HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION–70 YEARS OLD  –Laurie Yuill Part 1

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HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION–70 YEARS OLD  –Laurie Yuill Part 1

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 13 Oct 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 36

HISTORY OF LANARK TOWNSHIP AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION–70 YEARS OLD– Transcribed by Laurie Yuill– Part 1

The following is a sketch of the History of the Lanark Township Agricultural Society, which the Secretary, Mr. Arch Rankin delivered at the Anniversary Social. The opening years of the latter half of the 19th century, 1850-1851 and 1852 seem to have been eventful ones for the people of the Township of Lanark and surrounding territory.  At that time on the continent of Europe, events were transpiring which culminated in the Great Crimean War of 1854 and 1855. Some stirring and interesting events were also at that time occurring in Lanark Township, which were destined to affect the people of the locality for many years to come.    Then a keen and acrimonious controversy was rending the old Established Presbyterian Church in connection with the Church of Scotland as it was then termed over the question of patronage and the separation of Church and State. Many of the farmers were inclined to agree with the Free Church idea, anda considerable amount of bitterness was engendered and an attempt made to start a Free Presbyterian Church but the leaders of the movement in their attempt came into contact with a student of the Congregational Church named Mr. Hay, in 1851, whom they invited to preach for them for a time.    

As the Presbyterian Minister lived in Lanark, and as the government of the Congregational Church just suited the temper of the people at that time, the first Congregational Church was organized in August, 1852, under the leadership of Reverend R.R. Black with the following charter members: Robert Robertson, James Arnott, Matthew Sanderson, Mrs. Alex Erskine, William Harding Sr., Alex McKay, Archibald Rankin, Mrs. Archibald Rankin, George Glossop, Robert Affleck, and Peter Reid Sr. In 1849 an Act had been passed by the Legislative Assembly granting or establishing Municipal Institutions for the Province of Upper Canada as Ontario was then known, and the first Municipal Council for the United Townships of Lanark and Darling met in January, 1850, the members being: Alexander Stewart, Robert Stead, Andrew Stevenson, Robert Robertson, Jean Waddell Anderson, with John R. Gemmill, the Editor and Proprietor of the “Lanark Observer” and the first clerk.

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 24 Aug 1940, Sat,
  3. Page 9

 

ORGANIZING THE SOCIETY    

During the same year and probably as a result of the aforesaid Municipal Act, an effort was made to start an Agricultural Society. Some meetings were held and seven men paid their membership of 5 shillings each, as follows: Robert Stead, Alexander Horn, Wm. Stead, James Young, James Mair, Samuel Wilson, and John R. Gemmill, but it did not appear there was any business done, and it was not until the 11th day of May, 1851 that the Society was formally organized with the following members for that year: John M.G. Hall, John R. Gemmill, Francis Hale, Daniel Wilson, Joseph Lamont, Thomas Kelso, Robert Stead, Alexander Horn, William Stead, John Hall, John Taylor, and James Young, Bathurst. The avowed objects of the Society were the improvement of the live stock, the producing of improved seeds and grain and meeting for the discussion of Agricultural problems. Mr. John M.G. Hall was chosen as the first President and Treasurer and James Young as Secretary, and all the other members constituted a Board of Directors for the year.    The revenues of the Society for 1851 amounted to £4, 10 shillings, and was expended as follows: paid to Wm. Stead for purchase of rams, £3, 2 shillings, 9 pence; printing notices advertising and postage, £1, 2 shillings, 9 pence; book for Society, 4 shillings, 6 pence, total £4, 10 shillings, 0 pence.

Part 2 tomorrow.. 

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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 13 Oct 1951, Sat,
  3. Page 36

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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.

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

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    Middleville School Photos- Laurie Yuill

  4. Photos of Laurie Yuill- Somerville/Mather Picnic 1937–Charles Home, Lloyd Knowles House–Foster Family

    Mr. Lionel Barr’s Store Middleville and Other Mementos –‎Laurie Yuill‎

    Mr. Lionel Barr’s Store Middleville and Other Mementos –‎Laurie Yuill‎

About lindaseccaspina

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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