The Victoria Hotels was well-known to the traveling public for the excellence of their cuisine and smart attendance. The Victoria had been remodeled several times and had a liberal patronage. Mr. James Pepper, the landlord, was known far and near and a kinder hearted man never lived. Photo- Lanark & District Museum
February 5 1892–Lanark Village
A phonograph is now on exhibition at *Mr. Pepper’s Hotel.
Mr. A. Brimaer has returned from a trip through the shanties. He reports business good.
Books in large variety at the Lanark Drug Store.
Mr. Thos. Costello is making a trip through the shanties in the interest of B. Caldwell & Co.
La Grippe now numbers its victim by the score. – Nearly every house has some one suffering from its effects.
Mr. Reid, of Brockville, and Mr. J. M. Henderson, of Smith’s Falls, agents for the Sun Life Assurance Co., were in town this week.
Don’t forget the *Van Amburgh Orchestra concert in the Town Hall, Saturday evening. The best talent will be present on the occasion, and the entertainment should be made a success.
Caldwell’s Store and residence with the woolen mill in the background c.1890– Lanark & District Museum
May 26, 1882
Breach of Liquor Law.—On Friday last the Inspector conducted the prosecution of Matilda Dennis, of the village of Lanark, for selling liquor without a license. The Magistrates were T. Caldwell and J. Gallinger esquire. The evidence was inclusive and the defendant was iined twenty dollars and costs, or thirty days in gaol. The fine was paid.
*Review below from THE PERTH COURIER 1890 Mr. Pepper
Lanark possess the advantages of a well equipped and well conducted hotel, of which we desire to make brief mention here. Since coming under its present management about four years ago by purchase, the Victoria has been known as one of the best country hotels in Eastern Ontario. The enterprising and popular proprietor, Mr. Jas. Pepper, has neglected nothing in making the hotel all that could be desired. The house is comfortably furnished throughout, and affords every accommodation. For the convenience of commercial travellers the house has recently added sample rooms, large, well lighted and neatly painted. It has good stabling and livery in connection.
*Van Amburgh–You really don’t want to know about-or maybe you do. You could hire just his orchestra or his travelling animal show. It was said to be quote the show!
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