In his diary, Rev. William Bell, first Presbyterian minister in Perth, speaks of Armstrong’s Corners, the hotel, the blacksmith shop, and the first winter road across the black ash swamp. He also reports the serious accident he experienced during February, 1857. Driving a borrowed horse and cutter to Lanark, the horse ran away while going down the steep hill at Stanley’s and struck a stump with such violence as to break the shafts from the cutter. Mr. Bell was thrown against the stump, cutting his scalp. He reported in his diary that four men rushed from Mr. Armstrong’s blacksmith shop and carried him into the house where his wound was dressed by Mr. McNichol and Mr. Armstrong lent him new shafts and harness which enabled him to drive back to Perth– read more here..Where was Prestonvale?
Read more here about Prestonvale–Where was Prestonvale?
Feb. 28, 1873 – Last Saturday the corpse of D. McPherson, who had lived in this section for 29
years, came into the Union House from the Mattawa. Mr. McPherson had been dead for over
three weeks but until Saturday no means of bringing his body for interment could be found. It
appears that he had been working in some of the shanties where his services were no longer
required and he was provided with and a quantity of money. On his way here he got on a
‘spree’ in which condition he kept himself until his pocket was empty. From some of the
numerous effects of that fatal cup he died and this adds another to the long list of deaths from
strong drink. Deceased was over 50 years of age and was interred at Prestonvale Cemetery.
CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada03 Mar 1932, Thu • Page 4