“In May 31, 1851, a meeting of the trustees of the County Grammar School and those of the Town of Perth was held at which it was decided that a new school should be build and named “The Perth Public School” Before and After Photo Perth Remembered
This letter was written by Thomas Alfred Code November 19th, 1929.
Does this town require a new Public School building? Judging by an editorial which appeared in a local paper a few weeks ago, it seems as if it did– at least from the writer’s point of view.
Before going into this expenditure, which in all probability would be in the neighbourhood of $100,000, would it not be well for those who be responsible for the debt to look into the matter and see what could be done with the present one– allowing that alterations are necessary.
The present building appears to be in good condition. If remodelling inside is necessary, it could be done at a small percentage of the cost of the new building, and answer the purpose just as well.
We have been borrowing and spending freely the past few years and until we are relieved of some of our present debenture debt, would it not be wise to defer the matter of a new Public School for the present?
This town is dependent on agriculture and the manufacturing industry. Further expenditure is a serious matter to those who are anchored here, but not to those who can dispose of their holdings and leave town in a fortnight, without loss. I do not think we are putting out better men and women than we did fifty years ago, under old conditions when people are practical and possessed under old conditions when people were practical and possessed of strong individuality. Today, the latter is obtained in the picture show and self-help and self-endeavour are lost sight of.
The Captains of Industry in our town had only a practical common school education. For fifty years and over, I fail to see where education has added to the material uplift of Perth. What we want is increased industry and more employment. I find that an outsider can come into this town and sell a doubtful stock, but if any reputable citizen were to go out and solicit stock to start an industry, he would fail. As to education– I am not– referring here to those going in for professions, scientific research, etc.– but rather to the high average that have education forced upon them, and when done are looking for a position–not a job–where work is involved. Those who succeed have natural characteristics, ambition, aggressiveness and all around generalship. Education facilities are alright and under conditions I support it, but our town may be made an expensive place to live in with high taxes and expensive Hydro Power cost. It would be well for those who have to bear the burden to weight this school question. It is the general opinion that if there is no increase in industry, a small annex would suffice for the present.
Should our assessment values drop, the liability remains, and the rate would increase. Likewise, in the County the liability is being increased yearly, and the end is not yet. A 5% tax on assessed property is something to ponder over.
Is it not time to wake up? Whither are we drifting?
T. A. Code
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).
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The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4b – Innisville — Coopers and “Whipping the Cat” 1860-1870
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4e – Innisville — ‘Neighbours Furnished one Another with Fire’
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 7- Code Family–“Thank God, no member of my family has disgraced me or the name!
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 8- Code Family– “We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 9- Code Family –“I had much trouble in saving myself from becoming a first class liar”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 10- Code Family – I conjured to myself: “You will know me later!” And Peter McLaren did.
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 11- Code Family –“I continued with bull dog tenacity for 12 years without salary”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 16- Code Family-“The fish would shoot back and forth and at time hit their legs causing them to fall”