John Elliott Vanished 1897

John Elliott Vanished 1897
The Lanark Era
Lanark, Ontario, Canada
28 Apr 1897, Wed  •  Page 1

This is not the first time we have seen young men disappear or leave home. Originally documented when 5 to 14 years old in 1880, these boys are traced to the 1900 census when they were young adults. In general, the decision to leave farming was related to the urban-industrial “pull” of the surrounding environment and the degree of farm mechanization of the community. While migratory behavior correlates positively with occupational change, the major social correlates are somewhat different. 

There was also the exodus to Manitoba, which was a milestone in Lanark County in the late 1800s. From north to south and east to west the farmers and farmers’ sons were flocking westward.  The main reason was that it was said Manitoba was the destination of finally having good fortune in farming.

The results of farming were terrible in the years of 1880- 1890 and a hay crop had failed owing to drought in summer of 1888. Yesterday I learned in the Almonte Gazette there was a terrible infestation of insects and grasshoppers that ate the crops that summer of 1888. The spring of 1889 was turned into rain and dampness which also hindered growing. Read- When Crops Failed — Lanark County Went Manitoba Dreamin’

John Elliott never turned up anywhere– so he either ran of foul play, changed his name, and the list is endless.

CLIPPED FROMOttawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada16 Dec 1892, Fri  •  Page 8

Drummond Centre United Church — and The Ireton Brothers 38 Year Reunion–Names Names Names

The Boy Who Disappeared From Beckwith–Gordon Taylor

Whippet– Whippet Good! What Happened to Arthur Milton Gunter?

The Man who Disappeared– Stories of Dr. G. E. Kidd

The Old Woman Who Walked From Perth?

The Strange Disappearance of Bertha Sumner of Carleton Place

The Man of the Walking Dead of Maberly


Birth of a Friendly Town — Merrill Elliott

The Sad Tale of the Foley Family–Foley, Harper, Sly, Bowes & Elliott

Elliott Brothers Pipe Band– Looking for Information

Dr. Andrew Elliott of Almonte — Tarred and Feathered

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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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