Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?



03aeec6f-2eba-445c-a6a8-1c6a0e3961a6_lTransport yourself back to a time when newspapers were chalked full of omissions, prejudices of the day and in many cases personal items gone wild.

Marriages were not very romanticized. Love actually played a very little role in the marriages. They were very different in reality as compared to the ones depicted in the novels of those times and matrimony was much needed for conveyance rather than companionship.

Husbands were supposed to take care of their wives and their fidelity didn’t matter while the wives on the other hand if caught cheating then were seen as disrespecting the care of their husbands and thus were a failure in fulfilling their duties towards their husbands.

Campbell vs. Campbell-Rosetta

Almonte Gazette--April 2 1897--We notice by the Toronto papers of Wednesday that in the case of Campbell vs. Campbell, an action for alimony, brought by Martha Campbell, of the township of Lanark…

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Grandma Yuill ‘ Life is Full of Meaning’ Glenda Mahoney

Feeling very nostalgic today. Is that Grandma Yuills writing with the date on the cover page . Just need to know so I can cry harder. We did not know how incredibly lucky we were. We did not even know we were making memories , we were just having fun. Glenda Mahoney

Pages from Glenda Mahoney

The Life and Times of Cora Yuill

Cora Munro Yuill — Arthur Yuill — For Glenda Mahoney with Love

Remembering Isabel Yuill

Conversations with Agatha Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook

Walter Mather Yuill — Died at age 28
The Robbing of the Honey Pot- Andrew Cochrane Ramsay Yuill
Clippings of Mrs. Joseph Yuill – Margaret Yuill
Ralph and Iris Yuill
The Hart Children of Lanark — Laurie Yuill

Notes on Alexander and Joseph Yuill
Mrs. Joseph Yuill of Ramsay Makes Butter
Middleville Photos — Laurie Yuill

Turning Back to the Clock Agnes “Aggie” Yuill– The Buchanan Scrapbook

Archie Yuill –The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Aggie Yuill Remembers Christmas and the Yuill French Loaf

Masons of Lanark County —George Bradford


January 1926

The funeral of the late George Bradford took place on Saturday afternoon to the Auld Kirk Cemetery under ih e auspices o f Alpha Lodge LO.O.F. It. was largely attended. The service was impressively conducted by Rev. J. T. Blanchard, assisted by Rev. J McCrae. His passing after a very brief illness following a cold came as a great shock to his many friends.

Mr. Bradford, who was in his seventy-fifth year, was born in Darling in 1851, the son of Benjamin F. Bradford and his wife, Jean Watt. He was the only living member of his own immediate family. Three sisters, Jean, Mrs. J. Nicklol of Darling; Eunice, Mrs, W. James; Port Sydney, Ont.; Agnes, Mrs. P. Morriss, of Middleville; three, brothers, W illiam , Alden and Frank all have pre-deceased him.

The late Mr. Bradford was married fifty-two years ago to Miss Mary J. Beckett, daughter of Mr. M. Beckett, of Fitzroy, and leaven to mourn his loss, his widow, a daughter, ‘Dorcas’, Mrs. Herbert Black, o of Toronto, and one son, Mr. Sumner Bradford, of New Liskguard,. His second son Harold of Braeside died a year ago.

The passing of Mr. Bradford has removed from the community a gentleman whose quiet, kindly manner had endeared him to his many friends. He was a lover of the great out-door-Iife of the woods, lakes and rivers, and perhaps one of the nearest interests to his heart was hunting and fishing.

An active member of local hunting parties he will long be remembered. Less than a month ago he visited his camp at W hite Lake which he had built for his own pleasure in 1924. With such an inherent love for outdoor life seldom indeed can be found a man who has filled such a place in the bigger activities of life, leaving as he does so many splendid monuments to his skill and integrity as a mason and contractor.

Mr. Bradford served his apprenticeship to the late Robert Scott of Almonte but soon after finishing his trade as mason started to contract for himself. Most of his work is well known to the community and includes:

The C.P.R . Station at Almonte

The Extension to the Post Office at Almonte,

The extension to St. John’s Church,

The piers and abutments of both iron bridges at Almonte, the Rosamond Woolen Co. Factory and Office,

The residence of Mr. Bennett Rosamond, and residence of Mr. Archie Rosa­mond,

the residence of Mr. J. B. Wylie,

the residence of Mr. Percy Jamieson,

Lanark’s First Church in the Middle of the Forest click

the Catholic Church of Lanark Village,

The R. C. church of Fort Coulonge,

the Presbyterian church White Lake

the Presbyterian church of Lanark Village,

the Presbyterian church of Perth,

fthe Presbyterian church of Clayton,

thePresbyterian church of Balderson,

the Anglican church at Woodlawn,

the Anglican Church of Smiths Falls, and the post office at smiths falls.

House of Industry at Perth,

the Railwaiy Station at Temagami,

the Office at North Bay

He was government inspector on the T. and N.O. from North Bay to Cochrane, and government inspector on the Long Sault canals near Montreal.

During the winter months he was manager of the Rosamond shanties for over 25 years. His last positions previous Smiths Falls, the McGllllvray Bank —to his death was inspector of the now power plant at Almonte.

St. Patrick, Fergusons FallsIn 1823 St. Patrick’s Church was built in Ferguson’s Falls and the area faithful traveled the much shorter route to and from services. Finally, in 1903. the current Sacred Heart of Jesus Church was completed on Princess Street. The grey limestone building was quarried just outside Lanark and each family was responsible for drawing a certain quantity of stone to the building site. The church became the local church for the residents of Ferguson’s Falls and McDonald’s Corners, those churches becoming mission parishes of Sacred Heart.

The planning and building was directed by Father Michael O’Rourke, pastor of Carleton Place. A Mr. Webster from Brockville was the supervising builder, Mr. George Bradford of Almont directed the masonry work and Caspar S. Speagle of Westport the carpentry, all with assistance from parishioners. The total cost of construction was approximately $6,000. The local quarry was closed immediately after the church was built, make the stone color of this church unique throughout the region.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Tue, Dec 29, 1914 · Page 5

The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
25 Jul 1917, Wed  •  Page 1
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
12 Feb 1902, Wed  •  Page 1

And the Stone and Brick Masons Marched– Jennie Marshal Brian 1901

Putting a Face to Levi Brian, Stonemason, of Carleton Place

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason

The Mystery of the Masonic Rock – Pakenham

The Mahoney Legacy Ends–Masonry Runs in the Blood

Central Canadian Fire January 1923

Central Canadian Fire January 1923
1898 Toronto Star corner Emily and Bridge

present day

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage

In 1861, the McLean’s owned the building. In 1877, William McDiarmid gained
ownership of the premises after Struthers owned it. William McDiarmid took over
William Neelin’s general store in 1870 – the Golden Lion Store on the North West
corner of Bridge and Emily Street. By 1882, the store had gas lighting.

At 120 Bridge Street between 1882 and 1905 Duncan and William McDiarmid operated a store together. Later Mr. Pollock operated a music store at this location. The Central Canadian’s Office was located at 120 until the 1923 fire prior to merging with the Herald.

The Central Canadian’s editor was W.W. Cliff. In 1876, Cliff started the Canadian. Cliff was at the helm of the Central Canadian for thirty five years until F.A.J. Davis took over. In 1927 the name of the Central Canadian was changed to the Carleton Place Canadian.

The photo of the burned out building was taken on January 7, 1923, this photo shows the aftermath of a fire at the Herald/Central Canadian Newspaper office located on the north-west corner of Bridge and Elgin/ Emily Street in Carleton Place. This is now the site of Body Graphics Tattoo.

It was 10 pm when the fire was discovered in the office of the Central Canadian. It took over two hours to get the fire under control-but in no time the roof had fallen in and the floors collapsed in several places.The newspaper plant and stock valued at $13,000 was destroyed, and the building frame veneered with brick was a wreck estimated at $5000 in damages.

The flames had spread upward to the second floor where the heavier type of metal machinery was and it became too dangerous for the firemen to enter, less the floor give way. Mr. F.A. Davis the owner had insurance of $6000 on the plant and the Wm. McDiarmid estate owners of the building $2000, so the loss was a heavy one to both parties. The brick building adjoining the burned building was saved intact –so the Central Canadian moved next door and Mr. Davis determined what arrangements he could make to get the town’s newspaper out the next day. No word if that paper did come out.

After the 1923 fire, the new building housed Leo. McDiarmid’s Sports.  Guns could be purchased or repaired, and ammunition and decoys were sold. Later Cliff Caldwell and his wife Edna operated a hair salon and lived on the second floor. About 1950 George H Doucett bought the building and his insurance company operated there until the early 70s. Mr. William S. Rowat was his office manager and after he lost an eye and could no longer drive, Mr. Doucett’s nephew Allan joined the staff. Mr.and Mrs. Dan Nichols occupied the upstairs apartment and the building was later purchased by Howard McNeely who operated a barbershop at 120 Bridge.

Almonte Gazette January 12 1923

Suicide – The Failsafe



It’s Mental Health Week in the US and I think we need to remember those that suffer out there every single day.  The holiday season is especially tough. This post was published in 2012 and was used on quite a few suicide help sites. This morning someone emailed me to ask if I still had a copy of it. This is a tough season for some– please pass it on.

I have been up for hours and am exhausted before the clock strikes eight. I eye the sink full of dirty items while the dishwasher lies four inches to the left. The house is silent and soon I know the air will be filled with anger.

Walking outside I water the just planted begonias, knowing full well once I leave they will die; much like the limited peace that lies between the walls. I have come to think the house is cursed but then…

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Embroidery of the Insane?



dsc_0299.jpgAgnes Richter’s Blouse on display in Heidelberg Germany


Agnes Richter was a German seamstress held as a patient in an insane asylum during the 1890s. During her time there, she densely embroidered her strait jacket with words, undecipherable phrases and drawings which  documented her thoughts and feelings throughout her time there.

Through the script she transcribed herself into time, space and place. Her writing orients and disorients. Made in 1895, it is a standard issue uniform given to mental patients at the time. Richter has embroidered so intensively that reading impossible in certain areas of the garment. Words appear and disappear into seams and under layers of thread. There is no beginning or end, just spirals of intersecting fragmentary narratives. She is declarative: “I”, “mine”, “my jacket”, “my white stockings…., “I am in the Hubertusburg / ground floor”, “children”, “sister” and “cook”. In the inside she has written “1894 I…

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Then and Now Bowland Road-Community Memories of the McIntosh’s–Stuart McIntosh

Then and Now Bowland Road-Community Memories of the McIntosh’s–Stuart McIntosh

Same place..different times. Approximately 1914..Lillian, Ethel,Dave,Alec and John R. McIntosh.

Photo from Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email at or call at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

Approximately late 1970’s…Dave and Alec. The original log house had been covered in board and batten. The wood shed was later removed and used as the sugar camp on what is now Bowland Road.

Clayton Ontario History

March 31, 2018  · Ed and Becky Rath Pelletier, Ethel, Lillian, Alex and Dave McIntosh. Thank you to Stuart McIntosh for sharing.

Clayton Ontario History
November 14, 2017  · 

Again we are looking for help with identification on this group of ladies outside Guthrie United Church in Clayton. They are Mrs. Cochrane, Mrs. Penman, Mrs. Wm. Dunlop, Mrs. John McIntosh, ?, ?, Mrs. Bob Paul, Mrs. Charlie McNeil, Mrs. Rintoul. Thanks to Allan Bellamy and Stuart McIntosh for the photo.

Clayton Ontario History

June 28, 2021  · Writings from the autograph book of Eleanor McIntosh 1934. Thanks to Stuart McIntosh for sharing. Mrs. M. S. Code was Mrs. Matthew S. Code, (Mabel Penman, later married Thos. Price). Mrs. Jimmy Shane was the first Mrs. Shane, Violet Moore. Notice how these ladies signed their names. It was common at the time to go by the husband’s name. Even when I was first married in 1971 my mother used to write to me and address the letters to Mrs. Brian Sarsfield.

Photo from Whispers from the Past, History and Tales of Clayton” If you want to purchase a book please email at or call at 613-621-9300, or go to the Clayton Store, or Mill Street Books in Almonte.

Community Memories of the Lorimer’s–Stuart McIntosh

Documenting Ed Pelletier -Photos- Stuart McIntosh

What’s in a Photo — Stuart McIntosh

McIntosh Clan 100 Strong Holds Picnic at Family Homestead 1953

David McIntosh –Front Desk Man at the Mississippi Hotel

In Memory– The Last of The Five Little Peppers Part 2 — Dorothy Ann “Dottie” Seese

In Memory– The Last of The Five Little Peppers Part 2  — Dorothy Ann “Dottie” Seese



In December of 2016 I wrote a piece about Dorothy A. Seese, who most of you know as  child actress Phronsie in the Five Little Peppers series. My friend had looked after her in her final months and through that period of her emails I felt like I knew Dottie. My friend’s faith is formidable to put it lightly, and I wondered how the two connected. Today as I got another comment on the first story I decided to do some research.



Dorothy in her later years still as beautiful as ever.

“Every time I’ve visited Dottie for the past 8 mos, I’ve always felt it was the last.  I don’t know how she’s holding on.  She says the Lord will take her when He’s ready, not when she’s ready.  But she so wants to join Him and get her glorified body.  The jaundice is really bad, but…

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A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo

A Time of its Own– The Mystery Photo



I finally have in my hand the death notices of the Gillies family and feel like I have been entrusted to find out as much as I can about each one of them. The death notice of John Stark Gillies was tucked away with a photo of a woman whose image had been taken in Washington D.C. Who was this person? No matter how hard I tried I could not seem to find a Gillies who lived in that part of the world. So while some of this story about the life of John Stark Gillies is factual, the woman’s life is not and remains a mystery.

On the 23rd of October 1938 John Stark Gillies, age 70, president of the Gillies Company was reported to have had a heart attack at the stroke of midnight. Widely recognized in all parts of the lumbering business, the late J. S. Gillies was…

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Overnight Lock-up Guests Should Be Fed For 25c Apiece — Little Geneaology

Overnight Lock-up Guests Should Be Fed For 25c Apiece — Little Geneaology

The question of what kind of meal should be furnished to transient guests in Almonte lock-up was discussed at the council meeting on Tuesday night. At the present time the caretaker, Ed. Little, gives these men a breakfast that costs the town 35 cents. It was felt they should get plainer grub at not more than 25 cents and after a good deal of talk Thomas Reid, the new chairman of the police committee, was asked to interview Mrs. Little on the subject and report back to council at a special meeting, Friday night. 

This matter was brought up by Councillor Montgomery who was on the police committee last year. He pointed out that many of the men who were out of employment and sought a night’s lodging in the local jail went around saying they did not get the kind of breakfast they were entitled to when they honoured a town such as Almonte with a night’s patronage. 

This caused talk that was unfair to Mr. and Mrs. Little. Mr. Montgomery thought some set bill of fare should be arranged so as to relieve the caretaker and his wife of any responsibility and criticism. Someone suggested that Mr. Reid was the very man to draw up a menu for the unwelcome overnight/ guests the town is forced to entertain.

 It was hinted that if he made it plain enough the word might spread and there would be fewer calls on Almonte’s hospitality. Mr. Reid refused to accept responsibility. for arranging what the transients were going to eat. He thought though that a meal suitable for them could be served for .25 cents and still leave enough to reimburse Mr. and Mrs Little for their trouble. Mayor Comba felt there should be nothing fancy about the food served to these gentlemen of the road. While he did not believe in turning them out in the winter months with nothing to eat. He couldn’t see why the town should go to needless expense in the matter. His Worship instanced the case of Smiths Falls where it was decided that such transients spending a night in the lock up should get tea without milk and sugar, bread and butter. “Yes and in the end they didn’t get anything,” said Former Councillor LeMalstre who was sitting In the audience. “I guess that’s right, ” replied Mayor Comba amidst laughter. Jan 1933

In 1935, the Star published a recipe for coffee “cream” that combined egg yolk, sugar and water. The Canadian Woman’s Cook Book of 1939 contains six recipes for fake foods, including almonds made of croutons, a bisque with tomatoes but no shellfish, cherry pie with cranberries and raisins, and a mock sausage filled with mashed beans and bread crumbs.

One of Kraft Food’s most requested recipes is Mock Apple Pie, which substitutes 36 crushed Ritz crackers for apples, baked in a pie crust along with two cups of sugar, butter, lemon, cream of tartar and cinnamon. It was introduced in 1935, one year after the Ritz cracker, according to Jean Anderson’s American Century Cookbook.


Dough for double-crust pie

18 saltines, halved

1-1/2 cups sugar

1-1/4 cups water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate.

Layer crackers in shell; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Carefully pour over crackers (filling will be very thin). Cool for 10 minutes.

Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom crust; flute edge. Bake until crust is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. click for more here..

Photo thanks to the scrapbooks of Lucy Connelly Poaps