The 27 Ounce Baby of Lanark — In Memory of Vera Margaret Tuck

The 27 Ounce Baby of Lanark — In Memory of  Vera Margaret Tuck
06 Mar 1906, Tue  •  Page 1

I found this clipping in the Ottawa Citizen above yesterday about a baby that weighed 27 ounces born in the village of Lanark in 1906. I had found another small baby born in Carleton Place a year ago– but there was no more information. This took me hours to piece together– but now we have the rest of the story. Sometimes history is sad– but it is still history. In memory of the Tuck family and especially Vera Margaret Tuck. You will be remembered now.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Aug 1905, Tue  •  Page 1

The father of the wee baby — Cyrus Stephen Tuck lived in in Lanark Village along with his brother George. He owned a barber shop in the village and worked with his brother. Cyrus was born in Burritt’s Rapids, and was married in June 1901 to Edith McGuire, who was the daughter of Mr. Daniel McGuire.

They had one child, a boy named Homer Cyrus Tuck born 13 August 1902. In February of 1906 they had Vera which was the tiny baby mentioned in the newspaper clipping. She was born in Lanark, Tues. Feb 6th, 1906, to the wife of the late C. S. Tuck, a daughter. (clipping of newspaper only came out in March)

Yes, it was the late C. S. Tuck. Cyrus Tuck, of Lanark died at his home from meningitis at age 29 on Wednesday, February 28, 1906 in Lanark, Ontario- a few months before his daughter Vera was born. The deceased left a wife and child, nine brothers and one sister. The Oddfellows had charge of the funeral and he was buried in the Lanark Village Cemetery. ( no gravestone found)

It is quite obvious his wife was so distraught that her child was born premature. Vera Margaret Tuck dies later on the 30th of March and is buried with her father #103. Poor wee lass. Her mother  Edith Margaret McGuire, born on 18 January 1877, died on 18 July 1975, 98 years old.

Cyrus’s son– HOMER CYRUS TUCK. Toronto I17I Lanark Continuation School: Matriculated from Jarvis C.I.: two vears in Mechanical Engineering at Varsity: became interested in teaching and graduated from Normal School: interested in water sports. fishing, hockey. cottage. and reading. University of Toronto 1952

Back Row Standing: Cyrus, Ann, George and wife Eva, Festus
On Chairs: James Howie (h/o Ann), Harriet, John and wife Emily
On Floor: Elisha and Andrew
Missing: Franklyn, Joseph, Merritt and James
c. 1895-
Name:Vera Margaret Tuck • Edit
Event Type:Birth
Event Date:06 Feb 1906 • Edit
Event Place:Lanark, Lanark, Ontario, Canada • Edit
Registration Date:1906
Father’s Name:Cyrus S Tuck • Edit
Mother’s Name:Edith M Mcguire • Edit
Record Number:136

The Lanark Era June 20, 1900
“At Kemptville, Saturday last, Mrs. Jacob Tuck, in her 68th year, mother of Mr. C.S. Tuck, barber, of Lanark.”

Kemptville Weekly Advance, June 28, 1900
“Mrs. Tuck;
Harriett Andrus, widow of the late Jacob Tuck, died at the residence of her son, Geo. Tuck, on Saturday, 16th. She was born at Burritt’s Rapids on the 29th of July, 1832, and was married to Mr. Tuck in 1859. To them were born 12 children all now living but 2. While residing at Powassan, Mr. Tuck died suddenly of apoplexy in March 1894. Fourteen years ago Mrs. Tuck had a paralytic stroke and another about 7 years ago, the latter disabling her to such an extent that she has since been unable to do any work. After the death of her husband she came to Kemptville and for a time lived with her son John and later with her son George, at whose residence she peacefully passed away on Saturday morning from the effects of a third stroke which she received on the 1st of June. The funeral service was conducted in St. James’ church and the remains were interred in the public cemetery.”

DIED… At Kemptville, on Saturday last, Mrs. Jacob Tuck, In her 68th year, > mother of Mr. C. S. Tuck, barber, of Lanark. ( Wed. June 20, 1900)003839-00 (Carleton Co): Andrew TUCK, 26, barber, Oxford, North Gower, s/o Jacob TUCK & Harriet E. ANDRES, married Elizabeth CALLENDER, 24, North Gower, same, d/o James CALLENDER & Margaret COOK, witn: C.S. TUCK of Lanark & Bertie CALLENDER of North Gower, 29 Aug 1900 at North Gower.

Tuck Family click here

Mr. Cyrus S. Tuck was down to Almonte on Thursday to attend the funeral of niece Miss Annie Tuck, who died at her mother’s home on tuesday. She was only twenty years of age and died of lung trouble. (Wed. Nov. 9th, 1898)

 At North Gower, Aug 29th 1900, Mr. Andrew Tuck to Miss Lizzie Calendar, of North Gower.Mr. C S. Tuck, barber of Lanark and brother of the groom was the groomsman

Name:Cyrus Stephen Tuck
Birth Date:5 Dec 1877
Birth Place:Burritts Rapids, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death Date:27 Jan 1906
Death Place:Lanark, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery:Lanark Village Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Lanark, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Has Bio?:Y
Father:Jacob A. Tuck
Mother:Harriett Tuck
Spouse:Edith Margaret Tuck

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada01 Feb 1906, Thu  •  Page 3

Clipped from
The Ottawa Journal,
05 Mar 1906, Mon,
Page 1

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