Hornerites? What Were Hornerites?

Hornerites? What Were Hornerites?



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal22 Nov 1895, FriPage 1

I found above last newspaper clipping and wondered what the heck a Hornerite or a “Horniter” was. I found out that “horniter” really meant Hornerite (Holiness Movement), and thought I should probably document it. This denomination was home-grown in the Ottawa Valley. The movement had its roots in the Methodist Church of Canada and was founded when a very charismatic adherent named  Ralph Cecil Horner, farmer, Methodist clergyman, revivalist, and holiness bishop, who found some fame in the area and beyond.

Born near Shawville, Quebec; he travelled extensively in the area preaching at  tent meetings where “a number of souls were won for Christ“. The more passionate of Horner’s followers were called “Hornerites”. Today on the Main Street in Shawville there stands a billboard showing historic highlights of the area and Rev. Ralph Horner’s evangelistic career is there listed.



Photo-Bytown or Bust


A very strange thing occurred recently at a Hornerite meeting held at the meeting house of that sect, situated seven miles north of Madoc, known as “McCoy’s”. The preacher was speaking of the Devil and all of a sudden a creature described as “so ghastly” rose from the floor boards with fire issuing from his nostrils. The image was described as having two horns, clanking chains, fiery eyeballs and a large appendage at the rear. Apparently he looked at the congregation and exclaimed,

“I am the Devil, I will have you all!”





The congregation and preacher ran out of there “like the devil” tripping over each other. A few days later some said it was a practical joke, but the Hornerites refused to believe them. The Hornerites were a very evangelical denomination. The ladies dressed in plain
black with no touch of bright colour or other ornamentation.  The style of their apparel included a long wide skirt and a flat-crowned round hat.



Bytown or BustThe Holiness Movement in Smiths Falls, Ontario


In Hastings County, Ivanhoe may be known today as a place with a cheese factory along Hwy 62, but a century ago it was known as one of the most important holiness revival sites in Canada.  It was at the Ivanhoe camp meeting that Ralph Horner died in 1921, not long after preaching his last sermon.





Joann Voyce–The Hornerite Church in Carleton Place was a small white frame building on the south west corner of Bridge St and Herriott St


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal21 Jun 1899, WedPage 8 A Hornerite Convention in Carleton Place



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal06 Nov 1895, WedPage 8–Quebec



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal27 Sep 1895, FriPage 6–Kemptville



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal22 Aug 1896, SatPage 3–Richmond





Click here–Shakin’ the Family Tree




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 Jan 1897, TuePage 6


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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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