Harbour

 

Soldier’s Portraits               

During the period 1914-1918, local photographers in British towns, villages and training camps took hundreds of thousands if not millions, of portraits of soldiers in uniform. The photographers were simply responding to the demand of these young men who wanted their picture taken before leaving England for the Western Front and elsewhere. You will find WWI photographs taken in 1914-15, of proud young volunteers – ‘Kitchener’s Men’ – looking pleased to be in their new uniforms and soon to be doing their duty for ‘King and Country’. And there are WWI photographic postcards from 1916 on wards, showing not volunteers but conscripts now, who also look happy to be photographed in khaki – but not always!

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Photo 3a
Photo 3
Photo 4
Photo 5
Photo 6
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Photo 11
Photo 12
Photo 13

 

HMS Thunderer was the fourth and last Orion class dreadnought battleship built for the Royal Navy in the early 1910s. She spent the bulk of her career assigned to the Home and Grand Fleets. Aside from participating in the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 and the inconclusive action of August 19th, her service during Word War I generally consisted of routine patrols and training in the North Sea.

Sailor on the right is from the HMS Thunderer

 

HMS Thunderer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWI Silk Post Cards

The embroidered silk postcard is a common souvenir of the First World War.  They are blank postcards onto which an embossed paper surround has been glued, to frame and hold a central piece of silk.  On the silk, a design is hand-embroidered in coloured thread.

The embroidered postcards were very popular with British soldiers who often sent them home. They were sold in thin paper envelopes but were seldom sent through the post in them.  They were too fragile and, more particularly, they represented quite an investment – they were not cheap souvenirs.  Usually they were mailed with letters.  For this reason, they are often unwritten, with no marks on the back, any message having been sent in an accompanying letter.

A Kiss from France
Best Christmas Wishes
England Forever
This card has a front pocket
To my Sweetheart
Happy Birthday
Forget Me Not
1915- Sincere Friendship
17 or Glory – 17th Lancers
Brittons All
This card has a pocket on the front
Flowers of France- Gathered for You
From Your Soldier Boy
I’m Thinking of You

Comic Postcards

The Great War of 1914-18 was certainly not one of the funniest events to be recorded on picture postcards, especially for those men fighting in the mud-filled trenches of France and Belgian. However, there were artists – both military and civilian – who were willing to inject a little humour or satire into their postcard drawings and paintings – even when depicting the gloomiest of situations. (Tony Allen)

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Photo 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a soldier of the King
A Loving Kiss

Rembering someone left behind

Some people found in verse cards the sentiment that they wanted to convey to another but could not express it themselves. In addition, if the verse was not signed perhaps it gave more of a feeling to the receiver that their soldier had created it. Some of these postcards ran in series. (Tony Allen)

Down Texas Way (3) I keep hearing a Southern tune; Makes me feel like a crazy loon; Want to dance ‘neath a harvest moon, The family’s expecting me along home soon.
Down Texas Way (1) I can picture a spot so fair; Smiling faces are ev’rywhere; Wish some fairy would take e therre; And drop me nice and comfy in an old arm-chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I could turn the clock back a year (1) I listen to the old clock chime, when shadow-time is due, Somehow it seems to speak of happy days and you; Old Father Time goes creeping on through all our joy and care, With vain regrets my lonely hours I share.
If I could turn the clock back a year (2) If I could turn the clock back just one year, If angry words might be forgotten too, Whether sleeping or waking, my heart is aching, I can think of nothing in all the world but you; I miss those nights of gladness, days of joy, And all those blissful moments ever dear; I dream of you and sunny flow’rs, and all the love that might be ours, If I could turn the clock back only just one year.
If I could turn the clock back a year (3) I wonder if you dream like me, and wish that dreams come true, I wonder if you miss the arms that ache for you; I ponder in the gloaming, when the day has reach’d its close, And whisper as I kiss a faded rose.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Luck to You Here’s to the laddie so far away We know you have the pluck To make you a winner where you are That’s why we wish you luck
The White Comrade never lets a friend go under, but says-‘Lo I am with you always’
The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.- From All Saints’, Haggerston, R.E.- Where we are praying for you at our Christmas Communion
Prohibited During The War
The clouds will soon pass by…
Memories of You When I come Back to You There will be sweet birds calling when I come back again, Songs of deep joy awaking, after the storm and the rain; There will be sunlight gleaming, skies will be shinning and blue, When I am by your side, when I come back to you.

 

Postcards From France

A variety of post cards were sent from France and Belgium during the war. Some were depicting scenes of the war and destruction, while others depicted Allied Forces united in fighting the Germans. Others were general in nature trying to not focus on the day to day misery that the men and women endured.

Greetings from Afar
Best Wishes for a Happy Future
A Good Joke Behind the Lines
Scots Tried and True

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy finds shell holes comfortable to sleep in
France’s Principal Occupation of Belgium
Daily Mail War Pictures – R.A.M.C. Picking up wounded in a captured village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo No. 1 War in France
Photo No. 2 War in France
Photo No. 3 War in France

 

13th R.H.C. – Cooks- West Down South 1914

13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada), CEF

The battalion was formed from volunteers from the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (The Black Watch), a militia regiment based in Montreal, as well as men from other militia regiments. Sent to England as part of the First Contingent in September, 1914, the 13th Battalion became part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. The 3rd Brigade had the distinction of containing the 13th Battalion (the Royal Highlanders of Canada), the 14th Battalion (the Royal Montreal Regiment), the 15th Battalion (he 48th Highlanders of Canada) and the 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish). (Wikepedia)

 

Photo No. 4- War in France
Photo No. 5 – War in France
Photo No 6 – War in France
Photo No. 7 – War in France
Three Loyal Scots
British Tank in Action
Crossing a canal
Allies No.1
Allies No.2
Allies No. 3
Allies No. 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To my dear sister
A Kiss from Belgium
Greetings From France

Loved Ones Left Behind

It was very common to have photos of loved ones made into postcards and mailed to those serving overseas. Other cards were sent to boost the spirits of the men. Here are some examples of such cards. carried by the men in France to remind them of home.

A series of two cards, they could be general greeting cards or someone’s girl left behind.
The second in the series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loved Ones No. 1
Loved Ones No, 2
Loved Ones No. 3
Loved Ones No 4
Loved Ones No.5
Loved ones No. 6
Loved Ones No 7
Loved Ones No. 8
Loved Ones No.9

 

Tobogganing

 

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

In my youth, Harper’s hill was all that could be desired as a spot to spend an afternoon on. At first the big hand sleigh at the farm was the only means of conveyance, but many times, unless the snow was pretty well packed and frozen, the runner would cut through and you usually got a tumble and a skinned nose in the bargain.

My first toboggan was a very crude affair – just three or four barrel staves laid flat and cleats nailed across at each end. This was very speedy but it was a problem, as it would turn around on the hill and carry you down backwards. Later on I secured a thin board about fourteen inches wide and four feet long. The front end was thinned down and the half of a cheese box band was nailed on the under side with a cleat across the other end of the board. Another cleat was nailed across the back. This toboggan proved very satisfactory and would carry two or three quite comfortably.

Through the winter, the road in front of our farm house would drift high with snow, and teams passing over it often got stuck or tipped their loads over, and we were called out to help them. On one occasion a team from MacIntosh Mills got stuck and we boys took shovels to help them out. The mills at that time were doing a big business making toboggans. After we had helped him through the banks. Tom Stevenson, the driver of the team said “Well boys, I have no money but if one of these toboggans happens to slide off my load I guess it will be yours.” And it slid off!

These toboggans were well constructed of narrow slats, steamed and bent to the proper shape, with cleats across the rawhide thongs binding the slats to the cleats. A little grove was cut underneath so that the cords would not be damaged when used. Our toboggan proved very satisfactory but was not big enough. Harper’s Hill by this time had become very popular and young folks gathered nightly to enjoy the sliding. As we had packed the snow and made a good track clear to the creek, we could cross over it and go up the bank, usually at a pretty good speed.

Sometimes, unfortunately the toboggan would leave the track and carry us to a point on the creek where the ice was not solid. On one occasion I was steering, at the back, when this happened. As we neared the edge of the ice, I fell off, the toboggan and the two in front passed over the creek, but did not go clear up the bank, and slid back with the end of the toboggan going through the ice. Of course the water was not deep and the girls waded to the shore. When they missed me they had thought I had gone under the ice and they started to yell. But I was safe and they were wet!

Te foundry man in Lyn, a very handy fellow who could do wood work, said he could make us a good strong toboggan. Instead of making his of narrow slats he made it in three sections, each seven inches wide. The cleats were securely with screws, countersunk in the boards, and the boards at the front as usual steamed and bent, and secured with wire to the first cleat. This proved a very satisfactory process and we gave the speedy new toboggan a good trial on Harper’s Hill.

One night a couple of my uncles came over with their families and decided to take a ride down the hill. I still have a vivid recollection of Uncle Bidwell Billings, who always wore a felt hat in the winter. As the toboggan gained speed his hat blew off, and I can still see his long hair and whiskers as he went past me down the hill. That same night my other uncle, Herb Billings, decided to have a ride. He was sitting up on the toboggan near the back, and as the toboggan gained speed down the steeper part of the hill he got scared and put his feet out to stop it. When they caught in the snow he was lifted clear and landed face downward and hands outstretched, the result being a skinned nose, forehead and chin. We had to take him to the doctor for repairs. About this time the boys decided to build a slide in Lyn, and in the fall of 1887, cedar posts and lumber were donated and the slide erected, on the hill just west of where the Storey barn now stands. It was a splendid structure and on down the hill the boards were put on their edge to form a channel for the toboggans and their surface was well ice. You could go up the steps at the back of the slide, assemble your load at the top, get a push from the starter and in a second you were down in the flat and across the pond, even to the edge of Cornell’s woods. Sometimes though after leaving the boarded side of the slide, your toboggan would jump the track and head for the cat-tails which covered you with the fluffy tops until you looked like as if you were in a feather bed. The foundry man did a big business making these toboggans for a while. Nearly every family in the neighbourhood secured one.

Another slide was erected on Schofield’s Hill, Brockville, just behind where a gasoline station now stands. This was a splendid structure with two slides; at night when it was lighted with torches beside the track it was a gorgeous sight to see boys dressed in blanket suits and toques, swiftly speeding down the hill and across the pond. I enjoyed one night on this hill, my cousin, Eck Kilborn, had a good toboggan and we four, my cousin Joe Clark, later a prominent politician in the West, Bob Geddes, and I had a wonderful evening. Another slide in Brockville was built on what was known as the Lacrosse Grounds.

Glen Buell Church photo 2015

The slide in Lyn did not last long. In 1889 this district was visited by a severe windstorm. Roofs were blown off barns, trees uprooted, and the Methodist Church, not then in use, was blown down and the slide a few rods from it, was levelled to the ground and never rebuilt. The posts and lumber afterwards were used to build sidewalks in the village of Lyn. The wrecked church was rebuilt at Glen Buell, with the brick and other material that was salvaged and fit for use. This church still stands, with a record over its door stating it was erected in 1890.

The natural slide at the farm is gone. The demand for building sand has meant that trucks have been hauling for four or five years from he hillside, and now only mounds of earth show where we raced down on our toboggans many years ago.

 

 

 

Glenn Buell Church made from material from the Lyn Methodist Church photo 2016

Fishing

 

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

I never seemed to have much luck at this sport. As a boy I could go down to the creek and over to the falls, where with a can of worms I could catch a dozen bullheads, which when cleaned and ready for the frying pan were about the size of sardines. In the spring, by walking along the bank of the creek, I could see nice big red-fin suckers basking in the sunlight, and once or twice, a two foot pike; but a bent pin on the end of a string was no way to catch them.

Ai Haffie of Lansdowne and his catch from the St. Lawrence River c 1930

I remember going with my Aunt Belle to the Brooks Farm just east of Butternut Bay, on the St. Lawrence River. As she wanted to go fishing we went down to the boathouse and got the boat into the water. I did not know much about rowing, but my aunt said we should not go fast to troll, and we didn’t. I usually bumped the oars together and pinched my fingers, but we got along very well. All at once she said, “Oh, I have a bite!” But it was a false alarm. In a few minutes she called again, “I have another bite,” but again no luck. It was hard for me to keep the boat on a straight course, but she warned me if she hooked a fish I was to keep on rowing.

 

Again she called, “I have got something this time!” I kept on rowing, but it was getting so exciting that I could hardly keep the boat out in deep water. All at once, about twenty feet behind the boat, the fish jumped and tried to shake the hook from its mouth, then went down under again. My aunt kept pulling in the line, and was just in the act of lifting the big fish over the edge of the boat when it gave a flop, its tail struck the side of the boat and the line broke. She leaned over the edge and saw the big fish swim away!

 

My aunt had become so excited that she was hysterical and just sat there and cried. We certainly had lost a big fish, as I had caught a glimpse of it as its head appeared above the water. As we had lost our tackle and our fish we went ashore and back to the house. For weeks she could hardly talk of anything but the big fish she had lost.

 

Mallorytown Landing 1904

Years later, my brother and I had a similar experience outside of Mallorytown Landing about the year 1933. We had hooked a big maskinonge, but just when we got it up beside the boat the line broke. This exciting event was witnessed by the occupants of another boat, and the item was printed in the local paper, where I found it among other articles a few weeks ago.

 

Jones’ Creek, below the old mill was the mecca of local fisherman, and many tales of big catches. Practical jokes played on unsuspecting fisherman always added zest to the stories told after one of these outings. One, as told by my cousin Burt Billings, seems worth repeating.

 

He and his cousin Herb Blair drove to the Mills one night, tramped along the bank to the big rock, where they proceeded to try their luck with worms for bait. Herb seemed the lucky one that night as he hauled in a dozen or more big bullheads. Burt’s luck was different. For an hour he sat there and did not get even a bite. Finally he called to Herb that he was going down near him, to try again. Of course Herb objected, saying if he came down there neither would get a bite, but Burt came just the same, and in a few minutes he hauled in a nice fish! A few minutes later he got another, while Herb’s luck changed. Burt kept on till he had a nice catch of fish and finally Herb said he was tired and was going home. Winding up his line and going back to gather up his fish, on a string, in the dark he could not find where he had placed them; finally he gave up and started for his horse. Burt, gathering up his catch, followed him and they drove home, Herb all the way bemoaning the loss of his fish.

 

Burt got out first and as Herb started on, Burt stopped him saying “Oh Herb I guess the joke is on you. It was your fish I was catching all the time and you can take them home. I just picked one from your lot each time I hauled that piece of stick from the water.”

 

Yonge Mills abt 1905

At one time at Yonge Mills there was a long channel or sluice-way; at the head of it you could take up the planks or gate and let the water pour down the passage to the pool below. In the spring the boys would go there, open the gate so that the fish would swim up this runway in droves; then, with a plank placed across this stream near the lower end and a large hoop net placed in the water and held by one of the boys, the rest of the fisherman would go up stream, shut off the water and catch the returning fish in the net.

 

One night my partner Bob, four other lads and I drove to the Mills. They had put the net in three or four times but as the season for suckers was about over had no luck. Finally they said “Bob, you hold the net and we will try again. We will take the poles and splash the water and surly some will go down.”

 

In the darkness with Bob squatting on the plank holding the hoop of the net the boys went up and started splashing. Finally they heard Bob yell, “Come on down quickly! The net must be full! I can hardly hold it. Hurry, Hurry” The lads rushed down, and all together they lifted the net from the water and dumped its contents on the grass but there was no sound of fish flopping. Bob lit a match and held it over the empty net. There were no fish there but the skeleton of a calf, which the boys had thrown into the stream above!

 

Yes we had fun in those days going fishing.

Mallorytown Landing Henry MacDonald’s Boat and Boat House c1910

 

Mallorytown Landing the front of Henry MacDonalds Boat House c1910

 

 

Jones Creek where it empties into the St. Lawrence River abt 1930

Taking the Calves to Market

 

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

In the ordinary herd of cattle on the farm there were very few thoroughbreds and in the spring it was the custom to keep the offspring of only the best cows.

A neighbour, wishing a good calf to raise could usually get one for the asking; all others were fed for a few weeks for veal or slaughtered. At the present time many whole herds are thoroughbred animals and young calves not needed on the home farm are sold for prices ranging from twenty-five to fifty dollars each.

My job was to dispose of the unwanted calves, and rather than kill them I would try to feed them for a few days and sell them to a drover, who usually called about once a week. It was sometimes a difficult feat to teach a young calf to drink from a pail, as usually it would it would put its nose down to the bottom of the pail, give it a bunt and over would go the milk on the floor or on your clothes.

 

 

The C.P.R. Wharf located at Block House Island in Brockville
C.P.R. Wharf and sheds at Brockville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One week when I had missed the drover he left word he would be at the C.P.R. dock the next day, and would take the two calves I had. As I did not care to kill them I decided to load them in the spring wagon and go to town with them. Tying their feet and then tying the caves themselves, I started.

King Street Brockville looking West from Market Square.

 

A cousin, Annie Slack of Lansdowne, who was visiting us, decided she would go along. It had been raining and the roads were muddy, but all went well until, passing along King St. (Brockville), just opposite Gilmour & Co. office, someone called from the sidewalk and pointed to the back of the wagon. Looking around I saw one calf, hanging, its body suspended behind the box and its feet tied to the other calf. I stopped the horse and handing the reins to the girl I jumped out and ran around behind. I was too late. The other calf had struggled and both had fallen to the street. Brockville streets in the spring were not the clean paved thoroughfares of the present day. Then they were covered with a couple of inches of mud and filth in which the calves were lying. A few years previously we had brought a long black fur coat. It had always been a couple or three inches too long for walking comfortably but I never had it shortened, and this day I had worn it, as the weather was still cold. The horse was a bit nervous as a crowd was beginning to gather to watch the fun.

I stooped over, gathered the calves in my arms, and was just straightening up to land them in the wagon when the horse made a step ahead. I attempted to move up also but my foot caught in the front of my coat and down I went full length, my arms still around the calves. My cap fell off, and finally freeing myself from the calves which were struggling and splashing in the mud, I saw that my driver was so convulsed with laughter that she could do nothing with the horse. Hailing a passing team I got the man to come and hold my horse. He backed the wagon nearer to me, and this time I managed to land my load in place.

It must have been a very amusing scene for those on the board side walk, but I did not see much fun in it and got away and down to the dock and rid of my load. When I got home and told my parents, I said “Never again! The calves can die of old age before I ever try that again.”

 

Holstein Sale at Avondale Farm in the 1930’s

Haying Time

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

The modern way of caring for the hay crop seems a far cry from the old way in which the weather had a lot to do with curing and stacking.

The horse fork for unloading was a wonderful improvement, as before it was installed, one man passed the hay to a scaffold at the big beam of the barn and another passed it on up to the man in the hay mow. With the horse fork, when help was scarce and a horse was trained to draw the load, one man could unload his wagon alone, the hay being left to be spread around later.

My first memory of haying time was when we had the old wooden horse rake, which I have described in another article. I have heard Father say that for a couple of years after coming to the farm he cut the hay and grain by hand. However, for cutting the grain a cradle was used. This consisted of a scythe with extra prongs, nearly the length of the blade, one above the other, that caught the grain when it fell and laid it in neat shape the heads all pointing one way. Thus the one following to bind the sheaves could, with the aid of a wooden hand rake, draw it together, make a band of a handful of the straw and with a neat twist of the ends secure the sheaf and leave it to be stoked up.

1874 Advertisement for Cossitt Bros. Agricultural Machinery

About the year 1870 we purchased a new mowing machine. It was manufactured by Cossitt Bros., then of Smiths Falls, (later moved to Brockville) and sold by Edward Glazier. This was a great improvement on the hand cutting. The frame was made of oak, and for thirty-five years it did all the cutting of hay on the farm. A year later a reaper attachment was purchased. This consisted of a platform fitted to the cutting bar and bolted to the frame of the mower at the back; an iron wheel at the other side of the platform carried its weight, and a reel similar to the ones used on the binder of later years held the grain to the knives.  On the centre of the platform a post secured with a saddle and breast-plate, so that a man could stand and support himself in the saddle, rest his chest against the breast-plate and with a fork gather the grain from the knives, pass it over to his left until he had enough to make a sheaf, and then with his fork, place the bundle behind the mower, ready to be tied. This mower is now in the museum of the Experimental Farm at Ottawa, with a lot of other farm machinery of ancient manufacture.

Later a self-raking reaper was purchased, but the bundles of grain still had to be tied by hand. As binders were beginning to be used locally about the year 1892, a second had Chatham binder, a cumbersome machine, with a wooden frame, was secured and the three neighbours, Father, Horton Rowsom and Will Morrison, managed to get it in working order. It cut the grain on the three farms but the next season the knotter refused to work. The lever that started the tying part having been damaged, the result was that the grain would fill up the knotter and the lever would have to be pulled by hand.

Horton Rowsom had a hired man, Ed Haywood. He tied a strong chord to this lever, walked along beside the knotter and when enough grain was in place would pull this cord. So Ed had a job, and all through the harvest he walked around the field pulling the string. Ed was a war veteran from the British army, who had come to Canada One day he ran away with a woman, went over the river and they were married. Ed said afterwards, it was awful rough crossing the river and it had been rough ever since! His wife finally left him, and he made his home with the Rowsoms.

In 1894 I had a trip to Manitoba with Horton Rowsom and Stewart Morrison, on one of the Harvest Excursions. There I had a chance to see the new Massey-Harris and Deering binders in operation. The next year a Massey-Harris binder with sheaf carrier was purchased and this served the three of four farms cutting the grain for many years

But to get back to the haying…. A new steel horse rake was bought about the year 1875. It also was a Cossitt rake and we were all very proud of it. However, five years later the hired man took old Tom, one of our team, to the field to do some raking after supper. Finishing this he drove the horse to a windrow of hay and left him, while he went on to cock up the raked hay. Tom (the horse) was not used to being in the field without his team mate and decided to leave for home. He took a straight course, the wheel went over a stone pile, and the teeth dropped down making such a clatter that it scared Tom and started him running. We children were outside the fence of the lawn rolling on the slope at the side of the road when we heard Tom coming. The wheel struck the gate post as he came on the road, and the axle broke. Fortunately we knew enough to get inside the fence as he crossed the road and passed right over the place where we had been playing. Striking the rake against a telephone pole, he left the remains of the rake there and went on to the stable.

Later, the 14 acre field back of the woods had yielded a great crop of hay. Father had it all ready to stack and secured a couple of extra men and team. All that day I had been on the horse rake following the wagons to clean up the rakings. At four o’clock Father said “Walt, you hitch the horse on the spring wagon, go to the house and bring out our supper. Your mother will have it ready.” Driving across the woodlot and into the meadow I soon reached the house where mother gave me a couple of market baskets all covered with papers and a table cloth, and I drove carefully back to the field.

I will ever forget that supper. The men came in, sat round on the ground, the cloth was spread and the basket unloaded – warmed up potatoes, smoked ham, just fried and tender, eggs, fresh buns and in the end of the other basket a large dinner plate of pancakes, each one the size of the plate and covered with butter, then spread with soft maple sugar, to make a pile at least six inches high. Father cut into them as you would a layer cake, each serving the width of a piece of pie and half the depth of the pile! Again they came back for more until the plate was clean Then we finished with a pot of tea and a jug of coffee. It was pretty hard for the men to move very swiftly after such a supper. I think I had two helpings of the pancakes. But by dark the three stacks of hay were finished, the poles were placed on them and we were ready for home. Is it any wonder that the memory of that day and that supper has been with me all these years?

Cutting grain on the Johnston Farm on the Lyn Road c1930
John Johnston standing next to his team of horses c1930
John Johnston getting ready to cut, next to the main CNR line c1930
Cutting grain c1930
A field of cut and stacked grain on the Johnston Farm just north of the CNR tracks and east of the Lyn Road shown in this photo c1930

 

Drawing Milk to the Cheese Factory

 

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

In Lyn the cheese factory was located at the foot of the Jarvis Hill, just across the creek from the tan-bark field where they used to play ball. One road led around the corner at the hotel (Stacks), down the mill hill, across a little bridge and along the ban of the creek. The other road turned at the schoolhouse, down the Jarvis hill, past the old barn and on to the factory. At first Father had made a cart with the two wheels of the old wooden horse rake, a wooden axle and long shafts running back to about the back of the wheels. A platform of boards was nailed to the shafts, and the springs taken from an old army wagon, and secured in the centre on the axle and the ends fastened underneath the shafts. For a seat an abandoned bee-hive was used, cleats were nailed on the inside and a loose board laid in. When I got groceries at the store, I could just lift up the board and drop the parcels into the box. There was room on the platform for only one large milk can, which was all that was needed at that time. The horse I was given to drive was one that was hard to make trot, for just as soon as she was stirred up a bit she would break into a canter, with the result that the shafts were bobbing up and down and your neck would get sore trying to keep your head steady.

 

The old Post Office on the right (white building), located on main street. At one time this was the site of the original Lyn Mill.

One morning going through the village I had my sister Lou along, and as we went past the post office the horse was doing the regular canter but with not much speed. As I came back up into the village and stopped for the mail, the constable, Tom Hudson, came over to the cart and said “My boy, if I see you going through the village as you went this morning, I will take you to jail!” So I always watched after that for Mr. Hudson.

 

It was fun to see the milk wagons coming along the gravel pit road, and then hurry along and up around the school-house and down the Jarvis hill, and to get in ahead of them at the factory. But one morning as I was going around that way, I saw ahead of me down near the foot of the hill another milk cart. The driver Bob King had been to the factory and unloaded his milk, and had gone up to the village for some bread, and was returning to the factory to get his whey, as he had come in on the gravel pit road. Hurrying along down the hill I yelled to the driver to get out of my way but he did not have time, and as I went by him the hub of my wheel caught the rim of his wheel and tipped his cart over on its side. I drove on down to the factory and got in line, then went back to help the lad whose cart I had tipped over. I do not think I have ever heard anyone use as many cuss words as he did that morning! I dare not go near him, but held the horse by the head while he straightened the cart up. For several days I kept out of his way.

 

The next year my father secured a spring wagon, took the box off and built a platform with room for three or four cans. I had been cautioned to drive carefully, as I was drawing a neighbour’s milk also. For some time I did very well, but one morning on arriving opposite the town pump a big load of milk came down the hill from Seeley’s and on to the main road ahead of me. This was too much! I stirred up my horse and caught up to the load, and was passing just before we came to the hotel on the corner when I was crowded to the sidewalk with both the front and hind wheels on the walk. As we neared the corner the road was lower and the wagon began to tip, with the result that it finally went over on its side and the cans fell to the ground. Fortunately the neighbour’s milk can went clear over and finally landed right end up, so that very little milk was lost from it. One of our own cans that had a very tight cover did the same, but the third can landed on its side and nearly all of its contents poured on to the ground.

Of course a crowd arrived on the scene at once and the wagon was righted. I watched for the constable, but he was not up yet, so I did not go to jail. However, I had to draw our neighbour’s milk nearly all summer for nothing, to pay Father for the can I had spilled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarvis Street Hill leading down to the cheese factory. This is now Church St, Lyn.

 

Returning from the Lyn Cheese Factory (This is not a photo of Walter Billings, but an unknown driver)

 

Log Canoes

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

The only log canoe that I can remember appeared first on the Lyn pond. An Indian had brought it down from the back lakes, portaging it from back of Temperance Lake, through the canals, over the dams, and finally pulled it up on the shore behind the Lyn post office. He later traded in the village for groceries, and one day when in the village the grocer asked me whether I would like to buy it. This I did, and drew it home to the farm on the milk wagon. As it was late in the fall I did not have a chance to try it our, but that winter I scraped and sandpapered the outside of the canoe. In the spring my mother gave me a collection of paint cans, each containing a small quantity of paint, which I poured all together and stirred well. The resulting colour did not prove very attractive, being a pinkish yellow. However, with great care I puttied all the cracks, then applied the paint, giving it two coats. I saved a small quantity of red paint and this I used to mark a band along the top edge. On the bow I painted the name “Daisy”, and it was ready for the water. One day when father was away I hitched the grey mare to the stone boat, loaded the canoe on and started to lead the horse down the hill to the creek. I had not put a bridle on her but was just leading her by the halter. As we went down around by the barn she got a glimpse of the canoe behind her, and started to run. I hung on as long as I could but finally had to let her go. She ran along the edge of the gravel pit and the canoe rolled off and over and over to the bottom of the hill. I finally caught the mare and got her back in the stable, then went down to examine my canoe. On its was down the hill it had struck a boulder which had opened up a crack in the bottom. Securing more putty I wedged and plastered the break as best I could, but had to wait for the putty to dry. When all was ready I dragged my canoe into the water and tried it. It did not leak very much, and another application of putty completed the job.

 

Anyone who has never tried to keep a log cane right side up would be surprised how easily it tips over; I got wet several times before mastering the art of paddling. I suggest that if you want to try you should get on a floating log, put your feet in the proper position sit down and see how long you can balance yourself ! We had a lot of fun that summer with the canoe. We could go swimming, get into the canoe, one of us at each end and then try to tip it over by leaning over the edge, the other boy leaning the opposite way, then the first one would straighten up and over would go the canoe before the other boy would have time to save himself, both usually getting wet.

 

That summer a few families of Indians came to the neighbourhood to pick strawberries for the farmers, one group living in the little house on our farm. One Sunday two young squaws from the house decided to go for a boat ride. One of them was soon to be married and had bought muslin for a dress. Mother had cut it out and sewed it on our machine, and it looked very neat on the Indian girl, but of course she must put it on for the trip in the canoe. There was only one paddle, and as we sat on the hill watching them, the girl with the paddle put the end of it towards the shore to push the canoe out; the end of it stuck in the mud and as she pulled to release it , it came loose sooner than she expected. Over the canoe went ! They were a sorry looking pair of squaws as they got on their feet and waded to shore, their long black hair hanging about their faces and down their shoulders ! They never tried the canoe again, and in a week or two went back to their homes in St. Regis.

 

The log canoe proved the source of a lot of fun that summer, and many children of the neighbourhood learned to handle it, which was of some benefit to them when later they paddled the lighter cedar canoes manufactured in the factories.

 

I do not remember what became of my canoe, but think it broke away and ws dashed to pieces by the flooded stream later that fall when it was carried down the lower rapids.

Elizabethtown Township Map of 1861-62

The original 1861-62 map was a large paper on cloth wall map showing all the townships I Leeds and Grenville County. We so happen to have one of these large maps in the museum. However in 1973 Mika Publishing in Belleville reproduced these maps by township in a book called: Historical Atlas of Leeds & Grenville, Ontario” Also included in this book are excerpts and illustrations from Thad. Leavitt’s book “History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879” published in 1879.

We have reproduced a full view of this map, along with smaller sections of the map

Map of Elizabethtown Township

 

Concession 1 & 2 Eastern Side of Township 

 

Concession 2, 3 & 4 Eastern side of Township

 

Concession 5 & 6 Centre of Township

 

Concession 7 & 8 Centre of Township

 

Concessions 1,2 & 3 Western side of Township

 

Concessions 3 & 4 Western side of Township

 

Concessions 5, 6 & 7  Western Side of the Township

 

Concession 7, 8 & 9 on the Western side of the Township

 

Concessions 7,8,9,10 & 11 on the Western side of the Township

 

Concessions 7 & 8 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 5 & 6 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 4 & 5 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 2, 3 & 4 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 1 & 2 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 2, 3 & 4 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concession 4 & 5 on the Eastern side of the Township

 

Concession 5, 6 & 7 on the Eastern Side of the Township

 

Concession 7, 8 & 9 on the Eastern side of the Township

 

Concessions 9, 10 & 11 in the Centre of the Township

 

Concessions 7,8,9,10 & 11 in the North East Corner of the Township

 

Concessions 1, 2 & 3 in the South West Corner of the Township

 

 

 

Kitley Township Map of 1861-62

The original 1861-62 map was a large paper on cloth wall map showing all the townships I Leeds and Grenville County. We so happen to have one of these large maps in the museum. However in 1973 Mika Publishing in Belleville reproduced these maps by township in a book called: Historical Atlas of Leeds & Grenville, Ontario” Also included in this book are excerpts and illustrations from Thad. Leavitt’s book “History of Leeds and Grenville from 1749 to 1879” published in 1879.

We have shown an overview view of the map,and then individual sections.

Kitley Township full Map

 

Concessions 6,7,8,9 Eastern side of Township
Concessions 8,9, 10 on the Eastern side of the Township
Concessions 4,5,6 & 7 on the Eastern side of the Township
Concessions 1,2,3,& 4 on the Eastern side of the Township
Concessions 1,2,3 & 4 on the Western side of the Township

 

Concessions 5,6,7 & 8 on the Western side of the Township
Concessions 7,8,9, and 10 on the Western side of the Township

The One Room Schoolhouse in Kitley – Complete Listing

For photos maps etc. look under the school name on our website

Blanchard School

 (School Section No. 4 or 11)

 

Concession #1, Lot 26, built 1834  (see map)

 

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.

 

Blanchard’s reopened in 1961, operated for two years and closed forever in 1966. Motts Mills School also closed in the early 1960’s. Students from these two schools were then bussed to Jasper Public School.

 

Blanchard’s School was originally a log cabin located on the northwest corner of the Gardiner homestead. It was replaced in 1874 by a stone structure and educated generations’ of Blanchard children over the next 90 years.

 

In the School reorganization of the 1960’s, the school was phased out. It is now a private residence and stands on Lot 26 of the First Concession of Kitley. The school was built on land donated by the Gardiners.

 

In the 1870’s, probably 10 to 15 South Elmsley students attended Blanchard’s School. In 1874, John Gardiner sold the corner lot of his homestead to the school section as the site of a new school. A stone school was erected without borrowing money.

 

Thomas and Richard Gilday of Lombardy, brothers who specialized in carriage making, also were carpenters and stone masons. They built the new Blanchard’s School.

 

Blanchard’s School in 1905 had 21 pupils but in 1940 only 5 attended the school. New families coming into the area built up the population again but there were still less than 20 students when the school finally closed in 1963.

(Recorder and Times c1980 Darling Collection Book 5, pg.1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coad School and Dack’s School

 (School Section No. 6)

 

Concession #4, Lot 17, built early 19th Century (see map)

 

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 4 about 1830, a simple log structure with unpainted interior walls and austere benches and desks.

 

“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)

 

Cornell School

 (School Section No. 9)

 

Concession #5, Lot 22, burned in 1865 (see map)

 

 

Crystal School

 (School Section No. 12)

 

Concession #7, Lot 6, built 1875 (see map)

 

George Hornick 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 1861census.

 

It was a school which held both Kitley and Wolford pupils, being know on the Kitley side as S.S. No.12.

 

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.

Frankville School

 

The old Frankville school was built in 1875 and served until a new school was built in 1975.

 

 

Hutton’s School

 (School Section No. 1)

 

Concession #1, Lot 7, built late 1870’s (see map)

 

 

Judgeville School

 (School Section No. 7)

 

Concession #4, Lot 26, built prior to1870 (see map)

 

 

 

Kinch St. School

 (School Section No. 8)

 

Concession #6, Lot 9, built 1840’s (see map)

 

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.

 

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 board’s secretary treasurer. A Dr. Kinney was the school inspector.

 

 

Lake Elodia School

School Section #17

 

 

Concession #10, Lot 27 (see map)

 

Known as “17 Kitley and 19 Yonge” built on part of Concession 10, Lot 27 in KItley. It served the rear lots of 10 to 30 of Concession 10 in Kitley, Concession 11 of Yonge and some of Bastard. It was built in 1868 and closed in 1961. Previous to it being built school was held in the home of William T. Howe who lived on that land. Thomas Howe received these 200 acres by Crown Patent Sept. 1. 1838 but had been developing the land since at least 1820. The original nominee of this land was Solomon Conley and Margaret Howe. In his will he left part of the land plus 50 pounds to be used to build a school. In the early years of the school it was also used as a Church.

 

 

 

Lehigh’s School

School Section #18

 

Concession #9, Lot 22 (see map)

 

Gideon Leehy believed in educating the youngsters, so he put up a log school on the south side of Kitley’s Ninth Concession Road.

 

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.

 

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 dismissed in 1961 was Aileen Montgomery.

 

 

Mahon’s School

(School Section No. 10)

 

Bellamys 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 schoolhouse 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)

 

 

Mitchell School

(School Section No. 14)

 

Concession #8, Lot 23, built late 1840’s (see map)

 

 

 

 

Motts Mills School

 (School Section No. 3)

 

Concession #3, Lot 21, built c1833 (see map)

 

Generations of Motts 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 Motts Mills went into decline and the population dropped, school enrolment was greatly reduced. After the Second World War, the decline was much more noticeable. All schools in the north of Leeds suffered setbacks and many were closed.

 

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.

 

Motts Mills School also closed in the early 1960’s. Students from these two schools were then bussed to Jasper Public School.

 

 

 

 

Newbliss School

(School Section No. 5)

 

Concession #4, Lot 13, built late 1830’s (see map)

 

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. (Kitley 1795-1975 by Glenn Lockwood)

 

 

Rathwell’s School

School Section #22

 (Wolford School Section No. 6)

 

Concession #4, Lot 4 (see map)

 

After 1858 the school that was Wolford  SS#22 became Rathwell’s School, northeast corner of County Road 16 and Corkoran Road.

(Note: on the 1862-62 map there was no school at this location, the closest school we could find was the one circled on the map, this may or may not be the correct one)

 

 

 

Redan School

(School Section #20 – Kitley)

(School Section # 26 – Elizabethtown)

 

Redan was settled in the years 1840-1860 by Irish Immigrants. The original inhabitants were the Youngs, the Marshalls, Burnetts, Pritchards, Motts, Richards and Wilsons. The old Richardson homestead here was originally part of a clergy reserve. In 1854 the government released all clergy reserve land to the public and the Richard family took a 100 acre plot in the centre of this community.

 

Redan School was located a short distance from the Mott homestead.  The original schoolhouse was a log structure located near the junction of the Rocksprings and Redan roads. The site is now covered by a swamp.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: Frame building

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the request of the trustees of school section no 26 be excepted and that the sum of $125. be levied and collected on the rateable property for the current year 1862- 1862
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 26 be complied with and the sum of $80 be levied and collected on the rateable property of said School Section exclusive of all expenses-1871
that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 26 be complied with and the sum of $80 dollars be levied and collected on the Taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1872
that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section-1873[1]

 

 

Rock Springs School

(School Section # 19 – Kitley)

(School Section #25 – Elizabethtown)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: no report

 

 

Shane’s School

School Section No. 2

 

Concession #1, Lot 9, in South Elmsley Township (see map)

 

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.

 

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]

 

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]

 

 

Shane’s School enjoyed an upswing in attendance during the 1950’s, when more people moved into the area.

 

The old Shane’s Road running west from Shane’s Corners on No.29 highway forms the boundary between South Elmsley and Kitley.

 

Known as the Town Line, the road was a natural spot for school houses. Thus at least three were set up along its route, and because education knows no boundaries, these schools became union, uniting South Elmsley and Kitley pupils.

 

Shane’s School, still sitting in quite dignity on the knoll that marks the junction of Shane’s Road and No.29 Highway, was a union school with around 15 South Elmsley children attending it in 1840, though it was located in Kitley.

 

Halfway between Shane’s Corners and Blanchard’s Hill, another public school, also union existed in the 1840’s. It has since vanished and no historian today knows where it stood.

 

[2] Recorder and Times]

 

Soper’s School

(Otterman’s School)

 School Section No. 13

 

Concession #9, Lot 12, built 1850 (see map)

 

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.

 

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..

 

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.

 

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. (Recorder and Times)

 

 

Unidentified School

 

Concession #6 Lot 28, see map

 

We cannot find a name for this school.

 

 

 

 

 

Toledo

 

Toldeo had  3 log schools

 

 

 

 

Mitchell School- two miles west of Frankville

 

Brick School on Chantry Road, four miles west of Toledo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

Original basic information ie. School Name, SS #, Concession and Lot # and date of construction from the Brockville Genealogical Society

 

[1] Lyn Museum Archives

The One Room Schoolhouse in Elizabethtown- Complete Listing

 

For Photos, Maps etc. look under the school name on our website

Addison School

 (School Section No. 21)

There have been four schools in Addison. The first was built of logs and burned. Both the second and third schools[1] in Addison doubled as Episcopal and Methodist Churches. The second school was a stone building which stood beside the third, framed school. This school was moved to Benjamin Scott’s property and used as a horse stable. It was torn down in the early 1950’s. The third school is a frame building which was constructed in the early 1870’s. It continued to be the Addison School until the 1960’s. The building is now privately owned.

In the 1820’s a log school was erected to replace the one room educational centre in the smithy. This building gave way to a stone school which served Addison for 90 years.

 

Charles O.Stowell, who married the two daughters of John Ketchum, was born in Massechusetts February 17, 1797. Educated in the United States he came to Canada as a young man with a teaching certificate. In 1832 he took a teaching job at the old Addison school about 200 yards south of the old Perth Trail. This pioneer log school was later torn down and the school moved into the Methodist Church. When the Methodists build a new stone church on the other side of the road, now the Addison United Church, the old house of worship became a permanent school. This school served the community for 90 years until it became unfit for school purposes. It ended its days as a stable on the Scott Farm, where it eventually gave way to decay and collapsed.

 

A wooden frame school replaced the stone structure and in the late 1960’s it was closed. The Addison School was listed as S.S.no. 21

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log building, 20×26 in size, constructed in 1850, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1832

 

 

Bell’s School (School Section #24)

Wolford Twp (School Section #16)

 

Bell’s School was a shared school between Elizabethtown and Wolford Township. It was located on the Rocksprings Road and to the immediate east of the schoolhouse is the Bell’s Cemetery. There used to be a stone church in one corner of the emery, but all that remains now are a few foundation stones.

 

“The school was built on land donated by James Bell who settled there with his family on or before the year 1831. The land for the school was purchased from S. Harper for £30 it was lot 13” (Recorder and Times article)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: Log building, first opened in 1838

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

To the Local Superintendent of schools for the Township of Elizabethtown. Pay to Mary B.Smith as ordered out of the school fund apportioned to School Section No. 24 in the Township of Elizabethtown the sum apportioned to said section (Signed and Sealed) Walter Bell and Richard Richards, Trustees-1871

 

 

 

Bolton School

(School Section # 23)

 

The old Bolton School once stool on the property of Henry White. The school once stood near the Bolton Cemetery on Lot 5 of the Tenth Concession in Elizabethtown.  There were several Berry Families located near the school, and their children made up the larger part of the student body.

 

The Bolton School was located in the hamlet of Shiloh.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: Log building, first opened in 1842

 

 

 

 

Fairfield East School

(School Section #8)

 

The first school was a log cabin built on the west corner of the farm owned by McDougall’s. Johnathan Barr was the teacher and was noted for his stern and strict qualities. When the community became more settled it was found that the school was not central nor adequate enough so a second school was built about a mile and half farther west. This one also passed into history with the erection of a third, which was built a few rods [sic] east again and which is most up to date.[2]

 

About 1865 a wooden frame school was built west of the McDougall farm and around 1900 the third Fairfield East School was erected. The school was phased out during the school consolidation of the 1960’s. (R&T Darling Collection Bk3)

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame Building, size 20×24, no construction date, condition Good

1854: Log building, first opened in 1808

 

 

 

Glen Buell School

(School Section # 16)

 

“Peter Booth’ School 1842

Dr. John G.Booth’s eldest son was Peter Booth, born at the farm in 1825. In 1842 at the age of 17, he started teaching at the log school in Glen Buell. He had 63 children, ranging in age from 4 to 17, and received the magnificent salary of 2.5 pounds per month. Peter Booth died in 1860, of tuberculosis, leaving a wife and three young children. In 1842, and enthusiastic young buck, he wrote his first report to the district council:

I beg leave to submit the enclosed report of the Common School at present under my instruction. The school house in which this school is taught is on the rear of Lot 31, in the 6th Concession of Elizabethtown on the Main Road leading from Brockville to Farmersville.

All the pupils that have attended resided within two miles of the school house and there are probably from 16 to 20 children more living within that distance from the schoolhouse between the ages of 5 and 16 whose names are not on this report as they have not been in attendance. The school was commenced about the first pf April last, Teachers wages two pounds five shillings per month with the expectation that further aid would be granted from the public monies.” (from Lea Booth, John Booth, p54-55) [3]

 

The original school was a small log schoolhouse constructed by Eri Hayes in the 1820’s.

 

The school was closed in the spring of 1965 and pupils bused to either Addison or New Dublin depending on where they lived. Because of overcrowding at New Dublin a few years later, Glen Buell was re-opened for Grade 1 students for a short time.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log Building, size 24×24, construction date 1837, condition Good

1854: Frame building, first opened in 1844

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the request of the trustees of School Section No 16 be complied with that the sum of one hundred dollars be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1869
that the Trustees of School Section No 16 be paid the sum of $1 as non-collected school tax an that Lot 34 in the Seventh Concession of Elizabethtown and the Clerk order the sum to be paid to Boyd Hall-1870[4]

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbush School

(School Section No. 20)

 

The first school in Greenbush was built of logs in 1835 on land donated by James Haskin. It burned in 1845 after only ten years of use. The second school, made of stone, was constructed on the same site in 1848. It was twice as large as the first. However it was torn down in 1918 in order to build a larger school. Construction of the brick building was completed within six months, In 1905 the school grounds were enlarged, trees were planted and a fence erected. The land for the extension was purchased from Thomas Webster.

 

While construction was underway in 1918 classes were held in the United Church Hall. Between 1845 and 1848 classes were held above the store at Millhouse and in one of William Olds’ houses.

 

The first teacher on record is Miss. Sarah Taggart in 1840. She was followed by Miss. Lucinda Keller who received $5. per month.

 

The school was phased out of the school system in 1965. [5]

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log Building, size 26×24, construction date 1830, condition Good

1854: Brick building, first opened in 1849

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That Edward Davis be detached from school section no 18 and be attached to school section no 20-1858[6]

 

 

 

Halleck’s School

(School Section #5)

 

On June 28, 1963 the school rang its’ bell for the last time. The teacher at the time was Mrs.Marion Ross, and she was the last person to teach at the little brick school house located on the Halleck’s Road. The 27 remaining pupils from this school are being transferred to the Lyn Public School. About 10 years prior there were 34 pupils in the school

 

The original school was a log school house located in the north corner of the Halleck’s Road and No. 2 Highway. Rev. William Hallock built a school before 1810 which had a ready made class, what with 16 Coles, 13 Clows, 10 or 12 Fulfords and his own six children. The school was replaced by the present building in 1935, a trim neo-classical brick Edifice.[7] The brick school house was built further north on the Halleck’s Road around 1839. The land on which the present school was built was donated by Mr. Caleb Halloch (Squire Halloch) on May 12, 1838 and was built by Archibald Davidson a stone mason. A well was drilled for the new school in the 1930’s and toilets were installed around 1939. In the early 1940’s electricity was installed. Between 1886 and 1900 teachers salaries were from $220. to $300 per year.

 

Heritage Elizabethtown erected a plaque near the original school recalling an incident that took place during the War of 1812. The plaque reads as follows:

 

Hallock’s School and the ‘Underhill Incident’

 

“A one room school near here was the site of an international incident before the war of 1812. William Hallock (1770-1836), a Methodist preacher, established the school in a log cabin on his property. In 1809 the teacher was Isaac Underhill, an alleged American army deserter. On May 1, three American soldiers disembarked from a schooner on the St. Lawrence, seized Underhill at the school and dragged him, bound and gagged towards the river. When Underhill broke free and ran, his captors shot him from behind. They then fled to their boat with armed settlers in pursuit. Underhill died the next day. His murder was a flagrant violation of British sovereignty which outraged Canadians and lingered long on local memory” (Issac Underhill is said to be buried in an unmarked grave in the Fulford Cemetery)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame Building, size 24×34, construction date 1811, condition: Not Good

1854: Frame building, first opened in 1817 (this report combines SS #3 and 5)

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1872

 

That the union of School sections no 3 & 5 be dissolved and that all resolutions uniting the same be rendered the same as if said divisions ere never united at the request of a public meeting held for that purpose signed by Henry Clow, Chairman- 1858
that the Clerk be instructed to prepare a Bylaw to unite School Sections No.3 and No.5 into one section agreeable to the request of the rate payers of said sections- 1869
that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 5 be complied with and the sum of $200 be levied and collected on the Taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses -1872[8]

 

 

Hawke’s School

Sectional School No. 27

(Rear of Young SS # 11)

 

 

There was a school in Glossville called “Hawke’s School. The school was so named because there were two group of Hawke’s children who attended the school in its early years. One Hawke farm was located north of the school the other farm to the south of the school. The school was sandwiched between the two farm families and filled with Hawke children. It was here that Glossville children were educated. The community sent its children to the old brick school long after people stopped using the name Glossville. After Hawke’s closed the children were bussed to Frankville or to Addison. Land for the school was donated to the area school board in 1857 by John Hawke, and it is probable that the stone building was erected within the following three years. Hawke’s School closed in 1962. The school was located at the junction of Hwy 29 and the Lake Eloida Road.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: first opened in 1830

 

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section- 1873[9]

 

 

 

Howard School

(School Section #6)

 

On the 12th Day of October 1861, a parcel of land was purchased on which to build the Howard School.  The indenture was between Andrew Donaldson and his wife Eliza and the School Section number 6 in the township of Elizabethtown, for a sum of sixty dollars. The parcel of land was described on the indenture as a part of the rear of the east half of Lot number twenty three in the Second Concession in the Township of Elizabethtown. In 1946 a well and pump were installed.[10]

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no information except: condition: Not Good

1854: Frame building, first opened in 1850

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jellby

(School Section # 22)

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: No Report

1854: Stone building, first opened in 1826

 

 

 

 

Lillie’s School

(S.S. No. 12 Elizabethtown)

(S.S.No. 9 Front of Yonge)

 

Lillie’s School was located at Lillie’s about five miles from Lyn on the Graham Lake Road. The original school was built of wood and located on the west corner of Hendry Road a quarter of a mile west of the new school. The wooden structure blew down in a wind storm. It was replaced by one made of brick in 1880. This school was 40 feet long by 30 feet wide and could accommodate 35 students. The new brick school was used up until school consolidation in the 1960’s. The school was closed in June 1963, and was demolished in 1988.[11]

 

The school also served as a church and services were held there every two weeks on a Monday evening by Methodists Ministers from Lyn. One the first graduates of Lillie’s School was John Booth who became a provincial land surveyor and helped to survey the counties of Leeds and Grenville.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone Building, size 26×36, construction date 1845, condition: Poor

1854: Stone building, first opened in 1842

 

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1872

 

That $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section – 1873[12]

 

 

Lyn School

(School Section #7)

 

The first school house was located in the centre of the village by the creek. It was abandoned for a newer one room brick school at the west end of the Village, across from the present building. It was in use until 1867 when it burned down. The growth of the village led to a new two story, four room stone school house being built across from the one room brick structure.

 

The stone schoolhouse in Lyn was built in 1867 and served the children of the district until 1959/1960.  “The classrooms were on the ground floor and the second floor boasted a small stage so that concerts and plays could take place. Parties and dances were held there too”[13]

 

The Public School in Lyn was built in the year 1867. Although the first annual meeting of the school, on record, took place in 1876 there was undoubtedly meetings before that, as an entry in the old minute and account book shows that John Halliday was the Sect-Treasurer in 1871.  The first annual meeting of School Section No 7 was held in the school hall Wed, Jan 12, 1876 at 10 o’clock. Mr. Norman Coleman was appointed chairman and R.S.Hudson Sect. The school has to date had 60 teachers. The first school fair was held about 1914 on the old “Tan Bark Flats” with entries of cooking, vegetables, fancy work and collections of butterflies and insects. (Suzanne Coke, 1944) [14]

 

The “New” Lyn School opened its doors to 185 pupils on September 4, 1956. It was planned by architect Mr.Prus and built by contractor Mr.J.Saunders of Prescott for the cost of $92,000.  Miss. Anna Hudson was the prince[al of this new school. As the enrolment of the school increased with the closing of the Howard and Halleck’s School, it was found necessary to add four more room sto the original six room building. The addition was completed and ready for use in September 1963. The enrolment then was 263 pupils. Still the number increased and by 1965 all those pupils residing on the Howard Road were transferred to the Tincap School. In June 1965 the enrolment was 295. On June 29th, 1967 Miss Anna Hudson retired as Principal , Mr.J.Tallmire of Brockville became the new principal. (Anna Hudson, 1967) [15]

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report only: condition: Good

1854: Brick building, first opened in 1850

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1872

 

that the trustees of Lyn School Section No 7 be paid the amount due said section on account of debentures and the clerk order the same to be paid- 1871[16]

 

 

 

 

Manhards School

(School Section # 13)

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone Building, size 18×24, construction date 1847, condition: Good

1854: Stone building, first opened in 1844

 

 

 

 

Marshall School

(School Section No. 17- Elizabethtown)

(SS # 3 – Augusta)

Alt name Gosford School

 

The first children of the area of Linden Bank 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.

 

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.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone Building, size 32×26, construction date 1848, condition: Good

1854: log building, first opened in 1844

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the request of the trustees of School Section No 17 be complied with that the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1869
that the Reeve be and is hereby authorised to notify according to law that portion of the Township formerly composed of Union School Section No 29, also School Section No 17 that the council intend to pass a Bylaw to attach the first named portion of the Township to School Section No 17 at the next sitting of the Council on the 4th of Oct next- 1871
that the Trustees of School Section No 17 be paid the sum of $200 dollars being part of the assessment on said Section for school purposes and the Clerk order the same to be paid-1873[17]

 

 

 

Maud’s School

(School Section No. 18)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone Building, size 28×38, construction date 1830, condition: Good

1854: Log building, first opened in 1819

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That Edward Davis be detached from school section no 18 and be attached to school section no 20-1858
That the request of the trustees of School Section No 18 be accepted and that the sum of $60. be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section for school purposes-1862
that the petition of the trustees of School Section No 18 be complied with and the sum of Thirty dollars be levied and collected on the assessed rateable property of said section free of all expenses for school purposes and paid to the trustees of said section- 1867
That the request of the trustees of School Section No 18 be complied with that the sum of sixty five dollars be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1869
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 18 be complied with and the sum of Eighty dollars be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1871
that the application of School Trustees Section No 18 be complied with and the sum of $100 dollars be levied and collected on the Taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1872[18]

 

 

Meads

Sectional School No. 14

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame Building, construction date 1826, condition: Good

1854: Stone building, first opened in 1820

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that the sum of three dollars and fifty cents be paid to trustees of School Section No 14 of Elizabethtown as uncollectible and the clerk order the same to be paid Benjamin Frances 1873[19]

 

Moores School

(School Section #21)

 

We have no additional information about this school. If anyone has any information or photos, we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log building, 20×26 in size, constructed in 1850, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1832

 

 

 

New Dublin School

(School Section #15)

 

The first school was built near Lamb’s Pond, almost across the road from the Ernest Kendrick farm, later owned by Donald Stewart. Later a school was built on the Horton Farm near the present school. No dates are know for the erection of either of these buildings. The second school was torn down and while the third school was being built pupils attended classes in the first Orange Hall, a frame building between the present school and the Methodist Church. The third New Dublin School was built in 1880.

 

Annie Scott who taught in 1894 received $310. per year. [20]

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log building, 20×24 in size, constructed in 1837, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1813

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1872

 

That the sum of 21.50 pounds clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of school section No 15.- 1862
that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 15 be complied with and the sum of $30 be levied and collected on the assessed taxable property of said School Section for School Purposes exclusive of expenses for the year 1869
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 15 be complied with and the sum of $115 be levied and collected on the assessed taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses for school purposes- 1871
that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 15 be complied with and the sum of $155 be levied and collected on the assessed taxable property of said Section exclusive of all expenses for the year 1872

 

 

 

Purvis Street School

(School Section # 8 Front of Yonge)

 

The first school was a stone structure built in 1844. The children sat on wooden benches and in the winter these benches were placed around a box stove to keep the pupils warm. On May 12, 1890 the local ratepayer held a meeting and voted to build a new school. The school closed in June 29, 1967. The school was located west of Lyn.

 

The pupils who attended this school will attend Caintown School until the new modern 12 room school is ready in Mallorytown. The present brick structure was built to replace a stone building which had been erected in 1844. On May 12, 1890 the ratepayers held a meeting and voted 11 to 9 in favour of building a new school. On June 16, 1890 the following resolution was passed “ The tender of George Aaron Purvis of Purvis Street to build a school similar to the one recently built near the Toll Gate on the Perth Road, at the rear of Brockville for the sum of $675.00 and use of the old material from the other school was accepted” The school referred to in this resolution nwas the Brick School on the Chemical Road. A plate bearing the date of the old school was transferred to the new one. The first teacher was Laura Clow (later Mrs.McCraken of Brockville) who received a salary of $225. Mr.Kenny was the inspector. The caretaker received $15. a year and hard maple wood was purchased for the box stove at $1.19 a cord. In 1891 William Young furnished the material and build a wood shed for $90. [21]

 

The stone used in construction was from another school on the Chemical Road[22]

 

 

Read’s School

(School Section 2- Elizabethtown)

(School Section 30 – Augusta)

 

Read’s Public School, a log structure, was built in 1831 and served the community of Bethel for nearly 50 years until a stone building was erected in 1880 on the same plot of land. The land had originally been donated by UEL Pioneer Guy Carleton Read (1785-1849), The Read family gave their name to the school and the nearby Read’s cemetery which dates back to 1800.

 

The original log school was also used by Methodist circuit riders for church services.

 

Among the early teachers were Jehiel Collins, in the early 1800’s; William Garvey around 1820; John Walker 1854; Tom Henderson 1855; Catherine Wright 1858 and many others. The school was located in Bethel.

(Recorder and Times, Darling Scrapbook Collection Book 3 pgs 17-29)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame building, 28×30 in size, constructed in 1810, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1853

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

 

that the request of the Trustees of School Section No 2 be complied with and that the sum of $160.00 clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the assessed rateable property of said school section for school purposes for the current year 1867
That the request of the trustees of School Section No 2 be complied with that the sum of two hundred dollars be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses- 1869
that the Clerk order the treasurer to pay the Trustees of School Section No 2 or their order the sum of $160 as part payment of the amount due said section- 1870
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 2 be complied with and the sum of Two hundred and forty dollars be levied and collected on the taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1871
that the application of School Trustees Section No 2 be complied with and the sum of $240 be levied and collected on the Taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses 1872[23]

 

 

 

 

 

Redan School

(School Section # 26 – Elizabethtown)

(School Section #20 – Kitley)

 

Redan was settled in the years 1840-1860 by Irish Immigrants. The original inhabitants were the Youngs, the Marshalls, Burnetts, Pritchards, Motts, Richards and Wilsons. The old Richardson homestead here was originally part of a clergy reserve. In 1854 the government released all clergy reserve land to the public and the Richard family took a 100 acre plot in the centre of this community.

 

Redan School was located a short distance from the Mott homestead.  The original schoolhouse was a log structure located near the junction of the Rocksprings and Redan roads. The site is now covered by a swamp.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: Frame building

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the request of the trustees of school section no 26 be excepted and that the sum of $125. be levied and collected on the rateable property for the current year 1862- 1862
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 26 be complied with and the sum of $80 be levied and collected on the rateable property of said School Section exclusive of all expenses-1871
that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 26 be complied with and the sum of $80 dollars be levied and collected on the Taxable property of said section exclusive of expenses-1872
that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section-1873[24]

 

 

 

Rock School

 

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.

 

 

Rock Springs School

(School Section #25 – Elizabethtown)

(School Section # 19 – Kitley)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: no report

1854: no report

 

 

 

 

Rowes Corners

(School Section # 4)

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame building, constructed in 1832, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1846

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the sum of $73. clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of school section No 4.-1862
that the application of the trustees of School Section No 4 be received and laid over for further consideration- 1868
that the Trustees of School Section No 4 of Elizabethtown be paid to Samuel McNish agreeable to the request of the Trustees of said Section- 1871
To the Municipal Council of the Township of Elizabethtown in Council assembled, Gentlemen, Please pay Samuel McNish the sum due School Section No 4 of Elizabethtown, signed Sidney Easton and Cyrus Wright- 1871
that James Daniels and John Daniels be relieved from paying School Tax to School Section No 4 amounting to $6.66 cents as said Daniels belong to the Separate School in Brockville and the collector get a copy of this motion- 1872[25]

 

 

 

 

Seeley’s School

(School Section #10)

 

 

The original school building made of stone was built in 1849. The second building was built of brick in 1889, the brick school burned one cold winter’s day on January  26, 1957. Only the bell in the belfry and one baseball bat in the basement were saved. Seeley’s School was built across from North Star Farms at Seeley’s Corners. There were 17 students in the last class at the school in 1957.

 

The growth of the settlement at Seeley’s necessitated the building of a school. In 1849 one was built on the corner of Sawmill Road and that leading to Leetuck, or Lee Road on the farm of Thomas Booth. This location was on the 6 acres purchased by Alexander Stewart. In 1889 the school became crowded and John W. Stewart, rather than have the new one so near his own dellings gave anther lot $50 and drew the bricks from one lot to the other. The first teacher of the new school was Homer Moore. On Sunday January 26, 1957 the building was destroyed by fire. The last teacher was Mrs. Allan Stewart and she and her twenty pupils’ were transported to the Old Lyn Public School. Starting the following September the pupils went to the new Lyn School then to the New Dublin School. (Mrs. Allan Stewart 1967) [26]

 

A teacher’s yearly salary in 1862 was sixty dollars.

 

The original building was probably a one room log building.

 

Old School Victim of Sunday Fire. A venerable brick building built in 1889 was complete. It destroyed by fire of unknown origins. The school had a capacity for 33 pupils, however at the end it had 20 students. Mrs. Alvin Gardiner, residing nearby spotted the fire about 1:10pm. Brockville Fire Department was called, but before the men could receive permission to make the trip, a second call was received stating that nothing could be done to save the building. There was no water supply and the nearby creek was frozen solid. The school was a sturdy building that served the community well during the past 68 years. The building was about 40 feet long and 30 feet wide, it had been the means of education for generations of district youngsters. The current students would be bused by Stewart’s bus lines to the Lyn School. [27]

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Frame building, constructed in 1810, condition: Not Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1809

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that the application of the Trustees of School Section No 10 be complied with and the sum of Two Hundred Dollars be levied and collected on the assessed Taxable Property of said section exclusive of expenses for School Purposes[28]

 

 

 

Sherwood Springs School

(School Sectional #3 Elizabethtown)

(School Sectional # 1 Front of Yonge)

 

 

The first school building was made of logs and located on the west side of Sherwood Springs Road, near the site of Jim Eligh’s brick house. It started in 1851, but not opened until January 3, 1854. The second school structure was a framed building built on the north side of Hwy 2 across from where Sherwood Springs Rd. now meets Hwy 2. This building was purchased by Fred Latham and moved down to the opposite side of the road and a second story was added.[29]

 

The third school was located on Hwy 2, where Woodland Park Zoo was built after the school closed. The school built in 1907 was closed in 1956 with an enrolment of 20 students. The original school which closed in 1906 was located in a white house at Latham’s Corners, Susie Doolan was the first teacher.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone building, 30×36 in size, constructed in 1844, condition: Good

1854: report combined with SS#5

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the union of School sections no 3 & 5 be dissolved and that all resolutions uniting the same be rendered the same as if said divisions ere never united at the request of a public meeting held for that purpose signed by Henry Clow, Chairman- 1858
Annual school meeting of School Section No 3 of the freeholders and householders of said section, acceptance of financial report; that we have a free school this year; that Wm Clow & Mr.S.Fulford be auditors for the ensuing year; that one chord of wood be delivered at the school house and cut by each scholar that the teacher measure the wood and if it falls short that the person who brought it shall bring another chord; that the persons who send children to school shall board the teacher- 1862
That the petition of the trustees of School Section No 3 be complied with and that the sum of $140. clear of expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of said school section for school purposes for the currant year 1865
that the Clerk be instructed to prepare a Bylaw to unite School Sections No.3 and No.5 into one section agreeable to the request of the rate payers of said sections- 1869
that the application of the Trustees of School section No.3 be complied with and the sum of $18 be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses – 1869
that the Trustees of School Section No 3 be paid the sum of $240 the amount levied on said section for School purposes and the Clerk order the said amount to be paid to William Wilson-1873[30]

 

 

 

Spring Valley School

(School Section #11)

 

 

Spring Valley School was first located at the corner of W.E.Stewarts field to the left of Ruben Davis’ driveway. The original school was an unpainted frame building, that got so old that it could no longer be kept warm in winter. In 1878 the present school was completed farther down the road and opened in September of that year. The foundation for this school was laid in 1877. The land was donated by Frank McCrae on condition that the building be used for both school and church purposes. The first contract to build the new school was not completed and later Harvey Hayes took the contract and hired James Davidson to do the work. Miss Jennie Grant was the first teacher in 1878. The first gathering in the school was a church service on Sunday conducted by Rev.Mr.Blair who was the Pastor of the Lyn Circuit. The enrolment of the school in 1950 was 18 pupils, in 1902 it was 27. (the original name of Spring Valley was Niblock’s Corners)

 

The school had it’s last class on June 29, 1965, students were then bussed to the new school at New Dublin.

 

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone building, 22×28 in size, constructed in 1843, condition: Not Good

1854: Frame building first opened in 1816

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the sum of 20 pounds clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of school section No 11.- 1862
Tax levies for School section No 11- 1862[31]

 

 

Stewarts School

(School Section #1 – Elizabethtown)

(School Section #16 – Augusta)

 

 

Adiel Sherwood inherited Lots 1 & 2 on the death of his father in 1826, and four years later sold Lot 1 to Henry Bradfield, a stone mason. Bradfield who lived here for 50 years also donated land for a school in 1860 (S.S.#1) on the Highway. [32]

 

School Superintendents Report for 1854 shows that the school was made of stone and opened in 1860[33]

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone building, 20×26 in size, constructed in 1844, condition: Good

1854: Stone building first opened in 1860

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

That the request of the trustees of Union School section No 1 in Elizabethtown and No 1 in the Twp of Augusta be completed and the sum of 90 pounds be levied and collected on that property 1862
that the trustees of School Section No. 1 be paid the sum of $0.67 cts as School tax on 12 acres of land on part Lots 7&8 in the 1st concession of Elizabethtown assessed to William Holms and the clerk order the same to be paid 1870
that the application of the trustees of School Section No 1 be complied with and the sum of $100 be levied and collected on the assessed taxable property of School Section No 1 of the Township of Elizabethtown for school purposes free from all expenses for the year 1870
that the application of the Trustees of School section No 1 be complied with and the sum of $150 be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section exclusive of expenses 1871
that the Trustees of School Section No 1 be paid the sum of $52.82 as balance of the amount levied and collected in said Section for school purposes and the clerk give an order for the same- 1872
that the application of trustees of school section No 1 Elizabethtown be complied with and the sum of $150 be levied and collected and the rateable property of said section for school purposes exclusive of expenses- 1872
that the Trustees of School No 1 be paid the sum of $150 dollars being the amount levied on said section for School purposes and the Clerk order the sae to be paid to Alexander Miller- 1873
that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section- 1873
that the Trustees of School Section No 1 be paid the sum of $150 dollars being payment of the amount collected on said section for school purposes and the Clerk order the same to be paid to the Trustees[34] – 1873

 

 

 

 

Tin Cap School

(School Section #9)

 

 

The unique name of Tincap was given to the community by some early settlers because the old stone schoolhouse boasted a cupola with a tincap, and as this was the only building of note, Tincap seemed a very suggestive name.

 

The school was burned about 1894, classes were then held for a short time in a stone house owned by Mr.M. O’Donnell.

 

A new frame building was built, it was equipped with a tin cap and bell, to keep this school linked to the original. The first teacher in the new school was Miss. Susie Hanna of Lyn.

 

Here is an excerpt from Alvyn Austin in his unpublished 2000 book “ The History of Elizabeth Township”  The Tin Cap- “ Another more fanciful version is that Breakenridge furnished the militia with ‘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. The log schoolhouse was replaced by stone in 1850, which burned in 1894; the present school (the 4th) has a replica of the famous “Tin Cap” in its foyer”

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Stone building, constructed in 1844, condition: Good

1854: Frame building first opened in 1800

 

 

 

Tincap School

New Building

 

 

The new all brick structure was opened on Monday November 7th, 1960. The school continued as a complete grade 1-8 until 1972. At that point the older grades were transferred to Lyn School, and Tincap remained as JK to grade ?,

Until it’s final closure in  2005.

 

 

 

 

Yonge Mills School

(School Section #28 – Elizbethtown)

(School Section # 2 & 3 – Front of Yonge)

 

 

The Yonge Mills School house is located on the Yonge Mills Road, some 3 ½ miles west of the village of Lyn.  On September 26th 1874 a ¾ acre lot was severed from the land owned by Mr. Griffin and Phillips and transferred to the Trustees of the Public School Section. The school opened in 1874 and was in use until its closure in 1968. The school was built from stone and similar to others built around the same time period.

 

In 1954/55 a wall was erected across the room so that the lower level students could be taught by a second teacher. In 1960 a well was dug and a furnace room added. Prior to 1960 the school was without running water and each day a student had to carry a bucket of water from Gardiner’s across the road to the school. The lavatory was divided with the teacher’s in the centre and two on either side for the boys and girls.

 

The first school in Yonge Mills was a wooden structure located on the corner of Devil’s Door Road and County Road 27, opposite Yonge Mills Church. The second school was a brick structure which held classes from 1859 to 1874. The third school was a stone structure built in 1874 and was open until June 1968.

 

In 1956 the enrolment of the school was over 50 pupils. [35]

 

This was a Union School Section some of the pupils coming from Elizabethtown Township and some from Front of Yonge Township.

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: No Report

1854: No Report

 

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section[36]

 

 

 

 

 

Name Unknown (Moores  ??)

Sectional School No. 19

 

School Superintendents Report (Ontario Archives)

Shows the following information, which in some cases contradicts what we have already researched, and contradicts other filed School Superintendents Reports:

1850: Log building, 22×28 in size, constructed in 1836, condition: Good

1854: No Report

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

introduce a Bylaw to set forth and establish the Boundaries of School Section No 19- Elizabethtown
that said by law do now pass and be entitled ByLaw to set forth and establish the Boundaries of School Section no 19- Elizabethtown
That payment of 7 pounds be given to Peter Buell Section Treasurer of School Section no 19 as uncollected and non resident tax for that section
That the sum of $175. clear of all expenses be levied and collected on the rateable property of school section No 19.
that the clerk be authorized to communicate with the Chief Superintendent of Schools respecting voucher for ten pounds of school moneys for school section No 19 in Elizabethton for the year 1860 to inform him if he received such voucher and if the money is available
That Stephen Scott treasurer be authorized to retain $8.13 from the ten pounds revenue from the Chief Super indent of Education and apply it to school purposes ten pounds being moneys paid for school purposes for school section no 19 out of the funds of this municipality in 1862
that the request of the trustee of school section No 19 be complied with and the sum of sixty dollars clear of all expenses be collected of the assessed house holders and free holders of said section for current year 1867
that the application of the Trustees of school Section No 19 be compiled with and the sum of $160. be levied and collected on the rateable property of said section free of all expense
that the Clerk order the treasurer to pay the Trustees of School Section No 19 or their order the sum of $160 as part payment of the amount due said section
that the Trustees of School Section No 19 be paid the balance of assessment due said section and the clerk order the sum to be paid the William Stafford
that the sum of $150 be levied and collected on the rateable property of School Section No 19 for school expenses agreeable to the request of the Trustees of said Section exclusive of expenses
that the Prayer of the Petition Wm Mott and others be complied with and that rear part of Lot No 9 in the first concession of the Township of Elizabethtown from the corporation of the Town of Brockville back to the Second Concession in said Township be detached from School Section No 32 and attached to School Section No 19 is said Township
that the Trustees of School Section No 19 be paid the sum of $52.31 cents being balance of assessment and such section and the clerk order the same to be paid Charles Wesley ?  ? Of said section[37]

 

 

 

 

Brockville Schools

Sectional School No. 29

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that the Reeve be and is hereby authorised to notify according to law that portion of the Township formerly composed of Union School Section No 29, also School Section No 17 that the council intend to pass a Bylaw to attach the first named portion of the Township to School Section No 17 at the next sitting of the Council on the 4th of Oct next 1871
that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section[38] 1873

 

 

 

Name Unknown

Sectional School No. 30

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section- 1873 [39]

 

 

 

 

 

Name Unknown

Sectional School No. 31

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that $36 dollars of Clergy money be divided amongst the School Sections of this Township in the following manner, namely Sections No 1 $10, No 12 $5, No 26 $9, No 27 $9.31 cents, No 28 $5, No 29 $2, No 30 $5, No 31 $6 bring union section all the full Sections will leave the sum of $13.11 cents each and the Clerk ? the sum to be paid to the Trustees of each School Section- 1873[40]

 

Name Unknown

Sectional School No. 32

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that the Prayer of the Petition Wm Mott and others be complied with and that rear part of Lot No 9 in the first concession of the Township of Elizabethtown from the corporation of the Town of Brockville back to the Second Concession in said Township be detached from School Section No 32 and attached to School Section No 19 is said Township-1871[41]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name Unknown

Sectional School No. 33

 

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

that the application of school trustees of School Section No33 in the township of Elizabethtown be complied with and that the sum of seventy five dollars be levied and collected on the taxable property of said section for school purposes exclusive of expenses for the year 1873
that the Clerk be and he is hereby authorized to correct the assessment of school Sect No 33 by adding the assessment of Joseph Miller, John B.Moor and Ruben Per to said Section-1873[42]

 

 

 

 

Sheldon School

 

 

Reference Notes:

 

The following information was extracted from the motion papers of the Elizabethtown Council 1855-1873:

 

(Petition) To the Honourable Council in New Dublin Assembled; The humble petition of the undersigned most humbly requests that your honourable body will be pleased to grant a sum of money on road section leading from the town line of Kitley to Johnston School House partly between Lots No twenty one and twenty two in the eleventh concession of Elizabethtown the ? obstruction is a steep precipice which is very injurious to the traveling community for which your petitioners shall as in duty bound for ever pray (signed) Bouf W Tackaberry, ?, Joseph Portes, Jacob Smith, S,Johnston. John Humpres-1854
that the clerk be authorized to prepare a Bylaw to Divide the township of Elizabethtown into two Electoral Divisions for elections purposes the first division to be five front concessions and the poling place to be at the Stone School house near the tin cap in the third concession of said township and the second division to consist of the six read concessions of said township and the poling place to be at the town hall at Dublin Corners-1866
that the request of the Trustees of School Section No ? be complied with and that the sum of $85.00 free of all expenses be levied and collected on the assessed rateable property of said school section for school purposes for the current year-1867

 

 

[1] Greenbush and Addison Villages a look at the history and homes by Karen Clout BA pub 1994

[2] The Recorder & Times Apr 11, 1927 “ Fairfield and its Pioneers by Mrs. H.E.Pyke

[3] The History of Elizabethtown Township, by Alvyn Austin unpublished 2002

 

[4] Lyn Museum Archives

[5] Greenbush and Addison Villages a look at the history and homes by Karen Clout BA pub 1994

[6] Lyn Museum Archives

[7] An unfinished history of Elizabethtown Township 2000 by Alvyn Austin

 

[8] Lyn Museum Archives

 

[9] Lyn Museum Archives

[10] Board of Trustees Annual report for 1946

 

[11] Focus on the District by Harry Painting February 1980

 

[12] Lyn Museum Archives

[13] Lyn 1784-1984 by Mary G.Robb

[14] Women’s Institute History Book 3 page 159

 

[15] Women’s Institute History Book 3 Pg 167

 

[16] Lyn Museum Archives

[17] Lyn Museum Archives

[18] yn Museum Archives

[19] Lyn Museum Archives

[20] Recorder & Times May 1965

[21] Women’s Institute History Book 3 Pg 175

[22] Lyn 1784-1984 by Mary Robb

[23] Lyn Museum Archives

[24] Lyn Museum Archives

[25] Lyn Museum Archives

[26] Women’s Institute History Book 3 page 174

[27] The Recorder and Times Jan 1957

[28] Lyn Museum Archives

[29] Education in Front of Yonge 1784-2000 by Sandra Wells 2008

[30] Lyn Museum Archives

[31] Lyn Museum Archives

[32] The History of Elizabethtown by Alvyn Austin 2002

[33] Archives Ontario- Microfisch No.

[34] Lyn Museum Archives

[35] A brief history of Yonge Mills School by Joe Moore 1997

[36] Lyn Museum Archives

[37] Lyn Museum Archives

[38] Lyn Museum Archives

[39] Lyn Museum Archives

[40] Lyn Museum Archives

[41] Lyn Museum Archives

[42] Lyn Museum Archives

The Sunburn

 

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

It was nearly the end of July 1881. The hay crop had been all taken care of when Father and Mother decided to take a holiday and drive to Gananoque, a town about thirty miles west, to visit her sister. It was a three hour trip with horse and carriage, and was undertaken only about once a year.

When returning they had brought with them a cousin, Vernon Taylor, a boy about my own age. As usual, the creek was the great attraction. A raft which I had constructed a few weeks previously was anchored in the shallow water, and next afternoon we played around with it for quite a while. Then we decided to build a wharf to moor the raft to it. Securing an axe from the barn we sharpened the end of a couple of sticks and drove them into the bed of the creek a couple of feet from the bank, put a board on its edge from one stake to the other and secured it with some stones. Next we took the raft, paddled it up the creek to a spot where a heavy bank of sods hung down to the water, the earth underneath having been washed away by the spring floods. We could break off a chunk, put it on the raft and continue till we had a load, then shove them to our wharf, pile them like stones on one another until we had a solid foundation above the water level.

The day was warm and sunny. Since I had been in the water nearly every day, I had a pretty good tan. My cousin, although he had to wear a bathing suit at home, also had a fairly brown skin, but as we were playing in a secluded part of the creek, we decided he also would not wear his suit; therefore before the end of the afternoon he had acquired a pretty good sunburn. Finally at the call for supper we climbed the hill to the house and soon afterwards were in bed.

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.

Next morning my cousin’s sunburn was hurting terribly and he had me examine him to see what was causing the trouble. When I found two water blisters nearly as large as his hand, I understood why he preferred to eat his lunch standing up the day before.

While we were playing around the yard one of us suggested we have a tug of war, the same as they had had at the picnic, but as there was no one to take hold of the rope we had found in the shed we tied one end to the top of the lath fence at the side of the house. Then we took hold of the other end and started pulling. My cousin was behind me and as the laths would bend we would brace ourselves and give another pull, the same as the men did….. Unfortunately, there was a limit to the strength of the laths, and all at once they broke and we sat down in the driveway, my cousin giving out a horrible yell as he struck the ground. The blisters had broken! In a couple of hours he felt quite comfortable, but after that he always wore his bathing suit when we went out on the raft.

St. Lawrence Park Picnic Party
St. Lawrence Park Picnic Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information on St. Lawrence Park look under Along Hwy 2, St. Lawrence Park on this website

Butternut Bay

Butternut Bay is located at the very western edge of Elizabethtown Township in the First Concession along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Etching from Levaitt’s Book published in 1879

In Thad. W.H. Leavitt’s book “History of Leeds and Grenville” published in 1879 he writes the following about Butternut Bay: (It was originally called “St. Lawrence Central Camp Ground”

“This beautiful and healthful summer resort and Camp Meeting Ground, is situate on a high bluff of the St. Lawrence, in the first Concession of the Township of Elizabethtown. The ground is admirably located, commanding a fine view of the majestic river. Nature has done much to make the spot a coveted summer retreat. The grounds, embracing some twenty-five acres, are finely wooded, being in that respect superior to the Parks located on Well’s Island. To the untiring exertion of the Rev. A.D. Traveller, assisted by other ministers, is fue the honor of having established the first permanent Park upon the Canadian side of the river. In 1875, the land was purchased and is now held and controlled by the Bay of Quinte Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. A spacious Tabernacle, a Boarding House and about thirty beautiful Cottages have been erected, and others are in the process of completion. Two sessions of religious services are held each year, one in June and the other in September. Among the contemplated improvements is the establishment of a Telegraph Office, a Post Office and a Custom’s Office. At the close of the season (1878), six series of religious meetings had been held upon the grounds. It certainly is not asking too much of Canadians to expect them to cordially assist the undertaking. The Park is only three and a half miles from Brockville, with which it is in constant communication through the medium of a comfortable steamer, during the sessions of religious service. A special feature of attraction is the establishment of a Sunday School Parliament, which assembles annually during the June Session. The price of lots has been placed very low, to enable all classes to secure a summer home, the intention being to make the Park not only a Camp Ground but also a permanent place of residence during the summer months.”

In Alvyn Austin’s book “Elizabethtown: The Last of the Royal Townships” pub 2009 we learn the following about The St. Lawrence Campground (Butternut Bay).

“Rev. A.D. Traveller, the minister of George Street Methodist Episcopal church in Brockville, bought 25 acres of Jessup’s Tract in 1875, a bluff surrounding a little bay in the river. He planned a religious campground like the famous Chautauga, with lectures and music in addition to the religious sermons. There were several religious campgrounds on the American side, at Morristown and Wellesley Island, larger and more urban than Butternut, as well as further afield like Old Orchard Beach, Maine. There were only in Ontario, the St. Lawrence Campground and Grimsby, which has disappeared.

The Camp meetings promoted a teaching called Holiness, an important evangelical doctrine which permeated Canadian churches into the 20th century. Holiness teachings (also called Entire Sanctification by John Wesley) stated that believers could by conscious diligence live without sin. Moreover they should expect an intense religious experience, a “Second conversion”, in secular terms ‘regeneration’, and thereafter would live the Higher (or Deeper) Life, free from sin. The best place to induce this emotional fervour was a ‘primitive’ woodland setting, ‘a grove of trees to shade the worshippers, log seats, an elevated stand for the preachers, tents, a spring of clean water, burning pine knots for light, and a way of dealing with rowdies and liquor sellers’

The Tabernacle c 1880-1888

 

At first the people lived in tents, and the meetings were held under a large marquee ‘tabernacle’. The land was surveyed into lots 30 by 40 feet, and leased to church members for $10. for a tent lot and $25. for a cottage lot “and an annual rental of one peppercorn, for a period of 999 years. The building committee set a standard design for the cottages, a small farm house ornamented with a square, mansard-roofed tower and deep overhanging gingerbread, far out of scale with the house. A frame tabernacle, a post office and telegraph, general store and custom’s house were added. One advertisement enticed prospective buyers with “good lodging, abundant and healthful food, beautiful lots for those who wish to pitch tents or erect cottages, wide streets, broad parks and a fresh water ocean, well stocked with fish, boats, good society, and the very noblest of intellectual and religious entertainment.”

The following are excerpts from a booklet published in 2006 “Butternut Bay a Treasured Summer community” by Dr. Reginald Anderson and Bob Anderson:

The ‘Cliff Chateau Hotel’

The original hotel was built in 1885 and was destroyed in the windstorm of 1888. It was rebuilt in 1889 by Mr. M.B.Slack of Lyn and was known as the Cliff Chateau. It extended along the front of the adjacent woods, facing the river. There is no record to tell when the last guests were accommodated but apparently the hotel was still in operation in the 1920’s.

Cliff Chateau Hotel c1916

 

A brochure for the hotel reads as follows:

The Cliff Chateau- This spacious hotel is situated in a beautiful park, known as Butternut Bay, about six miles above the City of Brockville, on the St. Lawrence River, at the beginning of the Thousand Islands. The hotel is built on a cliff, 75 feet above the river and 50 feet from t, commanding an excellent view of the St. Lawrence in all directions and making it the coolest summer resort on the river. It has been thoroughly renovated and contains large, airy double and single rooms. Spacious upper and lower verandahs. Good home cooking, particularly homemade bread. Cliff Chateau can be reached from Brockville by the Str. Missisquoi on Mondays and Fridays, leaving Mather’s wharf at 1 PM, giving you half and hour’s beautiful sail through some o0f the islands landing at Butternut Bay, three minutes walk from the hotel or any day by conveyance of auto, cab or motor boat. Excellent boating, safe bathing, good fishing, tennis lawn, telephone, daily mail. This hotel opens June 20 and closes October 1st.

Rates of the Cliff Chateau

2 persons in a room-  $20. to $28. per week

1 person in a room- $10, $12 and $15 per week

Reduced rate for children occupying Parent’s or Nurses’ Room

Rate by the day $2.50, single meals, 75¢

Thos. C. Kemp, Prop. and Mgr.

RR #3, Brockville, Ont.

 

Because of very poor roads and unreliable early model automobiles, except for the last year of two of its operation, all the hotel guests would have arrived by steamship. (The S.S. Brockville was still bringing cottagers to Butternut Bay as late as 1920) One wonders about staying at the hotel in September, noting October 1st as the closing date. The weather can be chilly in September and it is difficult to visualize how the “Large airy rooms” could have been heated. It is interesting to recall that in the early 1920’s there still remained an indication of the lawn tennis court in front of the hotel.

The following photos are undated, but will give you some idea of what Butternut used to look like:

 

Victorian Style of one of the many cottages
Summer Cottage life, notice the hammocks on the front porch

 

 

A row of Victorian Gingerbread cottages
The Post Office
Sunday School Classes
Cottage Life
A Duplex Cottage c1900
Swimmers at the waterfront

 

Swimmers in their bathing suits and caps

 

 

The Cottages and docks
Cottages, c1980
Cottages c1980
Cottages c1980
Cottages c1980
Cottages c1980
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Cottages c1980

 

 

 

 

 

View from the dock c1980
The Dock c1980
Butternut Bay from the river c1980

 

The Swimming Hole

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

Our old farm house was situated on the south side of the Lyn road. It had been re-modelled about the year 1871, and with lots of apple trees around it was a very pleasant spot to be brought up in. South of the house and on the side hill were the barns; the hill below was quite steep, ending with the sandpits that dropped away sharply to the creek.

To stand near the house and look south across the valley was always a pleasure, and in the spring to the east of the barns you could hear the roar of the falls a quarter of a mile away. The water flowing down and across the flat below the sandpits was always cool, as Father said it was fed from the springs away below the gravel pit bordering its banks; and at one spot where there was a bend, our swimming hole was located.

It was the mecca for all the boys, and in the summer evenings you could run down the hill hide your clothes behind a bush, and for a half hour enjoy the clean fresh feeling of a good swim. Then, putting on only what was necessary, you made your way to the house, and with fresh clothing you were ready for anything. Sunday morning was usually the time that more of the boys gathered for a cooling dip. We always tried to get down there first, as we had to hurry to be ready for church, but a lot of the boys who had other views regarding this spent an hour or two in the water.

There was always another reason why we wanted to have our swim first; if these boys arrived before you were dressed, a handful of mud or sand tossed your way hit you with a splash and sent you back in to clean up again. But the tough guy who started this was usually the last one to get dressed, as repeated attempts were usually failures, and finally you saw him race over to where his clothes were, grab them and run for the woods, where nettles were most abundant.

It was a great spot in the spring when the snow was melting. The stream always overflowed its banks, and driftwood, pieces of boards, and fence rails were salvaged, pulled back from the shore and later were made into a raft. The pieces of boards we nailed crosswise with some nails we had secured from where an old barn had been torn down. These nails were nearly all made by hand and hammered out square, and the ends pounded to a point, with the head left a bit larger. It was not known when this barn had been built and no one could remember when it had ever been used.

The stream or creek, above our lot rambled and twisted its way for a quarter of a mile through the woods, having tumbled its waters over the falls, that at one time furnished power for a mill located below and at one side of the narrow flume. The flume had been cut through solid rock with the help of hand drills, blasting powder and chisel. In our boyhood it was a great place to spend an afternoon, fishing for bullheads below the falls, and playing around the few remaining timbers of the old mill that was still standing. I remember tracing an abandoned road from the mill to the bank of the stream above the falls, where at one time a bridge had crossed the water. The road then ran on to the main concession or street. Below our farm and on for a bit the creek wound its way around trees, protruding rocks and bushes to a deep gully worn through the rough rocky bed of the stream. In the spring you could stand on the bank and see large red fin suckers dashing through the running water to the quieter pools farther up, and many times were treated to a nice dinner of fish caught in these rapids.

As the flooded flats cleared and the stream went back to its natural course we built our raft, fastening a long rope on one end so that one of us could go aboard and pole across the creek, while the other boy hung onto the rope, fastened another rope in place and towed our raft from each side up as far as we could go. It was great fun! Reading David Harum and his experience driving horses or mules hitched to the end of a tow rope, hauling barges on the Erie Canal always reminded me of these days with the raft.

My sister’s birthday came in April, and Mother had a party for her. A few of the boys too were invited, but instead of staying at the house and playing there, they all wanted to go to the creek. My raft had been securely tied to a tree along the shore, and they all wanted to play with it. I had told them that it was not safe for more than two or three at once, but they would not listen, and four stepped on. They used with poles out from the shore and when the current caught it away they went down stream, laughing and yelling. All went well. It was always a tricky job to steer around the crooks and rocks on the bank, and they were nearly down to the lower log where they would have to stop, when the raft caught a rock, swung around and struck again and it was all over! I managed to salvage the broken boards and the rails, but the bys were wet right to their armpits! Their good clothes of course were soaked, so we went back to the house. One of the lads who did not live far away went home. I can see him yet plodding along with the water gushing from his boots at each step.

The three others, well, Mother found enough clothing for them and their garments were hung around the kitchen stove to dry. Mother told them she ought to make them put on the girls’ clothes as punishment, but it nearly broke up the party.

There was another swimming hole above the falls to which the big boys at noon would run from school, for a dip before one o’clock. One day I went with three or four of them, not to swim, but to play around on a flat rock at the edge of the deeper water. Getting too near the edge I slipped and down I went. I can still feel the weeds at the bottom of that hole at my feet I came to the top but down I went again. Next time, as I came up I heard one of the boys yell “he’s drowning!”  Well they dove in and got me out, laid me with my face down hill and was I sick! I went back to school that afternoon and had a horrible head-ache. A neighbour heard about it and told Father. He said. “All right boy, I am going to teach you to swim!”

Father in his younger days was an athlete; he could play ball, swim well and could do a perfect dive. I have heard him tell of going to the river, climbing up the high rock overlooking the swift water of the Needle’s Eye, and after diving into the swirling current he would swim down to the eddy below, then go back and do it all over again. He could turn cartwheels, do hand springs and walk all over the flat on his hands.

We were all in the water one day. (You could go back a couple of rods from the bank, take a run and jump, and land in two or three feet of water.) All at once I heard a loud splash, and looking round, saw Father in the water. I knew it was of no use for me to try to get away, he caught me and before I left the creek that day I could swim.

Years later when the family were all home for a holiday, we went down to the swimming hole, eighteen of us, enjoyed a swim and then sat on the bank and told others of the fun we had when as children, we took our bath in the swimming hole at the creek.

The Lyn Falls photo taken in 1910

 

Billings Home on the Lyn Road

 

Needles Eye west of Brockville from a 1906 postcard

 

 

More Bees

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

 

It was nearly the last week of haying. Father and a neighbour, Chris Bateson, had done this work together on both farms, and I drove the rake.

1874 Advertisement for a Ithaca Steel Horse Rake

This day we were on our neighbour’s farm, and I was following the wagon, cleaning up the rakings.  I remember I had gone over a small clump of grass and had wondered why the mower had missed it, when all at once my horse started to switch his tail, kick and shake his head. I did not realize what was wrong until I felt a sting on my bare leg, and looking down, saw a swarm of bumble bees. My rake was about half-full of hay, which was rolling over and over in front of the teeth, and each time it came over, more bees came from it. I had raked into the nest, pulled it into the hay, and was rolling out more bees at each turning. By this time my horse had started to run away, so I dumped out the hay and away we went down the fields. Fortunately there was noting in the way, so I hung on and let him run guiding him enough that we finally came to a high rail fence, and I got him stopped. We had left the bees still flying around the hay, and next day I went over and burned or smoked them out.

The foundry man in Lyn was of an inventive mind. One day he had been out in the country delivering a cultivator, and in the deal had secured three hives of honey bees. Bringing them home, he had placed them on a long bench at the edge of the garden.

Later on he was called form the shop with the news that he bees were swarming, and going to the garden found the whole swarm had lodged on the limb of an elm tree about ten feet from the ground. Backing up his spring wagon under them and placing a couple of packing boxes in it, he fastened a market basket on a short pole, tied a cord to the end to the limb and climbed up on the boxes. He held the basket under the bees and started jerking the cord, the bees dropping in bunches into the basket. All went well until he made a misstep, tipped over the boxes and fell on the floor of the wagon, with the basket of bees tipping over on him. I was talking to his son a short time ago. He gave me a part of the story, but he said he ran from the scene as his father fell, so that he could not remember any remarks that came from the occupant of that wagon !

There always seemed to be a fascination for some people in keeping bees, and my partner decided he was going into the bee business. Procuring one hive to start with, he placed it in his garden, under a small apple tree, between the house and barn. The weather turned warm and one day his bees swarmed, and lit in a limb of the apple tree. He had prepared for this event, had a large straw hat fixed up, with a netting around the rim and a cord to tie it around the neck. He had tied cord around the legs of his trousers at his boot-tops, his wife had placed a pair of leather gauntlets on his hands, tying them tightly at his wrists, and he was ready to get the swarm into the new hive already placed in position.

Stepping up to the limb he proceeded to shake it gently, the bees dropping around the hive, and some, of course, dropping around his boots. He was careful not to step on them. All at once he started to yell, and ran for the house. In moving around he had stepped on one of the ends of the bow-knot of the cord tied around his trouser leg, loosened it, and the bees had crawled up inside stinging him around the waist-band. He was met at the door by his wife, who told him not to come in there as the baby was asleep in the kitchen.

Then he turned and started for the barn but remembering his horse was loose inside, he again turned, ran out to the street and across the canal. His hat by this time had come off and was hanging behind his head with the netting still over his face. At that time the steps to the work shop were outside the main building, and up these steps he ran and into the room above. Wondering what the mater was, I followed him. Then he yelled “Don’t come in here”

He found a wood chisel, cut the strings on his gauntlets and the one on the other pant leg and finally got those trousers off and beat off the bees that still insisted on staying with him. Finally he went home and to bed. There were over twenty stings around his waist ! His wife had to go to the druggist for a remedy, but he was quite ill for a day or two.

Later he decided that bee-keeping was not in his line, and made someone else happy with his bees.

My Cousin

From the book “How Dear to My Heart” by Walter Kilborn Billings

My cousin Eck Kilborn, a boy of about my own age, and doubly related to me, (his mother was a first cousin of my father and his father a brother of my mother), was an only child and so for companionship was always ready to come to my house. We were great chums, and I am sorry to say we seemed to get into more trouble than any others of my family. His home was about four miles from mine, and he was always planning, when we were together, some reason for my going home with him.

One day he and his father and mother came to our house, driving a team of horses on a lumber wagon with a high box. They had a spring seat raised up and resting on the side board of the box. A heavy buffalo robe was thrown over the east, hanging down in front and behind and touching the floor of the box.

My Cousin suggested that, about the time they would be ready for home I get into the box, crawl under the seat inside the robe, and lie down on an old cushion he had put there for me. At last they were ready, and I climbed in and we started off. We had decided I should crawl out when we were well on our way and too far from my house for me to be returned. All went well, although the stone road was so rough that I got a lot of bumps on the way down. My cousin said he would kick the robe with his feet when it was time for me to appear, and I watched patiently for the signal. Finally it came. I crawled out in front of my aunt and uncle. It was too late for them to turn back and take me home, so they decided to drive on and send word to my grandfather’s that I was with them.

My family missing me, started to search the barn, down at the creek and at the neighbour’s. Finally word came to them that I had hidden in the wagon and was at my cousin’s. My parents came down that night for me and as punishment I had either to take a thrashing or agree not to go to my cousins for two months. I was just a little fellow only seven years old, so finally I took the strap, on Eck’s advice.

Buggy Shafts were the poles in front of the buggy that attached to the horse

One day my cousin came to see me, driving with his parents in their covered buggy. It was quite new, and had such high wheels that to climb in you needed a box to stand on. They had unhitched the horse, and left the buggy in front of the barn. My sister, my cousin and I were playing around it and as there was some mud on the wheels we decided to run it down to the creek, going around by the cow path and on down where it was not to steep. My sister climbed up in the seat, the back curtain of the top was rolled up and I got in and held up the shafts, my cousin pushing behind. Finally as we moved off, he climbed up on the axle and stood looking through at me in the shafts. The buggy gained speed. I tried to make the turn and keep in the track but fell. I hung on to the shafts and was dragged down almost to the high edge of the gravel pit where there was a drop of about forty feet to the boulders and water below, when the ends of the shafts started digging into the ground. I still hung on and finally we stopped…

They had to hitch the team to the back of the buggy to get the shafts out of the ground and haul it back up the hill. My sister was crying and I was muddy and scared. One shaft was splintered but they took a strap from some old harness and wound it around and put some tacks in to get home. I had already suffered my punishment as I was sore and sick for a week- but we didn’t wash the buggy!

My cousin Eck was a great one to go exploring wherever there were old machines or iron stored. On one of his visits with us we went up into our shed, that later was moved away to make room for the more modern woodshed. There were a couple of scantling nailed against the end of the building and cleats nailed on making a ladder to climb up to the little square door opening into the upper floor, It was quite a feat to go up this ladder, open the door and climb in.

We three, my cousin, my sister and I were all up there. Eck was pulling out an old piece of iron that lay on the floor. The sap buckets made of wood at that time, were piled one above the other on the floor, and as he pulled again, he tipped over the pile of buckets. Al at once there was a loud buzzing, and a cloud of bumblebees swarmed around our heads. My sister was nearest the door and she tried to get down the ladder, but got several stings before getting outside. I took off my new hard sailor hat and started fighting the bees with it. My cousin headed for the door and he got his share of stings. When I finally got down, all that was left of my new hat was the brim.

It was a warm rainy day in August. To deaden the stings, my sister said to go out and get some mud from the road, put it on the spots and let it stay there for awhile. The road at that time had been covered with red cinders from the Chemical Works, and the mud from these left a red stain on everything it touched. But we did not care! We started daubing our stings with mud so that when we were through we looked like spotted tigers. We went into the house, and didn’t we get it! “Where in the world have you been and what has happened?” my mother exclaimed.

When later I rescued the crown of my hat, Mother sewed it to the brim and I had to wear it like that all the rest of the summer.

The Bear Story

As told by Marble Billings many years ago, about 1879

Shortly after I was married and moved to my farm east of Lyn, I was called to the door one morning in November by a neighbour, William Judson, who said that he had left his horses out in the back pasture the day before, and finding a couple of inches of snow on the ground next morning had started out to bring them home. On arriving at the pasture, which also contained a growth of shrub trees, he found his horses in a very excited state, running around with heads and tails up, snorting and very scared. His dog, which had preceded him into the grove, started barking and growling, running around a clump of bushes, and finally with an awful howl, started for home.

On approaching a little nearer the grove, he saw a large black bear digging in the leaves for some wild apples that had fallen from a small apple tree growing there. At once, realizing he could do nothing alone, he had hurried to me to bring my dog and a gun, a muzzle-loader shot gun, which I first loaded with buckshot. Then I routed out another neighbour, Clark Clow, also Firman Judson, and Henry Rowson, who each had shot guns, which were soon all loaded with buckshot or bullets. Then we started back to the pasture.

Of course our several collie dogs were all excited at seeing the guns being loaded, and upon arriving at the grove, the dogs got the scent of the bear aand started tracking him along a ditch that crossed the side road and into the Rowsom woods. Soon they caught up to him, barking and racing towards him, when suddenly Mr. Bear turned and gave one of the dogs a cuff with his paw, and started chasing them. By this time we were getting pretty close to him and one man fired. The bear then turned, and coming to a big elm tree that had proved the tallest in the woods, he started to climb it, keeping on the side farthest from the hunters. Up and up he went and finally stopped where there were a couple of big limbs branching out making a little shield for him from the shots now being fired. Finally, when a well aimed shot penetrated his ear he squealed, and started backwards down the tree again.

Mr. Rowsom finally fired. The bullet penetrated his brain and he fell backwards to the ground. I had not fired my gun before as I knew it would have been of no use, but when the bear struck the ground I ran up and held the muzzle of my gun to his head, but the bear was dead. By George ! We were an excited bunch.

We got a wagon and team into the woods and loaded the carcass on. Putting the side board up so that it would not roll off, we drove up to Lyn to the hay scales which at that time were at the side of the street opposite the Baxter Block. We had covered our prize with blankets and we were over to the store and asked whether they would come and weigh our bear. Of course everybody laughed for they thought it was a joke. But when we lifted off the blankets and side board there was a mad rush towards the wagon.

Our bear weighed over four hundred pounds, and we sold the hide for seven dollars. I have always been sorry I did not buy it myself, as it would have made a lovely sleigh robe.

I have heard my father tell this true story many times, and always it was so real that we children listening were very much disturbed by it, especially when it was told to a neighbour about our bed time.

 

A Bear Sleigh Robe. This robe was made out of the fur from a Black Bear shot by John Johnston on his farm south of Lyn around 1895. It was used on their cutter in the winter to keep them warm
The Black Bear Robe measures 4′ x 5′ and has a wool backing on it

 

 

 

 

Forgotten People from Our Past

In our various collections we have photos of people with no names attached, our forgotten people. Take a look and see if you recognize anyone, if you can put a name and date with a photo please let us know. There are a total of 150 photographs.

Perhaps you will discover a part of your past !

 

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Sugar Making

A Story of Sugar-Making

By Walter K. Billings

Clarence McCrady’s Sugar Shack on the Harris Farm

One spring, when I was about fourteen, we had several white frosts. The snow in the sugar-bush was still early two feet deep, but it was nearly time to get out the tin sap buckets, put on a couple of kettles of water, build a good fire in the kitchen stove, and give these buckets a through cleaning. The spiles also came in for a good scalding before we could tap the bush.

Early next morning it looked the right time to head for the woods, so with our load we started. There had been a track broken in from the road and the team jogged along until we came to the maple grove. Then with a hatchet, a bit and bit stock, I struck out over the frozen snow, picked out the spot to bore the hole, and proceeded to tap the tree. The driving in the spile to the proper depth, I went on to the next tree while my sister Lou brought the bucket and hung it in place.

Nearly all forenoon we could walk on the crust, but by eleven o’clock the snow began to get soft and your feet would break through, sometimes causing you to fall. With the great depth of snow it began to mean hard work, but we stuck to it and by noon had nearly two hundred and fifty trees tapped.

We already had a sugar shanty, and going to it we cleared the snow from around the front door and got the door open. The wood for the fireplace had been piled ready, and we started for home. Having plunged through the wet snow until we were wet to our hips, we had to hunt out dry clothes and put them on before we had dinner.

As the next day was cold and stormy there was no use of our going to the bush. However, the second day proved a real sap day, and before night we found every bucket filled. Boiling the sap seemed a slow process, but by night we had a foaming pan of thin syrup, and, as Father had come down prepared to boil all night and had the fur robes all arranged in the bunk beside the arch, I decided to stay with him. So after seeing there was lots of wood inside, I curled up in the robes and went to sleep.

About two o’clock father woke me saying he had forgotten to fill the lantern, and I would have to go home and get some coal-oil. This seemed a long trip, so I said I would go across the hill to the Brown farm on the chance of finding an oil can in their shed. Emerging from the bush I walked over the hill and down to the shed door, where I knew they usually had a supply of lanterns, as they often had to go to the cattle barns during the night. Entering the woodshed I held my Lantern up and sure enough on a long girder hung a dozen lanterns. I went over to them and picked one up. There was no oil in it; the next one was the same. The third one had lots of oil in it, but the chimney was broken. Comparing the lanterns, I saw the chimney on my lantern would work on the other, so going outside, I changed the chimneys, lit the third lantern and returned to the sugar bush in a very short time. We were able to take care of our syrup and were home before daylight.

The first attempts at boiling sap are quite vivid in my memory. Three big kettles at the farm that were used for heating water at butchering time were cleaned and taken to the bush. At the spot there was a ledge of rock about four feet hgh, against which the kettles were placed. A green pole with supports at each end was placed over the kettles and chains fastened to them and around the pole; then it was raised until there was room to build a good fire underneath. With the pole securely braced we were ready for the sap. It was slow work as the sap would boil over when too much fire was put on, and the smoke and ashes would settle on the top of the kettles. The only way we had to stop it boiling over was to plunge a chunk of fat pork fastened to the end of a long stick into the foaming sap. I did not understand the virtue of this, but I remember having to stand before the fire and to watch those kettles. A year of two later an arch was built, and a nice new tin sap-pan was bought, also a couple of hundred tin sap buckets.

The first buckets we used were made of wood, similar to wooden pails that later were sold from the stores. Before farmers used wooden buckets they made sap buckets by hand. Basswood logs about fourteen inches across were split in two, an axe was used to hew a hollow in the centre of each log. This was cut in spaces of about two feet each, an adze was used to smooth the hollow, the saw cut them in the right lengths, the round side of each trough was flattened so that it would not tip over, and they were ready for the sap.

Before the metal spile was used, pieces of cedar about ten inches long were split to about an inch and a quarter, a channel was cut in the piece and at the other end a hole was bored lengthwise in to the channel gouged out, a hot piece of heavy wire shoved through the hole to clear out the shaving and this end then shaped to fit in the hole bored in the tree. When later metal spiles were obtained and the wooden buckets used, my father made a loop of wire near the top of the bucket and then could hang the wire on the hook of the metal spile. Our wooden buckets had at one time been painted red on the outside, with the name “A.Dunham” printed on each one. I suppose these buckets had at one time been owned by this man.

One incident I well remember. Our old friend, Vanamber Brown, had a bush just over the line fence between our two wood-lots. He had built up an arch of dry stones and banked it with earth. We were first that night to get our pan off, and we placed the syrup in a large milk can, for transportation to the house. We had hurried over to help Vanamber, but we were too late. He had noticed that his syrup was ready to come off, and had placed a couple of poles about seven feet long, one end on the side of the arch and the other on a log inside the shanty. He then attempted to pull the pan over on the poles, and had got along so far all right. However, unfortunately the pole near the front of the pan was lower that the other. He turned to get his can ready, and the syrup started running to the front of the pan, with the result that the weight of the syrup upended the pan and the whole day and a half’s boiling ran out on the ground. He managed to save about a gallon that still remained in the end of the pan, but the rest was gone.

The memory of a dinner in the bush at Easter when Mother would send down warmed up potatoes, boiled ham, eggs, doughnuts, fresh syrup coffee and a mince pie, still remains in my thoughts along with the fun and frolics of our guests, who, gathered for a sugar-off, were all eager to help Dad with the fire. I can see them yet, piling armfuls of dried limbs all around him till you could just see his head, but he enjoyed it all and had a warm welcome for the whole crowd.

Then we made jack-wax on the pans of snow, packed solid so that the hot syrup would not go through. Forks were passed around, or small cedar sticks dipped in the syrup as it hardened in the snow, and eyes glistened as the sweet sticky jack-wax was drawn in a ribbon form and then rolled again on the forks to taste and taste again. These were great days – Often in later years these guests would write to remind us of the big dinner and the sugaring off in the maple bush on our farm.

Sugar making in Elizabethtown

 

Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department

A Brief History of the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department

From the very beginning to the Present

Our township is located along the St. Lawrence River and our municipality surrounds the City of Brockville, Ontario Canada. We amalgamated with our neighboring township of Kitley on January 1st, 2001 and are now the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley and cover an area of 590 sq kilometers. We have 3 fire stations with 1 full time Fire Chief, 1 full time Administrative Assistant and 1 part time Fire Prevention Officer, along with 60 volunteer firefighters. We house 4 Tankers, 4 Pumpers, 3 Rescue units, 1 Medical Van, and 2 Club Cab Trucks.

Elizabethtown Fire Department was established in 1963 at 26 Main St. W. in the Village of Lyn, a second station was a converted two bay garage. Kitley Fire Department was established in the Village of Frankville in 1965.

The following is historical information on both Elizabethtown and Kitley Fire Departments

 

  1. Who were the first members of each fire department, Elizabethtown & Kitley?

Elizabethtown

Dave McCrady-Chief              Earle Miller-DC          Arnold Ladd                Ivan Cross

George Williams                     Herb Simpson              Frank Willows             William Murray

George Bycroft                       Cliff Churchill             Gerald Coon               Ron Flood                  

Allan Hanna                            Don Jowett                  Ron Murphy                Alf McDonald

Norm Reynolds                        Don Toohey                 Don White                   Frank VanDusen

Eddy Casselman, Clarence Hoare, Don Toohey, Frank Willows, Doug Jowett, Matt Bonokoski, Herb             Dewar, Jack Darling, Bill Gaskell, Huge McClintock, Don Mott, Roy Bradley, Bill Empey, Ron Cross,      Joe Cirtwell     

 

Kitley 

Gerald E. Moran- Chief          Gib Johnston               Charlie Smith              Garnet Baker

Borden Armstrong                  Ray Bennett                 James Dawson            Arthur Ferguson

Allan Mercier                          Gerald Sands              Doug Bryan                 James Rae J.R.

Victor Johnston                       Guy Johnston              Marshall Davidson      Ray Ireland

Gordie Brundige                     Ronald Eaton              Basil Beaupre              Gerald Lawson

Earl Sands                               Gerald Mercier           Gerald S. Moran         Jack Wilkinson

Ken Baker                               Jack Hanton   

 

  1. Who were the Fire chiefs of each fire department, Elizabethtown & Kitley?

Elizabethtown-            Dave McCrady          1963-1967

                                    George Williams        1967-1979

                                    Don White                  1979-1989

                                    Jim Donovan              1989-2001

Kitley-                         Gerald E. Moran        1965-1967

                                    Ray Ireland                1967-1989

                                    Ken Baker                  1989-2001

Elizabethtown –Kitley            Jim Donovan              2001- Present

 

  1. Who are the fire chiefs today, and their role and duties?

           Fire Chief Jim Donovan,   Deputy Fire Chief  Andy Guilboard

A chief (and/or his/her designate) is the person who is ultimately responsible to Council and is appointed to deliver Fire Protection Services as set out by the municipality for the residents. They are also appointed by the Province to enforce the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code.

 The 2017 Fire fighters are,Barb Brownell – Fire Administration 1995-present

           Doug Andress          Daniel Ashe             Randy Beaupre                  Gerry Bell    

           Brad Buchanan        Rachel Bond           Cody Burridge                    Donna Carty                       Dillon Champagne  Lisa Charbonneau Jesse Dentz                         Mike Dunster                      Derrick Empey          Tom Evans               Adam Findlay                      Andrew Flood         Gary Foster                        Dave Goguen          Steven Goguen                   Paul Gordon                        Andy Guilboard     Ryan Healey                        Aaron Heidemann              Steve Helmus                      Derrik Hill            Matt Huskinson      Bill Johnston                       Michael Jonker       Alfred Kelly              Tyler Knapp                       David Laliberte                    Brian Lawson          Dakota Layng          Nathan Leclair           David Loney                          Andrew Malanka     Dylan Maud              Alan Merkley            Steve Moore                                    Dan Noel                   Brian Normandin    Chris Paul                Zack Paul                  Pascal Peladeau    

           Eric Perrin                  Jeremy Renkema   Michael Rowntree              Jeff Sargent             Chad Scott  Matt Shaw                Tim Slusarchuk                  Gerry Smith             

           Jeff Smith                   Matthew Spencer   Jamie St. Pierre                   Owen Stevens

           Scott Tedford            Tim Tedford             Brian Triemstra                   Mark Weldon           Cory Wilson                       Matt Worden                        Michael Yates                                             

 

  1. Number of fire and rescue call per year?

Approximately 210 calls per year

 

  1. What is the average number of hours spent attending fire and rescue call per year?

           Total Hours for 2016- 9,503

 

  1. How many hours are spent in training per year?

           Training Hours for 2016 – 3,723.5 hours

 

  1. List the awards the department has won locally, regional, provincially?

Extrication Team- The team was established in 1999 and since has competed in 13 regional competitions and 5 international competitions.

In 2008 the extrication team hosted the Eastern Ontario Extrication Competition in Frankville.

          

           Fire Fit Team – Riverfest 2008-Placing First.  2008 Ingleside – Fastest Relay Team

           2008 – Canadian Nationals- Fastest Volunteer Relay in Canada

 

  1. What Fund-raising activities dose the fire department do? and what do they use the money for?

                        Fund Raising – Chicken BBQ, Fish Fry, MD Boot Drive

                        Fire Fighter’s Association

Both, the Elizabethtown and the Kitley Fire Fighter Associations still actively fund raise to assist in the purchasing of equipment, sponsoring local youth recreation activities and donating to local charities (MD). They participated in parades throughout the Counties again this year.

 

  1. What is the fire department Mission Statement/Motto?

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire & Emergency Services is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.

Our Family, Helping Yours

 

The above information was provided by the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department

Kitley Fire Department

Kitley Volunteer Fire Department- 1965 to 1985

The First Twenty Years

 

Kitley Fire Hall c1985

 On May 6th, 1985, Kitley Fire Department celebrated its’ 20th Anniversary. During these years the Township of Kitley went from being without a fire department to having one of the best equipped and best trained in the Country. Accomplishing this took a considerable outlay of time and money.

Fire protection for the township prior to 1965 was inadequate at its best. Smith’s Falls was paid to respond to calls for help, and respond they did. Their best equipment however was allocated for use in the town of Smith’s Falls, and only their second pumper came to calls in Kitley. Since an adequate supply of water in town was supplied by hydrants, they did not have a tanker to haul water. Local residents had to supply the water unless the fire was close to a creek or pond from which they could pump water. Seeing milk cans of water being hauled to supply the pumper was a frequent sight at a fire in the township. No matter how great the effort, water could not be hauled in sufficient quantity to supply the pumper.

The first hope for improvement came because of a push from the village of Frankville. A group known as the Frankville Fire Brigade was formed to provide fire protection for the village. Thought their equipment was very limited, they had a building and a good well. The well was equipped with a deep lift pump, and was able to provide a continuous supply of water through a  1 ½ inch line.

On August 13, 1964, Reeve Charles Sands met with the Village of Frankville Trustees, The Frankville Fire Brigade and a large group of interested people. The decision was made that changes in Fire Protection were necessary.

The Fire Marshall’s office was contacted regarding requirements for a legal fire department. Mr. Maurice Roussey met with the Council and informed them that setting up an adequate Fire Department was too large a venture for a village and that a Township Fire Department should be considered instead.

A survey of the Township’s requirements was undertaken and provided information that the Frankville Fire Hall and an unused Toledo Fire Hall did not meet standards and did not have room for expansion. The discussion for a new fire hall was discussed at length by Council. Even though they would have liked to have the building in the centre of the Township, this was not possible since the men interested in being firefighters were from the Frankville area. In the end, the location was decided when land was donated on the north end of Frankville for this purpose. The property was of sufficient size and on Hwy#29. The deed was completed and the lot fenced in May of 1965.

Construction of the Fire Hall

With the support of volunteers a fire hall was constructed. The building including heating and hydro cost a total of $7,445. Of this amount Council through taxes paid only $3,205., the Fire Association through fundraising paid the rest as well as 2,222 hours of volunteer labour by 66 men.

 

 

 

Lulabelle

 

The total equipment at this time amounted to a 1946 Mercury truck with a 1000 gallon tank inherited from the Frankville Fire Brigade. This truck affectionately named “Lulabelle” was the complete source of water. Driving ‘Lulabelle’ however required special care, since there were no baffles in the tank, unless it was completely full, the movement of the water would push her through stop signs.

 

 

The Fire Department decided a better tanker was necessary, and in November of 1965 a 1959 GMC truck was purchased for $900. as well as a 1200 gallon tank. The money was borrowed from the bank using the signatures of 27 men as collateral. By June of 1966, the loan as well as interest was paid off Volunteers repaired the truck and tank to get it ready for use by the department.

December 14, 1965 was a great day for Kitley Fire Department. The new pumper arrived! This vehicle from King Seagrave carried 500 gallons of water and was equipped with a pump capable of delivering 625 gallons per minute, it was completely equipped with hose, nozzles, ladders and most of the other items a firefighter might need. A new Hale portable pump, to be used for filling the tankers also arrived in December. The pumper at a cost of  $17,486. and the portable pump at $610. were both purchased by council.

The official opening of the Fire Hall took place on Saturday, June 223, 1966 at 2pm. Kitley Fire Department now had equipment which would meet all the requirements of the Fire Marshall’s Office.

Alarm System

In order to receive calls an alarm system was needed. Since no system was available through the Lewis Telephone System, the firefighters set up their own. They installed phones in all the firefighter’s homes and then strung their own wire to the old Frankville Fire Hall and to the office of the Lewis Telephone System. Even though the wire was old, the system for ringing the 25 phones was ‘state of art’ for 1965. The wire however was a different matter. Every weekend Ray Ireland and Ken Baker spent many hours climbing poles and splicing wires. Stories still circulate regarding the number of side cutters that Ray left on the cross arms of telephone poles.

Fire Association

The Fire Department would have been hard pressed to succeed without the assistance of the Firefighter’s Association. Since the formation of the Department, the Association has met regularly on the 3rd Monday of every month. Hey have been involved in almost continual fundraising for 20 years. They raised money through raffles, Walk-a-thons, New Year’s Eve dances, Wedding receptions and in numerous other ways. The association has raise many thousand dollars and spent it on necessary equipment for the Fire Department

Women’s Auxiliary to the Fire Department

Kitley Fire Depts. Women’s Auxiliary 

On April 25, 1977, the Women’s Auxiliary was formed with Linda Brundige as its first president. Their objective was fund raising and they helped purchase pagers and turn out gear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extracts taken from the booklet “ Kitley Volunteer Fire Department- The first twenty five years- 1965-1985. Authors and publisher unknown. Thanks to the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department for this information.

Unfortunately our photos are not the best, if anyone has some good qualtiy photographs we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

 

 

1965 Tanker
Kitley Fire Chiefs
1969 Van
Kitley Firefighters of 1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sleigh Ride

By Walter K. Billings

 

It was about the middle of January. We had been nearly snowed under from a week’s snow storm, 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 to the creek that was still level with its banks.

Bay and James Streets, no photos presently exist of the hill that Walter Billings wrote about

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 …Then I came to. We had gone head first into a clump of small bass-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, 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 close 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 that boyhood escapade still lives.

 

Museums Genealogical Binders

Each binder contains information about the person and their family.

Genealogical Information in Binders
Each binder contains large amounts of family information
Family Name Other Names included
Clow, Corp William
Coates, Arthur Churcher
Cornell Family
Lewis Family
Perrin, Evelyn May
Scott, Doug, Const
White, Joseph 7 Sarah Lucy Kilborn,John White;Henry White; Ruben Sherwood White;Sarah Berry; JamesWhite; Annie Pearson

Photos from an Album taken around 1914

Unfortunately not all of the photographs in our collection are identified. In this instance we have a small black photo album that was donated and we know nothing about it. The photos are not labelled. From the clothes and the military uniforms on some of the men we would estimate the dates of the photos between 1910 and 1920. The photos are not of the best quality, but nonetheless they do give us a good insight into how the people lived back then.

If anyone recognizes any thing familiar in these photographs we would appreciate hearing from you.

1-This old unpainted clapboard house is prominent as a background in many of the photos

 

2-The clapboard house
3-The corner of the house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-What special occasion would bring the family together for this photo?
5-Sisters ?
6-The same people are in most of these photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-For some reason they choose the corner of the house for many photos.

 

8-Is this all one family ? Four boys and three girls. The man with the moustache is the same one in the photo above.

 

9-Friends taken in the winter
10-Same friends taken in the summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-Is this the farm house in the background ?
12-In front of the barns
13-Three generations ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14-This one has a name “Vivian”

 

15-Mothers and daughters in front of the shed. Unfortunately the sign on the barn is un-readable, notice the chicken in front of the barn door.

 

16-Is this the house
18-Dressed to go somewhere
17-This couple in their everyday work clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19-Where did they get the ship’s life preserver ?

 

20-In town now, is this the same white horse as pictured before ?

 

21-A mother and her two sons and three daughters ?

 

22-Same location as the above photo ?

 

23-A house in town ?

 

24-Friends or family

 

25-Out riding
27-In front of the house
26-Where could this house be ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

28-In front of a house in town

 

30-Same woman in the hat above ?
29-Sharing a secret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31-An indoor family gathering, perhaps a young people’s social ?

 

32-Friends or family
33-A cold day for an outside photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34-At the farm gate

 

35-Mothers and daughters

 

36-Are those canal gates behind them, could this be the Rideau Canal ?

 

37-On the house steps

 

38-Watch for the dogs in the next photos

 

 

39-A boy and his dogs
40-Sisters and their brother ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41-Two dogs in a wheel barrow

 

42-Friends ?

 

43-Relaxing in the hammock
44-Relaxing in the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45-Clapboard house in the winter ?

 

46-Looking after the horses
48-WW I uniform

 

47-WW I uniforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49-A World War I Soldier

 

50-Are those large buildings in the background

 

51-Friends at steps along the canal?

 

52-An old couple
53-A good corn crop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54-Does anyone recognize this church ?

 

55-Using the cutter in winter
56-More than friends ?

57- Same people different place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58-A thoughtful pose

 

59-Making good use of the wheel barrow
60-A popular spot for photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61-By the corner of the Clapboard house

 

 

62-Sisters and brothers ?
63-Out for a summer ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64-A cold time to pose for a photo

 

65-Time for a family photo

 

66-Taken in front of the barn and barn yard
67-Dressed for a photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68-A fall day
70-A winter’s day

 

 

 

 

69-A loving couple

 

71-What a shame that the names of these people are lost to history

 

Stereoscopy – Stereoscopes

As photography developed as a commercial medium during the 1840s, it was realised that it was perfect for producing stereoscopic images and daguerreotypes were produced to be viewed using Wheatstone’s apparatus.  This was achieved initially by taking one photograph, then moving the camera a few inches and taking a second.  In early stereo views, sometimes the movement of people between the exposure of the left and right images is obvious. Soon, special stereoscopic cameras were developed to take the left and right images simultaneously, with two lenses separated by around the same distance as human eyes.

In late 1840s, David Brewster greatly improved the viewer by using lenses instead of mirrors and this allowed a compact, portable device to be produced.  Queen Victoria was amused by his viewer at the Great Exhibition 1851 and helped spawn a craze.  Brewster claimed that by 1856 over 500,000 viewers had been sold.

In the 1850s and 1860s, it can be argued that it was stereoscopic views, along with cartes-de-visite that popularised photography and spurred its growth and development.  The London Stereoscopic Company was probably the largest manufacturer of photographs in the world during the 1860s, with its slogan ‘a stereoscope in every home’.  By the end of the 1860s, this must have been virtually true for the middle class homes of Britain.

Although its popularity ebbed, there was a second growth phase in the 1890s, with Underwood and Underwood becoming a huge publisher of images.  They were eventually taken over by Keystone, who continued producing stereo views into the 1930s.

In addition to the classic stereo view card (approx. 170mm x 80mm), several other smaller side-by-side formats emerged (particularly in France).  The Viewmaster disc was probably the best known and is still produced today. (internet-no source name available)

The stereoscopic viewing cards posted here are from our collection and give you a glimpse into the past.

Travel and Nature

“A mountain torrent’s strength is here.” Yellowstone River at Yellowstone National Park, USA – c 1901

 

Down Yellowstone Canon, from Moran’s Point, showing crags, Yellowstone Park – c 1901

 

“In Wonderland” Watkins Glenn, New York, c 1899

 

The Royal Gorge and headwaters of the Arkansas River, Colorado, USA – c 1900

 

The Grandeur of the Royal Gorge and Canon Arkansas River, Colorado, USA – c 1900

 

Williams Canon, Maniton, Colorado c1904

 

Roger’s Pass from Hermit Mountain, British Columbia, Canada – c 1900

 

The beautiful Falls of the Riviere du Loup, Quebec – c 1902

 

Looking down Oak Creek Canyon Canon, towards Ouray, Colorado – c 1906

 

North Dakota Prairie Chickens in Autumn – c 1906

 

Climbing the steep Zigzags in the trail to the top of Nevada Falls, Yosemite Valley, Cal – c 1906

 

“The antler’s monarch of the waste” The American Moose -c 1905

 

Mirror Lake and Mt. Watkins, Yosemite Valley, Cal. c-1906

 

“The groves were God’s first temple”- Among the venerable Giants of the Mariposa Grove, Cal. c 1906

 

Hook Eye Curve, Breckenbridge, Col c-1904

 

Home in the Rockies, Ouray, Col c-1906

 

Striking cone of the Grotto Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Cal. c 1900

 

Crater of the Giant Geyser, Yellowstone National Park – c 1900

 

The Gateway and Majestic Pike’s Peak, Col. USA  c 1900

 

Stupendous El Capitan, 3300 ft. above floor of Yosemite Valley, Cal. c 1900

 

Seventh Cascade, Cheyenne Falls, Manitou, Colorado c 1904

 

Moonlight on the Cedar Rapids of the St. Lawrence River c 1900

 

Crater of the Castle Geyser, “Old Faithfull” in distance,  Yellowstone National Park

 

“Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun” -Box Canyon, Ouray, Cal c-1906

 

Rugged Grandeur of Mystic Gorge, Au Sable Chasm, New York c 1906

 

Niagara’s most Enchanting sight – American Falls and Luna Island from Goat Island, Niagara, NY c 1905

 

Majestic Niagara, rolling in ceaseless roar – American Falls from below- USA c1901

 

“The breaking waves dashed high on a stern and rock bound coast” – Niagara Rapids

 

Events

 

Italian Statuary, Palace of Liberal Arts, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, USAWorld’s Fair in St. Louis c 1904

 

Giant Elephant made of English Walnuts, California’s Exhibit in Horticuitural Building, World’s Fair in St. Louis c 1904

 

Judging Hereford Bulls, greatest of Cattle Shows, World’s Fair, St. Louis USA c1905

 

Places

Randolph Street, Chicago, USA

 

Floral Beauty, Soldier’s Home, Dayton, Ohio, USA c 1892

 

An army miners and prospectors ascending the heights of the Chilcoot Pass c 1898

 

City of Cold Feet, Alaska c 1899

 

The Nation’s Capitol from the South East, Washington, DC c1900

 

East Room, (McKinley’s Administration) Mansion, Washington, DC c1900

 

U.S. Hotel Court, Sartoga, NY

 

Cotton is King- A Louisiana Plantation Scene c1900 (Prize Cotton)

 

A visit to Lallberte’s – the finest fur parlour in the world, Quebec, Canada c1904

 

“Aim Low Boys” Company M, First Illinois Volunteers, Spanish American War c1899

 

A Pretty Avenue in Elitcha Garden, a popular pleasure resort,  Denver, Colorado c1906

 

People

President William McKinley, our third Martyred President U.S.A. c1901

 

President Roosevelt with Alice Roosevelt-Longworth and Honorable Nicholas Longworth in Bridal attire c1906

International

Swedish Girls and their country home, province of  Blekinge, Sweden c1902

 

Monte Carlo, Bird’s eye View, Monaco  c1894

 

General View of Jani Temple and Grounds. Calcutta, India

 

Tablet in Albert Memorial Chapel, Windsor
Durham Cathedral from the River, Eng c1898

 

“Porta della Carta” Grand Entrance, Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy c1898

 

In Beautiful Drottningholm Place, Stockholm, Sweden c1901

 

An Irish Obstruction- Driving the pigs to market in the scenic land of Erie  c1905

 

General Subjects

 

“You can’t get me now” c1903

 

Weaning the Twins c1894

 

The Brides Prayer: “Make Thy face to shine upon me, Make my life a life of love”c1905

 

How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood c1903

 

Nearing the haven c1902

 

Innocents and the Household Pet c1905

 

Her Guardian Angels c1893

 

“He shall give His angels charge concerning thee  c1905

 

And they never called me c1899

 

A Light Lunch c1894

 

Humorous

A Train Robber holding up a train  c1900

 

Quickest way to spread the news -TELL-A-WOMAN c1904

 

Quick way to Spread the News- Telegraph c1904

 

“Oh fortunate, Oh happy day”  c1894

 

Bliss c 1888

 

Bliss Disturbed c1888

 

 

Anson McNish – Photographs of his daughter Florence Catherine

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born on Dec 3, 1913 in Weston, Ontario and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 on April 16, 1928 in Fultonville, NY

These photos are of his daughter Florence, who from the photographs taken was loved by both Anson and Nettie. It must have been a great loss for both of them when she died in 1928 at the young age of 15.

Florence McNish is buried along with her mother in the Fultonville, NY cemetery.

Here are some of the photos that Anson took of his daughter, Florence.

1-Anson, Nettie and daughter Florence – 1914

 

2-Nettie and daughter Florence- 1914

 

3-Florence and Friends in Weston, Ontario- 1914

 

4-Florence at 7 months- June, 1914

 

5-Florence – 1914

 

6-Florence- 1914 at home in Weston, Ontario
7-Florence- in her swing at her Weston Home – 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-Bath Time -1914

 

9-Christmas

 

10-Christmas

 

11-Florence waiting for a push

 

12-Nettie and Florence, Weston, July 1916

 

 

13-September 1916 going for a ride

 

14-Florence – January 1917

 

15-Florence with her dolls -1917

 

16-Summer- 1917

 

17-Family and Friends in Weston, Ontario

 

18-Nettie and Florence at their Weston home

 

19-Florence on the right and a friend, Weston, Ontario

 

20-Florence – Weston
21-Florence- Weston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22-Florence and her dolls

 

 

23-Florence- in her hat
24-Florence getting ready for winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-Florence in a field with a friendly calf

 

26-Florence

 

27-Florence and her mother Nettie

 

28-Florence and friends- Weston, Ontario, note the toy train in the ground

 

29-Florence with her chickens in their Weston, Ontario back yard

 

30-Florence and Friends

 

31-Can Florence come out to play ? Both little girls are Florence, Anson took two photos and split the negatives to get this effect.

 

32-Florence in the middle on their porch hammock

 

33-Florence and friends, notice how dressed up they are to play in sand

 

34-Florence and family at their Weston, Ontario home

 

35-Florence- Tea time

 

36-Florence with her doll carriage

 

37-Florence in 1921 at age 7

 

38-Florence in the middle, with her mother Nettie and father Anson behind her to the left

 

39-Florence at home in Futtonville, New York

 

40-Florence at the bridge over the Hudson River, in 1924 age 11

 

41-This is the last known photo we have of Florence. She died in 1928 at the age of 15. She is buried with her mother in the cemetery in Fultonville, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum’s Genealogical Archival Boxes

Museum’s Genealogical Archival Boxes  Updated Jan 2017
Name Items Other names included
Anderson, Alice deed of land 1937 Blake,Edna
Baker, Arden News story 1985
Barton, Herbert Military Pass 1941
Billings, Walter writtings
Bissell, Sarah Mortgage 1902 Parker, Robert
Blair, Donald Vincent WWI Military papers
Blake, Edward Mansell Military Service Record
Bolin, John Family Tree Blake, Dean,Bain,Stewart,Morrison, Watt, McCullough
Bolin, Joe and Grace Photos
Booth, Casper Stuart Military Information WWI
Booth Family Newsclippings
Bowen, Aylmer Frederick Military Discharge 1941
Brown, William Deed of Release 1823 Judson, Anna & Rathel; Brown William
Brownell, Harold & William Family Information & Photos
Carpenter, Mary Home Insurance Policy 1974
Cassels, Robert Deed of Land 1879
Charles, D. Railway Pass 1937
Chisamore, Almer Erwin WWI Booklet
Clow Family Deeds, News stories, Photos
Clow, George Gardiner Memorial Record d.Feb 1918
Clow, Mrs. John S. News Clippings
Clow, Margurita Christmas Card
Coleman, Able Will 1810; Family History
Coleman. Abel Henry Biography
Coleman, Cannon Harry News clippings; photo
Coleman, Vincent Family Tree
Coleman, Richard II Family Tree
Coleman Family Family Tree
Colwman Lewis Family Tree
Coleman, James Wesley Family Tree
Coleman, Hiram Family Tree
Coleman, Edwin Family Tree
Coleman, David C. Family Tree
Coleman, William C. Obituary
Connolly, Michael J. Deed 1872 Tennant, John Isabella
Coon, Gerald Voter Registration Card 1940
Cornell, David Correspondence and papers
Cummings Family Family Tree
Cummings, James Deed 1880
Darling, Garnett personal writtings
Darling, Ivan Frank WWI service information
Darling, Sanford News clippings, home insurance
Darling, Stanlry Clarence WWI service information
Davidson, Donald WWII Service Information
Dickey, Winona photo 1937
Duncan, John Samuel WWII Discharge Papers
Duncan, J.R. 1891 letter to Jack
Dunster, Sam WW! & II service Information
Dunster, Samuel H. WWI photos
Edgley, Omer Family history and photos
Francie, Richard H. Deed 1874 Buell, James ad Caroline
Ferguson, James A. Building Contract 1880 Phillips, Robert
Ferguson, Merrill Roy WWII Discharge Papers
Ferguson, Isaac Allen WWII Discharge Papers
Gardiner, George W. Family Tree and Photos Booth, Mary Ann
Gardiner, Richard P. Family Tree and Photos Tennant, Euphemia
Gardiner, Richard Family Tree and Photos Turkington, Mary Ann
Gardiner, Stanley Louis Family Tree Orton, Minnie
Gardiner, Stanley Photos of farm
Giffen, Elwood Archibald Service Record
Glazier, Curson Photos
Gray, Catherine Speech
Gunness, Cecil Ford Service Record
Hall, James Cecil WWII news clippings
Hall, Harold David WWII news clippings
Hallett, Fred Poem
Hanna Family Newsclippings
Haskins Family Family Tree
Hayes, J.F. Correspondence and papers
Heggerman, John Deed c1850
Hodge, Mortimer WWI service information
Howe Family Obituaries Morrison;Scott;Kerr;Byers;Oxton;Bowen;Ready;Root;Sayers;Darling,Hanna
Hudson, Anna Family Tree Kilborn; Freeman;Hall;Allen
Johnston, Stanley Estate Settlement 1907
Johnston, Celia Irene WWI service information
Johnston, Roy Walter WWI service information
Jones, Harold Carman WWI service information
Judson, Silas deeds 1808
Kilmury, Jack Photo
Kincaid, John Deeds- 1864,1877
Krugel, Joyce Beverly Biography
Ladd, Orval and Pat News clippings
Lee, Frank Deed 1940
Lee, Fred H. Family Information
Lee, Jack Morden WWII Service Information
Lee, Jack Morden Familt Information
Leeder, Francis & Isobel Photos
Leeder, James & Annie Obituaries Annie Buchanan
Lennox, George Evert Family Information and Photo
Lewis, Madeline Rothwell Deed 1940 Anderson, Lelia Grace
McNamara, john Philip WWII Service Information
McClintock, Hugh Certificate 1959
McCready Family Family Tree
McCready, Fred stories and poems
McCrae, James Diary 1940
McCrady, Kathleen Diary 1923
McKinney, Louise C. News clippings
McLean, John Spencer Will 1880
McNish Family Newsclippings
McNish, Harris WWI information and photos
McNish, Margaret Photo
Massey, George Alfred WWII photo
Montgomery, William H. Teaching certificates 1880
Moore, Raymond WWII Service Information
Moore, George Newton WWII Service Information
Moores Family News clipping
Orton, Minnie Family Tree
Parker, Robert Deed 1902 Bissell, Sarah
Parslow, Horton Garfield WWI service information
Pelton, Keith writtings
Pergam, Peter Deed 1894 Cassels, Robert
Pergau, James Deed 1920 Stewart, Ray
Pettem, George Deed 1923 Pergau, Laura
Pergau, Peter Family Tree
Purvis Family Family history
Purvis, Peter Deed 1841 Thompson, Benjammine and Polly
Purvis, Peter Discharge Paper copy 1785
Purvis, Thomas Deed 1840 Leslie, James & Auldjot, George
Race, Ernie Photo
Reynolds, Hartley Ernest WWII Service Information
Robb, Wallace Havelock Writtings
Robinson, Mildred Louisa Personal History
Rowsom, William Family Tree
Rowsome, William R. WWII Service Information
Rowsome, Roy Gerald WWII Service Information
Sager, Kathleen Correspondence and papers
Scott, Doug, Const News Clippings
Sexton, Len Letter 1819 Susher, Eri
Shipman, Ezekiel Will 1873
Smith, Lindsay & Lawrence WWII news clippings
Square, John Photo of home
Storey, Tom Letter 1943 Donnelly, Tom
Tackaberry, Walter Waite WWI service information
Taylor, Clayton Miller Family Tree Gardiner, Harriet Louisa
Taylor, Josephine Gardiner Family Tree
Tennant, John W. Deeds 1872 & 1877 Buell, James ad Caroline
Tennant, Viola Burial Plot Receipt 1967
Tennant, William Deed 1856 Thomson, Archabald
Turkington, Mary Ann Family Tree
Vickery, Fred stories and poems
Vyfvinkel, Henry News Clippings
Warren Family Family History
Weatherhead, Clifford WWI service information
Webster, Eric and Nancy Photos
Weekes Family Family Tree
Willson, Charles H. Family History
Genealogical Information in Binders
Each binder contains large amounts of family information
Clow, Corp William
Coates, Arthur Churcher
Cornell Family
Lewis Family
Perrin, Evelyn May
Scott, Doug, Const

Obituaries 2000 to 2016

Hertitage Place Museum
Obitutaries- 2000 to 2016
Name Age Birth Death Pg.No.
Ackerman, Alice 94 1919 2013 90
Ackerman, Gordon Keith 76 1937 2013 85
Armstrong, William G. 78 1932 2010 69
Baker, Jean W., Rev. nee Porteous 53 1952 2005 22
Bellinger, Joseph Ernest (Joe) 83 1923 2006 30
Bolin, John Bryce 74 1926 2000 3
Bonokoski, Kurt 2002 7
Bonokoski, Matt 1980 7
Bonokoski-Gillis, Shirlee nee Dunseith 90 1924 2014 103
Bowen, John Franklin 94 1915 2010 66
Boyd, Beverly Lorraine 83 1933 2016 119
Bradley, Raymond 71 1938 2010 72
Bryan, Arlene nee Gibson 82 1923 2005 19/22
Bryan, Stanley George 95 1920 2015 112
Burns, Allan 68 1942 2010 69
Bushfield, Irene Aleitha nee Willows 96 1915 2010 65
Bycroft, Sydney 96 1909 2005 22
Cairnie, Nan 72 1935 2007 37
Campbell, Evelyn Edythe nee Dunster 88 1920 2009 53
Casselman, Edward Gerald Clifford 70 1938 2008 48
Chartier, Russell (Russ) 75 1940 2015 109/110
Chisamore, Clifford 74 1932 2006 25
Chisamore, Margaret Isobel nee Kingston 69 1941 2010 70
Clow, Edgar 87 1917 2004 13
Clow, William Allan (Bill) 80 1926 2006 29
Cole, Freda Mary 90 1924 2014 104
Coon, Donald Elton 83 1929 2013 87
Coon, Gerald (Jerry) 85 1927 2012 82
Coon, Melville W. (Mel) 79 1932 2011 77
Coon, Ruth Isobel nee Shewan 81 1933 2014 102
Cornell, Dorothy nee Kennedy 86 1915 2001 6
Craig, David 94 1910 2005 21/22
Darling, Garnet R. 83 1929 2012 81
Darling, Glenn 85 1921 2006 27
Davidson, Vada Bernice 82 1934 2016 117
Dean, Allen Joseph 60 1951 2011 77
DeDekker, Carol Ann nee Davidson 71 1938 2009 59
Deir, Raymond Dennis 60 1953 2013 86
Donnelly, Keith Orville 86 1925 2012 83
Duncan, Donald James 77 1930 2007 42
Dunster, Ronald Dale 54 1955 2009 57
Eddeley, Eva Pauline 75 1929 2004 18
Edgeley, Ethel Irene nee Lee 90 1920 2010 75
Ferguson, Donald R. 96 1908 2004 17
Ferguson, Joan 59 1957 2016 118
Fletcher, Jacoba (Coba) 80 1935 2015 114
Franketto, Glenna nee Hanna 76 1934 2010 67
Frasch, Robert (Bob) 87 1919 2007 40
Gardiner, Kathleen (Kay) nee Doggett 97 1917 2014 101
Gaskell, Willis Ada 88 1920 2008 45
Gray, Catherine nee Neilson 99 1904 2004 16
Green, Gladys 95 1906 2001 5
Greenhalgh, William James 67 1939 2006 26
Grendel, Sjoerd (Stuart) 69 1939 2009 57
Hallett, Mabel Margaret nee Turner 91 1915 2006 27/28
Hanna, Raymond Lloyd 81 1930 2011 78
Hanna, Sandra Lee 2014 95
Hendry, George Berton 81 1932 2013 89
Howard, Ronald Alexander 91 1924 2015 115
Howe, Marjorie Elinor nee Ready 83 1924 2008 43
Howe, Sylvia nee Sayers 73 1936 2010 66
Hudson, Beryl Anna 83 1927 2010 71
Hudson, Mary Boye nee Morwick 72 1931 2003 9
Hunter, Sarah Aileen (Sally) 88 1919 2007 38
Hurst, George 70 1944 2014 97
Hutchinson, Louis 83 1931 2014 101
Jackson, Donald 78 1934 2012 81
Johnston, John Armstrong, Dr. 79 1935 2014 105/106
Jowett, Audrey Inez nee Hodge 85 1929 2014 96
Jowett, Donald Arnold (Don) 79 1928 2007 31/32
Kearney, Marjorie Winnifred nee Mustard 2013 91
Krugel, Harold John 74 1926 2000 2
Krugel, Joyce Beverly nee Disher 81 1929 2009 62/63
Ladd, Mildred 81 1925 2006 29
Ladd, Orval 83 1931 2014 107
Leaves, Harold William (Choppy) 88 1912 2000 1
Lee, Willard 79 1934 2013 90
Looby, Allan Eilliam 74 1930 2005 20
Mack, David 71 1936 2007 33/35
Marshall, Glenn Richard 75 1933 2008 44
Massey, Herbert Emery (Herb) 88 1920 2008 49/51
Massey. William Howard 89 1925 2014 94
McClintock, Hugh Craig 72 1936 2008 47
McCrady, Leola nee Willows 88 1911 2000 4
McNish, Ian Thomas 47 1963 2010 75
McNish, Jennie Margaret nee Cole 81 1933 2014 95
McWhirter, Gwen S. nee Green 76 1938 2014 101
Miles, Alfred John 73 1934 2007 42
Moore, Ronald (Ron) 89 1930 2013 88
Murphy, Ronald Walter (Ron) 76 1938 2014 98
Newman, Grace Adrianna nee Grendel 48 1967 2015 113
Noel, David 54 1956 2010 68
Oomen, Peter Nicolas 83 1925 2009 58
Paquette, Muriel G. nee Earl 97 1916 2013 92
Poole-Leeder, Marorie Ellen 83 1932 2015 113
Robb, James Preston, Dr. 90 1914 2004 15
Robb, Mary Grierson nee Waller 94 1916 2010 73/74
Robertson, Charles Arthur Gerald (Gery) 78 1930 2009 55/56
Roduner, Bonnie Marie nee Massey 53 1955 2008 46
Salmon, Grace nee Cole 89 1921 2010 76
Serson, Dorothy nee Massey 86 1921 2008 45
Shane, Alice Jean nee Dunster 86 1929 2015 111
Simpson, Herbert 75 1925 2000 1
Slack, Charles Osborne 72 1939 2011 78
Stevens, Elsie Hope nee Haggart 79 1928 2007 36
Stevens, William Carlyle (Bill) 72 1942 2014 98
Stewart, Donald Ian 75 1932 2007 41
Stewart, John D. 2008 43
Stewart, Joyce Annabelle nee Simon 89 1925 2014 93
Verburg, Melissa (Missy) 26 1985 2011 79
Vyfvinkel, Henry 80 1934 2014 99
Walker, Irene Elizabeth nee McNish 88 1924 2012 82
Walsh, Patricia Ann 61 1952 2013 87
Wang, Mary Scott nee Fry 94 1919 2013 86
Watts, Ethel Irene 73 1936 2009 58
Webber, Brian Oswald 71 1933 2004 13
Westlake, Jessie Buelah nee Edgley 95 1913 2008 46
White, Corrinna Frances nee Munday 48 1961 2009 57
White, Donald Edward 81 1927 2009 60/61
Whiteland, Reginald 81 1930 2011 79
Wilgosh-McCrady, Carol nee Sharpe 67 1939 2007 39
Wills, Jacqueline (Jackie) 77 1932 2009 54
Wilson, Wayne Douglas 58 1948 2006 30
Worden, Harold Henry 85 1919 2005 23
Wright, Edna Bertena 79 1927 2006 26
Wylie, John D. 76 1924 2000 3

Anson McNish – Photographs from around the area

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, in 1878, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928.

These photos are some of the very first photographs the Anson did. In these photos he shows us everyday life of his friends and family in and around the Lyn Area.

Thanks to Anson we have some great insight into this time period of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

 

1-Yonge Mills, a popular fishing area- 1905

 

2-Old Stone Church at Yonge Mills

 

3-Presbyterian Church at Caintown

 

4-Presbyterian Church at Mallorytown, Ontario

 

5-Nunn’s Falls (Lyn Falls)

 

6-Market Square, Brockville

 

7-Fullerton’s On King St. East, Brockville

 

8-Morristown, NY across the St.Lawrence from Brockville, ONtario

 

9-Grain Elevator at Prescott, Ontario

 

10-St. Lawrence Skiffs on the St. Lawrence River

 

11-The Steamer Kingston, on the St Lawrence River

 

12-Camp Jolly, Charleston Lake

 

13-Pic Nic at Charleston Lake

 

14-A good day’s catch

 

15-Cat and Kittens

 

 

16-Pic Nic at Hudson’s Point on the St. Lawrence

 

Anson McNish – The Early Years- Lyn

The Early Photography of Anson McNish

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, in 1878, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928.

These photos are some of the very first photographs the Anson did. In these photos he shows us everyday life of his friends and family in and around the Lyn Area.

Thanks to Anson we have some great insight into this time period of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

 

1-Henry and Addie McNish on Main Street Lyn in 1894

 

2-Main St West, Lyn with the Methodist Church on the right and the Lyn School next to it

 

3-Main Street, Lyn looking to the East, the Blacksmith shop is the first building on the left

 

4-Main Street Lyn looking west on the left are Coon’s Bakery, Stewart’s Garage, Stores,  Taylor’s Drug Store and Stack’s Hotel

 

5-Original dam for the Lyn Pond on Main Street, the original mill is the white building on the right

 

6-Presbyterian Church on Perth St, Lyn

 

7-Presbyterian Church, Lyn – Sanctuary

 

8-Rev. Daley, Minister of the Presbyterian Church, Lyn in 1903

 

9-Old Red Saw Mill, Lyn

 

10-Blacksmith Shop, Main St, Lyn

 

11-Lyn Agricultural Works, on Main Street. Owned by George McNish. Anso worked here while he lived in Lyn

 

 

12-Gerald Hanna hauling a log to the mill, Main St., Lyn

 

13-On Perth St. looking east to Bay Street, Lyn

The Following Three Photographs taken by Anson McNish are the earliest pictures we have of the Village of Lyn taken from the Valley

14-Looking up to Lyn from the Valley, the Methodist Church steeple is on the left, the five story Mill is on the right

 

15-Looking across the Lyn Valley the Anglican Church can been on the hill on the right

 

16-Across the Lyn Valley, the mill is on the left

 

17-The Five Story Lyn Flour Mill

 

 

18-The Lyn Public School built in 1867

 

19-Lyn School Play. The second floor of the school was left open as one big room for meetings, plays etc.

 

20-The Lyn Mill Pond

 

21-The Lyn Mill Pond

 

22-Skating Party on the Lyn Mill Pond

 

23-Ice Harvest on the Lyn Mill Pond 1911

 

24-George McNish and dog Ted watering cows at the Mill Pond, directly across from St. John’s Hall
25-George McNish- Anson’s Father
26-Almira Jane Fell, Anson’s Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27-Home of Henry McNish, west of Lyn

 

28-Henry and Stanley McNish

 

29-Inside of Henry McNish’s Home

 

30-Henry Manhard’s home, Lyn

 

31-Anson McNish family home on Perth Street, Lyn. Photo was taken by moonlight in December 1900 at 8 pm

 

32-Walking on Perth Street, Lyn

 

33-The McCready Farm Home, located on an abandoned side road west of the Lyn Road

 

34- Anglican Church Rectory across from the church in Lyn

 

35-Lyn Valley in the winter

 

36-Walking on the bridge over the creek on what is now the Lyn Valley Road

 

37-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

38-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

38-Gerald Hanna and Family

 

40-Harris, Stanley and Mabel Hanna

 

41-Mable Hanna

 

42-Harris Hanna 1894

 

43-Harris Hanna and Clarence Green

 

44-Edith and Sherwood Hanna 1894

 

45-Earnest Cumming

 

46-Boys with a dog sled, Main Street Lyn

 

47-Lloyd Hanna and Florence Boyd

 

 

48-James and Maggie Lee’s Home in Lyn

 

49-Albert and Alfred McCready, Lyn

 

50-Henry McNish-1905

 

51-McNish Family- 1905

 

52-Addie, Henry and Edith McNish

 

53-Pals in Lyn

 

54-Unfortunately this is a great photo without names

 

55-Another Group photo without names

 

56-Christmas at Elm Grove, Lyn in 1905

 

57-Christmas in 1906 at Springbrook, Lyn

 

58-Valentines Day Party, 1906 at the Cedars, Lyn

 

59-Friends on a fence

 

60-Farewell Gathering at G.A. Purvis, Lyn – 1907

 

61-Farewell Gathering at G.A.Purvis, Lyn- 1907

 

62-School Sled going to BCI in Brockville – 1906

Anson McNish – New York State

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.

In 1920 Anson moved to Fultonville, NY. He owned and operated a car repair garage with Nettie’s sister’s husband in the next village, Fonda, NY. After his wife (1944) and daughter (1928) died  Anson sold his interest in the garage and moved back to Brockville.

 

1-Fultonville, New York

 

2-Fultonville, New York

 

3-Main Street, Fultonville, New York

 

4-Mohawk River at Fultonville, New York

 

5-Bridge over the Mohawk River at Fultonville, NY

 

6-Along the Erie Canal

 

7-Mohawk River, Fultonville, New York

 

8-Mohawk River, Fultonville, New York

 

9-Fultonville M.E. Church

 

10-Fultonville M.E. Church Interior

 

11-Silk Glove Factory, Fultonville NY (This building was located near the New York State Thruway, and today a truck stop stands on the property)

 

12-Nettie and friend at work in the glove factory

 

13-Silk Glove Factory interior

 

14-At work inside the Silk Glove Factory, Fultonville, NY

 

15-Nettie McNish and Co-workers at the Silk Glove Factory

 

16-Starin Mausoleum, Fultonville, NY constructed in the 1880’s by John H. Starin who died in 1909. In 1975 this mausoleum was in disrepair and taken down

 

17-Gateway to Starin’s Mansion (Shipping magnate John H. Starib built a 26 room stone and brick mansion in 1878, it was tended by a staff of about 125 servants)

 

18-Gateway to Starin’s Mansion, Fultonville, NY

 

19-Tom Baily, Kathy Rhodes and Nettie McNish (person on right is unknown)

 

20-Nettie McNish on the right

 

21-Nettie and Florence, Fultonville, NY

 

22-Statue, Fultonville, NY

 

23-Anson and Friend driving an Electric Car, Fonda, NY

 

24-Fonda, NY Farmers Strike in 1933

 

25-Main Street, Fort Ann, NY

 

26-The Fell’s Home at Fort Ann, NY

 

27-The Fell’s Home at Fort Ann, New York (Anson’s mother was Jane Fell)

 

28-The Erie Canal

 

 

29-The Erie Canal

 

30-The Erie Canal in winter at Fultonville NY

 

31-The Erie Canal Aqueduct over the Mohawk River, Schenectady, NY

 

32-General Electric Factory, Schenectady, NY

 

33-State Capitol, Albany, NY

 

34-In front of the State Capitol Building, Albany, NY

 

35-Utica, NY in 1906

 

36-Genesee Street, Utica, NY

 

37-Celebrating !

 

38-Florence McNish at Glens Falls, NY in 1924 (Concrete Bridge spanning the Hudson River)

 

39- Alexandria Bay, New York c1910

 

40- Alexandria Bay, New York c1910

 

 

 

Anson McNish – Western Canada

Anson McNish had relatives in Western Canada and over the year made many trips out west. Here are some of his photos that record his visits.

 

1-Train Stopping in New Ontario (Northern Ontario)

 

2-C.P.R. Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

3-C.P.R. Station Calgary Alberta

 

4-C.P.R. Park, Calgary Alberta

 

5-A Cayuse Indian, Calgary, Alberta

 

6-C.N.R. Edmonton, Alberta

 

7-Mort Smith and Family, near Swift Current, Saskatchewan “A Sunday Gathering on the Prairie”

 

8-Anson McNish on horseback near Calgary

 

9-Buffalo Skulls near Calgary

 

10-Atipycle Gate on the Alberta Range

 

11-A String of Prairie Chickens

 

12-A Slough on the Prairie

 

13-A lake near Calgary, Alberta

 

14-Saskatchewan River, Edmonton, Alberta

Anson McNish – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Photos from Niagara Falls, Toronto and Southern Ontario 1907 to 1920

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brockman, in Fultonville, NY on August 11, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.

His photography was way above average for his time and his attention to detail is exceptional. He has given us a glimpse into everyday life in Weston.

These photos are from the time Anson lived in Weston, Ontario from 1907 to 1920. During that time he worked at the Moffat Stove Works in Toronto.

1-Lincoln Beachey’s Air Ship at Toronto, Ontario. The crowds gathering to watch his performance.

 

2-Toronto Bay (Harbour) This may be Hanlan’s Point amusement park on the Toronto Island

 

3-The Old Toronto Zoo, located in Cabbagetown between 1888 and 1974 it was the site of the Riverdale Zoo.

 

4-Polar Bear at the Old Toronto Zoo

 

5- Queen’s Park, The Ontario Legislator, Toronto, Ontario

 

6-University Avenue Armoury, the centre of Militia activities in Toronto from 1891 until it was demolished in 1963

 

7-Central Canada Exhibition, Toronto,  Moffat Stove Exhibit

 

8-Central Canada Exhibition, Toronto – Alberta Display

 

9-Brock Monument at Queenston Heights

 

10-Niagara Falls taken from Goat Island, showing the Honeymoon Bridge aka Upper Steel Arch Bridge destroyed in 1938

 

11-Close to the Falls

 

12-Standing at the edge of the falls

 

13-Sitting by the Falls

 

14-A Catwalk to the edge of the falls

 

15-The Grand Trunk Single Arch Double Track Steel Bridge

 

16-Whirpool Rapids Railroad Bridge, constructed between 1895 and 1897. Notice the tram to the left foreground that would be part of the Niagara, St. CAtherines and Toronto Railway

 

17-Close to the edge

 

18-James McNish by the Falls. James Frederick McNish (1876-1956) worked for the US Post Office in Missouri

 

19-James McNish and May by the Falls

 

20-At the bottom of the Falls

 

21-Whirpool Rapids

 

Anson McNish – Weston, ON- Family and Friends

Weston, Ontario 1907 to 1920

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brockman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.

His photography was way above average for his time and his attention to detail is exceptional. He has given us a glimpse into everyday life in Weston.

These photos are from the time Anson lived in Weston, Ontario from 1907 to 1920. During that time he worked at the Moffat Stove Works in Toronto.

1-Anson, Nettie and daughter Florence

 

2-Florence at 6 months at their Weston Home

 

3-Florence’s first Christmas, at their Weston Home

 

4-Florence at Christmas, date unknown

 

5-Florence in the middle and friends

 

6-Antoinette McNish in front of their Weston home

 

7-Friends gathering

 

8-Bicycle Club, Weston

 

9-Friends at the Weston Home

 

10-Florence’s Friends

 

11-Florence and her chickens

 

12-Can Florence come out to play ?

 

13-Ready for a drive

 

14-Friends, Kate and Henry Best on their motorcycle. The bike looks like a c1908 Excelsior

 

15-Harry Rhodes, Comedian. According to Circus History.org a Harry Rhodes signed a contract with Ed. C. Abbey’s Colombian Circus, Feb 24, 1894

 

16-Harry Rhodes, Comedian

 

17-Cecil Metcalfe, Comedian

 

18-Wedding of Kate Best and Henry Lee, November 1914 Kate Best was Anson’s cousin.

 

19-Lee’s Family Home

 

20-The Lee family

 

21-A walk in the Spring

 

22-Warner Durward Keeping warm by the stove

 

 

23-The end of the war – 1918

 

 

Anson McNish- Weston, ON

Weston, Ontario 1907 to 1920

Anson McNish was born in Lyn, Ontario, the son of George McNish owner of the Lyn Agricultural Works and Almira Jane Fell.

Anson was a mechanic by trade, but also an Amateur Photographer. As an amateur photographer, Anson has given us some very fine detailed pictures with glimpses into his life and surroundings, and everyday life in the early 1900’s.

Anson married Antoinette (Nettie) Brookman, in Fultonville, NY on August 10, 1910. Together they had one daughter Florence Catherine who was born in 1913 and unfortunately died at the early age of 15 in 1928. Nettie and Florence are prominent features in most of his photographs.

These photos are from the time Anson lived in Weston, Ontario from 1907 to 1920. During that time he worked at the Moffat Stove Works in Toronto. As a side note copies of these photos have been donated to the Weston Historical Society.

 

1-Anson McNish and his wife Antoinette Brookman

 

2-Main Street in Weston Ontario in 1908,Today this is the northwest corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Ave.

 

2a-This print of the Eagel House was published in the Evening Telegram (Toronto) July 6, 1908. It was from a pen and ink drawing attributed to Bernard J. Gloster, 1908. Water colours attributed to Owen Staples c1912. It is almost exactly the same as Anson’s photo above taken in 1908.

 

3-Canadian Pacific Rail Station in Weston, Ontario

 

4-Canadian Pacific Railway tracks- Emery, or what is now known as Humbermade.

 

5-Grand Trunk Railroad Bridge Weston

 

6-Bridge over the Humber River

 

7-Humber River, Weston, Ontario- the photo below is of the same location in the summer

 

8-Nettie McNish, Weston Ontario

 

9-Anson, Nettie and baby daughter Florence and Friends at a Pic Nic. They may be on a now vanished water course or possibly Humber Creek, nit to be confused with the Humber River

 

10-Presbyterian Church, Weston

 

11-Presbyterian Church Interior, Weston, Ontario

 

12-Out for a Drive

 

13-Nettie McNish on the porch of their Weston Home

14-Inside the McNish home

15-Inside the McNish home

16-Inside the McNish Home

17-Bridge over the Humber River, Weston

18-Swing Bridge over the Humber River, Weston, Ontario

19-Dam on the Humber River

20-Along the Humber River, Weston, Ontario

21-Next to the Humber River, Weston, Ontario

 

Patrick Johnston and Louise Knox – Our People, Our Heritage

Patrick Johnston and Louise Knox

This is the story of two ordinary people who, in search of a better life, migrated to Canada in the early 1800’s.

They were both born in Antrim, Belfast, Northern Ireland and knew each other in their early days there, but came to Canada separately, only to meet up later and marry.

Louise Bell Knox 1822 -1911

Louise Knox was born in 1822. We know little of her life in Ireland, except that she came from a large family of two brothers and five sisters, Louise being the third youngest. From what we know, she moved with her older sister, Eleanor, and Eleanor’s husband John Kerr, to the area around Mountain, Ontario. While we are uncertain of the date they left Belfast, Eleanor’s first child, Robert, was born in Canada in November of 1840, so the chances are good that they left prior to this date quite possibly in 1839. Louise would have been around 16 years old when she started out on her big adventure. Settling in Mountain Township with her sister and brother-in-law, she would no doubt have been a great help to her older sister and her young family.

 

 

 

 

Patrick Johnston, 1819-1892

Patrick Johnston was born in Antrim, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1819. It was said that he was the least educated of all his three brothers and one sister. This may have been the reason he decided to leave the security of his home and immigrate to Canada. Perhaps as a young man in his 20’s, he was just out looking for adventure. We know nothing about his sailing and arrival in Canada. The ship on which he sailed most likely took him to Montreal, where he would have then taken a smaller ship up river and then by road to his final destination of Elizabethtown, or what is now known as Brockville. What brought him to Brockville is unknown.

 

 

 

He must have travelled around the area, because on one of his trips to Bytown (Ottawa), he ran into a friend from Belfast who told him that Louise was living in the Mountain area. Patrick found his childhood friend Louise. They were married around 1845 and settled west of Brockville. Their first house was located in what is now Oakland Cemetery. The stone foundation can still be seen in the westerly portion of the cemetery, backing onto Grant’s Creek. Judging by the size of the foundation the house was small, probably a log house, with a dirt floor and loft for sleeping.

 

Patrick and Louise started their family with the birth of their first child William James in 1846, who died the next year in 1847. Their family grew as the years went by and eventually they had nine children, six boys and three girls. Two of the boys died in their youth, William at 1 year and David at 3. Both children would have been buried in an unmarked area of the cemetery reserved for children.

 

The Rock School built in 1844

Their children would have gone to school at the Rock School House, a stone school built in 1844 and located just west of where they were living.

 

Patrick was a cabinet and furniture maker as well as a mechanic, perhaps a “Jack of All Trades”. How good he was is unknown, but he must have been able to make enough money to support his wife and seven remaining children. At some point the family moved from their small cabin to a house located on the Halleck’s Road just west of where the Lyn Road used to cross over the Grand Trunk RR Tracks. (The location is now buried by Highway 401.)

 

Home purchased by John F. Johnston in 1887

In 1887 with their family grown and having moved out, their youngest son John, purchased a house and farm with 75 acres on the Lyn Road just south of the Grand Trunk Railroad. Patrick and Louise moved in with him and the three of them lived together in this small, five-room house. In May of 1891 John married Lilly Bell Patterson, and she moved in with her new husband and his parents. Perhaps the last thing a new bride wanted in those days was to live with her in-laws, but she accepted it and they all managed together.

 

In August of 1892 Patrick, at the age of 73, met an untimely death. He unfortunately had taken a “fondness to Drink” and would take the ferry from Brockville across to Morristown, N.Y when the taverns were closed in Brockville. On one of his adventures to Morristown, he may have had a bit too much to drink, for on his return when stepping off the ferry onto the dock at Brockville, he slipped into the water between the ferry and dock and drowned. An inquest into his death was held, and the corner ruled it an “Accidental Drowning”.

 

Louise continued to live with her son John and his wife Lilly Bell, and their family of three small girls, until her death in 1911 at aged 88. She was remembered as a very kind woman, who would sit rocking in her rocking chair smoking a clay pipe.

 

Their children married and had their own families. The boys grew into tall men, all over 6 feet.

 

Windsor Hotel Bar c 1900

Samuel went into the “Saloon” business and somehow managed to scrape together funds to purchase a Saloon/Hotel in Brockville called the Commercial Hotel. After selling that, he bought the Windsor Hotel located on Perth St. The building still stands today, but not as a hotel. Sam’s two brothers John and Stewart would work for him on weekends acting as ‘bouncers’ for those customers who got too rowdy. Samuel died in 1909.

 

 

 

John is the tall man on the deck next to the monument

John learned the trade of a stone mason and worked for a time at the Brockville Cemetery Memorial Works, and later went out on his own as a stone mason. Some of his work can still be seen around the area. He died in 1950.

 

Stewart moved to Gananoque and met an untimely death by drowning in the St. Lawrence River in 1902.

 

 

William, (named after his deceased older brother who passed away at the age of one), worked as a painter at Canada Carriage, a very large carriage factory in Brockville. He died in 1918.

Patrick and Louise along with their son Stewart lie buried in Oakland Cemetery across the road from where they first lived.

The descendants of Patrick and Louisa now number over 600 known relations and have moved throughout Canada and the United States.

This is the story of two ordinary people who moved to Canada in search of a better life. In so doing they gave their descendants a chance to grow and thrive in a free and democratic society.

 

Oakland Cemetery Tombstone for Louise Johnston
Oakland Cemetery, Tombstone for Patrick Johnston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Story on the death of Patrick Johnston

News Article from the Evening Recorder, Monday, August 29, 1892

Accident or Suicide

Another Body Found in the River

Between six and seven o’clock this morning the body of a man was found floating in the Transit’s slip at the C.P.R. dock by a labourer named Kelly. He immediately gave an alarm and a large crowd was soon gathered. The remains were quickly identified as those of an elderly cabinet maker named Patrick Johnston, who resided west of the town on the Lyn road. After being taken from the water the body was given in charge of Undertaker Clint and removed up town for holding an inquest. Chief Rose enpanelled a jury which viewed the remains and adjourned until tomorrow night at seven o’clock.

The fact of the body being found floating gives the affair an air of mystery though it is generally thought the Transit’s wheel may have brought it to the surface. In so far as known there are no marks of violence on the body and as deceased was seen alive on Saturday he could not have been long in the water.

Deceased who was 67 years of age and a fine mechanic was somewhat given to the use of intoxicants, but would be very unlikely to take his own life. He leaves a wife and large family of grown up children all respectably connected and who are at a loss to know how the unfortunate man met his death. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence to the cemetery.

 

Obituary for Louise Johnston

 

The Evening Recorder, Tuesday Feb 14, 1911

Mrs. Patrick Johnston

Another of the elderly residents of this section, Mrs. Patrick Johnston breathed her last evening at the home of her son, Mr. John F. Johnston, Lyn Road, after an illness of several months, the last three of which she had been confined to her bed. A breaking up of a hitherto robust constitution incidental to her advanced years was the cause.

The late Mrs. Johnston was born in Ireland ninety years ago, her maiden name being Louise Knox. Coming to Canada she settled in Elizabethtown sixty five years ago and had since been a resident of the Township. Mr. Johnston died nineteen years ago, and a family of two sons and two daughters are now called upon to mourn the loss of their mother. They are Mrs. Harry Woods, of Vancouver, B.C.; Mrs. E. Tobey, Montreal; Wm. J., Brockville and John F. Elizabethtown. In religion she was a Methodist.

The funeral will take place from her son’s residence to-morrow at 3:30 to Brockville cemetery. Service at the house at 3 o’clock.

John F. Johnston, stone mason- 1866-1950
Johnston’s house on the Lyn Road
Johnston’s Lyn Road Home in later years
John Johnston, farmer clearing his land c1900
The Windsor Hotel, Brockville photo taken in 2000
Samuel Johnston, 1853- 1909
Advertisement for the Windsor Hotel, Samuel Johnston Prop.

Major William Read, United Empire Loyalists – Our People, Our Heritage

Major William Read, United Empire Loyalists and settler in Kitley Township

Major William Read came to America from his native Ireland as a young man and settled on Bison Creek in the Parish of St. George, Queensboro Twp, Province of Georgia. The Reads, Lyles and Russells all had come from Ulster in the northeast part of Ireland (capital city Belfast). Young William Read arrived in Savannah on the ship “Hopewell” in 1769.

There, William, in true pioneer spirit through toil and the sweat of his brow cleared the land and built himself an increasingly prosperous farm. There he also met and married Jennet Russell the daughter of his neighbours David Russell and Jennet Lyle and soon began a family of his own.

When the war broke out in 1777 William, an outspoken young man, identified by the rebels as a danger to their cause, eventually sought refuge in east Florida where his father-in-law David Russell was already in exile. There he joined Colonel Brown’s Florida Rangers and stayed with them until Georgia was taken over by the British army. He served at the siege of Savannah following which he was discharged from the Florida Rangers. He was then commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Georgia Militia and was later granted a captain’s commission by Sir James Wright. He remained in the King’s service until the evacuation of Savannah and then went to St Augustine. During the war he was taken prisoner once and clothing and arms valued at 12 pounds were taken from him. His lands and possessions were confiscated and sold.

Loyalists Arriving in Canada

In 1784 he took his family to the Gut of Canso in Nova Scotia, arriving on the good ship Argo where he attempted to farm for several years. Finding the land too inhospitable, he abandoned his hopes for success there and set off first for Quebec where he applied for land in Hinchinbrook Twp but didn’t stay there long. William Read in response to Governor Simcoe’s proclamation about new lands available in Upper Canada for settlement then moved his family to Leeds County about 1897, first to Yonge Twp, then Elizabethtown Twp, Augusta Twp, Bastard Twp & Kitley Townships. He and his family finally settling in Kitley Township on Lot 27 Con 8 near the village of Frankville.

There William Read built a home for himself and his family from a clearing in the forest and began to prosper once again. He and his wife Agnes (Nancy) Russell (daughter of David Russell and Janette Lyle) eventually had a total of 13 children. The Rev William Bell, a dour Scottish Presbyterian minister, seems to have been quite friendly with William Read as he is referred to a number of times in Rev Bell’s journal.

The Read home was located about halfway between Brockville and Perth so a likely stopping point for travellers. His father-in-law David Russell, who had fought beside William Read in Brown’s Rangers, died of a fever in St Augustine in 1782. In 1783 his widow Janet Lyle returned to Ireland with her five dependent children.

Loyalists Arriving in Upper Canada

As early as 1807 William Read began to gather volunteers for a militia anticipating that there might be future troubles. In 1812 William Read once again found himself taking up arms to defend his country when the War of 1812 broke out serving as second in the 2nd regiment of the Leeds County militia commanded by Colonel Joel Stone.

William Read’s daughter Elizabeth married a gentleman by the name of William Magee in 1822. Their two eldest daughters Euretta and Marinda both married Kirks. The Kirk and Magee families lived in Leeds until the 1840’s when they migrated to the Huron Tract and settled northeast of London along with many other Leeds families. The Kirk family lots became the village of Kirkton in Usborne Twp. Huron County, Ontario. The Magees settled nearby and had 13 children of their own.

After his death in February of 1828, at 79 years of age, William Read was buried on his farm near Frankville in Kitley Twp. Line 8. His life a testament to the indomitable will of the Loyalists who survived the losses and hardships of pioneer life to forge the foundation for a nation.

This story was copied from the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, the information is from Donna Magee UE

 

Clearing the land for settlement

This story is of interest to us because Major Reid, resided in Kitley Township and is buried in the Montgomery Cemetery. There is no headstone for his grave. His story makes up  part of our history and our heritage. Unfortunately no pictures exist of Major Read.

For information on the Montgomery Cemetery go to our post on Cemeteries in Kitley

 

Yonge Mills School Minute and Ledger Book 1877 to 1893

Yonge Mills School

S.S. No 2 & 3 in Young and S.S. No. 18 in Elizabethtown

We are fortunate to have in our collection the Minute Book and Ledger for this school for the years 1877 to 1893. Unfortunately there are some pages missing and some so faded that they are un-readable.

This book gives us some insight into the function of the school during this time period.

The Expense Ledger is located in the middle of this page.

Local School Tax Assessments by landholder is at the bottom of this page

Teacher’s Contract for 1882

Memorandum of Agreement made this 31st day of January 1882 between the Public School Trustees of S.S. Nos. 2&3 Yonge and 28 Elizabethtown and Florence Sherwood of the Town of Brockville, the holder of a Third Class Certificate of Qualification as a Public School Teacher in Ontario as follows:

  1. The Trustees hereby employ for their said school such teacher at the yearly salary of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for the term of one year beginning on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and eighty two and ending on the thirty-first day of December in the same year. And further agree that they and their successors in office will pay such salary to the said Teacher at least yearly, and will exercise all powers and perform all duties under the Public Schools Act, and Regulations of the Education Department which may be required for making such payment.
  1. The Teacher agrees with the said Public School Trustees to teach and conduct the said school during the said term according to the said Law and Regulations in that behalf.
  1. The foregoing is subject to the following conditions: (1) That the Teacher shall continue to be the holder of a legal Certificate of qualification as a Public School Teacher in Ontario (2) That holidays and vacations prescribed by the Law and Regulations are excepted from the said term (3) That the days on which the Teacher has attended the meetings of Teacher’s Association or Institutes as certified by the Inspector of Chairman thereof, shall be allowed her as if she had actually taught in the said School; and (4) That in case of sickness as certified by a registered Medical Practitioner, he shall be entitled to receive his salary without deduction for such period as may be authorized under the Statute in his behalf.
  1. The Trustees and the Teacher may at their option respectively terminate this agreement by giving notice in writing to the other of them at least ___ months previously and so as to terminate on the last day of a calendar month.
  1. This agreement shall also be construed to continue in force year to year, unless and until it is terminated by the notice herein before prescribed.

As witness the Corporate Seal of the said Trustees and the hand and seal of the Teacher, on the day and year first above mentioned.

Signed: Florence Sherwood, Teacher

Trustees: G.A. Purvis; James Dickey; Nelson Forrester

 

Teachers as per Record Book:

1877   Caroline A. Murray

1881   Hattie Davis, salary $250.00

1882   Florence Sherwood, of the Town of Brockville, salary $250.

1883   Jennie Robertson, of Augusta, salary $265.00

1884   Jennie Robertson, of Augusta, salary $265.00

1885   Jennie Robertson, of Augusta, salary $265.00

1886   Christine Wilson, salary of $300.00

1887   Jennie Madden of Delta , salary $280.00

1889   Jean Beatty of Lansdowne, salary of $300.

1889   A.R.Rowsom of Athens at $25. per month for the term beginning 19th August 1889 ending the 31st of December of the same year

1890   Edith Tennant of Caintown , salary of $275.00

 

Accounts Ledger for Yonge Mills School 1877 to 1893

 

1877 Credits
Balance on hand from last account $17.48
Clergy Money $2.33
County Assessment for Yonge $27.00
County Assessment for Elizabethtown $2.66
Clergy Money for 1874 $1.00 Elizabethtown $1.00
Government Grant $24.08
Rate Bill for 1877 $316.95
Total: $391.50
Notes at end of page
Bought of John Dickey eight cords hard wood at $2.75 per cord
Bought of Anson McLean four cords soft wood at $1,75 per cord
Bought of J.P.Buell 125 posts at $10, per hundred
Bought twenty five hundred ft lumber at $10.00 per thousand
one hundred lbs nails at $3.00 per hundred
1877 Debits
Feb 8th paid John Dickey per James Dickey for wood $15.00
for postage and change of money $0.05
Feb 14th Bought one pail and dipper $0.50
postage $0.05
A. H. McLean for wood $7.00
paid J.P. Buell for posts $10.00
one broom $0.30
Paid H. Clow for building $16.00
Paid Teacher $15.00
Paid Teacher $24.08
Paid for posts $2.50
paid J.Phillips for repairing stove $1.50
paid for sawing 10 1/4 cords wood .45¢ per chord $4.62
Paid Henry Clow 50¢ extra for gateway $0.50
paid to H.McLean for lumber $1.30
paid to H.McLean for drawing lumber $5.00
paid for lumber 2500 ft $25.00
paid for 83 lbs nails at 3¢ per lb $2.61
paid for building fires $2.00
paid for cleaning School house $2.00
Paid Teacher $15.00
Paid Teacher $70.00
Paid interest on H. Clow’s note $0.56
paid for prize books $5.00
paid for collecting school bills $3.17
paid for wood John Dickey $1.50
paid Teacher in full $125.92
paid difference on J.McNish’s School bill $1.49

 

1878 Money Received
balance on hand from last account $33.18
Municipal Assessment for Yonge $25.50
Municipal assessment for Elizabethtown $4.06
Aug Government grant for Yonge $21.86
Government grant for Elizabethtown $4.09
Dec School assessment for 1878 $248.18
Credits $336.87
Debits $328.39
Balance on Hand $16.38

 

1879 Money Received
Balance on Hand from last account $16.38
Jan 16th Municipal Assessment for Yonge for 1878 $24.24
Municipal Assessment for Elizabethtown for 1878 $5.89
Aug Government Grant for Yonge $20.00
Government Grant for Elizabethtown $3.20
Dec School Assessment for Yonge $231.65
School Assessment for Elizabethtown $75.14
Total $376.50
Expenses $298.87
Balance on Hand $77.63
1879 Expenses
Jan Postage $0.14
Broom $0.25
Feb Chalk $0.30
Paid Teacher $30.13
Paid A.H. McLean for Wood $16.00
June Dilaper [sic] from L.W. Coward $0.13
Paid Teacher $25.00
Aug Paid Teacher $23.20
buy a broom $0.30
Oct Three Window Curtains $1.60
Chalk $0.40
Nov 23rd Paid for sawing wood @ .35¢ per cord $3.50
Dec 23rd Paid Teacher $112.67
Dec 17th Paid Teacher $75.00
Interest on Note $0.75
Paid J.Scott for repairing grounds around house $3.50
W.Scott for building fires $2.00
Abe ?? For whitewashing and cleaning house $4.00
Total $298.87

 

1880 Money Received
Balance on hand from last account $77.63
Jan 23rd Municipal Assessment for Yonge for 1879 $23.67
Municipal Assessment for Elizabethtown for 1879 $3.49
Juy 31st Government Grant for Yonge $17.69
Government Grant for Elizabethtown $2.34
Dec 20th School Assessment for Yonge $172.42
School Assessment for Elizabethtown $74.55
Government Grant for Elizabethtown $1.24
Dec 24th Received for Prize Books $0.60
total $373.63
expenses $344.69
Balance on hand $28.94
$7.40 Dollars to be collected on Yonge Mills Property
1881 Money Received
Balance on Hand from last account $28.94
Jan 24th Municipal assessment for Yonge for 1880 $21.00
Municipal assessment for Elizabethtown for 1880 $5.02
June 13th Received from Council for use of School House $3.00
July 28th Government Grant for Yonge 1881 $19.76
Government Grant for Elizabethtown 1881 $3.10
Dec 24th School Assessment for Yonge $171.85
School Assessment for Elizabethtown $63.15
Balance $315.82
1881 Expenses
Jan 8th For cleaning School House and after Election $2.50
Jan 29th 1 Box of chalk $0.35
Feb 2nd 5 cords of Soft Wood at $1.60 per cord $8.00
5 cords hard wood at $2.50 per cord $12.50
Mar 3rd Two Brooms $0.50
April 7th paid insurance on School House $6.40
June 20th One pail $1.25 and dipper .13¢ $1.38
Aug 20th Cleaning School House $2.00
Aug 24th Paid Teacher $26.02
Aug 30th for postage $0.06
Oct 2nd Paid Teacher $22.86
Dec 1st Sawing 10 cords wood at .30¢ per cord and putting in shed .25¢ $3.25
Dec 23rd Paid Teacher in Full $201.12
Dec 27th Drawing Lumber from Lyn $0.75
Total $287.69

 

1882 Receipts
Balance brought forward $28.13
Received .50¢ for door $0.50
March 18th Received from the Municipal Assessment for Elzabethtown in 1881 $2.24
April 5th Received from the Municipal Assessment for Yonge in 1881 $22.00
October 28th Government Grant for Yonge $20.86
Dec 5th Government Grant for Elizabethtown $3.60
Dec 22nd Received School Tax Yonge $183.00
Dec 26th Received School Tax Elizabethtown $76.11
Total $336.44
Expenses $274.34
Balance on Hand $62.10
1882 Expenses
Paid F.Cowley for building fires for 1881 $2.00
Jan 9th Paid N.L Gardiner for cleaning the school $2.00
Jan 10th Paid John McKay for plastering $1.50
Jan 30th Paid Edwin Bagg for porch and repairs $16.68
March 1st Postage $0.06
1 box Chalk $0.35
March 18th Paid Teacher $2.24
April 5th Paid Teacher $22.00
Sept 2nd 2 brooms $0.50
Oct Paid Teacher $20.85
Dec 5th Paid Teacher $3.60
Dec 18th Paid Clifford Kerr for building fires $1.25
Dec 22nd Paid as Final Payment to Teacher $201.31
Total expenses $274.34
1883 Credits
Balance brought forward from last account $62.10
Dec 29th To cash for use of Schoolhouse for the municipal election 1882 $4.00
March 5, 1883 Received from Municipal assessment for Yonge $20.03 $20.03
June 4th Received from Township Treasurers for use of schoolhouse for Municipal Elections, 1883 $3.00
August 20th Received from Municipal assessment and Government Grant for Elizabethtown $5.89
Sep 10th Received Government Grant for Yonge $28.22
Dec 15th Received School tax for Yonge $183.37
Elizabethtown Government Grant $1.00
Received School Tax Elizabethtown $41.63
Dec 26th total $351.41
Expenses $296.90
Balance on hand $54.51
1883 Debits
Jan 2nd Paid for cleaning schoolhouse after election $2.50
Jan 9th Paid A.McLean for sawing wood $3.50
Jan 13th Paid Henry Gibson for 10 cords wood, 2.50 $25.00
Jan 16th Paid to J.Jarvis for building fires $0.50
March 6th Paid J. Robertson, Teacher cash $30.00
June 9th Paid for cleaning schoolhouse after election $2.00
paid postage $0.05
Aug 18th Bought dipper for School $0.10
Sep 12th Paid Jas. Cummings Arbitration bill $8.20
Sep 29th Paid J. Robertson, Teacher cash $24.00
Dec 15th Paid for chalk and brooms $0.80
Dec 18th Paid J. Robinson balance of salary $176.00
Paid J. Phillips for fixing stove $1.75
Dec 21st Paid Jas. Dickey for building fires $2.50
total $296.90

 

1884 Credits
Dec 26th Balance on Hand $54.51
Feb 2nd Municipal Assessment Yonge $26.80
Municipal Assessment Elizabethtown $4.70
Apr 19th Rent for School House $8.00
July 30th Government Grant for Elizabethtown $3.78
July 30th Government Grant for Yonge $26.63
Nov 25th Received School tax for Yonge $184.39
Nov 25th Received School Tax Elizabethtown $58.13
Total $367.02
Expenses $323.96
Balance on Hand $43.06
1884 Debits
Jan 3rd Postage $0.08
Feb 2nd Foe cleaning school house $2.00
Feb 5th Insurance on School House $5.28
Feb 5th for wood $4.00
March 7th Cutting wood and splitting same in wood shed $5.20
Apr 14th For 13 cords of wood at $2.50 a cord $32.50
June 2nd for cleaning school house $4.00
July 15th Paid James C. Dickey for wood and lime $3.15
Dec 13th Paid Teacher $265.00
Dec 17th Crayons $0.25
building fires $2.50
total $323.96
1885 Credits
Jan 2nd Balance on hand $43.06
Feb 14th Municipal Assessment Elizabethtown $2.82
Feb 14th Clergy Reserve $1.00
Feb 14th Municipal Assessment Yonge $26.78
Mar 2nd Clergy Reserve $1.25
Mar 2nd Rent for school House $4.00
Mar 2nd Rent for school House $4.00
Mar 2nd for glass that has broken $0.20
Sep 1st Government grant for Elizabethtown $1.15
Sep 1st Government grant for Yonge $16.07
Sep 1st Clergy Reserve for Yonge $0.22
Sep 1st School tax for Yonge $199.68
Sep 1st School tax for Elizabethtown $58.87
Total $359.10
Expenses $326.90
Balance on Hand $32.20
1885 Debits
Jan 10th for cleaning school house $2.00
Jan 10th Lining Stove Bond [sic] $2.50
Feb 7th Paid James Polly for eave troughs $14.45
Feb 20th Paid Arthur Purvis for 13 cords wood at $2.50 $32.50
March 2nd paid teacher $30.00
May 22nd paid for brooms $0.60
July paid teacher $10.00
Sep paid teacher $15.00
Paid balance due teacher $210.00
for building fires and furnishing kindling $4.00
for cutting wood and putting same in wood house $5.85
$326.90

 

1886 Credits
Jan 1st Balance on hand from last year $32.20
Feb 18th Municipal assessment Yonge $21.89
Municipal assessment Elizabethtown $4.43
March Rent for school house $4.00
Aug 17th Government grant for Yonge $18.80
Government grant for Elizabethtown $5.22
Received for glass that was broken $0.40
Dec School taxes for Yonge $204.57
School taxes for Elizabethtown $71.59
total $363.16
Expenses $329.85
Balance on hand $33.31
1886 Debits
Jan for cleaning house $2.00
Jan for five cords of wood at $2.80 $14.00
March material for blackening the blackboard $0.40
March two brooms, one pail, box of crayons $1.15
March paid the teacher $25.00
May Water Barrel $0.50
July Box of crayons $0.25
July paid the teacher $50.00
Aug for cleaning house $2.00
Sept paid the teacher $25.00
Oct paid for glass and putty $0.25
Oct paid Robert Ayers for painting school house $1.50
Dec paid the teacher $200.00
Dec paid G. Burnham for putting wood in wood house $1.00
Dec for building fires and furnishing kindling $4.00
Dec paid James Purvis interest $2.00
Dec paid Able McLean for repairs $0.50
Dec for stationary and postage $0.30
$329.85

 

1887 Credits
Feb Balance on hand from last account $33.31
Feb 8th Municipal grant for Yonge $20.40
Municipal grant for Elizabethtown $5.02
June received for rent $8.00
Aug Government grant for Yonge $16.90
Government grant for Elizabethtown $5.25
Dec School taxes for Yonge $177.82
Dec School taxes for Elizabethtown $68.42
total $335.12
expenses $297.63
Balance on hand $37.49
1887 Debits
Feb 8th Insurance on School House $5.28
paid for splitting wood $0.50
cash for one calculator $1.50
paid for cleaning School House $2.50
paid Teacher $10.00
May paid Teacher $5.00
Cash for Black board $2.50
Two Brooms .60¢, Box of Crayons .25¢ $0.85
Repairs on Door $0.25
June paid Teacher $25.00
Sept 15th paid Teacher $5.00
Oct paid Teacher $30.00
repairing windows $0.25
Dec 23rd Cash to Teacher $205.00
paid for building fires and furnishing kindling $4.00
$297.63

 

1888 Credits
Jan 2nd Balance on hand from 1887 $37.49
Feb 27th Municipal grant for Yonge $16.64
Municipal grant for Elizabethtown $3.44
March 5th Received for Rent $4.00
Sept 15th Government Grant for Yonge $17.75
Government Grant for Elizabethtown $1.09
Dec 14th School Tax for Yonge $206.00
School Tax for Elizabethtown $75.43
total $361.84
expenses $339.50
Dec 26th Balance on hand at year end 1888 $22.34
1888 Debits
Jan 25th Paid for splitting and piling wood $1.00
Feb 11th Paid for cleaning school house $2.50
Mar 10th Paid for 18 cords stove wood at $1.75 per cord $31.50
Mar 24th paid for glass and putty $0.25
Mar 28th Paid Teacher $5.00
Apr 4th Paid Teacher $15.00
Sep 12th Paid Teacher $10.00
Sep 21st Paid Teacher $15.00
Nov 29th One box of crayons $0.15
one light of glass $0.10
Dec 15th Paid Teacher $255.00
Dec 26th Paid for building fires and furnishing kindling $4.00
$339.50
1889 Credits
Jan 1st Balance on hand fro 1888 $22.34
Municipal grant for Yonge $16.77
Municipal grant for Elizabethtown $2.23
Legislation grant for 1889 $19.70
” Elizabethtown $2.18
Dec 17th received for rent $4.00
School tax for Yonge $252.48
School tax for Elizabethtown $84.87
total $404.57
expenses $353.18
Balance on hand at year end 1889 $51.39
1889 Debits
Jan 2nd Repairing the door $1.50
Jan 12th paid for cleaning the school house $2.50
Jan 21st paid for two brooms $0.60
paid for light of glass $0.20
Mar 29th paid for wood $17.00
Paid Teacher $19.00
April paid for tablets $2.75
July 1st Paid Teacher on salary $80.00
Oct 11th Balance for wood $4.00
Box of Crayons $0.25
nine inch Globe $10.00
Nov Repairs for outbuilding $2.50
One lock for the door $0.75
113 feet of lumber for school $1.13
for nails and hinges $0.70
for advertising $1.00
Dec 24th two rods for stove and repairs on evespout $1.50
building fires $4.00
interest on money $2.80
Paid Teacher $76.00
Paid Teacher $125.00
Total expenses for 1888 $353.18

 

1890 Credits are un-readable
1891 Balance sheet is missing
1892 Credits
Balance on hand from 1891 $26.51
No Dates Municipal grant from Yonge $18.15
given Municipal Grant from Elizabethtown $2.72
Legislative Grant from Yonge $18.00
Legislative Grant from Elizabethtown $1.87
School Section Taxes $63.27
Township school taxes $26.64
School Section Taxes Yonge $209.61
$366.77
Debits $308.34
Balance on hand at year end $58.43
1892 Debits
No dates Repairing porch $1.50
given 1 light of glass $0.08
two brooms $0.40
1 Box chalk $0.25
Paid Teacher $20.00
12 cords stove wood at $1.75 $21.00
1 cord dry wood $3.00
Sawing wood $0.50
Planting Trees $2.00
Paid Teacher $20.00
2 brooms .50¢, 1 box chalk .25¢ $0.75
2 lights glass 16¢, 2 Dozen hooks .50¢ $0.66
1 lock .90¢, 1 latch .25¢ $1.15
for putting on locks, hooks etc. $0.80
Cleaning School House $2.25
Building fires $4.00
Balance of teachers salary $230.00
Totals: $308.34
1893 Credits
No dates Balance on Hand from 1892 $58.43
given Municipal Grant fro Yonge $18.02
Municipal Grant from Elizabethtown $4.20
Legislative Grant from Yonge $23.00
Legislative Grant from Elizabethtown $4.23
School Section Taxes Elizabethtown $89.40
Township election for use of School House $4.00
School Section Taxes Yonge $269.87
Total receipts $471.15
debits $440.24
Balance on Hand $30.91
1893 Debits
No dates Paid Teacher $20.00
Given Cleaning School House $2.25
15 cords stove wood 1.70 per cord $26.25
splitting and putting in wood $1.25
paid on seats $25.00
putting in seats $1.50
bringing seats from Brockville $2.00
Painting School House $16.00
Paint, oil etc $8.19
Cleaning School House $2.00
Putting in wood $1.50
Glass and putting in $0.55
Brooms $0.45
Balance on School Seats $69.30
Balance on Teachers Salary $260.00
Building fires $4.00
Total: $440.24

Tax Assessment for 1877

Name Assessment Tax
Amos Gardiner $1,900 $9.50
Joseph Parker $600 $3.00
Samuel Holbensworth $1,600 $8.00
Henry Caldwell $1,200 $6.00
Mark Green $1,600 $8.00
William Tufts $500 $2.50
Nelson Pennock $400 $2.00
William Eyres $250 $1.25
Richard Eyres $250 $1.25
Burrell Burnham $550 $2.75
James Purvis $3,000 $15.00
Samuel Avery $1,600 $8.00
Joseph Avery $2,100 $10.50
Arthur Purvis $2,850 $14.25
Henry Gibson $400 $2.00
Ormond Gibson $200 $1.00
Alexander Gibson $200 $1.00
John A. Dickey $1,450 $7.25
James Dickey $1,950 $9.75
James Munroe $2,300 $11.50
Anson H. McLean $1,800 $9.00
Francis Scott $750 $3.75
Johanthan Scott $400 $2.00
Samuel Shipman $1,100 $5.50
Erastus Brown $2,100 $10.50
John Phillips $1,600 $8.00
John S. McLean $2,000 $10.00
John H. McLean $600 $3.00
Norris G. Gardiner $1,500 $7.50
Morton B. Gardiner $1,500 $7.50
George Gardiner $2,000 $10.00
Nelson Shipman $5,480 $27.40
Lutger M.Shipman $1,600 $8.00
Samuel H. Shipman $1,925 $9.62
Bert Kelenbee $400 $2.00
Sheldon Haws $150 $0.75
John G. McDonald $100 $0.50
G.G. Forrester (one forth off) $3,200 $12.00
Nelson Forrester (one forth off) $1,644 $6.16
James McNish (one forth off) $8,500 $31.87
Abram Game (one forth off) $1,600 $6.00
Rufus Game (one forth off) $1,000 $3.75
John H. Game (one forth off) $2,038 $7.65
$316.95

Tax Assessment for 1878

John A. Dickey $1,600 $6.40
Samuel Shipman $1,000 $4.00
A.H.McLean $1,800 $7.20
Francis and Johnathan Scott $1,100 $4.40
Erastus Brown $2,000 $8.00
John Phillipws & Snider $1,600 $6.40
James A. Dickey $1,800 $7.20
Norris L. Gardiner $1,500 $6.00
J.S. & J.C. McLean $2,900 $11.60
G.T. Railroad $500 $2.00
N.Shipman $5,250 $21.00
L.M. Shipman $1,800 $7.20
S. H. Shipman $1,925 $7.70
Morton Gardinwe $3,000 $12.00
Amos Gardiner $1,900 $7.60
Joseph Parker $550 $2.20
Edward Quinsey $100 $0.40
John G. McDonald $100 $0.40
G.G. Forrester 1/4 off $3170. $2,378 $9.51
N.Forrester 1/4 off $1630. $1,223 $4.89
James McNish 1/4 off $7890. $5,918 $23.67
Abram Lane 1/4 off $1700. $1,275 $5.10
Rufus Lane 1/4 off $1000 $750 $3.00
John H. Lane 1/4 off $2038 $1,529 $6.11
Cheese Factory 1/4 off $1000. $750 $3.00
$176.98
Brought Forward $72.40
John A.Dickey over assessed -$1.20
Amount of School Assessment for 1878 $214.18

 

Balance Sheet 1881
Balance Sheet 1881
Property Assessment roll
Property Assessment Roll
Invoice for new school seats
Teacher’s Contract
Teacher’s Contract

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Cemetery

Montgomery / Harlem / Delta Cemetery– Concession 8, Lot 25 or 26 ,GPS: 44.713472, -75.990880- in field on private land.

The Montgomery’s were the owners of a log cabin that was relocated from their farm to Highway 29, Frankville and eventually moved to Upper Canada Village. They along with others are buried on the old family farm.

 

 

Margaret Montgomery Mar 20 1869 @ 82yrs
Joseph Montgomery Sr Dec 23 1883 @ 93yrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Pratt Died Jan 1, 1808, age 62 years
Unknown Grave Marker
Unknown Grave Marker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location of Montgomery Farm on Kitley Line 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph and Margaret Montgomery

 

 

Gravesites in the Montgomery Cemetery

Joseph Montgomery Sr. died 23 Dec. 1895 age 93 yrs.

Margaret Montgomery died 20 Mar 1869 age 82 yrs.

Joseph Montgomery Jr., died 24 Jul 1892, age 68 yrs

Etta Montgomery died 15 Apr 1900 age 82 yrs.

William Montgomery died 21 Jan 1895 age 66 yrs

George Pratt died 13 Jan 1929 age 84 yrs

Mary Pratt died 1 Jan 1908 age 82 yrs

Major William Read died 8 Feb 1828 age 79 years

William Morrow- no information

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 wi