Jules “Julie” Pilon of the Leland Hotel– Weather Man

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Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Story 1

Jules Pilon used to be a stableman and handyman at the Leland Hotel in the days when Peter Salter owned it. He was an elderly, kind, humourous French Canadian loved by all.

One lovely Spring day a well known matron had her young son out for an airing in his carriage. The young squire tucked in the carriage was not fully appreciating the beautiful weather, and his crying was heard wide and far. As she crossed the Central Bridge the mother encountered another infant who was also crying at the top of his voice.

While the ladies stopped to chat Jules Pilon came along with a cute little white pig under his arm. He paused by the group of ladies and quickly raised his voice to be overheard above the two crying infants.

“By Gar ladies, I think I got the best one,” he said as he patted his squealing pig affectionately and strode back to the Leland Hotel.

 

Story 2

The pupils of the old High School used to watch for old Jules Pilon and at every chance ask him what the weather was to be. He would glance up at the sky in every direction and would reply the same each time:

“Mebbe rain,

Mebbe snow,

Mebbe fine day,

Mebbe, I don’t know.”

 

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Dec 1909, Mon,  Page 3

Julie Pilon ( he was listed with his nickname)

Canada Census, 1901
Name Julie Pilon
Event Type Census
Event Date 31 Mar 1901
Event Place D, Lanark (south/sud), Ontario, Canada
Gender Male
Marital Status Single
Ethnicity French
Nationality Canadian
Religion Roman Catholic
Relationship to Head of Household Domestic
Birthplace Qc
Birth Year (Estimated) 1831
Page 1
HOUSEHOLD
ROLE
GENDER
AGE
BIRTHPLACE
Peter P. Salter Head M 41 Ontario
Julie Pilon Domestic M 70 Qc
Charles A Holden Lodger M 57 Ontario
Maggie Holden Lodger F 53 Ireland
Minnie Holden Lodger F 23 Ontario
John Houston Lodger M 68 Ontario
James J Hand Lodger M 35 Ontario
Martha E. Willis Domestic F 51 Ontario
Annie Leach Domestic F 20 Ontario
Michael Gleeson Domestic M 41 Ontario

 

1901 Census Carleton Place

5 17 45 Phillips John 41
4 14 33 Phillips Mabel 18
5 17 46 Phillips Martha 38
5 18 1 Phillips Reta 11m
2 9 2 Phillips Robenia 19
4 14 30 Phillips Sarah J 45
3 1 46 Pierson Gladys 12
2 1 40 Pilon Jules 70
5 4 37 Poiedium Melvin 7m
5 4 35 Poiedium Nellie 22
5 4 36 Poiedium Robert 3
5 4 34 Poiedium William 24
4 4 25 Pollock William 31
3 4 12 Poole James style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 70
3 4 13 Poole Mary A 50
3 4 15 Poole Stanton 21
3 4 14 Poole Victoria 25
2 7 26 Potter Dollie 16
2 13 11 Powell Abraham 21
2 13 12 Powell Alfred 20
2 13 10 Powell Ann 59
2 13 13 Powell Eva style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 13
5 14 28 Poxon Myria 32
1 4 21 Prescott Ann 48
1 4 25 Prescott Bessie 12
1 4 23 Prescott Ecna P 22
1 4 24 Prescott James E 18
1 4 22 Prescott Sarah J 24
1 4 20 Prescott William 58
1 6 18 Presley James H 2
1 6 17 Presley Jessie A 30
1 6 16 Presley Samuel 34
1 1 4 Pressley Elsie A 13
1 1 6 Pressley Herbert L 5
1 1 1 Pressley James 41
1 1 7 Pressley Lawrence 7m
1 1 3 Pressley Maude E 29
1 1 5 Pressley Olive P 11
1 1 2 Pressley Susanah 42
1 3 50 Prettie Gladys E 5
1 3 49 Prettie Helen M 7
1 3 47 Prettie Henry G 18
1 3 48 Prettie Lloyd H 11
1 3 46 Prettie Mary J 45
2 12 49 Prettie Millie 20
2 14 7 Price Alice 30
2 10 48 Price Argent S 4
2 14 10 Price Blanche 3
2 10 45 Price Eliza A 40
2 10 47 Price Elzina B 6
2 14 9 Price Eva L 7
2 10 46 Price Martha H 15
2 14 6 Price Robert 44
2 10 44 Price Samuel 56
2 14 8 Price Thomas S 11
2 10 2 Pullen George 62
2 10 3 Pullen Mary 16
3 2 19 Quigley Kate style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 18
5 9 48 Quinn? Arthur 11m
5 9 44 Quinn? Ernest 12
5 9 45 Quinn? Freddy 11
5 9 42 Quinn? Jennie 24
5 9 41 Quinn? John 38
5 9 46 Quinn? Luellen 7
5 9 43 Quinn? Mabel 14
5 9 47 Quinn? Mary 4
2 1 15 Rathwell Amanda 7
2 1 13 Rathwell Hannah 36
2 1 18 Rathwell Hannah 74
2 1 12 Rathwell James E 40
2 1 16 Rathwell Maggie 4
2 1 14 Rathwell Sarah 9
2 1 17 Rathwell Sarah 23
4 7 8 Redmond John 61
4 7 9 Redmond Mary 65
4 7 10 Redmond William 30
2 1 21 Reeves William 21
3 4 29 Reid Mark 50
3 4 30 Reid Mary 37
2 11 26 Reid Mary A 63
3 4 31 Reid Sidney 17
4 14 19 Richards Annie E 3
4 16 47 Richards Francis 30
4 14 18 Richards Mary E 3
5 11 28 Richards Bella 7
5 11 26 Richards George 11
5 11 30 Richards Harrold 6m
5 11 27 Richards James 9
5 11 24 Richards James 32
5 11 25 Richards Mary 29
5 11 29 Richards Maude 5
1 12 49 Richards? Francis? 24
1 2 39 Richardson A W 34
1 2 43 Richardson Catherine A 3
1 2 42 Richardson Cecil R 4
5 9 9 Richardson Clifford 9m
1 11 15 Richardson Dalphine H 9
5 9 8 Richardson Eleanor 22
1 11 13 Richardson Elizabeth A 36
1 11 17 Richardson Florence A 5
1 11 12 Richardson H? 36
1 11 14 Richardson Hardy B 11
1 11 16 Richardson Henry M 8
1 2 40 Richardson Olive R 30
5 9 7 Richardson Robert 30
1 2 41 Richardson Wellington A 6
3 1 33 Riddell Elizabeth 30
3 1 34 Riddell J. Ross 8
3 1 35 Riddell M. Agnes 5
3 1 32 Riddell Norman 43
5 24 28 Rigby Edward C 1
5 24 24 Rigby Emma 42
5 24 27 Rigby Hazel E 4
5 24 26 Rigby Thomas 6
5 24 23 Rigby Thomas 45
5 24 25 Rigby William 14
2 9 43 Riggs Ann 75
4 3 14 Riston Richard F 40
4 4 17 Roberts Charles 23
4 1 42 Roberts Elizabeth 58
4 1 41 Roberts William style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 55
4 1 43 Roberts William C 29
3 5 1 Robertson A? 42
4 8 44 Robertson Adaline 44
4 7 37 Robertson Agnes O 5
5 18 21 Robertson Alex 32
2 4 18 Robertson Allan 8
4 8 48 Robertson Andrew style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 19
5 12 2 Robertson Annie 27
2 10 27 Robertson Archibald 2
2 9 32 Robertson Archibald 49
5 18 23 Robertson Arthur 6
2 9 28 Robertson Bella 22
5 22 44 Robertson Bertie 10
4 7 35 Robertson Boyd W 13
2 12 25 Robertson Caroline style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 36
4 17 5 Robertson Catherine E 34
3 7 27 Robertson Charlotte 8
4 13 41 Robertson Clarence H 7m
3 7 25 Robertson Donald 47
4 7 32 Robertson Duncan 52
2 12 26 Robertson Eleanor D B 13
4 8 45 Robertson Elisa 27
2 10 25 Robertson Elizabeth 31
2 4 17 Robertson Elizabeth 35
5 12 1 Robertson Elizabeth 55
4 7 38 Robertson Elizabeth B 2
4 15 6 Robertson Elizabeth E 19
2 9 36 Robertson Elsie 14
5 18 22 Robertson Florence 27
4 8 49 Robertson Frank 16
2 6 26 Robertson Henry 25
4 8 43 Robertson Henry 53
4 13 38 Robertson Henry J 26
5 18 24 Robertson Herbert 3
5 12 4 Robertson James 17
2 10 24 Robertson James 31
2 12 24 Robertson James D 37
4 15 5 Robertson Jane 59
4 13 39 Robertson Jannie 25
2 4 20 Robertson Jean 2
4 15 7 Robertson Jennie E 16
2 12 27 Robertson Jennie E A 3
3 5 2 Robertson Jessie style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 37
1 12 7 Robertson John 22
2 6 25 Robertson John 29
5 22 42 Robertson Lizzie 32
2 9 37 Robertson Lloyd 9
5 22 43 Robertson Lloyd 13
4 8 46 Robertson Margaret 24
4 7 33 Robertson Margaret 43
2 4 19 Robertson Marion 6
3 7 26 Robertson Martha 27
2 9 34 Robertson Mary 22
2 9 33 Robertson Mary 48
4 8 50 Robertson Mary D 13
4 7 36 Robertson Mary R 9
4 8 47 Robertson Nellie 22
4 7 34 Robertson Paul D 17
3 7 28 Robertson Robert J 5
4 17 4 Robertson Robert J 33
5 22 41 Robertson Roger 40
2 10 26 Robertson Ruby E 4
5 12 5 Robertson Thomas 16
2 9 35 Robertson William 18
2 4 16 Robertson William S 35
5 12 3 Robertson Willie 19
4 13 40 Robertson Winnifred M 3
4 14 50 Robinson Catherine 33
4 8 21 Robinson David H 7
3 8 31 Robinson Elizabeth 43
4 15 3 Robinson Enios? 8
5 15 33 Robinson Florence 26
4 15 2 Robinson Hugh 18
4 8 18 Robinson Hugh 57
4 8 20 Robinson John J 13
4 15 1 Robinson Joseph 19
5 15 35 Robinson Lillie 18
5 15 34 Robinson Maggeretta 25
5 15 32 Robinson Maggie 28
4 8 19 Robinson Mary E 15
4 2 27 Robinson Richard 64
4 15 4 Robinson Robert 7
4 2 28 Robinson Sarah style=’mso-spacerun:yes’> 63
5 23 50 Robinson Thomas 22
5 24 50 Robinson William 16
5 14 47 Rodgers Annie 78
5 14 41 Rodgers Arthur 23
5 1 50 Rodgers Ethel 18
5 14 43 Rodgers Ethel 22
5 14 42 Rodgers George 22
5 14 39 Rodgers James 59
5 14 40 Rodgers Jane 53
5 2 1 Rodgers John 16
5 14 44 Rodgers John 19
5 1 46 Rodgers Maggie 29
5 14 48 Rodgers Maria 56
5 14 45 Rodgers Middleton 14
5 1 47 Rodgers Minnie 26
5 1 49 Rodgers Nellie 23
5 1 48 Rodgers Rachel 24
5 14 46 Rodgers Walter 11
1 11 18 Roe Elizabeth M 66
2 2 32 Rogers William 57
2 2 33 Rosamond William
4 4 33 Ross Stanley 30
2 2 28 Roth Sarah 20
4 8 17 Rourke Mabel B 16
2 5 36 Roush Miranda 77
5 3 20 Rowledge Charlie 20
5 3 18 Rowledge Elizabeth 58
5 3 17 Rowledge James 57
5 3 19 Rowledge Jennie 27
5 3 21 Rowledge Lizzie 17
5 16 5 Ruffan Ethel 13
5 16 8 Ruffan Harry 7
5 16 7 Ruffan John 9
5 16 9 Ruffan Mabel 5
5 16 3 Ruffan Maggie 38
5 16 4 Ruffan Mary 15
5 16 2 Ruffan William 45
5 16 6 Ruffan Willie 12
5 7 20 Rusherville? Katie 25
5 7 19 Rusherville? Mary 61

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