Fire at Pakenham 1871 —Complete Destruction of Woollen Factory. On Wednesday, about 3 o’clock Royce Bros Woollen Factory and carding mill was discovered to be on fire. The building and contents were entirely destroyed. It was at one time imminent that the out buildings belonging to the firm, and also the large woollen factory within a few feet of the burning building owned by Hilliard, Dickson & Lorimer would be burnt. It was several times caught, but by great exertions on the part-of the villagers the fire was prevented from spreading by the only available means:—Buckets and wet blankets.
The fire originated in the picking room. A young woman who was working on the floor above when the fire took place, had to jump from the window to the river, and was considerably injured. We have not heard how much insurance is on the property. The loss to the Messrs. Royce will be a severe one.
Low Water in Pakenham 1871– The mills at Pakenham are also idle, for a few days, from the scarcity of water in the Mississippi River. The water in the Mississippi is so low just now that most of our mills have been compelled to shut down. If this was to continue for any length o f time it would have a serious effect on the business of the place ; but in all probability the scarcity of water will be but for a short time. If our millowners would only turn their attention to improving the water powers of Almonte, instead of disputing about their respective rights, we think that means could be devised whereby there would be sufficient water all the year round. Rosamond’s, Elliott, *Routh & Sheard’s, Forgie’s and Wylie’s mills, *Flett’s foundry and others, have all felt the effect, more or less, of low water. 1871
-*Andrew Elliot and his firm, Elliot, Routh and Sheard, purchased. Hill No. 2 from Bennett and William Rosamond Go. in 1870
-*Sawmills, machine shops and iron foundries followed, including among the latter the foundry operated for a few years by John Flett (1836-1900) Almonte
The Drought of 1871 and the Mills on the Mississippi River
Fuller’s directory for Pakenham 1866 and 1867
PAKENHAM. A village situated on the River Mississippi, in the Township of of Pakenham, North Riding of the County of Lanark. It is the centre of a fine agricultural district of country, and possesses extensive water privileges. Pakeuham is distant from Perth, the County Town, 36 miles; from Ottawa, the same distance; and from Brockville, 72 miles. Its population is between 5 and 600 Ayres, John, farmer Bolton, George, tinsmith, Graham st Brown, Robert, J. P., general merchant, Graham st Burleigh, Robert, farmer Burns, Robert, M. D., coroner Burns, William, Rev., Wesleyan Methodist Burrowes, Thomas, farmer Burrowes, William, farmer Canton, Joseph TI., saddler and harness maker, Graham st Carswell, Allan, Sr., farmer Carswell, Allan, Jr., farmer Clark, Robert, boot and shoe maker, Graham st Cockell, George, farmer Collins, J. Rev., Roman Catholic COMMERCIAL UNION FIRE AND LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY, Richard H. Davie, Agent, Graham st COWAN, JAMES, tin, copper, and sheet iron worker, Graham st. AH descriptions of work done in the above., on the shortest notice, and at the most reasonable rates. Dack, George, blacksmith, Graham st PACK, WILLIAM, boot and shoe maker, Graham st. Boots and shoes of all descriptions made to order in the best, cheapest, and most expeditious manner. DAYIE, RICHARD H,, tailor and clothier, clerk 5th divis- ion Court, Lanark and Renfrew, and agent Provincial and Commercial Union Insurance Companies, Graham st — See Advertisement Dickson, Andrew, J. P. Dickson, Robert, farmer DICKSON, WILLIAM. [Hilliard & Dickson.] Dickson, William, proprietor Dickson’s Hotel, Graham st Dononher, Bernard, cabinet maker Drysdale, Alexander, blacksmith, Graham st Dunlop, Charles, farmer
RICHARD H. DAVIE, TAILOR AND CLOTHIER, Clerk, 5th Division Court, Lanark and Renfrew, And Agent for the Provincial Fire Insurance Company of Toronto, and the Commercial Union Fire and Life As- surance Company of London, England, CAPITAL, £3,500,000 STERLING- DUNNET, JAMES W., general dealer in staple and fancy dry goods, groceries, provisions, hardware, books, stationery, &c., Graham st Edwards, Robert, cabinet maker, Graham st Elliott, John, boot and shoe maker Ellis, James, J. P., farmer Emery, C. Rev. Church of England Fowler, Alexander, postmaster, chemist and druggist, Graham st Fowler, Mary, Miss, private school, Graham st Francis, Jonathan, lumber merchant, and farmer Gibson, C. B., M. D., chemist and druggist, Graham st Gillon, Mrs., milliner and dressmaker, Graham st GORDON, ALEXANDER, general dealer in dry goods, grocer- ies, provisions, hardware, drugs, medicines, boots and shoes, Graham st Graham, Robert, waggon maker, Graham st GREEN, WILLIAM D., manufacturer of all descriptions of leather, which he oflers for sale at the lowest current rates Hartney, James, general store, Graham st Harvey, Matthew, boot and shoe maker, Graham st HILLIARD & DICKSON, [ Daniel Hilliard and William Dickson] lumber merchants, saw, grist and flour mill own- er g HILLIARD, DANIEL, (Hilliard & Dickson.) Inglis, William, weaver Kavanagh, Edward, farmer Kirkland, Edwin, M. D., issuer of marriage licenses Lindsey, John, farmer Maltman, John, proprietor commercial hotel, Graham st Mann, Alexander Rev., Kirk of Scotland Mayne, Robert II., baker, Graham st
McArthur, Arthur, lumber merchant and farmer McCrea, Rufus S., cabinet maker McDonough, William Rev., Wesleyan Methodist McEwen, Robert, saddler and harness maker, Graham st McGuire, Michael, farmer McManagle, J , proprietor Pakenham house, Graham st Me Vicar, John, farmer Me Vicar, William, farmer Needham, Samuel, farmer O’Doherty, Charles, station agent B. & 0. Railway O’Neil, John, waggon maker, Graham st Pakenham Union Grammar and Common School, James Smith, M. A., head master, W. A. Pettapiece, assistant teacher. Parker. George, cooper and pork inspector Pettapiece, W. A., school teacher Post Office, Graham st., Alexander Fowler, postmaster PROVINCIAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY OF TO- RONTO. Richard H. Davie, agent, Graham st Reed, Margaret Mrs., milliner and dressmaker, Graham st Riddle, George, farmer Riddle, John, carpenter, Graham st Riddle, William, farmer Royce, I. B,, township councilor, and carding mill proprietor Sadler, Thomas, farmer Sadler, William, farmer Scott, Young, J. P., reeve of the township of Pakenham Shaw, James, farmer Smith, Daniel, general dealer, Graham st Smith, James, M. A., headmaster Pakenham union grammar and common school SMITH, JOHN, carriage, waggon, sleigh and cutter manufactur- er, Graham st. All descriptions of the above built to or- der in first-class style, on the shortest notice at the lowest rates. Repairs executed in the best manner. Steen, John, farmer Stobo, Robert, general store, Graham st Templeman, William, tailor, Graham st Woods, James, farmer Woods, William, farmer
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