August 1879 in Lanark County and the Valley

August 1879 in Lanark County and the Valley




-Arnprior exhibition on the 18th and on the 19th September.

-Mrs. Preno, of Prescott, lately deceased,was 109 years of age.

-Plums are selling at 25 cents a pail in Arnprior. Ditto in Almonte.

-Perth wants a steam fire engine. Cause of agitation: the latest fire.

-The Renfrew County Model School opened at Renfrew on the 29th.

-Mrs. Geo. Vallelie, Arnprior, while getting over a fence fell and broke her leg.

-Almonte provision Court was held on Tuesday last, Judge Deacon presiding.

-Code’s factory, Carleton Place, will be offered for sale by auction in a few days. (Hawthorne Mill)

-A picnic will be held in Gillies’ grove, 1st con. Beckwith, on Thursday, 11th inst.

-Large quantities of lumbar have been shipped from the Carleton Place lumber yards.

-Alex. Stewart, of Beckwith, has returned home from Dakota, where he owns a fine home.

-The Montague Agricultural Society will hold its show on the 7th and 8th of October.

-The “ Janet” has discontinued her regular daily trips to Arnprior because of no traffic.

-The Perth Infantry Company was inspected on Wednesday by Lieut.-Col. Jackson.

-Ira Morgan, Esq., M.P.P., has recovered from the effects of the accident and is now going about business.

-The fruit trees in the garden of Mr. John Bromley, Renfrew, were lately hacked by some criminal.

-Dr. Pickup, D.D.G.M., Ottawa District, has been visiting the Masonic lodges on official business.

-The harvest in the north of Renfrew county and in Fitzroy is several weeks later than last year.

-Mr. J . Templeton will represent the Smith’s Falls Templars at the Grand Lodge to be held in Hamilton.

-Mr. Donald McDonald, lawyer, Renfrew, has been appointed a Commissioner in and for the County of Renfrew.

-The Perth Rifle Association matches will take place on the 8th and 9th Sept. $150 in prizes will be given. Some of our Almonte sharpshooters should attend.




-Lance Ledgerwood, residing near Arnprior, is one of the heirs to a fortune in Scotland. He has received a letter from the Sheriff of Glasgow, giving particulars.

-The Arnprior O.Y.B. band picnic netted $60. The F.M.T.A. band, to show their good will, joined with them and paraded the town together.

-Geo. Russell won the half mile foot race, beating two Almonte participants.

-The voters’ lists for 1879 are an improvement on previous lists. They contain two additional columns, giving the post office address of each voter, and indicate whoare qualified to serve as jurors. {From our own Correspondent.)

-The funeral of the late Mr. Robert Jakes took place on Sunday afternoon last, and was largely attended.

-Mr. P. Anderson is back in his old place in the drug store.

-Messrs. Easton, of Merrickville, have in the docks a vessel which when completed will cost $6,000. It will be finished and running early.

The old and popular hotel known for many years as the McFarlane Hotel— has been re~fitted and re-furnished and is now operated the accommodation of guests. The bar well supplied. Good stabling and shed room, and convenient to the mills and business.



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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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