People Who Lived in My House —Samuel Starr Merrick

People Who Lived in My House —Samuel Starr Merrick

Found the Merrick family that lived in my home at Springside Hall- 77 Lake Ave East Carleton Place, On

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Name:S S Merrick
Marital Status:Married
Birth Year:abt 1855
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Date:1891
Residence Place:Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada
Relation to Head:Head
Occupation:Grain Merchant
Number of Employees:6
Can Read:Yes
Can Write:Yes
French Canadian:No
Spouse’s Name:Sophia Merrick
Father’s Birth Place:Ontario
Mother’s Birth Place:Ontario
Neighbours:View others on page
Household Members (Name)AgeRelationshipS S Merrick36HeadSophia Merrick38WifeHazel Merrick3Daughter

CAUSE OF DEATH:Heart Disease Dropped Dead 1902

NameSamuel Starr Merrick
Birth Year1855
Birth PlaceMerrickville, Ontario
Marriage Date8 Feb 1882
Marriage PlaceLanark, Ontario, Canada
FatherSimon Merrick
MotherAnn R Merrick
SpouseAnn Sophia R Dulmage

Samuel Starr Merrick


Ontario, Canada DEATH-1 Nov 1902 (aged 46–47)

Ontario, Canada-BURIAL

Union CemeteryMerrickville, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada

Mr. *S.S. Merick of Carleton Place has been gathering up various lines of produce in this vicinity and shipping them to the U.S.  So far about 14,000 hop poles from the Drummond swamp near Perth and from Lanark Township have been drawn here and sent away and as many more are expected.

*S. S Merrick–The Bell Telephone company’s lines spread rapidly through southern Ontario and Quebec.  The Carleton Place Herald early in 1885 reported that Mr. S. S. Merrick of Carleton Place was “obtaining 3,300 first class poles for the 106 mile contract” awarded to him for the Ottawa Valley telephone line then being built, that would connect Ottawa and Brockville, Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and points northward.  The new telephone service in this district was proposed to be placed in operation with a musical programme by telephone, according to Mr. W. W. Cliff of the Carleton Place Central Canadian. —Howard Morton Brown

Author’s Note— He was also in the Independent Order of Foresters

He died in my basement..:(

The Town Shocked at His Sudden and , Totally Unexpected Demtea About 6 oclock on Saturday evening last Mr. S. S. Merrick, one of our most prominent citizens went to the cellar to dose the draughts on his furnace, his last duty on this terrestrial sphere. A minute later Mrs, Merrick heard a noise below, and failing to receive a reply to her question as to what happened she entered the furnace room and found her husband prostrate on the floor, with the globeless coal oil lamp burning beside him.

Thinking he had fallen in a faint she hurriedly drew him from the blazing lamp and then threw it into the ash box for safety. A second lamp was then obtained and a supply of water, and Mrs. Merrick was endeavoring to restore her husband when Mr. John Church, a relative, who resides with the familytook over. He telephoned immediately for Dr. McIntosh, who arrived in a short time, and who on examination pronounced life extinct.

The news spread rapidly and cast a gloom over the whole town, for the deceased was well known by all classes and much esteemed. He had had a severe attack of sciatica in August from which rallied, and was about again as usual. He arrived home Thursday after a weeks absence through the country. He complained a little of the twinges of his former trouble, but nothing serious was thought of it.

The Ottawa Journal

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Fri, Feb 21, 1902 · Page 5

On Saturday afternoon he drove his daughter to Appleton (see above) and brought his sister-in-law back in time to take train for Ottawa. He made no complaint on returning home and seemed in his usual spirits.

Samuel Starr Merrick was born in Merrickville in 1864, being a son of the late S. D. Merrick, and was thus in his 49th year. He came to Carleton Place in 1880 and engaged in business as a grain merchant. He later on built the warehouse at present occupied by Mr. F. 0. Burgess and dealt largely in all kinds of form produce, hop poles, telegraph poles, pulp wood, etc., and was well known throughout the country. He sold the grain business some years ago, but was still engaged in the timber business and also conducted a granary at Almonte.

In 1888 he married Sophie Dulmage, daughter of the late Lawrence Dulmage, of Appleton, and their union was blessed with one child, Miss Hazel, a bright girl of 14 years of age. In religion he was a Methodist, and for many years he was a trustee or a member of quarterly board. In politics he was a Liberal. Mr. Merrick always took a deep interest in municipal affairs, and was for a term or two a member of the School Board. He was a life-long Oddfellow, a member of both the Lodge and Encampment, and in the latter branch held the highest office in the gift of the members, that of Grand Patriarch. He was also representative eo the Sovereign Grand Lodge on more than one occasion. He was also a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Canadian Order of Chosen Friends, and in each of these Orders carried Insurance.

He held other public trusts, was secretary of the Bible Society, and identified with every enterprise promoted for the welfare of the town. Beautiful floral tributes adorned the casket, prominent among them Wreath from the Oddfellows (Stella Lodge and Erueka Camp), a Triangle from the Chosen Friends, an Anchor from the quarterly board of the Methodist Church, a Wreath from the I. O. Foresters, a Spray from Dr. Church and family, Merrickville, a Spray from the W. C. T. U., a Star from Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Warren, a Cross from Mr. and Mrs. Towsley, Ottawa, and a Spray from Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Elliot, Montreal.

Among the mourners besides the wife and daughter, are the aged mother and one brother, who were in Kingston when the end came, and and to them and the other sorrowing friends the deep sympathy of the whole community flows from the Carleton Place Herald. The Oddfellows at Carleton Place had charge of the funeral and they turned out in large numbers to pay a last tribute to their late brother.

The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday at the deceased’s late home by Bev. W. Jamieson, of this place assisted by Bev. Mr. Ellis, of Carleton Place, after which the body was taken to the station and brought here on the afternoon train. About 41 members of Balmoral Lodge, I.O. O. F. met the remains at the station and accompanied them to their last resting place in the Union cemetery.

CLIPPED FROMThe Merrickville StarMerrickville, Ontario, Canada06 Nov 1902, Thu  •  Page 8

CLIPPED FROMThe Lanark EraLanark, Ontario, Canada12 Nov 1902, Wed  •  Page 8

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada01 Feb 1898, Tue  •  Page 8

The burned buildings were among the old landmarks of the town. They were erected many years ago by Mr. Merrick, an old pioneer of Carleton Place.  It was located about where today’s Mews mall is on Landsdowne Avenue. ( these were the newer buildings built after the fire)-Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

So Where Was this Picture Taken? Springside Hall? Jamieson Sisters

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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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