One of the ‘Old School’ — Judge Jamieson — Home and Career

One of the ‘Old School’ — Judge Jamieson — Home and Career

Almonte Gazette March 1923

1923, Friday March 16, The Almonte Gazette front page
Judge Jamieson Passes Away At The Age of Eighty Years.
Late Judge Was Down Town Ten Days Before End
Began Notable Career as Printer and Was Founder of Renfrew Journal
Almonte Village Reev Was Noted During His Long Life for Integrity
and People Spoke of Him as Good Man

His Honour Judge Jamieson, K.C., died at his residence in Almonte in the early hours of Monday morning after a short illness. He was 84 years of age. The passing of Judge Jamieson removes from the community one who was often described as “Almonte’s best citizen.” His life and work was marked by high standards of thought and conduct. He was born in the township of South Sherbrooke in Lanark County in 1839. When he was three years old his family moved to the township of North Gower in the County of Carleton. After attending the public school there for some years he finished his education at the Perth Grammar School. He learned the trade of printer in the office of the “British Standard” published in Perth. After following that trade for some years in Merrickville, Ottawa, Ogdenburg and New York, he established in the year 1858 the “Renfrew Journal” in the then village of Renfrew. He disposed of the “Renfrew Journal” the following year and began the study of law in the office of the late W.G. Buell, of Perth. After completing his law course he established a legal practice in the village of Arnprior in the year 1864. In 1866 he came to Almonte and began the practice of law here. From then on he had been one of the leading citizens of the town and county and won universal respect. In 1869 before the incorporation of Almonte as a Village he served as a councillor for the township of Ramsay. The late Daniel Galbraith, an old political opponent, but a strong personal friend, sat with him in the same council. He was elected reeve of Almonte in 1874 as Almonte was then an incorporated village.

In 1877 he was elected warden of the County of Lanark. He contested North Lanark for the House of Commons five times, first in 1873 against the late sitting member, Daniel Galbraith. He was defeated twice and elected three times. He was first elected in 1882 and retired in 1891 when he was appointed a county judge for the county of Wellington. He was made a Queen counsel in 1889. For twenty-three years he served on the bench and in 1914 he retired and came back to Almonte to live. Judge Jamieson was married in 1865 to Elizabeth Caras of Fitzroy. She died in 1918. They had five sons, three of whom survive.

Harold died at Almonte in 1916, Percy lives in Almonte, Algernon died at Guelph when he was a lad of 18, and Dr Heber and Dr Claude live in Edmonton. Since his wife’s death the Judge had made his home with Mrs. Harold Jamieson and his grandson, Mr Raymond Jamieson. The family burying ground is at the Eighth Line cemetery and there rest the remains of Mrs Joseph Jamieson, Harold Jamieson and Algernon Jamieson. Judge Jamieson’ remains will be placed with them. Judge Jamieson although he had been in failing health for some years was only ill for a few days. He was downtown on Friday March 2 and enjoyed much the warm sunshine. On Thursday March 3 he was unable to leave his room and he died on Monday morning at 2 o’clock.

The Funeral

The funeral took place on Wed. afternoon from his residence on Union Street. The service was held in the Methodist church and was largely attended. Rev J.T.E. Blanchard conducted the service assisted by Rev Dr McCrae and the choir of the church led the praise. Mrs Blanchard presided at the organ. After prayer by Dr McCrae there was a brief address by Mr Blanchard founded upon the text from the Book of Job: “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like a shock of corn cometh in its season. Mr Blanchard told of Judge Jamieson’s life and conduct his assiduous attention to duty, his high aims, his love for the church and all its works. He mentioned that for over twenty-five years he had been superintendent of the Sunday School and always in his place on Sunday morning and evening. Latterly he had not been able to be at church so regularly by he was almost always there on Sunday morning.

He was for many years a member of the Quarterly Board and a local preacher. “He was a good man.” said Mr Blanchard.”Everybody I have spoken to about him says so. I believe it is not too much to say that Almonte has lost its best citizen and the Methodist church one of its best members.” At the close of service the body was taken to the vault at the Eighth Line cemetery there to remain until spring. The pallbearers were: Messrs W.N. Action, H.H. Cole, Percy A. Greig, Dr J.T. Kirkland, W.C. Pollock and P.J. Young. Amongst those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Dr Claude Jamieson of Edmonton; Mr Robert Jamieson of Perth; Mr Clinton Jamieson of Peterboro; Mr Archibald Jamieson of Toronto; and Dr Jamieson of Arnprior. The members of Almonte town council attended in a body.

A Prominent Figure

Speaking of the late Judge Jamieson, Judge J.H. Scott, of Perth said: “The passing of Judge Jamieson, at a ripe old age, removed a figure which for half a century had a prominent place in the public and judicial life of this province. I did not know him personally until comparatively recent years but in my early political days I was in touch with his activities in Parliament and later on I was brought into somewhat closer contact with his career as Junior County Judge of Wellington, being myself a practitioner in a nearby county. He was a painstaking and careful judge and well preserved the traditions of the Bench. He was a man of conviction with the courage to stand by his conception of what was right. Popularity in its ordinary sense was a secondary consideration to him. He liked the good opinion of his fellowmen but he preferred to secure it by his evident sincerity of purpose. And he did succeed during his public life in retaining the respect of his constituents in a marked degree. Before ascending the Bench he was for a long generation closely identified with history and progress of the County of Lanark and particularly the North Riding. He was, in a real sense, one of the ‘Old School’ and his public services ought to be gracefully remembered in this part of the Province where he was so widely known and respected. “Our Best Citizen” Mr William Thoburn, who was his oldest friend has this to say: “I said when Judge Jamieson left us to sit on the bench that Almonte had lost its best citizen. I say so again now that he has left us forever. Almonte has lost its best citizen. he was a good man. His influence for good had been very great.”

His Influence
Mr Robert Paterson, of Carleton Place said: “I was a law student in Judge Jamieson’s office, and I learned to respect and admire the high principles which dominated his career. he influence strongly those who were associated with him and I know that the training he gave me and the influence he exerted had an effect all through my after life. Judge Jamieson was a good man.”

His High Ideals

Mr C.J. Foy, of Perth, said: “I have just heard of the death of His Honour Judge Jamieson and I desire on ths occasion to express my appreciation of the late Judge, not only as a citizen of the County of Lanark, but also as a member of the legal profession in Ontario. As one of the younger members of the legal profession in the County of Lanark. I always held in the very highest regard the late Judge Jamieson, not only on account of his legal attainments but also on account of his high ideals of manhood. Judge Jamieson belonged to what might rightly be termed the ‘Old School’ and it is a regrettable fact that his day and generation are fast passing away. In all his dealings, whether in law or politics he was fair to his opponents and loved a manly clean encounter. He will be greatly missed by his fellow townsmen and his brothers of the legal profession and the greatest eulogy I can now bestow upon the late Judge Jamieson is – He was a Man. I extend to his sorrowing friends and relatives my most sincere sympathy.”

80 clyde Street

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada27 Apr 1974, Sat  •  Page 41

ALMONTE, Ontario– The extremely fine stone bouse at 80 Clyde Street here in Almonte facing the Mississippi River, was built m 1867 by Joseph Jamieson, later a Judge of the County Court of Wellington County. Brackets underneath the eaves, mansard roof, excel-. . lent trim over the large windows, the elaborate front and side verandahs and the wrought iron “widow’s walk” on the rooftop all combine to make this an outstanding example of early building. In 1893 Judge Jamieson sold the property to Alfred Greig who was in turn appointed County Court Judge for Bruce County in 1912.

His son, Percy Greig inherited the house and it was known as the Greig House until 1963 when Grant Campbell, the present owner bought it from Mrs. Percy Greig. It is interesting to note the pattern or tradition that members of the legal profesion have always occupied this house.

The most spectacular detail however is the lovely, life-size “shadow board” lady on the wall at the foot of the stairs. Shadow boards, or cut-outs in wood, were used in Holland originally as decoys. Dutch houses being built flush with the streets, trouble with thieves and vandals was rife–so shadow boards were created to discourage break-ins.

The drawing-room has aTatlock marble fireplace and recessed windows with panelling which are repeated in the library on the opposite side of the house and in the dining-room at the rear. A family room has been created from the former, early privy ”accommodation” – opening off the kitchen on east side. In this room which has ”wonderful views of the river, Grant Campbell has small museum of pine pieces, artifacts and wooden ducks. In the main part of the house upstairs there are three bedrooms, the front of the original hall having been enclosed. Connected by a hallway the top of the staircase, rooms over the kitchen wing include the master, bedroom, two bathrooms and guest room.

80 clyde Street

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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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