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John Graham — Mail Carrier — Pakenham 1860s

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John Graham — Mail Carrier — Pakenham 1860s
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Jul 1926, Sat  •  Page 26

John Graham made his way all the way down the March Road to Pakenham on this sulky from 1860

By 1850 sail had largely given way to steam as a reliable way to move the mail over Canada’s major water routes. During the navigation season mail steamers regularly carried mail from Kingston to Montréal, and from Montréal to Québec. In 1852 these services were put on an interconnecting schedule and extended to the head of Lake Ontario to speed up the mail from Canada West. By 1865 there were mail steamboats on the Upper Great Lakes connecting Parry Sound, Collingwood, Sault Ste Marie and Fort William with the US Postal Service. A weekly steamer service also brought mail from Québec to the Gaspé Peninsula and the ports around the Gulf of St Lawrence.

In 1860 the postal department decided to establish its own Atlantic service from Montréal to Liverpool, England. The year 1861 was disastrous. The Canadian struck ice and foundered off Newfoundland on 4 June, and the North Briton went down on the Perroquet Rocks in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 5 November. New rules made the service safer, more reliable and less costly. By 1890, Canada had scheduled ocean mail services to Britain and Europe from Montréal and Halifax, to the West Indies from St John, and to China and Japan from Vancouver. A direct line to Australia calling at Honolulu and Fiji was established in 1893.

593 Somerset street now where John Grahamlived. The are is full of red browstone structures so they were probably brick row houses.
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jul 1880, Wed  •  Page 4

Pakenham Village Notes

Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Apr 1862, Sat  •  Page 4
The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
04 Sep 1880, Sat  •  Page 3
Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Jun 1874, Wed  •  Page 4

Ottawa Daily CitizenOttawa, Ontario, CanadaFri, Jul 10, 1868 · Page 4

Full record for Dickson, Samuel S.

Last NameDickson
First NameSamuel S.
Datesb. 1830
NativityLanark Co., Canada
BusinessFarmer; Stock Raiser
Post OfficeCedar Hill
TownshipPakenham
CountyLanark
Concession and LotLot size
VII, 5100
VII, 6450

Mc Mullin McMullen McMullan – Strange Death in Mississippi Mills

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Mc Mullin McMullen McMullan – Strange Death in Mississippi Mills

I could not find any mention of any sort of spelling for young McMullen and there were a few of many spellings of McMullen in Clayton. Much as I tried I could not find him.

October 1867 Almonte Gazette

William Mostyn, late member of the Ontario parliament, and the oldest and leading physician and surgeon in Almonte, is of Welsh descent, the family moving into the county of Roscommon, Ireland, a little more than two centuries ago, and becoming large landed proprietors. Our subject is a son of Thomas and Margaret (Murray) Mostyn, and was born at Elphin, in the county of Roscommon, on the 5th of June, 1836. Before he was a year old, the family emigrated to Canada, and settled in Kingston, where he was educated in the grammar school and the university of Queen’s College, receiving the degree of doctor of medicine in 1858. He has held a fellowship in that university.


Dr. Mostyn commenced the practice of his profession at Almonte soon after receiving his diploma, and has continued it up to date, having an extensive ride and doing a lucrative business. His reputation in all branches of the healing art stands well. He is surgeon of the 42d battalion of volunteer infantry; represented Rideau and Bathurst division in the Ontario medical council from 1869 to 1872; was the first reeve of Almonte (1871), resigning after holding that office for three terms; has been a trustee of the local school board for sixteen or seventeen years, and is now its chairman; represented the riding of North Lanark in the third Ontario parliament, and is the author of the game law of 1878, and took a prominent part in all agricultural matters brought before the House. He is a Conservative in politics; in religion, a churchman.

The Doctor has been president of the North Lanark agricultural society since 1867; takes a deep interest in matters pertaining to that society, and has done, and is doing, much to encourage the improvement of the soil and of farming stock. He is noted for his public spirit in enterprises generally, and belongs to the progressive class.

Dr. Mostyn holds a high position in freemasonry, having been deputy district grand master for the Ottawa district in the grand lodge of Canada.

A writer in the Canadian Illustrated News for January 4, 1879, states that Dr. Mostyn, “like most old countrymen, is a great admirer of athletic and field sports; that he is president of the Mississippi curling club of Almonte, and has been the donor of several medals for competition.” The same writer facetiously adds: “the ladies may be interested in learning that the worthy doctor is one of two surviving members of the Anti-Connubial Club the only black mark against him.”


The doctor is well posted on general as well as professional and political subjects, is a ready and easy converser, and can carry his part well in the social circle.

Also read-https://millstonenews.com/mostyn-biographical-sketches/

Other strange happenings of 1872

Newspaper Clippings from the Ottawa Free Press, 1872:

January 17:  “A man named WHITE, residing in Upper Town, it appears, has for 

some time been keeping his horse in the kitchen, which is in direct 

communication with the dining room.  The Health Inspector visited the place 

this morning and found the representations made to him by some neighbours to be 

correct.  There was the horse seen in the kitchen, next to the room where the 

family eats.  Penetrating the dwelling a little further, two cases of small-pox 

were found in the persons of two of White’s children.  Comment is needless.  

The horse was ordered to be removed, and the place cleaned immediately, or the 

man would be brought to justice.  The house was labelled Small-Pox.”

January 17:  “A gentleman asserts positively that he counted 34 dogs, of 

divers breed and colour, last evening, on the corner of George and William 

Streets.  People of that vicinity ought to be made to contribute severely to 

the “dog tax” fund.”

February 5: “A young lady in bloomers passed down Elgin Street this afternoon.  

The sight was novel and picturesque.”

February 6: “Mary LECLAIR, charged with forcibly taking possession of the 

Police Station and abusing the police, was fined $2 and costs, or 2 weeks 

imprisonment.”

February 10: “A collision occurred at two o’clock this afternoon at the 

Russell House corner (Sparks and Elgin Streets), but fortunately neither sleigh 

was severely injured. One whiffletree was broken.” also called a “Whippletree”.

The Strange Story Of Adam Symes and Miss Jennie Graham

Fire Caused Strange Scene Near Portland

Strange Stories from the Past

Debunking a Postcard 1913 — Strange Ephemera

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  3. Mrs Jarley and her Waxworks Hits Lanark– and they call me strange:)