Another Story- When your Number is Up — Hubert Horton

Another Story- When your Number is Up — Hubert Horton

What would happen, though, if the ambiguity surrounding our own demise were taken away? What if we all suddenly were told the exact date and means of our deaths? While this is, of course, impossible, careful consideration of this hypothetical scenario can shed light on our motivations as individuals and societies – and hint at how to best spend our limited time on this Earth.

This is the second story I have found that someone almost died and then a few years later they passed away. The first story happened in Carleton Place.. read-A Carleton Place Tale to Send Shivers Up Your Arm — The Sad Tale of Margaret Violet King

Once again , they need to be remembered……

Almonte-May 4,1928

A remarkable escape from drowning was the experience on Sunday afternoon of little Hubert Horton, aged two years and eight months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Horton.

Playing with his sister Mary, three and a half years of age, on the bank of the river on the Island opposite the home of his grandfather, M r. Thomas Proctor, little Hubert slipped off a rock into the swollen waters of the Mississippi.

His sister tried to pull him out but she could not reach him and she ran sobbing to tell her parents of the accident.This all took time as she passed by her paternal grandfather’s home, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Horton, the child’s cries attracted their attention, and Albert Junior, the young man who has become well known as the goaltender of the Almonte Hockey Club, managed, between the sobs of the youngster, to grasp the story that his little nephew had fallen into the river.

Albert rushed to the spot and saw Hubert’s hat floating above the water about thIrty-five feet from the shore. He is a strong swimmer and throwing off his coat and boots he dived into the water and soon reached the child.

Meanwhile Dr. A. A. Metcalfe, the nearest physician, had been summoned and as he reached the place Albert Horton had just succeeded in landing the drowning boy. The latter had been about fifteen minutes In the water. The child was taken into his grandfather’s home, but it was two hours before he was brought back to consciousness. 

It was Monday night before he was able to be tak en to his own home. He is now thoroughly recovered. Undoubtedly what saved the little boy’s life was that he was wearing a heavy winter coat, which acted like an air bladder for a time. Fortunately the long rubber boots which he wore, were kicked off in his struggles, or they would no doubt have weighed him down.

 It is curious that his father, Kenneth Horton, had a somewhat similar escape from drowning when he was a child. He was rescued from the river by Mr. Newton. The rescue on Sunday afternoon by Albert H Horton was a particularly fine bit of work! At this season of the year the waters of the river are treacherous and cold and he was severely handicapped with his clothes.

So what happened to young Hubert Horton? He passed away 4 years later from extensive burns from a fire.

Hubert James Horton

BIRTH25 Aug 1925Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH11 Sep 1932 (aged 7)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALSaint Marys Roman Catholic CemeteryAlmonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
PLOTB084 Grave #1
MEMORIAL ID201158942 · View Source


HORTON, Edward Arthur (Ted) – In hospital, Ottawa, Ontario on Monday, August 24, 1987, Edward Arthur (Ted) Horton, in his 57th year. Dear son of Marguerite (Mrs. Kenneth Horton), Almonte and the late Kenneth Horton. Beloved husband of Margaret Taylor McEwan. Dear father of Mary (Mrs. David Solowjew), Carleton Place; John and his wife Sue, Ottawa; Michael and his wife Linda, Peterborough; Laureen Morrow, Kanata; Maureen (Mrs. Tim Neil), Carleton Place; Daniel and his wife Bev., Pakenham; Christopher and his wife Brenda, Nepean and Shawn of Kanata. Dear grandfather of 15 grandchildren. Dear brother of Mary (Mrs. Ben Kennedy), RR 2, Carp; Rita (Mrs. Eric Julian), Almonte; Elva (Mrs. Robert Aitkenhead), Carleton Place; Carol (Mrs. Gerald Poag) and Marilyn (Mrs. Douglas Ryan), both of Almonte. One sister-in-law Doreen (Mrs. Warren Horton), Almonte. Predeceased by two brothers Hubert and Warren. Friends may call at the Kerry Funeral Home, 154 Elgin Street, Almonte for visiting on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thence to St Mary’s Church for Funeral Mass on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment St Mary’s Cemetery, Almonte. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart Institute, c/o Dr. W. J. Keon, Ottawa Civic Hospital, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario KIY 4E9 or the Ottawa-Carleton Public Health Unit, 495 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4A4. Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 250, Almonte service on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home.

Related reading

Believe it or Not– William Dedrick of Perth

A Carleton Place Tale to Send Shivers Up Your Arm — The Sad Tale of Margaret Violet King

Carleton Place Was Once Featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Our Haunted Heritage

How Did John Nolan Die? Believe it or not……

Believe it or Not? More Strange Canadian Stories

About lindaseccaspina

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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