Mc Mullin McMullen McMullan – Strange Death in Mississippi Mills

Mc Mullin McMullen McMullan – Strange Death in Mississippi Mills

I could not find any mention of any sort of spelling for young McMullen and there were a few of many spellings of McMullen in Clayton. Much as I tried I could not find him.

October 1867 Almonte Gazette

William Mostyn, late member of the Ontario parliament, and the oldest and leading physician and surgeon in Almonte, is of Welsh descent, the family moving into the county of Roscommon, Ireland, a little more than two centuries ago, and becoming large landed proprietors. Our subject is a son of Thomas and Margaret (Murray) Mostyn, and was born at Elphin, in the county of Roscommon, on the 5th of June, 1836. Before he was a year old, the family emigrated to Canada, and settled in Kingston, where he was educated in the grammar school and the university of Queen’s College, receiving the degree of doctor of medicine in 1858. He has held a fellowship in that university.

Dr. Mostyn commenced the practice of his profession at Almonte soon after receiving his diploma, and has continued it up to date, having an extensive ride and doing a lucrative business. His reputation in all branches of the healing art stands well. He is surgeon of the 42d battalion of volunteer infantry; represented Rideau and Bathurst division in the Ontario medical council from 1869 to 1872; was the first reeve of Almonte (1871), resigning after holding that office for three terms; has been a trustee of the local school board for sixteen or seventeen years, and is now its chairman; represented the riding of North Lanark in the third Ontario parliament, and is the author of the game law of 1878, and took a prominent part in all agricultural matters brought before the House. He is a Conservative in politics; in religion, a churchman.

The Doctor has been president of the North Lanark agricultural society since 1867; takes a deep interest in matters pertaining to that society, and has done, and is doing, much to encourage the improvement of the soil and of farming stock. He is noted for his public spirit in enterprises generally, and belongs to the progressive class.

Dr. Mostyn holds a high position in freemasonry, having been deputy district grand master for the Ottawa district in the grand lodge of Canada.

A writer in the Canadian Illustrated News for January 4, 1879, states that Dr. Mostyn, “like most old countrymen, is a great admirer of athletic and field sports; that he is president of the Mississippi curling club of Almonte, and has been the donor of several medals for competition.” The same writer facetiously adds: “the ladies may be interested in learning that the worthy doctor is one of two surviving members of the Anti-Connubial Club the only black mark against him.”

The doctor is well posted on general as well as professional and political subjects, is a ready and easy converser, and can carry his part well in the social circle.

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Other strange happenings of 1872

Newspaper Clippings from the Ottawa Free Press, 1872:

January 17:  “A man named WHITE, residing in Upper Town, it appears, has for 

some time been keeping his horse in the kitchen, which is in direct 

communication with the dining room.  The Health Inspector visited the place 

this morning and found the representations made to him by some neighbours to be 

correct.  There was the horse seen in the kitchen, next to the room where the 

family eats.  Penetrating the dwelling a little further, two cases of small-pox 

were found in the persons of two of White’s children.  Comment is needless.  

The horse was ordered to be removed, and the place cleaned immediately, or the 

man would be brought to justice.  The house was labelled Small-Pox.”

January 17:  “A gentleman asserts positively that he counted 34 dogs, of 

divers breed and colour, last evening, on the corner of George and William 

Streets.  People of that vicinity ought to be made to contribute severely to 

the “dog tax” fund.”

February 5: “A young lady in bloomers passed down Elgin Street this afternoon.  

The sight was novel and picturesque.”

February 6: “Mary LECLAIR, charged with forcibly taking possession of the 

Police Station and abusing the police, was fined $2 and costs, or 2 weeks 


February 10: “A collision occurred at two o’clock this afternoon at the 

Russell House corner (Sparks and Elgin Streets), but fortunately neither sleigh 

was severely injured. One whiffletree was broken.” also called a “Whippletree”.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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