Dancing With Wolves in Perth


Photo– see below-1887-Photo from Perth Remembered


The Perth Courier January 1, 1891

The Perth Courier says : The padded-cut skin of the wolf poisoned by Mr. Thomas Tully, Burgess, has been on view for the past week in the window of Mr. Geo. Devlin, merchant, and has been the centre of attention of many hundred people since. It has now been heard that the wolf had a mate, as the tracks of both were plainly seen in the snow in the Tully neighbourhood.

These animals had created an immense amount of havoc throughout North Burgess and North Crosby daring their raid some weeks ago, killing as many as a few hundred sheep in the course of their destructive career. It is supposed that the pair came from the back country Sharbot Lake, as no wolves have been in this district for years.



Photo from Perth Remembered—they saved this Auction Poster from the garbage pile at Shaw’s when they were renovating the store after the “Shaw Girls” sold the store in the early 80’s. This poster would have been printed by the Perth Expositor that was on the second floor of Shaw’s at the time. This poster is dated Drummond 1887. George Devlin was the auctioneer. Perth Courier, December 29, 1871. From–LANARK COUNTY COMMERCIAL DIRECTORY — 1881/2

DEVLIN, C. & M.; Tanners & curriers............................Basin, PERTH
DEVLIN, Charles; (C. & M. Devlin).....................................PERTH
DEVLIN, George; Dry g'ds & Groc.; Auctioneer, Land ag't. List of Parties
          Wishing to Buy, or Having Farms to Sell.Gore, Cor Herriott, PERTH
DEVLIN, Michael; (C. & M. Devlin).....................................PERTH

McLaren-Devlin—Married, at Perth, on Friday, 22nd Dec., at the residence of the bride’s brother, Wm. Devlin, by the Rev. W. Burns, W. McLaren, Esq., merchant, Osceola, County Renfrew to Miss Catherine Devlinof Drummond.

March 18, 1870 – On the 6th Concession of Drummond. John Devlin, son of John Devlin and brother of George Devlin, merchant, of Perth, met with an accident which caused his death. The unfortunate man was in the stable preparing to harness his horse. Holding a pitch fork in his hand, the handle of the tool happened to come in contact with the horse. The animal became frightened and with both legs kicked Mr. Devlin driving him back a few feet and before he could get out of the way, the infuriated horse again let fly with both legs striking him square in the stomach, the force of which lifted him off the ground landing him more than ten feet into the yard. As may be imagined, fearful injuries were inflicted on the unfortunate man, from which he never rallied. He lingered in great pain until the following evening

Perth Courier, Jan. 9, 1891


Devlin—Died, at Perth on Tuesday, 6th Jan., William F. Devlin aged 60 (?)



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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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