More Tales from the Thoburn Mill



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With notes from the Almonte Gazette— July 21, 1882

On Monday evening two children children of Mr. Howard were attempting to cross the dam between Thoburn’s mill and the railway bridge when the eldest, named Willie, age nine years, slipped into the water, and the youngest, named Archie, aged about six, made an attempt to save his brother, and be himself got into danger.

An alarm was raised by 6 little fellows running to tell Mrs. Howard, who flewacross to Mr. Galtin ’s store, where her husband was employed, and the father lost no time in rushing down to the scene of the disaster. On arrival there he saw the youngest boy holding on to a log, but the action of the water and the unsteadiness of the log caused the child’s head-to frequently -dip under water.

Very soon the father succeeded in placing him in safety; in the meantime the elder boy had disappeared, and the suction of the water prevented him from coming up to the surface. As soon as the wheel wss stopped Mr. Delisle an- employee ol No. 1 mill, threw of his coat and hat and dived to the bottom and in a moment, the child appeared above the water,

Fortunately Drs. Burns and Lynch were immediately on the spot, and to their prompt and energetic action, humanly speaking, the boy owes them his life. The little fellow, when taken out of the water, was to all intents and purposes dead, but to the coarse of treatment resorted to was successful in restoring the action of the respiratory organs, and in a few minutes his life was saved.

After a short time he was moved to Dowdall’a drug store, and – from thence to the house of his parents-. The doctors remained with, him for some time, and had the satisfaction at length of knowing that they had snatched a victim out of the grasp of death. The boys are rapidly recovering, but they along with their father and mother received – a severe shock.

We have referred to the prompt action of our townsmen jumping into the water after the missing boys and they should be proud.


Mr. Wm. Thoburn is going to have his flannel mill lighted with gas. It will cost him about $500. June 3 -1882


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 28 Aug 1918, Wed,
  3. Page 6
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
28 Aug 1918, Wed  •  Page 1

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