Edward Welsh – William Lee’s Sawmill

Edward Welsh – William Lee’s Sawmill



River Driving Crew in Playfairville


Perth Courier, June 26, 1914

Edward Welsh, who operated a shingle mill at Playfairville about thirty years ago was one of the early immigrants to the Canadian west in the ‘80’s.  He was a well known resident of Playfair district who to distinguish him from others of the same name was called “little” John Playfair.  Mr. and Mrs. Welsh are both living yet which their many friends in the old place and elsewhere will be glad to learn.

Lately they had their Golden Wedding which is thus described in the Baldur, Manitoba Gazette:  “Mr. and Mrs. Edward Welsh, old residents of this town and district, were the central figures in a very interesting event when on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 21, surrounded by six children and grandchildren to the fourth generation, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and nieces, friends and neighbors, they celebrated their Golden Wedding and despite the years, the toil of the journey and the battles, by the way the faces of those two shone as radiantly as in youth as they received and entertained the merry crowd of young and old who came to rejoice with them in their attainment to a half century of happy wedded life.  Three stalwart sons, William of Baldur; George of Plunkett, Sask., and Fred of Baldur, were present to rejoice with their parents on this happy occasion.  The only real cloud on their sky was the absence in the far west of their only daughter Mrs. Smith.  Many little gifts accompanied by good wishes marked this day, one of the features of which was the presentation of a purse of gold to the bride and groom of fifty years ago, as a token of the kindly feelings of those about them and reminder of the wealth that belongs to the man and his mate who have been spared to each other for five decades.”


William Lees’ Sawmill, from 1850, had two circular saws, and a grist mill, woolen mill, carding mill (closed 1898), and shingle mill – all on the west side of Fallbrook. In 1860, he bought 300 acres (parts of Con. 10, 11, Lots 20, 21). In 1865, he added a blacksmith, which was bought by James Cameron in 1888, and later by son, Walter. The grist and woolen mills were designed by well-known area millwright Alex Wallace. A cheese factory was added in Fallbrook in 1884. The woolen mill operated to 1896 or 1897, then sold to
Christopher Donaldson, owner of the sawmill. It burned in 1902.



Playfair’s Mill 1895


The 1880-81 Bathurst map of Fallbrook area indicates a William Lee’s sawmill on the Fall River, at the exit from Bennett lake, and his sawmill, grist Lees sawmill, 1916 mill and woolen Mill, beside Fallbrook. He is also listed as (Book: ‘The Blacksmith of Fallbrook’) owning a mill at Playfairville, then and again in 1882. The carding mill, and two other sawmills, are on Bolton Creek, north and north-west respectively of the hamlet, one of which shows on the property of J. Chester (Lot 20 Con 11), presumably, the mill owner. For more information on the Fallbrook mills–The Mills of the Tay Watershed and Area
in Eastern Ontario


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 May 1922, Sat,  Page 2




Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)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.



Inhabiting Playfairville Once Again?

Fallbrook and Playfair Playfairville 101–

Names Names Names

My Daddy was a Miner — was Yours?

Walter Cameron the Famous Blacksmith of Fallbrook

The Blacksmiths of Lanark County



Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–

October 28th The Occomores Valley Grante and Tile Event–730pm-1am Carleton Place arena-Stop by and pick up your tickets for our fundraiser dance for LAWS. They also have tickets for Hometown Hearts event at the Grand Hotel fundraiser

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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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