Albert was born in Toledo, Ontario on February 15th, 1885. His proud parents were Nelson Tallman (1852-1922) and Frances Ann nee Gorman (1854-1920). He was a member of a large family consisting of eight brothers and sisters.
There is little we know about his youth or the rest of his family, but somewhere between the time he was old enough to leave home and 1915 he moved to Winnipeg and was working as a Tinsmith.
Albert didn’t enlist when war broke out in 1914, but waited until November of the next year. Perhaps he thought that the war would be won quickly and he would not be required. However as 1914 rolled into 1915 Albert decided to enlist on November 16th, 1915. He was 30 years old, stool 5’6” with fair hair, grey eyes and a ruddy complexion.
He joined the 179th Battalion, Cameron Highlander, 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry in Winnipeg.
He spent almost all of his first year training in Canada before he set sail for England. His unit sailed from Halifax aboard the HMS Saxonia on October 4th, 1916.
After his arrival on October 13th, he and his unit went to East Sandling where they trained in the art of “Trench Warfare”.
After training in England he along with his unit were transferred to France where they joined the rest of the 16th Battalion. Little did he know what awaited him in the upcoming months, history would recall it as the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
On that first day of the attack, April 9th, 1917, Albert along with the rest of his unit went over the top of the trenches and into ‘no man’s land’. And that is the last we know of Albert as he was report “Missing in Action” on that first day of the battle. He was later declared to have been “Presumed to have died on or since April 9th, 1917”.
His story and life have been lost to history with the exception of his name that is carved into the “Vimy Memorial” in France, and also appears on the Cenotaph in Toledo.
For those who are interested we have reprinted part of the story of the Battle for Vimy Ridge below.
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Canada’s most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English:
TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA
Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as ‘missing, presumed dead’ in France. A plaque at the entrance to the memorial states that the land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was ‘the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada’. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. The park surrounding the Vimy Memorial was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Wooded parklands surround the grassy slopes of the approaches around the Vimy Memorial. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made. On April 3, 2003, the Government of Canada designated April 9th of each year as a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Veterans Affairs Canada)
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive on the Western Front during World War I. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the Battle of Arras. The main combatants were the four divisions of the Canadian Corps in the First Army, against three divisions of the German 6th Army. The battle took place from 9 to 12 April 1917 at the beginning of the Battle of Arras, the first attack of the Nivelle Offensive, which was intended to attract German reserves from the French, before their attempt at a decisive offensive on the Aisne and the Chemin des Chemin ridge further south.
9 April 1917
The attack was to begin at 5:30 am on Easter Monday, 9 April 1917. The attack was originally planned for the morning of 8 April (Easter Sunday) but it was postponed for 24 hours at the request of the French.During the late hours of 8 April and early morning of 9 April the men of the leading and supporting wave of the attack were moved into their forward assembly positions. The weather was cold and later changed to sleet and snow.Although physically discomforting for everyone, the northwesterly storm provided some advantage to the assaulting troops by blowing snow in the faces of the defending troops.Light Canadian and British artillery bombardments continued throughout the night but stopped in the few minutes before the attack, as the artillery recalibrated their guns in preparation for the synchronized barrage.At 5:30 am, every artillery piece at the disposal of the Canadian Corps began firing. Thirty seconds later, engineers detonated the mine charges laid under no man’s land and the German trench line, destroying a number of German strong points and creating secure communication trenches directly across no man’s land. Light field guns laid down a barrage that mostly advanced at a rate of 100 yards in three minutes while medium and heavy howitzers established a series of standing barrages further ahead against known defensive systems.During the early fighting, the German divisional artillery, despite many losses, were able to maintain their defensive firing.As the Canadian assault advanced, it overran many of the German guns because large numbers of their draught horses had been killed in the initial gas attack.
It was during the early morning hours of this first assault that Albert Ellery Tallman lost his life in the muddy ground of “no man’s land” in the far distant fields of France.
Charles Edward Goad (March 15, 1848 – June 10, 1910 ) was a noted cartographer and civil engineer. Goad is most noted for his insurance surveys of cities in Canada, Great Britain, and elsewhere. Fire insurance companies needed to know in detail the nature and size of buildings, width of streets, construction, building materials and the proximity of fire services and water supplies in order to estimate appropriate premiums. Goad established a company (the Charles E. Goad Company) in 1875 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to produce maps to provide this information. These and like maps are now referred to as Goad Maps.(Wikepedia)
These maps are on line, but we have included them here on our website as they are an important part of our history.
Toledo had three log schools in and around the immediate area. These schools were closed with the erection of a new stone school in the Village by the late 1840’s. This structure served the area until the 1870’s.
In 1876, Mr. Robert Parker built a two room brick schoolhouse on King Street. Teachers of the late 19th Century included R. Evans 1872-76; Hincks Eaton 1882; Miss Emma Smith 1887; Robert Fritty aand Robert Fields 1887, J. Rabb 1888-90; W.C. Dowsley and Anthony Rape and Miss Sexton. Teachers in the 20th Century included Miss A.Pelto, Mable Rouck, Tommy Cook, Iva Dunham, Miss Murphy, Miss Ida Connors, Miss Pettem, Doreen McDougal, Mrs. Greenhorn, Hattie Cannon and Pearl Morrison,
With the tragic death of Miss Cannon and Mrs. Morrison in a car accident near Newbliss in 1961, the old brick structure was closed and students from the Toledo are went to either the new Frankville Public School or the new St. Joseph’s Separate School in Toledo. (Kitley 1795-1975 by Dr. Glenn Lockwood)
From Edna’s Scrapbook:
Two sisters, Mrs. Albert W Morrison aged 64 years, and Miss Harriett Cannon aged 68 years died together when their car was struck by an oil truck driven by Garnet Sands of Frankville on May 4, 1961. They lived at Jasper and taught school to Toledo. They were on their way to school at 8:45am and drove from the Jasper Road onto Highway 29, directly in front of Sands who was travelling towards Smiths Falls and he was unable to avoid a collision. Both car and truck were demolished, the latter catching fire and burning to a shell. Sands was able to escape but received severe burns and shock. He had his 3 year old son Terry with him and he was able to save the boy but he was also burned. Mrs. Morrison was the former Edith Pearl Cannon and both sisters were born at Portland. They had been teachers for many years and were very well known and highly regarded.
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 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.