In the earlier days I remember the DeHertels- Fred and *Ned; the latter married in Perth. They were a snappy gay pair and drove fine horses and agents for the Gilmours. This was before the Gillies and McLaren took over the limit. I also remember the late Senator Peter McLaren in his early days. He was a great bush and river man, and in my opinion a severe driver of men. He was practical in lumbering from his boyhood days having worked for the Boyd Cardwell Company before joining with John Gillies. McLaren was to some extent vindictive and inclined to dominate the Mississippi, as evidenced in the historical Streams Bill Fight. Read– Your Mississippi River, Ontario Fact of the Day
We did most of the portaging from the head to the foot of the rapids, viz, of chains and general supplies for the lumber mills. For this we got twenty five cents per load, and we usually came in for a dish of strong tea, a plate of pork and beans, and bread baked in the ashes. There is none better today when I look back to how we relished it then.
In the early days much square timber was brought out, and what beautiful stuff it was. Likewise the logs: we see nothing like them in Ontario today. It was said that there was enough timber up the Mississippi to last one hundred years. But with the coming of the settlers and the loose handling of the brush, fire wrought destruction, and little was left in 20 years but the gleanings.
After the logs were sorted out the men left for their retrospective homes. Bob Dial, a cousin on the farm with Uncle John, on the adjoining lot to ours– and I took our wagons with hay racks: we piled the trunks pyramid fashion and the men sat around the trunks. In this way we could accommodate quite a number. For this we got 75 cents each, and considered it a snap.
Bob and I did the hauling to Perth and Carleton Place for the woollen mils in my time. We received two dollars a trip and paid our own expenses, which were light. We were supposed to even up on our trips. When time could be spared from the farm we also drew shanty supplies, perhaps to Lanark or the Fall River.
The farm involved some close financing. We got men for 12-14 dollars per month and board for the year. Prices for produce were low: for instance lambs were sold for a dollar and a half, and everything else on a comparative basis.
One of the escapades of my life took place in the early 1870s. A party closely related by marriage to A. B. Code was not as industrious as A.B. thought he ought to be, and he induced the boys to give him a scare. We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge. When there the wool sack gave out, and some rough work followed. However, we all scampered. Uncle A. B. assured us he would take the responsibility.
A few days later, Thomas Cosgrave, the Perth Town Chief appeared on the scene with warrants for eleven of us in all. We appeared in Perth the following day charged with assault and battery, with intent to kill; the latter intent was very remote.
We engaged F.A. Hall to defend. Charles Rice tried the case; three of the party proved an alibi, and the rest of us were fined eight dollars and sixty cents each– but Uncle A.B. did not come to the rescue and take the responsibility. When done we all rode home in the same wagon and had a jolly good time. I did not call on relatives in Perth during that visit.
Next Springtime of 1876
*When movies were not shown Perth Collegiate held commencement exercises The boy scouts, church organization and other institutions also used the facilities. Over the years the theatre was managed by a number of individuals including George Keral who was the first and Col. Ned de Hertel, Bill Hamilton, Jack Allan, Arthur White and Ken Carter who was the manager of the theatre closed in 1958
F.A. Hall info
Note—When the post office opened in 1851 a clerical error resulted in the community being called Innisville. The error was never corrected.
The first industrial process on the site was operated by the Kilpatrick family beginning in 1842 and established as a tannery shortly thereafter. In 1882 a new owner, Thomas Alfred Code, established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998.
51 Herriott – The Code Mill is actually a collage of five different buildings dating from 1842. T.A. Code moved to Perth in 1876, and bought this property by 1883. Code spent 60 years in business in Perth. The business started with a contract to supply the North West Mounted Police with socks, and continued for many years manufacturing felt for both industrial and commercial uses.
Code Felt Co today– Click here..
In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered
How did I get this?
I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island
How did it get into the United States? The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.
Allan Leslie Code
1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896 • Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969 • Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA
Andrew Haydon–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)