The Athens Reporter- the following article was in this paper on April 3, 1930. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Word was received this week in Brockville to the effect that no change will be made on the Westport sub-division of the Canadian National Railways, at least until the time arrives for the closing of the schools and in the meantime further consideration and study will be made by the management of the system to the details of a new schedule.
Following is a telegram received from Montreal by J. Gill Gardiner, a director of the railways.
“It has been decided to make no change in Westport service until the closing of the schools. This will give time for making arrangements for the opening of the schools in the fall. In the meantime, further consideration will be given to a new schedule.”
The Athens Reporter- letter to the editor from 1906. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
The Toll Roads- April 25, 1906
(Letter to the editor)
Having recently driven over the road between Athens and Brockville, I feel moved to offer a few observations on the state of that particular highway. To find fault with the roads at this season, and after the kind of winter we have had, may look like fault finding with Providence. No such complaint is intended; we should rather be thankful that through the agencies of frost and rain the disgraceful ruts of the Brockville road have been broken up from the bottom. This upheaval will lead to a smoother road than has been; for when dry weather comes the loose material will pack together and form a comparatively even surface. It is time something happened to these ruts, and we should all be thankful that nature has come to our relief.
But the question is, what part are the toll road people going to take in this good work? Are they going to leave the road to take care of itself, as heretofore, or is it their intention to do the repairing demanded by common decency? There is perhaps no more ridiculous spectacle to be seen in the Province than that of travellers stopping at the toll gates between Athens and Brockville to pay toll. If at these gates travellers were halted and presented with some silver coins, here would be a reason for these gates; for as a matter of fact, people driving over this road should receive remuneration. The labourer is worthy of his hire.
The disgraceful state of this road calls attention again to the fact that it is time for the abolition of tolls between this village and Brockville. It is a notorious fact that toll-roads are seldom or never good roads. The gates are a constant source of annoyance to the public, and, in the opinion of the writer, the work of collecting toll in all weathers and at all hours from people in all sorts of humors must be anything but an agreeable occupation. The toll road, in fact, is almost entirely bad. It is an exceedingly expensive road, that is, expensive to the public. There are three charges against such a road: (1) the interest on the company’s investment (2) the profits of the gatekeepers, and (3) the cost of keeping the road in repair. The public has to “put up” for all three; whereas, if the road were taken out of the hands of the company, two of these sources of expense would be eliminated. Toll roads are also objectionable for the reason that they have a tendency, and by no means a slight tendency, to damage trade. The fact that a toll gate has to be passed is sufficient to keep a certain number of people at home who would otherwise come into town on business. This may seem an unwarranted statement, but it is true. It is the conviction of the writer that if there were any way of arriving at an estimate it would be found that the business of Brockville is damaged every year to the extent of hundreds of dollars through the existence of toll gates, and Athens in proportion. This shortage of business is made up in other places not affected by the gates, or, perhaps, it is not made up at all. Merchants, professional men, and the public generally suffer in consequence. A free circulation of traffic is necessary to prosperity, just as is the free circulation of blood is necessary to the health of the body, and anything that impedes the free movement of traffic and intercourse generally ought to be abolished.
The charges that might be brought against the toll road do not end here. It is time for a change. Toll roads are coning more and more to be regards as barbarous relics of by gone days. All over the Province they are being taken over by the local and county municipalities. Why should we in this district lag behind other municipalities in the march of progress and go down in history with the unenviable record of having been the last to abolish the toll road nuisance?
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years – 1924 to 1930. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Toledo – Nov 15th, 1924
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan McClure were Perth visitors on Friday, the 7th inst.
Misses Laura and Dorothy McClure of Perth, spent Thanksgiving holidays with relatives and friends here.
William Walsh Jr., has returned from the Canadian West where he spent the autumn.
Several from outlying points spent Thanksgiving with their parents and included Yates Marshall and Denton McClure, of Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute; Miss Marguerite McNamee of Brockville, who was accompanied by her friend, Miss Fennell of that town.
William Moran was a recent visitor at the home of his son in Plattsburg, N.Y.
W.C. Dowsley, I.P.S., of Brockville, visited the Toledo School on Thursday.
His many friends hope to hear of a better report soon, from James Gray, who had to be demoved [sic] to a Brockville hospital on Thursday morning.
Mrs. George Pepper recently disposed of her farm to Joseph Carr, of Frankville, and she and her daughter, Miss Irene Pepper, pudpose taking up permanent residence in Smith’s Falls in the near future.
Some of our local Nimrods have returned laden with spoil. Robert Mackie was hunting in the district north of Ashton, while Bert Ladouceur was with a parth which went to the Dalhousie lake region.
Toledo, April 3, 1925
Hume Kent has opened his cheese factory for the season.
Owing to temporary cessation of work on the dam in course of construction near Croghan, N.Y., Charles Nichol and Hurbert Cardiff have returned home for a while.
Clifford Eaton, lineman, and his staff are busy re-wiring a telephone line in Shane’s district.
Miss Eva Stratton is enjoying a few days’ visit with her sister, Mrs. Elmer Baldwin, and Mr. Baldwin, of Brockville.
Mrs. R.C. Latimer is suffering from a severe attack of acute indigestion, but at latest report she is slightly improved.
The sugar season is over and the general report is that quality was good, but the season very short.
The members of the Orange Lodge held their monthly meeting on Thursday night.
Herbert Bellamy was in Brockville on Thursday to spend the day with his wife, who is still in the hospital. Mrs. Bellamy is not improving as rapidly as her many friends would wish.
The owners of Perth and Smiths Falls creameries, respectively have been through here recently soliciting patrons for the summer months
The choirs of the different churches are preparing special music for Easter. In addition to the Easter service, the Union church Sunday school will hold a special morning service.
Toledo – Sep 21, 1925
C.Webster of Smiths Falls reciently made a business trip to Toledo.
Mrs. B. McCallum of Montreal is the guest of her sister Mrs. W. Dunham and Mr. Dunham
Dr. A.R. Hurley, Mrs. Hurley and family of Rochester, NY were recient guests here of Mrs. Hurley’s mother, Mrs. Lena Brigginshaw.
Rally Day in the Union Church will be observed a week fom next Sunday, October 4th.
Toledo is again to the front in regard to the school fair held there on Thursday, the 17th inst. The large crowd were keenly interested in the success of the fair and the pupils of the various schools represented made and excellent showing. Toledo won the cup again, being the school with the highest number of points to its credit, while the pupils of that school, under the able management of Miss Murray, won second place in the parade.
Clifford Eaton is busily engaged with his threshing outfit reciently purchased from Egbert Mott of Frankville.
Special services were conducted in St. Philip Neri Church last week. Rev. J.P. Fallon, O.M.I. officiating.
Wilfred Miller of Michigan is visiting at the home of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. L. Miller, also with friends in this vicinity.
Special service was conducted in the Toledo Union Church on Sunday afternoon, 20th inst., when Rev. T.F. Townsend, BA, BD., Union Church pastor, assisted by Rev. G.G. Upham of Athens, Baptist minister held service for the members of the Orange order here and the members of Newbliss ladies lodges, who marched to the church in a body led by Toledo brass band.
A host of friends here are pleased to know that Mrs. T.F.Townsend is progressing slowly but steadily after her recent serious operation.
Miss Mabel Quigley left on September 21st for Ottawa where she purposes attending the Normal School.
Mrs. P.J. Quigley is having a private sale of some household goods after which she intends moving to Ottawa, after visiting some friends in this vicinity for a month or so.
Many friends from this vicinity are sorry to hear of Robert Morrison’s death.
Toledo, Jan 27, 1926
Mrs. M. Weatherhead and Miss Jennie Nichol were recent Athens visitors.
Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Marshall and Miss Lucy Marshall recently entertained at their home the members of certain of the Union Church Sunday school classes, when a most enjoyable time was spent by all.
Mrs. Joseph Jordan, of |Lombardy, was a recent visitor at the home of Mrs. N. Nichol and Miss Jennie Nichol.
Mansell Weatherhead is busily engaged drawing wood to Athens. Fred Seward is drawing logs to Philipsville.
Toledo, Jan 27, 1926
Obituary for William Moran
It was a great shock to the people of this community (Toledo) when the word went forth Sunday afternoon, the 24th inst, that William Moran had passed away after a very brief illness. On Friday he suffered an attack of acute indigestion, but very few knew of it, and on Sunday, to the consternation of his near ones attending him, and to the great surprise of all, he suddenly passed away.
The late Mr. Moran was born in Ireland in 1855, a son of the late Maria Hipson and John Moran and when the boy William was six years old his parents came to Canada and settled in this district, where deceased spent the last years of his life. In his younger days he spent some time in Michigan, also in Western Ontario and later in Smiths Falls. He was an expert cabinet maker and actively followed that vocation up to the day he became ill. He also did considerable work as a painter.
Deceased was the possessor of many sterling qualities, very quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, but ever ready to lend a helping hand when called upon. He was strictly honest and industrious to a fault and in his unassuming way he exerted a great influence for good in this community, where he was held in high esteem. In politics he as a Conservative and in religion was of the Anglican faith.
The late Mr. Moran’s first wife formerly Miss Maria Morrison passed away in 1910. Their two children survive to mourn a loving father: Mrs. G. Gould of Alhambra, Cal., and Mortimer A. Moran of this place. A few years ago he married secondly Miss Cynthia A. Price, who survives also to mourn his loss. Of a family of eight there survive four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Thos. Rae, of Flint, Mich; Mrs. R.C. Russell of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Alexander McQueen, of Morefield, Ont.; Mrs. Sanford Morden, of Niagara Falls, NY., and Robert Moran of Alpena, Mich. A brother, John Moran died some time ago, while a sister Mrs. G.R.Mack, of Detroit Mich., passed away last August.
Toldeo, March 8th, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. J. Seymour of Athens were recent guests at the home of Mrs. J. Nichol and Miss Jennie Nichol.
Robert Bruce of Newbliss, township assessor, was through this district recently.
Eber Running, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Running, is ill, threatened with appendicitis. Dr. Kelly, Delta, is in attendance.
Wilfred Bruce has returned from Kingston, where he was attending the dairymen’s class last week.
Mrs. Herbert Bellamy has returned from a week’s visit in Brockville.
Mrs. James Gray was so unfortunate recently as to fall on the ice and fracture her wrist.
The construction of the Brockville- Smiths Falls provincial highway will surely be a reality as soon as weather conditions permit, for the engineers and staff are already marking out lines to be followed. The report circulated that the road it to go just northeast of the village instead of following the present route, is not being received favourably by the people of Toledo and surrounding country.
Me. And Mrs. H.N. Stinson recently entertained the latter’s sister, Mrs. W. Tackaberry, and Mr. Tackaberry of Philipsville.
Miss Irene Gray’s recent very severe cold has developed into bronchitis. She is still confined to bed and is under the care of Dr. Throop, of Frankville
W. Hanton of Jasper, was recently purchasing cows here for the American market.
Miss Ruby Whitmore is able to resume her duties after her recent illness.
Gertrude Walsh is still suffering from a very persistent cold.
Smith Brothers, Frankville, are busily engaged in this section with their portable sawing outfit.
Mrs. Carley and son, Vincent Carley of Frankville were visiting her son Burton Carley in Toledo on Sunday.
Miss Irene Gray was the recipient of a beautiful bouquet of cut flowers, with roses and orchids predominating, from the teacher and members of her Sunday school class.’
The party given last week by Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Eaton was greatly enjoyed by all present. Dancing was the principal amusement of the evening and was indulged in until a late hour.
Toledo- April 11th , 1927
The well drillers are still busy in this district. Hume Kent is having a well drilled just inside his cheese factory.
Mr. and Mrs. James Walsh were Smiths Falls visitors on Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Baldwin of Brockville spent Sunday with the latter’s sister and brother, Miss Eva Stratton and E.H. Stratton.
Letford Millar made a business tip to Perth on Saturday.
In spite of the exceptionally long syrup making season, indications mow are for a big run at Easter. A large quantity of most exceptional quality has been manufactured, such big makers as Harold and Herbert Bellamy, H. Dunham, Fred Seward and others reporting several hundred gallons each.
Special music for Easter is being prepared by the choir of the three respective churches here.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rowsome, their son, Garnet Rowsome, and the former’s mother, Mrs. E. Rowsome, of Belleville, en route from the home of the latter’s daughter, Mrs. R. Hanton, and Mr. Hanton, of Frankville, where they had spent the week, were calling upon friends in this district on Sunday evening.
Toledo, May 29, 1930
The commercial Hotel, a landmark of Toledo, Saturday morning was destroyed by fire. The building was owned by John McEwen, and was of frame construction. Most of the contents were destroyed. The Smiths Falls Department responded with a truck and hose, and the Frankville engine was also rushed to the scene. The flames however had spread so rapidly that the firemen concentrated their efforts to near-by buildings, some of them being saved with difficulty, the cause of the fire is unknown. It broke out in the kitchen, and while some insurance was carried, the loss will be heavy. This is the second large fire to occur in Toledo within four weeks. Three buildings were destroyed previously. It was the fourth fire in that village in less than a year.
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years – 1925 to 1926. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Tin Cap – Feb 27th, 1925
Mrs. Leonard Elliott, Brockville, spent a few days last week visiting her aunt, Mrs. George Boyd.
Fred Wright, Miss Mollie O’Donnell and Miss Myrtle Lyons visited on Tuesday at William O’Donnell’s.
Mrs. Anson Gilroy was called to Hamilton last week by the death of her father, Aquila Hanson.
Mr. and Mrs. B.S. Johnston, Brockville, are visiting the form parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Johnston.
Roy Locke, Brockville is moving his household effects into his new home recently purchased from S. Barker.
Reeve Reuben Davis is in Toronto this week.
Tin Cap, Jan 25th, 1926
Harold Rowsome, recently of the Recorder and Times staff, Brockville, and a former resident of the Tincap, left last week for Ottawa where he has accepted a position in the Civil Service.
Mrs. Robert Marks is visiting in Smiths Falls
Basil Reed is visiting in Bishop’s Mills.
Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Davis celebrated their 40th anniversary of their wedding last week by entertaining a number of friends. Telephone messages and congratulations were received from many distant friends to wish them many more years of happy married life.
W.W. Anderson, Ottawa, visited at Jonas Gilroy’s last week.
Miss Matilda Anderson has been quite ill at her home here.
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
New Dublin – Feb 23, 1925
Dr. T.R. Whaley and Mrs. Whaley of Alsask, Sask., and Mr. and Mrs. W. Whaley of Charleston, visited their mother, Mrs. M.J. Whaley and their sister Mrs. A.A. Orr, last week. Dr. Whaley spent several days with his mother during his short visit in the east. He is a surgeon in his private hospital in Alsask and has only a limited time at his disposal from his work as a specialist in his line.
New Dublin – March 1st , 1928
The Women’s Institute met in the Township Hall this afternoon, a good gathering and some visitors being present. After the usual opening and the minutes of the last meeting there was a general discussion re the proposed pipe fence to finish the inclosing of the cemetery on the west side of the road. Considerable material has been purchased and plans are being made to proceed with the work in early spring. A short report of Parliamentry proceedings was given by the chairman of that department, also local history was discussed also several interesting anecdotes related, dealing with modes of life and work and thought of the people in pioneer days. Mrs. W.M. Nash spoke at some length on the Nash, Davis, McConkey and Barry families as pioneers and was asked to get data concerning those names and present them at the April meeting. Two new books were added to the birthday library. Mrs. H.A. Flood gave a very interesting reading on “The Back Woods Folk” in Scotch dialect. Meeting closed in the usual way to meet again on the first Thursday afternoon in April.
Mr. and Mrs. George Roantree and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnston of Morton visited at J.E. Johnstons last week.
Miss Dehlia Freeman of Frankville is spending some time with her friends Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnston.
Miss Beatrice Healey has returned from several days visit with her relatives Mr. and Mrd. H.Woods and family at Chantry.
Wm. J. Bolton spent Tuesday in Brockville accompanied by his nephew C. Hall of Greenbush.
John B. Harton who has been seriously ill with rheumatism for several weeks is slowly improving in health.
Joseph Astlford has been ill of heart affection but is improving.
Master Harold Toppin is still quite ill, but hopes are held for his ultimate recovery. He is much missed at school and play by his young associates. Mrs. R. Toppin is enjoying very good health after her serious illness.
Mrs. Mort Rowsome is ill, in care of Dr. A.I. Armstrong.
Much sympathy is extended to Mrs. R. Willey in the death of her mother Mrs. A.O. Tait of Spencerville, which took place at the General Hospital in Brockville last week.
New Dublin – Aug 28th, 1928
The Women’s Institute will hold the September meeting on the first Thursday afternoon of the month. It will be grandmother’s day and all members and ladies of the locality are invited to be present and enjoy a good programme followed by luncheon. The meeting will open at 2 p.m.
The party held in the Township Hall on Friday evening provided an enjoyable occasion for a large number of young people from the surrounding district.
W.H Davis has returned from the General Hospital, Brockville, and is improving in health following an operation for appendicitis.
Miss Gladys Bolton R.N., accompanied her sister Evelyn home from the Brockville General Hospital, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis. Miss Gladys returned to Toronto where she will continue to practise her profession.
The school here will re-open on Sept. 4 with Miss B. Maud of Addison again in charge.
Several from this vicinity attended the Ottawa Exhibition last week.
Miss Eva Horton and G. Fox of Syracuse, N.Y. are visiting relatives and friends here and in Brockville.
Mrs. Lewis Blanchard has been spending a few days with her parents W.H. and Mrs. Davis.
W.R. Johnston went on the Harvestors Excursion to the Canadian West last week.
Miss Edna Jones of Syracuse N.Y., visited the Misses Ethel and Shirley Rowsome over the weekend.
Mrs. R.N. Willey is spending a few days with her sister at Watertown, N.Y.
Miss Celena Menut of Binghampton, N.Y., is visiting her aunt and uncle Miss E.M. and H.R. Horton
Rev. Townsend of Westport conducted the services in the United Church here on Sunday.
Miss Shirley Rowesome visited friends in Brockville last week.
New Dublin – Feb 11, 1929
The play “Mary’s Castle in the Air” put on by the Manhard Y.P.A. in the Orange Hall on Wednesday evening was much enjoyed by a large audience.
The Women’s Institute met in the municipal hall on Thursday afternoon, the president Mrs. H.A. Frood in the chair and other officers present. On account of the prevalent illness in this locality the meeting for January was not held. Much correspondence was read by the secretary and considered by the meeting. Acknowledgements of Christmas remembrances were received from several recipients and a donation of five dollars from one so remembered.
Miss Beatrice Healy and Miss Shirley Rowsome were appointed a committee to prepare for a musical contest to be held before April 20. A household Science Course is to be asked for in the early part of June. At the close of the business session an interesting programme was put on by Mrs. R.N. Willey and Miss Norine Healey. The roll-call answered by “your favourite author.”
A paper on health was read by Mrs. Willey and Miss Norine Healey took charge of a humorous play “The House of Nuts.”
Mrs. T.E. Healey told a very amusing story and Miss Norine Healey gave several vocal selections accompanied by her ukulele which were very much enjoyed and applauded. Six new books were added to the birthday library.
The March meeting will be held on the first Thursday afternoon of the month, the programme in charge of Mesdames Thos Steel and Ed. Healey.
The history of the old mill near Bellamy and of the B.J.Horton farm will be read at the meeting. Roll call will be answered by, “Your favourite poet and a quotation from him.”
The annual vestry meeting of St. John Anglican Church will be held in the Township Hall on Friday evening, Feb 15. Light supper will be served at the close of the business session.
Mrs. Hiram Woods of Chantry is visiting her twin sister, Mrs. Fred Healey this week.
W.E. Earl is seriously ill of pleurisy in charge of Dr. A.I. Armstrong of North Augusta.
Miss Beatrice Healey has returned home from Toronto where she spent several months as stenographer in an Insurance Office
The Young People’s Guild of the United Church held a driving party to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mort Nash on Friday evening, Feb 8. It was Miss Verna Healey’s anniversary of her birthday and a social evening was spent in games and music. Light lunch was served at the close.
Earnest J. Kendrick is busy in the neighbourhood with his sawing machine.
New Dublin Jan 2, 1930
The concert presented by the Sunday School and public school on Monday night was well attended considering inclement weather. Rev. Mr. Barbour acted as chairman in his usual able manner. The songs, recitations and playetts given by the children were all well rendered.
A pageant “Christmas Everywhere” was one of the most picturesque and interesting numbers imaginable, the different nationalities being well represented by members of the community. “Indian Huntresses,” a drill, was very beautifully done, the members all being in white and silver with bows and arrows, the same huntresses sang and Indian Lullaby around the campfire.
A three act play “Sniffling Hiram” provoked peals of laughter from the audience as did also a lesser dialogue “The Fliver family”. Instrumental music was given by Miss Beatrice Healey, the accompanist of the evening and Miss Shirley Rousome and James Barrigar. The whole programme was one of unusual merit and would be worth reproducing to a larger audience. Miss Florence McBratney, the teacher, and others in the program are to be congratulated on the success of the evening’s entertainment.
Edward Webster, a pupil of St.Alban’s School of Brockville, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. J.S.Webster, stood head of his form for the Michaelmas term just ended, making 88 percent average on all subjects. Edward is 13 years of age and in a class composed of 13 boys from Kingston, Brockville, Toronto, Montreal, Gananoque and one from New Dublin.
Miss Florence McBratney is spending the holidays with her parents in Brockville.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer F. Griebe and two children and Niel Frood of Syracuse, N.Y. spent the holidays with relatives here.
Mrs. Elizabeth Orr of Brockville is visiting Mrs. Charles Burgess for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Willey and daughters spent Christmas with friends at Lyn.
On Tuesday evening about thirty friends gathered at the Municipal Hall for a social evening in honour of Mr and Mts. Elmer Grube, Niel Frood and Harold McDougal who have been absent from the community for ore than two years. Games and dancing were enjoyed till midnight when lunch was served and the company dispersed having spent a very enjoyable evening.
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the year – 1925. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Mott’s Mills – April 1925
Miss Violet Greenwood, a student of the Athens High School, was quietly married Tuesday morning at the Anglican church parsonage in Smiths Falls to Mr. W.C. Ferguson, a well to do farmer residing near Motts Mills. They then took the train for Ottawa and other points. On their return they will reside on the old homestead.
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years- 1912-1942. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Lyn, Sep 4, 1912
Killed on Track – While walking from Brockville to his home above Lyn, between twelve and one o’clock on Thursday afternoon, Nathan Purvis, a well known farmer, met his death on te tracks of the B.W.& N.W. Railway, at a point near Lyn Junction. An engine was a special freight train from Lyn to Brockville with D. Carty on the look-out. When nearing the place described he observed on the track what seemed to be a bundle of paper. As te train had almost reached the object and too late to give the signal Carty discovered that it was a man, who was run over and terribly mutilated. The body was sufficiently intact to permit identification by the train crew.
Lyn– June 27, 1925
Lyn Women’s Institute Holds Opening Meeting- membership comprises 41 residents of the village
The first regular meeting of the Lyn branch of the Women’s Institute was held on Tuesday afternoon in the Institute rooms. The president Mrs Stuart Booth, presided. After the singing of the Institute ode the roll call was responded to by the payment of fees, at the close of which the sectary reported a paid up membership of 41. Mrs. George McNish gave a splendid paper on “The value of co-operation”. Miss Julia Stafford collected suggestions for the yearly programmes from all present. Mrs. Helen Paul gave an interesting talk on the “Origin, Growth and Objects of Women’s Institutes,” which was followed by the nominations for the standing committees for the year. Refreshments were then served from a daintily decorated tea table, presided over by Ms. John Square and Mrs. Mazie Shipman. The social half hour was much enjoyed by all. The next meeting of the Institute will take place on the third Monday in July at 7:30 p.m.
Miss Bessie Billings has gone to New York to visit Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bryson.
Miss Catherine Neilson is spending the summer at Ivy Lea.
Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Imerson and Omar Emerson motored to Delta on Sunday to visit friends. Mrs. Imerson is staying there for a few days.
Mrs. D. Leeder and baby, of Cartage, N.Y., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Imerson last week for the Davis-Howard wedding.
In spite of the threatening weather the social held by the Anglican Church on the rectory grounds last Friday evening was quite a success. While the crowd was not so large as usual everyone seemed t enjoy themselves. Rev. L.E. Davis, Brockville, acted as chairman and a very interesting programme was given.
Miss Jean McFadyen, Kingston, is visiting Rev. and Mrs. W.F. McCree.
Miss Mary Cumming, Toronto, is home for the holidays.
Lyn, Sep 24, 1925
Women’s Institute of Lyn Increases its Membership- Seventy-Seven now on roll of the organization
The regular September meeting of the Ly branch of the Women’s Institute was held on Monday afternoon in the Institute rooms with the president, Mrs. Stuart Booth in the hair. There was a very large attendance of the members who had as their guests the older ladies of the community. Ten new members joined, making a total of 77 on the roll. “The First Recollections” given in response to the roll call, created much amusement. The treasurer, Mrs. J. Bolin, gave a splendid report showing a good balance on hand. Miss. J. Hamilton reported on the probability of having a class in basketry during the coming month. It was decided also to hold a sale at Thanksgiving time. During the programme antiques of china, pewter, linen and trinketry, all well over a hundred years old and carrying besides much of local interest, were on display. Mrs. John Square gave again by request a paper on the “Early History of Lyn.” Two splendid papers, one in favour of “Consolidated Schools” was read by Mrs. Wilson Burnham and one on “Christian Stewardship” read by Mrs. Herb Robins were much appreciated. An interesting summary of current events for the month was given by Mrs. Walace Gardiner in the absence of Miss. J. Taylor. Of interest to all was the very realistic demonstration, given by Mrs. M. Shipman and Mrs. R. Steacy, of the processes through which flax is passed in the preparation of home made linen. A vote of choice of the delegate from this branch to the annual astern Ontario convention in Ottawa was taken and resulted in the appointment of Mrs. Helen Paul, with Mrs. Joseph Bolin as alternate. Tea was then poured at a daintily spread tea table by Mrs. John McCready and Mrs. Norman Lee. The splendid programme and happy social hour following reflect much credit on Miss Julis Stafford, who with group three ladies was responsible for the meeting. The next regular meeting will be held in the evening on the third Monday in October.
Miss Bessie B. Billings has gone to St. John, N.B. where she will teach in a select girls’ school.
Misses Gladys Latimer and Mary Brown have gone to Ottawa to attend the Normal School.
Dr. and Mrs. F.M. Judson have been spending a few days at C.M. Taylor’s cottage, Lily Bay.
Miss Margaret McNish has returned from visiting relatives in Toronto and Weston.
Dr. Lloyd Hannah, Moosejaw, Sask. Who has been ill, is here on an extended visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hannah.
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Miller and family and father Norton Miller, of Prescott, spent the weekend with Mrs. John Stead.
Miss Taylor, who has been visiting relatives in England will spend a few days with Rev. and Mrs. W.T. McCree, on her way across Canada to her home in New Zealand.
Allan G. Cumming has returned to Boston, Mass., after having spent some weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C Cumming.
Mrs. James A. Davidson, who s visiting her cousin, Ms. R.F. Tennant, was taken seriously ill on Wednesday, but is reported better at this writing.
Mrs. James Sheridan, Brockville, spent the weekend with Mrs. Williamson.
Mr. and Mrs. Muirhead, Brockville, were week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Square.
Miss Georgina Pergeau, Gananoque, has returned from visiting her sister Mrs. Moris Lee, in Detroit, and is spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. George Pergau. Little Miss Betty Lee accompanied her home.
Last Friday evening Rev. and Mrs. A.E. Smart entertained the members of the A.Y.P.A. at the rectory.
The annual harvest Thanksgiving festival services of the Anglican Church will be held on Sunday afternoon, September 27, at 3 o’clock.
Miss May Stafford and friends are spending this week with Mrs. William Stafford and family.
L.A. Glassford, Toledo, Ohio, is spending a holiday in the village with Mrs. Glassford and Miss Widdis.
The Misses Agnes and Estella Bulloch are closing their home here next week and will go to Montreal to spend the winter.
Lyn, Jan 25th, 1926
On Sunday evening last a delightful song service was held in the United church and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large congregation present. Six well known hymns were sung by the congregation, who seemed to enter into the spirit of them, “Onward Christian Soldiers”, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, “I Need The every hour”, “I hear thy Welcome Voice”, “I am Thine, O Lord”, “Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”’ and the closing hymn, “O Vanada”.
The choir under the efficient leadership of Stuart Booth, excelled itself. The following anthems were given in a manner that would have done credit to any city choir; “Sing, O Daughter of Zion”, “Guide Me, O Thu Grat ehovah”, and “Seek Ye the Lord”.
Miss Fern Robinson rendered a solo entitled “Hear Me Cry”, and Casper Booth gave “The Holy City”. Mrs. M. Cornell, Miss Fern Robinson and J.Bushfield contributed solos in the anthems. The accompanists were Mrs. Stuart Booth, Mill Louise Booth and Miss Margaret Booth. At the close of the service many expressions of appreciation were heard. It is the intention of the organist and choir to hold similar song service once each month during the winter. The minister, Rev. F.G. Robinson, conducted the service.
Lyn– April 11th , 1927
Miss Margaret McNish is visiting Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Moffatt and Miss Mary McNish at Weston, Ont.
Sidney G. Easton is home from Lethbridge, Alberta to spend Easter with his father E.H. Easton and his sister, Miss. W.R. Easton.
Dr. and Mrs. E.J. Bracken and the Missess Elinor, Jean and Lois Bracken motored from Gananoque on Sunday to spend the day with relatives and friends.
Mrs. R.G. Stewart spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Weeks at Poole’s Resort.
James W. Cumming is home from Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. G.W. Judson will leave this week to spend Easter with friends in Ottawa.
The Misses Vera Armstrong and Helen Purvis have purchased Essex coaches from R.G. Stewart, the local automobile dealer.
Mrs. G.C. Cumming has returned from visiting relatives and friends in Toronto and Windsor.
The condition of the Rev. E. Teskey does not improve the way his many friends would wish.
Master Murray Billings will leave this week to spend Easter in Toroto with his sister, Miss Bessie Billings.
Miss Ruth MacNish, R.N., is home from New Rochelle, NY to care for her sister, Mrs. William Robinson, who still remains quite ill.
On Wednesday afternoon last a number of members of the Women’s Institute met in the Institute rooms and tendered Mrs. G.W. Judson and Dr. and Mrs. F.M. Judson a shower of preserved fruit, pickles, etc., as well as other useful articles as they were unfortunate to lose all of such things in the fire which destroyed their home recently. Mrs. Maurice Brown read a short address to which Mrs. G.W. Judson replied very fittingly. Refreshments were served by the committee in charge.
The regular meeting of the Women’s Institute will be held on Wednesday evening April 20, with Mrs. Maurice Brown as Convenor.
Lyn– July 23rd, 1948
CountyFarmers to Meet Tuesday at Lyn Farm
An evening meeting for farmers will be held on the farm of H.H. McNish, Lyn, Tuesday evening, July 27th at seven o’clock in the evening, under the supervision of the Experimental Farm Ottawa. J.R. Ostler, Leeds County agricultural representative, informed The Reporter yesterday.
He starter the newer and up to date work of the Experimental Farms and Illustration Stations would be outlined and it is expected speakers from Ottawa will be present for the occasion. Mr. McNich’s farm is the illustration station for this area.
The grain varieties are now nearly ripe and ready for observation as well as other crops and experiments going on. Leeds County Crop Improvement Association is co-operating with the Experimental Farm, Ottawa, in this programme.
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years- 1925 to 1926. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Lehigh’s Corners – Mar 2nd, 1925
Mr. Wallace Hanton arrived home last week from Belleville where he has been for some time with his uncle, Mr. Ernie Rowsome.
Mr. and Mrs. R.T.Hays entertained a number of their friends on Monday might last to a shower given in honour of Miss Lela Eaton. She was the recipient of many costly and useful presents.
Mr. Vincent Carley returned on Tuesday after spending a few days with Soperton and Oak Leaf friends.
Attending sawing bees seems the order of the day in this section, the majority of farmers having nearly finished.
Miss Leita Burns arrived home on Tuesday after spending a few days in Chantry a guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. Trotter.
Mrs. Wilson Barrington and Mrs. R. Johnson were Brockville visitors last week.
Mr. Hurbert Eaton was unfortunate enough to have two of his fingers badly cut while sawing wood at Leslie Soper’s. Dr. Throop dressed the wounds and he is improving nicely.
Mr. Burton Carley has been busy these days hauling ice from Lake Eloida to Netterfield Moore of Frankville
Miss Dorothy Male of New Boue returned home on Sunday after spending a week with Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Hays.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Blancher of Addison, spent Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. George Cannon.
Lehigh’s Corners, Jan 28th, 1926
A number of young people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Burns last Tuesday evening when a very enjoyable time was spent in games, music and dancing, after which dainty refreshments were served by the hostess. The special feature of the evening was the following address of farewell to Miss Hazel Burns, who is leaving soon for Gouverneur, where she has been offered a very lucrative position. Miss Mary Conlon read the address, and Miss Irene Mott made the presentation after which Miss Burns expressed her sincere thanks to one and all.
Dear Hazel,- We, your friends, have met here to-night to spend once more a pleasant evening with you in your home before you leave us to take up your new field of work in Gouverneur. We regret to have to lose you, as you will be missed very much by your friends here. We all sincerely wish you success in your work and trust you will enjoy it very much. As a slight token of our friendship we wish you to accept this purse. Signed on behalf of your many friends. January 26th. 1926
The Athens Reporter- excerpts have been taken from this newspaper for the years- 1905 to 1930. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario
Glen Buell, Nov 27, 1905
Albert Hayes is erecting a new barn for Mr. Richard White and will soon have it completed.
Miss Ella Davis was the guest of friends in Smith’s Falls for a few days.
Miss Elsie Betz has returned home from a visit with friends in Uncle Sam’s domain.
Mr and Mrs John Andersen is having an addition built to his house.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Stewart were calling on friends in the Glen one day last week.
A number from around here attended the party at Mr. John Grey’s. All reported a good time.
Mr. Nath Stewart had the misfortune to lose a valuable young horse last week.
Glen Buell – Sept 26th, 1925
Under the auspices of the Anglican church at Addison, a surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burton Baxter Thursday evening in the honour of Mr. and Mrs. William Baxter. A hand-some oak writing-desk was presented to the young couple after which refreshments were served. Dancing was indulged in, until a late hour.
On Friday evening a shower was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Watson Percival in honour of Mr, and Mrs. Alan Stewart. The young couple were recipients of many handsome and useful articles.
Miss Kathleen Forth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Forth, left on Saturday for Ottawa where she will attend the normal school.
Miss Naomi Baxter left Sunday for Ottawa to attend the Normal school.
Miss Nellie Newton left on Sunday for California after having spent the summer visiting her brothers, Arthur and Ernest Reynolds.
E.M. Westlake and son Byron left for Toronto on Wednesday where the latter is to enter the University as a student in the faculty of Arts.
Mr. and Mrs. .Horsefield, Frankville, were the guests of the latter’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Brown.
Master Roy Armstrong, who has been spending the summer with his aunt, Mrs. Joseph Anderson, returned to Niagara Falls on Saturday.
Mrs. Leach and daughter, Smiths Falls, were the guests of the former’s mother, Mrs. Brock Davis, last Sunday.
Glen Buell April 6, 1926
Byron Westlake left this afternoon to resume his studies at Victoria University, Toronto, after having sent the holiday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Westlake.
The many friends of Mrs. Burton Baxter are sorry to know that she is very ill and all hope for a speedy recovery.
Miss N. Baxter, of the Normal School, Ottawa, is spending her Easter vacation with her parents.
Miss Kathleen Forth, of the Ottawa Normal School, is spending her holiday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forth.
Rev Dr. F.W.A. Meyer of Brockville ably filled the pulpit on Easter Sunday owing to the serious illness of the pastor, Rev.F.G. Robinson.
The many friends of Mrs. Lorne Brown are pleased to know that she is improving after her recent illness.
Miss Gertrude Forth is home from Toronto to spend her holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Forth.
Glen Buell Farmer Loses House and Barn, Oct 23, 1930
About six o’clock this Thursday afternoon fire was discovered up stairs in the home of Mr. Burton Baxter, Glen Buell, caused from the chimney.
Help was summoned but by the time neighbours arrived the garage, barn and stable were all ablaze.
The cattle and horses were saved, but the contents of the house, the machinery and this season’s crop were all destroyed.
Mr. Baxter’s farm is 7 miles east of Athens, just south of the Athens-Brockville highway.
A year ago on another farm owned by Mr. Baxter, his barn and season’s crop were destroyed.
It was not learned whether or not any insurance was carried.
The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser
Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895
May 7 1889
There was buried yesterday at Toldeo one of the pioneers of the township of Kitley in the person of Mr. George Marshall. Who passed away at the ripe age of 87 years. Mr. Marshall was born in Vermont in 1802 and emigrated to Canada with his father Joseph when but six months old. The family settled finally on the 2nd Concession of Elizabethtown on the farm now owned by Mr. V.R.Marshall, but soon after moved to Toledo and settled on the farm where he died and to which his son Collin succeeds. Mr. Marshall was a staunch Liberal in politics and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. He married Nancy Fralick, who died some years ago and had five children, Albert, Noah, Melvin, Mary and Collin. All survived him except Melvin.
Tuesday Oct 23, 1894 issue-
Toledo– Saturday Oct 20.
Husking bees are all the go.
Mr. J. Hunt, who has been very sick for the past three weeks is slowly recovering.
Special services are being carried on in the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev., Mr. Kennedy.
A grand concert will be given in the town hall next Thursday night for the benefit of the Methodist Church. A grand concert is being prepared by the home talent, in dialogues, recitations and singing. Besides this, the following foreign talent have been engaged: Miss Fannie Robinson, soprano, Smith’s Falls; Miss. Gerty Coad, elocutionist, Brockville and Mr. C.C. Slack, conic singer, Athens.
Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue-
Toldeo– Saturday Oct 27th –
Mr. Geo Stratton is having his house painted
The concert on Thursday night last turned out to be a success, although the night was bad and Mr.C.C. Slack of Athens was not there on account of sickness. Muss. Gerty Coad of Brockville gave some fine recitations and Miss. Fannie Robinson sang some fine solos. Besides this, the home talent distinguished themselves in singing, recitations and dialogues.
Nov 18, 1894 issue-
The Orange Lodge of Toledo in full regalia, attended divine services here (Frankville) in the Methodist church on Sunday morning, Nov. 4th, where a very impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. G.H.Porter, M.A., B.D. for the occasion.
Nov 18, 1894 issue-
Addison, Saturday Nov.10-
Miss. Adda Sexton has engaged to teach Toledo school for the coming year.
Tuesday Dec. 18, 1894 issue-
Frankville– Dec 14-
On Christmas night the Sabbath school of the Methodist church, Toldeo, intend holding their grand annual entertainment in the town hall, when an excellent programme will be presented, consisting of cantata, readings, dialogues, tableaux, recitations, pantomimes, etc. The Toledo Orchestra Band will furnish music. Admission 15¢
Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-
Toldeo Presbyterian Anniversary
The anniversary services of St. Andrew’s church, Toldeo, will be held on Sunday and Monday, 13th ad 14th inst. On Sunday at 11 and 7 pm Rev. Chas H. Cooke, M.A. of Smith’s Falls, will conduct the morning and evening services, and in the afternoon at 2:30 Rev. J.A. Kennedy, of Athens will preach. On Monday evening the annual tea and entertainment will be held in the town hall, when a programme of unusual excellence will be presented. The Presbyterians of Toledo are making special efforts to render these services unprecedented successful and their efforts will no doubt meet with a generous response from the public. Tickets are sold for 40¢; double, 75¢; three for $1.00
Tuesday Jan. 15, 1895 issue-
Toledo– Monday, Jan 14-
The post office has passed into the hand of Geo. S. Stratton. It is hoped that the post office will remain where it is and that it will be conducted as good a manner as it has been for the past year.
The Baptist concert on New Year’s night was a success. The dialogues, recitations, solos, duets, quartets, etc. were given in good style. The orchestra gave some very fine music. The proceeds amounted to $41.00
The Toledo Methodist Sabbath school entertainment, which took place on Christmas night, was a great success. The town hall was packed to its utmost and in fact some who came late could not get in. The program was excellent and in spite of the crowded way in which the children were kept it was given without much delay. The music in the cantata was very fine. The Shepherd’s scene in this was grand and the tableau part where the light was thrown on to the shepherd’s was magnificent. The small children acted their parts nicely. There were four grand dialogues given entitled, ‘Rejected’, ‘Hospitality’, ‘The Assessor’. and ‘The Irish Party’. The later represented a number of Irish men and women and the acting in it kept the audience in laughter. Besides this, there were several very fine pantomimes. The Toledo orchestra band were also in attendance and the audience acted as if they could have listened all night to their music. At the end of the program some very valuable present were distributed. The proceeds of the evening amounted to $45.
The Epworth League of this place will give a social at Mrs. Derbyshire’s on Wednesday night, the 23 of this month.
Mrs. J. Coad fell some time ago and is not able to be out.
Mrs. Derbyshire has been visiting friends in Portland these last few days.
The anniversary services in the Presbyterian church on Sunday were very well attended, in spite of the stormy weather.
Mr. Price has started a newspaper in Toledo known as Toledo Town News.
The Presbyterian anniversary entertainment at Toledo last evening proved to be a very pleasant event. Quite a number from Athens attended. Full report next week.
Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-
Toledo– Monday, Jan 21-
Remember the social at Mrs. Derbyshire’s on Wednesday night the 23rd.
Miss. Terry McLean of Arnprior, has been visiting friends in Toledo for the last week.
Mr. Glen Coad entertained a number of young people at her home on Friday last.
Miss Carry Sweet of Portland has been visiting here for the past week.
A social will be given at Mrs. Brigginshaw’s next Friday night, the 25th, for the benefit of the English church. Admission 15¢
The tea-meeting in connection with the Presbyterian church on Monday night was a success. Tea was served in the town hall after which every one went to the church where a grand program was given. The Presbyterians also gave a social in the town hall on the following Tuesday, which was largely attended and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.
Tuesday Jan. 29, 1895 issue-
A grand ball and supper will take place at the Union hotel, Toldeo, on Tuesday evening Feb 5. The proprietor, Mr. John Foster, is experienced in managing such affairs, and, with the help of a first class committee, will make this event a success. Tickets, $1.00
Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-
Toledo– Monday Jan 28-
There was no service in any of the churches on Sunday last, as the ministers were unable to put in their appearance on account of the storm.
Miss Stella Coad, of Brockville , is visiting friends in Toledo
The socials on Wednesday and Friday nights were a success. A large number were present at both of them and they report themselves as having spent a very enjoyable time.
Mrs. Noah Marshall is very sick
The funeral of the late William Montgomery took place here in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday last and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Cameron.
Mr. Chas. Grey laid his youngest child to rest in the Presbyterian cemetery on Thursday last. The funeral was conducted in the Presbyterian church by Rev. Mr. Cameron.
Saturday, Feb 2 –
Miss. J.McLean, who has been visiting friends here for the past month, has returned to her home in Arnprior.
Mr. J. and T.Drummond are visiting their many friends in Toldeo.
A number of our young people spent a very enjoyable time last Friday night at the home of Mrs. J. Bruce.
Mrs. Noah Marshall and Mrs. G. Coad, who have been on the sick list for a very long time are no better.
As Miss Sexton, the principal teacher of our school, was sick on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the children in her room had a couple of holidays.
Mrs. Albert Moran, of Athens, was with us on Sunday last.
Mrs. Eva Stratton, who has been visiting friends near Athens, has returned home.
We are sorry to hear that Dr. Reeve has left us and has now taken up his practice in the village of Lanark. We also understand that the family are to leave about the first of March. This is sad news for the people of Toledo, as Dr. Reeve and family were regarded with great respect by people around here.
Tuesday Feb. 12, 1895 issue-
Toldeo– Monday Feb 11-
Foster’s ball Tuesday night was a success.
The Bible society agent preached in the Methodist church on Saturday night last.
Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Johnson were the guests of Mrs. Derbyshire
Mr. Frank Fowler is on the sick list.\Miss. Louisa Edgar and Miss McClare attended the Christian Endeavor convention last week at Spencerville.
There is a new doctor in town. His friends live in Toronto, but he has just returned from New York where he has been for the last two years.
Mr. J. Coad is very sick.
Tuesday Feb. 26, 1895 issue–
Toledo, Monday, Feb 25-
The scarlet fever is raging in this place at present.
Mr. Derbyshire and Mr. N.H. Beecher have returned from Toronto where they have been attending the A.O.U.W. grand lodge.
The social at Mrs. Eaton’s on Wednesday night last was a grand success.
We understand that there is to be a wedding on Tuesday night next.
Our new doctor, J. Bruce Ferguson, M.D., C.M., has his office at Mr. Summerville’s. He has received several calls and is giving great satisfaction.
Miss Annie Haskins is on the sick list.
Mrs. Noah Marshall and Mrs. Geo. Coad, who have been on the sick list nearly all winter, are at present no better,
Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue–
Toldeo – Monday, Mar. 4. –
Mr. Will Stratton has bought the entire stock of goods of Mr. Parker of Frankville and will commence business in that place today. will have a good man for sure.
A social is to be given by the Christian Endeavor of this place tonight at the home of Mr. T. Hunter,
Dr. Ferguson’s brother was in the village this week.
A young men’s Liberal Club was organized in this place Friday night last.
Mr. Mackey has engaged a new clerk.
Mr. Robinson of Smith’s Falls was in the village last week visiting friends.\We understand that Dr Reeves’ family are to leave this week.
Mr. C.A. Wood met with a very serious accident on Friday last. He was removing ice from the roof of his new house when he suddenly slipped and fell to the ground a distance of over twenty feet. His wife seeing the accident summoned help and with difficulty he was removed to his room. Dr. Ferguson was at once summoned and reported that there were no bones broken. Mr. Wood’s sufferings were very great at first, but at present he is a little easier.
On account of there being no houses to rent in Toledo, Mr. Price is compelled to move his family to Frankville
Mr. Bert Wood is home again on account of his father’s accident.
Mr. W. Hull and Miss. Maggie Parker were married at the residence of the bride’s uncle, Mr. H. Nichols, on Tuesday, Feb 26 at 6 o’clock, by Rev.G.H.Porter. Only the nearest relations were present and they report themselves as spending a very pleasant time.
It is with regret that we announce the death of the late Mr. T. Sherman. His funeral took place in the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by the Rev. G.H. Porter. After the service his body was laid to rest in the Toledo cemetery.
Tuesday April 2, 1895 issue–
Toledo– Monday April 1 –
Great preparations are being made for sugar making. The merchants have already received some new syrup.
Mr. George Carr is very low
Mr. Horatio Eaton’s auction sale comes off on Tuesday.
Mr. J. Foster is making preparations for some improvements on his buildings next summer.
Mr. Albert Moran has been engaged as clerk by Mr. Beach of Athens.
Prof. Taylor has been doing some of his wonderful tricks in the town hall for the past week.
The Recorder’s correspondent for Toledo is not aware of the latest style when he calls the spoon that was used by the Epworth League in stirring coffee a broomstick.
Tuesday April 16, 1895 issue–
Hull-Parker – On Feb, 26th, at the residence of H.Nichols, Esq., Toldeo by Rev. G.H.Porter, M.A., B.D., Mr. W.J. Hall to Miss Mary A. Parker, both of the County of Leeds
Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue–
Toldeo– Monday, April 22,-
Sugar making is over and the farmers have started their spring work.
Mr. Derbyshire, our general merchant, has taken over 1,500 gallons of syrup this year.
Mrs. Noah Marshall is still on the sick list.
Dr. Ferguson, our new doctor, is meeting with great success.
Toledo people were greatly excited last week over the disappearances and strange death of Miss Stevenson of Frankville.
It looks as if Mr John Foster was going to destroy the looks of Toledo the way he is moving and tearing down buildings but we live in hopes of seeing great improvements in a short time.
A dangerous yet laughable scene took place here on Friday last when a team belonging to Mr. A. Parker of Frankville broke loose from his wagon and while running away through the village they met with a washing machine agent who had a horse and wagon. As he did not get out of their road one horse took each side of the wagon and tried to get past in this way. There was a lively time for a while but the men soon got the tangle unravelled, and the agent came off safe with only a sore hip and lost hat.
It is with very deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected resident in the person of Mrs. Geo. Coad, who passed away peacefully on Friday forenoon last Her funeral took place on Sunday in the Methodist church and was conducted by the Rev. G.H. Porter after which her remains were laid to rest in the Toledo cemetery.
While the funeral sermon of the late Mrs. Geo. Coad was being preached the congregation was somewhat disturbed by the cry fire and when some of the men went out it was found that the home of Mrs. J. Smith was on fire. Every effort was made to save the building but inside of an hour the building was burned to the ground. However the household furniture and summer kitchen were saved by the united efforts of the men. The fire started from a chimney which was burning out at the time and as the timber was old and dry the fire got a good start before anything could be done. Let this be a lesson to the people of Toledo to see tat their chimneys are always in a good condition.
Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue–
A Sad Death
Miss Stephenson, a young lady eighteen years of age, daughter of the rector of the English church at Toledo, met with her death in a strange and sad way last week. She went for a walk on Tuesday afternoon and failing to return by 10 p.m. her friends became alarmed for her safety. Enquiry failed to reveal her whereabouts and a search party was instituted early next morning but all efforts to discover her that day failed. She was last seen on the bridge that spans the creek, so that the searchers rightly inferred that she had followed its course and perhaps entered the woods Traces of her devious way were found in a swamp and woods and fields, but when night fell the weary searchers were obliged to return home, disheartened. Next morning at break of day a large number of men assembled, prepared to line out and search every foot of the country. Just as they started, Mr. Running and Constable Richards discovered the body of the unfortunate girl. She had reached the line fence between the Parker and Coad farms, within a few yards of succour and safety, when she fell exhausted. She had been dead apparently some hours. An inquest held by Dr. Vaus failed to elicit any evidence of foul play, the doctors testifying that her death was due solely to exposure. Deceased was nearsighted and it is probable that darkness came on sooner than she expected, resulting in her terrible sufferings and death.
The tragic event has profoundly moved the people of the whole community, who sympathise deeply with the family in their heavy affliction.
Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue–
Toledo – Monday, June 17,-
Chantry football club is coming down here next Saturday to play our boys a match.
The Rev. G.H. Porter, M.A., B.D. preached his farewell sermon in the Methodist church on Sunday last.
A number of our young people spent Saturday at Charleston Lake and report having spent a very enjoyable time.
We are sorry that the Addison men feel so bad over their boys not defeating our team in the last foot ball match they had. Addison has got a good team, but they cannot deny that Toledo had the best of the last match, and for that reason a large piece has been put in the Brockville Times to try and cover it over. This is all right, but when a lot of stuff is put in which is very far from the truth we cannot help thinking that they have gone a little too far. By their talk, a person would think half of our men did not live in Toledo at all, but we would like them to show us one of our men who does not live in Toledo or within three miles from it. They also did the referee injustice by speaking of him in the way they did, but we claim he did his very best and that he did not have any reason to favour our team, as most of our boys are strangers to him, while most of Addison men go to school with him at Athens. Besides this, there are several other things we could mention, but we will not go any further, because in one way we feel sorrow over their disappointment in their boys not defeating our team in their last match.
Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue
Toledo Monday, July 15 –
Many of our farmers have finished their haying and some of them won’t have enough to winter their stock.
Mr. Harry Reeve and his sister Muriel of Lanark are visiting their many friends in the village at present.
Mr. J. Smith has begun to rebuild his house, which was burnt some time ago.
Mr. Simmie Manhard and Mrs. Cornell of Athens gave some of their old friends a flying visit on Friday last.
Our students who have been going to school at Brockville and Athens are now home on their vacation.
Miss Rena Coad of Brockville is the guest of Miss Ethel McCrum
Mrs. Derbyshire is visiting her mother at Portland this week.
Mr. S. Sliter, who has been working for Mr. Mackay for some time, has left the firm and is now living at Westport.
Our Orange Lodge took in the Twelth [sic] at Ottawa this year.
Owing to a large and steady increase in business, Mr. Borthwick our new baker, has engaged Mr. E. Pennock of Brockville as helper. Mr. Borthwick is giving excellent satisfaction and finds no trouble in selling his bread any where it goes
Miss Leah Stratton is in Brockville this week on a visit to her friends there.
Our Epworth League is doing a rushing business this year selling ice cream on Saturday nights.
Miss Lillie Tallman who has been visiting friends in Ottawa for some time, has returned home.
Mr. Charles Stratton was home on a visit last week.
Dr. Ferguson in now in New York where he is taking up the practice of one of the leading physicians of the New York Post Graduate Hospital. This speaks very highly of Dr. Ferguson, and Toledo may well be proud of having such a doctor. Dr. Hargraves is taking up Dr. Ferguson’s practice while he is absent.
Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue
Toledo Monday, July 29 –
It is with very deep regret that wa announce the death of Mr. James Coad, a very highly respected person, who has been sick for a very long time. His funeral took place on Friday last and was conducted by the Rev. Me. Stillwell in the Presbyterian church, after which his remains were conveyed to the vault near Smith’s Falls. As Mr. Coad was a member of the A.O.U.W., his brethren turned out in their usual respectful manner to convey him to his last resting place.
We expect to be able to report a very pleasant event in our next week’s news.
Mrs. Derbyshire is at present in Portland taking care of her father who is seriously ill.
Mr. Harry Reeve has returned home and was accompanied by Mr. Talmage Stratton.
Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue
Mr. James Coad of Toledo died on Thursday morning last. He had been a sufferer for a long time from diabetes.
Tuesday Aug 6, 1895 issue
Toledo – Saturday, Aug 3. –
Several from here intend taking in the great show at Smith’s Falls on the 13th
Mr. Talmage Stratton has returned home from Lanark where he has been visiting friends.
Our baker has quite a curiosity in the shape of two eagles. He intends fitting them up in fine shape to show at the fall fairs
Miss Gertrude Reeve of Lanark is the guest of Miss May Pratt.
Dr. Gallagher of Bay City, Michigan, gave his sister, Mrs. Derbyshire, a short visit last week.
On Tuesday evening, July 30th, one of the happiest events Toledo has seen for some time took place in the Presbyterian church, when Miss Lena Edgar was united in Marriage to Mr. James Sexton of Elgin. The Church was nicely decorated with ferns and flowers, and long before the time of the mirage the seats were packed to their utmost. After a half hour’s waiting the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Fleming. The bride looked very charming in her handsome dress, and Toledo, we may safely say, is losing one of its most prominent young ladies. The Presbyterian congregation will especially miss her, as for a large number of years she has taken an active part in the Christian Endeavor, the choir, and in all the church work. Not only did she work for the interest of her own church, but she was always found willing to give her aid in the entertainments or concerts and of the other churches. About nine o’clock the guests and the happy couple drove to the bride’s home where a very enjoyable evening was spent.
Tuesday Aug 27, 1895 issue
Toledo- Monday, Aug 26 –
School commenced last week with the same staff of teachers
Miss Gertrude Reeve has returned to her home at Lanark
The boys are making great preparations for duck hunting
Miss DeWolfe of Athens is visiting friends here
A large number from here took in the Sell’s brothers big show at Smith’s Falls
Miss Mary Pratt and Miss Eva Stratton are visiting friends in Smith’s Falls
Our foot ball team were successful a few days ago in defeating Chantry and Harlem team by 1 to 0
Mr. Wm. DeWolfe is home from the United States where he has been for some time.
Miss Carrie McCrum has returned home from Brockville where she has been visiting friends.
A few from here attended the camp meeting at Unionville on Sunday
Miss Edith Coad of Brockville is the guest of Miss Carrie McCrum
Rev. D. McLean and Miss Katie McLean of Arnprior are visiting friends here
For a number of years back, hunters have come to our lakes and shot ducks whenever they pleased, but let them take warning this year to be careful when and how they capture their ducks.
We are glad to see the improvements that are being made in the cemetery. This is something that has been needed for some time and we hope that those interested in the grounds will make a good job of it this time.
Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue
Toledo, Monday, Sept. 9. –
Wild ducks are very scarce this year, though about fifty hunters were here on Monday.
Foster’s horse won a prize at Kingston races.
Bread is down to five cents
Miss Derbyshire of Norwich is here visiting her brother
Our teachers have been re-engaged for the next year
Great preparations are being made for the pic-nic on the 14th
Mr. Wm. Bell of Almonte is home on a visit to his mother
Miss Merrick, Miss Derbyshire, Mr. T. Stratton, and Mr. Weir of this place spent Saturday last at Portland where they spent a very enjoyable time on the river.
Tuesday Sep 24, 1895 issue
There was a tremendous crowd at Toledo picnic on the 14th and the affair passed off very successfully and pleasantly. The day was a little cold but otherwise was a favourable though there doubtless would have been a much larger crowd out had the weather been warmer. There was abundant provision made by the generous hearted people who did the cooking for even a far larger number than was present and everything was of the best. The citizens band, Smith’s Falls, supplied the music and during the afternoon there were games in the field and three very exciting trotting races. In the fast race D. Forth of Unionville took first money; in the green race, A.Rogers took first; and in the three minute race W. Murphy’s horse came in ahead.
Tuesday Oct 1, 1895 issue
Toledo, Monday, Sept. 30 –
Mr. C.A. Woods has been doing a little more work on his new house
Mr. W. Pratt paid a short visit to his old home last week.
Dr. Kilborn and family have moved back to their old home at Oeon [sic] station.
Mr. John Smith has his new house about finished
Mr. S.Carr and Harry Reeve of Lanark gave some of their friends a short visit last week.
Miss Sarah Brown of Arnprior is visiting friends here.
Dr. Ferguson has returned from New York where he has been walking the hospitals
A large number from here left last week to attend the Ottawa exhibition, among the number being Mr. and Mrs. H. Hicks, Miss Leah Stratton, Mrs. McLean, Mr. George Stratton, and Talmage Stratton.
Mr. J. Geo. Hunter, who has been home on a visit for a short time, has left for Springfield to attend the Y.M.C.A. training school
Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue
Toledo, Monday, Oct. 14, –
A sermon was preached to the A.O.U.W. by Rev. Mr. Stillwell on Sunday morning last.
The Rev. Mr. Sheldon occupied the Baptist pulpit on Sunday
Miss Schofield has removed her millinery shop from Mr. Mackey’s store to the drug store stand.
Mr. R. Percival has opened up a tailor shop in a room back of the post office. We wish him every success.
Miss Mary Pratt is visiting friends in the States
Miss McCann has opened up a millinery shop in Mr. Mackey’s store.
Our teachers attended the convention at Brockville
A number from here went to Brockville last week to hear Laurier.
Tuesday Nov 5, 1895 issue
Toledo, Monday, Nov 4. –
Miss Mary Pratt has returned home from the States, where she has been visiting friends for some time.
Our tailor, Mr. R.H. Percival is doing a rushing business. He has engaged Miss Bulford of Athens as assistant.
Mr. Will Steward has returned fomr from Nova Scotia, where he has been working all summer.
Our stage has again changed hands and is now in the possession of Mt. T. DeWolfe.
The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser
Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895
Jan 8, 1889
Miss. Hester Wiltse has been engaged to teach school in NewDublin for the coming year.
Saturday June 22nd 1889
Mr. Byron Cadwell of New Dublin has just put in a first class cheese box plant in his saw mill.
Saturday July 20- 1889
Births: Cadwell- At New Dublin, July 11th the wife of Byron Cadwell, of a son.
Tuesday Dec. 18, 1894 issue-
Church opening at New Dublin
Wednesday last was a red letter day in the parish of New Dublin as on that day the new church of St. John the Evangelist was opened for devine service. The new church of stone finely finished in wood, with windows of stained glass, and stands on the same ground as the one erected about sixty years ago. Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather a large number of clergy and laity attended the three services held during the day. The clergy present were: Rev. Rural Dean Grout, (Rector of the Parish) of Lyn, Rev. Rural Dan Carey of Kingston, Rev. Messrs Cooke of Kingston, Young and Landsdown, Elliott of North Augusta, Forsythe of Oxford Mills, McTear of Maitland, Stephen of Frankville and Wright of Athens. Dedication and Morning Prayer were said by Rev. Rural Dean Nesbitt, assisted by Rev. Messrs Stephenson and Young. The Holy Eucharist was offered by Rev. Mr. Cooke, assisted by Rev. Messrs Forsythe as Gospeller, Wright, E isoler [sic] and McTear as Server. The sermon was preached by Rev Rural Dean Carey from Haggal II,9. Dinner was served by the ladies of the congregation in the town hall and was a most beautiful spread. After dinner the Litany was intoned by Rev. Mr. Elliott, and addresses were delivered by Rev. Messrs. Forsythe, Cooke and Young and Messrs. N. Brown and W. Stafford. The ladies also provided a first class tea which was largely patronized. Evensong was said by Rev. Wright, assisted by Rev. Messrs. Nesbitt and Cooke, when the following delivered addresses: Nesbitt, McTear, Wright and Cooke. Miss. M. Webster ably presided at the organ at all the services and during the offertory. Miss Joynt, of North Augusta sang a very fine solo from Mozart- “Come unto me” The Rector, Building committee and ladies of the congregation deserved the greatest credit for the successful manner in which the work was carried on and completed. We congratulate the church people of New Dublin on the possession of such a nice church, complete in every part, for the service of Almighty God.
Tuesday June 11, 1895 issue–
New Dublin– June 10-
Mr. T. McBratney is rushing business on his new residence.
Mr. Hudson Kendrick of Rocksprings spent Sunday with his parents.
Miss. L. Ward of Elgin was the guest of Mr. Aaron Sherman on Sunday last.
Mrs. E. Healy, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Samuel Horton, returned to her home in Perry Sound on Friday last.
Mrs. R. Maud of Smith’s Falls and her sister of Kemptville were guests of B.J Horton on Sunday
Mrs. Eugene Bradley and daughter from Perry Sound are visiting friends here.
Mr. B. Cadwell’s saw mill is running full blast. He is doing a rushing business in cheese boxes. The paper states that his boxes are the best that arrive on Montreal markets.
The Methodist church was well filled Sunday afternoon to hear the Rev. Mr. Knox deliver his farewell sermon. The sermon was a very touching one, the text being Matt XXVI chapter, 13th verse. All miss his presence among us, but our loss will be some other’s gain. We wish him much success in his new field of labor, and pray that he may receive souls for his hire.
A visitor at Mr. Edward H. Rowsom’s , a bouncing baby girl
Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Mr. Geo. Homer of Rocksprings.
Tuesday June 18, 1895 issue–
New Dublin– Friday June 14,-
Berry picking is the order of the day.
Mrs. H. Davis is seriously ill.
The people of St. John’s Church are to have their annual picnic in Mr. W. Earl’s grove on June 21st.
Mr. E.H. Rowsom is rushing business on his new barn, the stone work being put up by Mr. R. Kendrick. No slop work done here.
We understand that Mr. Anson E.H. Sherman has purchased a new guitar, with which he expects to charm the citizens in a short time.
The president of the Mope-pope factory was badly disturbed by a shower of stones, which caused him to fire.
Miss A. Gordon of Athens is the guest of Mrs. B. Cadwell
Mrs. David Slack and Miss Hall were the guests of Mrs. B. Cadwell on Friday last
Mr. J. Rappell of the Tin Cap was a guest of Mr. T. McBratney on Thursday last.
Tuesday June 25, 1895 issue–
New Dublin– Monday
There was a large number of Friends passed through here on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Joseph Hayes of Glen Buell.
Messers. Churchill Pepper have dissolved partnership, Mr. Pepper having struck another situation in Brockville.
Visitors – Mrs. M. Kendrick and little daughter of Shilo is visiting friends here this week. (at New Dublin)
Mrs. Shepley Rousom and daughter were the guests of Mrs. Richard Kendrick on Wednesday of this week.
Mrs. A. Robinson of Hard Island returned home on Thursday after paying a short visit to her daughter Mrs. Henry Horton.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horton left on Saturday for Watertown to visit there daughter, Mrs. Patterson.
Mr. Albert Hayes wears a broad smile – it’s a girl
Tuesday July 2, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Saturday, June 29 –
Road work is the order of the day in this section.
Some of the farmers have commenced haying, on account of the dry weather.
Mr. Alex. Compo and son of Athens were in the employment of Mr. Byron Caldwell this last week.
Mr Caldwell is doing a rushing business in cheese boxes, having to work late and early to fill his orders.
Miss. Ina Gordon of Athens returned home on Monday after visiting Miss. V. Cadwell of this place
The terribles of this place celebrated their first anniversary in Mr. Joseph Deacon’s office on Monday last, which cost them $35.78
Tuesday July 9, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Monday, July 8 –
Dry weather still continues in this section. Fruits of all kinds will be a perfect failure if rain does not come soon.
Mr. Hudson Kendrick of this place who is in the employment of Mr. Wilson of Rockspring as cheese maker, and his chum, Mr. George Steacy, were visiting friends here on Sunday last. Huds look hale and hearty.
Quite a number of our city folks took in Dominion day. Some went to Athens and others took in the trip over the G.O.P. to Westport. All report a rattling good time.
Mr. Joshua Boulton of Brockville and son of Montreal paid our city a flying visit on Dominion Day.
Mrs. Robeson and little son of Brockville are visiting Mr. and Mrs. John Kendrick this week.
Miss Vienna Kendrick returned home on Thursday last after an absence of two weeks.
Miss Maud Kendrick was the guest of Mrs. Aaron Shermen on Wednesday of last week.
Another birth in the city. It’s a young girl.
Mr. Johnnie Austin had a ??? on his finger which caused him to have his finger taken off between the first and second joint. It was very painful.
The correspondent to the Times is a little rattled concerning Mrs. A. Sherman’s illness. She says she is improving quite fast; therefore, I think that the correspondent needs a bottle of porter or old rye.
Rev. Mr. Grout of Lyn preached a sermon to the Orangemen. The ?? was fine and the sermon was grand.
The Rev. Mr. Pimlott preached an excellent sermon to his people on Sunday last. His text was, “Adam, where art thou ?”
Tuesday July 16, 1895 issue
Mrs. Horton, relict of the late Wm. Horton of New Dublin, died at that place on Sunday, 7th inst., aged 71, Deceased was a daughter of the late Wm. Whitmore of Wiltsetown.
Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue
On Saturday last two of our young men from Bolton Hollow distuised themselves and came into town as tramps. They gave the appropriate name of Black Knight and Whiskers.
We will all drink cherry wine this winter, as cherries are plentiful in this section.
They would all like to know who is the Reporter correspondent for this place. Well, friends, it is I; do you know me ?
A few of our city boys went to Lamb’s pond on Sunday and two of them went out in the punt “Armstrong.” They encountered a large snake and in the trouble that followed one of the boys fell out of the punt into the mud and water.
Miss Ethel Blanchard of Athens has been visiting friends in Brockville on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Bolton were the guests of Mr. George Bolton
Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue
Laid at Rest
A New Dublin correspondent writes the Reporter as follows: No trouble was experienced by he friends of our young man Robert Bolton, whose body was found Tuesday morning last, in securing the remains. The village authorities at Morristown considered that the facts concerning the drowning being a pure accident were so well verified that an inquest was not necessary. A permit was accordingly granted at once for the removal of the body. It had drifted fully a mile from the place where the canoe was upset, and was found by a resident on the river front floating in a bay near his boat house. The remains, which were quite badly decomposed, were removed to Clint’s undertaking establishment Tuesday night and the funeral took place from there at one o’clock Wednesday to the cemetery at New Dublin. The services were conducted in the Methodist church at the village by the Rev. Dr. Griffith, and were attended by large numbers from the surrounding country who have evinced the ?? sympathy with the mourning friends since the announcement was made. The deceased was a member of Mr. Birk’s Sunday school class and other representations from the Jas. Smart works, attended the funeral in a body, Respect was shown by all for the deceased, as he was one of our most noble young men.
Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue
New Dublin Monday, Aug 12-
The minister of this place is a hustler, having raised money to clear the debt on the church and to build a shed He must be somewhat absent minded, or was thinking of the story he told of the cow that had three calves, as he did not announce that there would be no service here on Sunday on account of communion service at Greenbush.
The prayer meeting flourished.
Under a large apple tree, our village blacksmith stands, which is Mr, John Kendrick with a hammer in his hands; he mends binders and reapers and tires and bands, and sells all of his fine honey he can.
Miss. Adda Sherman has left the employment of Mrs. B. Cadwell and is now visiting her brother and sister, Mr and Mrs. Aaron Sherman of this place.
Tuesday Aug 20, 1895 issue
New Dublin – Monday, Aug. 19 –
Frequent showers are visiting this section
The people in this section will soon have their grain all in and will have room to spare in their barns, as straw is very short.
The heavy wind on Saturday evening did considerable damage in the orchard around here.
The Sherman brothers have Mr. Thos. McBratney’s house all first coated, it will soon be ready for the carpenters to finish their work.
Mr. Johnnie Lickow has left the employment of Mr. Byron Cadwell.
Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Monday Sep 2 –
A large number of our friends attended the camp meeting last week.
Miss M. Ward has returned home after an absence of over two weeks.
Miss Vienna Kendrick has been visiting friends in Winchester and her cousin, Miss Kendrick, returned home with her for a short time
Miss Rowsom, Miss McNeil and Miss Moulton, from Ingersoll are visiting friends in this place
Tuesday Sep 10, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Monday, Sept.9. –
Mr. Aaron Sherman is again on the sick list
Mr. Ira Mallory, Brockville, is helping Mr. B. Cadwell get out a special order for cheese boxes. Mr. Cadwell goes to Toronto fair on Wednesday next.
Misses W. and Edna McBratney were guests of Mrs. Aaron Sherman on Monday
Black squirrels are very plentiful
It is currently reported here that the junior curd official of Glen Buell made an excursion west to Lake street with a beautiful little maid in her teens. While in the house some little trouble arose whereby our beloved son of the Glen had a special mark placed on his beautiful face. We advise the junior to be careful in future about entering upon new fishing grounds.
Tuesday Oct 8, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Saturday, Oct. 7, –
Council met here today
We are to have a bee this afternoon to haul material on the ground for a shed at the Methodist church.
Our holiness prayer meeting is flourishing in this place
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDougal are happy and rejoicing over a new born babe. It is a girl.
A large load of our holiness people went to Algonquin on Sunday last to a camp meeting. They had a good and profitable time.
Mr. Hudson Kendrick has returned home from his factory for good.
Mr. Anson Sherman was visiting friends in Athens last week.
Wm. B. Boulton, Esq. is away up to London this week attending the Ontario high court of I.O.F. He was sent as a delegate for Court Glen Buell. We shall expect to hear Bro. Boulton address a public meeting in our town hall on his return.
Our mutual friend and citizen, Wm. H. Davis, has gone west for the purpose of squandering in traveling a quantity of money which came into his possession without labor, and he can’t afford to keep it with hard earned coin. He will visit Owen Sound, Toronto and other points of interest before returning to his usual place of worship.
Tuesday Oct 15, 1895 issue
New Dublin, Friday, Oct 11. –
Apple picking is the order of the day They are worth 15 cts. Per bushel in this section
Mr. John Davis will soon have the stone work completed on his new stone house. It is being done by Mr. Thos. Foxin and Mr. Joseph Place, and it is an excellent piece of work.
A holiness convention is to he held at this place in the town hall on the second day of Nov. We hope that all that are interested in this good work will be preset. All are invited and made welcome.
Our prayer meeting is prospering in this place.
A large number went to Algonquin on Sunday last. A large audience was present.
The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser
Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1884, 1889, 1894, 1895 and 1924
March 28, 1884 – The Breaking of a Dam Floods the Village
The Village of Lyn situated five miles west of Brockville is today undergoing all the horrors of a flood, an experience seldom falling to the lot of dwellers in Eastern Ontario Towns. This morning at an early hour it was noticed that the small stream of water passing through the centre of the quite hamlet and partially held in check by a rotten looking dam, had assumed the proportions of a small river. A few more moments elapsed during which a roaring noise resembling the rapid approach of a furious thunder storm was heard and then with a boom and a crash a great body of water came rushing down the narrow gorge carrying everything before it. Hugh masses of thick ice were swirled about like corks and a few minutes after the first warning the water had reached the depth of two feet in some of the streets of Lyn and one Lady Mrs. Raymond, was obliged to gather her effects hurriedly together and vacate her dwelling which was soon flooded.
At latest accounts Purvis Store, Gardiner’s Store and a dwelling occupied by Mr. Peter Pergau were invaded by the watery element, while many other residences had banked their houses in hope of restricting the invasion. To add to the trouble large blocks of ice are floating about the streets and threatening damage to the buildings.
The trouble originated from the breakage of Coleman’s Dam erected between the two points of lakes by the Coleman Brothers about twenty five years ago. The dam is situated about three miles above the village and is supposed to have become weak through age.
Lyn, Tuesday March 26th, 1889
Spring has come, the voice of the blackbird and robin is heard in the land and the vendors of maple syrup are seen on our streets. Poor sap-weather they say.
March has been decidedly lamb-like all through, but lion may put in an appearance in April.
Heldon Brown, son of Ira Brown, has gone to Idaho to go into business with his brother, who has been out there for some years. Every body wishes “Shel” success.
Ms. James McLean, who has been an inmate of the lunatic asylum at Kingston for some time, died suddenly on Thursday, and was buried at Stone Church, Young on Saturday.
Rev. J.J. Richards being away on vacation, visiting friends in the North-West, his pulpit is supplied by students and others. Rev. Mr. Phillips kindly officiates when called upon during the week.
The Methodist Church Ladies’ Aid Society intend holding a sugar social on April 3rd.
Lyn, Saturday April 27, 1889
The warm weather and rain of this week have started the grass, strawberries etc. which are looking well.
Farmers have commenced seeding somewhat earlier than for some time past.
As the corn fodder and ensilage subject is a very important one, why is it not expedient to have the next meeting of the Farmers’ Institute held at once, when the matter can be thoroughly discussed in time to be of benefit for this season ! A weeks notice, with through advertising, would bring a large gathering to Brockville on any Saturday.
Lyn– Saturday June 22nd 1889
The fine weather of this week has brought on the strawberry crop very rapidly. The yield promises to be very heavy and the appearance of the fruit magnificent. The Indian pickers have come and the next two weeks will be busy ones.
Mr. Wm. Bullock has been on a trip through the states of Pennsylvania and New York. He reports a pleasant time.
The License Commissioners have been fit to grant in Lyn the only license in the township, in the face of the petition of 49 ‘fanatics’ against it. As soon as the granting of the license became known the old stagers began to fall into line, and the old time scenes, so common before the passage of the Scott Act, are again frequently witnessed. The idiotic stare, boisterous hilarity and reeling stupidity were all to be seen at one time yesterday. But it is all right and according to Act of Parliament. But will the sighs and tears of the wives, sisters and mothers be less bitter ! Let them weep- it is their privilege; but they must be careful not to do anything to stay the cause of their tears, or they will overstep the bounds of propriety and be accused of fanaticism! Strange it is that men will pray on Sunday, “Lead us not into temptation.” And on Monday encourage the opening of a public bar to tempt the weak Is such Christianity real or burlesque !
Tuesday Oct 16, 1894 issue-
Lyn- Monday Oct 16
Mr. John DeCarle of Montana, US and Miss Maggie Wilson of Lyn were married on the 11th. They leave in a few days for the west. The loss of Miss. Wilson will be much felt, as she was one of the most popular young ladies.
Factories are all running now which makes things lively.
On Saturday one of the oldest inhabitants of Yonge Front passed away at the ripe old age of 86 years, viz.: Mr. Peter Purvis, familiarly know as “Aunt Keziah”. She will be buried today at the stone church.
Tuesday Nov 20, 1894 issue- (date show is the date on the paper, not the correct date)
Lyn, Nov 26 –
Hunting and fish stories are the leading topic here just now, but none of them come up to N’s in last week’s Reporter
One of our clergymen put in a good word for life insurance yesterday.
A couple of farmers from the Front of Yonge had quite an experience coming from Westport on Saturday evening. What would travellers do if there were no houses of entertainment along the road ?
There has been quite a stir in real estate this fall. When there are no houses to rent people have to buy.
Tuesday Jan. 8, 1895 issue-
Lyn– Jan 7-
The holidays passed off very quietly. Christmas was dull for want of sleighing.
On New Year’s morning Presbyterian S.S. scholars were treated to candy and fruit, and in the afternoon the Methodist S.S. took a drive, followed by a social in the school room.
The sleighing is making things lively in the wood and log business.
The whistle at the saw mill sounds well after being silent for some time.
Miss Naomi McCormack has been engaged to take charge of the junior classes in our school. We were sorry to loose Miss. Clow
The Rev. Mr. Wright, being away for the holidays, his pulpit was filed on the 30th by a Mr. Thompson, divinity student of Princetown college. Those who staid at home on account of the storm lost a fine gospel sermon.
Mr. William Langdon and lady. of Lyn, spent New Year’s with friends in the village. (Addison)
Tuesday Jan. 22, 1895 issue-
Mr. Charles Hayes has severed his connection with the Model farm at Maple Grove and has taken a residence in Lyn. He will be missed very much as he was a general favourite with all. We wish him and his family success in their new home.
Lyn- Monday Jan 21-
One of the saddest drowning accidents occurred here on Saturday. Little Joey, youngest son of Joseph Miller, went out to play after dinner and got down on the ice in the canal that carries the water to the flour mill, got through and was carried under the ice to the grating at the walkb_a_d [sic] . Willing hands went to work to get him out, but it was half and hour before the body was recovered, and although every effort was made to resuscitate him, life was extinct. What makes this accident particularly sad is that Mr. Miller lost another son by drowning about seven years ago, and also that a little precaution in covering the canal would render such an accident impossible. Mr. Miller’s family has the sympathy of the whole community.
Tuesday Feb. 5, 1895 issue-
Lyn- Monday Feb 4
Much sympathy is felt for John Armstrong in his illness
Mr. Kilpatrick, our new school trustee is proving the right man in the right place. His knowledge of modern school methods makes him a great help to the teachers. It is hoped that our school will be raised out of the rut of old fogeyism and made what it should be. It is sheer nonsense that so many pupils should go to other places to do 5th class work that might be done here.
The annual Sunday School drive of the Presbyterian S.S. takes place on the 11th, in the afternoon, and the congregational meeting in the evening – a combined social and business meeting that is always looked forward to as a very enjoyable affair.
Feb. 12, 1895 issue-
Lyn– Feb 11-
Johnnie Armstrong is home on a flying visit, on account of his father’s illness and had a rough time making the trip. He was on the train that was run into west of Toronto, but escaped any injury except a shaking up. J. Armstrong, sr., is some better, able to go out driving.
Reports from woodsmen put the depth of snow on the level at from three to six feet. Surely the regularity of the train service on the B&W this winter should convince the back country folks of the reliability of a mail service on that route. At present it takes three days to get a return mail from Delta or west of this to Lyn, and the same from Addison or Greenbush.
Owing to the snow blockade, the S.S. dinner and annual meeting of the Presbyterian congregation has been postponed until Tuesday the 26th.
B. Stack advertises his hotel for sale. The house has been much improved since he has occupied it and it is said to be one of the most comfortable country hotels on the road.
On Saturday evening the Liberal meeting was well attended, in spite of the storm, and was very enthusiastic, every one feeling that there were good grounds for expecting a Liberal victory at Dominion elections.
Tuesday March 5, 1895 issue–
Lyn – Monday, Mar 4,-
The annual meeting of the congregation of Christ church (Presbyterian) came off on the 30th and was a very pleasant and successful one. Reports showed increased interest in missionary, S. school and other work. The meeting was a business and social one, and all seemed to enjoy themselves. A pleasing feature in the proceedings was the presentation of a number of interesting volumes to Miss. C. Willson as a token of appreciation of her services as sec-treasurer during past years. Miss. Willson was taken completely by surprise and replied briefly.
Quite a number of cases of lagrippe have developed during the last few days.
Mr. Theron Thrall, our oldest inhabitant, is very low.
Everybody is pleased to see John Armstrong out again and improving in health.
A very serious coasting accident occurred here on Saturday evening. A party of young people were enjoying themselves on the mountain near the G.T.R. station when a toboggan collided with a stump, resulting in Miss. Etta Stafford, daughter of Wm. Stafford, Esq., having her leg broken above the knee, besides other injuries.
Tuesday March 12, 1895 issue–
Lyn- Monday Mar 11 –
During last week both Mr. and Mrs. Thrall, an aged couple, passed away. Mr. Thrall, who has been an invalid for a number of years, died on Tuesday and his aged wife followed on Thursday. Mr. Thrall aged 86, Mrs. Thrall 75.
The annual charity social came off on Friday and was quite a success. About $20. was realized.
Fred Lee has opened up an ag’l machine depot here, handling implements made in the country, and is now canvassing the western section with samplers. Fred is a hustler and it will pay parties to see him before placing orders.
The sleighing is good and large quantities of logs and wood are coming to the village.
Tuesday March 26, 1895 issue–
Lyn – Mar 18 –
Mrs. N. R. Gardiner had the misfortune this morning to slip on the ice and break her arm and sprain her ankle.
Wm. Bullock left today for Montreal where he intends going into the grocery business.
Wm. Neilson & Sons bought four head of fat cattle through the village that they had purchased from the Stewart Brothers, Seeley’s Corners, which were a credit to them as feeders.
The serious results of over study in the case of Miss. Robins is another example of the evils of the cramming system carried on in our schools. To get an education they must go to the high schools where everything is run at high pressure. It is high time that something was done to make our common schools such as would provide a good common business education.
Tuesday, March 26-
The Rev. Mr. Patton, missionary of the Canadian Tract Society, occupied the pulpit of the Presbyterian church yesterday, giving an account of the society’s work among the lumberman and inland sailors, which was very interesting.
On Sunday next 31st, a mass meeting of the Lyn, Caintown and Mallorytown congregations will be held in the Presbyterian church, Lyn, at 3:30 p.m., when the ordination of the newly elected elders will take place. Rev. Mr. Cameron of St. John’s church, Brockville will preach.
A gloom was cast over the village when it became known that Mrs. Omar Mallory had passed away. She had been very ill for some days, but was thought to be better, but on Saturday became worse until about one a.m. this morning when she died. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Mallory and family.
Yesterday (Monday), after a brief illness, Mrs. Omar Mallory of Lyn departed this life. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. Henry Judd, Mallorytown, and a sister of Mrs. I.C. Alguire, Athens. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and her sudden demise is a subject of sincere regret to a large circle of friends. The funeral takes place to-morrow and the remains will be interred at Mallorytown.
Tuesday April 9, 1895 issue–
Mr. Wm. Stafford, of the Lyn stock yards, in his report to the Department of Agriculture for the year ending Oct. 31, 1894, says: Official regulations concerning the transportation of American stock have been strictly carried out. The yards have been always kept in a good state of repair. No Canadian cattle were allowed to come in contact with the yards. All animals dead on arrival here have been buried within the isolated yards under my direction. There were 835 cars, 13,855 head of cattle; 13 cars- 855 head of cattle; 13 cars, 261 horses; and 7 cars, 1,100 head of sheep, at the station this year, all of which were unloaded, fed and watered.
Rev. J.J. Wright of Lyn will occupy the pulpit of St. Paul’s Presbyterian church on Sabbath next, the pastor, Rev. J.J. Cameron taking his appointments on the Lyn Circuit.
Tuesday April 23, 1895 issue–
Lyn,- Monday April 22,-
Another of our old residents passed away last week in the person of Mrs. Raymond. A year ago she had a paralytic stroke but recovered so far as to be able to go about, until on Monday evening last she had another and sank until Thursday noon when she died.
Wallace Nicholson and wife are visiting Mr. Robert Widdis, her father, who is very ill.
Mrs. Martin Hunt has returned after spending the winter with her son at Syracuse, NY
Miss Jennie Raymond is home from Chicago, on account of the death of her mother,
Peter Pergau has commenced building his new house on the Demming lot. Pity we did not have some more men like Peter.
James McNish of Elm Grove farm is very ill.
The death of Henry Robinson of Hallecks was quite a shock to the people of the village. His youngest son in now lying at the point of death.
Tuesday April 30, 1895 issue–
Lyn– Monday, April 29-
W.Neilson & Sons have removed their meat market into the brick building near the P.O., having a fine roomy shop. The old premises are to be torn down. It was erected 49 years ago by H.E. McDonald for a shoe shop and is the oldest building on Main St., except the blacksmith shop and the Raymond house remaining as the first built. It is removing an old landmark.
Rev, Mr, Wright gave the report of the Liquor committee a pretty rough handling in his discourse yesterday.
Tuesday June 11, 1895 issue–
Lyn– Monday June 10.-
Rev. A. Mallory filed the pulpit in the Methodist church yesterday, morning and evening
Everybody is pleased that Rev. Mr. Perley is to remain another year.
The Hornerite tent has been here since 29th May, but has attracted very few from this neighbourhood. On Friday quite a crowd from a distance gathered in convention. It is said that they are to remain another week.
Mr. Cumming is clearing away the ruins and debris of a part of the old tannery, where he intends building an addition to the Flouring Mill, to be need for grinding provender, & etc.
Our factories are all running full time.
The Ag’l Works are very busy sending off cultivators and horse shoes. Farmers appreciate the advantage of the reduction in prices.
Prospects are fair for a crop of strawberries, but they need rain badly.
Tuesday July 30, 1895 issue
McNish – At Brookfield, Missouri, aged 76, Lavina McNish, wife of Geo. McNish, formerly of Young Co. of Leeds, Ont mother of G.P. McNish, Lyn.
Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue
Lyn, Monday Aug. 12 –
The magnificent illumination at Union Park on the 8th was witnessed by a large number from here.
Our school board are over-hauling the school house and putting things in good shape – new seats, draining the basement, and putting in furnace for heating etc. The two school rooms are to be on the upper flat, leaving the lower room to be used as a town hall for the present.
The union S.S. excursion takes place next week to Gananoque.
The Hornerites have secured Buell’s hall as a place of worship.
The quarterly meeting in the Methodist church on the 4th was largely attended.
On Friday evening Mrs. Jas. Hall and her party of native Coreans [sic] drew a large audience at the Methodist church. Mrs. Hall’s description of the manners and customs of that country, and the singing and reading of the Coreans in their native tongue, were very interesting.
Peter Pergan has his new home finished
E.A.Cumming is putting a new boiler in his last factory
Mr. H. Coleman and family are visiting his brother-in-law, Jas. Cumming, Esq.
Mr. Meikle of Smith’s Falls took a spin on Sunday morning from Charleston to meet Rev. J.J. Wright, an old friend. He came by way of Athens 17 miles in 90 minutes.
Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue
O.W.Weed and wife of Sandy Creek, N.Y. are spending a few week’s with Mrs. Weed’s sister, Mrs. G.P. McNish
Walker’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin has been here and gone carrying away some money and the ???? of a humbugged crowd.
Tuesday Aug 27, 1895 issue
Lyn– Monday Aug 28 –
The union S.S. excursion came off on Friday, 23rd, and was a very pleasant affair
School has opened and both scholars and teachers are much pleased with their new quarters
Wm Bulloch has retires to Kyn, having sold out his interest in the grocery business in Montreal.
M.Kilpatrick, our general Insurance agent, is receiving a visit from his brother from Rousa city, Mo. The visitor filled the pulpit of the Methodist church last evening very acceptably.
Tuesday Sep 3, 1895 issue
Mr. U.R. Lapoint of Elizabethtown is slightly demented and when under the influence of liquor is inclined to be dangerous. Last week he armed himself with a gun and an axe and drove into Brockville where he par took of refreshments and speedily qualified for police interference. He was arrested, adjudged insane, and will be confined in the new asylum.
A Lyn correspondent says: – An English sharper representing himself variously as “an expert butter maker” a commercial traveller with samples and horses at Brockville, a secret detective, etc., managed to skip a small bill at a boarding house here. He was seen afoot heading for Athens Tuesday morning. Pass him along.
Messer’s. Omer and John E. Brown of Delta and Wm Bullock of Lyn, and Geo Stanton of Canton, N.Y., were fishing in Red Horse lake last Wednesday and numbered among their catch two salmon weighing respectively 20 lbs and 12 lbs. The Red Horse has furnished fine sport this season and many big catches have been made, but this twenty pounder probably breaks the record.
Tuesday Sep 24, 1895 issue
Lyn– Saturday, Sept 21 –
One of the oldest inhabitants of this village passed away on Wednesday morning last in the person of Robert Widdis, aged 66, who has carried on the business of wagon making for over 35 years.
Everybody is much pleased at the success of our local thoroughbred stock men at the fairs this fall.
E.A.Cumming is placing a new steel boiler in the last factory and is overhauling and remodelling his machinery, getting ready for a busy time.
The whistle of the Eyre Mfg. Co. has been heard for the last few days signifying that business had been resumed after being shut down for a time.
The Ag’l Works are busy getting out plows, improved Giant root cutters, sugar arches and roller castings.
The W.C.T.U. are talking of getting up an entertainment to open the new hall, provided by putting both departments of the school on the upper flat. Everybody attends their entertainments, so they are sure of a full house.
The Unionville fair was voted a great success by the many who visited it from here. The “merry go round” was a great attraction to old and young, but centrifugal force was the strongest in the case of one of the “boys”.
March 29, 1924 – A Lyn Landmark Destroyed
The building destroyed was one of the landmark of Lyn Village. It was built many years ago by Richard Coleman and in 1854 was converted to a factory by Messer’s James Bullock and Walter Coleman. For a number of years it stood unoccupied. Early this year Mr. Drunige, who operates a saw mill at Jasper and portable sawing equipment at Maitland, purchased the building and equipped it with $2,500. worth of machinery. He had cut between 150,000 and 200,000 feet of umber since operations were started in February. Owing to limited yard space most of the lumber manufactured was drawn away daily and fortunately there was not much of the finished product on the grounds when the fire broke out. Close to 40 cords of slab wood were piled in the engine and boiled room of the plant and this gave the Brockville fireman their hardest battle in subduing the flames. The loss will be in the neighbourhood of $4,000. and although the owner of the property was away and could not be interviewed it was learned from a authoritative source that no insurance was carried on the building or contents which are a total loss