The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years- 1925 to 1930. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario

 Frankville- Feb 26, 1925

Kitley Mourns the Loss of William Henry Montgomery. Was a  School Teacher after leaving Athens High School

The death occurred at Frankville, on Tuesday, February 24, of a highly respected and widely known citizen in the person of William Henry Montgomery. The deceased had been strickened with paralysis only a few days before and had failed to show any improvement during the time up to his death. On Tuesday morning about 3:30 the end came. The whole community and surrounding country were in mourning. The one who had passed way was the great helper and advisor of the community. He was a man slow to criticize, of weighty judgment and of a charitable nature and the district has lost one of its greatest intellects. The deceased was much interested in public and political life. Being a staunch Conservative, he took and active part in politics.

The latter part of Mr. Montgomery’s life was spent at Frankville, where he was born in 1856, the son of the late Joseph Montgomery. He attended the Farmersville (Athens) High School and after graduating from that institution taught school in several parts of the district. Then he accepted a position as Customs Officer at Brockville, and spent some years in the service of the government. He returned to the home of his boyhood to spend the remainder of his life in the service of the people with whom he began his days.

The funeral left the home at 1 p.m. on Thursday and the service was conducted by the Rev. T.F. Townshend of the Toledo Union Church and internment made in the cemetery there.

Some years ago the only daughter, Mrs. W.J. Plunkett, Perth, Ont., passed away. A sorrowing wife, one grandson, E. Cleon Plunkett, and family, Ottawa; four brothers, J.W. Montgomery, Frankville; Stewart Montgomery, Frankville; Rev. Edgar Montgomery, Tauton, Mass; Herman Montgomery, Almonte and one sister, Mrs. H. Pierce, Smiths Falls remain to morn the great loss.

The pallbearers were the cousins of the deceased, Manford Montgomery. James Robb, George Robb, Edgar Robb, I.E. Lockwood and Morty E. Montgomery.

Among the floral offerings were sprays from Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Stewart, Brockville; Dr. W.H. Bourns and Mrs. Edgers, Frankville; and Dr. H.A. Clark, MPP, Brockville.

Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved wife and sorrowing friends.


Frankville, Feb 25, 1925

A miscellaneous shower was held last Monday evening at Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hayes’ for Miss Leala Eaton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Eaton. A large number of people were present and a wonderful collection of gifts testified to the esteem in which the bride is held by her many friends.

Mrs. T.F. Townsend entertained the Ladies’ Aid on Thursday last. A very enjoyable time was spent by all.

Miss Leala Eaton and Roy Carr were married at the Methodist parsonage on Tuesday by the Rev. T.F. Townsend. They were both of Frankville and will reside in Kemptville where Mr. Carr has a good position.

Rev. T.F. Townsend entertained a number of young married people on Tuesday night at the parsonage. Although the roads were in bad condition, a good crowd was there and an enjoyable time was spent.


Frankville, April 9, 1925

A golden wedding – Mr. and Mrs. Eber Yates

The pleasant and commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. Eber Yates was the scene of a happy gathering on Monday, April 6, when friends and relatives assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding.

The rooms were tastefully decorated with streamers and festoons in color of old gold; cut flowers added their incomparable charm to the setting and emblems (variously located) of “United Hearts”, all these in combination very clearly indicated the meaning of the event.

On being ushered into the spacious dining room the guests found awaiting them a magnificent spread, replete with all that could be desired of “Things good to eat and drink.”

Grouped on the lawn in front of the residence, a number of photo negatives were secured, first of the entire assembly, and again of smaller groups.

It had been understood that there were to be no presents, but this was disregarded and Mr. and Mrs. Yates were the recipients of a number of fine souvenirs in gold, properly marked and engraved for the occasion.

Time passed rapidly in pleasant converse and reminiscent exchange, following which a reading appropriate to the occasion was given by the elder daughter, Mrs. Wm. G. Towriss, of Athens, and a number of the old time melodies and favourites were rendered with Mrs. Claude Marshall, of Toledo, the younger daughter, as the accompanist, and the event was brought to a close by singing that old favourite “The Way of the Cross Leads Home”.

The departing guests wished bon voyage to Mr. and Mrs. Yates for the remaining portion of the journey of life.

 Frankville – July 1, 1925

Mr. and Mrs. Steward Montgomery are taking a trip to Winnipeg to visit their daughter, Mrs. Martin for a few months.

Quite a number of Frankville people attended the funeral of George Booth at Addison on Tuesday last.

A number of people went to Brockville to attend the funeral of Delbert A. Cummings who was so well known in this vicinity.

Mrs. P. Jones has returned home from Smiths Falls where she was visiting friends and relatives for a few days.

Dr W. Bourns is very ill again. His brother James has arrived from ‘Appelle to visit him.

Mrs. Albert Hanton and Mrs. John Lockes are in New York visiting Mr. and Ms. James Lockes and other relatives.

The Methodist social held on June 29th was a complete success, every person present seemed to enjoy it.

D.D. Leverette, wife and daughter, were Sunday visitors of his mother Mrs. G.M. Leverette.

Mr. and Mrs. L. Neddo and I.B. Leverette, Brockville were visitors of W. Perival on Sunday last.

Mathew Hanton is able to be out again after his recent illness.

 Frankville, April 10, 1926

Rev Mr. Douglas conducted Lenten services in St. Thomas’ church last week.

Arnold Smith returned this week to his cheese factory in Navan, Que.

On Easter Sunday Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Richards entertained their daughters and husbands, viz., Mr and Mrs. M. Barber, Plum Hollow; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dunham, Toledo, also Mr. Dunham’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ham. Dunham.

G.W. Steen spent Easter with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. J Mitchell.

Miss Freeman has returned to her home after spending the winter with friends.

Mrs. Morrison returned to Brockville after spend a week with her brother, Mr. H. Hanton, who is very ill.

Miss Bouck, teacher, is spending holidays at her home at Osgoode Station.

Last Wednesday Mrs. W. Brown entertained the village teen age girls to their annual treat of warm sugar.

M.W.S. met Tuesday p.m. at the home of Mrs. W. Bryan. Mrs. (Rev.) Townsend, president, was not able to be present. Mrs. W.G. Richards was elected president of the Hildred Mission Band, Mrs. N. Moore having resigned owing to pressing duties.

Mr. Goff of Syracuse came over to accompany his aunt, Mrs. Kate Edgers, to his home for a time.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwards and family of Tincap, have moved into oart of the house with Mr. H. Sands.

A specially arranged programme by the choir and a decidedly pleasing sonata entitled “Pilgrims’ Vision”, followed by an unusually impressive sermon by Rev. Mr. Townsend, concluded the Eater services last Sunday evening in the United church.

Mr. Luke Morris is sick with the flu.

 Frankville– March 14th, 1927

 Frankville Family Remembered on Removal to Athens

A very pleasant time was spent last Saturday evening when about forty members of St. Thomas Church, Frankville, gathered at the home of Mrs. L.G. Eaton to tender a farewell to Mr. and Mrs. William Hewitt and to express their good will and regret at their removal to Athens.

The evening was very pleasantly spent by those present in games and music and the following address read by Mr. Richard \Hayes.

To Mr. and Mrs. William Hewitt.

Dear Friends:

We, the members of the Anglican Church, Frankville, wish to express our feelings and sincere regret at your departure from this community by accepting these small tokens of remembrance and coupled with this our fervent hope that you may be spared many years to enjoy health, prosperity and continued friendship in your new home ever remembering your friends of this place.

Signed on behalf of the Wardens and members of the church. R.T. Hayes and V.E. Carley

At the proper time Vincent Carley presented Ms. Hewitt with and umbrellas and Mr. Hewitt with a cane.

Mr. Hewitt on behalf of Mrs. Hewitt and himself expressed their regret at leaving Frankville and sincerely thanked them for their expressions of good will and tokens assuring them they would often remind them of their good friends in this community. This response was followed by “For they are Jolly Good Fellows”.

The ladies then proceeded to the kitchen and a dainty lunch was served which all enjoyed immensely.

 Frankville, March 11th, 1927

It is with deep sympathy that we have to report the death of another of resident of this place in the person of Mrs. Percival, widow of George Percival, by whom she was predeceased 29 years ago. She who passed away on Tuesday, March 8th at the advanced age of 84 years and ten months.

Deceased, before her marriage, was Miss Mary Louisa Leverette, daughter of the late William Leverette and Elizabeth Woods, among the early residents of this section. The late Mrs. Percival was the possessor of many kindly and loveable attributes and had many friends who will mourn her demise. She was also widely known and highly esteemed through out the entire community.

Those who are left to mourn her loss are one daughter and one son, Mrs. Louis Neddo, of Brockville, and William L. Percival of this place. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles W. Leverette of Frankville and J.B. Leverette of Brockville. Deceased was a member of the Frankville United church of Canada.

The funeral service was held at her late residence on Thursday at 2 o’clock by her pastor, Rev. Mr. Grdiner, who spoke from the 61st chapter of Isaiah, 2nd verse, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family plot at Lehigh cemetery. The pallbearers were George, Glen, Harold and Dalton Leverette all nephews of the deceased.

 Frankville, Oct 23, 1930

W.D. Livingston, Frankville carried bullet for 51 years.

To have a bullet extracted from his body where it remained for a period of 51 years, was the very unusual experience which befell W.D. Livingston of Frankville, on Monday of last week.

When a young man, Mr. Livingston accidentally shot himself in the left ankle with a .22 calibre revolver, while near Council Bluffs, Iowa. The bullet was not recovered and the wound healed with such success that no pain was caused and no discomfort resulted until a couple of weeks ago when the sole of his foot became sore.

Deciding to have the soreness investigated, Mr. Livingston consulted Dr. W. Earl Throop, Frankville. A small lump was discovered on the sole of the foot and when the lump was opened the bullet was found. A couple of stitches were required to close the wound and the patient suffered no ill effects.

The bullet was in a remarkable state of preservation. It was scraped along one side, possibly from contact with the ankle bone.

Mr. Livingston is 73 years of age, has been a farmer all his life and is enjoying good health.

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