Found in a Garage– Ron Bos — Annie Sophia Shields McLaughlin

Found in a Garage– Ron Bos — Annie Sophia Shields McLaughlin


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From Ron Bos

This is a book I found in my garage several years ago. It is a Smiths Falls High school text book dated September 1883 belonging to Annie Shields. In it she wrote the names of her classmates that year. I have researched her and know her story but the book is a snapshot of a day in 1883 at SFHS.


All Photos- Ron Bos


This is Annie’s bio I pieced together–It truly is a snap shot of 136 years ago in the Smiths Falls High School system.

Annie Shields (bJune 23rd 1869 dMarch 7th 1906) daughter of Peter and Margaret Shields. She married Dr Peter McLaughlin son of Lucy and Michael McLaughlin of Matilda Twp Ontario (bMay 4th 1860 dMay 22nd 1943) of Winchester springs on December 31st 1896 at Montague Twp Ontario .
Peter and Annie lived in Winchester Ontario. Dr Peter McLaughlin was Chief District Coroner Of Dundas County. They had one son, Dr Robert McLaughlin. He was a dentist in Paris Ontario and died in 1998, 28 days shy of his 100th birthday. They also had a daughter named Annie Sophia who died at 6 years of age. The only surviving member of the family was Robert.

Peter McLaughlin died in 1943. He is buried at Mapleridge cemetery in Winchester with his parents. Annie Shields and Dr Peter McLaughlin bought a dairy farm adjoining the village of Winchester in 1898. He was a long time member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Dr. Edward McLaughlin, of Morrisburg, who died in 1918, was a brother of Peter’s.

From the Ottawa Journal Page 17 April 4th 1938
Dr McLaughlin Has Been Practising 50 Years.
Dr Peter McLaughlin, chief district coroner of Dundas County, and practising physician of Winchester since 1893, celebrated the 30th anniversary of continuous service, at his home here today. Although 78 years old. the doctor is in good health and still capable of carrying out his many duties and takes care of the large practice which he has enjoyed during the half century since he graduated in medicine from Trinity Medical College in Toronto. He says he has never refused a call and continues to accept all calls either day or night. For more than 25 year he has been the medical officer of health for Winchester village and township, and also indigent-doctor for town calls. He was appointed coroner in 1923, and chief Coroner in 1936. During the 50 years he has brought more than 4,000 babies into the world and his advice in community affairs throughout the township is eagerly sought.

A native of Dundas County Peter McLaughlin was born in the Township of Matilda, son of the late Michael and Lucy McLaughlin, settlers from Ireland. Receiving his primary education In district schools, and after attending the Morrisburg Collegiate, he received a third class teacher’s certificate after an examination at Chesterville. He taught at the Robertson School in Matilda. Township, receiving $60 for four months’ work and walked four miles morning and evening to reach the school. Deciding to specialize in English, he embarked on a side-wheeler for St. Catharines, where he attended university. After completing his course he became the English master at Strathroy University, and at the end of three years severed his connections there, to enter Trinity University Toronto.
I was offered a teaching profession but I foolishly went into medicine at Winchester. Springs, where the mineral springs were said to have healing properties. He did a intern of two years with Dr. Anderson at Smiths Falls, and purchased the practice of the late Dr. J. M. Connerty, of Winchester in 1893 The doctor remembers that his first patient. He spoke of the advances made in modes of communication and medical science. At the beginning of his practice there were no ‘phones, only a local telegraph. He would take two horses to attend to his patients until his first car in 1917. He operated in patients homes. The nearest hospital was at Montreal, and Dr. O. Alguire used to drive from Cornwall to perform operations on patients in their homes. The only other doctor in Winchester at that time was the late Dr. Robert Reddick.
With the advent of science it is much easier than in the earlier days, when appendicitis was called inflammation, and infection from tonsils and teeth had not been thought of. Vaccines, serums and inoculations have made the fight against disease less difficult In his long practice he has many times had to go to patients in the flooded areas of the Nation River, in such inundations as was experienced this year in the Oak Valley section. Outside of his daily round of duties, his hobby is farming and he manages a dairy farm adjoining the village which he purchased in 1898. He has long been a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. He married the former Miss Annie Shields, of Smiths Falls, in 1896, who died in 1906. He has one son. Dr. Robert McLaughlin, a dentist in Paris, Ont., and Robert is the only surviving member of his family. Dr. Edward McLaughlin, of Morrisburg, who died 20 years ago (in 1918) was a brother.
Ron Bos




Annie Shields McLaughlin

DEATH 15 Jul 1909 (aged 5)

Maple RidgeStormont, Dundas and Glengarry United CountiesOntario,Canada

MEMORIAL ID 143942534 · View Source
Name: Dr Robert C. McLaughlin
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1898
Birth Place: Winchester, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death Date: 28 Nov 1998
Death Place: Paris, Brant County Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery: Maple Ridge Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Maple Ridge, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?: N
Father: Peter McLaughlin
Mother: Annie Sophia McLaughlin

Annie Sophia Shields McLaughlin

Montague, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH 7 Mar 1906 (aged 36)

Winchester, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada

Maple RidgeStormont, Dundas and Glengarry United CountiesOntario,Canada

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