Fake News or Just a Bad Fight? Shocking Cannibalism–Tales from the Tavern

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Royal LePage–Tyendinaga, ON

 

Shocking Cannibalism –Almonte Gazette-January 1891

A shocking case of cannibalism occurred at Callahan’s tavern, at Melrose (near Belleville), one night last week. The parties met at night in the tavern, and after some words on the subject a Mr. Doyle threw a Mr. Egan to the floor and fell on him. Egan cried for assistance—that Doyle was biting him—but before aid could be given Doyle had bitten off a portion of Egan’s nose, which he spit upon the floor and then attempted to seize his victim’s ear, in which he left the marks of his teeth. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the cannibal.

Was this real cannibalism or just a bad fight with drunken participants?

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Photo-Township of Tyendinaga

 

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Vancouver Daily World30 Mar 1910, WedPage 21

 

 

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September 11, 1891-Almonte Gazette

An exciting time occurred on the road near Sand Point. An Arnpriorite who was driving home from one of our local taverns came across a man and two boys, in a state o f great excitement, throwing rocks up into a tree, and vociferating loudly. On inquiring the cause of the turmoil he was informed that they had treed two bears, and he was earnestly beseeched to go back to Sand Point and “get a gun.”

Pat wheeled his horse and went down the road at break-neck pace On arriving at Watty Yuill’s Hotel, Mayor Moran and a few folk who were sitting in front of the hotel were hastily informed of the position of affairs, and a bear hunt was speedily organized.

As fast as horseflesh could carry them they were at the scene, and there way up in the branches, was discovered a black object, clambering about. A volley of stones rattled among the leaves and branches, and soon *‘ the animal” was brought lifeless to the ground.

The crowd rushed forward, and on turning over their game, the Mayor uttered in disgust— “ Be jeebers, it’s nawthin’ but a dang porky-pine.” And so it was, but a very large one.

 

historicalnotes

Melrose P.O. and village is located in the 3rd concession and is the seat of municipal government. The Town Hall a most substantial brick building, is situated in the village. There is a blacksmith’s shop, tavern, two churches and a cheese factory. A school is situated a short distance west of the village. Population 100.

There are ten Post –offices in the Tyendinaga township, which are situated as follows: Shannonville, lot 9, Indian Reserve; Milltown, lot 11, 1st con; Blessington, lot 5, 4th con; Lonsdale, lot 32, 2nd con; Marysville, lot 32, 3rdcon; Millpoint, lot 40, 1st con, Indian Reserve; Melrose, lot 15, 3rd con; Read, lot 21, 6th con; Albert lot 34, 6th con; with offices on the eastern boundary at Kingsford and Roslin, in the north-west corner of the township

 

 

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A couple of years ago, the Hastings County Historical Society ghost town bus tour stopped to pay homage to the Melrose cheese factory in Tyendinaga township. The foundation wall of aggregate was capped by a row of fieldstones. The old factory, built around 1875, burned in 1957. The fabric of this small community, begun so hopefully, named by the first storekeeper, Mr. Duncan, for his hometown in Scotland, was beginning to unravel. From Ancestral Roofs

 

Gilbert, Hobart Stinson Dr. 1872-1902 Hobart Stinson Gilbert was born in Tyendinaga Township, Hastings County, on July 26, 1872, son of Nehemiah Gilbert and Deborah Cook. He removed with his parents to Picton in 1880, and passed through the High School there and entered Toronto University in 1893 as a Matriculant, taking an honour course in natural science. He graduated in Arts in 1897 and at once entered Toronto Medical College and obtained his degree in 1900. He married Edna Moore on July 28, 1900. Dr. Gilbert established himself at Angelica, New York, where he commenced the practice of his profession; his ability soon secured for him an extensive practice. He was a member of the Melrose Masonic Lodge in Angelica and the Genesee River Lodge. In July of 1902, he found his health failing and gave up his practice in hope that a rest would restore his health. Dr. H. S. Gilbert died at Brooklin, Ontario, of heart trouble on October 29, 1902, aged 30 years, 3 months and 3 days.

 

CAMERON, Ronald Ernest, m, Oct. 30, 1913, 3 days, Melrose Ontario, cause – intestinal obstruction 3 days, s/o Alexander Ernest Cameron & Olive May Macfarlane, infm – Rev. A. E. Cameron of Melrose, Tyendinaga Twp. (Hastings Co) 016822-13

MCADAM, Elizabeth b: 1803 in Scotland d: 10 Sept 1871 in London Twp. Melrose, Ontario, Canada

MCADAM, John 1st b: 1770 in Ayr (?) Scotland d: 1 Sept 1840 in London Twp., Melrose, Ontario, Canada

 

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Read—Pioneers of Hastings County

 

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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