Looking for Connections on Family Research — Mrs. H. L Black

Looking for Connections on Family Research — Mrs. H. L Black


From Dan Kehoe

Would you be able to post this Diamond Anniversary for me? Its from the Almonte Gazette, Thursday April 1, 1937. They are my Great Great Grandparents. The Mrs. H L Black mentioned in the article was my Great Grandmother. I’m hoping to make some connections for my family research.



Many of my ancestors migrated from Lanark County and even Pontiac County, Quebec (Ottawa River) TO Dungannon Townsip Hasting County. Surnames include, Wood, Black, Caldwell, Turriff, Letts, McInnis.

Thank you for your consideration




Name: John Wood
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1855
Birth Place: Ramsey, Ontario
Marriage Date: 28 Mar 1877
Marriage Place: Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father: Thomas Wood
Mother: Rachel Wallace
Spouse: Jeanie Black

Perth Courier, March 30, 1877

Wood-Black—Married, at the Manse, Middleville, on the 29th inst., by Rev. W. Cochrane, Mr. John Wood to Miss Jennie Black, all of Ramsay.



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  1. Ottawa Daily Citizen,
  2. 09 May 1885, Sat,
  3. Page 7


In 1901, the original Glasgow Cheese Factory that was built in 1894 was moved by its owners, Croft and Denny, from the 8th line to the 6th line. In response, the farmers of Glasgow and the surrounding area got together and subscribed shares in the new factory which was built at the crossroads of the 8th line and the Sandpoint-Burnstown road (presently Highway 17 and McLean Drive). Unfortunately, the First World War caused the price of cheese to drop and the price of the tools needed to make cheese increase. Many farmers switched to producing cream and butter instead of cheese. In 1927 the Glasgow Cheese Factory was sold to Jim Cox who dismantled it and moved to Almonte.


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The Cheese Souffle that Went from Balderson to Carleton Place– Little Known Fact

When the Cheese Crashed Through the Floor

Pakenham Cheese & Butter Factory– McCreary Blair Storey

Some Fromage About the Hopetown Cheese Factory

Poutine Curds From the Appleton Cheese Factory?




The Barn on Lot 25 Concession 10 Beckwith –Donna Mcfarlane

The Barn on Lot 25 Concession 10 Beckwith –Donna Mcfarlane



Donna Mcfarlane sent this

Linda– this is something I think should be documented. The two story
log house was moved from Lot 25 concession 10 Beckwith and reassembled on Lot
24 concession 10 and utilized as a hen house. This is a picture of the reassembling…
One of the newer owners of the farm insisted that it was an original to
the McFarlane farm.. but that is incorrect…..


The higher building on the right of this picture is the reassembled hen
house  taken long after the farm was sold.

Meet Heather Legge Our Carleton Place 2019 Citizen of the Year

Meet Heather Legge Our Carleton Place 2019 Citizen of the Year


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Some of you probably never have had the chance to know what our new Carleton Place Citizen of the Year was all about. I think this brief summation is just a start, and in reality not many know of us will ever know the true impact she has had on our community. Here is a few comments that were written on The Tales of Carleton Place.

Janine McDonald Azzouz Heather Legge was my Girl Guide leader when I was a kid growing up in Carleton Place. She took us camping at Foley Mountain and taught us all there was to know about camping and Girl Guides! She taught us our babysitters classes and put in endless hours mentoring us in Girl Guides. Happy to say that I’m a Girl Scout leader today because of her! Thanks for all you did for us kids in CP back in the 80’s! And congratulations on this deserved recognition!

Sandra Rattray Congratulations Heather. You deserve recognition. You were a terrific girl guide leader and were a champion of the kids, especially my daughter.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Taught my kids babysitting classes too – always a smile on her face – terrific lady. Congratulations from your old neighbours.

Gail Sheen-MacDonald A very well deserved award.Congratulations Heather and thanks for your dedication to Guides and Civitan.

Brenda Williams Congratulations Heather I have known you for more years than I care to remember. Very well deserved!

Judy Drummond Congrats Heather. Well deserved!

Margie Leary Heather used to babysit Tia for me when she was a baby congratulations

Gerry Newton Congrats Heather, always doing something for others

Shannon O’Neill This woman had such an influence on my life growing up. I started off as a brownie and moved to her group when I was a guide and then pathfinder…. she’s also the reason I became a brownie leader.

She is simply amazing. I remember many times visiting her at her house…. crafting, working on a fundraiser, playing with her deaf and blind pups. She is the reason I will never forget how to make a slip knot or how to properly roll a sleeping bag. She’s also partially the reason why I grew up independent and a bit more confident! I was in tears when she received Citizen of the Year the other night and honoured that I got the chance to give her a hug and tell her how much she deserved it! A true citizen of Carleton Place. 




So Who is Heather?


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With files from The Wave in Ottawa


Heather Legge says she and her ten siblings didn’t have much growing up, yet her father always found ways to help those less fortunate. One Christmas, Heather was so impacted by a certain gesture of kindness he extended to a family in need, that she decided she too would lead a life guided by compassion and giving. That’s exactly what she’s done.

Heather lives in Carleton Place with her husband Ron. Her volunteer work began in 1977 with the Girl Guides of Canada. She was a Girl Guide as a child, sponsored by leaders because her parents couldn’t afford the associated costs. It’s what influenced her decision to get involved as an adult; she saw an opportunity to repay the kindness.


Fundraising for CHEO

On May 6, the Carleton Place & District Civitan Club is presenting two important events in support of the children and youth at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Above, from left: Ron Legge, the governor of the Civitan’s Canadian North Lights District, Kim Toll, Cailin Martin and Heather Legge, the local Civitan club’s treasurer. Cailin is a CHEO miracle. She will be front and centre on May 6. – Tara Gesner/Metroland 2018


She started as a Pathfinders unit guide and got increasingly involved, volunteering countless hours to the century-old organization which empowers young women to learn new skills and make a difference in the world. Her contributions were so valuable that she was invited to Ireland to present for the Irish Girl Guides. She’s taken girls to Girl Guide camps in England and across Canada, and done camp training nationwide. For a time she served as commissioner, covering an area that spanned from Smiths Falls to Bancroft. Heather says Girl Guides is where her heart is, and even after 40 years of involvement she still guides Sparks, putting in eight hours of volunteer time each week.

She has been honoured with the Girl Guides of Canada’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Merit badges and the province has awarded her the Ontario Volunteer Service Award twice, for 25 years and 40 years of service. The award is presented to volunteers who contribute consecutive years of service on an ongoing and active basis to the same group for which no payment is received.

Heather’s involvement with Girl Guides is only one of the many ways she volunteers her time to help others. When she and Ron settled in Carleton place, they sought opportunities to contribute to the community and the Carleton Place and District Civitan Club spoke to them. The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to serve individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities and the Civitan creed is modeled on peace, progress and unity. They’ve been civitan members since 1999 and Heather has been treasurer since 2004.

“It’s just what we do and who we are,” Heather says. “If we can help people in any way, shape or form, we will. We live by the Civitan’s creed”.

The 38 member club supports several causes and organizations. It provides those in need with mobility aids, dentures and hearing aids. It supports the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, a local hockey league, the Lanark County Food Bank and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. It provides the local high schools with bursaries and supports Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer and Friends In Sport Fishing. It’s also a major supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Every Tuesday night, Heather runs charity bingo in support of CHEO and on the first weekend in May, Heather throws a large fundraiser that starts with a pancake breakfast in the morning, and turns into a country jamboree well into the evening.

On top of all the volunteer work over the years, Heather raised children of her own and ran a home daycare. When her children were grown, she went to school to become a Educational Attendant. She has supported many children this way.

Heather is a recipient of the Queens Silver Jubilee, a medal awarded to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada. She was also presented with the Anniversary Leisure Service Volunteer Award, from the Town of Carleton Place on its 100th birthday.

She is a true community contributor and says that if her volunteer work inspires just one more person to give back to their own community, it’s all been worth it



Local Civitan club donates $300 towards Friendship Oven in Carleton Place

CHEO fundraising day in Carleton Place set for May 6




What Ever Happened to Some of those Carleton Place and Beckwith Scouts?

Canadian Girls in Training

Life Was Not a Piece of Cake in Ely

Life Was Not a Piece of Cake in Ely

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In 1799 John Wales built a log house on a better than average lot in Dunham, Quebec, but after listening to bogus information he heard that Ely was the place to call home. John and his friend decided to head out and see what the supposed new colony offered. Even though they were determined to become one of the permanent settlers of Ely it seems like they didn’t investigate the matter thoroughly. In previous years other settlers had attempted to settle there only to remain for barely two years as it was starvation, or move on.  It seemed to be a mystery to John and his friend what had happened them and there were few clues to what might have passed. A number of the original settlers were upper-class gentlemen who were not accustomed to manual labour; the group included very few farmers or skilled men so they were doomed from the start.


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But sometimes people are stubborn as was John Wales, who had already spent 11 years toughing it out in nothing more that could be considered a backwoods life. No matter how bad things are however, you can make things worse. Mr. Wales packed up what he thought was enough provisions for a year that would be enough for his family. Being a generous man he welcomed all those that stopped at his home for a day or two until they would prepare a home of his own.

Needless to say the family’s provision’s ran out sooner than expected and he had to make a decision to travel to Frelighsburg which was over 46 miles away. It was the dead of winter when he began his journey with only his sled and a yoke of oxen. Because the snow was deep he was forced to make his own road through the snow for much of the distance to Frelighsburg.

As the days passed by his family became alarmed at his long absence and worried about their own existence. They had little left to eat and ate solely bread made from coarse cornmeal that John’s wife prepared in a mortar. This was no easy thing as the corn needed a lot of cleaning and they had to pull broken grains, cob, and rocks out as well as be religious about ‘picking’ the grains to save a tooth or two. The whole family hoped that he would be back soon with something better for them to eat as starvation was eventually going to knock at the door soon.


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Finally, one night after more than a week after his departure, his 8 children were roused from their slumber by an unusual noise below. Hearing their father’s voice they descended the ladder from their upstairs berth and baking in the open hearth was a good size shortcake then called Soda Cake. Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making anything was not a piece of cake. In addition to beating air into their eggs, they often used a kitchen staple called pearlash, or potash, made from lye and wood ashes, and this agent was difficult to make, caustic and often smelly.

You would think Wales would have thought twice about living in Ely having to travel so far for food, but he carried on even though his cattle was being eaten by bears and crops were constantly being destroyed. Cold and isolation could take its toll on families who found themselves literally snowed in for weeks at a time.

His family eventually moved back to Dunham having had just about enough in Ely, but one son remained with John Wales. The work was relentless, and the story goes that his son undressed only once during the course of three months at night as the local bears kept them busy. Pigs, sheep you name it became meals for these Bruins and such were the incidents in which Mr. Wales shared during his stay in Ely.

Years later John finally gave up and moved back to Dunham in 1812. He settled comfortably on a lot of land owned by his grandson Orlin Wales and lived there until he died. Of all the family Orlin was said to be just like his grandfather as local history writes. He began the first cheese factory, became postmaster and was a strong man of the community.  For his Grandfather it was a long and painful road getting to a life he felt happy with. Life is hard, but there are moments, sometimes hours – and, if you’re really lucky, full days – where everything feels just right.


During the early 19th century, baking soda was introduced for baking goods in the United States. An early baking soda quick bread: “Soda Cakes,” was first presented by Mary Randolph in a 1824 book called Virginia Housewife. As a result of using leavening agent, American shortcakes became lighter and fluffier than the original shortcake.

By 1850, strawberry shortcake was a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served hot with butter and sweetened cream. During the early 19th century, baking soda was introduced for baking goods in the United States. An early baking soda quick bread: “Soda Cakes,” was first presented by Mary Randolph in a 1824 book called Virginia Housewife. As a result of using leavening agent, American shortcakes became lighter and fluffier than the original shortcake

SODA CAKES- Mary Randolph

Dissolve half a pound of sugar in a pint of milk, add a tea-spoonful of soda; pour it on two pounds of flour–melt half a pound of butter, knead all together till light, put it in shallow moulds, and bake it quickly in a brisk oven.



I Knew it Wasn’t Petticoat Junction!– Eastern Townships History

Angry Mobs, Wolves and Bloodsuckers –Selby Lake

Hobos, Apple Pie, and the Depression–Tales from 569 South Street

Memories of UFO’s Earthquake Lights and Gale Pond

A Little Story About Admaston

A Little Story About Admaston

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Linked to Margaret Ann FERGUSON; Elisha Stuart FRANCIS
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Rosebank Cemetery, Admaston Township, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

This little story fells of the experiences of one of the pioneers of Admaston township In Renfrew county over a hundred years ago. Elisha Francis, father of Mr. Peter Francis, moved from the Rideau country to Admaston to make a new home several years before his son was born.

He settled at a point on the north side or the Bonnechere river, which afterwards became the Northcote post office. At that time, 1865, trains only ran as far as Sand Point and settlers had to be teamed all the way from Sand Point into Admaston. Elisha Francis struck a bit of luck. When he had located his farm, he discovered that some squatter had been there before him and had built the four walls of a log house. The man had for some reason changed his mind when he got as far as the roof and did not finish the job.

Mr. Francis theory was that the man had not known how to frame a roof and had given up in disgust. Anyway Mr. Francis, knowing how, had gone ahead and put on the roof and soon had a very comfortable home. When Mr. Francis went into Admaston he thought he was the only settler for miles around, but a few days later discovered in a peculiar manner that there was a neighbour only half a mile away.

The discovery came about when he decided to clear his land and Mr. Francis rather foolishly set a fire in the bush. The fire got ahead of him and burned for two days before he could get it under control. Fortunately the trees were all green pines and did not burn rapidly. After the trees had fallen, Mr. Francis was able to see quite a distance and half a mile in one direction he discovered, to his joy, two neighbours’ shanties. Unfortunately the bush fire burned the top soil off a large part of the new farm and it was year before much could be done with a large part of the land.


Admaston Cemetery

Admaston Cemetery click here

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Pioneer Land Registry of Admaston CLICK here





Jonathon Francis and Margaret Carswell– From Scotland and Ireland to Pakenham

The House at Sand Point

Gunner Wilfrid Cove and Ethel Cove– The Rest of the Story

Gunner Wilfrid Cove and Ethel Cove– The Rest of the Story


A letter from Marjorie to her father Gunner Wilfrid Cove (Liddle Collection, Leeds University Library)

An old love letter from the first World War
Gunner Wilfrid Cove to Ethel Cove 
Tuesday 14 November 1916

My Darling Ethel,

I hope you have received my birthday present, but in case you haven’t here’s again wishing you many many happy returns of your birthday. It is the first of your birthdays that we have been apart since you were sweet 17 that I can remember. I hope it will be the last.

Heaven send that by your next birthday – or mine come to that – this terrible war will be over & that we may both be spared & united on each of our birthdays and those of our dear little kiddies & for many years to come.

It causes me many regrets and much sorrow when I remember that my selfishness has more than once caused you unhappiness and I sincerely hope that my future conduct will make you realise that notwithstanding my shortcomings I do love you with all my heart and realise I have one of the best wives in the world.

I can now quite understand the Late Lord Kitchener’s preference for bachelors as soldiers. He must have realised, altho’ a bachelor himself, that it is not the coward’s fear of death but the fear that by death many a good soldier may thus be prevented from rejoining the wife & family he loves so much. I have just that very feeling myself at times when the shells are dropping all around us and the air is whistling with them.

Goodnight my darling. Longing and hoping for a letter from you tomorrow. Xxxx


Gunner Wilfrid Cove to his daughter Marjorie 
Monday 4 December 1916

My dear little Marjorie,

I have only just received your little letter which Mamma sent with hers on Nov 19th. Do you remember that you asked me to be home for Xmas? I only wish I could but there are many more soldiers in our Battery who are more entitled to the Xmas leave than I am, so am afraid you will have to do without Daddy this Xmas. Santa Claus will come as usual.

I think your writing and dictation just splendid, and your drawings are getting funnier than ever. I have pinned your crayoned tulips on the wall of my dug-out bedroom beside your photograph.

Daddy is as comfortable as possible. I expect even you would get tired enough to go soundly asleep in this dug-out. It would be a change from your pink bedroom. And how is little Daffodil getting on? I expect you quite enjoy the time when Mamma reads you more about her. It was Mamma’s book when she was a girl like you. Write again soon, dear, + send another crayoning to help cover the sand bags.

Heaps of love & kisses, which you must share with Mamma and Betty.
From your ever loving Daddy
(A photograph of Gunner Wilfrid Cove’s daughters and a letter from Marjorie were found in his breast pocket when he was killed in 1917)


“I think this may be the person” said Rose Mary Sarsfield Clayton historian

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Linda Seccaspina I cant read that small. What is short service?

Rose Mary Sarsfield It says “For the duration of the War” I guess in other words once the war was over they were to be discharged, rather than remaining in service. In this case the soldier died at Flanders. It says “For the duration of the War” I guess in other words once the war was over they were to be discharged, rather than remaining in service. In this case the soldier died at Flanders”.

(A photograph of Gunner Wilfrid Cove’s daughters and a letter from Marjorie were found in his breast pocket when he was killed in 1917)



Gunner Wilfred Cove’s daughters, Marjorie and Betty (Liddle Collection, Leeds University Library)


BUT there’s More


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Wilfred Cove

Bank: Union of London & Smiths Bank

Place of work: London Regent Street branch

Died: 7 March 1917

Wilfred John Cove was born on 11 June 1882. He worked for Union of London & Smiths Bank at its London Regent Street branch.

During the First World War Cove joined the army, serving as a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He died in Belgium on 7 March 1917. He was 34 years old. He left a widow, Ethel Louisa, whom he had married in 1908, and a daughter, Marjorie Frederica, who became a beneficiary of the Bank Clerks’ Orphanage.

The other daughter Betty





The Faces On the Almonte Steps–the Rest of the Story

Marjorie and Charlie Rintoul–The Rest of the Story– Thanks to Norma Ford

Did You Know This? “The Rest of the Story”

For the Love of Laura Secord — The Rest of the Story

The Story of John Montreuil’s Hoosier Cabinet

50 Shades of Local Potatoes

50 Shades of Local Potatoes



Susan Elliott Topping posted this yesterday and said:
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I remembered my odd story..

RAVING A SWEET POTATO FOR LUNCH I THREW ONE IN THE OVEN AND FORGOT ABOUT IT FOR AN HOUR. When I finally pulled it out and cut it open, you could hear my screams all the way to Alaska. There, on the flowered plate, laid a steaming-hot potato in the shape of a perfect heart smiling back at me.

Was it a sign, a message from a higher power — or was it just a beautiful freak of nature? A friend suggested I sell it on eBay.

Don’t laugh: In 2004, Diana Duyser sold for $28,000 a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that she claimed bore the image of the Virgin Mother. Ten years earlier she had taken a bite from the sandwich and saw a face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand, and — Praise Be God! — that the sandwich never sprouted a single spore of mold.

“I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God on that sandwich,” Diana insisted at that time.

Duyser’s auction was initially pulled by eBay for but restored after she convinced them she could delivered the pious goods. The winning bid went to GoldenPalace.com which spent “as much as it took” to own the crusty piece to its pop culture trove that includes a David Beckham missed penalty kick ball and William Shatner’s kidney stone.

Now, I could use some extra cash. As I looked at my sweet, sweet sweet potato, I wondered if I too should take a chance and put it up for sale on eBay. Could I cash in on this spud of a Valentine?

I thought long and hard, scanned for any overlooked signs of a potato Jesus, then grabbed for my fork and knife.

I did what I thought was the best possible solution for all: I ate it.


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Photo ± 1966: you remember in time in sherbrooke, (memory). In order to retain the attention of its customers during a sale of “canned potatoes”, the gaudette food market, located at the corner of the streets belvedere south and mcmanamy in sherbrooke, is hinted in an original way

The very low price should have been enough to cause traffic traffic, but why not put it full of sight to the whole neighborhood!

Photographer: Jacques Darche

Published by Martin Pépin in you remember in time in sherbrooke, (memories). https://www.facebook.com/Vous-souvenez-vous-dans-le-temps-à-Sherbrooke-207295232804246/#Sherbrooke


Potato Casserole Recipe Card

Potato Casserole
Serves 12

6 med potatoes unpeeled cooked not too soft
1/4 melted butter*
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c onion fine (2 tblsp dried)
1 pint sour cream
1 c cheddar cheese grated

Peel & grate potatoes in dish & mix with all except some cheese, save some for top with cornflake crumbs, put over top of casserole.

Bake 350° 30 min.

*RecipeCurio Note: no amount is given on the recipe card but I believe it would be 1/4 cup for the melted butter.



Sometimes You Need to Just Walk Your Potatoe

The Maggie Murphy Potatoe Hoax in Carleton Place