Perth Courier, Feb. 10, 1871
On Friday evening last, 4th Feb., an aged woman named Mrs. Crane, living in Lanark Village was burned so terribly that she only lived about six hours afterwards when a merciful death came to her relief. The horrible accident was supposed to have been caused by the fire of her pipe which had been laid on the bed stand after her evening smoke which communicated to the bed clothes and enveloped her in flames before she became aware of the presence of fire.
While women of the better classes generally eschewed tobacco, at least until the latter years of the century, poorer women enjoyed smoking. They commonly smoked “cutties” or short pipes which were often referred to as “nose warmers.” G. L. Apperson, in his Social History of Smoking.
In 1820, approximately 400 families arrived in Lanark Village, bringing with them skills in cotton weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing and shoemaking. A similar influx of Irish settlers arrived during the 1830’s and 1840’s. However, the growth of the area was somewhat impeded by the muddy, rocky terrain and steep slopes, which prevented easy travel. As a result, many settlers opted to reside in Perth, unwilling to make the dangerous trek to Northern Lanark.
Of the settlers who did arrive in the Village, all males over 21 years of age were granted 100 acres divided up using the traditional grid system – a grid which is still evident in the current land use pattern and property boundaries. Although the intention of the original settlers were to farm each parcel of land, it soon became apparent that the only lands that could be cultivated were those located in floodplains, along rivers or adjacent to lakes. Consequently, most settlers opted to perform timber-related activities instead. Early industrial activity typically included grist mills, flour mills, pork-packing and tanning establishments – soon followed by the introduction of maple syrup operations, lumbering, saw mills, furniture activities and fishing.
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