Perth Courier, Dec. 28, 1888
McDonald’s Corners News—The Christmas tree on the 24th was a grand success. The church was crowded so as to be almost uncomfortable. A great many could not find seats. The large evergreen was loaded down with costly presents for the Sunday School Scholars and visitors. The chair was taken by Mr. Brownlee at 7:00 and the proceedings consisted of readings, recitations, and singing by the young scholars and the choir, Misses Alice and Lizzie Donald playing the organ in a manner which gives credit to themselves and pleasure to the audience.
Mr. McLeish made a very appropriate speech in reference to Miss Minnie Burns, as organist, which she has played in the church for several years and at the close of this speech presented her with a $20 gold piece along with other costly presents which were taken from the tree and given to her by Mr. Brownlee. Mrs. Kilborn, C. and Katy McLellan, Mrs. S. Burns, Agnes Purdon, Mrs. Knowles and Alice Donald, teachers of the Sunday School, were the recipients of presents from the scholars and their classes. The Rev. Mr. McAuley also received some fine presents. Before lunch was served around (which was superb in the extreme) John Playfair, newly arrived from Manitoba, gave a short but stirring speech in regards to that province both temporal and spiritual. The proceedings then ended by the audience singing hymn 428. The net amount received at the door was $56.