This apron is another Sew4Home design original, complete with a free downloadable pattern. Love, love, love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And the happy bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress… oh, don’t even try to tell me you didn’t do that! The Simply Sweet floral fabric has the perfect vintage feel, while the big polka dot accents add a modern zing. Clever knotted ties allow infinite adjustability for the neck and waist so you can make a Retro Fun: Vintage Style Apron for every shape and size of family member and friend.
This project is a bit more advanced than many we offer here at Sew4Home, mainly because the whole darn thing is edged with mitered bias tape binding. But, you can do it. I know you can. Practice makes perfect, right?
A BIG thanks to our new friend, Barbara Jones, the designer of the beautiful Simply Sweet fabric collection for Henry Glass & Company. She very generously provided all the fabric for our retro kitchen projects, and has it all in-stock and available for order on her site, QuiltSoup. We looked at a lot of fabrics for this series, but Barbara’s designs are the ones that jumped right off the page as the perfect vintage kitchen combo. There are additional colorways and designs within the collection. Check it out.
The first page is the pocket pattern. Cut it out along the solid line.
Pages 2-5 are the Apron Body pattern pieces (page 2 is row one all by itself, pages 3 and 4 are row two, and pages 5 and 6 are row three). Butt the pages together, matching the lines, to create the full pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
Butt the pages together to create the full pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
Cut out the pattern along the solid line.
From the fabric for the apron front (Simply Sweet Floral Diamonds in our sample), use the pattern pieces to cut one Apron Body and two Pockets.
Following the guides on the pattern piece, use your fabric pen or pencil to mark the placement for the pockets on the Apron Body fabric piece.
From the fabric for the apron back (Simply Sweet Tiny Red Dot in our sample), use the pattern pieces to cut one Apron Body, one Apron Flounce and two Pockets.
From the accent fabric (Simply Sweet Jumbo Pink Dot on Red in our sample), cut three strips 4½” by the width of the fabric, and one Apron Flounce.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
Match the two pocket fronts with the two pocket backs, right sides together. Pin in place.
Sew the pocket front and back together, using a ½” seam allowance. Start from the top corner point of the pocket and stitch around to the opposite corner point. Leave the top edge open.
Trim seam allowance to ¼” and turn the pocket right side out. Press.
Repeat to create the second pocket.
The upper edge of the pocket is finished with bias tape. Open the end of the bias tape so it lays flat. Sew the bias tape to the upper edge of the pocket along the tape’s fold line, lining up the raw edge of the bias tape with the raw edged layers of the pocket. Leave an extra ½” at the start.
Stop at the center point of the pocket. Turn the hand wheel of the machine to make sure the needle is down in the fabric.
Pivot the pocket and gently pull up the bias tape so it matches the edge of the fabric. Continue sewing along the fold line of the bias tape.
NOTE: If you’re new to working with bias tape, the number one rule is ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ You’re sewing along a curve, which is trickier than a straight line. For more hints, check out our tutorial: Bias Tape: How To Make It & Attach It.
Back tack at the end of the bias tape seam and trim the tape to leave an extra ½” tail (to match the ½” ‘head’ you started with).
Turn the extra ½” ends toward the pocket lining at each side and pin in place.
Fold the bias tape and wrap it to the back over the stitching line. Pin in place.
Place a pin at the pivot point. Then, continue pinning in place along the stitching line. The bias tape will create a natural tuck at the pivot point. Adjust this tuck to create a uniform miter on both sides of the pocket.
Flip the pocket over, and from the right side, edgestitch the bias tape in place. Press.
Repeat steps 2- 12 to create the second pocket.
Pin the pockets in place on the Apron Front, matching the guide marks you made earlier to the corners of the pockets. You can shift position slightly as needed to match the pattern on the pockets with the pattern on the apron front.
Edgestitch both pockets in place with matching thread. Remember, just stitch from pocket corner point to corner point. Leave the top bound edge open… that’s where your hand goes.
NOTE: If you want to be super fancy and really hide your stitching, start from just below the binding and sew around the pocket, stopping just below the binding on the opposite side. Change your thread to a color that matches your binding, then edgestitch just the top of each side of the pocket along the binding, matching your original seam .
Match the Apron Front Flounce and the Apron Back Flounce WRONG sides together. Pin along the upper edge.
Sew along the upper edge, using a ½” seam allowance.
Clip along the stitched edge, making your cuts about 1″ apart. Be careful not to cut into the seam.
Pin the clipped upper edge of the flounce to the lower edge of the Apron Body Front. Match the front of the Flounce against the right side of the Apron Body Front.
Place the Apron Body Back over the flounce, right sides together (right sides of the two Body pieces) and with the Flounce sandwiched in between. Align all raw edges and pin in place just along the bottom.
Sew all the layers together, using a ½” seam allowance. Fold the Flounce down and press the seam toward the Apron Body.
Bias tape binding
Bring the Apron Body Back up behind the Apron Body Front and match ALL the outside edges. Front and Back should be wrong sides together and all edges raw. This is correct as all the edges will be bound.
Set your machine for a long stitch length and machine baste along ALL outside edges.
Finish the entire edge of the apron with bias tape, using the same technique used for the pockets. Start at a curved edge (along the upper side) and stop and miter at each corner. Fold the bias tape to the wrong side, pin in place. and edge stitch in place on the front side.
This is a lot of binding, but the finished look is fabulous. Again, take a look at our binding tutorial if you need a refresher on attaching bias binding and/or mitering the corners.
Waist ties and neck loop
Find your three 4½” wide strips of tie fabric.
Cut each strip to a length of 36″.
NOTE: This measurement is for a standard-size adult apron. It can be adjusted according to the finished size you need… longer for larger, shorter for smaller.
Fold the strips in half lengthwise, right sides together, matching the edges. Pin. At each end, draw a point.
Sew along the edges, using a ¼” seam, and along your drawn points at each end. Leave a 3″ opening for turning.
Trim the excess fabric around the point seams to ¼”.
Turn right side out, pushing out the points. Press flat, turning in the raw edges of the opening ¼” so they are flush with the sewn seam.
Slip stitch all the openings closed with matching thread. Press again.
Following the manufacturer’s directions for your machine, make four ¾” button holes.
Place a vertical buttonhole at each top corner point of the bib with the top just below the bias tape and the side approximately ½” in from the bias tape.
Place a horizontal buttonhole at each waist corner with the side just below the bias tape and the top approximately ¼” in from the bias tape.
Thread one tie through the two bib buttonholes to make the neck loop. Holding the ties in place, slip the loop over your head and adjust the tie ends until the bib hits comfortably against your chest but is still loose enough that it can be pulled off over your head.
When you have it just the way you want it, tie a knot in each end to secure.
Thread one tie through each waist buttonhole. Leave about a 7-8″ tail and tie this into a knot to secure each tie in place.
No pockets, but you can turn the apron lining side out for another cute look:
Remembering a former Carleton Place family- The Aikenheads
Marion and Mildred Aitkenhead with Irene Lomoroine(sp?) September 1928
Feb 10 1935 20 Frank Street
Evelyn Aikenhead, Ruth Burnside, Millie Aitkenhead, Little redhead, Marion Aitkenhead
Taken in Carleton Place August 4th 1929
No Names- taken at Carleton Place – April 1930
Marion and Mildred Aitknhead and Ruthie Burnside April 9 1930 20 Frank Street
Mrs. Burnside (Mrs. Aitkenhead’s Mother)
Dad (Bob Aitkenhead) and Mrs. Heedon or Weedon (more on that car they are posing from later)
Pearl, Ruby and Eileen? Mathews Carleton Place 1929
Craig Shouldice–The first Aitkenhead to come to Canada was David Aitkenhead, in 1886. He was married to Elizabeth McInnes and had 10 children, 4 of whom died young. Two of his sons were George as mentioned here and Robert, who opened the Aitkenhead bakery in Almonte. I think David was the original owner of the Ottawa bakery. I have a picture somewhere of him standing in front of his delivery van and store. George married Rhoda Donovan, his sister Margaret married Rhoda’s brother John Donovan.
The photos from the Millie Aikenhead Collection as I call it will be split between the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum (Carleton Place Photos) and the North Lanark Regional Museum (Almonte Photos)
I try and save old photos after I share them with the world as I feel no one will appreciate them if they sit unseen. If you read My Family in a Box story those pictures are now in the save keeping of Archives Lanark.
The concrete chute is the remains of where old Montreal Road used to go, on its way to Montreal 50 years ago, when Highway 17 was still a railroad track. Old Highway to Montreal passed there before my day. Lots of bush parties. All farmland before Fallingbrook was built. The Rothwell farm was there and the house was located between the two ponds. It was a beautiful house that even had an indoor pool. Everything was abandoned soon after developers started building in the area. The house burnt in 1983 if I remember correctly. . Another interesting note was the indoor pool had a tile mosaic of a mermaid on the bottom. Read more CLICK HERE
In a published account in 1988, Ann Gonneau writes how “by 1862, a road, closely paralleling the current location of St. Joseph Boulevard, crossed through the area, eventually to link Bytown and Montreal. Trim Road was also in place, while there is no sign of either Innes or 10th Line Roads; the lands at the top of the escarpment modern-day Fallingbrook and Queenswood Heights lay empty and waiting.”
Mr. David Villeneuve is familiar with that “old, old” Montreal Road. The remains of that road and a former bridge that crossed Taylor Creek are still visible at the bottom of Princess Louise Falls, Fallingbrook’s best-kept secret. The fact that the falls are not visible from the road, coupled with the knowledge that their name remains a source of both controversy and mystery, were all I needed to know that Princess Louise Falls were a must-see.
The falls, as Mr. Villeneuve tells it, are part of Taylor Creek that ran from the north end of what is now Fallingbrook to the Ottawa River. The story, he writes, “is that Princess Louise, a daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of the Governor General the Marquis of Lome (around 1880), came here by buggy to sketch watercolours. Mrs. Marjorie Ward, who lived in the house just east of the falls until her death in 1989, claimed that there was a plaque near the falls to that effect.”
Like any good historian, Mr. Villeneuve sought more information on the princess and her sketches, visiting the National Archives and the National Gallery of Canada and even writing to the governor general’s staff of the day “to determine if they had any painting by Princess Louise.” While Mr. Villeneuve said he did indeed see paintings by Princess Louise, “none appeared to be of waterfalls that resembled ours. Therefore, there does not appear to be any hard evidence that this story is true.” Facts aside, the romantic in Mr. Villeneuve is quick to add, “But let us believe it is so.” Whether she did or she didn’t, Princess Louise would have loved sketching the falls, which you can reach by travelling along St. Joseph, halfway between Tenth Line Road and Trim Road.
Park on the south side of the road and follow a trail into the woods, where you will soon hear the sounds of the waterfall. Once you’ve splashed around the bottom, you can walk up a trail to the top of the escarpment for a fine view of the gorge. While you’re up there, continue along the trails, coming out to a clearing with a spectacular view of the Gatineau Hills across the way. There used to be signs showing the way to Princess Louise Falls, which lie north of the road by the same name, but they’ve been torn down by vandals over the years. And while Mr. Villeneuve insists that Fallingbrook isn’t hiding anything, one can see why keeping this natural beauty spot a secret would be appealing.
Princess Louise’s life in Canada was marred by troubles. The prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, was too drunk to meet the couple when they docked at Halifax after a rough Atlantic crossing. Then, just a few days after they arrived in Ottawa, Louise got word that her sister, Princess Alice, who lived in Germany, had died of diptheria; and she was unable to attend the funeral.
Ottawa society was uncertain about what to do with a princess in its midst, and Louise found it hard to get used to the rigours of life here. “So mesmerized were Ottawans by having a real live princess in their midst that, much in the manner of children admonished once too often to be on their best behaviour, they seemed unable to avoid behaving at their worst,” wrote Sandra Gwyn in The Private Capital.
Then in February, 1880, she was almost killed in a sleighing accident that lopped off part of an ear and left her with headaches for years afterward. “Whether or not the accident was to blame,” writes Jerrold Packard in Victoria’s Daughters, “immediately afterward Louise’s marriage dipped into a sharp spiral from which it never truly recovered.” When she tried to get away to Niagara Falls and Chicago with her brother, Prince Leopold, the American newspapers reported on their activities, breezily calling them “Vic’s Chicks.”
In the end, Princess Louise spent much of her husband’s term outside Canada. Louise’s younger brother, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, spent a year in Montreal in 1869-70, and returned for several extended stays before moving to Ottawa in 1911 to begin a five-year term as governor-general.
I write about community and the history these folks gave us. Sometimes great little stories pop up while you are researching. I was doing a typical geneaology page for the Darou’s and Dunlops who had Darou’s Bakery on Bridge Street in Carleton Place when I came up with Minnie the Hooker’s story. Everyone needs to be remembered so now Minnie is with great joy and happiness.
Where was Darou’s?
Ray PaquetteBeginning at the bottom of Bridge Street in Carleton Place, on the west side: the Texaco station, the Salvation Army Citadel, Levines, Hick’s Grocery, Charlie Jay Shoe Repair, Mae Mulvey’s Candy Shop. Central Grill, Galvin’s Men’s Wear, Carleton Grill ( and the Colonial Bus Lines stop), the Roxy Theatre, Harold Dowdall’s Barbersop, Denny Coyles Esso, Ned Root’s Shoe Repair, Stanzel’s Taxi, Dr. McDowell, Darou’s Bakery. Doucette Insurance, McAllister’s Bike Repair, Oona’s Applicances/Bob Flint TV, Hastie Bros Plumbing, Bruce McDonald Optometrist, Foote Photography, the public restrooms, the Queens Hotel, Woodcock’s Bakery, Lewis Reg’d Ladies Wear, Okilman’s, and Patterson’s Furniture. I probably forgot a business but I’m sure other readers can “fill in the blanks” or take exception to some of the names on the list. More to come when I crossover to the East side of bridge…
Nobody can accuse Minnie Dunlop of misspending her youth. Sure, she shoots pool a couple of times a week and may go dancing once or twice or play bingo. But after all, Minnie is almost 82 and times have changed. Minnie, who lives in a senior citizens’ high rise on MacLaren Street, looks quite comfortable with a pool cue in her hand. “C’mon baby, c’mon baby,” she says, urging the brown ball to its intended destination. “They call me Minnie the Hooker,” she says, and quickly adds an explanation: in snooker, you “hook” your opponents by leaving them without a shot. Not every ball makes it, of course. Snooker is a demanding game and Minnie didn’t take it up until last fall. “My oldest son is 53,” says Minnie, “and when he found out he said ‘Mother, don’t tell me. I never thought I’d live to see the day you’d be playing pool’.
The Dunlops operated Darou’s Bakery in Carleton Place until 1953 and lived across the street from a pool hall. If you read below her husband was also the mayor of Carleton Place at one point. ( Read-Tales From McCann’s Pool Room – Rob Probert) Minnie remembers hauling her sons home by the ear after rescuing them from the evils of pool-playing. Now she shoots in a seven-team house league and enjoys it immensely. “I like anything where there’s competition,” she says. “I bowled until this winter but it got too cold to go out. With pool, I can play right in the building.” With partner John Beaulieu, Minnie leads the other six mixed teams in the league, organized . by fellow-resident Maurice Trudeau, Ottawa’s senior citizen snooker champ last year. Next year, Trudeau hopes his league can play off with representatives from other seniors’ buildings. No doubt Minnie will be there.
Jamie DunlopThere were stories about how my dad and brothers and sister worked in the bakery when they were growing up. They delivered bread by horse and cart when they were kids. It was quite a shock to see Minnie on Facebook playing pool. I have the Citizen picture and article from when it came out in the 80s(?). She was no shrinking violet for sure. Thanks for the interest.
Diane JudgeMy Mom’s parents were Ida and Charles Darou, owned the dairy in Lanark, my grandmother Ida would order meat & food from there, and they delivered to the Darou home , next to the machine shop, which they owned as well.– read John A Darou 1905 Lanark Village
Janet LockyerI remember some Darou’s of Lanark, in the late 1960s, dad build a cottage on the Clyde river, near the bridge dump. Jim Darou and sons had a cottage down at the point and Jim and my dad sure managed to get into some fun situations.. Thanks for giving me these memories back, had a chuckle remembering. There was one time that my dad, from the city, went off with Jim Darou to get corn for a corn roast. Jim been the leader of this expeditation, said why pay for corn, he knew where they could get it for nothing. Off they go, hours later they return, muddy, dad pants were torn up and they are laughing away. Jim took dad to a farmer’s field, surrounded by barber wire of course. They climbed the wire got lots of “free” corn. We boiled it up, smothered it with butter and salt and nearly broke our teeth trying to eat it. Dad and Jim just laughed and laughed watching us trying to eat COW corn. There really is a difference between the corn, one for humans and one for cows.
Paul MilotteI remember it being called the Cow bridge as well. If memory serves me right it was used to let Cows cross the river as part of the old Plant farm. It was a huge dairy farm back in the day and the Darou family dairy business bought milk from them. The main building of the Plant farm is the old Caldwell mansion that is now a bead and breakfast. Anybody remember the Red barn behind the main house? I think the same family converted the the old mansion into a nursing home after the farming operation had stopped.-Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?
My parents bought the house in 1958 for $12,000 from Rev McCord’s widow. They lived there until 1986. I lived there until 1971. It looked quite a bit different then. Porch was open, 2nd floor balcony had a railing and a door to the balcony from the adjoining bedroom.
The living room fireplace was built in the early 1960s by Jack Wilson, a well known local mason. Read- In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason Angelstone was in fashion then, so that was what it was built with. The living room was originally three rooms… living room, dining room and front hallway. The door from the front hall to the living room and the doorway between the living room and the dining room were originally large pairs of sliding pocket doors. The rooms were opened up into a single room at the same time as the fireplace was built.
The main floor powder room off the kitchen was originally the back stairs to the master bedroom. My parents converted the back stairs to a powder room about 1972. The bedroom over the kitchen was the original master bedroom. When indoor plumbing became popular, the owners at that time partitioned a slice off of the master bedroom to put in a bathroom. That reduced the size of the master bedroom but was probably worth it
Rob TyrieMy parents update the back addition and set up the 3rd floor space. The also opened up the main floor space.
Rick RobertsRob Tyrie agree on the attic… it was used for storage and unfinished when my parents sold it in late 1986 or early 1987. The next owners, your parents converted the original stairway to the attic to more closet space, added the spiral staircase, and finished the attic including enlarging the dormer. The opening of the main floor was done in 1961 or 1962 by Parkman and Taylor (contractors) for my parents. I lived there at the time. Mrs McCord, the person my parents bought it from, was completely furious and “disgusted” that my parents chose to open up those main floor rooms.
Toby RandellRob Tyrie could likely give you some history on this house. He and his family lived in it for years.
Angela FinniganI use to walk by daily on my way to school I lived on frank St. The home has gone through many changes over the years beautiful changes always admired this house and the Harley Davidson parked in the driveway!
Trish TaylorJust a comment on how beautifully this house has been restored, AWESOME!! Question, does anyone know what the cut out at the bottom of the stairs is for? THanks!
Rick RobertsTrish Taylor do you mean the grate under the bottom step of the stairs? That was a cold air return for the furnace. The floor joists are logs cut flat on top and bottom. The cold air return in the basement was sheet metal covering the opening between those logs.
Rob TyrieAh. Beautiful Renovation. My parents owned it before the Devlin’s. I never lived there but brother Todd did. They moved there in 87 or 88 if I remember correctly. Lots of great memories and family events and holidays there up until my Dad passed in 2005. CP is a great town. As my mom always said, that house had great bones.
Wesley ParsonsI can tell you it was well decorated, lol. The place was “alive” with plants and flowers. The back dining room was host to a massive round table with a large rotating lazy susan so you could spin the food around to you, I had never seen one before. That third floor loft was awesome, it was a tv room for us to watch movies, had a bed for my occasional sleep it off, I mean sleep over, and it’s own mini fridge, which in the 90’s was super impressive. First time I tried Thai food was in that kitchen, first time I had a martini was by that fireplace. The back gardens were so intense Todd cut the lawn with a manual powered rotary mower, there wasn’t enough grass for a real lawn mower.
Wesley ParsonsGlen Kirkpatrick I was going to mention it was the loudest dinner conversation ever, lol, a round table full of passionate and intelligent people talking about Tech, or politics, or global affairs, or ethics, or you just never knew what the conversation was going to be, just that you had better bring your A game cause it was going to be deep.
Gerrie DrydenRick this is fantastic! Many rousing card games, as well as other events enjoyed by our parents in that beautiful home! Thanks for the memories. I have memories as a young girl being there. Ross says he delivered newspapers there too.It’s been beautifully renovated!
Rick RobertsGerrie Dryden I let mom know about the lisitng this morning. She was so impressed with how it is decorated. Mom always wanted to paint out all of the original wood trim but dad wouldn’t go along with it. She managed to get some done before he noticed
Sherri IonaVery nice home. It will sell for much more.Rick Roberts, I didn’t know you lived there . . . You walked me home in Grade 8, and it was about 2 miles one way!
Rick RobertsMarlene Springer Yes… we found newspapers (insulation) in the walls that dated it. However it is possible that the house was older because those newspapers were in the walls of the summer kitchen which may have been built after the house was built. We found them when we were tearing off the summer kitchen in the late 1960s to build the existing family room, laundry room, and what is now the exercise room. The exercise room was my dad’s workshop.
Mr. Yuill was one of the founders of the Patrons of Industry, a fluent speaker and an ardent worker, while Mrs. Yuill helped establish the first Women’s Institute organizations in this district. She spoke from many platforms throughout Ontario, was the first president of the Carleton Place branch, and latterly was honorary president of the district of North Lanark. She did splendid work for the W. I. and the Red Cross and in 1917 both organizations presented her with life membership badges.
She was also a valued member of the United Farm Board. For a time the Yuill farm was a government fattening station where fowl were prepared for the British market and in the summer of 1901 Mr.- and Mrs. Yuill visited on the Old Country and studied the needs of that market.
Joseph Yuill was a Canadian farmer and educator.
Yuill was born to Alexander Yuill and Ellen Aitkenhead in Ramsay Township, Upper Canada in 1838. His father had emigrated there from Glasgow in 1821, and started farming grains, as well as cattle, pigs and sheep. When his father retired from farming, Joseph inherited the farm, which he named Meadowside. On March 10th, 1864, Yuill married Margaret Cochrane. The pair would have a total of nine children.
Alexander B Yuill
6 Apr 1978
Carleton Place, Ontario
The Yuills began breeding Shropshire sheep, Berkshire hogs, and Barred Plymouth Rock chickens, but the most important animals raised on their farm were Ayrshire cattle, which they began breeding in 1868. At the time, most farmers preferred cattle breeds useful for both meat and dairy, while Ayrshire cattle are dairy cows. The Yuills’ Ayrshires’ began winning prizes at local fairs, and at exhibitions in Toronto and Ottawa. The farm eventually had a herd of 75 Ayrshires, which Yuill claimed was the largest in Canada. In 1893, one of the Yuills bulls won first prize at the Columbian exposition in Chicago.
The World’s Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492
Margaret supervised the dairy, which began producing high-quality butter that attracted notice. The farm produced 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of butter a year. The pair created Ontario’s first “travelling dairy”, giving seminars and lectures on butter making. This began when Aaron Abel Wright, a Renfrew merchant and butter-dealer suggested the pair give a lesson at a Farmers’ Institute meeting in his hometown. The first such lesson attracted more than 600 attendees, and Wright financed a week-long series of such lessons, with two a day. The couple started regularly giving such lessons, to groups at Farmers’ Institutes, the Ontario Agricultural and Experimental Union and the Dairymen’s Association of Eastern Ontario. These would cover subjects such as milk handling, butter making, raising calves and winter care of chickens. Joseph also wrote articles in agricultural journals. He was the president of the Dominion Ayrshire Breeders’ Association from 1891 to 1893.
When Yuill died in 1905, his farm covered 600 acres (2.4 km2), and included two large stock barns and a windmill. The farm Meadowside was left to his son Alexander, and a second farm in Elmhurst was left to his son Andrew. He died on the farm Meadowside, the same place he had been born, and his body was buried in Auld Kirk Cemetery near Almonte, Ontario.
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.
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
25 Aug 1925Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
11 Sep 1932 (aged 7)Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
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.