Where Was Hunter’s Mill and Huntersville?



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Ad in –November 18 1867- Almonte Gazette



About twenty businesses were in operation at and near the bustling village of Clayton in 1871, including a grist mill, a cooperage plant, Coulter’s and Gemmill’s hotels, McNeil’s tannery, the sawmills of Timothy Foley, Daniel Drummond, and William Smith ; James McClary’s planning mill, Timothy Blair’s carding mill and J. & A. Hunter’s woollen cloth factory. From–Bustling Village of Clayton in 1871

In January of 1873 the Hunter woollen mill was destroyed with a fire loss of $10,000 and was located on the river near Clayton at the site then known as Huntersville. The woollen mill at Huntersville, in the township of Ramsay, was totally destroyed by fire on a Monday evening.The operatives had all left the factory and the superintendent remained alone to prepare some work for the following day.

A very short time had elapsed when without warning he noticed the flames pirating through belt holes from the lower floor, and so rapid was the progress o f the flames that it was with difficulty that he escaped from the building. Before any assistance arrived the whole factory was enveloped in roaring flames. There was a small machine shop on the opposite side of the creek, owned by Mr. Manson; it became evident that the fire would soon consume it also.

The neighbours and factory hands speedily removed the contents of the shop, but the building became entirely consumed. The loss on the building and machinery will not probably exceed $8,000 while the loss of cloth and raw material will foot up about $2,500 more. It was insured only for $3,500.

The mill was the property of Messrs J. & A. Hunter, whose affairs are at present in the hands of an assignee. The property destroyed represented the largest portion assets of the estate, and while its loss will fall more immediately upon the creditors, it will also be a serious blow to the Messrs. Hunter, who, no doubt, would; have been able to arrange their affairs and start again but for this disastrous fire

In the March 28, 1879 issue of the Perth Courier there was a note that Mr. Alexander Hunter of Huntersville, Ramsay, woolen manufacturer, has gone into insolvency.  He never got over the fire that destroyed his factory some years ago.

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janaury 1880 Almonte Gazette

In January 1880  the Almonte Gazette reported that the furniture factories of Almonte and a foundry were closed-a woollen factory is for sale at Huntersville, and another at Carleton Place has been offered time and again for sale; it can neither be sold nor  leased;— and it is a good new woollen factory with all the modern appliances.

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October 23 1891-Almonte Gazette

In April of 1892 William Croft went to Huntersville to start a woollen and carding mill.  The Perth Courier reported that Croft intended to have it in operation by the 17th of April  There will be about ten employees in the factory but when running at its fullest capacity it employs sixteen.  He was make the wool of the rolls, yarn or cloth.

In the years after I could find very little about Huntersville except an 1893 obituary about  Mr. David McIntosh, telegraph operator at the Maberly station of the C. P. R., had been killed that morning.

“When the dreadful news reached here word was sent to his father who works in the woolen mill at Huntersville”.




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Ad in the Almonte Gazette -1879

Almonte Gazette, Friday December 9, 1881

At Almonte, on the 5th Dec., by the Rev F. L. Stephenson, Mr. Robert John Giles, of Hunterville, to Miss Isabella Maneary, of Darling.

Perth Courier, Sept. 21, 1888

Innisville Inklings:  We stated last week that Mr. Fenders and family had moved to  Plum Hollow.  It was to Huntersville.  – Miss Lizzie James of Ottawa, the young lady who has been visiting in this locality lately has had her name changed on the 6th of this month to Mrs. Fitzpatrick.


Almonte Gazette-Novemeber 14, 1872

Birth at Huntersville, in the township of Ramsay, on Saturday, Nov. 1, Mrs. John Shannacy, of a son


MARGARET TOOLEY- She was born about 1860 in Huntersville

Perth Courier, September 30, 1881

Hunter-McEwen—Married, by Rev. E. A. Healey at the residence of Mr. D. Graham, Esq., Dayton, Dakota, on the 22nd September, Mr. Alexander H. Hunter, late of Huntersville, Lanark County, to Miss Mary C. McEwen, daughter of the late Rev. Duncan McEwen, Drummond.


A mere glance at the referenced portion of the Lanark County Atlas (1880) shows some of our important ancestral names, among them Metcalf, Gilmour, Affleck, Rea, Snedden, Naismith, Robertson, Toshack, Yuill, Houston, Scott, Cochran, Steel and Paul. Likewise there are noted the tiny communities of Bennies Corners, Huntersville P.O., Rosetta P.O., Galbraith P.O. and Middleville P.O., dotted among the usual 100-acre and 200-acre spreads of the landowners. There are intriguing locations of “carriage shop”, “tannery”, “B.Y.” (brick yard), “Town Hall”, “Union Hall”, “Lead Mine”, “C.F.” (cheese factory) and “L.K.” (which I can only guess means Lime Kiln)– The Millstone


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


About lindaseccaspina

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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