Years ago Lanark Village was only known by a placard on a tree which stood as nearly as can now be determined on the middle of the present main street between Caldwell’s store and the Clyde Hotel, bearing the words, “This is Lanark”. It was only the strongest of pioneers that began their new life in Lanark Village, and they entered into the work with spirit and zeal.
I have written during the past year on the condition of the road between Perth and Lanark. Doubtless, a good deal of this was justifiable. But when a comparison is made between our present road and the bumpy line which our forefathers suffered, we are led to become devoutly thankful that we live in an age of good roads.
James N. Dobbie, was the original owner of the Clyde Hotel. He died in 1929, and was only was 55 years of age. Born in Lanark Village in May 1868 he was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Dobbie. There were two sisters; Charlotte (Mrs. James McFarlane) of Lanark and Annie (Mrs. (Dr.) McIntyre) o f Chicago, Ill. James was married for thirty five years ago to Eva Bond, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Bond of Glen Tay.
The Carleton Place Citizen’s Band was called upon one day to visit the village of Lanark and entertain the villagers. Dobbie’s Hotel decided to show their appreciation to the band and gave them a gift of sorts. So what was it? Free dessert? Complimentary bread? No, It was a rate of 20 cents each to the whole band for a full meal. What could we buy with that today? Wibnder what they got for 20 cents?
Photo- From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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