Perth The Granite Town 1886

Perth The Granite Town 1886


The population of the village does not probably exceed three hundred and thirty or fifty souls, but its situation in relation to the surrounding country and the vicinity of the canal make it the natural market of the establishments along the bank as well as along the Ottawa and tend to contribute to its rise and prosperity independent of the advantages that it receives from its position in the midst of a fertile country.

The military colonies are situated at Lanark and Richmond and have also experienced the benefits of the patronage of the government as they possess excellent soil. They are very prosperous and are progressing rapidly in view of these .agricultural changes as well as the number of their population.

The roads are however in a terrible condition. In order to traverse these fifteen or sixteen leagues it is easier to go on foot than on horseback or in a carriage.  They had to fear assaults of people who did not belong to their nationality or their religion. It was also necessary, to defend one’s self against the wolves, then very numerous in that district. Complainants who went to Perth, gained or doubly lost their cases owing to the miseries of the route.

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 03 Dec 1886, Fri,
  3. Page 2



Picture taken c.1896, behind Shaw’s, of the two horse-power equipment that for many years ran the paper press of The Perth Expositor. At that time the plant was located in part of Shaw’s department store on Gore Street. Henry Kehoe (sitting) was in charge of the “merry-go-round”. The Hon. Col. A. J. Matheson, MPP for South Lanark and former Ontario Provincial Secretary was the publisher of the Expositor in 1896. Shown above, (left) include James Steacy, foreman George Jackman, William T. Noonan, Ed. C. Stone, in the window (left) Stanton Lee and Wiliam J. McCarthy. Photo: The Perth Courier-Perth Remembered


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 17 Jun 1886, Thu,
  3. Page 4

Why was it called the “Granite Town”? The landscape is varied including Canadian Shield (with gneiss, granite and marble) as well as limestone plains, with a variety of tills, sands and clays left from the melting of glaciers in the last ice age.



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